Friday the 13th – No really, It’s a good day!
Many of people suffer from Triskaidekaphobia – a fear of Friday the 13th. Yes, it’s a real thing. There are many reasons why: the Apollo 13 launch and explosion or the arrest of the Knights Templar by Philip IV of France. Some say that the fear goes back to the former Apostle Judas – who was the 13th. It’s true. Many hotels don’t have a 13th floor. Some parking lots have no numbered spot that has the number 13 in it. The Society of the Irish Motor Industry even registration system of new vehicle plates adjusted in 2013. http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/2013-number-plates-to-be-changed-to-avoid-unlucky-13-26890349.html
It’s true. There have been some horrible things that have happened on Friday the 13th in history:
• Buckingham Palace was hit by five German bombs on Friday September 13 1940 with both King George VI and Queen Elizabeth coming close to being killed. One member of the royal staff died and the palace chapel was destroyed
• A Chilean Air force plane ‘disappeared’ in the Andes on Friday 13 October 1972, with 16 survivors turning up two months later. They had been forced to eat dead passengers in order to survive
• Rapper Tupac Shakur died of his wounds on Friday September 13 1996 six days after being shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting
• The Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground on Friday 13 in January 2012 off the western coast of Italy killing 30 people
But you know what? It’s no different than any other day. Horrible things happen all the time, and every day. We as a society just choose to focus on this one day as it rarely occurs. This is one fear that I refuse to perpetuate. Friday the 13th is my lucky day. I can’t think of a single thing that has gone wrong for me on this day (unlike Mercury retrogrades, ugh!). I got an idea. Let’s bring back the 13th Club – and this time? We make it cooler!
The original Thirteen Club, founded by one Captain William Fowler in 1882 and had at least FIVE U.S. presidents as members. While these guys pushed the superstitions to the limit, walking under ladders and opening umbrellas indoors, we don’t have to do that! http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/03/13/morituri-te-salutamus/ The new 13th Club would explore superstitions from around the world. And if we can’t defeat them? We minimize them! I’m a witch after all! Who’s with me?