Mysterious 40th birthday: why you can't celebrate the anniversary

By SSPDaily editionFeb 6, 2024 10:24 AMLife
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Fortieth anniversary is a significant date that is perceived ambiguously in the light of omens and superstitions. The number 40, having passed through the centuries, has shaped the attitude to this anniversary. Interestingly, fear is passed down from generation to generation, giving this date a symbolic meaning.

If you delve into the origins of this phenomenon, you will inevitably become interested in the sphere of spirituality and religious interpretations. In Christianity, for example, the number 40 is associated with the duration of the Flood, the wanderings of the Jewish people, the days between the crucifixion and the ascension of Jesus Christ, and even the time that a human soul is believed to spend on Earth after death. These connotations of suffering and transformation continue to persist in the collective consciousness.

It is noteworthy that this phenomenon has not spared women. In different cultures, turning 40 is shrouded in complex connotations. According to some folk beliefs, men who celebrate this milestone may unknowingly bring upon themselves the possibility of not living to be 50. For women, turning 40 marks a kind of milestone that signals the threshold of biological aging, which many try to ignore.

According to astrologers, crossing the 40-year mark often coincides with profound physical and mental shifts ruled by the planets Neptune and Uranus. The influence of these planets, according to astrologers, is associated with various shocks - from accidents and financial crises to health problems and relationship troubles. It is therefore not surprising that many people prefer not to celebrate this age.

If we delve into esoteric interpretations, numerology reveals a less ominous picture. The number 40, devoid of negativity, is perceived as a symbol of transformation. From this point of view, turning 40 can mean a change in worldview, the development of consciousness. However, this stage can also make a person vulnerable to energies, exposed to potentially harmful influences.

In different belief systems, turning 40 is inextricably linked to symbolism. In Tarot cards, the number 40 corresponds to the arcana of death, which represents transformation and rebirth. This connection further blurs the line between superstition and celebration.

If we turn to the field of psychology, the fortieth year is a turning point. Physiologically and psychologically, people at this age enter a phase of change. Women begin the prelude to menopause, accompanied by changes in health and appearance. During this period, doubts about their attractiveness can creep in, which can negatively affect their emotional and psychological state.

Despite these widespread prejudices, psychologists advise not to give in to negativity. On the contrary, they advise gathering loved ones for festive communication to offset possible despondency that may overshadow the holiday.

Various traditions are also intertwined in the story of this date. In ancient Greece, for example, women who celebrated their 40th birthday were considered harbingers of accelerated aging. Such beliefs, based on the notion that life is accelerating, can unwittingly lead to despondency.

In Japan, the number 40, which resembles the number "4" and is synonymous with death, is rarely celebrated. Muslim cultures, on the other hand, refrain from celebrating birthdays altogether, leaving the fortieth birthday untouched by superstition.

Among these beliefs are recommendations for passing this mysterious milestone. For women, celebrating in a close circle can be a protection against negative energies. Alternatives to open celebration - celebrating the 40th anniversary on the eve of the birthday or organizing meetings using new topics can bring a positive vibe to this holiday.

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