Friday is named after the Goddess Frigga, who blesses marriage and fertility. The number 13 has many associations with luck and good fortune in pre-Christian or non-Christian cultures. From the Chinese to the Egyptians, and stretching as far back in time to the 27,000 year old prehistoric carving of the Venus of Laussel, the number 13 has been important.
"Lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectation, and adopt a resilient attitude that transform bad luck into good." - Richard Wiseman
Celebrate Friday the 13th by :
- Petting a black cat! Cats are sacred to Frigga, after whom Friday is named.
- Getting a "bakers' dozen" (13) donuts or bagels in honor of the sacred round "holed stones", the psychic gateways of the British Isles. Share with your co-workers or friends!
- Kiss your spouse 13 times to gain the blessings of Frigga, goddess of marriage.
More 13 lore to celebrate:
- There are 13 Moons in a year
- There are 13 witches in a traditional coven
- 13 Notches on the horn carried by the Venus of Laussel
- There are 13 Buddhas in some schools of thought in India
- 13 original colonies in America
- The known universe is currently thought to be about 13.7 billion years old, with an error of about one percent.
- There are 13 zodiac constellations, which consist of the 12 signs in the astrological zodiac and Ophiuchus.
- In Judaism, 13 is considered a lucky number. One explanation for this is that the word אחד echad, Hebrew for 'one' and thus a way of describing the unique God, has the numerological value of 13 according to the Gematria system
- The ancient Maya used the number 13 in the development of their calendrical science which served as the basis of their cosmology as well. The 13:20 ratio expresses the frequencies and cycles of Creation, now scientifically verifiable through the latest discoveries about the classical period Mayan Calendar.
- In Sikhism, the number thirteen (13) is a number devoted to the remembrance of God, therefore it is also considered lucky by people who practice the Sikh faith.