Is Friday 13th really unlucky?

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Long considered a harbinger of bad luck, Friday the 13th has inspired a late 19th-century secret society, an early 20th-century novel, a horror film franchise and not one but two unwieldy terms—paraskavedekatriaphobia and friggatriskaidekaphobia—that describe the fear of this supposedly unlucky day.

The Fear of 13

Just like walking under a ladder, crossing paths with a black cat or breaking a mirror, many people hold fast to the belief that Friday the 13th brings bad luck. Though it’s uncertain exactly when this particular tradition began, negative superstitions have swirled around the number 13 for centuries.

While Western cultures have historically associated the number 12 with completeness (there are 12 days of Christmas, 12 months and zodiac signs, 12 labours of Hercules, 12 gods of Olympus and 12 tribes of Israel, just to name a few examples), its successor 13 has a long history as a sign of bad luck.

The ancient Code of Hammurabi, for example, reportedly omitted a 13th law from its list of legal rules. Though this was probably a clerical error, superstitious people sometimes point to this as proof of 13’s longstanding negative associations.

Fear of the number 13 has even earned a psychological term: triskaidekaphobia.

Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky?

According to biblical tradition, 13 guests attended the Last Supper, held on Maundy Thursday, including Jesus and his 12 apostles (one of whom, Judas, betrayed him). The next day, of course, was Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.

The seating arrangement at the Last Supper is believed to have given rise to a longstanding Christian superstition that having 13 guests at a table was a bad omen—specifically, that it was courting death.

Though Friday’s negative associations are weaker, some have suggested they also have roots in the Christian tradition: Just as Jesus was crucified on a Friday, Friday was also said to be the day Eve gave Adam the fateful apple from the Tree of Knowledge, as well as the day Cain killed his brother, Abel.

The Thirteen Club

In the late-19th century, a New Yorker named Captain William Fowler (1827-1897) sought to remove the enduring stigma surrounding the number 13—and particularly the unwritten rule about not having 13 guests at a dinner table—by founding an exclusive society called the Thirteen Club.

The group dined regularly on the 13th day of the month in room 13 of the Knickerbocker Cottage, a popular watering hole Fowler owned from 1863 to 1883. Before sitting down for a 13-course dinner, members would pass beneath a ladder and a banner reading “Morituri te Salutamus,” Latin for “Those of us who are about to die salute you.”

Four former U.S. presidents (Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison and Theodore Roosevelt) would join the Thirteen Club’s ranks at one time or another.

Friday the 13th in Pop Culture

An important milestone in the history of the Friday the 13th legend in particular (not just the number 13) occurred in 1907, with the publication of the novel Friday, the Thirteenth written by Thomas William Lawson.

The book told the story of a New York City stockbroker who plays on superstitions about the date to create chaos on Wall Street, and make a killing on the market.

The horror movie Friday the 13th, released in 1980, introduced the world to a hockey mask-wearing killer named Jason, and is perhaps the best-known example of the famous superstition in pop culture history. The movie spawned multiple sequels, as well as comic books, novellas, video games, related merchandise and countless terrifying Halloween costumes.

What bad things happened on Friday 13th?

On Friday, October 13, 1307, officers of King Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar, a powerful religious and military order formed in the 12th century for the defence of the Holy Land.

Imprisoned on charges of various illegal behaviours (but really because the king wanted access to their financial resources), many Templars were later executed. Some cite the link with the Templars as the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition, but like many legends involving the Templars and their history, the truth remains murky.

In more recent times, a number of traumatic events have occurred on Friday the 13th, including the German bombing of Buckingham Palace (September 1940); the murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York (March 1964); a cyclone that killed more than 300,000 people in Bangladesh (November 1970); the disappearance of a Chilean Air Force plane in the Andes (October 1972); the death of rapper Tupac Shakur (September 1996) and the crash of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy, which killed 30 people (January 2012).

Before Patriarchal Times

Friday the 13th was considered the day of the Goddess. It was considered a day to worship the Divine Feminine that lives in us all and to honour the cycles of creation and death and rebirth.

Friday the 13th was considered a very powerful day to manifest, honour creativity and celebrate beauty, wisdom and nourishment of the soul.

Friday is Venus Day and we all know that Venus is the epitome of feminine energy.

Her energy joins us at the end of the week to honour the days gone by and to remind us that it is important to rest, relax and play.

