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Lucky Numbers for the Week of December 20, 2019

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 of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of December 20-26, 2019:

2, 6, 16, 26, 31, 49, 50, 65

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


The True Origin Story of the Ouija Board

OuijaInterested in Ouija? Read this great article by Reuben Westmaas

 

Ever wonder what "Ouija" means? Maybe it's the name of the first spirit contacted through the veil of death. Maybe it's the demonic force that introduced the eerie power to the mortal realm. Maybe the ghosts that early mediums contacted were just very agreeable Europeans repeating "oui" and "ja." Here are the true origins of the board, which you might not have expected — including the real-life movement that spawned it.

 

A Spiritual History

Like a few of the other stories we've told with roots in the 19th century, the Ouija board is a product of the Spiritualist movement that seized the United States in the wake of the Civil War. People across the country were desperate for a way to connect with their late relatives — not to mention their own divine powers. As such, it's perhaps not surprising that there used to be more than one way to talk to a ghost using a board and a planchette — that's the thing you push around on a Ouija board.

Still, it's sort of surprising to hear that "Ouija" isn't a general name for a type of oracle. Spiritualism was started by sisters Margaret and Kate Fox sometime around 1848 when they allegedly contacted the spirit of a deceased merchantthe first talking boards wouldn't show up for some decades after that. It's a little unclear where they started, exactly, but they likely emerged from table-tipping or -turning. Mediums who tried to reach the afterlife with this method would sit at a table, which would move and tip as they spoke to ghosts and spirits (we're guessing no one was looking too closely at their feet). This movement would bump tiles bearing letters off of the table, allowing a message to apparently get through.

From this technique, mediums expanded to proper talking boards, which might either be pencil- or alphabet-based. A pencil planchette would roll on three legs, two of them wheels and one of them a pencil facing tip-down so any movement would leave a mark behind. A medium might attempt to see a message in the scribble on a blank sheet of paper or use a specially prepared sheet of paper with messages or omens the planchette could hover ominously near.

The Birth of Ouija

Modern Ouija boards, on the other hand, are examples of alphabet boards. But they weren't even the first of those, either. Boards adorned with the alphabet and a few key phrases ("yes," "no," "hello," "goodbye") predated the Ouija as well. So what made it so special? Simple. While the inventors of the Ouija board may have been a decade or so late to claim coming up with the idea, they were the first ones to actually submit it to the patent office.

There are some questions surrounding who, exactly, gets credit for this particular board, but whether it was Charles Kennard (whose name is on the patent) or Elijah Bond (a major investor closely tied to its creation), the Ouija board was first advertised in 1891. As for the name, we have a pretty definitive source, but its meaning is still shrouded in mystery. Bond's sister-in-law, Helen Peters, was a medium of some renown and asked the board what it would like to be called while it was still in the playtesting phase. "Ouija," it replied, and explained that the word meant "Good luck."

Except it definitely doesn't, at least not in any known language. And, as Peters herself claimed later, she was wearing a locket engraved with the word "Ouija" at the time of the reading. This is making less sense by the sentence. Fortunately, there's one theory that can pull all of these threads together. As a well-read, upper-class woman, Peters was likely familiar with the English novelist Ouida, and may indeed have worn a locket that bore the pen name. Swap one letter, and you've got your answer. So much for the supposed ancient origins of this alleged link to the next world.

 


Horoscope for the Week of December 16, 2019

Jay-ZLet’s try to keep our dreams realistic now as Mercury enters Sagittarius and squares Neptune in Pisces. Take a flight of fancy and let your imagination soar but don’t let it lead you off track.

(Jay-Z has Mercury in Sagittarius)

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ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
You find yourself thinking more about global enterprises. The question is, how can you expand your personal message to more followers? Be your bold and confident self, Aries and don’t fall for false flattery from those who don’t have your best interests at heart. You are your best advisor. Now show the world what brilliance you can offer.

TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Is it love or is it like, Taurus? You may need more time to make up your mind. There are things about this connection that makes your heart sing and there are things that make your heart singe. Your love life becomes more exciting, confusing and a bit more up-in-the-air. In the meantime, enjoy what and who you’ve got ... for whatever it is!

GEMINI (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
As hard as you’re working, you may not be making as much progress as you expect. It could be that you’re spending much more time and psychic energy handling a certain relationship. Does a friend need more hand holding? Does a romantic relationship needs more tender loving care? The trick is to balance the personal with the professional as best as you can for now.

