For the first time in 13 years, a full moon will occur today, on Friday the 13th. What better time to hug a black cat for good luck?
I’m not superstitious, but I still find it fascinating how relatively rare it is for a full moon to fall on Friday the 13th. It last happened in 2006, and it won’t happen again until May 2033.
As for black cat superstitions, we know just how silly they are. The folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture. In the United States and several European countries, having black cat cross your path is considered bad luck, while in the UK and Japan, it’s considered good luck. It even seems to make a difference from which direction the black cat comes from: In Germany, some believe that black cats crossing a person’s path from right to left is a bad omen, but from left to right brings good luck.
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So go hug your cats this Friday the 13th, whether they’re black or other colors, and get outside tonight to take a look at the beautiful Harvest Moon.