Friday, October 13, 2006
at 8:09 AM
So, it's Friday the 13th everyone. Did you ever wonder why that is supposed to be such a bad luck day? Over the years I know I have heard various explanations, but I thought I would look into it again. And this is what I found on the web.
Fridays in general have been considered bad luck by Christians throughout history, I always thought it was probably because Jesus was crucified on a Friday. But I found out there were other things connected to Friday that gave Friday in general a bad name.
I read that supposedly Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit on Friday. I find that interesting because how did they know it was Friday in the Garden of Eden? And where did they hang their calendar?
And, they say that the Great Flood began on a Friday.
But also, the bad rap that Fridays got in the early Catholic Church goes back to trying to get rid of Pagan rituals that devoted Fridays to Venus, the godess of love, sex and all that bad stuff. And the Norsemen devoted Friday to Frigg, another goddess of sex and love who was married to Odin.
So, anything associated with Friday seemed to be about love, sex and so forth. I guess they decided to do a smear campaign and Fridays became a bad thing. And here I always thought it was just date night.
Frigg and Odin, the happy couple.
There are lots of possibilities for reasons why the number 13 has been so badly maligned. The Pagan calendar has 13 months. The last supper's number of dinner guests. Norse legend was that 12 witches would gather and invite Frigg into their coven, making it 13. Frigg and Odin had a son named Balder, a hero. And in Norse mythology, Loki crashed a party of 12 making the group 13 and killed poor Balder. I don't know if that was a Friday, though.
All kinds of bad things in history have been reported to have happened on the 13th and on Fridays. Fridays were the day for hangings in British tradition. And there were 13 steps leading up to the noose. And it goes on and on.
So, there you have it: The Frigg 'n Friday the 13th story. You may not give a feather or a Frigg why Friday the 13th is supposed to be unlucky. In fact, I never really thought of it that way myself. But just in case, be careful out there and try to avoid black cats and ladders and goddesses named Frigg!
Have a great day!