It's Friday the 13th AND National Defy Superstition Day

Happy Friday the 13th

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

Today is yet another Friday the 13th, meaning that the number 13 seems especially unlucky today. But if you're superstitious, you might want to sit down for this one. Sept. 13 is also, ironically, National “Defy Superstition Day.” (It's also a full moon, just saying.)

A screenshot from "The Office" that shows Michael Scott sitting behind his desk with the quote "I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious" 

Those who believe in bad superstitions are mindful of walking under ladders, cautious of crossing paths with a black cat and love their moms so much, they’ll avoid stepping on cracks. Superstitious people believe their behavior influences events, and they aren’t leaving anything to chance — let's face it, we've all been there.

Not all superstitions are rooted in the belief of preventing bad things, though — sometimes they're meant to do the exact opposite. We see you wearing your favorite team jersey, holding onto that rabbit’s foot, and not shaving that beard until that serendipitous Stanley Cup Win happens. A little love and luck never hurt anything right?

Superstitious beliefs extended as far back in history as the polytheists who worshiped their gods and goddesses in ancient Greece and Rome. They modeled their relationships with their divine beings on political and social terms, scorned those who constantly trembled with fear at the thought of the gods, as a slave feared a cruel and capricious master.

Such fear of the gods was what the Romans meant by "superstition."

Superstition even found its way into heavy metal. Ronnie James Dio’s grandmother used to ward off (or give) the evil eye or malocchio when necessary.  The frontman adopted it under the name “maloik,” a corruption of the original name, and made it a staple and universally known symbol in heavy metal culture. Curses, curses.

The world is full of superstitions, both good and bad. They are found in numerous cultures, religions, and beliefs held everywhere and feel older than time itself.

"Defy Superstition Day" gives you the chance to let your rational mind overcome these beliefs to prove once and for all that they have no influence on life. It’s a great opportunity to face fears and see how many superstitions you can break in 24 hours. Will you accept the challenge? 

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