By Stephanie Valente
Typically when a Friday falls on the 13th, most folks are prone to breaking out their superstitious selves, smudge sprays, and avoid any hint of bad luck.
But, what if we told you that Friday the 13th used to actually be a lucky day? And, the day celebrated goddesses. In fact, Fridays were particularly associated with moon goddesses and the number 13 itself is a positive marker in many cultures.
So, let's dispel Friday the 13th as the harbinger of bad luck. It's gotten an unjustifiably bad rap, no? Instead, call back to when lunar figures are celebrated and dispel the current notion that there's such a thing as a "bad" number.
Get your spells, your lucky charms, and your manifesting prowess ready. Check below for three rituals for a lucky Friday the 13th.
1. Cleanse and rededicate your altar or sacred space. Set aside some time to recalibrate the area of your abode where you complete rituals, intentions, or any spell work. Depending on your intentions and goals, smudge the air and the space with a specific herb to redefine your space. Not sure what herb you need? mindbodygreen has a list that'll point you in the right direction.
2. Imagine good things happening to you constantly. Positive thinking amps up your personal power. What are these good things? What do they feel like? How does that make you feel? Imagine and carry these feelings with you throughout the day.
3. Pay it forward without expecting any returns in your favor. Seriously, do good for the sheer fact that it spreads good and encourages good to grow and thrive in this world. Do this fearlessly and tirelessly without expecting one damn thing to come back to you. Make someone smile. Brighten a stranger's day. Buy a coworker a coffee. Walk a neighbor's dog. Experience joy in these unexpected interactions.
Stephanie Valente lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works as an editor. One day, she would like to be a silent film star. She is the author of Hotel Ghost (Bottlecap Press, 2015) and Waiting for the End of the World (Bottlecap Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in dotdotdash, Nano Fiction, LIES/ISLE, and Uphook Press. She can be found at her website.