Today isn't just Friday the 13th — it's also a full Moon! The combination of the day of the week, lunar phase, and number on the calendar don't all line up like this very often (it hasn't happened since 2000, and won't again until 2049!).
As a "looney" Moon girl, I happen to LOVE when the Moon is full. But today it's not just full, it's full in the positive, happy sign of Sagittarius (according to the calculations of Vedic astrology, that is).
Better yet, almost every other planet in the sky is in a good position in relation to the Moon today and tomorrow (something called "Gochara").
To have almost all the planets in good "Gochara" doesn't happen very often, and is very powerful, ensuring that things go as smoothly as they can.
So decide that today is your LUCKY DAY, and read on about why Friday the 13th is a pretty darn big deal…
Do you suffer from triskaidekaphobia?
(Fear of big foreign words —I mean, fear of Friday the 13th?)
Apparently, a whopping 17 to 21 MILLION Americans do! (And WHO KNOWS how many others all over the world?)
And we LOSE between $800 to $900 MILLION in business when that OMINOUS number falls on that UNHAPPY day...
Because people are afraid to do what they'd normally do. They won't fly, they won't buy stocks, they won't purchase a new car...
(I wasn't kidding when I joked above that you may feel afraid to leave the house... But many accidents happen at home, so maybe you SHOULD leave the house before you fall in the shower,or trip over the dog or something. KIDDING!)
Why all the worry over a number that just happens to coincide with a day of the week?
What's it all about, and how did it all start —and what do THE STARS have to do with it? ('Cuz you know they have SOMETHING to do with it...)
There are MANY theories of the origins of Friday the 13th.
And they come from many different cultures...
There's a Norse myth in which 12 gods are having a dinner party in heaven. In walks an uninvited 13th guest. He convinces the blind god of darkness to shoot the god of joy and gladness, "Balder the Beautiful" with a mistletoe-tipped arrow.
So he did, and Balder died, and the whole world mourned, and became dark.
Many Christians note that there were 13 guests at the Last Supper and that the last to arrive (hmmm, the 13th guest - sounds familiar) was Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, leading to his crucifiction.
As for what the stars have to do with any of this, it seems the number 13 is thought to be inauspicious, because it comes right AFTER the number 12.
12 is thought to be a number of completion.
There are 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac (aha! The celestial connection!), 12 hours in a day, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 apostles of Jesus. Even twelve days of Christmas...
In exceeding 12 by 1, it's thought that 13's association with bad luck is because it's unstable or imbalanced somehow...
It wasn't just in olden times that the number was feared. Today, more than 80% of highrises have no 13th floor. City streets that are numbered often "skip" 13th Avenue, airports often have no 13th gate, race tracks have no 13th horse stall, hospitals have no rooms numbered 13.
And who could forget the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13?
As for Friday, there are numerous theories as well...
It's the day Jesus was crucified.
Eve apparently tempted Adam with the "forbidden fruit" on a Friday.
And it's rumored that Cain killed Abel on Friday the 13th. (Seems to me these last two examples were before calendars... I'm just sayin'.)
It's likely that the degradation of Friday's reputation harkens back to Scandinavia and another Norse myth.
You see, Friday is actually named for the Norse goddess, Frigga, the goddess of love and fertility.
(It's the only day of the week named after a female. Interestingly, in other cultures Fridayis named after Venus, the Roman Goddess of love, too...)
When Germanic and Norse tribes were converted to Christianity, they stopped their Pagan traditions, and all mention of Frigga was disallowed.
It was thought that she hid in the mountains, and gathered on Fridays with eleven witches, and had a 13th guest (there it is again...) who just happened to be (wait for it)...
And together they'd plot negative events for the coming week.
Friday became known as "the Witches' Sabbath" in Scandinavia for centuries...
(You see, when you banish LOVE you become a WITCH! :))
So, I have a suggestion for this day - and for every day for that matter. Keep Reading...