Today is March 13th and it is Friday, making it the first Friday the 13th of 2020. Many view this day as bad luck and are careful with their actions but for others it is just another day. This all got me thinking about superstitions, where they come from and why we believe in them. Here is what I found.
Friday the 13th: This superstition is thought to originate with the Last Supper. It was attended by 13 people, Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples, the night before his crucifixion on Good Friday. Or you could trace this superstition back to Friday October 13th, 1307 when King Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of Knights Templar. They were charged with moral and financial corruption to which many pleaded guilty under torture. These events ensured every Friday the 13th would bring bad luck to all.
Don’t Walk Under a Ladder: This one is said to have started over 5000 years ago in Egypt. An open ladder or a ladder leaning against the wall is the shape of a triangle. The triangle is a sacred shape to Egyptians. They are the shape of the Pyramids, the trinity of the G-ds and to pass through them was desecrate to them. Now it seems common sense that you don’t want a ladder to fall on you. Either way it is a good idea to avoid them.
Don’t Break a Mirror : The superstition says that breaking a mirror will bring you seven years of back luck. This lies in the belief that a mirror is not just your reflection but holds bits of your soul.
Don’t Open your Umbrella Inside: This superstition is not a bad one as it keeps you from doing something that could hurt someone else. You don’t want to poke someone in the eye with your umbrella. Anyway, legend has it that a Roman woman many years ago opened her umbrella inside moments before her house collapsed.
Knock on Wood: Knocking on wood for good luck or to prevent disappointment is one of the most common superstitions in the US. This is thought to come from knocking loudly to scare away evil spirits. It seems like a silly thing to do but I find myself knocking on wood more than I would think.
There you have it, some common superstitions debunked. Perhaps this will help you enjoy Friday the 13th without feeling like there will be bad luck.
Happy Friday the 13th,