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Lucky Numbers for the Week of October 31, 2014

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of October 31- November 6, 2014:

6, 15, 21, 22, 30, 42, 60, 80

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month

LoveScope for the Week of October 29, 2014

LovescopesLove come in all shapes and sizes this week including some costumes. Will you go for the trick or the treat? Let’s guess.

Turn up your charm, increase your passion and see where it can lead. For some Aries it might lead to a new romance. For others it could focus on improving the relationship you already have. Balance is everything, unless you fall head over heels.

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
What are you looking for in a partner? Taureans can be slow to act and can become intransigent if oushed too hard. If you find your falling into complacency, shake off your cobwebs and make some big moves. Uh, forward or backward...?

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Geminis on a healthy tear may also find new outlets for romance during their exercise regime. This can mean finding the perfect jogging partner or sharing your hot tub with some hotties. How high will your temperature rise? Whoo hoo.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Plan many more fun events this week - you never know who will turn up at a certain party or festivity. Cancers currently engaged can ratchet up the romance with a few creative touches. And the more creative your touch, the better!

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Plan some intimate evenings with your special someone this week. If you are looking for a special someone, invite some friends over and have them bring other friends for a mix or match. Or do I mean a mixer and a match maker?

You are very charming and charismatic now and seem to know just what to say to sway potential lovers to your way of thinking. So be sure that you mean what you say and say what you mean this week, Virgo. Do you know what I mean?

Go out and paint the town red with passion and love this week. Libras with money to spend can move it around. Think of little gifts and lavish experiences. Those with tighter wallets can still find ways to impress and woo. So go and whoo hoo.

There is no one more popular than you this week. So don’t sit at home and wait for the knock on the dorr. Go out and see who you can meet, greet and sweep off their feet. Get yourself on the list for top events and create a few top events yoruself.

Mystery surrounds you. It could be because you have a secret admirer. Or maybe it is because you have some secret loving thoughts yourself. But the real secret is to have none... at least this week. Be an open book and see who checks you out.

Friends want to get into your act. Let them and see where they  take you. Plan some great get togethers and let your friends invite other friends. Your social circle turns into a globe. From there you have a grade A choiceof partners. Or are you into C’s?

Will your corporate ascent involve an office romance? All is possible this week as you burn the midnight oil as well as the hearts of some office admirers. But what is more important to you - love or ambition?  How to choose?

Expect to meet an intriguing and sensual stranger who could sweep you off your feet this week. But try to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground even as your head wafts all the way up into the clouds. Pisces love love. But start at like.

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Ghosts in a Brooklyn Bar

The New York TImes has reported that a bar in Brooklyn is currently the scene of some ghost sightings - right in time for Halloween. But I believe in spirits so I am happy to post their article on all of the ghostly antics -


In a dark morning in September 2006, Miguel Vargas arrived for work at a Brooklyn restaurant called Sweetwater. He unlocked and lifted the security gate, took two steps inside and saw a woman in profile walking across the dining room toward a basement stairwell. She was middle-aged with gray hair and dressed in white, like a wedding dress, he said, but not one from this century. And she appeared corporeal, “normal,” Mr. Vargas said, not nebulous or translucent like on television.

“I knew it was a ghost when I saw it. I said, ‘O.K., that’s it.’ And I walked away.” For the next half-hour he stood outside, trembling. When Mr. Vargas, a porter at the restaurant, told his bosses, they laughed.

Yet the previous porter had quit in a panic, restaurant employees said. He was napping on a table in the basement and claimed to see “the devil” standing over him. And other employees at this American bistro in Williamsburg have reported strange happenings: music turning on without explanation; lights flickering; odd patches of luminescence in the basement; and the feeling of being watched by an unseen presence.

Then there was a nerve-racking episode a few weeks ago. While digging up the dining room floor to reinforce support beams, workers unearthed a burial site containing a three-inch stone statue of the Madonna and child, a tiny gold ring, a pair of children’s brown Mary Jane shoes and bone fragments that the restaurant’s owner, Nina Brondmo, described as “probably from a small animal.” They reburied the shoes and bones, put the statue on display behind the bar and a busboy took the ring.

