The number 13 reminds us of the "other," that which is mysterious, beyond reason, unknown, and only suggested through myth. The number 13 is mystical because it marks such a significant point in the counting of things; therefore it is with 13 that the realm of the unknown starts - the realm where things must be counted to be valued.
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Jones, James Samuel
"Thirteen; Stones Around the Fire; the Threshold: Myth and Discourse on the Genesis of Architecture,"