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.
20 thoughts on “Friday the 13th ~ Exalt the Feminine!”
I LOVE Friday 13th! I’m getting married this year on Friday 13th July…. Lucky for witches! plus it avoids the retrogrades and I thought Sun in Cancer, Moon in Taurus would make it a good day for a union.
I always get excited about them! Lovely blog! Thanks Auntie Moon!
Best wishes, Cat! That sounds like a lovely astro-signature for your wedding day. Add Venus in Gemini and there’s lots of sweet talk to add to the mix. Sounds good to me. 🙂
Thankyou! I have Gemini Rising and my man has Sun and Moon in Gemini too… All I need now is for the Sun to shine down on us that day!! I’ve read that this coming Friday 13th will be good for Pisceans (My Sun sign) so am interested to feel the new energies 2012 is going to bring 🙂
Yay for Friday 13th’s… Oh and in response of the original question.. I think it would be the perfect day for an ob/gyn exam (if you can ever get excited about one of those!) Much more gentle energy than on a Tuesday (Mars/Male energy) for example… xx
And this Friday the 13th has Moon in Virgo, a good sign for checkups. Meticulous, detail-oriented.
~ Love your blog! As a holistic interior designer I believe the ‘cosmos connection’ is another aspect in helping to create a Balanced – Healthy – Happy – Home. Following the moon cycles for example, when to gather & when to release ‘stuff”.. plus so much more, which your writing helps identify! THANK YOU Auntie Moon for your wonderful wisdom!
I agree, Cheryl. John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” It’s a game of connect-the-dots, and the dots are the stars.
Any day for a ob/gyn exam is a bad day! Ugh! It’s amazing how much dread can build for one day!
It ranks right up there with mammogram day.
Being a Black Friday’s child and a moon-lover, I’ve never been superstitious about Friday the 13th. In fact, they usually turn out to be good days for me, but I never really considered it a day for celebration either. I think you changed that. Thanks for sharing, & Happy Friggin Friday the 13th to ya! 😉
HA! That word will never be the same again, remy.
Thank you, cj, for this educational post. My family has been celebrating Friday the 13th as a “Goddess Day” since the early ’90’s in honor of feminine energy. So wonderful to see you spreading the word.
Really?! That’s wonderful, Sandra. Count me among your followers. I’m ready to start a movement to get all F13’s recognized as paid days off for women.
Thanks for this lovely piece of information! I didn’t even think of that, but I actually have an app that day! (checking baby girl on the way 😉 so I have no doubt it is a great day after reading you post! I did like the idea of the 13 anyway. Fun fact: were I come from in South america, is Tuesday 13th the one considered ‘unlucky’. I have no idea why, but we actually thought the opposite, just like you gals here.
Congratulations on the baby girl, Sabrina! I hope all goes well as you prepare your angel for our everyday world. 🙂
Thank you so much CJ! lots of preparation inside and out for sure
I want to share something with you that’s a little on the “wacky” side (but what else would you expect from a Uranian?). When people ask me where I was born or grew up, I tell them Texas. If they ask me where I’m from, I tell them Heaven. 🙂 I believe that we’re all from Heaven, spending some time here on Planet Earth, learning and teaching.
The only person who has openly disapproved of my Heaven response was a priest. He didn’t like that, at all. I thought that a priest would really appreciate that, but he did not!
Anyway, there is a lot to prepare for, but what a special guest she is.
I was born on October 13th so always knew 13 was a good sign. 🙂
Special days for you without a doubt, jewelinthelotus. Enjoy the three F13’s we have this year.
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