July 11, 2018
The superstitions and fear surrounding Friday the 13th has murky origins. There are references that can be found as far back as the 1300s with the Knights Templar through modern times. In my opinion, much of the demonization has come from the Judeo-Christian sect and their oppression of the feminine divine. Both the number thirteen and the sixth day of the week (Friday) have been associated with negative connotations from patriarchal societies and most definitely western cultures, whereas matriarchal cultures associate both number and day with positive aspects and connotations.
What’s In A Number
To understand the number thirteen, we should start by comparing it to twelve. In numerology ’12’ is the number of completeness. It is connected to the twelve hours of the clock and the twelve months of the year. But there are also several religious correlations:
It’s Not Just a Pagan Thing
Liking or honoring the 13th isn’t restricted to modern-day pagans, it’s been in our history for quite some time. In many pre-Christian cultures, Friday is linked to a day of worship. In many pagan societies, it’s the day to receive blessings from the gods. Many pagan cultures chose this 6th day of the week (Friday) to celebrate and honor their gods/goddesses for the gifts they had received in the days prior and to petition their chosen deity for a favor in the days of the coming week.
With all the ‘good luck’ and ‘perfect associations’ from pagan practices, it’s easy to see how the number 13 and Friday began to be vilified by non-pagan cultures and especially by the early Christian Church. As Christianity spread and denounced the old pagan ways, the concepts held by pagans became linked to negativity and evil. If the Bishops couldn’t convert a pagan concept into its Christian practice, then it was defamed and cursed. The number thirteen and Friday are good examples of this.
While the mainstream Western World runs in fear from Friday the 13th, many pagans shed those made up connotations and revel in the day as one to be celebrated with joy and excitement. It’s a time to let go of the old that may be holding you back and welcome in the new. It’s a day to honor the Divine (whatever that is to you) and connect with spirit for progress and positive transformation.
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Do you celebrate Friday the 13th?
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