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Black Friday

Updated on August 30, 2017

Taking a Look Into Black Friday and its Origins

It is an interesting fact that a month will contain a Friday 13th if the 1st of the month is a Sunday.

It is hard to conjure up why this day should be considered unlucky but there are many theories and one can trace some phobias back to mythology. There are also tales of bad luck occurring on this day to families, businesses and people in general, such as a car smash, someone dies, or your house gets burgled, but is this any worse on this date than on any other when the same type of incidences are also recorded?

The worst natural disasters are not normally related to Friday 13th so if the day carried extra potency that would surely be the case. If, however, one did occur than all the believers would be out in force to emphasise that the date was the cause. Read the lens and tell us what you think?

Is Thirteen an Unlucky Number?

Or just a weird piece of someone's imagination?

Thirteen is generally considered an unlucky number, mainly because of the so-called last supper which comprised 12 apostles and Christ, who was then executed. But the origin may be a lot older than that and it would have something to do with the ancient calendars and nature

'Friday' is composed of 2 terms 'fri' and 'day'. 'Fri' or 'fry' means fish and in ancient mythology this related to the dead god-man, such as a pharaoh or king. The embalming process of pharaohs has been described by scholars as turning them into the shape of a fish, that is with a tail. It is in this form that they supposedly went to the heavens to become consort to Isis and to take the place of Osiris as Father god. So friday was the day set aside for execution of scapegoats who died to take their place until they passed on.

In the Christian tradition it is the day of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. That means it is deemed to be unlucky so activities on this day were restricted. Trade, marriages, ocean journeys and so on were put on hold until another day.

Thirteen is composed of the numbers 10 and 3. In the old calendars there were only 10 months of the year and December was the last, thus it is X in some languages, such as Mandarin and this is 'ten' in Roman numerals. The symbol X is also the symbol + for the cross. So it symbolises death, especially as December is the time of the sun's death in the Northern Hemisphere. That takes place on the solstice, 22nd December, with its resurrection 3 days later on the 25th, thus it is the birthday of the new sun of the sun. It is not surprising that it is also the chosen birthday of Jesus Christ.

The number 3 symbolises the trinity and it is potent in all cultures. That it combines with 10 to indicate the death of the sun god made the number 13 extremely unlucky. Christianity claims it is because of the 12 apostles and the extra one who died. You can make up your own mind.

Is Friday the 13th unlucky for you? - Or is it just a weird date?

What has happened to you on Friday 13th of any year?

The Usurper

Crucifixion at Dawn
Crucifixion at Dawn

Number 12 in Counting Systems

It could not be removed

The number 12 was the basis of the counting system in the past. Thus, a dozen of something. Measurements were a portion of or multiples of this number. There are 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 hours on the clock, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 apostles of Jesus Christ and 12 tribes of Israel.

My research into origin of language and religion came up with some interesting facts. Number one heralded the god figure which was, believe it or not, the Mother god as the sun, 'Solo' or 'Sun's circle' means one only and anyone who tried to usurp her faced death. In the time when it was decided that she had 3 aspects which gave rise to the first trinity, she acquired the number 3. Those 3 sides of her were the sun, the earth and the light or spirit. This was addressed as Mother (earth), Sun and Spirit and was adopted by Christianity as Father, son and spirit.

When men decided they could become her partners they acquired the number 4. That is they were the fourth part of the whole. 4x3 is 12 and that was the complete number on which the counting system, which originated in the east where the first crucifixions of god-men were recorded, is based. The next number, 13, would mean someone was trying to usurp Mother god and that meant death. Thus, 13 became the unlucky number.

Christian leaders have tried to hide from this origin and the records were erased but they could not alter the spoken word in which past practices are recorded and will remain a testimony to the false tales they promote.

Mayan Calendat
Mayan Calendat

The Mayan Code

12 was a most sacred number

There is one civlisation that captured my attention more than most because of their counting system. That was the Maya. Throughout their iconology the numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12 featured most prominently.

