Article Overview:   Friday the 13th is commonly considered a good day for Terrorism.  It's a day of "bad and black luck."  But is it?   Do we need a Vigilance Day to counter Terrorism Day?   Find out.


Friday, February 13, 2004—Ground Zero Plus 884
Friday The 13th--A Bad Day For Terrorism


Cliff McKenzie

         GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Feb 13, 2004 -- Terrorism thinks it rules on this day.  Friday the 13th is a day of "evil" for many.   Tens of thousands of phobic people hide in their homes, avoiding contact with the world in hopes "bad luck" or "misfortune" will not befall them.  People who have a morbid or irrational fear of Friday the 13th are friggatriskaidekaphobes (on the web - paraskevidekatriaphobes).

Friday the 13th:  a day when the world recognizes the presence of the Beast of Terror

        Even airlines fear this day and everything to do with the number 13.  There are no 13th aisles in commercial aircraft.   And, most major hotels skip the 13th Floor to avoid clients who are superstitious and refuse to sleep on a bed of bad luck.
         If there is a day when the world recognizes the presence of the Beast of Terror, it is, Friday the 13th.   
         And that's good.
         It means that down deep, the world is aware the Beast is alive, if nothing more than in our superstitious behavior.   
         But it goes a lot deeper than that.  Hollywood has turned this day, Friday the 13th, into a day of blood and guts and horror.    Look at the movies that extol this day.   They include a host of cinematic blood and brutal deaths, validation that the Beast lives in such forms as Freddy Kruger and Jason.

Terrorism starts in our imagination

       From a Sentinel of Vigilance viewpoint, we need to realize that Terrorism starts in our imagination.  It gnaws through our resolve, driving us into states of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.     It seeks to overshadow Courage, Conviction and Right Actions that benefit the Children's Children's Children because in most movies about "monsters," no matter how much they appear to have been killed or destroyed, the surprise ending leaps out and reminds you that Jason Lives!   
        None of us can afford to believe the Beast rules, but we all can and must believe the Beast exists.    If there is one good thing about Friday the 13th, it is the clarity that Vigilance can never surrender its power.    When we least expect it, the Terrorism of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency will leap out at us.  

Day of Vigilance:  9-11


       What we should have besides the Friday the 13th Day, is a Vigilance Day.    My choice for that day is 9-11, the Day of Vigilance.
        Below are listed some myths about Friday 13th.    Some are historical, some are bizarre, but they all conspire to remind us of our vulnerability to the Beast, and our need to think 9-11 and Vigilance.  If we do, Friday the 13th will be a bad day for Terrorism, not a good one.


                                   MYTHS and or HISTORY of Friday the 13th:

   One obvious origin of the Friday the 13th myth is the Bible.

   In Douglas E. Winter's book Narrow Houses, Winter writes about the Last Supper and the 13     gathered around the table.

  In John 6: 70-71, "Jesus answered them, 'have not I chosen you 12, and one of you is a devil?' He spake of Judas Iscariot for it was he that should betray him."

  It is because of the Last Supper that it is still considered bad luck to seat dinner parties in groups of 13.

  In Magic and Superstition Douglas Hill writes, "Thirteen is especially unlucky in terms of dinner parties, referring back to the Last Supper or the Norse Feast: it is believed that one of the 13 diners will die within a year."

  Friday is also the day of the crucifixion, and for that reason the day itself is considered unlucky.

  Hill continues, writing "Fear is also aroused if the 13th of the month falls on a Friday - in itself a notoriously unlucky day, largely (because of the) association with Good Friday."

  There is also an old superstition that it is unlucky to sail on a Friday.

  In Those Superstitions, Sir Charles Igglesden explains, "We all know of sailormen who considered it unlucky to sail on a Friday, but of recent years dread has been overcome by the sailing of hundreds of ships on that day."

  Igglesden continues, "But although the prejudice against the sailing of a ship on a Friday has been overcome, superstition firmly steps in when the Friday falls on the 13th day of the month."

  The old myths do not stop there. It is unlucky to turn a bed, wash blankets, shave or cut your hair, cut your nails, or do just about anything on a Friday, according to Igglesden.

  Platt also describes another reason for anti-Friday sentiment.

