Friday, March 13, 2015



I was born on the Friday, October 13th, 19…never mind the year. I love being born on this day, especially in October – although I have to wait until 2017 for my birthday to fall on a Friday again, - it's a lucky day for me. Autumn is my favorite season and I consider October the supreme month of the supernatural. No wonder I like to read and write about the paranormal.

One day I decided to do a little research about Friday, the number thirteen and the superstitions behind it.

There are many names given to those who have a fear of the day, all of them long and unpronounceable, but Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the original Scandinavian word.

The English word Friday is derived from the ancient Norse love goddess and wife of Odin, Frigga. Legend tells us she threw a banquet with twelve Gods in attendance, purposely not inviting Loki the God of Mischief. He crashed the party anyway, making the number of guests thirteen.  Chaos ensued. Food and mistletoe were wielded at each other and in the end, the God Balder the Good, was dead.

The Goddess Frigga

Why does the sixth day of the week get a bad rap? We can go back once again to goddess Frigga for a partial explanation. The Germanic pagan tribes worshipped her on Friday. Early Christians thought her a witch and declared Friday the witch’s Sabbath. Crucifixion day in Rome? Yep, Friday.

The number thirteen’s history is more involved.  For reasons that aren’t exactly clear, twelve was believed to be a complete number.  There are twelve months in a year, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel and twelve disciples of Jesus.  Thirteen, considered an imperfect number, may have pagan roots.  Many nature-based religions worshipped the moon as well as the sun.  There are thirteen lunar cycles and women with a regular period will have thirteen menstrual cycles a year. To pagans who worshipped both Gods and Goddesses, the moon represented the feminine. Back in the day, the Abrahamic religions weren’t keen on giving women power, spiritual or otherwise.

There are many other legends behind the trepidation of the day and all of them available on Google. 

It's such a fun day, I usually incorporate the date into my stories. In SOLSTICE, a major part of the curse on the hero's head happens on Friday, the 13th.

Time is running out for Armend Zogu. The 250-year-old family curse on his head will claim his life on his 30th birthday, the winter solstice.

Sofia Palmalosi might be just the Strega who can save him. A descendant of a long line of powerful Italian witches, her family’s magic was a gift from the Goddess Diana.

Together Sofia and Armend embark on a journey from New York, to Sicily and the ancient ruins of Diana’s temple, and back to New York, all the while fighting a battle of magic and wits with a psychopath who wants them both dead and the curse intact.

If the curse doesn't kill Armend, breaking it just might.

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Debbie Christiana writes paranormal romance, dark romantic suspense and short dark fiction.
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  1. Great post, Debbie. I also like this day. For some odd reason, I'm drawn to it. I can tell you why the number 12 is thought of as a complete number, but it would be a loooong conversation. So, I'll just leave you with this: Did you know that there are not 12 constellations, but 13?

    1. Thanks, Aneta - it was fun to write :) You know, I've heard something about 13 constellations but I don't know the whole story. No you have my curiosity up :)

  2. Great explanation and the fear of the number 13. When I was born I was given number 13 in the hospital. Back then babies and moms were kept separately and nurses would match numbers on hospital bracelets to moms when they brought babies for feeding. I got that number from the get go and it's following me all my life.

  3. That's so cool, Zrinka. Has the number 13 been lucky of for you? I hope so, I think it's a great number :)


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