Friday, February 13, 2009

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the moniker placed on that fear of Friday the 13th. Author Charles Panati, one of the leading authorities on the subject of "Origins" maintains that the superstition can be traced back to ancient myth:

The actual origin of the superstition, though, appears also to be a tale in Norse mythology. Friday is named for Frigga, the free-spirited goddess of love and fertility. When Norse and Germanic tribes converted to Christianity, Frigga was banished in shame to a mountaintop and labeled a witch. It was believed that every Friday, the spiteful goddess convened a meeting with eleven other witches, plus the devil - a gathering of thirteen - and plotted ill turns of fate for the coming week. For many centuries in Scandinavia, Friday was known as "Witches' Sabbath."

Today, may be the day to grab those rabbit foot charms, four leaf clovers, rub your pet rock, wear your lucky shirt or keep the salt shaker handy --- cause you just might need it, today, or on March 13th or November 13th, 2009. Happy Friday the 13th!

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