“After that, all the glasses were breaking,” Wesley Ham, 35, the manager, said. “You would grab a glass and it would shatter in your hand, or you’d look over and all the glasses on the shelf would be cracked. Sometimes it would be 20 a day. I thought the ghost was not happy about its possessions being taken from the floor.” The identity of that ghost, for those who actually subscribe to the supernatural, is widely thought to be Anna Smith, eldest daughter of Charles Szyjka, also known as Willie.

The Szyjka (SHAY-ka) family purchased the building at 105 North Sixth Street in 1924 for $15,000, according to property records. They converted the boardinghouse, built in 1899, into a restaurant and bar with two apartments upstairs, where they lived for decades. The Szyjkas, with roots in Austria and Ukraine, were part of a flood of Central European immigrants into Williamsburg from the crowded Lower East Side after the completion of the Williamsburg Bridge in 1903. Antithetical to the neighborhood today, the working classes pushed out the wealthy, knocking down mansions to build tenements, according to John B. Manbeck, a former Brooklyn borough historian.



Mr. Szyjka’s first wife, Katherine Rusyn, died while giving birth to Ms. Smith. He then married Katherine’s younger sister, Eva. She died days after giving birth to a son, Michael. These deaths likely occurred at home, Mr. Manbeck said. After the death of Mr. Szyjka’s third wife, Jennie, in 1952, and his death in 1955, Ms. Smith inherited the business. She continued to live upstairs and operated the bar throughout the 1960s, serving free breakfast to the meatpacking workers who had supplanted the mariners. They came in for shots before their shifts, according to Peggy Ambrosio, a cousin who lives in Montauk and grew up around the restaurant.

“Anna was very well known in that neighborhood,” Ms. Ambrosio, 76, said. “Anna went to all the churches. She went to the Russian church, she went to the Polish church, she went to the Orthodox church.”



The Madonna and child statue found this fall while renovations were being made. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times


During an economic slide in the 1970s, Ms. Smith closed down the business. The factories had shuttered and the bar was being relentlessly robbed and vandalized, her niece, Susan Sheldon, said. “They stole her safe once,” Ms. Sheldon, 61, said. “She was coming home from church and they were rolling it down the road.” For many years, Ms. Sheldon said, Ms. Smith was the only person who lived on the block. The family begged her to leave Williamsburg, but she refused. In the late 1980s, she finally moved to a nursing home in Manhattan but spoke endlessly of returning to North Sixth Street. She died in 2003.



An undated photo of Jennie and Charles Szyjka, with children Michael and Anna.


Sweetwater opened nine years ago. On a recent Friday afternoon, the happy hour crowd sidled up to the bar and a few early birds took menus in the dining room. The dusty light that percolated through the plate windows, illuminating the tile floors and ornate tin ceiling, made it easy to picture a time when shipbuilders and longshoremen gathered there. Some of those men and their female companions are immortalized in photos on the wall.

Ms. Brondmo lives in Ms. Smith’s former apartment. She shared it with her husband, Pablo Arganaraz, the restaurant’s chef and co-owner, who died in 2013. She does not believe the building is haunted and thinks the staff is superstitious. As for the broken glasses, she said vibrations from the drilling during construction at the restaurant probably made them brittle. Cesir Sanchez, 43, the employee who took the small gold ring, wears it squeezed on the tip of his left pinkie. He is not concerned that he may have offended an apparition.

Ms. Sheldon, who lives in Las Vegas, and Ms. Ambrosio visited Sweetwater a few years ago. Mr. Arganaraz told Ms. Sheldon how the music would switch on when he was alone at night and how the lights would flicker. “That’s Aunt Anna,” Ms. Sheldon said. “She had tons of records. She loved music. And she loved going out to eat.”

