Today is rife with mystery, superstition, and lore. But what is the real meaning of Friday the 13th? Let’s examine the origins of the date.

The origins of Friday the 13th

Black cats: Unlucky…or lucky? That depends entirely on your perspective.

How you view the world is based on your experience, your opinion–and what you choose to filter in or out.

Many trace the origins of Friday the 13th superstitions back to the Knights Templar, who were arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307 by French King Philip IV.

Most were imprisoned and later executed.

13 isn’t always unlucky

But 13 doesn’t always have a negative symbolic meaning.

In numerology, 13 is associated with pragmatism, independence, creativity, and the ability to set firm intentions.

That makes it a powerful number to use in manifestation work.

In Tarot, Death is the 13th card.

Seemingly gruesome at first glance, many people read the Death card as a potent–and positive–symbol of change, transformation, and rebirth.

To me, the Death card has always represented the Phoenix, with new life rising out of the ashes of the old.

In Ancient Egypt, cats were considered sacred, and killing one came with a swift death sentence.

Over the years, as ancient ways were stomped out under the firm boot of the Church, cats came to symbolize evil.

And in 1233 AD, Pope Gregory IX declared black cats to be the Devil incarnate.

So, think about how your perspective colors your world. Here’s a simple meditation to help you explore how that works in your life right now.

Meditation exercise: The power of perspective

Close your eyes. Breathe deeply until your heart rate slows and steadies.

Think of something going on right now that’s important to you. Be as specific as you can.


Why do I feel the way that I do about this?

Is my perspective clear–or clouded by influences outside me?

And then? Listen. 

When you’re done, write down any impressions or thoughts you may have. In the days to come, reflect on these notes. Consider how you want to move forward based on what you’ve learned.

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