CANCER (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Think of ways that you can improve your overall health now either through exercise or a new diet. You will find that this will not only give you greater reserves of energy but will also inspire you to do more expansive activities. Don’t let your worldly travel be only in your mind, Cancer. Find ways to clear a path for greater adventure over the next few weeks.

LEO (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Leos can not only showcase their various talents, they can also take some of their oldie moldy ideas and give them new life and vitality. What can your mind inspire? Where can your creativity take you? But when all is said and done, you need an appreciative audience to goad you forward. There is one particular person who is a big fan. Find them.

VIRGO (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Virgos may need to be especially expert at balancing family with partners now as the needs of both take up more of your time. Step back and think about the dynamics, what is needed and who needs to do what. You will find that a logical approach solves more problems than a compassionate one. Take charge and then take a deserved break.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Diplomatic Libras have a lot to say but may not know the best way to say it right now to motivate people. There is a lot of unfinished business at work that should be completed before the the end of the year. Do what needs to be done in a practical manner immediately and then celebrate your many accomplishments way into next year!

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Scorpios are not only ready to have fun, they are prepared to totally splurge on it. Holiday plans and festivities may have a way of going totally out of control budget-wise with your creativity running wild, along with your budget! They say that the best things in life are free but those folks never experienced swimming pool size hot fudge sundae. Uh oh...

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
It is time to start to think about yourself and what you want to accomplish in 2020, Sagittarius. But also try to keep in mind any domestic obligations that will require more of your attention and efforts. You will have more moments to make your personal mark and some of your long terms plans can be spurred into action. Family may even help?

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Use your acumen and intuition to craft your personal message and move obstacles from your path. Capricorns are not only especially clever now, they can also clearly see what is going on through any fog and darkenss. See first, contemplate what it all means and then, speak later. You are still gathering your facts and need time to fully process.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Friends have some great ideas and want you to join in. Aquarius find themselves in the middle of the social scene. But how much money will all of these great ideas cost? You may find that the festivities can be more expensive than you expect. So try to think practically while you party hearty with the crowd. It would be nice to have some money left for 2020.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
If you think it, you can be it. Pisces find that they are in the center of the power structure and can manifest their destiny in any direction they decide. But how can you best decide what is right for you in the long term? Take a step back, take a deep breath and survey the current landscape. Who can advise you? You inspires you? Now you have your answers!

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Lucky Numbers for the Week of December 13, 2019

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 of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of December 13-19, 2019:

2, 10, 20, 23, 30, 37, 53, 78

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


Void of Course Moons - January 2020

For those of you who track the void of course moons through the months, here is January 2020. 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.

A big thank you to amazing astrologer Felissa Rose for the charts.

 

                       January 2020 – MOON VOID OF COURSES

THE FOLLOWING TIMES ARE EASTERN STANDARD TIME.  ADJUSTMENTS MUST BE MADE FOR OTHER TIME ZONES.  

                                                                                     SIGN MOON ENTERS

VOID BEGINS                  VOID ENDS                                    AFTER VOID

Wed Jan 1 9:15 pm To 11:02 pm                                      Moon enters Aries

Fri Jan 3 8:19 pm To Sat Jan 4 11:16 am                          Moon enters Taurus

Mon Jan 6 7:09 am To 9:12 pm                                         Moon enters Gemini

Wed Jan 8 5:17 pm To Thu Jan 9 3:44 am                         Moon enters Cancer

Fri Jan 10 6:59 pm To Sat Jan 11 7:17 am                         Moon enters Leo

Mon Jan 13 8:43 am To 9:08 am                                       Moon enters Virgo

Wed Jan 15 7:13 am To 10:44 am                                     Moon enters Libra

Fri Jan 17 8:00 am To 1:22 pm                                         Moon enters Scorpio

Sun Jan 19 4:23 pm To 5:42 pm                                         Moon enters Sagittarius

Mon Jan 20 11:47 pm To Wed Jan 22 12:01 am                  Moon enters Capricorn

Thurs Jan 23 9:10 pm To Fri Jan 24 8:22 am                     Moon enters Aquarius

Sat Jan 25 2:08 pm To Sun Jan 26 6:45 pm                        Moon enters Pisces

Tue Jan 28 8:10 pm To Wed Jan 29 6:52 am                      Moon enters Aries

Fri Jan 31 10:11 am To 7:29 pm                                       Moon enters Taurus

 

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

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