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Afterall, a number can’t hurt you — right?

Do you have Paraskevidekatriaphobia? If you have a deep fear of Friday, the 13th, then congratulations, you’ve got it.

You better start your mental preparations, because the second Friday in November is your dreaded day. The number 13 is certainly a stress maker. Studies say between 17 and 21 million Americans have a fear or are uneasy about it.

In fact, according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, around 80 percent of high-rise buildings in the U.S. …

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“Protect me from the spells of women, blacksmiths, and Druids”

Of all the things associated with the Celts, nothing arouses a sense of magic and intrigue more than the Druids. Over the years people have conjured up images of men with long beards and white robes casting mystical spells and reciting cryptic incantations.

However, what we really know about them is pretty limited. Historical facts are few, and tangible evidence scant. Most of our information comes from a small pool of classical writers and medieval Irish literature.

Unfortunately, the quality and accuracy of this information varies. …

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In 1119, dangers lurked everywhere in the Holy Land. Saracens (Moslems) butchered 300 Christians in March, and another 7000 that June.

Things like this weren’t uncommon, and every pilgrim knew it. The French knight Hugh of Payns knew it. Only Hugh decided to do something about it.

He and a small band of warrior pilgrims soon joined in a brotherhood in which all agreed to take on a life of penance, poverty, and strict obedience. Unlike other knights of the time, they would defend the poor and innocent.

Even to the point of sacrificing their own lives if necessary. Later, the group would gain official recognition under the name The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon. …


Nicol Valentin

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