Friday the 13th

Emanuel Swedenborg has given the world a unique system for interpreting events from a more rarefied spiritual view. I often find it most mentally stimulating to apply Swedenborg’s spiritual symbolism to various terrestrial traditions and see if further enlightenment can be extracted from their otherwise mundane or worldly connotations.

Since today is Friday the 13th I decided to zero in on a possible deeper, spiritual meaning to this so-called “unlucky” day.

Since the seven-day division of a week and the tradition of bad luck coming on a 13th of Friday comes to us from ancient traditions, there is a good chance that symbolism is indeed involved. Therefore, this infamous date should contain important info for our spiritual welfare if properly interpreted.

According to Swedenborg, the seven days of the week symbolized the seven states or successive steps that humans had to go through for spiritual transformation. He also claimed that the seven-day creation story in Genesis symbolized this precise inner spiritual process.

“Friday” or fifth day of the week represented the stage in spiritual development where God is multiplying the goodness of a person’s heart and mind. But this stage is only reached after a person discovers that goodness only comes from the Lord God, and, has begun the inner combat of struggling against one’s innate negative compulsions.

This new assessment of one’s inner flaws (compared to God) can be considered as “bad luck” to those who find such sincere self-revelation as personally painful and upsetting to one’s false self-image.

This assessment has further credibility since the number “13” (“3” or “holiness” and “10” or “God’s full influence”) symbolized the beginning of spiritual temptation and purification (which God uses to get an individual to acknowledge, then resist, one’s ignoble leanings and character faults).

Finally, Friday the 13th usually has us going into the day with a certain amount of increased vigilance and watchfulness so that something unexpectedly bad doesn’t happen to us. Symbolically speaking, a similar vigilance should take place within our inner spirit where we should keep watch of negative or hurtful intentions from causing bad things to happen to our souls.

So keep watch in both worlds!

About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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