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Two Eclipses November and December 2020

Monday, November 9th, 2020
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lunar eclipse occurs on November 30th, 2020. It’s exact by degree at 1:29 a.m. PST, 8 degrees 38 minutes Gemini.

About two weeks later, a solar eclipse occurs on December 14th, 2020. It’s exact by degree at 8:16 a.m. PST, 23 degrees 08 minutes Sagittarius.

Your discernment and understanding of circumstances in your life is likely to be at least somewhat flawed during eclipse periods, so be very careful with important decisions. Avoid hazardous situations such as a spontaneous decision to try mountain climbing, rushing to hire a new employee without thinking it through, or impulsive financial speculation. 

Three to four weeks before an eclipse and a few days after is roughly the window of time that eclipse-related issues manifest. Thus, avoid excessive risk during this period.

See this blog post for more information about limiting your overall risk during an eclipse.

See this article for information about using eclipses as predictive indicators.

The bar graph in this blog post includes the above-mentioned eclipses, along with other basic astrology events

Copyright © 2020 Scott Petullo

Mercury Retrograde October 13 to November 3 2020

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Mercury retrograde occurs October 13th through November 3rd, 2020.

Mercury retrograde typically includes a greater than average amount of confusion, uncertainty, dubious judgment, and delays involving travel and new projects.

Be very careful with important decisions involving legal issues, contracts, investments, and large purchases. New, momentous ideas generated during the retrograde period tend to be reconsidered or revised later. 

Besides challenges, Mercury retrograde offers the opportunity to find solutions to existing problems, reconnect with old friends, and complete on-going projects. 

See this page for a thorough list of Mercury retrograde themes and a general timeline.

As mentioned in the linked information above, the approximate three-week period leading up to Mercury retrograde usually involves more challenges than the actual retrograde period.

Mercury retrograde October and November 2020 details:

1. Mercury goes retrograde 10-13-2020 at 6:05 p.m. PDT, 11 degrees 40 minutes Scorpio.
2. Mercury goes direct 11-3-2020 at 9:49 a.m. PST, 25 degrees 53 minutes Libra.

The bar graph in this post includes the October/November 2020 Mercury retrograde period, along with other basic astrological events.

Following Mercury retrograde and other basic astrology cycles allows you to witness the cyclical nature of life, and reduce your overall risk in life. 

Learn more about the planet Mercury here.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Petullo

Three Eclipses June and July 2020

Monday, May 25th, 2020
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lunar eclipse occurs on June 5th, 2020. It’s exact by degree at 12:12 p.m. PDT, 15 degrees 34 minutes Sagittarius.

About two weeks later, a solar eclipse occurs on June 20th, 2020. It’s exact by degree at 11:41 p.m. PDT, 00 degrees 21 minutes Cancer.

Then, on July 4th, 2020, at 9:44 p.m. PDT, a lunar eclipse is exact at 13 degrees 37 minutes Capricorn. 

Perception tends to be defective during eclipse periods–avoid reckless decisions and behavior. Stay away from risky situations in your personal life and in your business, such as a spontaneous investment or sudden new hire without thinking it through. Rushed decisions under eclipses tend to go wrong. 

Three to four weeks before an eclipse and a few days after is roughly the window of time that eclipse-related issues manifest. Thus, avoid excessive risk during this period.

See this blog post for more information about limiting your overall risk during an eclipse.

See this article for information about using eclipses as predictive indicators.

The bar graph in this blog post includes the above-mentioned eclipses, along with other basic astrology events.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Petullo

Venus Retrograde May 12 to June 24 2020

Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Venus retrograde occurs soon. It’s not a seriously problematic astrological affliction, but one to pay attention to, especially regarding your love life.

Besides love life, the planet Venus also rules the following: women; gay men; apparel; the building trades, including design and home building; designers of all types; the arts, including dance and music; jewelry and jewelers; glamour; beauty; pleasure; indulgence; bars and drinking; games and gambling; playboys and playgirls; ladies of the evening; romantic commitments.

How Venus retrograde symbolically affects you depends on the patterns in your unique comprehensive natal and timing charts, though four basic love-life related occurrences seem to happen more frequently during the retro period: 

  1. Serious reassessment of your current romantic commitment is common. For some, a separation seems natural. For others, a deepening or transformation of the bond occurs.
  2. Those who are single and connect with a new love interest need to be careful; ill-advised love life decisions involving sudden romantic involvements are routine. Post retrograde, the bond often seems worse, for justifiable reasons. 
  3. Avoid the standard, pointless practice of dwelling on “the one that got away.” 
  4. Re-connecting with former lovers is a familiar theme. Just remember the reasons why it ended; if serious problems existed, they will be painfully obvious again soon enough.

