13 September 2019
For the first time in 13 years, a full moon falls on Friday the 13th. For those who believe it to be true, those events bring disruption and negativity all around.
A full moon supposedly has the power to knock your sleep patterns off, affecting your mood and behaviour – even increasing anxiety.
Combine this with the existing superstitions and anxiety around Friday 13th and it seems that there’s a perfect storm! But where does it all come from?
The fear of ‘13’ is such that there is a specific term for it: triskaideskaphobia. Supposedly the fear comes from Christianity – the 13 people around the Last Supper table. Following which Judas betrayed Jesus, and so on. It is no surprise then that dining with 13 around the table is seen by some as bad luck; Harry Potter fans can vouch for that.
Apollo 13 disaster also compounded the fear of the number for many triskaidekaphobes.
Add to this the trend of movies like Friday 13th, the Da Vinci Code and the myth of Loki, and there is little wonder that 13 triggers a warning for some of us!
Good or bad luck
Yet, many people also see the number 13 as lucky. In Italy, sitting at a table of 13 is seen as fortunate. In Cantonese, the number 13 sounds similar to the words meaning ‘sure to live’, so is considered lucky by many people in places like Hong Kong and Macau.
So what do you think?
I believe that we can choose how we react to superstitions. We have the power to train our brains to believe that we will have a bad day because of the date, or that we will have a good day regardless.
Certainly for me, I choose to join in with the jokes of spooky events and superstitions for the date, but certainly don’t let that knock my mood or confidence. If anything it probably has the opposite effect just to prove contrary to popular opinion!
So, will you have an Unlucky Friday 13th or a Feel Good Friday? Let me know in the comments below!