Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th – Not Always a “Bad Luck” Day

Image by Lars Sundstrom

Happy Friday the 13th!

Do you believer that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day? Do you approach every Friday the 13th with foreboding? Would you say that you have an intense fear of Friday the 13th?

If so, you’re not alone. According to Dr. Donald Dossey, approximately 21 million Americans have an intense fear, called paraskevidekatriaphobia, of Friday the 13th. (That translates into roughly 8 percent of Americans.)

But it might surprise you to know that Friday the 13th hasn’t always been a bad luck day. In fact, there’s a certain spiritual significance to the number 13 that has been tragically lost in all of the Black Friday superstition and hysteria surrounding this day.

How Friday the 13th got such a bad rap is explained in this Squidoo Lens. Even more interesting is the author’s run-down of the spiritual significance of the number 13 through many different cultures and spiritual traditions. It’s a fascinating read.

For those of you who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia, this article may cure your condition.

Read it and…


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