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SUPERSTITIONS

13 Sep

SUPERSTITIONS

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today is Friday the 13th. Burrr. What was that chill? Must have been a draft. Anyway, like I was saying, it is Friday the 13th and for some people this is an unlucky day. For me it’s a day like any other. I’m one of those people who claim not to have any superstitions. Of course I avoid scheduling anything significant on this day, not for my sake, but simply because I know there are others who may not attend a social event planned on this day. For instance, my first book signing event was scheduled by my publisher’s publicist for today, but I promptly changed it to tomorrow.

Oh! Who am I kidding? I purposely changed the date of my book signing, not because I thought a Saturday would be better, and not because I thought less people would show, but because I was afraid. There I said it! The number 13 is unlucky enough, but add Friday and it spells disaster. However, I want to make it clear that I’m not a superstitious person, I simply respect the unknown (clearing throat).

So what is the origin of Friday the 13th?

There are different theories, but according to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition before the 19th century. One theory states that it is simply the putting together of two older superstitions: that 13 is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.

Why is the number 13 considered unlucky?

In numerology the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as indicated in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve apostles of Jesus, twelve signs of the Zodiac, etc., in contrast the number thirteen was considered odd and uneven, infringing on this completeness.

Why is Friday considered an unlucky day?

Friday was the day Jesus Christ was crucified.  According to some, Friday the 13th of October 1307, hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested and killed in France, an action apparently motivated financially. On August 13th, 1821, the Aztec Empire comes to an end. On July 13, 1821 notorious Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest is born in Tennessee. On October 13, 1989, the Dow Jones experienced the second largest drop that it had ever experienced. Need I say more?

Do you know what the fear of Friday the 13th is called?

Friggatriskaidekaphobia  (try using this word in a game of “Hang man”)

HAPPY FRIDAY

So, are you a superstitious person? Before you say no, answer the following questions:

Do you wish upon a star?

Do you hesitate to open an umbrella indoors?

Do you carry a “Lucky” rabbit’s foot?

Do you say, “God bless you” when someone sneezes?

Do you knock on wood?

Do you feel a sudden chill when you break a mirror?

What are some of your superstitions?

27 Responses to “SUPERSTITIONS”

  1. Vanessa September 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    I don’t consider myself particularly superstitious though I do find them fascinating. After I watch a movie or read a book that has a superstition I add it to my mental collection and it’s not like I am looking for it but lets say a friend spills the thingy of salt I’m sure to say something like “Quick throw some over your left shoulder” ( I think I saw that in dumb and dumber?) and sometimes they do it other times they ask why? and to that question I usually don’t have a better answer than “It’s bad luck” lol but I don’t actually believe in them I just find them interesting =]

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  2. Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 13, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Riiiiiight! Ha,ha,ha! Hi Vane! You’re not superstitious, but yet you tell them to throw salt over their shoulder? I bet you’re a wood knocker too. 😉 You’re too cute! ❤

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  3. Sunni Morris September 14, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    Vashti,

    I guess I’m guilty on some of your questions, even though I’m not really afraid of Friday the 13th.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      Hello Sunni! I think we’re all a little superstitious sometimes without even realizing it. I hope all is well with you. Did the move happen yet?

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      • Sunni Morris September 15, 2013 at 4:48 am #

        Vashti,

        Still up in the air – going to visit my family in TX in a week. Very busy tying up loose ends – finishing a family book to take to my mom. Her memory is going. I’m really up in the air over the move – don’t want to go where hubby wants to go – don’t know what I’ll do yet. I have to start clearing out stufff when I get back in Oct.

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

        I wish you all the best Sunni. I know it’s a tough situation you’re in.

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  4. katbiggie September 14, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    I never really thought I was that superstitious, but I do all of the above eXCEPT carry a Rabbit’s foot, but I did when I was a kid!! Usually Friday the 13th does not bother me, but I had a TERRIBLE day yesterday. I was crabby, I didn’t feel well, I couldn’t get anything to work out right, I got stung by a BEE!!! So, who knows.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi! Yes, I’m still in denial about being superstitious. Ha,ha! Oh my, you did have a terrible Friday the 13th. I hope you’re having a much better day today and an awesome weekend. 🙂

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  5. Jennifer September 15, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you’ll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    http://www.thejennyevolution.com

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      Hi Jennifer! Thank you for the invite. I linked in and did some blog hopping. Great fun. 😀

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  6. Rosey September 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    I don’t like three sixes together, that might be considered superstitious.

    I hope your book signing turned out great!!!!!!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      Hi Rosey! My first book signing wasn’t a success I’m afraid, but it wasn’t a total loss either. I did learn a lot from the experience, and I will be much better prepared for the next one. By the way, I don’t like three sixes together either. 😉

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      • Rosey September 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

        I’m glad you’re taking it then as a learning experience, and I wish you well with the next one. I think marketing would be the absolute hardest part of selling a book!

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 25, 2013 at 4:10 am #

        Thank you so much Rosey. It is very hard. :/

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  7. Katie Cross September 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    I’ve never been too superstitious! I do bless people, and I do knock on wood, but not necessarily because I think harm will come if I don’t. 🙂 I didn’t know all of this about Friday the 13th, so this was really great to read. Thanks Vashti!

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  8. Vanessa September 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Wonderful post…I like your pretty blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      Hi Nessa! Thank you very much. I’m on my way to check out your site. 🙂

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  9. Vanessa September 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Thank you so much for the follow.
    Follow you back on bloglovin.
    Lovely greets from germany 😉

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 18, 2013 at 1:00 am #

      Oh sweet! I would love to visit Germany some day. Beautiful country. Thank you! 😀

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  10. Stacey Gannett September 18, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    Oh Vashti…This is fabulous! I can’t say that I am really superstitious, but I do the knock on wood, throwing the salt, and the bless you’s…but mostly as habit or tongue in cheek sort of way. Some of those things I did know about the possible origins, though…my hubby watches a TON of History channel! LOL! However for me I love Friday the 13th! LOL! 🙂 I get to get a cheap tattoo on Friday the 13th and I chose to have my beautiful lil miss on Friday the 13th. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us on the Show Off Weekend Party! Have an awesome week!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Thank you Stacey! Friday the 13th sounds like a great day for you. I watch a ton of History (and Discover) channel myself. Ha,ha! You’re so welcome it was my pleasure to participate and “show off” my posts. 😉

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  11. memoriesbythemile September 25, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    Thank you for coming and sharing at Tuesday Trivia. This was a fun post to read. I think almost everyone has some little thing that they do. Mostly from childhood probably. I’ve mostly outgrown them, but there is a little cringe when you don’t do it anymore, right! But I do still have to get out of bed on the same side I got in on. 🙂
    Pinned. Have a terrific Wednesday.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      Hi Wanda Ann! I had a great time at “Tuesday Trivia”. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. You’re right most of us do have something and like you, I cringe a little when I spill salt or break a mirror. Ha,ha! Thank you so much for pinning the post. 😀

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  12. Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 21, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Thank you! 😀

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