Are you superstitious? Friday the 13th is considered to be bad luck in western superstition. Superstition is a belief in a false conception of supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any physical process linking the two events, such as astrology, omens, witchcraft, etc, that contradicts natural science. Superstition are usually built up around old myths and handed down through the generations.

Where did the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th come from? Well it is basically because Friday is considered to be an unlucky day and 13, an unlucky number. In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness – twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve Apostles of Jesus, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. Friday has been considered an unlucky day associated with disasters such as Black Friday and not the day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. The fear of Friday the 13th has been called friggatriskaidekaphobia. Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to avoid walking under ladders and hang on to that rabbits foot.

Happy Flyday the 13th!

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. “ [Bertrand Russell]

“Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.” [Isaac Asimov]

“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” [Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic]

“If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” [Groucho Marx]

“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.” [Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations]

“If you believed in Christianity or Islam it was called ‘faith’, but if you believed in astrology or friday the thirteenth it was Superstition!” [Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World]

“Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother” [Voltaire]