Avoid hasty love life decisions during Venus retrograde because your perspective in love life matters isn’t sound during this time. 

As you can see in the bar graph in this blog post, Venus is retrograde from May 12, 2020 to June 24, 2020.

Venus retrograde lasts, on average, about 40 days, and it occurs about every 1.5 years.

Learn about basic astrology, including Venus retrograde, and the cyclical nature of life in this blog post.

Although Venus retrograde is only one astrological indicator and must be supported by other factors to represent key life events and circumstances, it’s still a good idea to be a little more careful in love life matters during this period. 

Copyright © 2020 Scott Petullo

How to Avoid Mobile Phone Eavesdroppers

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
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Most people realize that mobile and on-line communications aren’t secure. But what if, for example, you need to communicate with a business partner to share confidential information and you can’t meet in person? There are steps you can take to minimize the risk of being targeted by thieves or others who wish to violate your right to privacy.

Below I list one way to, at least temporarily, avoid mobile phone hackers, snoopers, and thieves.

  1. Anonymously pay cash for a used, unlocked i-Phone from E-bay, Craigslist, or elsewhere–make sure you have zero relationship with the seller.
  2. Restore it to factory settings.
  3. Buy a pre-paid SIM card with cash. Install it in the i-Phone. Use the SIM card/associated cellular service only one time to set up secure chat apps, such as Signal (see below). From that point on, avoid using cell service with this i-Phone and SIM card–only use public Wi-Fi, preferably a safe distance from your residence or office.
  4. Create an anonymous e-mail account using a public (or one not linked to you in any way) computer, such as at an Internet cafe or public library. This is used to get an anonymous i-Tunes account.
  5. Buy an i-Tunes gift card with cash. This is used to download secure chat apps, such as Signal. Only communicate using secure chat apps.
  6. Purchase (with a gift card you buy with cash) and download a VPN (virtual private network) from Private Internet Access or another trusted VPN service. Always use the VPN while using the phone.
  7. Keep Wi-Fi and phone turned off when you aren’t using it.

These steps will make it a lot more difficult for eavesdroppers to track you and, or steal your proprietary information.

Note: If you are involved in illegal activity, U.S. federal agencies will be able to surveil you no matter what you do. The above steps are for those who are trying to keep their legitimate and legal communications private.

If you avoid illegal activity but three-letter agency bureaucrats (or security industry contractors, or others) are abusing their power and eavesdropping on your private communications for personal gain, you may want to hire a good “white hat hacker” to try to track down the offender.

To determine if your computer system or phone has been modified (e.g., covert installation of a key logger program), search the Internet for “Has my computer system (or mobile phone) been modified?” or “How to determine if I’ve been hacked?” You’ll find step-by-step instructions (complex and time consuming, but worth it) to determine if you’ve been hacked.

The results of the queries may yield hacking programs on your system such as “com.spsecure.euseragent.plist” which is Spector Pro, a type of monitoring software. Hire an ethical, white hat hacker to review the list of the programs from your queries.

If you find that you’ve been hacked, avoid removing the hacking program until you’ve contacted the police and a lawyer and they document evidence of the illegal act.

Alternatively, you may want to keep the monitoring program on your system to mislead the watchers, making them believe you’re unaware of it, while using an alternative system for private communications. 

Just like tapping someone’s land-line phone, hacking into another person’s private affairs via their mobile phone or computer, including the implementation of monitoring and key-logger software, violates eavesdropping laws in the United States and is a felony offense.

Block or mislead snoopers with the advice above to limit your risk and keep your affairs private.

Copyright © 2019 Scott Petullo

Astrology: Individual Financial Fate Easier to Predict Than Stock Market

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
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An individual consistently predicting the precise timing of ups and downs of various financial markets could undoubtedly become the richest person on the planet.

Thus far, nobody has managed to regularly identify the exact timing of the financial markets’ peaks and valleys.

Fantastic claims abound on Wall Street, but “The history of financial forecasts is long. and it is pathetic. Twenty-two chief market strategists at major banks predict the S&P 500’s annual performance at the start of every year. The average difference between their forecast and what the market actually does is 14.7 percentage points per year. If, instead, you blindly assume the S&P 500 goes up by its historic average every year, the error is lower – 14.1 percentage points. The history of predicting recessions and interest rates and economic growth is just as bad.”

