It’s October, time for pumpkins, apple cider and ghost stories. Piercing screams, ghostly mists, black cats and the number 13 are all part of what I call “the spooky season.” But like the beautiful, black cat maybe poor number 13 is getting a bad rep for nothing. Is 13 lucky or not so lucky? That is our question today.
Okay, get out your notebooks out there will be a brief history lesson on Friday the 13th. And I do mean brief 🙂
Friday the 13th can be traced all the way back to Rome where the number 13 was always associated with misfortune and death. Christian beliefs state that Judas, who later betrays Jesus, was the 13th person at the Last Supper. Then Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
That’s it for the history lesson. I told you it would be brief 🙂
Now, what else dooms the number 13 as unlucky?
- There are 13 witches in a coven.
- It’s considered unlucky to have 13 guests at your dinner table.
- Many high-rise buildings avoid the 13th floor.
- Many people believe Apollo 13 was a doomed mission.
- 13 on Tarot cards symbolizes death.
So what do you think? Is 13 just another number? Or something more sinister? Do you hide out on Friday the 13th waiting for Saturday the 14th or do you use it as an easy excuse for anything that may go wrong on that day?
Let’s hear it…