The Significance and Importance of Lucky Numbers

Here is a guest contributor article by Melinda Smith on the importance of lucky numbers:

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Figure 1 Luck or unlucky - depending on where you live

Although detractors would say that lucky numbers are just a figment of the imagination and something that is attributed after the effect, for many they massively impact lives and may even lead us in a particular direction. Millions of people obviously around the world place a huge deal of importance on lucky numbers.
If you were looking for a sportsbook at VegasBetting.com it is because you wish to gamble. Many times bettors use lucky numbers in order to make selections or play lottery games. But lucky numbers can also be used in a much more everyday way, for choosing which house to live in, for example.
As much as non-believers would disregard any decisions based on lucky numbers, they are obviously hugely important for many people. They are something that can be found in all cultures throughout history and still play a major role in people’s lives today.
Lucky Numbers are Universal
There are certain countries that are more associated with lucky numbers. But the fact is that the presence of lucky numbers can be found all over the world – and often the numbers themselves are the same in different cultures. The number 7, for example, is almost universal in its lucky powers.
There are other examples that offer different results, however. The number 13 is considered to be unlucky in many parts of the world – to the point that it can sometimes be missed out as a house number on a street or on a sports team roster. But in Italy, the number is actually considered to be lucky because it has the letters M and D when written in Roman numerals, the initials for Mary and Jesus Christ.
Chinese Lucky Numbers
Lucky numbers are very common in Chinese culture and there is a whole host of numbers that fall in this category. Interestingly, the basis for the luck of a number seems to be the sound of the number in many cases here. For example, the number 8 is probably the luckiest number in China. This is because, when spoken in Cantonese, it sounds like the word for prosper or wealth.
Conversely, a more recent phenomenon in China is the idea that the number 4 is unlucky. The reasoning behind this is the same as with the number 8. When spoken, the number 4 sounds similar to the word for death. It is interesting that the sound of numbers has so much power in China and in other countries.
Math Lucky Numbers
Many scientists would probably tell you that there is no clear evidence for numbers to be lucky or not. If there is no scientific value in a number it would therefore just exist and not hold any power. But throughout mathematics, there are also examples of different formulas and certain types of numbers holding power.
Prime numbers are a great example of numbers that are so important to the subject. It would seem that a feeling of luck could be taken from numbers that are treated with such importance, even by people who would normally balk at the idea of something so unscientific holding any weight.
To take the math example a step further, there are many people who put their faith in the practice of numerology. This is where there is a belief in an almost mystical or divine relationship between certain numbers and historical events. Devotees will pore over the dates of events to extrapolate the numbers behind the occurrence, in order to make their own predictions for future events.
In this sense, it could be said that these numbers can then be determined as lucky or unlucky. Deconstructing dates and times to pick out individual numbers can be shown to be lucky if they correspond with positive events – and unlucky for disastrous events.

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Figure 2 The concept of lucky numbers can be used in many facets of life


Lucky Numbers as a Guide
We have already mentioned a number of ways that numbers that are perceived to be lucky influence and impact people’s lives. This type of reference may be linked in with superstitions but there is historical evidence for many of these beliefs that date back centuries.
Lucky numbers are very common in all kinds of gambling but are useful for people in all kinds of circumstances. In this way, if you believe, numbers can have a huge impact and significance to everyday duties. Does there have to be scientific proof behind all of the decisions we make?
Putting Your Faith in Numbers
It could be that people are happy to put their faith in numbers, as it helps explain the inexplicable. If we can explain events by looking at lucky numbers or using numerology, then we can make more sense of our world.
Perhaps the most important point about lucky numbers is that putting your faith in them is a personal decision in the end. It doesn’t matter – and it definitely should not bother anyone else – if you use lucky numbers. If they bring you comfort, and purpose, or act as a guide, who’s to say that they are not benefiting your life?


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.

The Heart Said Yes; the Horoscope Said No

Zodiac signsThis is a very interesting story about where Vedic astrology can predict the future and how it is used by those who follow it. Amisha K. Patel lives in New York City, where she is a social entrepreneur and lawyer. This is her story of Modern Love from the New York Times:

Ever since I was a child, I have known my destiny. Not in the subtle ways that some believers in fate know, but in the very unsubtle way that many Hindus know.

