by Lillian Csernica on June 13, 2014
Yes, that’s right. The universe is going for the Hat Trick today.
Friday the 13th
A Full Moon
Mercury in retrograde
I don’t know about you, but for me this is the Triad of Tough Luck. Two of my cats have had serious health problems. Communications here at home keep getting tangled. School is out, which contributes its own dose of chaos with changed schedules, more noise, and a lot more traffic. It’s Father’s Day this weekend, which is something of a downer for me because my father isn’t around anymore. People I know, friends, family, members of my household staff, are all taking the hit directly or having to cope with the fallout from trouble hitting their nearest and dearest.
As we all know, the news lately has been full of horrific events, coming more and more frequently.
I spend a good chunk of every day combating my depression. One of the most useful tools I’ve learned is the simple fact that we can change our minds, change our moods, and reframe our perspectives. Times are hard and it’s easy to get stressed out, even frightened. It’s all the more important to do whatever we can to protect ourselves from being sucked under by the Riptide of Doom.
Let’s start by doing the full numerology on today’s date. 6+1+3+2+0+1+4 = 17, and 1+7 = 8. So today’s number is really 8, which is one of the best numbers. Why?
Wikipedia tells us:
The word for “eight” (八 Pinyin: bā) sounds similar to the word which means “prosper” or “wealth” (發 – short for “發財”, Pinyin: fā). In regional dialects the words for “eight” and “fortune” are also similar, e.g., Cantonese “baat3” and “faat3“.
There is also a visual resemblance between two digits, “88”, and 囍, the “shuāng xĭ” (“double joy”), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters 喜 (“xĭ” meaning “joy” or “happiness”).
The number 8 is viewed as such an auspicious number that even being assigned a number with several eights is considered very lucky.
- In 2003, A telephone number with all digits being eights was sold for CN¥2.33 million (approximately USD$280,000) to Sichuan Airlines in Chengdu, China.
- The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm local time (UTC+08).
- A man in Hangzhou offered to sell his license plate reading A88888 for ¥1.12 million (roughly $164,000).
- The Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia each have 88 floors.
- The minivan that GM makes for the Chinese market is called the Buick GL8, but the minivans it sold in other countries didn’t have that name.
- The Air Canada route from Shanghai to Toronto is Flight AC88.
- The KLM route from Hong Kong to Amsterdam is Flight KL888.
- The Etihad Airways route from Abu Dhabi to Beijing then onwards to Nagoya is Flight EY888.
- The United Airlines route from Beijing to San Francisco is Flight UA888, and the route from Beijing to Newark is Flight UA88.
- The Air Astana route from Beijing to Almaty is Flight KC888.
- The British Airways route from Chengdu to London is Flight BA88.
- One of Cathay Pacific‘s flight numbers from Hong Kong to Vancouver and New York is CX888.
- Singapore Airlines reserves flight numbers beginning with the number 8 to routes in China and Korea.
- In Singapore, a breeder of rare Dragon fish (Asian Arowana) (which are “lucky fish” and being a rare species, are required to be microchipped), makes sure to use numbers with plenty of eights in their microchip tag numbers, and appears to reserve particular numbers especially rich in eights and sixes (e.g., 702088880006688) for particularly valuable specimens.
- As part of grand opening promotions, a Commerce Bank branch in New York’s Chinatown raffled off safety deposit box No. 888.
- An “auspicious” numbering system was adopted by the developers of 39 Conduit Road Hong Kong, where the top floor was “88” – Chinese for double fortune. It is already common in Hong Kong for ~4th floors not to exist; there is no requirement by the Buildings Department for numbering other than that it being “made in a logical order.” A total of 43 intermediate floor numbers are omitted from 39 Conduit Road: those missing include 14, 24, 34, 54, 64, all floors between 40 and 49; the floor number which follows 68 is 88.
- Similar to the common Western practice of using “9” for price points, it is common to see “8” being used in its place to achieve the same psychological effect. So for example menu prices like $58, $88 are frequently seen.
The Full Moon is gorgeous. People in Japan have moon-viewing parties. That usually happens later in the year, but hey, it’s still a fun idea. Pack a picnic basket and go to the beach to watch the moon rise. If you live in the right kind of building, you could even sit on the roof. There’s magic in the air, and romance, and all the good vibes of summer. School is out! It’s time to party!
The Full Moon is a great time to launch a new project. Let’s launch ourselves into a positive, can-do frame of mind. It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of acting. Studies show the simple act of smiling or laughing can change your biochemistry and improve your mood.
Mercury in retrograde? This one we’re just going to have to ride out.
From the wonderful blog Gala Darling:
“It’s because Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth and travel, so when the planet goes retrograde — which means that it looks like it’s going backwards in the sky — all those things go backwards. They start to get ugly and tangle up. Mercury isn’t really going backwards, it’s just hanging out by the sun, but from Earth, that makes it look like it’s in reverse. It typically runs for a couple of weeks, a few times a year.
Check out these dates below and put them in your calendar!
In 2014, Mercury is retrograde from…
February 6th to 28th
June 7th to July 2nd
October 4th to 25th”
Also from Gala Darling, 10 Magical Ways to Make the Most of Mercury Retrograde!
So remember, we are the masters of our destinies and the captains of our souls. If we choose, we can decide 13 is just a number, the Moon is just a big ball of rock in the sky, and Mercury going retrograde is just an astronomical phenomenon (Try saying that three times fast!). Choose to be positive. Choose to make your own luck. Choose to appreciate and enjoy all the good things that are happening all around us.