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Lucky Numbers for the Week of June 30, 2017

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 June 30-July 6, 2017:

4, 11, 17, 23, 29, 30, 33, 59

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What is Vedic Astrology?

VedicastrologyThe astrology that we are used to - the ones we read in the papers and on blogs - tend to be a form of astrology known as Western astrology. But there are many other types of astrology. There is Eastern astrology, sometimes called Chinese astrology that has signs of animals such as Horse, Ox, and Ram, that seem to loosely correspond to western astrology signs such as Sagittarius, Taurus and Aries.

Another type of astrology is Vedic Astrology which is very predictive and used in places like India to arrange the most optimal marriages, timing for opening businesses and entering any new venture and even predicting longevity and timing of death. The prediction of death is a tricky thing as I have research many Vedic sites to see if their prediction of my time of death is similar to the one predicted to me many years ago when I was very young. Depending on who you talk to, Vedic astrology death predictions are either actual timings or "not really death but a transformation."

According to AstroSpeak.com, Indian Astrology is also known as Indian Vedic Astrology or Vedic Astrology. Vedic Astrology can be defined as the science explains in details the planetary movements and positions in respect to day and time, and their effects on 12 zodiac signs that influence the personality traits of humans. In short, it depends on the correct positions of the zodiacal fixed sun signs in regards to the place/location on the earth at given point of time.

Astrology being the broader term, Vedic Astrology is the term used for Indian or Hindu Astrology system. Originating over thousands of years ago, ‘jyotish vidya’ as it was known as, was documented by Maharishi (learned sages) across the ages in the Hindu scriptures. The term Jyotish means the science of light. It is very apt as Vedic astrology deals in astral light patterns that reflect our destiny and future.
 
How are the Horoscope charts formed?

Predicting one’s future through astrology involves preparing natal or horoscope charts. An individual’s place of birth, time of birth and date of birth play a vital role to determine what their future holds for them. Astrologers use this information to know the correct positions of the planets and zodiac signs and once these are correctly determined, they can construct the horoscope or the natal chart of the individual. By using this knowledge, they analyse the horoscope of the individual in great depth and determine various conclusions and possibilities about the life (Past, present & future) of the person.
 
As per the laws of Vedic astrology, everything is linked; every action has an equal or opposite reaction. An individual’s fortune is determined by their Karma that is predestined in the cosmic design.

Horoscope for the Week of June 26, 2017

Princess diThe optimistic Sun enters sensitive Cancer, joining Mercury and Mars. Who knows who can rev our hearts or step on our toes? Dreams of love and fame could go viral or vanish in the mist. Wish upon a star but hold on tight to your orbs.

(Princess Diana had Sun in Cancer)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Aries are anxious to mend bridges with family. You have the impression that there can be a meeting of the minds. Hope springs eternal. But take things slowly and survey the landscape before you pass out olive branches and release the doves. Your dreams and desires should be as precious to them as it is to you. See what you need to do to gently guide the discussion.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Folks hang on your every word this week. Taureans sound almost sage-like and otherworldly now. Make good use of this burst of imagination and intuition and don’t waste your temporary cosmic gift on mere gab. Strike a stake in the heart of the opposition immediately! This verbal jolt will soon pass and too soon, you’ll be back to easy listening.

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Geminis anxiously finger their wallets this week. The urge is to spend, spend, spend but try to save, save, save instead. Even less than risky investments are a no, no, no now because you are investing with your heart and not your head. Check the market indicators. There is plenty of time to carefully examine the bottom line next week. Are you a bear or a bull?

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Expect to feel fits of frenzied panic this week. So much is happening and so many opportunities appear on your plate, you don’t know which one to bite at first. Sit back, review the choices and give yourself time to choose. Soon the landscape will solidify and you can better discern treasure from trash. Hmm, are you into treasure or trash, Cancer?

