Friday The 13th, Yesterday

Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Oh my god! It sounds awful! How long have I got!

Well fortunately on this occasion, it appears not to be terminal, but only because there are only two more this year. But get this, the next one is next month.

Around the time they are considering scheduling my procedure.

Gulp.

If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man, You win some, lose some, It’s all the same to me……

Fortunately, I don’t suffer from the very real fear of Friday the 13th or as it is called

Friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Sounds painful. Well it must be. It can leave some folk bed ridden for an entire day ūüėČ I may even be one of them if they schedule¬†the procedure¬†for then, I mean, it’s nearly mid March isn’t it? I am certain¬†a date¬†will make no difference to my surgery what so ever. The team as I have said before is very competent and the surgeons are some of the best in the world in this field; and I’m positive I’m not just saying this to make myself feel better, I’m sure I’m not

But…

As someone who says good morning to magpies and doesn’t willingly walk under ladders, although not bothered about a date, I’m still not keen!

Completely daft isn’t it? How something as little as a date on a calendar can have you questioning your usual sane mind. It’s¬†Friday¬†13th today and I’m not bothered about it at all. I wouldn’t have given it a second thought had I not been writing this little piece of page filling. Why then does it strike fear into some and make me question my own odd take on superstition. Where did it come from and why do we fear it so much?

In America alone there are between 17 and 21 million people who fear the day so much, they refuse to travel, work or do anything that may involve exposing themselves to potential bad luck. Here in the UK their number is much smaller but at several million it is still representative of a culture that maybe invest a bit too heavily in the dark stories that surround the date.

The most obvious origin is the crucifixion of Jesus on a Friday. Then there was the 13 guests at the Last Supper, the 13th guest being Judas Iscariot the traitor with the 30 pieces of silver.

However constant references to it only serve to reinforce its myth. The Da Vinci Code told of a link with the Knights Templar, whom according to historians were accused of heresy on October 13th 1307 by King Philip IV of France.

In Norse mythology, the goddess of love and fertility, Frigga was labelled a witch and banished. Legend then started that every Friday, the malicious goddess assembled the devil and eleven other witches (13 in total) and plotted evil fateful deeds for the coming week. For many years Friday was known as the “Witches’ Sabbath” in Scandinavia.

The most sensible however is the simple fact that everything revolves around the number 12. 12 Apostles, 12 Descendants of Mohammed, 12 hours on a clock, 12 months of the year, 12 gods of Olympus, the list kind of goes on endlessly thus making the number 13 the somewhat poor relation that required a club, known as The Thirteen Club to be formed to disprove it.

Well whatever the reason is, it is kept in our minds by popular culture and everyone thinking it is unlucky. Imagine if there were no media to support it and people didn’t talk about it for a hundred years. It would probably die a death like all other long forgotten superstitions that make no real sense in the modern world.

I mean, could you ever consider being afraid of not keeping an acorn in the window to keep lightening out? A wild bird in the house being the sign of death? And the best one yet, what about turning a loaf of bread over after you have cut a slice from it causing death or pestilence or disaster of some description. I think if these are anything to go by, we should be pretty safe with a number being unlucky on a specific day.

So with this in mind, I think I will put my trust in science rather than superstition but if I find myself on the operating table on the next day that causes Friggatriskaidekaphobia, I shall probably have my fingers firmly crossed.

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

6 thoughts on “Friggatriskaidekaphobia

  1. Osyth says:

    Great piece … and I speak as someone who gathers new supersticions like burrs on a woolly jumper. But the good news is that here in France, Friday 13th is considered lucky and lottery takings today will soar – they always do as non betters sneak in for a flutter considering their chances all the higher. So my suggestion to you, apart from wearing an Evil Eye and keeping your fingers crossed, should the date of your op be Friday 13th … grow a moustache claim tenuous French heritage for the day ūüėČ

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