Number 13 - The Myth, The Meaning, The Significance of Thirteen

Number 13 – The Myth, The Meaning, The Significance of Thirteen

Straight out with scepticism, some people consider the number 13 as an unlucky number. Like me, others are strongly convinced that the number 13 is a lucky charm, is beneficial, or a sign that you’re on the right path the universe has in store. It’s unquestionable that the number 13 triggers very contrasting reactions. But do we really know what this number really means? Does the number 13 actually bring good or back luck to some? Is Friday the 13th a normal day like any other? I was born on the 13th January 1988, and because of this, I have always associated the number 13 as a lucky number for me personally. And throughout my 33 years, I have constantly seen it in numerous things, which I take as a universal sign that I am on the right path.

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So… Does The Number 13 Bring Good Luck Or Bad Luck?

Experts all agree that symbolically the number 13 is very strong. This can be explained notably by the mystical dimension that surrounds it. The number is the number of par excellence that leaves no one indifferent.

Is The Number 13 An Unlucky Bad Number?

You have probably come across people who are very wary about the number 13. A chunk of those people who are most wary are usually people found suffering from triskaidekaphobia, in other words, the fear of the number 13. There is no denying that this phobia of the number 13 is real, but can we ever wonder whether it is justified? Like really… Why is the number 13 sometimes considered an unlucky number? Why be afraid of the number 13? Why in this modern age has it been classed as an unlucky number?

The origin of this immersive superstition that has been around for centuries can honestly be found in religious beliefs, and more specifically, in Christianity. For instance, in the Bible, the number 13 has a very specific meaning. It is perfectly illustrated by the symbolic aspect of the Last Supper, Jesus’s last meal with his 12 disciples, (Judas being the 13th apostle, the one that will eventually betray Jesus). As you can imagine, the Bible leads to the interpretation, that the number 13 is connected to the suffering of Jesus, who was crucified the day after.

Another interesting fact is that the number 13 can have another meaning for Christians, one that is much more positive than being remembered for the crucifixion of Jesus. If you analyze the numerical value of J. C (Jesus-Christ) using the English alphabetical order, here is what you can notice:

  • J is the 10th letter of the alphabet.
  • C is the 3rd letter of the alphabet.

As you can already guess, by adding up the value of these two letters, the final result comes to 10 + 3 = 13. Therefore, how can the initials of Jesus Christ refer to something negative and unlucky in Christianity?

In a way, it implies that the number 13, from a historical point of view, cannot only be synonymous with bad luck.

I Believe The Number 13 Is A Lucky Number

People have nothing to fear from the number 13, as this number is not an unlucky number. In fact, several cultures consider this number to be a highly positive one.

In the Aztec Culture, the sacred divinatory calender was set up like this:

1 year = 260 days = 20 months (called 13-day cycles) made up of 13 days.

What’s even more fascinating, the Aztecs conceived time through cycles of 52 years called Xiuhmolpilli (considered an “Aztec century”). And this cycle was divided in this way:

4 periods of 13 years.

It’s from here, the number 13 takes on the form of a temporal unit symbolizing the end of a cycle and establishing some kind of balance.

And in the Celtic culture, their calendar followed the rhythm of the Moon and was made up of 13 months, each consisting of 28 days. These 13 months were the result of balance and harmony, again, furthering the strengths and positives surrounding the number 13.

Number 13 - 13th arcanum of the Tarot of Marseille

Within esotericism (specifically in tarology), the 13th arcanum of the Tarot of Marseille relates to the Unnamed, also known as Death. Unlike what you might think hearing the word “Death”, the arcanum is not related to bad omens, it’s actually the opposite. The 13th arcanum of the Tarot de Marseille depicts, in many cases, the end of a phase leading to the beginning of another.

If you’re not familiar with tarology, the 13th arcanum of the Tarot de Marseille symbolizes a phase of metamorphosis. It brings the beginning of a new era and marks the start of a transition. It is usually interpreted as an initiatory death leading to a rebirth. With this, the 13th arcanum is often treated as a positive tarot card that offers the possibilities of enhancing your luck or seizing a new opportunity.

For these reasons and many more, it spikes my curiosity about the number 13, which I know it will do for others. You could say I do everything I can to make the number 13 enter my life in as many ways as possible. It seems to be my fetish lucky number, its the least I can do, being born on the 13th.

Superstitions About The Number 13

Despite all of these myths and theories about the number 13 is a lucky number, some superstitions have remained well anchored for generations, even if they seem a little irrational. Commonly known as popular beliefs, even without being able to clarify their origin, those who believe in them are usually unable to explain what makes them actually believe in them.

That goes for the superstition according to which the number 13 is said to bring bad luck. For instance, some hotels decide on having no room #13. And also some hotels or buildings don’t even have a 13th floor, the same with streets, there is sometimes no house with the number 13. It’s interesting, as all of these superstitions or popular beliefs about the number 13 bringing negativity cant clearly be explained. But the positivity around the number 13 from ancient cultures, have been identified and explained.

Friday The 13th, Lucky Day or Unlucky Day?

As we have all experienced, when there is the mention of a Friday 13th in the coming weeks, a sense of excitement fills the air. In fact, Friday 13th is indeed a beneficial date, and it is no accident that the lottery registers the highest rates in terms of tickets.

This elusive aura that spreads when a Friday 13th comes around, can be traced back to its origins from the Pagans Friday that celebrated Aphrodite for the Greeks, or Venus for the Romans. Friday at the time was the happiest day of the week. Friday 13th stands out to be a lucky date, one that brings lucrative money gains and is also seen as the date that allows you to counter any bad luck.

Like me, people take advantage of the positive energy that this date provides and associate it with a commitment, a decision or simply to benefit from the positive luck the number 13 brings.

Number 13 On The American Dollar

The American one-dollar bill is one of the most frequently used and well-known USD currency notes in the world. With that comes the interesting myths that surround the one-dollar bill. For instance, the number 13 appears numerous times on the one-dollar bill, for example:

The Number 13 American One Dollar Bill

The one-dollar bill has 13 arrowheads, 13 olive branch leaves, 13 olive fruits, 13 stars above the eagles head, 13 steps of the pyramid, and 13 bars on the shield in front of the eagle. Plus on top of that, even though this could just be a coincidence, the words “annuit coeptis” and “e pluribus unum” both have 13 letters.

In this past year, or since the start of 2020, and the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have fully started to acknowledge the number 13. I started researching into the meaning of the number 13 when I was going through some personal life problems and have since been trying to overcome and stay positive. During this I have been seeing the number 13 everywhere I go, and usually see if more than once a day. Being born on the 13th, I count that as a good omen and blessing, plus every time I see it these days, I know that my current path in life is on the right track, as I take the sighting as a sign that I am synced to the universe.

I can’t tell you to stop being afraid of the number 13, but hopefully, I have given you a little more insight into the history, meaning, and myth about the number 13. And that you may start to look at the number in a different way. I will still continue my interest and research into the number 13 and will post my findings when I do so.

Anyway, enough from me today, and I hope you all keep safe.

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