As we leave 2012 for all it’s woes on “end of the world” predictions, presidential elections, struggling economy, etc. we embark on a new year with a lucky significance some might not be aware of. Your job search may not have yielded much in 2012 as the rest of us struggled with questions of where we wanted to go with our lives or how we should handle our next job challenge. But 2013 may yield a more prosperous result as we look to history to tell us how ominous this lucky number 13 truly is.
● There are 13 principles of Jewish faith according to Maimonides.
● Several successful sports figures where the lucky number 13 including Alex Rodriquez, Dan Marino, Shaquille O’Neal, Wilt Chamberlain, to name a few.
● In ancient Greece, Zeus is considered as the thirteenth and the most powerful god. This thirteenth god seems to be associated with totality, completion and attainment.
● The ladder to eternity has thirteen steps, on reaching the 13th step, it is assumed that your soul attains spiritual completion.
● The number 13 is a prime number, which means it cannot be divided by any number other than itself. Hence, symbolizes qualities of incorruptible nature and purity.
● In one of the most powerful civilizations of history, the people decided to have 13 days in a week as they considered 13 to be an extremely lucky number. The god who ruled the thirteenth day was associated with mystery, psyche and magic.
● In Judaism, 13 is the age when young boys and girls transition into maturity.
● The moon moves 13 degrees around the earth every day.
● It takes 13 days to change from a Full Moon to a New Moon and 13 days to change back.
● In the Mayan Tzolk’in calendar, trecenas mark the cycles of 13 day periods.
● The Mayan pyramids are set up in 9 steps divided into 7 days and 6 nights totaling 13 days in total.
● The US flag has 13 strips that represent the union of 13 colonies who fought the British
●, The United States began with 13 colonies which became the first thirteen states.
● The Thai New Year (Songkran Day) is celebrated on the 13th of April. It is considered to be a day of washing away all the bad omens, by splashing water on people, friends and relatives.
● In Hindu mythology, Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the thirteenth night of the Maagha month, which is very sacred and a holy night for all the Shiva devotees.
● In the sacred book of the Sikhs, the “Guru Granth Sahib”, the word “Waheguru” which means eternal guru appears 13 times.
(Partial list courtesy of Buzzle.com)
Here’s hoping for a better year of luck whether the fates are with you or not. What else have we got to lose at this point? Assuming that is we make it past the end of the world in 2012?
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