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Friday the 13th

October 9, 2017
If you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), you may want to stop reading now. Different cultures have considered Friday and the number 13 unlucky for thousands of years. Even today, some believe that the combination of the two is an especially jinxed event. The words on this list all relate to superstition, belief, luck, and unexplained phenomena.
divination
But, before I go, you shall hear another warning, which may enable you to judge whether my divinations are false or not.
folklore
The superstitious legends of the people were, however, for the most part but the growth of folklore through the imagination.
foretell
The chief objects of Pagan religions were to foretell the future, to explain the universe, to avert calamity, to obtain the assistance of the gods.
intuitive
He made up for a lack of formal training with an intuitive gift and a keen eye.
irrational
The lazy, empty days in the city and the irrational atmosphere in the house set my nerves on edge.
jinx
Roberts insisted he did not believe in jinxes.
kismet
"Such a chain of circumstances almost makes one believe in kismet," I sighed.
occult
Age and experience had sharpened Clara’s ability to divine the occult and to move objects from afar.
omen
It’s all right not to believe in luck and omens.
paranormal
There are many tales of the paranormal, but an often-reported phenomenon is that of the invisible apparition.
phenomenon
The tendency to attribute meaning to phenomena governed only by chance is ubiquitous.
phobia
Certain obsessive ideas and idiosyncracies of his, closely bordering upon phobia, would seem to indicate grave psychic disorder.
providence
It is all luck, or providence, depending on what you believe.
subconscious
It was as if my subconscious was speaking to me about everything that I kept penned up inside of me.
supernatural
The ancients were convinced that dreams were usually supernatural.
superstition
“They are only bedtime stories — it is superstition, nothing more.”
oracle
In many of the larger monasteries, too, they have oracles who are consulted far and wide and supposed to be able to foretell the future.
prophecy
There was this prophecy that said when I turned sixteen, bad things would happen.
talisman
Sometimes, lion teeth and claws are used as talismans and lion paw bones feature in healers’ divination sets, she said.
amulet
At one point, the Roman Empire directed those suffering from fever to wear amulets inscribed with “abracadabra” to ward off the disease.

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