Every day is a lucky day on the beach in Tulum but Friday the 13th is really lucky. In the Mayan culture the number 13 is a lucky number not an unlucky number like in other cultures. The number 13 plays a significant role in both the Mayan calendar and the spiritual world, making the 13th of any month on any day a good day.
How the number 13 plays a role in the Mayan culture
The mayan long count calendar is built on the 13:20 principle where in the astrological use of the Long Count, a 13-tun cycle, a 13-katun cycle and a 13-baktun cycle are also counted. The Mayan Sacred Calendar, the Tzoklin , is comprised of 20 days per cycle and there being 13 cycles per calendar (260 days)
The Mayans also worshiped the 13 gods of the upper world, each representing a level for each god that is worshiped by this culture. There is was also a correlation between the 13 gods and the 13 joints in the human body (knee, ankle, shoulder) where the Mayans thought that the gods contributed to the development of humans on earth.
Could it have anything to do this this data about the moon and the earth? Did you know that the average celestial motion of the Moon is 13° per day, and 13 weeks is the time it takes the Earth to travel from the equinoxes to the solstices. For example, it takes the Earth 13 weeks to travel from the first day of spring (March 20th) to the first day of summer (June 21st); 13 weeks from the first day of summer to the first day of fall (Sept. 23rd); 13 weeks from the first day of fall to the first day of winter (Dec. 21st); and it takes the Earth 13 weeks to travel from the first day of winter to the first day of spring.
To add to the understanding of the number 13 in Mayan culture, the Mayas did define the galatic tones in their astrological signs, where there are 13 tones in total. The 13th tone is described as the Universal tone. Here is what it says about someone born in the 13th galatic tone. Ascension, authority, intensity. The supreme deity—completion. Those born with the number thirteen will be very good at tying up lose ends, making sure all the details of a project are in order. They are change makers and are surrounded by change either created by themselves or by others.
The number 13 in other cultures
The Aztecs climbed 13 steps to their sacred places, The buddhists paid homage to 13 buddhas, the orthodox jewish prayer book holds the Thirteen Principles of Faith and a Jewish boy celebrates their Bar Mitzvah at the age of 13. There are 13 occurrences of the quantity 13 in the design of the Great Pyramid of Gizeh in Egypt.
So you decide. You can stay at home and hope that Friday the 13th goes away or you can come and reflect on the number 13 in the luckiest place in the world, Tulum, Mexico. It seems far easier to face your fears about this day looking at the beach, sipping on a fresh fruit juice overlooking the ocean, snorkeling, swimming or just hanging out. Tulum is paradise no matter which day you come and visit. Friday the 13th or not, this is a great place to spend a day, a week or 13 days!
How do you view Friday the 13th? Is it a lucky day or unlucky day. And where would you prefer to spend it?