It’s Friday the 13th…Are You Scared?

Happy Friday the 13th! At The Green Solution®, we’re rather fond of the number 13, as we currently have 13 locations up and running to meet your cannabis needs. And who doesn’t like Fridays? But maybe you fear Friday the 13th. If that’s the case, you’re not alone.

There are two words to describe a fear of Friday the 13th. One is friggatriskaidekaphobia, a word that’s a hybrid of the word triskaidekaphobia, which means a fear of the number 13, and Frigga, the name of an ancient Scandinavian fertility and love goddess who was traditionally worshipped on the sixth day of the week (i.e. Friday). The other word is paraskevidekatriaphobia, a word derived from the Greek words Paraskevi (Friday) and dekatries (meaning 13).

The origins of the idea of Friday the 13th being dangerous and/or evil are lost in the mists of time. But here are some possibilities that, when considered rationally, should assuage your fears. At least a little.

  1. Friday may be considered unlucky because it was execution day among the Romans, and was thus the day on which Christ was thought to be crucified. Additionally, Friday was Hangman’s Day in Britain, and the day on which it was thought that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden.
  2. The number 13 has problems of its own. Some theorize that 13 is considered unlucky because Judas Iscariot is thought to have been the 13th person seated at the last supper. Another theory stems from a Norse myth about 12 gods feasting in Valhalla when Loki, the god of Mischief, crashed the party and murder and mayhem ensued. Both of these stories have probably contributed to a superstition regarding 13 people gathering for a meal at once.
  3. Another theory involving the bad reputation of the number 13 has to do with the near obliteration of goddess-worshipping cultures by patriarchal religions. The former followed a 13-month lunar calendar, whereas the latter follows a 12-month solar calendar.
  4. It doesn’t seem to be until the mid to late 19th century that Friday and the 13th became paired as a particularly pernicious date. It was in the 1880s that the Thirteen Club was created to debunk the notion that 13 at a table is unlucky. The club was founded by Captain William Fowler, a friggatriskaidekaphile (lover of Friday the 13th) who had attended P.S. 13, built 13 structures, fought in 13 Civil War battles, and generally loved the unluckiest day of the year. The club’s 13 members would meet on the 13th of each month for a 13-course meal which they’d share after walking under a ladder and spilling salt around the premises. Captain Fowler enjoyed a long and healthy life, eventually dying in his sleep.

Now, Friday the 13th doesn’t seem so scary anymore, does it? In fact, you just might want to celebrate this day by stopping into one of The Green Solution’s 13 locations.