Gifts, Food, And A Spell: 7 Ways To Stay Lucky On Friday The 13th In The Melrose Arts District

Gifts, Food, And A Spell: 7 Ways To Stay Lucky On Friday The 13th In The Melrose Arts District

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S. are affected by Friday the 13th, making it the most feared day and date in history.

There’s no clear explanation for why Friday the 13th is such a fearsome day, though. It’s a fairly recent cultural mythology. In some areas of the world, Tuesdays suck and 13 is a lucky number.

But if you’re one of the millions of people freaking out about next Friday, the Melrose Arts District would like to offer you some ways to actually look forward to the day, and even have some fun!


Want to bask in the light of luck all year long? Get yourself to First LED Lighting to grab this gorgeous neon green 4-leaf clover. At 13.1in W/13.8in H, you can put this baby anywhere in the house or apartment that could use a little good color vibe. And as luck has it, LED lights are energy efficient as well as long-lasting.

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For the life of us, we have no idea why black cats get a bad rap. They’re really quite special and not bad luck at all. So why not take one as a pet. This plush Jiji from Studio Ghibli can be found at Japan LA. At only 5.5” tall, Jiji can come along with you on all your Friday the 13th travels.

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Having a snake cross your path is, for many, a sign that someone or something good is on its way. Here in Southern California with our incredible hiking trails, you definitely have a chance of meeting up with one. But if you don’t feel like working for it, Necromance has a selection of snake rings and other artifacts.

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Your luck will change by picking up this amazing hand-poured soy blend candle created by the scent artists at Spitfire Girl. The combo is both soothing and intoxicating: jasmine, lavender and coconut supported by cedarwood, patchouli and vanilla with boosts of bergamot and orange.
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In some cultures, food can serve as a protection mechanism and way to attract positive things to you. Especially in Asian countries, noodles and pork are considered quite lucky. You can get them both in one delicious ramen both at Tatsu. The housemade pork is complemented by long noodles and 10 other delicious ingredients.
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Who says you can’t be super cute while you’re protecting your butt from Friday the 13th funk? The Melrose Arts District is the best place to find unique clothes, like this exclusive from Urban Outfitters. The adorable lucky cat t-shirt is one that you’ll keep in your closet all year long.

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The energy experts at House of Intuition have shared a protection spell perfect for offsetting any negative Friday the 13th vibes. You’ll need three items from the shop: a piece of obsidian (choose one that connects with you), Dragon’s Blood incense, and a black candle. Then follow these easy directions:

1. Begin your ritual by creating a magic circle (see details at Light the black candle and the three incense sticks.

2. With your right hand, wave the obsidian over the candle’s flame. Ideally, it’s best to wrap the stone in copper wire so that you can suspend the obsidian directly over the candle flame without burning yourself. But if you can’t do that, just quickly pass the stone over the flame a few times. Make sure the fire directly touches the stone, but be careful not to burn yourself. As you pass the obsidian over the flame, say aloud, “I consecrate this stone with Fire.”

3. Then, wave the obsidian through the smoke from the incense while saying aloud, “I consecrate this stone with Air.”

4. Next, set the obsidian inside the bowl of water so that it is submerged completely. Say aloud, “I consecrate this stone with Water.”

5. And finally, sprinkle some salt into the bowl, making sure to get some on the stone. Say aloud, “I consecrate this stone with Earth.”

6. Pick the stone up out of the water bowl. Hold it in your right hand against your belly. Close your eyes and visualize a sphere of protective white light encircling you. As you inhale, visualize this sphere of light getting stronger, and as you exhale, visualize a beam of energy shining directly into the stone. Say aloud, “I imbue this stone with the power to protect me from those who wish to do me harm. I imbue this stone with the power to shield me from misfortune. May this stone watch over me and keep me from all danger. So must it be!”

7. To complete the spell, take a deep final breath and then blow onto the stone. The spell is now cast. The stone is ready to be worn as an amulet or carried in a medicine pouch or mojo bag.

8. Let the incense burn out naturally. Let the candle burn all the way, going out on its own without interruption. When the incense sticks and candle are all finished burning, take the water in the bowl and pour it outside your front door or around your property.

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About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.