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Leos feel especially magnanimous now. Tap the urge to become more involved in worthy community charities, but be sure that your efforts are put towards the greatest beneficial effect instead of dissipated, wasted effort, false starts and an ultimate lack of impact. Manage your energies because very soon you will be a force with whom to be reckoned.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Don’t count on friends to be there when you need ‘em, despite their assurances of cooperation. The best that Virgos can expect now is a jolly time or two with more than enough brew to skew the memory. Eat, drink and be merry in moderation. Compadres are apt to leave you slumped in your messy, stewy pile as they head off to the next sordid adventure.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
You impressed your boss, but not in the way you think, Libra. Blame your over exuberance and jolly confidence for your corporate faux pas. Thankfully this event is transitory and your set back is only temporary. Pick yourself up off the bottom rung, dust yourself off and try kissing up the ladder again. Bosses have lousy memories these days anyway.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Adventure is in the air! (Do I smell something burning?) Anything can happen in any travel plans. Tie up loose ends - Scorpios may want to reconfirm reservations and only travel with carry-ons. Even then, an item or two can go astray. However, if you travel with a friend, you will never be without a toothbrush or another set of underwear.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Is love blind? See what happens as you pursue your heart’s desire. You may find that you are willing to overlook too much in another. Choose well lit bars, Sagittarius, so you can clearly see who cruises by. Even then, scratch below the surface before you buy that first drink. You want to experience fireworks but do it with a rocket and not with a nickel firecracker.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Capricorns seem to be keeping score with partners. You may be wondering if you are receiving as much as you are giving. You may not think so now, but you could be mistaken. Let the dander settle a bit before you let the fur fly. Some of you may take a flight of fancy, but be sure that the fates give you an airplane and not a blimp.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
The temptation is to go overboard in any routine task. Variety may be the spice of life but avoid the urge to experiment now. Aquarians are usually fairly moderate but now the pull of the extreme will lead you close to the edge, even at work. You ache to take unnecessary risks but streaking through the office should not be one of them. Everyone will take a photo.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Fun can get totally out of control this week. So look before you leap. Pisces should temper their intake of alcohol or any other addictive additives. The landscape can shift and lead you astray. However, for those romantic souls who wear their hearts on their sleeves, a good forward pass can zero in on an appreciative receiver. Ah, but how far can you touch down?

 

 


Lucky Numbers for the Week of June 23, 2017

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 June 23-29, 2017:

1, 4, 12, 15, 20, 57, 59, 79

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


Tempting Fate With the Number 13

Many of us are afraid by the idea of the number 13 and the supposed bad luck that it brings. Many high rise buildings don't have a thirteenth floor, for example. But there are some who throw caution to the wind and flout the idea of superstitions regarding 13. There was a dinner club in the 1880s called the Thirteen Club. It was not for the feint of heart....

Atlas Obscura reveals - On September 13, 1881, in room 13 of Manhattan’s Knickerbocker Cottage, 12 expectant men sat around a table. The meal was all set out: big platters of lobster salad, each molded into the shape of a coffin, surrounded by 13 crawfish. The decorations were perfect: 13 candles exactly, and a big banner that read ’Nos Mortituri te Salutamus‘—Latin for “We who are about to die salute you.” They were just waiting on one man.

When an hour or so passed, and the last guest hadn’t shown himself, the dinner’s host, William Fowler, took matters into his own hands. Smiling, he grabbed a nearby waiter, who immediately began trembling. Fowler was just about to put the waiter through some initiation rites when the tardy invitee finally arrived. The frightened waiter was released, the first of 13 toasts was made—and thus began the inaugural meeting of the Thirteen Club.

Fear of the number 13 has been attributed, with varying degrees of evidence, to the Vikings, the Ancient Romans, and the people of 14th-century France.

In Fowler’s time, fear of the number 13 was most often associated with the Last Supper, where Jesus dined with his twelve disciples shortly before he was crucified. As one superstitious person explained in 1863, “since the Last Supper, whenever there are thirteen persons assembled, one of them is sure to be a Judas.” This belief was common enough to interrupt social occasions. Such luminaries as Victor Hugo would reportedly leave a table if exactly twelve other people were there.

Fowler himself, though, thought this was bunk. He’d lived a varied, happy life, and as he grew older, he realized that it featured repeated appearances by the number 13. He had attended P.S. 13, and graduated at age 13. During a brief stint as an architect, he built 13 public buildings. Later, he fought in the Union Army, and survived 13 battles. Eventually, he adopted the number as a sort of talisman.

Like many men of his time, Fowler had another great love: social clubs. (He eventually belonged to—you guessed it—13 of them, one of which was just him and one friend drinking boiling hot whiskey.) In the late 19th century, “club life” provided an easy way to make friends, eat lavish meals, and, in some cases, engage in various goofy, themed pursuits.

