Thursday, October 12, 2006
Triskaidekaphobia - fear of the number 13.
In keeping with the season...Halloween...many of my posts will have a touch of the wyrd for October. (So what else is new?) It's just for fun to play with the superstition surrounding the holiday.
So tomorrow is Friday the thirteenth. I'm so scared!
Actually, it is also the anniversary of the great miracle at Fatima as well, and Our Lady always appeared on the 13th of the months preceding the final apparition in October.
For me, 13 has always been a lucky number - although as a friend once pointed out - my conviction is absurd because I could never explain why - nothing fortunate ever happened to me as a result of the number 13. It's just one of my nonsensical theories. Oh well.
Here is some #13 trivia from Wikipedia for conspiracy theorists to possibly get excited about:
The great Masonic nation of the United States of America has these details involving the number 13:
"The number of original colonies the United States was founded from.
The original flag had thirteen stars, one for each state. New stars have since been added whenever a new state joins the union, but the idea of adding stripes for new states was soon dropped, so the American flag to this day has thirteen horizontal stripes: six white ones and seven red ones.
The Great Seal of the United States has:
13 levels of the truncated pyramid,
13 letters in "E Pluribus Unum", which appears in the banner running through the eagle's beak on the right side of the bill's reverse.
13 letters in the phrase "Annuit Coeptis", which appears over the pyramid on the left side of the bill's reverse.
13 stars above the Eagle,
13 leaves on the olive branch,
13 olives on the olive branch,
13 arrows held by the Eagle, and
13 bars on the shield.
The number of guns in a gun salute to U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Major Generals, and Navy and Coast Guard Rear Admirals Upper Half.
The Naval Jack of the United States has 13 stripes, 7 red and 6 white, the rattlesnake has 13 buttons on its rattle, and the motto "Don't Tread on Me" has 13 letters." Wikipedia
And, OH...MY...GOSH -
"The number is also considered unlucky by some as it is the sum of 1+4+5+3, the year of the fall of Constantinople to the Turks, marking the end of the Byzantine Empire." Wikipedia
Isn't superstition fun! In the Tarot, the 13th card is the death card.
(A side note from Spirit Daily; just guess what the date 10-11-06 reads if you turn it upside down? Yesterday was 10-11-06, ya know, and, like that small plane, like flew into that apartment building in NYC. Okayeeeee - like I am soooooo scared right now!)
I have to watch "Ugly Betty" now.