As today is Friday 13th, I thought I’d share with you a couple of superstitions that are connected with this date.
Friday is said to be the day that Christ was crucified, Judas hanged himself and it is the day that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Accordingly, it is considered to be the unluckiest day of the week, and clothes made on a Friday week reputedly not fit the wearer.
It is not a good day to undertake a new project, move house or start a new job, and on no account should an important journey be started on a Friday.
In the days of capital punishment in the UK, hangings were usually carried out on a Friday. It’s also considered an inauspicious day to be married or to give birth. Children born on a Friday may be burdened with more of their fair share of misfortunes in life.
Should a Friday fall on the thirteenth of the month, it is especially to be feared.
The number 13 is the number of people at the Last Supper, and superstition has it that it is unlucky to have 13 guests at a dinner party. Many hotels do not have a room number 13, and many tsk buildings do not have a 13th floor.
Washing one’s hair on the thirteenth of the month will bring a male child, and the thirteenth card in the major arcana of the tarot deck is the card for death.
I don’t personally bother too much with superstitions, but for some reason, Friday the 13th is the only one that has the power to check me from time to time.
How about you? Is there something in it do you think, or is it just a load of old wives tales designed by the early church to make people toe the line?
As ever, I’m interested in your thoughts.