A Friday occurring on the 13th day of any month is considered to be a day of bad luck in English speaking cultures around the globe. We have had three this year! However in Greece and Spain, Tuesday the 13th takes the same role. The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia. Paraskevidekatriaphobia is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a phobia of the number thirteen. Say that three times really quick!
Today some people will be so paralyzed with fear they won’t get out of bed. Others will refuse to fly, buy property, or even sign a contract. All because it’s Friday the 13th, and they’re freaked out. It’s been estimated that in the U.S $800 – $900 million is lost in business on this day because people are not themselves. Add the hysteria related to the H1N1 and we are basically at a stand still! I have a Silpada Jewelry Party tonight so I will let you know if I feel the curse when it comes to sales!
Symptoms can range from mild anxiety to full-blown panic attacks. The latter may cause people to reshuffle schedules or miss an entire day’s work. I am aware of the day but have never changed anything because of it. Have you?
When I was doing research for this there was endless amounts of statistics and reasons why everyone is freaked out. Here’s the short answer, you get back what you put out. So by thinking something bad or negative is going to happen to you today, because of age old superstitions, it probably will. When we generate negative energy around us it attracts negative energy. Think about what is positive in your life and that positive thought is sent out in the Universe. That thought creates a positive energy and it changes the way you think. Trust me it works! At least try it!
LEGEND HAS IT: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary. There are 13 witches in a coven. Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings don’t have a 13th floor. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil’s luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names). Tracy Westerholm…15 phew-ff !! If you wouldn’t mind emailing me if your name has 13 letters I’d appreciate it !! Just good to know, but not to worry if you do, I’m not really buying it BONNIE JOHNSON! LMAO! (maiden name is the same, lol) I still love you!
On a positive note~ The date is also well-known in the motorcycle community. Since 1981, motorcycle enthusiasts and vendors gather every Friday the 13th in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. This tradition started on November 13, 1981 by Chris Simons as a gathering of approximately 25 friends. The event has grown substantially, with an estimated 100,000 people attending in August 2004, as well as music bands, vendors, a bike show, etc. That’s more like it!!
If you are a triskaidekaphobe or a paraskevidekatriaphobia you need to think positive thoughts and you will change the negative energy to positive energy. Really simple! Think negative, attract negative. Pretty easy for those of us who don’t share this phobia. Those of you who are struck with fear today need to regain control of your thoughts. Concentrate on the positive!! You can do it !! I know you can !!