The number thirteen is considered auspicious in Italy because it is linked with the "Great Goddess," who is in charge of fertility and lunar cycles. Many Italians think that the number thirteen brings riches and life, and it is particularly auspicious while gambling. In fact, Italian cards have thirteen spaces not only because this number has magical powers but also because there are thirteen people on a deck of cards.
As far as luck in games of chance is concerned, players often say that "with thirteen you can do anything." The statement comes from the belief that since there are thirteen spaces on a card table, there should be at least that many different ways to win or lose at poker or blackjack. Of course, this theory doesn't take into account the fact that most card games use four types of cards: ones to win, ones to break even, twelves (or jacks) that sometimes give you a bonus prize if you get them in time for them to count toward your total, and elevens (or kings) that are always bad for you. Still, the idea that you can do anything with thirteen is interesting and worth thinking about when planning your next game of poker.
There are actually several examples of successful people who had many successes in their lives. The number was especially lucky for Galileo, who was blindingly successful when using his telescope, and Edison, who invented many new inventions.
While the number 13 is considered auspicious in Italian superstitions, the number 17 is exceedingly unlucky. Because of the way it is written, the number is avoided in Italian culture. The number 17 is written as XVII in Roman numerals. It should not be confused with VII which is also used in mathematics to indicate a set containing seven items.
In Italian folklore, if you see or hear the number 17 at any time, it means bad luck for about a dozen different things: finding lost objects, openings, etc. ; buying new equipment; applying for jobs; and so on. Not surprisingly, then, tourists who visit Italy and make the mistake of mentioning the number 17 to local people will soon experience some form of misfortune. Here are just a few of the stories about the plague of the number 17:
In Pompeii, if you see the number 17 up on walls or in graffiti, it means that someone died in that position. If it is seen in other places such as doors or windows, then it means that someone lived there.
In Venice, if you see the number 17 on a door, it means that there is trouble behind that door. If the number appears many times, it means that there will be trouble involved with transporting goods from one place to another.
In fact, in Italy, the number 13 is considered lucky. That's because the number 17—not 13—is considered unlucky in Italian culture, and Friday the 17th is even referred to as "un giorno nero" by some (a black day).
The curse on 17 comes from the fact that it is the average age of all living members of the House of Savoy, which makes it important to keep them alive for very long periods of time. Of the many children of Amadeus IV, only two reached adulthood: a son who died at a young age and a daughter who married her cousin Duke Charles III of Calabria. Both were killed in a car crash within a few months of each other in 1991, leaving no heirs.
The family business was on its way out the door anyway since Amadeus had no sons who could have succeeded him as king. So the luck of 17 really doesn't matter that much anymore.
However, this isn't true for everyone. In fact, there are many people who believe that if something bad happens to you on the 17th day of any month, then you need to change your situation for the better. So if someone loses his job on the 17th day of February, for example, then he should look for another one before the next month starts.
In Italy, 13 is considered a lucky number since it is related with the 13th Saint, the patron saint of locating missing persons and things. So, what are the Italians afraid of? Yes, it's Friday the 17th, which is considered a bad luck day in Italian popular culture. The number 17 has played a role in fatal accidents during the years. Perhaps this explains why many Italians feel that there is something special about 13. It might also have something to do with the fact that when you add up the digits of both 13 and 17 they equal 50, which in Italian means future.
Other countries believe different numbers to be lucky or not. In France, for example, three is considered good news while seven is said to bring bad news.
However, no matter what country you are from, there is one thing that all people agree on: the number one is always the most important number of them all.
This article will give you more information about the meaning of life in different cultures and how certain numbers are believed to play a role in finding happiness and success.
In the Italian football pools, the lucky number was 13. (Totocalcio). The Italian phrase "fare tredici" (literally, "making thirteen") refers to winning the lottery.
In Italy, there are also numbers containing four and one-three: 14, 24, 34 and 43. These numbers are especially popular among gamblers.
The reason why these numbers are considered lucky in Italy is because they are part of the Italian national anthem. Anecdotally, it is said that if you sing along with the music when it comes on at night, then you will find money inside a sock. This anecdote has never been scientifically proven, but it does show how popular singing in Italy is.
There are also other numbers that are believed to be lucky in Italy. 7, 9 and 15 are all good numbers. So are 11, 22, 33 and 44. 56 is also considered lucky.
It is not just the Italians who believe in luck. In France, too, there are football pools and the lucky numbers are 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 19 and 20. In Germany, the numbers are 1, 2, 7, 8 and 15.
This notion may be traced back to the number 17 in Roman numerals: XVII. By rearranging the digits of the number, one might easily obtain the phrase VIXI ("I have lived," signifying death in the present), a negative omen. In fact, 13 is often regarded as a fortunate number in Italy.
Thus, by combining these two factors, we can explain why Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Italy. There are also other countries that consider Friday the 13th to be bad news, such as Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and United States.
However, there are also countries where this date is considered good news, such as Argentina and Chile.
Furthermore, according to some sources, Friday the 13th is used by certain people who are trying to get rid of themself through suicide. If someone dies on this date, it is said that they died of "a broken heart".
The idea behind this belief is that since 13 is a dangerous number in itself, to add another one to it would only make it worse. However, there are several examples where this assumption has been proven wrong. For example, on January 13, 2007 a major earthquake struck northern Italy, causing extensive damage and claiming over 300 lives. Just three days later, a powerful ice storm hit the region, resulting in more deaths.