Lucky Friday the 13th
Lucky Friday the 13th by Cauldron Living Staff Writer thelma6954
Friday the 13th is considered by many to be an unlucky day. There are separate negative connotations for the day Friday and the number 13 in many cultures, so when you put the two together in one day, it's regarded as a double "whammy" of bad luck. Because so many people subscribe to the negative superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th, it is estimated that *approximately $1 billion dollars in commerce is lost each year around the world by people who will avoid flying, traveling, sealing business deals, shopping or even going to work on a Friday the 13th. The technical name for fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia, which comes from the Greek word, "paraskevi," meaning Friday, and "dekatria," which is how the number 13 is pronounced in Greek. Any month whose first day falls on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th. Although most years have at least one Friday the 13th, there are two occurrences of Friday the 13th in the year 2006; one is in January, and the other in October.
http://www.cauldronliving.com/images/articles/frigg.jpgWhile many regard this day as extremely unlucky, for Wiccans, Pagans, and Witches, Friday the 13th is considered a very lucky one to perform spells, rituals and works of magick. If you don't believe in "luck" as such, then consider it a more favorable time for spells and rituals. Both the day, Friday, and the number, 13, are powerful and positive ones for us, which I'll explain shortly. When you combine the strength of the two together, it becomes a significant and powerful day.
The day "Friday" is named after the female Norse deity worshipped on the sixth day, known either as Frigg (Goddess of marriage and fertility), or Freya (Goddess of sex and fertility), or both, the two figures having become intertwined in the handing down of myths over time. Frigg/Freya corresponds to Venus, the Goddess of love of the Romans. Thus, Friday is not only named after a female Deity, but it has the distinction of being the only day of the seven named after a female Deity. Friday was actually considered quite lucky by pre-Christian Teutonic peoples, especially as a day to get married, because of its traditional association with love and fertility. In early Pagan cultures, Friday was a day of celebration and worship of female Deity. However, once the early Christian Church was established, it went to great lengths to suppress these celebrations, labeling Frigg/Freya as a Witch, and calling Friday the "Witches' Sabbath," associating it with the Devil. The Church's position was if Friday was a "holy" day for heathens, it must then be an evil day for Christians. King Philip IV, with the aid of Pope Clement V, chose this day of superstition to arrest the Knights Templar. Christianity also attributed just about everything negative and terrible that ever happened in their history to Friday. Some examples include the crucifixion of Jesus; Eve offering Adam the apple in the Garden of Eden; Cain murdering his brother, Abel; the Great Flood; the confusion of tongues at the Towel of Babel; and even the Last Supper.
http://www.cauldronliving.com/images/articles/freya.jpgThe number 13 was also considered ominous and foreboding by the early Church, and the superstitions around this number continue to the present day. This number represented the number of people present at the Last Supper of Christ, with the 13th one to arrive being Judas, who later betrayed Him. In the Middle Ages, the Church claimed that the Devil was the 13th member of every Witches' coven. The number 13 was also commonly associated with the number of menstrual cycles women had in each year, thus making it a sacred number to Pagans because it represented femininity and at the same time, made it a number to be reviled by Christian patriarchy.
For modern day Pagans, Wiccans, and Witches, the number 13 has a positive and rich history. In ancient Goddess-worshiping cultures, the number 13 was considered a sacred and lucky number because it corresponded to the number of Lunar cycles in a year with 13 Full Moons. *A 27,000 year old carving, call the "Earth Mother of Laussel," was found near the Lascaux caves in France and depicts a female figure holding a crescent-shaped horn bearing 13 notches. The number 13 was also established as the maximum and appropriate number to make up a "formal" Wiccan/Witches coven to fully cast the Circle. Some people speculate that the number 13 was chosen because it's the number of people that a "standard" circle with a 9 foot diameter could comfortably hold (12 members and a High Priest or Priestess). Others tell the legend that the Witches of the North used to observe their Esbat by gathering in a cemetery in the dark of the Moon. On one such occasion, the Friday Goddess, Freya, came down from Her sanctuary in the mountaintops and appeared before the group who numbered only 12 at the time. She gave them one of her cats, (cats being Her sacred animal) making the Witches' coven a total of 13, and by tradition since then, every properly-formed coven has been comprised of exactly 13. The traditional Goals of a Witch also number 13.
So, when the day Friday is combined with the 13th day of the month, we have a double dose of Pagan symbolism comprised of female and Goddess significance. In pre-Christian times, Friday the 13th was therefore a celebration and festival day for Pagans and thought to be especially lucky because it combined the Goddess' sacred day with Her sacred number. After the dawn of Christianity, Friday the 13th eventually changed into an unlucky day filled with negative superstitions for many that continue to the present day. However, today most Pagans, Wiccans, and Witches understand, appreciate, and believe in the positive, favorable, and powerful attributes of lucky Friday the 13th.
Friday the 13th is a most appropriate day to concentrate on spells and works of magick having to do with friendship, reconciliation, beauty, and love. The colors associated with this day for candles, flowers, and clothing are white, pink, coral, red, rose, and purple. The most appropriate herbs to use on this day are cinnamon, cowslip, daisy, maidenhair, mistletoe, myrrh, primrose, strawberry, and violet. Specific stones to use for Friday the 13th include pearl, moonstone, pink quartz, rose quartz, and pink tourmaline.
thelma6954 is a practicing eclectic solitary Wiccan and Witch on staff at Cauldron Living. She enjoys writing articles about Wicca and Witchcraft and also moderates several online message boards regarding Wicca, music, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered issues. Prior to a disability, she worked as a medical assistant and paralegal. She has a grown son and daughter and two grandchildren. She's originally from southern California, but currently resides in northeast Texas with her boyfriend, son, cats Luna, Deuce, Jade, and Smokey, and turtles Freya and Loki.
thelma's son, Chuck, creates unique and custom-made signs and plaques, hand-painted treasure and trinket boxes, and sacred or whimsical one-of-a-kind gifts. Stop by and visit Chuck's Sign of the Times at the Cauldron Living Market.