  "The fish was an emblem of Freyja, and as such was associated with the worship of Love. It was offered by the Scandinavians to their goddess, on the sixth day of the week, i.e., Friday. Unfortunately this worship of Love on the Friday of each week gradually developed - or degenerated - into a series of filthy and indecent rites and practices."

  So the reasons, historically, for fears about Friday and the number 13 are many, but perhaps people are starting to give up on superstition.

  A  familiar face, however, seems to embrace the number 13.

  George Washington.

  American currency, at least on the one-dollar bill, on the side opposite Washington's bust, there is a pyramid with 13 steps, an American Bald Eagle holding 13 arrows in one talon, and an olive branch with 13 leaves and 13 berries in the other talon.

  There are those who would say the design is a reference to the original 13 colonies, like Henry Morgenthau, Jr., who was secretary of the treasury at the time, according to "Treasury of Superstitions" by Claudia De Lys.



      Fridays, for example, are hailed as a particularly significant day in the Christian    tradition. Obviously, there is Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified.         But according to Christian lore, Adam and Eve also supposedly ate the              forbidden fruit on a Friday, the Great Flood started on a Friday, the builders of the Tower of Babel were tongue-tied on a Friday and the Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday.

     Of course, the Bible doesn't specifically note many these events occurring on Fridays, and Emery explains some of the tradition may have stemmed from the fact that pre-Christian pagan cultures hailed Friday as holy days. The word "Friday" is, in fact, derived from a Norse deity who was worshipped on the sixth day of the week and who represented marriage and fertility. Fridays in the early Norse culture were associated with love and considered a good day for weddings.

     Over time, however, mythology transformed the Norse fertility goddess into a witch, and Fridays became an unholy Sabbath. Incidentally, the goddess' sacred animal was a cat, which may explain the legendary connection between witches and cats, as well as the superstition about black cats heralding bad luck.

 In addition to the legendary significance of Fridays, the sixth day of the week also was execution day in ancient Rome and later Hangman's Day in Britain, according the Emery's Web site.


The number 13 also has mythological and religious symbolism.


Both the Hindus and Vikings reportedly had a myth in which 12 gods were invited to a gathering and Loki, the god of mischief, crashed the party and incited a riot. Tradition in both cultures holds that 13 people at a dinner party is bad luck and will end in the death of the party-goers.


Following in that vein, the Last Supper in Christian tradition hosted 13 people and one betrayed Christ, resulting in the crucifixion.


The number 13 also has been associated with death in other cultures. The ancient Egyptians, for example, believed life unfolded in 12 stages, and the 13th stage was death. The Egyptians considered death a part of their ultimate journey and looked forward to the spiritual transformation ‹ thus 13 was not an unlucky number in their culture ‹ but like so many others, the tradition warped through time and cultures, eventually associating the number 13 with a more negative and fearful interpretation of death, Emery writes.


Finally, Emery suggests the number 13 may have an unlucky connotation because of its association with the lunar calendar (there are 13 lunar cycles in a year) and with femininity (women have 13 menstrual cycles in a year).


Then, there's the event that ties the two superstitions together.


"Though it's clear that superstitions associating Fridays and the number 13 with misfortune date back to the ancient times, some sources assign the precise origin of the black spot on the day itself, Friday the 13th, to a specific historical event," adds Emery.


It was on Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, that France's King Philip IV had the Knights Templar rounded up for torture and execution. The Knights Templar were an order of warriors within the Roman Catholic Church who banded together to protect Christian travellers visiting Jerusalem in the centuries after the Crusades. The Knights eventually became a rich, powerful  and allegedly corrupt order within the church and were executed for heresy.


Friday the thirteenth is considered the unluckiest of days, unless you were born on Friday the thirteenth. If you were born on this day then Friday the thirteenth is your lucky day.

The origins of Friday superstitions are many. One of the best known is that Eve tempted Adam with the apple on a Friday. Tradition also has it that the Flood in the Bible, the confusion at the Tower of Babel, and the death of Jesus Christ all took place on Friday.

Long before the Bible was written, Friday was considered an important day. Primitive people set aside Fridays as a special time to worship their deities and ask them for good crops, health and happiness. Those who worked on this day were told not to expect "good luck" from the gods.

                                    MYTHS and or HISTORY of Friday the 13th


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