So, let’s set the record straight. Friday the 13th is not unlucky. As a matter of fact, it used to be a day of pleasure, love, fertility and fun. It was a blessed day. It was the day when people celebrated the Goddess of Life — and it can be again.
Why would a day of joy be turned into a day of fear? The real reason behind our fear of Friday the 13th lies in our society’s fear and rejection of the Divine Feminine Spirit, the part of us that knows how to deeply love, enjoy and connect. And women everywhere are still paying the price of men’s fears.
The number 13 is associated with the ancient Goddess of the Moon. There are actually 13 lunar months that make for a more natural calendar; it is a solar-lunar calendar because 365 days is the measure of the Earth going around the Sun (solar) and 28 days is the average measure of the Moon’s cycles (lunar). There’s an extra day in there that ancient people thought of as a day of time, a day that birthed a new creation. But most patriarchal cultures reject our connection to the Earth’s cycles and to the ancient Goddess, and so they did away with the lunar calendar.
The number 13 symbolizes femininity, magic, psychic awareness, emotional intelligence and spiritual wholeness. In Egypt, there were 13 steps on the ladder that leads to eternity; on the thirteenth step, the soul comes home to itself. Thirteen also symbolizes our ability to bring this spiritual awareness into our lives, just as it is Feminine Spirit that births the soul here on Earth.
The number 13 is comprised of 1+3. One symbolizes the source, the beginning, a new birth. Three symbolizes the creative process itself, the energy that brings the new birth to completion. Just as in fairy tales where there are usually three gifts, three tests, three balls, three is the number that represents how we work out a problem and solve it in time. Together, 1+3=4; four represents grounding in this process through the union of opposites.
Thirteen is a prime number and in that regard has a purity and integrity to it. And finally, the thirteenth card in the Tarot deck is the Death card, which is symbolic of transition, change and evolution.