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I woke up super-early this morning, shortly after 3 am. Never got back to sleep. When I finally got up and sat with my coffee, I was surprised that I actually felt quite good after only a few hours of sleep. I even seemed to have better energy than usual.
Maybe it was the full moon? Then it dawned on me that this is also Friday the 13th. How often do those two come together? An internet search revealed that it is rare indeed. Especially on the June “honey moon” (full moon in June). This particular configuration occurs only a couple of times in a century! Surely today is an auspicious day.
For some reason, I’ve always had a good feeling about Friday the 13th. When I lived in France in my 20’s, I found out that the French consider it good luck — sales of lottery tickets double on that day. So from then on, I decided I would be “French for the day” every Friday he 13th, and I’ve never had a bad one. I even find lucky clovers!
There is plenty on the internet about why 13 is considered an unlucky number — but what about it being lucky? A search revealed that especially in Goddess traditions, 13 is a sacred number. There are 13 moon cycles in the year and thus 13 female cycles. And I found that Friday is named for Goddesses — Frigg/Freya, the Norse Goddesses of beauty, love and destiny give us “Friday” … and Venus, goddess of love in Greek myth tradition gives us “vendredi” (French) and “viernes” (Spanish).
So this Friday the 13th/Full Moon could easily be seen as a Goddess day, a time to celebrate the sacred feminine, whether we are male or female. A time to appreciate the beauty of this amazing amber moon and expect nothing but good luck and blessings on this 13th day of June.
I do love to think that we participate in our own luck. What we believe in and expect has a lot to do with it. When I was going through a long and difficult “unlucky” time, I got in the habit of looking for 4-leaf clovers. I really needed some luck! And that is when I found not just one but a whole handful, almost every time I took a walk with that intention. And eventually all that luck accumulated and served me well.
It has been said, “expect miracles.” I love that. How about “expect good luck?” Even on Friday the 13th.