The Fear of the Number 13… experts have long debated the scientific validity of triskaidekaphobia. Some feel that it should be classified as a superstition or even taken as a sign of magical thinking.
Triskaidekaphobia is an age-old and pervasive fear commonly linked to the early Christians as the number 13 appears in certain Biblical traditions. There were 13 people present at the Last Supper, Jesus and his 12 Apostles. Some say that betrayer Judas was the 13th to join the table. This may be the origin of the superstition that states that when 13 dine; one will die within the year. However, the number 13 is also presented positively in the Bible as the book of Exodus speaks of the 13 attributes of God.
In Viking mythology, Loki is believed to be the 13th god. He is also said to have intruded on the Banquet of Valhalla, to which 12 gods were invited. His brother using a spear given to him by Loki soon killed the god Baldr accidentally.
The oldest known reference to the fear of the number 13 can be found in the Mesopotamian Code of Hammurabi, a Babylonian code of law that dates to approximately 1760 BC. The laws are numbered, but number 13 is omitted, along with numbers 66 through 99.
In ancient cultures, the number 13 represented femininity, because it corresponded to the number of lunar (menstrual) cycles in a year (13 x 28 = 364 days). The theory is that, as the solar calendar triumphed over the lunar, the number thirteen became cursed.
Triskaidekaphobia is widely accepted among Western cultures. Many hotels omit the 13th floor. Many airlines omit the 13th row. Many cities even skip over 13th Street. Friday the 13th is considered a particularly unlucky day.
It takes 13 turns to make a hangman’s noose.
Enough already … this is why 2013 will be none of that.
In ancient Greece, Zeus was counted as the thirteenth, and most powerful god.
The card deck includes 13 hearts, 13 spades, 13 squares, 13 clubs.
The Chinese abacus consists of 13 columns of beads.
Shaq and Wilt wore 13.
The American flag has 13 stripes in honor of the first 13 colonies.
Apollo 13 was a NASA Moon mission famous for being a “successful failure” in that while the crew was unable to land on the Moon as planned due to a technical malfunction, they were returned safely home.
In Tarot cards, the number 13 brings the test, the suffering and the death. It symbolizes the death to the matter or to oneself and the birth to the spirit: the passage on a higher level of existence. The card is named as Death, but it mostly means death of a struggling period and new beginnings. In some Tarot decks the thirteenth mystery of the Tarot does not have a name. It marks the uncertainty, the hesitation, the fickleness or again a transformation, the end of something and a renewal.
From a numerological perspective, we first recognize the presence of the three. 3 is vast and powerful. Symbolizing: Creation, Completion, Order, Advancement and Mystery.
The presence of the number 1, preceding the number 3 amplifies Beginnings, Initiation, Solidarity, Unity and Birth.
Singly, these individual number meanings put together tell a story of a path that is just beginning (number one), and will lead to greatness in the expression of the union of opposites (number three).
In a deeper numerological perspective, thirteen can be considered the fulfillment or manifestation of the number three.
It is also important to note the number thirteen is a prime number and is only divisibly by itself.
… Ultimately, thirteen is just a number so just have a wonderful 365. HAPPY NEW YEAR!