Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Superstitions III - Friday, Friday the 13th and 13

and It is neither Friday today nor the 13th, but while surfing the net, I came across this info. I thought I'd rather share it than lose it. So in the spirit of Halloween, I am providing the origins and the superstitions associated with Friday, Friday the 13th and the number 13.
and A bed changed on Friday will bring bad dreams.
and Any ship that sails on Friday will have bad luck.

and You should never start a trip on Friday or you will meet misfortune.
and Never start to make a garment on Friday unless you can finish it the same day.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: How did Friday the thirteenth become such an unlucky day?
and Fear of Friday the 13th is rooted in ancient, separate bad-luck associations with the number 13 and the day Friday. The two unlucky entities combine to make one super unlucky day.
and There is a Norse myth about 12 gods having a dinner party at Valhalla, their heaven. In walked the uninvited 13th guest, the mischievous Loki. Once there, Loki arranged for Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Balder died and the Earth got dark. The whole Earth mourned.
and There is a Biblical reference to the unlucky number 13. Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th guest to the Last Supper.
and A particularly bad Friday the 13th occurred in the middle ages. On a Friday the 13th in 1306, King Philip of France arrested the revered Knights Templar and began torturing them, marking the occasion as a day of evil.
and In ancient Rome, witches reportedly gathered in groups of 12. The 13th was believed to be the devil.
and Both Friday and the number 13 were once closely associated with capital punishment. In British tradition, Friday was the conventional day for public hangings, and there were supposedly 13 steps leading up to the noose.
and It is traditionally believed that Eve tempted Adam with the apple on a Friday. Tradition also has it that the Flood in the Bible, the confusion at the Tower of Babel, and the death of Jesus Christ all took place on Friday.
and Numerologists consider 12 a "complete" number. There are 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 apostles of Jesus. In exceeding 12 by 1, 13's association with bad luck has to do with just being a little beyond completeness.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: How is fear of the number thirteen demonstrated?
and More than 80 percent of high-rises lack a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th gate. Airplanes have no 13th aisle. Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13. Italians omit the number 13 from their national lottery. On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half. Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. In France, socialites known as the quatorziens (fourteeners) once made themselves available as 14th guests to keep a dinner party from an unlucky fate. Many triskaidekaphobes, as those who fear the unlucky integer are known, point to the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck. Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names.
and If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.
GOOD FRIDAY: (The Friday before Easter)
and A child born on Good Friday and baptized on Easter Sunday has a gift of healing. If a boy, he should go into the ministry. Cut your hair on Good Friday to prevent headaches in the year to come. A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to heaven. Shed no blood on Good Friday, work no wood, hammer no nail.

H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N !


Judith HeartSong said...

Welcome to your new home Jude.... I like the superstitions posts:)

Jeannette said...

Very interesting.

Rose said...

Some of those superstitions are scary. I have a few of my own but they are minor compared to the list your provided. LOL


moshell's lilbit of space said...

my son said that is immense, let me tell ya..

I love these...very interesting

kbear's heart 2 said...

Interesting..but i still like the lucky no. 13:-)~kbear