An aside, The Hulbert Financial Digest is a gold mine of information to check financial professionals’ 10, 15, and 20-year (and more) documented track records.

In 2010 I published this blog post regarding a financial market crash.

It appears I’ve missed the mark on that prediction, since the traditional markets have not crashed as of today, 11-28-2018. I did say “…as late as 2018,” but in about a month that window will be closed. Perhaps I got the general idea correct, but my timing is early.

As for seeing in the astrology and numerology charts of scores of individuals’ collective timing suggesting financial loss during that 2016—2018 period, it may, in part, relate to crypto-currency speculation.

An August 20, 2018 Motley Fool article illustrates the crypto-currency financial collapse: “…this year has turned virtual currencies on their heads. Following a continuation of the rally during the first week of January that took the aggregate market cap to as high as $835 billion, digital currencies have since lost more than three-quarters of their value.” That’s more than a 75% decrease and $600 billon in losses.

“Following the explosion in cryptocurrency popularity during 2017, almost 1,000 different cryptocurrencies have already died so far in 2018. In fact, some financial experts see only a couple dozen digital tokens surviving the coming changes to the market in the coming years.”

There have always been and will always be boom and bust cycles. People tend to forget about past downturns, almost everyone gets on board for the good-time boom, and then the bubble bursts.

My findings show that individual fate is much easier to predict than collective, universal fate, such as the overall direction of the stock market.

Case in point: in August 2014 I said this about super-star billionaire hedge fund manager, Edward Lampert.

“I recall reading about hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert, featured in Forbes magazine several years    ago. I was impressed with his successful track record; his fund was worth more than $15 billion in 2006.

“As I always do with interesting people, I looked into his charts back then. The collection of disturbing, long-term time cycles in his not-too-distant future made me think at that time, ‘Those patterns don’t in any way equate to the type of success he’s enjoying right now.’

“Since 2006, Eddie Lampert’s $15 billion fund has declined in value more than 60%. Although it’s unfortunate, his fall from grace was foreseeable, from my perspective. Considering he remains a self-made billionaire, perhaps ‘fall from grace’ isn’t an appropriate description of his plight.

 “In 2006, people were calling him the next Warren Buffet, but no longer. Eddie Lampert will probably maintain his billionaire status, but his collective timing tells me his 2006 peak won’t be revisited, at least where he ranked relative to his peers in the industry and those on the Forbes 400 list of the worlds wealthiest people.”

An October 2018 New York Times article said this about Mr. Lampert: “With the bankruptcy this week of Sears Holdings, which he has run as chief executive and chairman since 2013, Mr. Lampert, now 56, was back on the nation’s front pages. The coverage has been as damning as it was once fawning.

“Thanks to his early successes, Mr. Lampert is still very, very rich; his fortune today is estimated at $1.1 billion, according to the latest Forbes survey…he no longer makes the cut for Forbes’s 400 richest Americans. His net worth has plunged by $3 billion since peaking at $4.5 billion in 2007…”

I’m happy for Edward Lampart that he is still a billionaire, and I dislike highlighting people’s troubles, but it was necessary in this case to illustrate my view that it’s much easier to predict individual financial fate than financial market ups and downs.

Copyright © 2018 Scott Petullo

Venus Retrograde October 5 to November 16 2018

Monday, September 10th, 2018
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Watch out–Venus retrograde occurs soon. Misguided love life decisions are common under Venus retrograde.

New love connections made during Venus retrograde often seem worse after the retrograde period (for valid reasons), and lovers from the past tend to pop up under Venus retrograde.

Avoid impulsive love life decisions during this time because your perspective in love life matters is obscured. Also avoid the typical Venus retrograde unpleasant and futile practice of dwelling on “the one that got away.”

Reassessment of your already established romantic connection—and making needed adjustments–is par for the course during Venus retrograde for those of you already in a relationship.

As you can see in the bar graph in this blog post, Venus is retrograde from October 5, 2018 to November 16, 2018.

It’s only one astrological indicator and it must be supported by other factors in your unique natal and timing patterns to represent key life happenings, but it’s still a reasonable sign to be a little more careful in love life matters.

Venus retrograde lasts, on average, about 40 days, and it occurs about every 1.5 years.

Besides love life, the planet Venus also rules the following: women; gay men; apparel; the building trades, including design and home building; designers of all types; the arts, including dance and music; jewelry and jewelers; glamour; beauty; pleasure; indulgence; bars and drinking; games and gambling; playboys and playgirls; ladies of the evening; romantic commitments.