As a society, we all look forward to Friday (Venus day), and we all naturally find ourselves unwinding and relaxing in her comforting energy.

Friday is the perfect day to embrace Venus-like energy and to focus on creativity, beauty and sensuality.

Venus energy also encourages us to tune into our receptive female energy in order to stimulate our creativity and bring art, music and healing into the world.

The Number 13 also holds an extremely potent feminine energy and is considered to be the number of death and rebirth, creation, fertility and blood.

This is because we have 13 Moon cycles every year and the average female also experiences 13 periods per year.

If a woman’s periods are in sync with the cycle of the Moon, she will shed her lining on the New Moon and ovulate on the Full Moon.

On average the 13th falls in the middle of the Moon cycle and represents that midway point between death and rebirth. The midway point between the New Moon, where a woman is shedding (the death) and the Full Moon, where the woman is ovulating (rebirth).

Long ago, when a woman was bleeding she was considered to embody divine and magical powers. She was regarded by all for her wisdom and ability to offer intuitive and psychic messages.

When she was ovulating, she was considered to be at the height of her power and was celebrated for her ability to receive, hold and create new life.

It was only when society became more patriarchal that women were made to feel shame when they were having their periods and to ignore their amazing potential to create and hold space for new life.

This attitude has helped to contribute to the idea that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day.

The lunar calendar is also made up of 13 months, which further supports 13 as holding feminine power.

The Moon is also representative of feminine energy and helps us to understand and deal with our emotions and sensitivities.

In the astrology chart, the Moon not only governs our emotions but also our potential and how we choose to express ourselves through life. In fact, for many people understanding their Moon sign can often help to bring more awareness than their Sun sign.

Bringing Friday and the number 13 together, you can see that Friday the 13th is in fact, a very powerful day for feminine energy and creativity.

It is also an extremely powerful time of death and rebirth as it represents that mid-point in the cycle between something new emerging and something old slipping away.

Friday the 13th has often been held in high regard by women and the pagan community, and many rituals and spells are often conducted on this day in order to make the most of this beautiful energy.

This has also helped to contribute to the fear surrounding Friday the 13th, as it was an important day for many who worshipped the cycles of nature.

We all have feminine energy in us, so Friday the 13th is not just for women. It is a day for all of us to honour our own abilities to create and receive energy from the world around us.

Friday the 13th is not an unlucky day. Friday the 13th is the day of the Goddess and is a beautiful day for creating and celebrating life. It is a beautiful day for getting in tune with your emotions and sensitivities and giving thanks to the beautiful Goddess that lives in us all.

Sources

“The Origins of Unlucky Friday the 13th,” Live Science.
“Friday the 13th: why is it unlucky and other facts about the worst day in the calendar,” The Telegraph.
“13 Freaky Things That Happened on Friday the 13th,” Live Science.
“Here’s Why Friday the 13th is Considered Unlucky,” Time.
“Friggatriskaidekaphobes Need Not Apply,” New-York Historical Society.

It’s All About Jess

Who is Jess?

Hey everyone, I’m Jess the Affiliate manager for Hannabis. It is my job to welcome you to the Hannabis family and help you with anything you need to start your business and get you up and running when you join us as an affiliate. There are many ways you can save and earn money with Hannabis. As the business grew Hannah decided to bring a manger on board to give their affiliates some extra support while also freeing them up to work on expanding the business further. That’s where I came into it, I have always been a massive supporter of Hannabis even before Hannabis was an actual company.

I’m a really massive CBD and Cannabis advocate and at the time I was store manager for a CBD company in Warrington. Because I was so keen to learn as much as I could to help the business thrive I decided to look for influencial, inspirational people in the industry. That’s when I found Hannah’s profile, I knew I had to reach out and make a connection. So I played her very first balloon pop party online and then the more I followed Hannah’s journey the more she inspired me.

Watching from the Slidelines

I realised the more I learned the more people I could help. The more I followed the more I realised business can be done with heart and with purpose. I watched Hannabis built from the ground up by amazing people with amazing souls and I really wanted to be a part of this amazing opportunity.

But I couldn’t join yet.

My job meant there was a massive conflict of interests, so I waited. Hannah knew I loved the industry and asked if I wanted to join so I had discussed with Hannah the situation with my job.

But I couldn’t join yet.

