Friday the 13th makes people behave strangely. Some people refuse to travel, get married, go to work, throw a party, apply for a job or even leave their bedrooms. Seems a little silly right? Not in North America and parts of Europe. According to research, approximately 17 to 21 million Americans suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia (a fear of Friday the 13th). What causes people to feel this way? Read on and find out.
Friday the 13th is considered to be unlucky because it combines two separate and unlucky fears, the fear of Fridays and the fear of the number 13. The two entities combine to create one gigantic clusterfuck of bad luck (pardon my language).
What’s So Bad About the Number 13?
There are several mythological and theological reasons that explain why 13 is considered unlucky. According to Norse mythology, 12 gods were having a dinner party, when an uninvited 13th guest arrived. Once there, the guest convinced the god of darkness to shoot the god of joy and gladness with an arrow. The god of joy and gladness was fatally wounded and the Earth grew dark and mourned. This can be paralleled to Christianity. At the Last Supper, it was Jesus and 12 apostles. Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th member to arrive. In addition to this, roman culture believed that witches gathered in groups of 12. The 13th member of the group was considered to be the devil.
According to numerologists, 13 is considered unlucky because it is positioned after the number 12. In numerology, 12 is considered a complete number.Take a minute to think of how many significant things are in 12. There’s 12 months in a year, 12 apostles, 12 zodiac signs and 12 Greek Gods. Numerologists believe that because 12 is exceeded by 1, it slightly beyond completeness. Because of this the number is considered restless and unstable.
Why is Friday Considered Unlucky?
The fear of Friday is deeply rooted within Christianity. Friday was the day many significant (and negative) events took place. For example Jesus was crucified on a Friday. In addition to the crucifixion, it is believed that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and the Great Flood occurred on Friday. It is also believed that Cain murdered Abel on Friday the 13th.
Many historians believe that Christian fear of Friday stem from its opposition of pagan religions. Friday’s name is derived from Frigg, the Norse goddess of love and sex. Because Frigg was an empowering female figure, she posed a threat to male dominated Christianity. In order to combat this, Christians portrayed her as a witch in order to vilify the day named after her. This also may have helped contribute to the fear of the number 13 because legend has it that she would meet with a coven of witches, making her the 13th member of the group.
Is Friday the 13th unlucky? Maybe so, but it also could be superstition and speculation. People who associate the number 13 or Fridays with bad luck are more prone to accidents or “bad luck” than those who don’t on days like Friday the 13th. From a psychological standpoint, they are causing their own “bad luck.”
Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what people had to say on Facebook and Twitter about the day.
@awardmethecrown on Twitter says “unless u live on crystal lake i don’t think it is. i’m not a big believer in superstition. you make your own luck imo.”
Mieshea W on Facebook says “not really cuz i was born on friday the 13th nd i’m not bad luck well i don’t think i am lol.”
Kelvin S on Facebook says “No, I don’t believe in stuff like that.”
What do you think? Is Friday the 13th really unlucky or is it silly superstition?