Do you have Paraskevidekatriaphobics which is a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th?
Here are some facts about the fear of Friday 13th!
Friday the 13th, 'the most widespread superstition'
sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding
reputations said to date from ancient times. It seems their inevitable
conjunction from one to three times a year (there will be three such
occurrences in 2012) portends more misfortune than some credulous minds
can bear. According to some sources it's the most widespread superstition in the United States today. Some people refuse to go to work on Friday
the 13th; some won't eat in restaurants; many wouldn't think of setting a
wedding on the date.
Although no one can say for sure when and why human beings first
associated the number 13 with misfortune, the superstition is assumed to
be quite old, and there exist any number of theories, one such is primitive man had only his 10 fingers and two feet to represent units,
this explanation goes, so he could count no higher than 12. What lay
beyond that — 13
— was an impenetrable mystery to our prehistoric forebears, hence an object of superstition.
To the ancient Egyptians, we're told, life was a quest for spiritual
ascension which unfolded in stages — twelve in this life and a
thirteenth beyond, thought to be the eternal afterlife. The number 13
therefore symbolized death, not in terms of dust and decay but as a
glorious and desirable transformation. Though Egyptian civilization
perished, the symbolism conferred on the number 13 by its priesthood
survived, we may speculate, only to be corrupted by subsequent cultures
who came to associate 13 with a fear of death instead of a reverence for
The name "Friday" was derived from a Norse deity worshipped on the
sixth day, known either as Frigg (goddess of marriage and fertility), or
Freya (goddess of sex and fertility), or both, the two figures having
become intertwined in the handing down of myths over time (the etymology
of "Friday" has been given both ways). Frigg/Freya corresponded to
Venus, the goddess of love of the Romans, who named the sixth day of the
week in her honor "dies Veneris
Friday was actually
considered quite lucky by pre-Christian Teutonic peoples, we are told —
especially as a day to get married — because of its traditional
association with love and fertility. All that changed when Christianity
came along. The goddess of the sixth day — most likely Freya in this
context, given that the cat was her sacred animal — was recast in
post-pagan folklore as a witch, and her day became associated with evil
Various legends developed in that vein, but one is of
particular interest: As the story goes, the witches of the north used to
observe their sabbath by gathering in a cemetery in the dark of the
moon. On one such occasion the Friday goddess, Freya herself, came down
from her sanctuary in the mountaintops and appeared before the group,
who numbered only 12 at the time, and gave them one of her cats, after
which the witches' coven — and, by "tradition," every properly-formed
coven since — comprised exactly 13.
For more facts check out theses items in CARL
Extraordinary origins of everyday things by Panati, Charles
1987, ISBN 0060960930, 1st ed., xi, 463 p.