Friday the 13th and Full Moon Coincide

June 13, 2014

Today is Friday the 13th and early this morning the full moon reached its peak, leaving some people feeling a little superstitious.

For the first time since 2000, two supposedly freaky days have collided.

"The moon was at its peak this morning at 12:11 a.m. eastern time. It's a rare event. They don't line up to have a Friday, and a 13th and a full moon that often," said Ed Murphy associate professor of Astronomy at The University of Virginia.

Folklore says Friday the 13th carries bad luck, and the full moon can mess with your mind.

But Murphy says not so much.

"We get a lot of questions on the effects that the full moon has of people and lots of scientific studies have been done on births, arrests, psychiatric ward admissions, all sorts of phenomenon that people associate with the full moon, and none of them correlate with the phases of the moon."

Spiritualists say you don't have to worry about avoiding black cats or throwing salt over your shoulder. Friday the 13th could actually be a day of good luck

“The full moon is Sagittarius, specifically Sagittarius is all about expansion, exploring new things." said Harrison Helm, a member of the University of Virginia's Society for Awakening Souls.

Helm encourages people to approach Friday the 13th from a place of excitement, rather than anxiety.

“The number 13 in Cabalistic Numerology, the number one is really about getting out there and starting things. Three is a number where your body and mind are aligned. It's a great day for trying new things and finding new passions,” said Helm.

If you missed the full moon overnight, astronomers say just after sunset tonight, you can see a big bright moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.


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