Well, now that is a mouthful. However it is a common fear (for some reason).
Paraskevidekatriaphobia is simply the fear of Friday the 13th.
Each year there is at least one Friday the 13th (according to Wikipedia, "there will be two Friday the 13ths per year until 2020, where 2021 and 2022 will have just one occurrence.")
The superstitions revolving around this specific day have more than likely been around since the Middle Ages (500-1400 A.D.). The number 13 has been a significant number since the beginning of recorded history. The number is even significant in the Holy Bible (The Last Supper). However, it wasn't until the 1800s, when 13 and Fridays were linked together in an unlucky position.
There is a belief, Thomas W. Lawson's book "Friday, the Thirteenth" may have contributed to the exacerbation of the superstition.
Another suggested origin, is from the 1300s, it was a date the hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested on drummed up charges ranging from financial corruption to fraud and secrecy. (King Philip IV was a dick.)
The list of origins seem to continue for days. Everything from greed and corruption to religious persecution are the excuses. Whichever tale holds the truth we may never know, but it does appear in Western civilization we are the ones who are most susceptible to its clutches.
With that in mind...
So, are you superstitious? Do you watch out for ladders? Do you avoid jumping on cracks in hopes of saving your mother's back?
No worries. You are not alone.
According to a Gallup poll on this date in 2000, 1 in 4 Americans is superstitious to some degree. (Read it here.)
I cannot say without a doubt I am without superstitious belief.
* I still throw salt over my shoulder.
* I won't start a new job on a Friday, and
* I believe if I kill a spider and it rains, it could very well have been my fault.
Besides, I am a witch who loves a black cat and I have my coffee.
Ain't no superstitions gonna get me down!
If that confidence isn't enough...
The bestest, most glorious month of the year!
The leaves are changing colors!
The weather is beginning to get bearable temps again!
Samhain (Halloween, for you muggles) is just around the corner!
And it is time to watch horror movies end-to-end without being called weird.
How could I not be happy?
Speaking of Horror Movies!
I have found this neat article on the Elite Daily website, for us conscious shut-ins called...
13 Of Netflix's Best Horror Movies To Watch On Friday The 13th
by Alec MacDonald from 2016.
If you want to check out the article, just click on the title, but for those of us who can't or don't want to,
here's the quick list (which made me realize I am really behind on my movie watching)...
1. The Babadook
2. The Pact
3. In Fear (Not Available as of today)
5. V/H/S (Not Available as of today) - V/H/S2 is available.
8. Bad Milo (Only Available on DVD)
9. The Hallow
10. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
12. The Host (not the one based on Stephanie Meyers book)
13. Pontypool (Only Available on DVD)
There is one more thing happening today. I'm sure there's more than one, but I only want to mention one more because I feel its important.
Today is ...
Free those ta-tas!
Let them melons bounce about!
Love your lemons!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Breast cancer is responsible for 23,000+ deaths in women and 2,400+ deaths in men annually.
Self exam only takes a few minutes once a month and everyone can do it.
This video is a great tutorial for men to start with...
And here is one for the ladies....
Remember everyone, self care is one of the most important things you can do for your life. And we must...
EDITOR'S NOTE: In no way is the author (or The Superior) suggesting phobias are not a serious mental condition. We both believe highly and in great support for those who experience any form of psychological or physiological conditions to seek out medical assistance as soon as possible. These conditions can lead to a plethora of other problems. There is no reason to face them alone. Please, if you are feeling troubled or in distress seek attention as often as necessary.
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