Friday the 13th …..  

“What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.” – Alice Walker

According to the Independent, the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th can be traced to the demise of the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages. Apparently, they cursed us all in retaliation for being burned at the stake.

Wikipedia attributes the superstition to a date hundreds of years before the Knights Templar – going back to the crucifixion of Christ when the number of people present at the Last Supper was 13. The site lists several other occurrences that contribute to the beliefs and superstitions involving Friday  the 13th.

Throughout the centuries this date is considered to be unlucky, especially when it falls on a Friday.

On the other hand, those born on this date are considered to be lucky. (I have no idea where that comes from.) I guess it’s all a matter of context, culture, and perspective.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing may your Friday the 13th be without fright, flight, or phantoms. Enjoy!

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