Three represented the Mother god and 10 the king or her mate. The Mayan king was ruler of heaven and earth and during his lifetime he would grant his followers eternal life for their good deeds, such as following him into battle and trading their phsical life for the etenal one when he would rule in heaven. They were told that their after-life would be full of wealth, joy, happiness and family reunion and the king would grant their every wish.

As most of them were from starving families with no wealth on earth this was highly attractive and, to this day, people still believe that by dying in battle or as a suicide bomber they will gain eternal rewards not possible on earth. Religion and kings still keep a large percentage of the population poor so they obey commands to go to battle and so on.

The Mayan year comprised only 360 days in the calendar. This equates to 12 months of 30 days each. 3x10 = 30 and represents the Mother god and her partner. But we know there are 365 days in a year and the Mayan knew that as well. So they had 5 days under the black sun, that is the alternate Mother god who was trying to usurp the legitimate sun. During these 5 days no one would venture outside. They were called death days. To go out into the sun meant death.

This is the black sun which has made its way into mythology and religious dogma as the devil. That is the alternative to the real God who is trying to steal away the so-called souls of people to build his own empire. This same thinking is found in the Aztec mythology as well as in Europe where the Christian religion could not escape the influence. The idea of the devil was allowed to persist and the tales have increased in intensity until most people fear the devil more than the Creative Spirit.

Do You Believe in the Devil? - Or is it a fictional character from mythology?

Is the devil real?

The Evil Sun

Or is it the devil?

According to one theory "The ancients conceived a primeval and self-evident Mother of all wisdom . . the Magna mater. the Bona Dia, the Mother of all gods . . and in romance the fairy queen or fairy godmother." (Bailey 1912)

He uses this in his anology of the tale of Cinderella, being the step-daughter of the wicked mother who tries in vain to hide her from the world. It is comparable to the Egyptian tale of how the sun sets in the west and rises in the east after descending to the underworld where it travels through the night to emerge again on the other side at the dawn of a new day.

It was not known in those days that the earth was round but it was considered flat. The only way for the sun to go down in one direction and arise in another had to have mystical and divine powers attached. Thus, the seven veils came into being, it being the number of Mother god and the seven colors of the rainbow, i.e. light. In order to shed the light it was necessary to go through the seven veils and, as good mythology goes, once in the underworld the sun was captured by the evil sister who tried to keep it down there.

This is the birth of hell, the place of the sun underground. A place deemed to be hot and inescapable. But the sun having the most power was able to work her way through the earth and emerge again through the seven veils to rise at dawn as expected. The evil sister would emerge at night as the black sun and dress herself in all types of beautiful refinery to capture the intended mate of the Mother god before she had a chance to mate with him.

Thus seven represents the sun and eight the power of the throne and the king to whom she is consort. Seven and one is eight and to this day kings wear a badge of eight points to show they are mated to Mother god as her consort. This extends further because the symbolism shows they expect to one day rule in heaven.

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      6 years ago

      Good and interesting lens and good questions.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Another great lens - you're a real gem.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very interesting work on this lens and intriguing topic. I think the important thing for me is whether evil exists or not, my main goal in life is to walk in love and that means even loving those who don't love you back - easier said than done, but not impossible! Love conquers every evil and fear! :)

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      7 years ago

      Interesting and thought-provoking lens!

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      7 years ago

      every time I read one of your lenses, i learn something... oh to be you!

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      7 years ago

      An interesting lens about that subject.

      What I knew about the name Friday is that it is called after the name of "Frigg" or "Freyja" the germanic goddess of love.

      In most romanic languages the word come from the latin word "dies veneris", the "day of Venus". After the Germans adopted the 7 day week from the Romans, and named the days, they substituted Venus' name with the german equivalent, Freyja.

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting lens. i appreciate your research work.


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