Learn about basic astrology, including Venus retrograde, and the cyclical nature of life in this blog post.

Venus retrograde isn’t one of the more unfavorable universal astrological afflictions, but it’s worthy of your consideration. Just take it easy in your love life, especially involving impulsive financial commitments.

Copyright © 2018 Scott Petullo

Numerology Q & A: Analyzing Foreign Language Names

Monday, April 16th, 2018
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“How do I analyze foreign language names, that is, in non-abc alphabets. Do we transliterate the name into English for a standard abc analysis, or do we analyze the name in its original language, by allocating the appropriate numbers to the letters sequentially? There are arguments for both methods, but I have had very good results using the transliteration method, while the other method did not give me anything meaningful. I’d be curious to hear your take on and experience with this question.”

“Do the numerological values of letters represent their underlying sounds or their place in the sequence of the alphabet? Every single human language is a collection of sounds (energy frequencies that can be depicted on a chart), and these sounds are represented in the various alphabets by different symbols–the letters. So if the letters have numerical values, it is essentially the sounds (= frequencies) that have these values, and these values should be the same no matter with which symbols they are represented, and a transliteration is exactly this: representing the sounds of one language with letters/symbols of a different language. Thus, is a transliteration really an ‘other’ name?”

“However, this would raise the question of comparing if the various representations of the same sound have the same value in different alphabets. But on the other hand, what is the ‘logic’ in the sequence of letters in any specific alphabet, especially since different languages can have different placements for the same letter?”

My findings show that it’s important to analyze the birth name, the exact name on the legal birth certificate, in its original language, the language/alphabet used in naming the person. That means you must allocate the appropriate numbers to the letters sequentially.

Other methods, and using a name other than the one on the legal birth certificate, yield persona analyses, which can be useful in some ways.

You say above, “…it is essentially the sounds (= frequencies) that have these values, and these values should be the same no matter with which symbols they are represented,” but phonetic numerology is a separate, supplemental form of analysis, one that is important, but does not take the place of what I describe above. It’s reasonable to say that transliteration is another name, through phonetic numerology.

The numerological values of letters/symbols represent their place in the sequence of the respective alphabet. The logic in respecting the numbered sequence of letters in any given alphabet is supported through long-term empirical research. Different placements for the same letter in various alphabets are irrelevant. I recommend avoiding superimposing a foreign alphabet/language on someone’s name through numerology. The English language/alphabet is suitable in numerology calculations only for those who were named in it.

A Russian, for example, using his persona English version name will get only a persona read by using that persona name with numerology based on the English language.

An aside, changing your name only changes your persona, it won’t change your life.

Although I find name-based numerology useful by itself, ultimately, my findings show birth date and exact time-based numerology and astrology (combined with name-based numerology) to be most accurate in character analysis and prediction.

Copyright © 2018 Scott Petullo

The Hidden Cause of Success and Failure

Monday, June 5th, 2017
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Success is entirely attributed to hard work and luck. At least that’s what you’ve been conditioned to believe.

I always recommend setting realistic goals and working diligently, ceaselessly toward your aspirations. But my findings tell me the underpinnings of success are transcendent and have far less to do with mere personal qualities and luck than with forces beyond your control.

Before anyone accuses me of fatalism or recommending a passive, wallflower approach to life, allow me to explain my theory.

Fifty talented corporate executives all possess about the same level of intelligence, self-discipline, objectivity, logical thinking ability, decisiveness, analytical ability, discretion, and all are emotionally balanced and stable. In other words, they all lack red flag personality traits that typically lead to failure. All fifty exhibit strong leadership traits. Each one is a high-achiever and possesses the same ability to be an independent, successful business owner.

All fifty leave the corporate world at about the same time to be independent entrepreneurs. Ten years later, 25 are succeeding wildly, 15 are doing okay, and 10 failed miserably and returned to climbing the corporate ladder.

The successes and failures, in these instances, have nothing to do with market forces; all fifty entered growing industries, under various thriving economies around the world. All fifty are good decision-makers.

You may call it luck, but I refer to luck as personal fate disguised. No matter how resourceful, smart, quick thinking, intuitive, persuasive, or hard working you are, you can’t cheat fate. In other words, there’s a lot in life you have no control over, including the actions of other people. Unfortunately for those 10 washouts, their unique predestination dictated defeat in that area of their life.