A version of this article appears in print on October 28, 2014, on page A24 of the New York edition with the headline: A Spirit May Linger at a Bar in Brooklyn

Void of Course Moons - October 2014

For those of you who track the void of course moons through the months, here is October 2014. Read more about the definition of the VOC and see how they can improve your timing. And as you get more involved    in the rhythms and flows of the planet energies, I highly recommend: Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth. The author reveals the unvarnished truth about what it takes to consciously grow as a human being. As you read, you’ll learn the seven    universal principles behind all successful growth and practical, insightful methods for improving your health, relationships, career, finances, and more.

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October 2014 Void of Course Moon Table
Eastern Daylight Time

Void Begins

Void Ends

Sign Moon Enters
 After Void

Date Void Begins Time Date Void Ends Time
October 2 12:18 pm October 3 4:00 am Aquarius
October 4 2:32 pm October 5 5:24 am Pisces
October 6 3:38 pm October 7 6:07 am Aries
October 8 10:20 am October 9 7:44 am Taurus
October 10 8:49 pm October 11 11:51 am Gemini
October 13 1:58 pm October 13 7:30 pm Cancer
October 15 7:27 pm October 16 6:29 am Leo
October 18 9:10 am October 18 7:08 pm Virgo
October 20 11:30 pm October 21 7:12 am Libra
October 23 1:22 pm October 23 5:10 pm Scorpio
October 25 12:11 pm October 26 00:40 am Sagittarius
October 27 12:18 pm October 28 6:03 am Capricorn
October 29 11:01 pm October 30 9:52 am Aquarius

You can also check the Void of Course Moon cycle by consulting an Ephemeris.

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Nancy Reagan's Astrologer, Joan Quigley, Dead at Age 87

Joan Quigley-Obit-1-master495Remember the good old days when astrologers had some power at the White House? That era is gone with the passing of Joan Quigley who advised Nanacy Reagan who, in turn, advised President Ronald Reagan. And there are many who recall the Reagan administration with great fondness. Maybe, just maybe, using astrology to improve the timing of things during his tenure helped create his enduring success. Here is Joan's obit from the New York Times:


In his 1988 memoir, For The Record , Donald T. Regan, a former chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan, revealed what he called the administration’s “most closely guarded secret.” He said an astrologer had set the time for summit meetings, presidential debates, Reagan’s 1985 cancer surgery, State of the Union addresses and much more. Without an O.K. from the astrologer, he said, Air Force One did not take off. The astrologer, whose name Mr. Regan did not know when he wrote the book, was Joan Quigley. She died on Tuesday at 87 at her home in San Francisco, her sister and only immediate survivor, Ruth Quigley, said.

Mr. Regan said that Miss Quigley — a Vassar-educated socialite who preferred the honorific Miss to Ms. (she never married) — had made her celestial recommendations through phone calls to the first lady, Nancy Reagan, often two or three a day. Mrs. Reagan, he said, set up private lines for her at the White House and at the presidential retreat at Camp David. Further, Mrs. Reagan paid the astrologer a retainer of $3,000 a month, wrote Mr. Regan, who had also been a Treasury secretary under Reagan and the chief executive of Merrill Lynch.

“Virtually every major move and decision the Reagans made during my time as White House chief of staff was cleared in advance with a woman in San Francisco who drew up horoscopes to make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment for the enterprise,” he wrote in the memoir, “For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington.”

In an interview with “CBS Evening News” in 1989, after Reagan left office, Miss Quigley said that after reading the horoscope of the Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, she concluded that he was intelligent and open to new ideas and persuaded Mrs. Reagan to press her husband to abandon his view of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” Arms control treaties followed.

Reagan denied that he had ever acted on the basis of heavenly guidance. In her 1989 book “My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan,” Mrs. Reagan described Miss Quigley as warm and compassionate but played down her influence. Mrs. Reagan wrote that the president, speaking of her astrological bent, had told her: “If it makes you feel better, go ahead and do it. But be careful. It might look a little odd if it ever came out.”

In the battle of memoirs, Miss Quigley may have had the last word. The title of her own 1990 book — “What Does Joan Say?” — was the question that she said the president had habitually asked his wife.

