Happy Friday the 13th Everyone!
Why do I mention this? Well, it seems to be an old American tradition that if a Friday happens to fall on the 13th day of any given month, then strange and unexpected things are supposed to happen.
The number 13 is often regarded as unlucky; furthermore, in Italian culture Fridays are considered an unlucky day. Therefore, when the famous Italian opera composer Gioachino Rossini passed away on Friday, November 13, 1868, it came as no surprise that the fateful calendar day played a part in his untimely demise—of course it had nothing to do with him suffering from an incurable illness at the time.
Some sources also say that this unpopular day may also have some historical precedence with Jesus Christ’s last days before his crucifixion on what is referred to in Christendom as Good Friday.
Regardless, popular culture has also played apart in fostering this notion that a specific date on the Gregorian calendar can cause so much grief. For example, authors like Dan Brown and John J. Robinson mentioned a rather bleak historical episode concerning the arresting and subsequent execution of Knights Templar by King Philip IV of France.
Of course, there’s the ever-popular Friday the 13th series of horror-genre films that certainly help to perpetuate this superstition.
And let’s not forget the ubiquitous Black Cat. Heaven forbid one should cross your path! That’s a trip to “Bad-Luck-Ville” right there. LOL!
The ominous mystique of black cats can be traced back to Ancient Egyptian times when they were worshipped at emissaries of the Gods. Anyone who killed a cat would have been severely punished or even killed back then.
Later, during the Dark Ages through to the Pilgrims of the New World, black cats were considered familiars to witches and agents of The Devil. People were actually killed for owning a black cat!
Now-a-days, black cats are just as common place as pets as Golden Retrievers. Though they still have way more “cattitude” than any dog I’ve ever seen—so there must be something to this myth after all!
Finally, there’s an actual psychological phobia term for fear of Friday the 13th called Paraskevidekatriaphobia! Whew! That’s a mouthful.
On a positive note, the Geminid Meteor Shower will be fully visible tonight, so that’s actually good luck!