June 1, 2014
As I have mentioned before in this blog, I am a bit of a media magnet. I think it has something to do with leading an interesting life. It has always been important to me to live life to the brim: to follow my bliss and to work towards making a positive difference on Planet Earth and the rest of the Cosmos. It also has something to do with being in the right place at the right time.
I was included, along with a photograph, in the following article because a journalist in Kamloops, BC decided to write a story about Friday the 13 th and called Mystic Dreams, a metaphysical shop where I happened to be doing tea leaf readings:
Friday, August 13, 2010
Happy Friday the 13th! Enjoy!
by Jason Hewlett
Machete wielding maniacs in hocky masks and age-old superstition have given Friday the 13th a bad rap.
At least that’s what people told The Daily News on Thursday as everyone from coffee shop customers to the RCMP said they aren’t scared to venture outside on the most superstitious of days.
“It’s self fullfilling,” Peter Louwerse said of the reputation today’s date has earned.
Louwerse, who enjoyed a coffee with family in the downtown on Thursday, believes people have been raised to believe Friday the 13th is a bad-luck day.
He said movies and the media have gone a long way to re-enforce that notion by keeping the ominous date at the forefront of popular culture.
Thirteen has long been considered an unlucky number. He said the 13th floor isn’t even acknowledged in many buildings.
“It’s amazing how people capitalize on that,” he said, adding he doesn’t believe the day generates bad luck.
Nor does the city’s police department. RCMP Sgt. Scott Wilson said officers might respond to an unusual number of calls today, but not because it’s Friday the 13th.
Wilson said police are traditionally busier in the summer and on the weekend. Put the two together, and it can be a hectic day whether it’s the 13th of the month or not.
“If it’s a hot summer Friday night, the number of calls will go up,” said Wilson who isn’t superstitious.
Friday the 13th ominous past doesn’t have a defined starting point, said Tanya Lester, a tea-leaf reader from Salt Spring Island in Kamloops to do readings at Mystic Dreams on Tranquille Road.
She said Christianity attempted to degrade all things pagan by promoting 13 as an unlucky number. Three is a number linked to divination, which is practised by witches. Christians consider witchcraft a pagan religion.
“Three is a part of 13,” she said.
At one time Friday was a sacred day for Roman Catholics. When that day fell on the 13th is was thought unlucky because something evil could happen, said Lester
“If there are special days in religion, then it’s like the devil wants to get you on those days,” she said. “I know it doesn’t connect up logically.”
Kamloops resident Dian Manahan said she has never had anything happen to her on Friday the 13th.
“I try not to even think about it,” she said. Like Louwerse, she thinks the day is all hype.
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