"What Does Joan Say," Miss Quigley's 1990 book.

The resulting brouhaha over the revelations prompted a comedian to wonder if there would be a “Secretary of Health, Education and Voodoo.” Religious leaders condemned astrology as a “devil’s tool.” Democratic politicians said they were glad to hear that Reagan, a Republican, had listened to anybody.

Members of the Federation of American Scientists, including five Nobel laureates, railed at the idea that government decisions might have been informed by “fantasy.” Carl Sagan later wrote in “The Demon-Haunted World”: “Some portion of the decision-making that influences the future of our civilization is plainly in the hands of charlatans.” The columnist Molly Ivins, writing in The New York Times Book Review, mused about historical paradox: “There the poor woman was, sitting in San Francisco with full accountability for world peace, and none of us even knew her name.”

Joan Ceciel Quigley was born in Kansas City, Mo., on April 10, 1927, at 4:17 p.m. — exact birth times being critical to accurate astrological readings. Her father, John, a lawyer, went to San Francisco in 1942 after buying the Drake-Wilshire Hotel. (It is now the Taj Campton Place, a boutique inn.) Mr. Quigley and his wife, Zelda, reared their daughters in a penthouse apartment in the high-end Nob Hill area and sent them to private schools. The “Quigley girls,” as they were known, were chauffeured to parties in a Rolls-Royce and regularly mentioned in society columns.

Writing about Joan Quigley, The Los Angeles Times said she had “come from the crème de la crème of San Francisco gentility, exactly the sort of woman whom Mrs. Reagan has embraced again and again as friends in California, New York and Washington.”

Joan Quigley graduated from Vassar with a degree in art history. Intrigued by her mother’s interest in astrology, she apprenticed herself for a year to a soothsayer named Jerome Pearson. Her father disapproved of astrology, however, so she prepared her charts in secret at first while busying herself with the Junior League and charities. After college she wrote an astrology column for Seventeen magazine.

Miss Quigley met Nancy Reagan through the entertainer Merv Griffin, a client. From 1972 to 1985, Miss Quigley was a regular guest on his syndicated talk show. A Republican, she had earlier worked on Reagan’s campaigns for governor of California.

After his victory in 1966, Mr. Regan wrote, Reagan delayed his inauguration by nine minutes, until 12:10 a.m. on Jan. 2, 1967, on the astrological advice of Miss Quigley. Reagan denied it, and so did his press secretary, who said the reason for the delay was to prevent the departing governor, a Democrat, from making any last-minute appointments. Miss Quigley volunteered to work in Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1980, she said, because she was dazzled by his stars. “He had the most brilliant horoscope I’d ever seen in this country in this century,” she told The Washington Post in 1988. Her relationship with Mrs. Reagan really began in 1981, after the first lady asked her if she could have predicted the assassination attempt against him that March. She said yes, if she had been looking at her charts at the time. The first lady, Mr. Regan wrote, then began paying her for advice on scheduling the president’s time and movements.

Miss Quigley wrote three books on astrology, calling herself “a technician and a very serious one.” She told The New York Times in 1988 that she took on “only people I find extremely interesting.” “I don’t take on ordinary people,” she added.

She met President Reagan only once, she said — at a state dinner in 1985 — but she said she knew the president’s horoscope “upside down.” She spoke of his “almost magical inner will.” After mining the presidential horoscope, she wrote, she advised Mrs. Reagan to urge her husband to cut short his controversial visit to a cemetery in Bitburg, Germany, where remains of Nazi soldiers were buried, by skipping a planned hourlong picnic. She said he took the advice.

After Mr. Regan divulged Miss Quigley’s astrological role, Mrs. Reagan never spoke to her again, Miss Quigley said. She likened the slight to “buying a Picasso and putting it in your living room and putting adhesive tape over the signature.”

A version of this article appears in print on October 25, 2014, on page D7 of the New York edition with the headline: Joan Quigley, Astrologer to a First Lady, Is Dead at 87

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