Being in the CBD industry I had always wanted to get to the hemp and CBD expo in Birmingham. The 2nd ever expo was in September 2019 I was super excited at the thought of meeting the Hannabis family in person finally but I couldn’t go because I had to work. I was frustrated because I had been in the industry for 18 months and was missing these events and opportunity to grow.

The more time I spent watching Hannabis the more I realised I needed to be with a company who’s ethics matched mine. A company where I would thrive instead of being ignored. I had big ideas and I needed to be with a company where my ideas would be considered. I felt I had a lot to offer with very little chance of opportunity.

Changes Became

At the beginning of 2020 Hannah did a live on Facebook with the plans for Hannabis for the whole of 2020. I had already decided along with the rest of the world that 2020 would be my year and for the 4th time I think it was. Hannah finally messaged me again and said “Jess are you joining yet!” I laughed, thought about it for a minute and replied “go on then, send me the link”.

I had no idea what was about to happen and it was pretty fair to say I wasn’t quite sure what I was letting myself in for. So I joined Hannabis, booked the week of the upcoming expo off work and made plans to finally meet my extended family at my first ever hemp and CBD expo. I was so fricking excited mainly because, one It was a new experience. Two I  was doing something way out of my comfort zone. Three because I was finally going to get to meet the people I had just spent the last two years freakishly stalking on social media.

I had finally joined!

Before CBD

Hannabis wasn’t my first networking rode. But it was the only one that had made me not quit networking for good. I found my forever company. It took me nearly ten months to join so before rushing out to social media, creating a group and starting to sell products I knuckled down and made sure I knew this company inside out. I wanted to do it right this time.

The same day I joined Hannabis, it was announced that they would be opening up the affiliate manager role. Hannah asked me if I was going to go for it and I wasn’t so sure at the time because first I had to become a regional manager. I’d only been with the company a week. In the next 10 days, applications for affiliate manager would be closed.

Surely I couldn’t become affiliate manager in my first month? Could I have this position when I hadn’t been with the company for that long? Is there much point to me doing this? 

Becoming Affiliate Manager

But I did it anyway. I took the regional managers quiz and became the manager of my own region within 3 weeks. I couldn’t believe it. All I had to do then was take 1 more quiz. It didn’t even matter at this point if I passed or not being a regional manager in a month was amazing. At this point I honestly had nothing to lose and I took the Affiliate managers quiz. Not twice. But three times. My damn laptop kept crashing right as I submit my last answers. After two attempts and hours later I give up it wasn’t meant to be. 

After a little conversation with my partner and a talking to myself I finally tried one last time and my answers finally submitted. On cut off day of all days.

My Feelings

My job had stopped feeling like a conflict of interest and more of a way of collaborating the two together. I thought I could take what I learned from both sides. Giving my customers the absolute best service and the best information I could find. I was excited for the future whether I became affiliate manager or not.

A few days later I get a message saying I passed the test 100% and would I be available for a zoom call interview. I nearly died. No way was this position between me and one other regional manager.

I did my interview. Nervously and even though I doubted myself everyday telling myself that there’s no way that position is mine. Then on the 29th of February 2020 the girls got down on one knee and asked me to be their Affiliate manager. I honestly had tears in my eyes. I couldn’t fricking believe it. My partner David and best friend Chris got to see my reaction, which was incredible. It must have been a picture. I Had just become the Affiliate Manager for the award winning company Hannabis.

The Consequences

Remember me saying I worked in a CBD Shop? Well my boss had other ideas and was not happy at all. He voiced his opinion I kinda voiced mine and I gladly quit my job 2 weeks later to dedicate what I had to Hannabis.

For me it was never about competition it was always about what I could do better to give my customers a better understanding. a better quality product. A better brand that could be trusted (after 2 years a lot of my customers had become good friends also) it was never about how much money I could make by doing this job. It was never about getting a quick sale. It had always been about the community.

The Now

Seven months on I am thriving, My team is growing and is strong, Tonnes of new changes have happened in that time. I even started my own podcast. The UK Potcast dedicated to educating, advocating and supporting the cannabis community. It fit’s in perfectly with what I do With Hannabis and also allows me to reach and help a bigger audience.

I can’t wait to see where we are in the next 7 months. I’m in the process of an uplevel and I’m really looking forward to the journey because that’s exactly what it is. 

If you have a passion, chase it. If you have a dream, chase it and if you have a goal, go out there and achieve it. You’re more capable than you know.

Become an affiliate and work with Jess here.

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