Thirteen Thank Yous for Friday 13th

Friday 13th gets a bad press. Freddie Kruger, horror movies, bad luck. But as a girl born on the 13th of the month who has always found great luck in the number, especially when combined with the feared Friday, I beg to differ.

Writer and popular horoscope reader, Chani Nicholas said it right: “The number 13 has always been associated with the Goddess as there are 13 moons in a year. The word for Friday derives from the Latin phrase, ‘dies Veneris’, which simply means ‘day of Venus’.”

“Friday is also thought to be named after the ancient goddess Frigg and/or Freya.”

“This is a day of luck and blessings. The only bad thing about Friday the 13th is the misogynistic misinformation that keeps us from celebrating its namesake and power.”


This and a gem of a concept from Mayan scholar, Martín Prechtel:

Long life, honey in the heart
White roads paved with the eyebrows of the moon, which is sea foam
Yellow roads, all colour roads, which are paved with abundance
From the tail of the morning star, which is a deer
No evil
Thirteen thank yous

You just said “Amen” in Mayan (emphasis mine). Now that’s something. Listen to Martín Prechtel say it here.

Why thirteen thank yous? Prechtel says, “because [in Mayan wisdom] twelve is supposed to be all we can see, and thirteen is something uncalculated, unknown, unmeasurable, unbuyable, unsellable, it can’t be killed. So we say thirteen thank yous so everything has got some gratitude.”

Find out more about author, artist, musician, storyteller Martín Prechtel here. (I am currently reading his book, The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic and will report back when I know some more…!)

In the meantime, on this Friday 13th, thirteen thank yous and let’s show them what we make of mysogenistic misinformation.


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