Friday, 13 April 2018

Goddess Day

As you may have noticed today is Friday the 13th. A day that is commonly regarded as extremely unlucky. When we were planning our wedding for Saturday 14th of January it was continuously mentioned that the day before would be the 13th and it really got me thinking. As a practising Christian I don't believe in lucky or unlucky numbers but I do have a real interest in where our traditions and superstitions in this country come from.

As with many superstitions and traditions, Friday the 13th was first made significant in the Pagan times but not as an unlucky day. Instead it was seen as a very lucky and prosperous day also known as Goddess Day. In Pagan Britain the year was split into 13 months instead of 12 in accordance with both the moon cycle and a woman's menstrual cycle. Friday also was a significant day for women in Pagan times "The name Friday comes from the Old English Frīġedæġ, meaning the "day of Frige", a result of an old convention associating the Old English goddess Frigg with the Roman goddess Venus, with whom the day is associated in many different cultures." Every week in Pagan times Friday would be seen as a day for femininity, creativity, beauty and sensuality. And so Friday the 13th became a day to celebrate creativity, wisdom, beauty and nourishment of the soul. It was a day to celebrate your inner goddess. 

As a practising Christian I am not going to be celebrating Venus today but I love the symbolism behind this tradition. Perhaps instead of an unlucky day, Friday the 13th could become a day where we celebrate God's beautiful creation of women. A day for fellowship and joy where we can wonder at the amazing power and possibility of femininity. I don't know about you but I find the female body astounding. Over the last few months I have taken time to learn more about how my body works and have enjoyed reading books about fertility, our menstrual cycles, pregnancy and birth. The more I have learnt the more I have been amazed by what our female bodies can do. I have also loved delving more into my bible to learn about how God created women to be and all the amazing gifts he has given us to use. I have learnt so much more about my identity as a woman of God and I can't wait to keep learning more.  

So maybe we should be inspired by Goddess Day and use Friday 13th as a day to channel your inner goddess and embrace everything that makes you the beautiful, wonderful woman that you are.  

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