Why Is Friday the 13th So Unlucky? – And Some Other Superstitions

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Friday The 13th



How was your Friday the 13th? Are you still in one piece to live another day with a sigh of relief that you made it unscathed? Some people fear today so intensely that they wouldn’t dare leave the house. What if something bad happened? It’s a real phobia (what isn’t a phobia these days?!) and psychologists have named it Paraskaveekatriaphobia.

Let’s have a look at where this all originated from…nice and easy now!

Origins Of Friday The 13th

It appears to have all started around the Middle Ages and some believe that it goes as far back during Biblical times. For all the superstitions have that have existed, this is by far the most popular. There will be a Friday the 13th at least once a year and it’s possible to have three of them in the exact same year. No wonder it’s grown in popularity, no sooner is there one over until the fear of the next one is imminent.

To many cultures like the Egyptians, Chinese and even to the Ancient Sumerians, the number 13 is and was seen as lucky, especially when it falls on a Friday.

It seems that it original meaning in my opinion was watered down over the centuries in the Western World.

Examples Where It’s Raised It’s Head

  • At Jesus’ last supper, there were 13 dinner guests, or disciples if you are religious and one of them led him to his untimely death.
  • There were twelve apostles and there are twelve signs in the Zodiac.
  • In witchcraft, it’s thought that thirteen members form a coven.
  • In Pagan Rome, Friday was the day of execution.
  • France 1307, a bulk of The Knights Templars were seized on Friday 13th of October and tortured.
  • Columbus set his ship on the Western Hemisphere October 13th 1492. It was later changed to October the 12th.
  • In the Tarot, the card Death is number thirteen.

Who Would Deem Friday The 13th Lucky?

  • The number 13 is a feminine number when you count the number of menstrual cycles for the average woman.
  • The Egyptians believed that there are 13 stages in one’s life, the last being death in the physical – and back into eternal life.
  • Someone born on Friday the 13th!
  • 13 is the number of blood, fertility and lunar potency
  • Friday the 13th is a celebration of the lives and the loves of Lady Luck
  • In Wicca, 13 is the perfect number of members of a certain group

Some Funny Superstitions

  1. Whatever you do, don’t open an umbrella indoors because that means it will rain – I can remember going to my Grand-parents house to show off my new neon pink umbrella to them, or something to that effect, it was in the early 80s, we didn’t have a million and one Frozen umbrellas to choose. Anyway, I had no sooner opened the brolly halfway up when I got trampled on by my Mother and Grand-parents. All I can recall hearing is, “Jaysus get it off her, it’s gonna rain now, me washin is gonna be ruined”, and “Oh god bless us and save us she’s only gone and opened the feckin umbrella!” My face was surely a picture!
  2. Walking under a ladder will bring you bad luck – This superstition goes back to the times of the gallows, it had thirteen steps up to it. If you took the risk and walked under it then the spirit of the dead person would enter you. To the Egyptians, when they placed a ladder against a wall it became a sacred pyramid and you don’t wanna go through it if you have any wit about you. To me, I’d be more worried about a tin of paint dropping on my head than anything else!
  3. Throwing some salt over your left shoulder after you spilled some salt – The Sumerians did this possibly 3,500 years BC which then spread to the Egyptians, Assyrians and then to the Greeks. Unfortunately nobody really knows how this superstition began, but it did occur and still does to this day.
  4. Touching or knocking wood to prevent bad luck happening to someone who is talking about the ifs and maybes of their lives. It’s in turn changed into people tapping their head when they say “touch wood” letting on that they are hollow like a tree. Nothing going on in here, time to move on, I didn’t mean it because I knocked on the side of my head and said touch wood!
  5. Putting shoes on a table is bad luck. If you took the risk and put new shoes on the table, you would get the same reaction as you would if you tried to open an umbrella indoors, “that’s it, the luck’ll walk away from her!” Or we can go back into mining days when they used to place the boots/shoes on the table as to inform them of a death in the family. (I have to laugh at Charlie Chaplain right now and the reaction he got after his entertaining boot dance on the table!)
  6. If you see a black cat crosses your path you’re doomed. The Ancient Egyptians worshiped them. It was Charles the 1st that began the condemnation when his black cat died, he then lost all of his luck


To me, superstitions will forever exist because they reason with many people. They are stuck in their ways, and I will be the first to admit, I was too.

Looking at life, every day living we can think every thing is bad luck and the world is against us and that’s fine, we can feel nice and safe in that bubble.

Or, we always have a choice to burst the bubble and find the root of the pain…you’ll soon realize that it’s been there all along for you…just waiting for you to lift the lid my friends.

Thank you for reading my little blog. Don’t hesitate about leaving a comment or a question. I will get back to you.

Many Blessings To You All,



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