I have what we call a janmakshar, a premium personalized horoscope. Based on the positions of the stars at the exact time and location of my birth, my janmakshar provides a map of my life that Indian astrologers can use to predict — for a fee, of course — everything, including my temperament (“She will be sharp-tongued and stubborn”) and my career (“She will have great success and be well respected in government”).

Some astrologers are naturally gifted, while others rely on software programs to do their divining. I have read that India may be home to more astrologers than the rest of the world combined because so many people there seek astrological advice on questions large and small: When is an auspicious time of day for the wedding? Should I take this job? Will I win the case?

When my parents came to America, they brought their astrological beliefs with them. Over the years, they would return from their annual trips to India with updated readings in Gujarati or Hindi about my siblings and me from astrologers boasting famous clientele.

After rifling through my parents’ bags for new clothes and junk from the bazaar, we children would gather around the kitchen table as my mother put on her glasses to translate our fates. She would sometimes pause and skip entire paragraphs, at which point we would try to guess the bad news from which she was shielding us. She claimed that she did not want the predictions to unduly influence our decisions.

Over the years, several of those predictions did seem to come true. My brother did get sick enough at 25 to require a kidney transplant. My sister did marry at 30. And though I had been painfully shy as a teenager, I did grow into a sharp-tongued lawyer well respected in government. I’m not sure we thought too much of those predictions when we were living them. If we did, we chalked them up to coincidence.

Being Indian by way of New Jersey, I often railed against this determinism, pointing to the variations among the readings as evidence of their falsity, even if a few did come true. The lawyer in me prized rationality and logic, and the idea that outcomes were predetermined ran contrary to all my work, education and ambition. I found my parents’ belief in fate unnerving and un-American.

My father would say: “Ami, it’s not that your fate changes with each reading. That is fixed. It’s just that some astrologers are better at telling your story than others.” One of the many stories that my parents — and eventually I, too — wanted to change with each telling was that of my marriage.

When I was 27, my fiancé broke off our engagement after two years of us trying to buoy our relationship, which sank not so much from a lack of love but from a comedy of errors involving suspicions of “black magic” by members of our feuding families that led to distrust between my fiancé and me, ultimately unraveling our plans and dreams.

As I lay catatonic on my parents’ couch in the aftermath, my mother, heartbroken, tried to comfort me. As she stroked my hair, she told me there always had been a prediction that I would have a “broken relationship” at this age.

She had wanted to tell me earlier, when things weren’t going well, that it may be better to break it off, but that was one of the many times she had hoped the astrologers were wrong.

She reassured me that none of this was anyone’s fault: not mine, my fiancé’s, his family’s or ours. It was simply our fate, which had been written long before he and I met.

I couldn’t make sense of the fact that despite how much we loved each other and how well we got along, we had not ended up together. I had grown tired of replaying every wrong move and angry word. I couldn’t silence my inner voice, which kept nagging, “If only … ” and “Maybe if you hadn’t. …”

Instead, I tried to relax into the great comfort that none of our behavior had mattered. I told myself I had been trapped in a choose-your-own-adventure book in which all paths led to the same sad ending.

And in this way, I finally managed to peel myself from the couch and return to my life in New York, where I had to study for the bar exam.

A few weeks later, I was back in New Jersey for lunch with my parents, where they presented me with an envelope and a small plastic bag containing a pendant with a translucent blue-tinged, tear-shaped stone.

“It’s a moonstone,” my father said.

“It’s expensive and rare,” my mother chimed in.

I glanced at the envelope. In red typeface on the upper left corner were the words: “Matri Vision, specializing in matrimonial counseling and rituals.” It was addressed (with my name misspelled) to “Ms. Amita Patel USA.”

My heart sank as I remembered ads from some other matrimonial counseling outfit that had appeared constantly on Indian satellite television: “Love life not working out? Health problems? Everything going wrong? You may be under black magic. Contact us and all your problems will be solved.”

I had always pitied the desperate fools targeted by those ads. Now it seemed the desperate fool was me.

My parents explained that the astrologer had predicted a bright marital future for me once an obstacle was removed.

