It’s Friday the 13th! While some people believe this day to be unlucky, others believe it to be lucky, therefore is there any significance to it?
There are some people who despise the number 13. In fact, it has given rise to a new phrase that identifies persons who are afraid of the number 13. The term we’re referring to is “triskaidekaphobia.”
Triskaidekaphobia is a fear of the number 13 that causes people to refuse to sit in a seat with the number 13, wear a jersey with the number 13, and many other things. A few people, though, are fortunate.
Why Is Friday the 13th Considered Lucky?
The “day and the number were identified with the Great Goddesses and hence regarded as the sacred essence of luck and good fortune,” according to the Huffington Post.
The number 13 is also the number of “blood, fertility, and lunar potency,” according to the outlet. It represents the average number of menstruation cycles in a year, as well as an approximate number of annual cycles taken by the moon. In addition, it is thought to be the number of the Great Goddesses.
In short, the 13th was once thought to be a “festival of Lady Luck’s lives and loves.”
Why does Taylor Swift call 13 Her Lucky Number?
Taylor is one of the countless persons that adore the number 13. The singer has mentioned it several times. Before each performance, the vocalist even places the number on her palm.
Taylor revealed her preoccupation with the number in an interview with MTV. “I was born on the 13th,” she explained. On Friday the 13th, I turned thirteen. In just 13 weeks, my debut record was certified gold. The beginning to my first #1 hit was 13 seconds long. I’ve always been in the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section, or row M, which is the 13th letter, whenever I’ve won an award.”
Is There a Meaning Behind It?
Many people believe Friday the 13th is a day of bad omen because it was the day of countless bad incidents. While there is no one incident that can be traced back to the origins of this superstition, Donald Dossey, the founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, believes it stems from a Norse myth about 12 gods.
According to Mental Floss, “a 13th guest, the malevolent and mischievous deity Loki, disrupted a banquet at Valhalla, the mythical hall where great Norse heroes feasted for eternity after they died.” As a result of the dark time of grief that followed the loss of such great gods by this uninvited 13th guest, the number 13 was stigmatized as unlucky.”