Lunacy You Say? On Friday The 13th?

It’s the Lunar effect – the full moon makes us crazy.

William Shakespeare wrote in Othello, “It is the very error of the moon. She comes more near the earth than she was wont.  And makes men mad.”

It’s the belief in good luck and bad luck, and superstitions.

As Sir Francis Bacon said: “The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.”

Today, you get both – a double whammy…
Full Moon and Black Cat
Under the light of a full moon, lunatics and crazies are all purported to come out. Werewolves too!

To most, it’s just the lunar theory, the lunar effect, the Transylvania effect… the idea that there’s some correlation between moon cycles and sinister human behavior.

To those dreading the day, this isn’t just one of those normal full moons, this one happens to occur on Friday the 13th, Frigga’s Day!

So if you’re inclined to be superstitious, I’d like to welcome you to a very special Friday the 13th. As you’ve probably already read elsewhere, with some localized geographical exceptions, another event such as today will not happen again for another 35 years. Feel blessed you’re experiencing it.

However, if you are friggatriskaidekaphobic, or paraskevidekatraphobic, I fully understand your lack of excitement about today – it probably does not matter much that today’s occurrence also involves a full moon, your own problem is a hand full – phobia’s can be quite unsettling. I can personally attest to that… mine was an unsettling, life-interrupting period of agoraphobia. Odd how it hit me, odd how it departed… Hope yours leaves abruptly too.

But as for the full moon and all of the emergency room tales and rumors of heightened lunacy?  It doesn’t matter what your phobia is if all of it is true. For me though, a full moon is more of a romantic moon than one of lunacy. Yet, could it be, romance and lunacy are connected…? Perhaps someone could dwell on that and get back to me.

And I’ve broken mirrors, walked under ladders, had my path crossed by black cats (had black cats as pets too), and met a witch, all with no consequences of note, so superstition plays little  role in my life…

The biggest point against today being unlucky or being worrisome is that my child was born on Friday the 13th!

For an informative read, check out Lunacy and the Full Moon by Scientific American, followed by Why Does Friday the 13th Scare Us So Much? by National Geographic.

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