Apparently, the position of two Vedic planets in my chart — Rahu and Ketu — was troubling, and my parents should have done a prayer ritual to rid me of the effects when I was born. Instead, they had let these two mischief-making planets have their way with me.

The absurdity of the whole thing made me laugh, but I was eager to read the instructions and glad they were in English so my parents would not be able to skip the bad parts.

I was to light incense and meditate on Lord Chandra, the god of the moon. I was to wash my moonstone in milk and the waters of the Ganges (luckily my parents always have some in the refrigerator) while repeating the Chandra Mantra 108 times. I was to wear the moonstone for 90 days while trying to be “active, cool and health conscious.”

Meanwhile, back in India, Matri Vision’s Brahmins would do a separate moonstone prayer ritual for me, and I would need to fast until 4 p.m. on the day they performed it, which would take place in 60 days. What did I have to lose? I wore my moonstone religiously and hoped Rahu and Ketu would stop messing with me.

After taking the bar exam, I headed off on a seven-week adventure to Southeast Asia. I was in Laos on that 60th day of the moonstone prayer ritual, which I had completely forgotten about.

But as fate would have it, I had given morning alms to the monks in Luang Prabang, and the ritual made me want to fast, just as I sometimes did at home when my mother asked me to do so for religious reasons, so I had.

After 90 days, my life had improved drastically. I no longer awoke feeling frustrated and angry. My Hindi movie melodrama had stopped replaying itself in my dreams.

I still wasn’t sure I would love again, but it didn’t matter as much because I now believed there was nothing more I could have done to save that relationship.

My father called and said that he had spoken with the counselor from Matri Vision and that a final step remained, which I could complete the next time I visited.

When I went to New Jersey that weekend, my parents handed me a basket shrouded in black cloth. In order to move on from my broken engagement, I would need to place the basket in the branches of a leafless tree and not look back.

On my way out to the yard, I peeked inside the basket and saw two bangles, a cheap necklace, earrings, a tin of kohl and a handkerchief. I reached up, placed it securely between two branches and walked away. I was tempted to look back but had come far enough that I was not going to spoil it in the homestretch.

Soon after, just as predicted by Matri Vision, I met my next marital “opportunity,” an Orthodox Jewish man three years younger, as improbable a match for me as my fiancé had been probable. But now I was more open to improbable, because, you know — fate.

And as I slid into love with him against all of my better judgment, I felt liberated, not constrained, by the fact that our story, too, had already been written.

But I kept wearing my moonstone just in case.






Happy Lunar New Year. What Year Is it?

Year of the sheepWe celebrate the new Lunar New Year. According to Chinese astrology, this is the Year of the Sheep .. or is it The Ram ... or is it the Goat?

According to NBC news coverage, it apparently matters. "This animal sign, which comes once every dozen years, can be said to have an identity crisis. Known variably as the Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram, the sign's confusion stems from its Chinese character, "yang," which broadly describes any of the ruminating mammals, with or without horns. Many Chinese prefer to translate it as the "Year of the Sheep" because sheep are more cute and cuddly, and large sheep figures have appeared around the capital's shopping areas in recent weeks. The goat, however, is more likely to be the original meaning because it was a popular farm animal among Han Chinese who started the zodiac tradition, Huang Yang, a researcher on the roles of sheep and goats in Chinese culture, was quoted by the official Xinhua News agency as saying."

My overview of the Year of the Sheep makes no distinction:

Some astrology books equate The Sign of The Sheep with the Sign of the Ram or The Sign of the Goat, but it is all the same as far as personality is concerned. Emotional, sentimental and mushy, Sheep correspond to the western sign of Cancer. Sheep are cuddly nurturers who can be sentimental and clingy. “Clingy”? Well perhaps a little overly mothering. But it’s because they care so much.

Some parents delay or induce births to avoid the Year of the Sheep because they think their offspring will be too docile or easily manipulated. But it is the savvy parent who goes right ahead and bears a Sheep Year baby: "One woman attending a prenatal class, and due in late February, said she doesn't pay much attention to the zodiac. 'Lots of people think sheep babies' lives will be very tiring and they have to work hard, so lots of people try to avoid having sheep babies," said the mother-to-be, who would only give her surname, Li. "But that means my baby won't have as much competition, which is great.' "



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