ENGLEWOOD — People prepared, partied and prattled about the end of days that never came on Dec. 21— so much so that they may have overlooked the potential significance of the number 13 in 2013.
Here’s a new word for 2013 — triskaidekaphobia, the irrational fear of the number 13.
Yet the number 13 is considered as lucky to some people as it is unlucky to others. Ironically, the end of the Mayan calendar’s 13th Baktun — or calendar cycle — was superstitiously thought to be projected on Dec. 21, 2012.
“A lot of people misinterpret the Mayan calendar,” said Sandy Anastasi, an internationally renowned psychic channel from North Port. “The Mayans were actually calculating our transition from a Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age. The recent tragedies can be attributed to the Piscean, but we’re looking to be more prosperous as we transition to the Aquarian.”
Anastasi taught John Edward, host of TV programs “Crossing Over” and “Cross Country,” and she made numerous appearances on the shows.
Tall buildings and hotels purposely avoid labelling a 13th floor. Friday the 13th is considered the unluckiest day of all. Yet it was good enough to name the horror movie franchise with the same name.
“I don’t see it as an unlucky number,” said Richard Blanchard, a medium and teacher at Mystic See, a new age goods and services store on Dearborn Street in Englewood. “I think it will be a good year even if people think it’s unlucky. It might turn to a positive. I don’t think it’s a big deal.”
More people were concerned about the Mayan calendar than the new year 2013, according to Candis Jackson, a licensed mental health therapist and addiction specialist with Dr. Lynn Bernstein’s office in Englewood.
“Nobody’s been worried about 2013 so far,” Jackson said. “More people are upbeat that the economy and housing will get better.”
The age 13 signifies a Jewish youth’s passage to adulthood in the Bar Mitzvah ceremony — a very auspicious day.
God gave Moses 13 attributes of mercy, according to Rabbi Simon Jacobson with the Chabad of Charlotte County.
There are numerous athletes throughout history who donned No. 13 on their uniforms and achieved hall of fame careers, such as Alex Rodriguez, Dan Marino and Wilt Chamberlain.
Then again, NASA’s Apollo 13 is famous for being a “successful failure” when a technical malfunction turned the crew’s original moon mission into a survival return mission. It worked out well in the end, which, you could say, makes it lucky 13.