Friday 13 Superstitions Superstitition 666 Number of the Beast Bad Luck
Thirteen is a number that makes people cancel flights, change hotel rooms and mark their calendars in fear. Thirteen is a mighty omen of upcoming disasters.
The belief of the disastrous nature of thirteen is probably the most powerful superstition related to numbers and dates. The number is considered to bring even greater misfortune when it is a date, especially when the thirteenth of the month happens to be on a Friday. Why has this number been selected among the vast majority to bring troubles and misfortune?
THE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE THIRTEEN
An interesting fact is that the word Friday is derived from the name of the Scandinavian goddess Freya. Freya is connected to sex, love and fertility. How did these rather pleasant concepts combine with the number 13 to completely change the way in which people perceive this date?
When Christianity became a predominant religion, pagan beliefs had to be rooted out. Freya lost her powers and was proclaimed to be a witch.
The Bible is also responsible for making Friday a bad day. Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit on a Friday. Do you have any idea when the great flood started? If you think of Friday, you happen to be absolutely right.
How about the scary 13? Some historians believe that the superstition goes way back in history. The first humans learned how to count to 12 using their 10 fingers and their two feet. Thirteen was something unknown and scary.
Remember the biblical story of the Last Supper? In it, 12 apostles and Jesus share a meal… a total of 13 people
Hindus also believe that 13 people sharing a meal is a signal of upcoming disaster.
Vikings took the superstition even a step further. In their beliefs, if 13 people dine together, one of them is certain to die.
According to some ancient cultures, 13 is the number of the female beginning. One year has approximately 13 lunar, hence menstrual, cycles. Cultures that had supreme goddesses accepted the number 13 as holy.
Historical evidence of thirteen’s significance is also connected to the arrest and torture of the Knights Templar. Some documents state that this happened on Friday, October 13 1307.
THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST
Numerous superstitions are also connected to the number 666. This number is often called “the number of the beast”. The Bible’s Book of Revelations reads:
“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
This gave birth to various powerful superstitions related to the evil nature of the number. To avoid any disasters, highways numbered 666 were re-numbered. People expected disastrous things to happen on June 6 2006 (06.06.06).
DO NUMBERS REALLY AFFECT OUR LIVES?
These two brief examples illustrate the immense power numbers have on humans. Whether events connected to these numbers are predetermined or just in our heads, the strength of number-related superstitions remains in control of our lives. And probably all of us can admit having second thoughts about activities and initiatives taking place on the scary Friday 13.