Forget about Friday the 13th, nothing bad has ever happened to me on that “unlucky” day. But keep me away from days like today! Monday the 13th…ugh. I mean, what good EVER happens on a Monday? It’s the beginning of another workweek. You have an entire FIVE DAYS to get through before you can relax and gear up for another weekend.
Truth be told, however, I’ve never felt any bad luck on any day which would suggest a superstitious cause. Where did the whole anti-13 idea begin, anyway?
Well, it’s common knowledge that on “Black Friday,” October 13, 1307, Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay and 60 Templar Knights “arrested,” tortured, or outright slaughtered. The Catholic Church felt threatened by the work of the Freemasons. After a relatively short period of back-and-forth between the Church and the Templars, King Philip IV of France used forced confessions by de Molay and other Templars to sentence 54 Templars to be burnt at the stake on 10–12 May 1310.
That would be a motivator for a superstition for Friday the 13th, but the 10-12 May should also be frighteningly intimidating, iI had anything to say about it.
What other reason is 13 considered unlucky? Let’s see if I can name a few reasons:
- Traditionally thirteen is reported as the number of steps leading up to a gallows.
- Apollo 13 was the only unsuccessful mission by the United States of America’s NASA program to land a mission on the moon
- In Christianity, the Last Supper had thirteen attendants, during which Jesus Christ revealed that one of the guests would betray him. Legend tells that afterward one of the Apostles, Judas Iscariot, did so and turned Jesus over to the Romans. This led to the crucifixion of Jesus.
- Witches were claimed to gather in groups (a coven) of twelve and during such ceremonies, the devil would appear as the thirteenth attendee.
Well, the U.S. started with 13 colonies. That can’t be a bad thing.