Friday the 13th is one of my favorite days. In 2012 there will be three Friday the 13ths (January, April and July) – which is the most that can happen in one year. I know a lot of folks consider Friday the 13th to be bad luck but I don’t subscribe to that notion. Instead, I chose to celebrate Friday the 13th as a day to have fun and invoke the number 13 as a good luck number. I personally love the number 13 and there are many reasons to not fear it. There are often thirteen full moons in a year (I love the full moon!). A baker’s dozen is 13, which means a free treat. America began with 13 colonies, and we turned out ok. Friday the 13th happens on a Friday, my most favorite day of the week.
Looking at the numerological symbology of the numbers 1 and 3, thirteen is a positive number:
- One is the number of self, being an individual, doing your own thing, confidence. It is also the number of spirituality and unity.
- Three is a number of creativity, passion, spontaneity. It is also the number of completeness, balance, body-mind-soul, and the three aspects of the Goddess.
- Four (Combination of 1 and 3) is the number for planning, building, foundation, and stability. It is also the number strength, wisdom, and the four seasons and the four elements (air-fire-water-earth).
So rather then succumb to paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th), I urge every one to celebrate and focus on making your own good fortune today and every day. Superstitions are based on fear of the unknown or fear of not knowing what’s coming, but that fear can be turned around with knowledge and a positive attitude and fun. (The fear of Friday is skeviphobia, the fear of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia, and the fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia – also know as friggatriskaidekaphobia, Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named.)
One way to celebrate Friday the 13th is by making up a big batch of this 13 bean good luck soup:
- 2 cups mixed dried beans (13 different kinds, including black-eyed peas – which are associated with good luck)
- Water with 2 tablespoons salt (to soak beans)
- 2 qts Water or Chicken or Vegetable Broth
- 2 large onions, sliced
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste, add other herbs and seaonsings that you like
- Optional: 1-1/2 cups bite-size pieces lean baked ham (about 1/2 pound) or 1-pound meaty ham bone or ham hock (leave out if vegetarian)
Wash the beans, cover water and add 2 tablespoons salt, and then soak overnight. Drain the beans and combine with 2 quarts fresh water (or chicken or veggie broth) in a large pot. Add the ham and boil for 1-1/2 to 3 hours, or until the beans are tender and cooked thoroughly. Toss in the onions, celery, tomatoes, red pepper, and salt and pepper (and other seasonings) to taste. Simmer for another 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked.
Set the table with 13 bowls, a plate of 39 fresh baked dinner rolls (3×13), invite 12 friends over and enjoy! (Optional: add a 13 ingredient salad as a side dish.)
Wishing everyone good luck and blessings today and always, Lady Rose
(Note: Angelgirl, my daughter, is taking German in high school, so she will get a kick out of the calendar photo being in German.)