Do you have paraskevidekatriaphobia — a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th? If you do, this year will be difficult. Tomorrow is the second of three Friday the 13ths this year.
But perhaps your fear isn’t morbid or irrational. Perhaps you simply don’t like to push your luck on the day of bad luck, especially when it seems that the bad luck could be doubled or tripled when that ill-fated day is repeated more than once in a single year.
Knock-on-wood and fingers crossed, this mash-up of superstitions associated with Friday the 13th is intended to help you get through the day.
This post lists 13 Strange Things that Happened on Friday the 13th. This site has an unfortunate number of intrusive ads, but if you can get past those it has some fun posts about life’s little mysteries. It’s the kind of site that I can spend a lot of time just wandering around.
This site explores Three Food Myths.
Another site that’s fun to peruse, you can learn the history behind some Common (But Silly) Superstitions at live science dot com.
Okay. So you aren’t convinced that the superstitions are silly and you want an arsenal of good luck to fend off the bad? These sites offer up rituals that will be sure to bring you good luck:
A feng shui ritual is included in lemondrop’s How to Ensure Good Luck.
Wikihow says to wear red undies for good luck in Be Lucky on Friday the 13th
Cross your fingers is one Good Luck Charm from The Examiner.
Radio Alice suggests you sleep facing south as one of their 13 Ways to Beat Bad Luck
Here you’ll find Good Luck Charms for grandparents
33 Lucky superstitions, including things like, if you’re a sailor, wear an earring.
Surely the Farmer’s Almanac offers down-to-earth advice in its post 13 Ways to Improve your Luck.
This site includes old English Good Luck Superstitions.
At Ancient Symbols dot com there are Good Luck Symbols from a variety of nations, time periods and areas of study such as Alchemy.
And finally, learn how we can make our own good luck. How? Just believe. According to this study, some Superstitions Bring Real Luck.
I have to confess, I have been known to knock-on-wood and cross my fingers. And I believe that the full moon brings out the crazies. Now it’s your turn. Which superstitions do you follow?