Friday the 13th?
Researched, Compiled, Edited & Presented by:
Gentle Warrior -
you must understand that my interest in Friday the 13th stems from my
being born on a Friday the 13th. I believe it to be lucky of course but
after some online research let's allow you to be the judge for yourself.
Oh, and speaking of numerology, after completing 4 campaigns in my first
tour serving in the U.S. Army, my tour end date was 09/11/91
Where did the superstition of Friday the 13th come from and why is Friday
the 13th considered to be so evil?
One theory holds that it came about not as the result of a convergence of
a large group of superstitions, but a catastrophe, a single historical
event that happened nearly 700 years ago.
It appears that the
superstition stems from the events that took place on Friday, October 13,
1307. On that day, the Pope of the Roman Catholic church, along with the
King of France, sentenced the "the
Knights Templar (arguably a part of the Priory De Scion)" to death and
ordered the torture and crucifixion of their leader
The catastrophe was the decimation of the Knights Templar, the legendary
order of "warrior monks" formed towards the end of the Christian Crusades
to combat Islam. They were renowned as a fighting force for 200 years, but
by the 1300s the order had grown so large and powerful it was perceived as
a political threat by kings and popes alike and was brought down by a
church-state conspiracy, as written by Katharine Kurtz in "Tales of the
Knights Templar" (Warner Books: 1995):
"On October 13, 1307, a day so infamous that Friday the 13th would become
a synonym for ill fortune, officers of King Philip IV of France carried
out mass arrests in a well-coordinated dawn raid that left several
thousand Templars knights, sergeants, priests, and serving brethren in
chains, charged with heresy, blasphemy, various obscenities, and
homosexual practices. None of these charges was ever proven, even in
France and the Order was found innocent elsewhere but in the seven years
following the arrests, hundreds of Templars suffered excruciating tortures
intended to force 'confessions,' and more than a hundred died under
torture or were executed by burning at the stake."
There are drawbacks to the "catastrophic day" theory, not the least of
which is that it attributes great cultural significance to a historical
event which is shrouded in obscurity. Even more challenging for this
theory is the fact that no one has been able to document the existence of
such beliefs prior to the 19th century. If people who lived before the
late 1800s perceived Friday the 13th as a taboo, there's no evidence
around to prove it. Some people suspect the thing is a thoroughly modern
phenomenon inflamed by 20th-century media hype.
Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings
don't have a 13th floor. It is though that If you have 13 letters in your
name, you will have the devil's luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson,
Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in
their names to name a few).
In North America and Europe, a significant portion of the population
behaves very strangely on Friday the 13th. They won't fly in airplanes,
host a party, apply for a job, get married or even start a new project.
Some people won't even come into work. In the United States, roughly 8
percent of the population is afraid of Friday the 13th, a condition known
as paraskevidekatriaphobia. "Friday the 13th" as we know it has its roots
in many traditions and cultures.
The superstition surrounding Friday the 13th is actually a combination of
two separate fears -- the fear of the number 13, called triskaidekaphobia,
and the fear of Fridays. The most familiar source of both these phobias is
Christian theology. Thirteen is significant to Christians because it is
the number of people who were present at the Last Supper (Jesus and his 12
apostles). Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th member of
the party to arrive.
Christians have traditionally been wary of Fridays because Jesus was
crucified on a Friday, It is therefore a day of penance for
Christians. In addition to that, some theologians hold that Adam and Eve
ate from the forbidden fruit on a Friday, and that the Great Flood began
on a Friday. God tongue-tied the builders of the Tower of Babel on a
Friday and the Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday as well. In the
past, many Christians would never begin any new project or trip on a
Friday, for fear that the endeavor would be doomed from the start.
It is said: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, all will die within
the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically
expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894).
Another early superstition having to do with the number 13, which is still
observed today, is said to have originated by the Hindus, who thought that
it was unlucky for 13 people to gather in the same place. An identical
superstition was attributed to the Vikings though some scholars debate
that this information is incorrect I found the story to go as follows:
Twelve gods were invited to a banquet at Valhalla. Loki, the Evil One, god
of mischief, had been excluded from the guest list but crashed the party
anyway, bringing the total number of attendees to 13. True to character,
Loki raised hell by inciting Hod, the blind god of winter, to attack
Balder the Good, who was a favorite of the gods. Hod took a spear of
mistletoe offered by Loki and obediently hurled it at Balder, killing him
It is said: Never
change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams. Don't start a trip on
Friday or you will have misfortune. If you cut your nails on Friday, you
cut them for sorrow. Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck ?
as in the tale of H.M.S. Friday ... One hundred years ago, the British
government sought to quell once and for all the widespread superstition
among seamen that setting sail on Fridays was unlucky. A special ship was
commissioned, named "H.M.S. Friday." They laid her keel on a Friday,
launched her on a Friday, selected her crew on a Friday and hired a man
named Jim Friday to be her captain. To top it off, H.M.S. Friday embarked
on her maiden voyage on a Friday, and was never seen or heard from again.
Theory also suggests the number 13 was purposely upheld by the priests of
patriarchal religions because it represented femininity. Thirteen was
allegedly revered in prehistoric goddess-worshiping cultures because it
corresponded to the number of lunar (menstrual) cycles in a year (13 x 28
= 364 days).
