Friday the 13th is a day surrounded with superstition. In fact, aside from Halloween, it might be the day that more kids break into cemeteries with Ouija boards than any other day of the year. Yet, the unluckiness of this day was unheard of prior to the 1800's and while no one is really quite sure just why Friday the 13th is believed to be so misfortunate, there are several thoughts as to why.
Ignoring the theories perpetuated by pop culture, some of the superstition of this day may come down to the fact that in England, hangings were traditionally carried out on Friday and the hangmen was paid 13 pence for each hanging. Or perhaps because it was on a Friday the 13th that the Knights Templar were seized and tortured to confession by the Church. Another possibility is because Jesus was betrayed by his thirteenth disciple and then died on a Friday. There are more theories, but, still, no one truly knows why Friday the 13th is believed to be unlucky or precisely when this idea originated.
In considering this day from a magickal perspective, we see that the meaning behind this day differs slightly. Friday corresponds to the Norse Goddess Frigg, wife of Odin, a Goddess of love, prophecy, and marriage. The number 13 is a number of rebirth, it is the end of one thing and the beginning of another. Witches have long been thought to gather in groups of 13, and in many Traditions this remains true. Also, the Moon goes through Her cycle 13 times in one year, lending greater significance to this number for Witches and other magickally minded people.
Keeping these points in mind, then, we see that, magickally, today is a good day to use your creativity to make manifest your desires, especially in regards to romantic affairs. In considering that our Lady currently wanes, this magickal efforts today would be well suited to clearing out obstacles that prevent us from being happy in love. You know what I'm talking about: we all do it. We've got those little personality quirks that when things are going great make us have to create problems. Suddenly, the smallest thing annoys us and makes us question the entire relationship, makes us stop trying. Today is a good day to get rid of that.
Throwing the Bones