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Friday the 13th Isn’t Unlucky, It’s Magical

Teen Vogue logo Teen Vogue 8/13/2021 Lisa Stardust
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In this installment of Practical Magic, Lisa Stardust explains some of the history behind Friday the 13th's superstitions and how to embrace the unexpected magic of the day. Always remember that magic is for believers, but this column can also simply serve as a guide to getting in touch with yourself — magically or not.

Say goodbye to triskaidekaphobia! Also known as: the extreme superstitious and fearful views of the number 13. Contrary to popular belief, Friday the 13th is anything BUT unlucky. The reason it’s believed to be so scary and dangerous can arguably be traced to the patriarchy.

Friday the 13th is actually a time to embrace womanhood, power, menstruation, sex, magic, and love… all things the patriarchy’s misogynistic agenda has deemed evil for centuries. As we roll into another Friday the 13th, we’re granted with a wonderful opportunity to manifest and change our lives for the better. And luckily, by learning its true meaning, we can break down these superstitions and embrace the true power of the day.

Debunking Friday the 13th Myths:

Bri Luna, owner and creative director of The Hoodwitch, has debunked many of the beliefs that society held to be true about Friday the 13th. Here are a few myths that Bri has shed light upon:

  • The reason that the number 13 is considered bad luck is because of  Judas Iscariot, a disciple and the 13th attendant of the Last Supper, who betrayed Jesus Christ. The crucifixion of Christ was also on a Friday, which has made people extra weary of the correlation.
  • In numerology, 13 is a number of growth and transformation.
  • In astrology and magic, Friday is a time when we honor the “Great Goddesses” like Venus, who is known for her divine feminine power, charm, and sexuality.

Magical Ways To Celebrate Friday The 13th:

Manifest Luck

A great way to welcome luck into your life is to surround yourself with lucky charms, such as horseshoes to bring in good fortune, an evil eye to ward off bad luck, dice to tip the odds in your favor, and acorns which symbolize prosperity. You can wear these together as a charm bracelet or necklace, or hang them on the walls in your home.

Take Your Power Back

Put on some red lipstick or wear red clothing to elevate your personal power. This color exudes toughness, and tells people that they can’t mess with you. It can make you feel courageous, bold, and willing to take on the world. Dab a little patchouli oil to heighten the senses (and make you a force to be reckoned with) on your root chakra, the chakra that is the foundation, base, and strongest energy center, to increase flow power. It’ll help lend you control and power over yourself, others, and any situations you may find yourself in.

Bathe In Love

Before preparing this bath, brush up on your cooking and fire safety regulations to ensure your own safety and the safety of others.

Gather 2 cinnamon sticks for passion, a handful of pink rose petals for tenderness, and ½ cup of Epsom or Pink Himalayan salt. Add 3 cups of water. Together, bring them to a boil. Write down your love goals on a piece of paper. Be as specific as you want about what kind of love you want to bring into your life.

Now, you’ll need to make an offering to Venus to receive the love you crave. Fortunately, this task will only sweeten the deal — literally. Dip a spoon in a jar of honey and taste it. This is the offering Venus needs, because Venus was poisoned by honey. By tasting the honey, you’re sampling it to make sure it’s good and safe.

Take your letter of intention and hold it to your heart to manifest your romantic desires. Once the water starts to boil, take the pot off of the stove and let it cool down. Place 4 pink tea candles around the pot, add a drop of honey to the rim of the candles, and light them. Once the candles have burnt out and the water has cooled down to room temperature, you can strain the water and filter out the ingredients you’ll use. Then, you can either run the water over your shoulders in the shower or add them to a bath. Repeat for 5 days in a row.

Menstrual Diary

Start a menstrual journal. Keep track of your menses and write about the feelings and emotions that develop during this time. This is a very potent, magical time to embrace your intuition. You’ll be surprised by how much strength you have.

Sex Magic

Own your sexuality! Use your orgasms to set intentions. As you pleasure yourself or consensually with a partner, think of a goal that you want to achieve and attain. While climaxing, state the intention over and over. Being that sex and orgasms are powerful, you can make your visions true by manifesting them this way.

Honor The Moon

In astrology, the Moon represents our emotions and the ultimate feminine energy in our lives. A great way to harness the energy of Friday the 13th is to gaze upon the moon and speak your feelings. This will help you open your heart to finding what makes you happy.

According to astrology, the Moon also represents the maternal energy in our lives. This is a great time to connect with your mother, siblings, and best friends. Share your secrets, goals, and hopes for the future.

Protect Your Space And Energy

Protection work is always important, as it’s a way to shield yourself from people who want to feed off your energy. Therefore, you should always do protection work when doing other forms of magic or spiritual work.

A simple way to cleanse and protect your energy is through crystals. Obsidian is a great stone to use when you’re in need of protection — especially against haters and negativity. Sweep it over your body, throughout your home, and outside the perimeter of your house. Some people even keep it outside the entrance way of their homes, but you can also place it by a window or door inside of your house. This will keep you protected from all the potential bad vibes that can enter your personal space or affect your auric sphere.

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