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Friday the 13th is a mysterious superstition

Friday the 13th is a mysterious superstition
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Do you have friggatriskaidekaphobia? That’s the fear of Friday the 13th. Frigga is the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named and triskaidekaphobia means the fear of the number 13, but did you know that the number 13 is not really unlucky and Friday the 13th is not really cursed?

The superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th did not arise until 1869, according to folklorists. There is a much more recent idea that it was connected to the Knights Templar but it’s probably a modern invention that has no real basis in historical fact.

From Wikipedia regarding theories on the origins of Friday the 13th:

In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 Descendants of Muhammad Imams, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.

Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century’s The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s. It has also been suggested that Friday has been considered an unlucky day because, according to Christian scripture and tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday.

One author, noting that references are all but nonexistent before 1907 but frequently seen thereafter, has argued that its popularity derives from the publication that year of Thomas W. Lawson’s popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, in which an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th. Records of the superstition are rarely found before the 20th century, when it became extremely common.

Since there is no specific event to inspire the Friday the 13th superstition, it is interesting that somewhere between 17 and 20 million Americans are fearful of that day. Some people won’t even go to work, others won’t eat out, and many won’t even set it as a wedding date.

How do you react to Friday the 13th?

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Beautiful review of my book Unveiled: Fanny Chamberlain Reincarnated

Beautiful review of my book Unveiled: Fanny Chamberlain Reincarnated
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I noticed a new review turned up on Amazon for my book, Unveiled: Fanny Chamberlain Reincarnated. It was so nice and well thought out that I wanted to save it here in my blog. It was tough to publish my reincarnation book but feedback like this makes it worth it.

You can find out more about my book here:

Here is the newest reader review:

I am fairly new to the reincarnation concept, and have recently begun exploring my own (possible) past lives. This book gives useful overviews of basic concepts of reincarnation (though there are nearly as many theories out there as there are adherents!), situated within the author’s personal experiences.

Whether or not one believes in reincarnation, the author’s sincerity and humility in presenting her evidence (evidence is NOT conclusive proof, remember) is apparent on every page. The tone is that of one imperfect soul imparting her experiences to other imperfect souls, letting them take from it whatever they will. Many who claim to recall past lives, particularly lives in which they were famous or infamous, tell their stories haughtily, almost defensively; not so with this book.

The historical information was vivid; I could picture the places, the scenes in detail. As for personal details? Jessica’s current life has had its share of heartache, and I found that her hardships, though unique in some ways, resonate with anyone who has been betrayed, gossiped about, disbelieved, or abused in any way.

The overall message I gleaned from this book is that, yes, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that the soul survives death, and that there is evidence to support the notion of one soul living multiple lives, learning and growing each time as it progresses towards perfection. That message is one of hope: if you make mistakes this time, there will be chances to make up for it in future lifetimes. There will be chances to break the cycles of pain, abuse, missed opportunities etc. Above all, there is the wonderful notion that love – that is, spiritual concern for and attachment to, another soul – never dies. That message needs to take root in every single human heart.

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