If you are of superstitious nature, then today is definitely not your day: Friday the 13th. I learned an interesting fact that Friday the 13th will happen at least once a year but never more than three. If the month begins on a Sunday, then you are destined for a Friday the 13th. The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia.
According to history, there was no sign of a Friday the 13th phobia before the 19th century. One thesis states that the superstition came from the amalgamation of two older thoughts: that 13 is an unlucky number and Friday is an unlucky day. I also read that during the last supper, there were 13 sitting at the table. Therefore, it brings the idea that if you dine with 12 by your side, death may come to one who eats with you. Crazy theory I know but really interesting when you think that Jesus ate his last meal with his twelve disciples and then was hung from a cross. (Meanwhile, everyone reading this article is cancelling their weekend dinner plans or adding more to the bunch.)
So is there any way to save of us from the perils of the cursed day? In my hunt for research on why this day is so damn unlucky, I also came across some ways to keep yourself safe from the things that may (or may not) happen to you on this day of doom. Try them out, they may be helpful to you.
1. Keep Your Fingers Crossed
When you make a sign of the Christian faith (aka crossing your fingers), it is said to prevent evil spirits from ruining your good fortune.
2. Knock On Wood
It was once said that good spirits lived in trees and by knocking on anything wood, you summoned the spirits to protect you.
3. Find A Four-Leaf Clover
Folklore tells us that four-leaf clovers will help you see evil spirits. How does that help? Well now, with the power you posses, you can avoid them.
4. Put Your Clothes On Inside Out
This superstition has an undefined start date but many follow it including baseball players who wear their ball caps inside out on game day.
5. Look At The New Moon Over Your Right Shoulder
A new moon is seen as the ripe time to take on new challenges. The fortune of that depends on which you shoulder you see it over first. Make sure it’s your right.
6. Sleep Facing South
Sleeping with your head facing south is said to bring on good health and fortune. Feng shui practicers will agree with this as well.
7. Break A Clear, Uncolored Glass
If you think you have fallen victim to any misfortune today, break a clear glass as it is said to take upon the misfortune for you. Thanks glass!
8. Walk In The Rain
Rain has always been a sign of good luck. In times before irrigation on crops, a rainy season meant a prosperous one.
9. Sleep On Un-Ironed Sheets
I don’t even know if I’ve ever ironed my sheets. The only ironed sheets I have ever seen were in a hotel. Guess I’m super lucky.
10. Avoid Cracks In The Sidewalk
“Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.” This is also a good rule to follow if you don’t want to find yourself tripping as well.
11. Carry An Acorn In Your Pocket
The acorn, the fruit of the ever sturdy oak tree is an ancient symbol of fertility and long life. Carrying an acorn sounds good any day of the week.
12. Sneeze Three Times Before Breakfast
The number 3 is a lucky number in many cultures including Europe where three represents the trinity. Just don’t get any snot on your eggs.
13. Pick Up A Penny, Pin, Pencil Or Piece Of Coal In The Street
Finding and claiming any of these items is said to bring good fortune. “See a penny, pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck.”