Very Superstitious: Friday the 13th and the Reason Behind It’s Avoidance

By Robin Chappell

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Don’t walk under any ladders, don’t break any mirrors, don’t spill any salt, and don’t walk by any black cats! Happy Friday the 13th!”


Greetings and welcome to my author page and blog for those who decided they’d like to follow in the darkness and the weirdness! Today just happens to be Friday the 13th, and not only that! There is a full blood moon tonight if you’d like to get even more spooky and into it’s phenomenons. I write a blog about Friday the 13th every year for those who believe in superstition and even to enlighten those whom may not! I’m in love with the history of it and how through just the simplicity of rumored myths, a few biblical references, and the culture of movies and entertainment; it’s become one of the most avoided days in history!

People are known to avoid numerous activities during Friday the 13th because of the rumors that it presents disaster and bad luck. Couples will rarely get married on a Friday the 13th, some people avoid flying on airplanes, and any specific fear inducing activity. So what brought about the fear of the number 13? Well, religiously, the 13th is supposedly the recorded date that Jesus was crucified, in addition to it being a Friday. Judas was the 13th disciple to sit at the table with Jesus before he was seized…and we should all know the bad luck and betrayal that guy brought to the entire story. So now the number 13 is like the plague.

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It’s known to cause chaos and put certain situations off balance. It is unlucky for 13 people to sit at a dinner table together. Some hotels do not have a 13th floor or let guests stay in a room that would be numbered 13, and when on an elevator the floors will jump from the 12th floor to the 14th floor. Although, now that the Friday Jesus died is considered “Good Friday”, it still invokes fear and is considered bad luck when paired with the number 13.

I feel that the only way most superstitions and myths can exist is through believers. What you don’t believe in and give your energy to cannot harm you, so even though I am amused by it’s history and back stories, I’m not a believer in this day causing bad luck to anyway. I’m more than happy it’s finally Friday! I am even more excited about the blood moon that will be out tonight and hope that you will also be lucky enough to enjoy it with clear skies.

What is known as the “blood moon” is really September’s “Harvest Moon”. It will be the first full moon that can be vividly seen around the entire country. The next one will not appear for another 30 years so don’t miss it and spread the word! More facts at the link below! What other spooky facts and superstitions can you share about Friday the 13th? Have a fun one!

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