The Spiritual Significance of Friday the 13th

spiritual significance of friday 13

Is there something to fear on Friday the 13th?

For years people have been telling us Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Horror movies have been named after this day and research also tells us that there is an increase of accidents on Friday the 13th. But, where did all of this come from?

Before patriarchal times, Friday the 13th was considered the day of the Goddess. It was considered a day to worship the Divine Feminine that lives in us all and to honor the cycles of creation and death and rebirth.

Friday the 13th was considered a very powerful day to manifest, honor creativity and to celebrate beauty, wisdom and nourishment of the soul.

Friday is Venus Day and we all know that Venus is the epitome of feminine energy.

Her energy joins us at the end of the week to honour the days gone by and to remind us that it is important to rest, relax and play.

As a society, we all look forward to Friday (Venus day), and we all naturally find ourselves unwinding and relaxing in her comforting energy.

Friday is the perfect day to embrace Venus like energy and to focus on creativity, beauty and sensuality.

Venus energy also encourages us to tune into our receptive female energy in order to stimulate our creativity and bring art, music and healing into the world.

The Number 13 also holds an extremely potent feminine energy and is considered to be the number of death and rebirth, creation, fertility and blood.

This is because we have 13 Moon cycles every year and the average female also experiences 13 periods per year.

If a woman’s periods are in sync with the cycle of the Moon, she will shed her lining on the New Moon and ovulate on the Full Moon.

On average the 13th falls in the middle of the Moon cycle and represents that midway point between death and rebirth. The midway point between the New Moon, where a woman is shedding (the death) and the Full Moon, where the woman is ovulating (rebirth).

Before patriarchal times, when a woman was bleeding she was considered to embody divine and magical powers. She was regarded by all for her wisdom and ability to offer intuitive and psychic messages.

When she was ovulating, she was considered to be at the height of her power and was celebrated for her ability to receive, hold and create new life.

It was only when society became more patriarchal that women were made to feel shamed when they were having their periods and to ignore their amazing potential to create and hold space for new life.

This attitude has helped to contribute to the idea that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day.

The lunar calendar is also made up of 13 months, which further supports 13 as holding feminine power.

The Moon is also representative of feminine energy and helps us to understand and deal with our emotions and sensitivities.

In the astrology chart, the Moon not only governs our emotions but also our potential and how we choose to express ourselves through life. In fact, for many people understanding their Moon sign can often help to bring more awareness than their Sun sign.

Bringing Friday and the number 13 together, you can see that Friday the 13th is in fact, a very powerful day for feminine energy and creativity.

It is also an extremely powerful time of death and rebirth as it represents that mid-point in the cycle between something new emerging and something old slipping away.

Friday the 13th has often been held in high regards by women and the pagan community, and many rituals and spells are often conducted on this day in order to make the most of this beautiful energy.

This has also helped to contribute to the fear surrounding Friday the 13th, as it was an important day for many who worshipped the cycles of nature (often referred to as witchcraft).

We all have feminine energy in us, so  Friday the 13th is not just for women. It is a day for all of us to honour or own abilities to create and receive energy from the world around us.

Friday the 13th is not an unlucky day. Friday the 13th is the day of the Goddess and is a beautiful day for creating and celebrating life. It is a beautiful day for getting in tune with your emotions and sensitivities and giving thanks to the beautiful Goddess that lives in us all.

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  • Claire

    I have been taught that 13 at the dinner table is bad luck because,
    during the Last supper, there were 13 people : Jesus + 12 apostles. Bad
    luck because, the following night, he died and he knew he was going to
    die according to the gospels. And that last supper took place on a

    I am not an enthusiastic christian, but it
    sounds more credible to me than the explanations given in the article
    above. Even if we actually have no idea who Jesus really was and if he
    died on a Friday or non, I think it is believable that, for centuries,
    christians must have considered this combination of Friday and 13 as bad

    • sophiazoe

      Claire, the last supper took place on Holy Thursday. By 3:00 pm Friday, Jesus had been crucified. He didn’t get dinner on Friday.

      Christians actually fear Tuesdays. From

      GREEKS still consider Tuesday an unlucky day. May 29th 1453, was a Tuesday; the day that Constantinople, the place they called—and often still call—the queen of cities, or simply “the city” was overrun by the Ottoman forces that had bombarded its mighty walls for the past 40 days.

      I’m Greek, and although most of my relatives don’t really think Tuesday is cursed, the reference comes up as a joke, to explain procrastination. They will say “I was going to paint the house, but it’s Tuesday.” Meaning, they avoid anything potentially dangerous or risky on a Tuesday.

    • Emily

      Hi Claire, a dinner or party with 13 guests stems from an older legend from pre-christian times, to be precise from the Norse tale of Loki killing Baldr which was considered a very unlucky event since Baldr was the god of light. The element of 13 guests has been re-used in different tales; the one with Jesus and the apostels and also the story of Sleeping Beauty, where in the version of Grimm, 12 wise women were invited to a banquet to celebrate the birth of the princess, then the 13th uninvited guest put a curse on the baby in a fit of rage. So 13 has been in our collective memory as an ominous number for over 2000 years before Christianity took it’s root.

  • curtis coats

    My story :
    I was born on a Friday the 13th
    My brother was born on a Friday the 13th
    My father was born on a Friday the 13th
    My Grandfather was born in a Friday 13th
    My uncle was born on a Friday the 13th
    My grandson was born on a Friday the 13th

    It has Always been a lucky day in our family

    • wow! that’s incredible! i can see why!

  • Ryan Lloyd

    If it’s on the internet, it must be true.

  • HonduranStephanie

    Thanks for the background info….. I tend to be somewhat amused by others ‘fear’ of Friday the 13th but didn’t realize the true significance of it in the pagan belief process, so appreciate this article!

  • Carrie

    I’ve never heard this before stumbling on to an article that referenced your page. I randomly woke up this morning at 3:30a and after struggling to go back to bed I decided to get up and draw! In my book of 300 drawing prompts, I decided to draw the “goddess!” Then I did some writing and reflecting and felt a strong connection to her femininity! I wrote about how she’s lives in each of us. What an amazing feeling to have experienced this. Thanks for your post!

    • Carrie

      AND my cycle is synced with the moon cycle!!!

  • Kathleen Jordan

    very nice but the thing about women being aware of ovulation was not true as human ovulation was only understood and defined about 100years ago.It was even thought that women like bitches were fertile when they bled which led to a lot of confusion as so many cultures had menstrual taboos.The massacre of the Knights Templar on Friday 13th set the stage for modern european fear of Friday 13th

  • Mardhavi Sakuntala

    I love this article, but the downside is that there is not one source quoted anywhere. Where did you get this information from? I’m so not challenging anything here, but I can see how dudes would read this and say it’s made up BS, and generally if you’re writing about history you’re supposed to quote sources. What you posted is definitely in line with material I’ve read though.

  • Emily

    You say: before patriarchal times, but at what time do you consider patriarchal times started? It were the Romans who introduced the 7 day week naming the days after the Hellenic gods around 200 AD.This system was then adopted throughout the world…and only then did friday become associated with Venus and Freya. I think we already entered patriarchal times when the system was introduced and therefore it wasn’t considered the day of the goddess before patriarchal times..