Members of the Thirteen Club go out on a driving excursion.
Members of the Thirteen Club go out on a driving excursion. New York Public Library/Public Domain

When Fowler took over the Knickerbocker Cottage, he decided it was time to found one himself. Its aim, he decided, would be to fight the fear of 13—and various other superstitions—by engaging in as many unlucky practices as possible.

Although it took him nearly a year to drum up 12 other members, after their first meeting, the Thirteen Club began to grow, thanks largely to Fowler’s sense of humor and pitch-perfect flair for the gothic. Menus generally numbered 13 courses, and wine lists were often shaped like gravestones.

Members came dressed in black suits, neckties, and top hats; before sitting down, they made a point of walking under a ladder, brought indoors for the occasion. “The atmosphere was funereal, and suggested a feast at which undertakers only were bidden,” the New York Times wrote of April 1882’s meeting, which featured a cake with a black cat on it. Other meetings included mirror-smashing, salt-spilling, and mock trials of members who had purportedly acted superstitiously.

A certificate naming Theodore Roosevelt as an honorary member of the Thirteen Club.
A certificate naming Theodore Roosevelt as an honorary member of the Thirteen Club. New York Public Library/Public Domain

When they weren’t tempting fate at dinner, the Thirteen Club’s members advanced their cause in other ways. They wrote to local officials, asking them to rehabilitate Friday’s unlucky reputation by “inducing Judges to select some other day… for hangings.” (In at least one case, they succeeded.) They racked up high-profile honorary members, including Grover Cleveland, Chester A. Arthur, and Theodore Roosevelt. Some insisted on sitting only at tables of 13 even at other club meetings.

Word of these exploits spread quickly, and the Thirteen Club soon enjoyed a certain amount of renown. One 1886 dinner on Coney Island brought in 400 attendees. Chapters opened up in Chicago, France, and England. Sub-branches popped up, too, including New York City’s “Thirteen Cycle Club,” which traded lavish indoor banquets for outdoor clambakes. In 1891, New York’s flagship Thirteen Club began inviting women to certain dinners. (Each one got a welcome gift: a tiny glass bottle of perfume, with a stopper shaped like a human skull.) Two years later, 13 women opened up their very own chapter, in Iowa.

Despite this burgeoning popularity, though, some remained unimpressed. “The club has shown that it is as ignorant of the nature of ill-luck as it is reckless in trifling with it,” wrote one opponent in the Times. Bad luck did occasionally rear its head. At one club meeting, a waiter fractured his skull when the traditional indoor ladder collapsed on him. Another time, someone blew up the New Jersey clubhouse with dynamite. (The members inside escaped with bruises.) The club ran into some crying-wolf problems, too—after one New York meeting place collapsed in 1888, causing several injuries, officials were so busy joking about it that the club had to agitate for an investigation.

A Thirteen Club menu, with 13 courses.
A Thirteen Club menu, with 13 courses. New York Public Library/Public Domain

Mortality is the worst luck of all, and everyone dies eventually, even devoted flouters of superstition. Fowler passed away suddenly in 1897, and in the following decades, this particular type of club life began petering out. Starting around the mid-1920s, searching for the Thirteen Club in newspaper archives brings up only obituaries of former members.

But some unexpected bits of their legacy live on. According to one contemporary reporter, the Thirteen Club may be inadvertently responsible for one of today’s most iconic bad luck charms: Friday the 13th. Although both Friday and the number 13 have both been considered unlucky for centuries, it’s possible that no one made a point of combining them until the Thirteen Club, reporter Trevor Timpson writes. “Two of these vulgar superstitions you have combated resolutely and without flinching,” commended the club’s scribe in 1883. In their zeal to disprove each of them, the Club may have created a superstition superbug instead.

Further instructions for Thirteen Club dinner setup.
Further instructions for Thirteen Club dinner setup. New York Public Library/Public Domain

A short Times article, from 1887, also suggests the club may have had a hand in a piece of consistent good fortune: the weekend. That year, Justice David McAdam, a Thirteen Club branch president and a member of the New York City Court, declared Saturday an official half-holiday, during which public offices must close after noon. He did this, he said, partially to restore more esteem to Friday—a Thirteen Club priority.

“If the new idea met popular favor Friday might yet become the sailing day of all our ocean steamers,” the Times wrote, “And Saturday, now less than half a day for business purposes, would in a short time become a full holiday for pleasure.” About four decades later, in 1929, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America successfully demanded a five-day work week.