Well, a day with the number 13 is just made to be written about and to be connected to Linda G.Hill’s “Rithmatic” post!
You know the drill: 13 is bad. Friday the 13th is worse.
The funny thing is though that 13 never has been bad for me. Maybe that’s the reason for me being nicknamed “Hexe/witch” when I was in school. That German children’s book didn’t help either: A little witch with red hair :-)!
But I am digressing. In the first exams, I ever had to sit in school I was number 13. In those days, I was not aware of the fact that 13 is supposedly such a bad thing. Those exams went well, and I decided that 13 is my lucky number!
Friday the 13th never has been a problem for me it’s rather the days around a full moon or new moon that are a bit chaotic in all senses no matter the number.
Do you know why 13 is thought to be bad? As many of you remember, Jesus had 13 followers up to the end. It is supposed that Judas was number 13 and as we all recollect he wasn’t a good friend to his master. A witch’s or pagan covent also used to have 13 members. The reason being that 13 is a special number: it’s a prime and has no other divisors than 1 and itself. But pagans often follow a lunar calendar which has 12 full months and usually a 13th smaller month as the lunar cycle is about 28 days long and not 30 or 31.
There is of course lot’s more information to be found about the infamous 13 but I leave it at that. Just want to wish you a happy Tuesday the 13th!
- Description for visually impaired readers: Illustration of three trees with differently coloured canopy and a bee on one. Black writing saying: “Just Jot It January”
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