Friday, July 13, 2018

Is today really that unlucky? #FridayThe13th

Welcome to Sweet N Sexy Divas. I'm your tour host for today and every month on the 13th, Nicole Morgan. So sit back, relax, maybe even prop up your feet and enjoy your visit! 

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Normally we stick to the romance aspect of books and all that relates to, but seeing as today is such a spooky and superstitious day I had to step outside the box and delve into that topic which makes us cringe. 

Why is Friday the 13th such a bad day though? Who came up with this? Well, according to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a "Friday the 13th" superstition before the 19th century. According to Wikipedia, the earliest known documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th. 

He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.

One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that 13 is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.

In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of divine organizational arrangement or chronological completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock day, the twelve deities of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 successors of Muhammad in Shia Islam, twelve signs of the Zodiac, the 12 years of the Buddhist cycle, 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 results 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.

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. The connection between the Friday the 13th superstition and the Knights Templar was popularized in Dan Brown's 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code and in John J. Robinson's 1989 work Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry. On Friday, 13 October 1307, hundreds of the Knights Templar were arrested in France, an action apparently motivated financially and undertaken by the efficient royal bureaucracy to increase the prestige of the crown. Philip IV was the force behind this ruthless move, but it has also tarnished the historical reputation of Clement V. From the very day of Clement V's coronation, the king falsely charged the Templars with heresy, immorality and abuses, and the scruples of the Pope were compromised by a growing sense that the burgeoning French State might not wait for the Church, but would proceed independently. However, experts agree that this is a relatively recent correlation, and most likely a modern-day invention.

Now these are all valid reasons why today we still continue to perpetuate the superstition, but personally I have my own superstitions which relate to this day. Which is exactly why tonight I will be MIA and my tushy will be firmly planted in front of the television watching one of my favorite horror maniac, Jason Vorhees. That's right. You heard me. My superstition is that not a single Friday the 13th can pass without watching at least one of the popular horror flicks which gave hockey masks an all new meaning. 

So, Happy Friday the 13th everyone! And keep your hands off of my popcorn! ;)

Thank You for joining me today! I'll see you all next month on the 13th. Have a great month and remember to be SWEET and SEXY

Nicole Morgan is an author of erotic romance novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with good old-fashioned whodunit. While she's written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more than likely be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve. From her very first novel about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.

She is a proud member of the Romance Books 4 Us Gold Authors and also one of the Sweet N Sexy Divas.  

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Until next month lovies ~ Nic 


Fiona McGier said...

I don't have paraskevedekatriaphobia, fear of Friday the 13th. Nor do I have triskadekaphobia, which is fear of the number 13.

But I do like to share trivia about these kinds of things with the kids I teach. Most have no idea why 13 is supposed to be bad. They also have no idea why the devil in cartoons appears on your left shoulder, and the angel appears on your right (inherent bias against left-handedness, and towards right-handedness.) That's why we need to toss salt over our left shoulders when it's spilled...so it gets in the devil's eye and he can't come for you.

I tell the kids these are part of folklore. Fun to learn about, but nothing to get concerned about. Just like idioms, a fun part of language and culture.

Tina Donahue said...

I'd forgotten it was the 13th. Tells you how much I pay attention. :)

Thankfully, nothing bad happened to me.