September 22, 2020
Thirteen is our favorite number, here at MoonPark. Unlucky, some believe, but not so to us.
A Baker’s dozen, that surprise sweet, the thirteenth cookie, slipped into your sack — the most fragrant, the sweetest in the lot because of its gifting.
The betrayer, seated at the Last Supper, without whom there would have been no resurrection.
The Tarot Deck’s #13, a major arcana, is Death. While rarely interpreted literally, its meaning is determined by its juxtaposition to all the other possible cards in a spread, which determine its power and meaning: a catalyst, signifier of upheaval, adversity, imminent change, spiritual growth, an ending, or a new beginning.
The prominence of triskaidekaphobia means there are no thirteenth floors in most hotels, no stall #13 at race tracks, and few (if any) 13th streets, roads or routes.
Yet, in the years of our lives, thirteen represents that most crucial time for all of us — our coming-of-age, letting go of youth and stepping toward adulthood, passing from naivete to maturity (and all that comes with that passage). And again, thirteen is tinged with surprise sweetness, change, an ending, and a beginning.
As we contemplate our peculiar love of the number thirteen here at MoonPark Review we also find ourselves rapt (often in despair) in the current moment in time, with so much upheaval and adversity, particularly in our home country, these troubled United States of America. And again, we find the number thirteen. The United States, for better or worse, was born of thirteen British colonies, and as such, the number thirteen is fully woven into our history and our symbols. The first flag of the U.S. contained thirteen stripes (red and white) and thirteen white stars in the blue union. The Great Seal of the United States still bears thirteen stars above the eagle’s head, thirteen stripes blazoned on his chest, and thirteen olive leaves and thirteen arrows clinched in his two talons. The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.
The number thirteen. Lucky or Unlucky? Good or Evil? In the end, it is just a number. A signifier and a symbol. But there is no better one for us. Or for this moment.
When all is said and done, it is those things we most commonly, universally fear, that are the very things that enrich us, enable us to change, to see from a new perspective, to expand our self-knowledge and increase our understanding, empathy, and compassion.
What could be more appropriate, then, for the Fall of 2020. In these pages we offer you our customary 13 new pieces, 13 amazing writers, in our one and only MoonPark Review Issue 13.
With Gratitude For You All,
Mary Lynn & Lesley Weston-Reed