The Secret Power of The Lucky Numbers
Lucky numbers; everyone has them. These could be numbers that you play all the time in the lottery, or they could be the number that resonates with you. For me, my lucky number is 3443 because that is the last hospital room my mother was in before she died and it is our house addresses combined (mine is 34, and hers was 43). Seems like too much of a coincidence, right? My aunt also plays that number for the Pick 4, and in the three years since my mother’s passing, she has won about $700. Not bad for a lucky number, huh?
There are countless numbers that people can choose from; however, one number that seems to come up a lot when celebrities are asked what their number is. Can you guess it? Quite a few celebrities have made 13 their lucky numbers. Some of the most notable celebs are Taylor Swift (who is very about her love of the number), Adriana Lima, Leyla Milani, LL Cool J, and Mena Suvari. Who knew so many celebrities favor 13?
For many people, they see 13 as an unlucky number—Friday the 13th is no joke! Well, that is if you are superstitious. Why exactly is 13 viewed as being so unlucky? Well, there are no clear, definitive answers to this question, but there is some speculation.
1. It all Began with Judas
It is believed that Judas, the man who betrayed Jesus, was the last person to sit down at the Last Supper. He was the 13th person at the table.
2. Loki, the Uninvited God
According to Norse legend, there were 12 gods seated for a banquet when Loki crashed their party. Loki went on to kill one of the other gods, and the result was the event called Ragnarok where bunches of other gods were killed too.
3. Cain Killed Abel on the 13th
Christians believe that Cain killed Able on the 13th. Christians also believe that Jesus was crucified on Friday the 13th. While this may be popular belief among the Christian community, many researchers believe the murder took place on April 3, 33 AD.
4. Apollo 13 Mission Failed
Although all the astronauts on board Apollo 13 did come home safely, the mission was to get them to the moon. As we all know, the oxygen tank exploded, and it was uncertain if the astronauts would survive, and frankly, that’s enough for me to be wary of both space travel (back then anyway) and the number 13! Oh, did I mention it was the only unsuccessful moon mission?
5. 13th Card = Death
In a deck of tarot cards, the 13th card is that of the “Death” card. A skeleton depicts the card with a scythe. Nothing can be considered more unlucky than death, right? In medieval England, the hangman charged a standard fee of 13 pence to carry out the deed.
Although 13 has had a bad reputation, maybe it’s all coincidental? 13 has some very positive associations with it. The United States holds 13 to be a significant number: 13 colonies, 13 stars on the original flag, 13 stripes on the current flag, and the dollar bill is riddled with 13 being symbolized.
According to numerology, it is said that: “He who understands the number 13 will be given power and dominion. It is a number of upheaval and destruction; a symbol of power which, if wrongly used, will wreak havoc and destruction upon itself.” According to a resource we have found:
Cancer is the fourth (1+3) sign of the zodiac, and it rules the continent of Africa, its inhabitants, and people the world over of African descent. The Moon rules Cancer, and is therefore the cosmic ruler of all African people. The average celestial motion of the Moon is 13° per day, and 13 weeks is the time it takes the Earth to travel from the equinoxes to the solstices. For example, it takes the Earth 13 weeks to travel from the first day of spring (March 20th) to the first day of summer (June 21st); 13 weeks from the first day of summer to the first day of fall (Sept. 23rd); 13 weeks from the first day of fall to the first day of winter (Dec. 21st); and it takes the Earth 13 weeks to travel from the first day of winter to the first day of spring…
It’s fascinating when you research the number 13 and how it has gotten both positive and negative views. I guess it all comes down to what you chose to believe. Hell, you could say phooey on the whole thing and view 13 as being a simple number.
Me? I like to think 13 is lucky. Hello… Baker’s dozen = 13 donuts! Who can say no to an extra donut? Especially if it’s vanilla cream!?