A little Friday the 13th history is good for all of us to keep things in perspective.
It’s … Friday the 13th!
[Cue scary background music.]
Do you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia?
(Frigg—sometimes anglicized to Frigga—is the powerful Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named, and triskaidekaphobia means fear of the number thirteen.)
How did we come to be superstitious about Friday the 13th?
It’s All Norse to Me
Friday was actually considered lucky in pre-Christian times. But since then, it has taken on sinister connections: it’s supposedly the day Eve gave Adam the apple, the day the great flood started, the day the Temple of Solomon was destroyed … and of course the day Christ died on the cross.
It makes sense that the superstitious associations started when Christianity moved in, mainly to discredit and lessen Frigg worship.
The number 13 has inspired trepidation for centuries.
In numerology, 12 is the number of completeness: 12 apostles, 12 months in the year, 12 hours in the…
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