NUMBER 13 – LUCKY OR UNLUCKY – EXPLAINED IN NUMEROLOGY
13 was considered dreaded and this was because the occult symbolism that stood for this number was represented by a mystic picture of "a skeleton with a scythe in its bony hands reaping down men". It was a curious picture that few could understand and those who did kept their knowledge to themselves in an age when even to speak of such things was to forfeit one's life by torture or at the stake.
This picture allotted to the number 13, although drawn or painted in many different ways, always contained the same idea: a skeleton reaping in a field, hands and feet springing up among new-grown grass, the crowned head of a man fallen at the point of the scythe, while a female head with flowing hair parted in the center appeared in the background.
To find the true interpretation of this weird picture in Numerology, one must go back to the meaning attached to the single number of 4, of which the 13 makes a second 4 in its compound number.
The single 4, is a strange number in itself. Persons dominated by it are usually misunderstood and lonely in their lives; people who bring about opposition with secret enemies constantly at work against them; they reverse the order of things in communities and governments; they are attracted to social questions and reforms of all kinds; they rebel against authority and set up new dynasties or republics.
The 13 has all these qualities in its higher scale, but even more accentuated. It cuts down all before it, reversing the order of things shown by the hands and feet springing up in the grass and the crowned head falling before the scythe. The female head in the background denotes social reform, the new order of things and the uplifting of women, and so forth.
It was perhaps this picture of a skeleton with a scythe in its bony fingers, calling up the idea of Death in the minds of those who could not understand the inner meaning of the symbolism that caused the number 13 to be so dreaded.
If people will, however, only think they will see that the 13 belongs to the series of 4, in the range of 4, 13, 22, 31, etc., and consequently a person born, say, on the 4th, 13th, 22nd or 31st of a month will find all these numbers recurring in their careers and this being so, the 13 will crop up just as often as the other numbers which make a 4.