Give credit where credit is due—the winners earned their triumphs. My findings show you are 100% responsible for your personal fate. Sudden opportunities and advantages, chance meetings, and similar circumstances aren’t arbitrary and undeserved. Call it cosmic payback, all part of the tapestry of predetermination.

Life’s rewards extend well beyond finances—family relations, friends, love life, and more. A person typically has wonderful predetermination in one or a few areas, but not all. It’s very rare that someone “has it all.” You can’t replicate personal fate, but you can have an equal playing field to seek the opportunities you desire. Life isn’t supposed to be fair, but you can make the most of it by doing your best. Please note: as we say in the above linked article, “It’s not always the case that a person is enduring karmic retribution for past life dark deeds; sometimes the terrible experience is for other reasons, such as to help bring awareness to the world, or stop it from happening to others in the future.”

Fatalism is the belief that you have no control over your life’s circumstances. While I believe at least 75% of your core life circumstances and events are predetermined, I’m not a fatalist; I’m a realist.

The belief that there is much in life you can’t control is a sign of humility. This belief, in conjunction with divination and personality and compatibility analysis, allows you to capitalize on the rewarding parts of life and more easily deal with life’s challenges.

Copyright © 2017 Scott Petullo

Philosophy of Fate vs. Limiting Belief Systems

Monday, June 1st, 2015
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My philosophy is that at least 75% of the core circumstances and events in your life are predestined.

It’s a controversial viewpoint because it deflates the contention of unlimited, super-hero type free will and it presents an uncomfortable, even threatening dynamic to the self-help and inspirational speaking field.

Certainly, inspiration is like a welcome jolt of energy to help you approach life head-on, do your best, and make the most of your opportunities.

Yet, there’s nothing wrong with accepting that there is a lot in life that you can’t change.

The case for embracing the notion of predestination:

The philosophy of unchangeable destined events in everyone’s life–challenging and rewarding–is rooted in the concept that there is a vastly bigger purpose to life than personal accomplishment and financial success.

Of course, those things are vital to the progression of the human race and they’re important to me on a personal level too, but there is more to life from a spiritual perspective. In my opinion, the tough stuff in life is necessary because it forces spiritual growth, the ultimate purpose of life.

Considering the daunting reality of being regularly tested throughout your life, responding to being tested, attempting to (and not always succeeding) constructively face your unique crises in life, and otherwise being confronted with things in your life that you can’t control, exposes the New Age mantra “nothing limits you” for what it is–cheap and disingenuous.

In the real world, it’s failure, and gratitude for the lesson, that often opens the door to your optimum path. The world is replete with people who failed in one industry and went on to great success in another, or failed in one relationship and then had success later.

Finally accepting that there are supposed to be occasional insurmountable brick walls in life just may save your sanity when you go through one of life’s inescapable rough periods.

The case for rejecting the notion of predestination:

The inspirational speakers tell you that the most uncompromising prison in the world is a person’s limiting belief systems.

Surely, a pessimist who believes she isn’t worth anything and can’t do anything right won’t accomplish much. Also, I think we can all agree that you should never tell a child that he doesn’t deserve good things in life. Likewise, don’t discourage the impressionable, but don’t exploit their naiveté either, and tell them all they have to do to become wealthy is “get in touch with the abundance of the universe.”

Being mature and rational adults, let’s put aside the pandering and the crowd-pleasing platitudes. Authentic self-help methods and spirituality have nothing to do with escapism.

While occasional flights of fantasy (e.g., dream-castling) may go hand in hand with inspiration leading to great accomplishment, basing your life on pie in the sky fallacies is a recipe for disappointment.

“You can do anything–what you believe you can achieve” may be just the thing you need to hear to get through the day, but truth be told, it’s a lie.

The outright denial of predestination hints at a refusal to accept the hard, cold realities of life, even when they happen. Unfortunately, those who hold such a philosophy tend to suffer resentment, despair, depression, anger, and worse when times get tough. Rejecting the notion that immutable personal adversity exists and that there’s nothing you can do to change some things in life, such as how others treat you, sets you up for misery.

Nothing is limiting about embracing the philosophy of personal fate and unpreventable personal adversity. It shows humility and a realistic outlook on life.

Additionally, having your future predicted won’t cause you to surrender your personal power. The key conditions and happenings of your life can be mapped; they aren’t arbitrary.

Do what you must to ignite the inner flame of inspiration, such as listen to your favorite music, but just remember that failure and success are equally essential to edging you closer to the being you are destined to become.

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”
C.S. Lewis

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston S. Churchill

Copyright © 2015 Scott Petullo