Friday the 13th: Just Another Superstition

Friday the 13th: Just another superstition.

Do you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobib?

That’s the technical term for the phobia, or fear, of Friday the 13th. Now, I have never been particularly superstitious. I depend on logic to get me through most days. As proof, I am the proud owner of an adorable black cat, and I have been known to go out of my way to walk beneath ladders. A former colleague of mine used to have fits if I turned the page on a calendar even one day before the month was over. We all have our quirks.

But I spend every March 15 with a feeling of foreboding based on a quote from Shakespeare. Doesn’t everyone? What exactly should I be watching for that is so frightening? The March winds are pretty strong, but they are nothing compared to the winter snow and ice of January and February… Maybe it’s a warning that we only have a month left to file our tax returns? Nope. I’ve got nothing.

I have always scoffed at friends’ superstitions and phobias, and prefer to deal in hard facts. So to rectify my illogical fear I vowed to find out what makes this date so fear-worthy and dispel my mid March worries, once and for all.

Not being a huge fan of Elizabethan drama, I decided to forego reading Julius Caesar (who’s got the time?) and turned instead to Wikipedia. As it turns out, the only one who ever needed to worry about March 15 was old Caesar, himself. A fortune teller had warned him that harm would come to him on that day, and indeed March 15  is the anniversary of his assassination in 44 BC.

Alas, poor Caesar! He didn’t have the internet on which he could rely. We on the other hand, have all the answers and expert advice we need right at our fingertips. If you ever wonder which paper you should choose for your résumé, or what finish would help your letterhead best reflect your company’s brand, Southworth can help. We are the authorities when it comes to making your documents speak volumes. Take a look at “How to choose the right paper” and we’ll help dispel any lingering doubts about your own future.

What’s your phobia? Are you superstitious? Respond below. Maybe writing it down will set you free. It’s certainly worth a try.

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  1. Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Fun article, Sue. It made me smile to think about what I might NOT want to do today to stay safer on Friday the 13th. (p.s. I have a pure white cat and she is a little devil!) On a serious note, I think it is important that we all realize that thoughts can become things. If we are focused on disaster, accidents, bad things, we might just be inviting that sort of thing into our lives. It’s the law of attraction, this time working against you. “Clear the bag” of your negative thoughts and anxiety-producing scenarios on this day, Friday, and everyday. Your future might just be on the up-swing.

  2. smartin
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Kathy. I’ve got to take inventory of my mental baggage and make more room for positive thoughts.

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