Friday the 13th is a day many believe to be unlucky. This date, heaped in superstition for what reason? People choose not to drive or travel, tell each other to be careful, don’t take risks. It’s more like a meme.
Over the years I’ve heard many stories as to why but it all seems to be speculation. Some believe (Christians I guess) it is due to the number of people present on Maundy Thursday, the night before Jesus was crucified. Others relate it to a myth of the knights templar being arrested on this day.
As a witchling I was told a story by my unofficial teacher. In the early days of Christianity, Paganism and Pagan traditions were smooshed together with Christian traditions so we would could all get along. This is why Christians still take part in Pagan traditions and festivals fall on the same days. Until one Friday the 13th: St emporer somebody of somewhere (yes its vague, I don’t remember specifics but it’s also a story, if you can give me more information I will endeavour to remember but still, likely forget) had letters sent out to army generals which said ‘do not open until Friday the 13th’ and when that day came around the pagan high priestess were slaughtered. Allowing Christianity to become the prominent faith.
This may be fiction, or legend who knows, it’s as good a reason as any.
The Number 13
The number 13 is believed to be unlucky on its own. So much so that hotels don’t have a 13th room and some streets skip 13 and replace it with 12 a and 12 b. I know a shepherd, I’ve written about him before and his mother’s tree (you can read it here). I was admiring his lambs one year and noticed one ewe and her lamb, rather than having numbers like the others, had an X, I asked FJ why and he said “it’s instead of 13, I’m not superstitious but she might be, would be rude seeing as I can’t ask her” meaning the ewe. I loved that.
To witches, and many others, 13 is a lucky number, 13 lunar cycles in the calender year, and 13 menstrual cycles too, Covens should aspire to have 13 members. Perhaps this is why it is unlucky to others because they are superstitious of witches. As Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching put it:
I’m not superstitious. I’m a witch. Witches aren’t superstitious. We are what people are superstitious of.
To me, Friday the 13th is a powerful day Fridays are Freya’s day and 13 is the witches number. In my younger days I used to throw parties. Now I use it as a time to enhance my focus and power, set intentions and increase my desired outcomes.
The Harvest Moon
The full moon in September, around the festival of Mabon is known as the Harvest Moon. This dynamic energy, like all full moons, is a time when things come to fruition. When we recieve the manifestations of our intentions and give thanks. A time for reflection on all you have achieved and aim to achieve. One basic full moon ritual is ‘when the moon is full to thee, kiss your hand to her times three’. Take a moment to think of three things you are grateful for and blow the moon a kiss for each one.
The Harvest Moon in particular is usually big and seems to glow orange, this does happen at other times, particularly as she rises, but when we think of the harvest moon or search for pictures this is what we get. It marks the end of summer and the beginning of Autumn, when we must begin the hard work in preparation for winter. Traditionally we focus in the kitchen, I make my fire cider, gather berries and fruits to make jams and chutneys. I do always feel like it’s important to forage and prepare as much as I can so that I can rest through winter. Mentally it is also a time for work. What is my next move? What do I need to set in motion now to achieve my goals? Working naturally with the seasons this way allows for it all to be more organic and successful.
Use this Harvest Moon to give thanks and let go of the last cycle, whatever has happened, allows us to reflect and move on, let go and move forward with self awareness and intention.
So, to sum up; this day being Friday the 13th and the Harvest Moon is a powerful day to enact your rituals, whatever they may be. Harness this power to positively influence your life. Give thanks for all you have received: valuable lessons, opportunities, friendships, health, family, gifts in all ways, take a moment now to appreciate it all; divine what it is you need in the coming season, set your intention and ask for it (you can read more about intention in this post)
I will be visiting my tree to leave my offerings and engage in my own rituals. What will you be doing? Hit me up in the comments or e-mails, I’d love to know what practices you’ll be partaking in.
Have a powerful day!
Peace out witches!
Love Kate x