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Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th, date considered unlucky by popular superstition, is in fact a time dedicated to women, their beauty, their erotic and generative power.

In latin languages, the fifth day of the week (Venerdì/Vendredi/Viernes) is the day of Venus, goddess of beauty and love, who bears the attributes of the ancient Mother Goddess once venerated in Europe and in the Mediterranean. In Nordic languages, it is Friday/Freitag, as a homage to Freya, great Goddess of the North who taught Odin the magical arts of the Vanir, ancient gods of the Earth: first among them, Seidr, visionary shamanic practice traditionally linked to women, that according to nordic sagas confers “the highest power”.

13 is the number of the lunar cycles in a year, as well as the number of women’s mentrual cycles. It is because of this association between the goddess of love and the generative feminine power that patriarchal culture considers Friday the 13th a dangerous day.

Because of the archaic association between lunar cycle and menstrual cycle, the moon is linked to the feminine and in mythical iconography its three phases represent the ages of women: the waxing moon is the puberty of the young girl, the full moon is the fertility of the mother, the waning moon is the wisdom of the woman in menopause, who is free from her family cares and can dedicate herself to sacred knowledge.

The moon embodies cyclic time, the eternal return of the seasons: she rules tides, and the growth and degrowth of all things. Lunar time reminds us that human life is mirrored in the life of nature, which is not an object to exploit and dominate, but a living entity that has to be understood, respected and followed if we want that she continues to sustain us, protect us and feed us.

The feminine, feared for its erotic power and its capacity to break schemes, therefore for millennia reduced to a subordinate condition, is starting to erode the pillars of a culture of dominance aiming to reduce the Earth into a battlefield shaken by exploitation, injustice, poverty, hunger and violence.  We believe it is useful to begin to discover, through these semantic traces hidden in our daily lives, that there is another way to look at the world: a supportive, sympathetic, participatory, inter-connected approach, that we at Aurora, like many other groups and communities growing all over the world, are here to further and disseminate.