Post-patriarchal mythology is also rich with symbolic references to the
mystical power of 13. Besides Christ and his 12 disciples, there are Jacob
and his 12 sons, Odysseus and his 12 companions, Medea and her 12
princesses, Romulous and his 12 shepherds, Roland and his 12 peers, Arthur
and his 12 knights, and the head of Osiris and his 12 dismembered body
parts. Not to mention Scarlet O’Hara and her 13-inch waist. The United
States has a full complement of significant 13’s, beginning with the
original 13 colonies. The Great Seal pictures 13 stars, 13 bars, and a
bald eagle sporting 13 tail feathers, holding 13 arrows and 13 olive
branches. The official motto, "E Pluribus Unum" contains 13 letters.
What universal forces have defamed the wonderful number 13? Throughout the
streets of Paris, the Americas, and other parts of the world you can live
in apartment #12, or even #11, but the number thirteen is feared to the
point of deletion. What has made the people so afraid that flights are
avoided, days are feared, and tragedy is expected? The culture perceives
Friday the 13th synonymous with DEATH. But truth be known - 13 IS LIFE!
It IS the most magical number of them all! It is a number of PERFECTION.
It is the number of LIFE, it is the number of TIME, it is the number of
the ETERNAL PROMISE!
HUMAN LIFE = (ONE) + (ONE) = (ONE)
sperm (13 chromosomes) + 1 Ovum (13 chromosomes) = 26 (zygote)
(Thirteen) + (Thirteen) = 26
Leonardo Fibonacci discovered a mathematical pattern found in the
structure of LIFE. It is the mathematical pattern which creates seashells,
flowers, plant stems. This formula is reflected throughout the breeding
patterns of rabbits, bees, and even in the quantum multiplication of
electrons. The formula for LIFE is the sum of two preceding numbers,
starting with the ONE.
(1) + 1 + 2 + 3+ 5+8+13 (all life begins in the ONE)
Precession is the measurement of the Earth's Vernal Point in an east to
west direction across the sky. One Precessional Year or cycle takes 26,000
normal years, it is the largest and most perfect
measurement of TIME. And is constructed of Twelve Great Precessional Ages
or Platonic Months of 2,150 Years, which determines the era of a
(One ) + 12 = 13
Precessional Year is 12 Platonic Months = 13 or (26,000 years)
One Zodiac + 12 Signs = 13
Year is 12 months (cycles) = 13
(ONE) + (Twelve) = 13 (life begins in the ONE).
JESUS + 12 Disciples = 13
For a reflective people are these not SIGNS?
For a scientific people are these not SIGNS?
These are simple FACTS. Don't believe the lies!! Embrace the number,
meditate upon it, and celebrate it! It is very nature of your being, it is
what makes YOU, and it is what will help SAVE YOU, because in it is the
promise of ETERNAL LIFE - it is GLORIOUS! Everything was CREATED by DIVINE
What does this really mean?
The Mayan calendar renowned for its astronomical precision (it is the most
astronomically correct calendar ever created), consists of a series of
cycles of TIME, known as Bak'tun's. The Mayans believed the entire span of
TIME was to last exactly 13 Bak'tun cycles. After the end of the 13th
cycle the world was determined to end in cosmic cataclysm! Astronomers
were finally able to coordinate the ancient Mayan calendar with ours
during a solar eclipse in 1991, which the Maya predicted to the MINUTE
many millennia ago. The mortal fear behind this discovery is that
according to the Mayan calendar this world will end on December 2012, our
10,000BC - 9,000BC - 8,000BC - 7,000BC - 6,000BC - 5,000BC - 4,000BC -
3,000BC - 2,000BC - 1,000BC - 0 - 1,000CE - 2,000CE = 13 Bak'tuns
2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 -2010
- 2011 - 2012 = 13 Years
Remember the great Mayan civilizations disappeared without a trace,
creating a mystery modern 'modern' man cannot solve. No one really knows
where they went!!
What does this really mean???
***In the Nation's Capitol the father of "ONE nation under God," George
Washington, is memorialized in the rotunda ceiling on a mural entitled,
The Apophiosis of Washington. The mural pictures the nations first father
surrounded by 13 maidens.
Original colonies = 13
Coincidence? There is no such thing!
"God does not play dice!" Albert Einstein 1879 - 1955
Basketball superstar, international cultural icon, and real life hero
Micheal Jordan retired from the NBA after completing 13 AMAZING seasons as
the most successful sports superstar of ALL TIME on Wednesday January 13,
1999. Thanks Mike!!
January 13, 1999
Zygote Media Networks, Inc. officially launches The Millennium Resource
Report® project Wednesday January 13, 1999!!!! It was no coincidence.
By the way; Mayan time is known as 13:20 which added equals 33. Well is
that the origin?
So when it all comes down to
it.. after reading over all the information about different beginnings for
the vexed day its disappointing to come to the conclusion that Friday the
13th is probably just a bad story created to scare children and pagans
alike. At least it made for a good movie series.
Compiled, Edited & Presented by:
Gentle Warrior -
Thanks to the
Forbidden Knowledge website for portions of the article above.
(January 13, 2003)
Brewer, E. Cobham. "The
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable."
Bowen, John. "Friday
Salon magazine, (13 Aug 1999)
Friday the 13th Bad for Your Health?"
British Medical Journal.
History Of Friday The 13th."
Gabriella Kalapos (October 13, 2000)
Brief History of Friday the 13th"
Joe Nickell & Matt Nisbet
How stuff works
HowStuffWorks, Inc (1998-2004)
& David Lozier (2004)
"Tales of the Knights
Templar" Katharine Kurtz (Warner Books: 1995)