The most famous reference of the origin of Friday the 13th being a grave day, (you likely saw/ read this in The Da Vinci Code) was the slaughter of many of the Knights Templar on October 13th, 1307, ordered by French King, Philip IV. The Templars were a religious order, who provided protection to Christian and Jewish pilgrims moving across the land, during the Time of the Crusades. In return, it became quite customary to donate lands and money to the Templars in exchange for protection and safe passage, which made them quite a wealthy Order.
During those times the best way to take an opponent down was to accuse them of heresy or witchcraft. King Philip IV, finding himself low on wealth, cried heresy and ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar. Secretly it was an order of execution so as to steal their wealth. Some legends say that the Knights Templar were commissioned to protect an ancient secret bloodline, Mary Magdalene, the 13th Apostle, the Holy Grail, her marriage to Jesus and her pregnancy at the time of his crucifixion. Around this time, the Templars became the Freemasons, who became Enemy #1 to the Church.
Some historians also go as far as to say that Jesus was crucified on Friday, the 13th, and that Judas, his betrayer was the 13th guest at the last supper.
So many still caution Friday the 13th as a day of bad luck. We don’t ever build a 13th floor in hotels, condos or apartment buildings, still to this day. None of this however truly reflects what Friday the 13th represents. That history has been erased, intentionally.
Most of our ancient calendars had 13 months, representing 13 lunar cycles. Women are governed by the lunar cycle, and had 13 monthly cycles. The Old Ways worshipped the Goddess. The fear of Friday the 13th originates from Goddess suppressing and women shaming.
Writer and Shaman Donna Henes says “Up until the patriarchal revolution, both Fridays and 13’s were held in the very highest esteem. Both the day and the number were associated with the Great Goddesses, and therefore, regarded as the sacred essence of luck and good fortune.”
In ancient Israel, 13 was a sanctified number. Thirteen items were decreed necessary for the tabernacle. In Wicca, the pagan goddess tradition of Old Europe, communicants convene in covens of 13 participants. Thirteen was also auspicious for the Egyptians, who believed that life has 13 stages, the last of which is death — the transition to eternal life.
Frig the Norse Goddess of love and sex, fertility and creativity, became translated in Anglo-Saxon as the word love, and her worship day was …you guessed it, Friday. Frig, Freya, Fredag, all names for the same Goddess became known as Frig-day, becoming Friday, the day of love, sensuality, creativity and fertility. She reigned as Venus in the Mediterranean, in Latin Friday is the day of venus, or vendredi. Viernes in Spanish.
Both the number 13 and the day Friday are anything but harmful or grave, they are to be celebrated. They bring the feminine aspects of love, creativity, luck and good fortune. They are also loaded with cosmic consciousness.
And once again, why does it not surprise me that I am launching the Goddess Wheel of Magic, directly following Friday the 13th and a powerful full moon? I didn’t plan it…I honestly didn’t. I think it must be the Goddesses themselves. I was aware only of the full moon, but isn’t that how it’s supposed to work when we innately trust our inner rhythm? Your rhythms align with the natural flow of the feminine moon, to worship one God but no Goddess is not balance. To create fear and stigmatize the ancient ways of self-realization, is to obliterate women remembering to connect to what is already theirs and naturally governs them.
If you would like to learn more about deeply transforming your life through working with the Goddesses, removing blocks and self-limiting beliefs that get in your way, launch intentions and move through a sacred practice that takes you to far away lands, and meetings in the otherworld with Brigid, Isis, Sekhmet and Viviane, we are winding down registration over the weekend, and Module I begins Monday, September 16.
This weekend is your last opportunity to register.
Today, Friday the 13th, celebrate the Goddess within you, walk with consciousness, express your feminine wisdom, sensuality and creativity and remember to open to good fortune and blessings from the Goddesses who adore you and who reside within you.
Remember your origin…
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