Psychic Workout: The Number 13

Hannah in Sonoma, California asks:

As a child, my mother would always keep me home with the intent of keeping me safe whenever there was a Friday the 13th. I have always wondered what the significance is of the number 13, why is it seen as a bad number, and why is a Friday the 13th so feared?

Psychic Marin ext. 5113 responds:

Imagine being issued boarding pass number 13 just before entering an airplane, or walking into a stadium and searching for your seat… seat number 13! How would you feel? Have you ever noticed how people become uneasy at the association of the number 13? What is the root of these fears?

The number 13 has been a mysterious obsession, to the point where many buildings do not have a 13th floor, and hotels often omit the room number 13. In the legal field, attorneys may consciously choose to sign documents on either the 12th of 14th of the month, avoiding the dreaded 13th. Gamblers may opt out on the 13th, and surgeons avoid scheduling important medical procedures on that day.

So it’s obvious that fears regarding the number 13 still exist, and therefore precautions must be taken, but from where did these fears originate?

There are many cultural legends that perpetuated the allure of the number 13. Some relate the fear of 13 to Norse mythology, where Loki, one of the more evil figures, became the 13th guest at a party and ended up causing the death of the god of light. In Rome, witches would gather in groups of 12 members, and the 13th guest was said to be a bringer of evil. On Friday, October 13, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Grand Master and Knights of the Knights Templar. In Christianity, there were 13 attendees at the last supper, and Friday was believed to be the day of Christ’s crucifixion.

In numerology, the number 12 is associated with fulfillment and completion. For example, there are 12 months in a year, 12 on a clock face, 12 items in a dozen, and 12 signs of the zodiac. The number 13 suffers much wrath simply because of its position following the number 12, leaving a feeling of uncertainty or imbalance.

In an attempt to remove much of the negative stigma, people are rediscovering the allure of the number 13. Modern paganism and Wicca have embraced the number 13, understanding that there are positive aspects of the number 13 that can balance the negative.

In numerology, 13 is reduced to the equation 1+3 = 4. Four is a number representing balance and totality. There are four elements, and four directions. For Jews, 13 is seen as the age of maturity, and the number of principles of Jewish faith. It is also believed that God has 13 attributes of mercy.

Hopefully, this closer exploration of the origins and superstitions surrounding the number 13 has eased some of your fears. There’s no need to stay home in order to keep safe, and if you do, you may find yourself missing out on a lot of school or work, as the number 13 falls on a Friday more often than any other day!

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7 thoughts on “Psychic Workout: The Number 13

  1. Joanna H Rydzewski

    I too was born on October 13, 1954 and my new husband was born on June 13th, 1945, my dad was born August 13th, 1921 so I think the number 13 is lucky for my family. I beleive it is as lucky to me as the number 5 is to my mom.

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  2. marin5113marin5113

    So it happened to me. What a coincidence…? Last week I had to board a plane… and what boarding pass number was I issued… You guessed it 13A! I got a little chuckle out of this, seeing that I just wrote this article, and boarded the plane confidently… and I’m writing this now, so obviously my plane made it back safely.

    Thanks Verbs for your nice feedback. Although I do enjoy your articles as well, I am not always as blog-responsive when it comes to posting comments.

    Faithfully,
    marin #5113

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  3. misskrystalmisskrystal

    all i can say is 13 is one of my lucky numbers. both of my parents were born on the 13th, one of them even on a friday (no wonder they had a psychic a child to deal with hehe) but seriously, it has been. And my grandma who gave birth to my father who was born on the 13th, friday, is living still and vibrant at 101 years old…SO WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?????
    Time and time, again- 13 has been good to me–so if I got a pass that was,”#13″ –I would see it as a lucky sign…THANKS for the article…I hope I changed some peoples minds who fear this number…
    cheers,
    miss krystal

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  4. wworkman

    I have been on the other side. There is more to the number 13. 13 puts you on the same level as God. In all there are 12 levels below God. A total of 5 levels on earth, 7 levels in heaven. The ‘7th heaven’ is the level of which God sits. This is also represented by Jesus. He had 12 people below him which represents the 12 levels below God. The first level of Heaven is where the gates are, to the right are the Akashic records, to the left is Purgatory. I know many of you don’t believe it exist, I didn’t myself until I was shown. Many thing Purgatory is a place you go for sins. That is really not true. It is a place of cleansing. For in Purgatory you can not speak, hear, feel, taste, or move. The only thing you can do is turn inward and look at yourself. You see what you did not want to see what you while you were on earth. You come face to face with yourself. Many say it is a place of fire. The only fire is an internal one. For the hardest thing for anyone to do in this world is to look at themselves. In Purgatory things like drama, and ego are removed. Also the light in Purgatory is an amber light.

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