Are you superstitious about Friday the 13th?
If you’re among the superstitious, I’m going to try to turn that around for you, especially if you’re a woman.
I was recently asked if Friday the 13th was a bad day to get an OB/GYN exam.
I’ve never been superstitious about Friday the 13th, but I have to admit that my first impression was ewwww. But that was more about having an OB/GYN exam on any day. And then I started thinking about what Friday and the number 13 have going on for them that would make them so scary.
Fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. (I bet it’s easier to say that after a couple of glasses of wine.) Friday is usually considered a very lucky day ~ TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) and all that, so where and when did the superstition begin? There are all kinds of explanations about the origin of the phobia, which is essentially a 20th Century phenomenon, but I zeroed in on a couple that have some special relevance for women.
Friday is named after the Norse goddess Frigg (aka Freya) whose Roman counterpart is Venus. (Frigg is part of that unpronounceable word.)
Venus (Freya) is one of the two planets associated with women, the other being the Moon. The tarot depicts Venus as the creatrix, the giver of life and artistic talent. She is the Earth Mother, the one who comforts, cajoles, and teaches us all those wonderful girly things. She also knows a lot about value ~ as in gold.
The number 13 is associated with the thirteen lunar months of the year and another aspect of the feminine ~ The Moon, the Great Mother. She’s the fount of intuition and the source of the great mysteries. She’s the reason we “just knew” when something was up.
So here we have both of our feminine archetypes tied up in a scary little package known as Friday the 13th.
I’m starting to think that Fridays the 13th could be the most feminine days of the year. That’s the way I’m going to think of them from now on ~ proudly and without superstition.