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Friday the 13th: Astrologically Speaking, Should We Brace Ourselves for Bad Luck?

Allie Flinn

Allie FlinnSeptember 12, 2019

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When I pulled up my calendar today to see my schedule, it dawned on me that Friday the 13th approaches. To get ahead of the bad luck this date seems to promise, I decided to ask an astrologist if there was any significance. (In true Piscean fashion, I was also looking for a way to be the victim instead of take responsibility for my actions should anything go haywire.)

Turns out Friday the 13th is a little misunderstood, and it’s not quite the doomsday it’s been made out to be. Astrologically speaking, September 13, 2019 is significant in that it coincides with a full moon, which is rare: The next full moon on Friday the 13th won’t happen until 2049.

“Though we have superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th and other ones about full moons, there is no direct astrological significance of these two things happening together,” intuitive healer and astrologer Rachel Lang adds. But astrologically speaking, “the energies up during this time can be quite intense,” she says. “The planets Jupiter, Neptune, and Mars are all involved, in addition to the Sun and Moon. This could mean a perfect blend of mixed emotions, heightened awareness about life circumstances, and a desire to take action on those insights.” The influence of Neptune, Jupiter, and the moon in Pisces mean you should not jump to conclusions (my favorite pastime) and center yourself before taking action.

Lang adds that in some pagan cultures, Friday was the day that they held rituals to honor Venus, and some of those rituals included sensual experiences like dance. But, because we have never been able to have nice things, patriarchal religion came in and wanted to get rid of pagan traditions. “In the process, it’s likely traditions that had pagan roots were misrepresented,” she explains. “Christian leaders spread propaganda about these practices, so, they spread fear and dread. Things once seen as ‘lucky’ became ‘unlucky’ or forbidden. If you consider these pagan rituals often occurred during specific times in the lunation cycle or at turns of seasons, the layers of superstition add together, making this a powerful time for those who have more Earth-centered spiritual practices.”

This is all to say that Friday the 13th is full of strong female energy, explains Lang: “If you’re wanting to tap into more of your witchy power, this would be the time to hold a ritual.”

The fear of Friday the 13th is actually a legit health concern. Also, this is the reason why we’re superstitious about broken mirrors and black cats. 

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