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Numerology Q & A: Life Path Calculation

Monday, February 1st, 2021
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Question:

“I was wondering if you could inform me of the correct way to calculate the life path number. I know you have written articles on this before (I was unable to find that particular article in my search unfortunately). But I have a life path (4) according to most online calculators, but I identify more ‘strongly’ with a 22/4 life path, I read your articles for instance, and I just know that’s me! The 4 has relevance but just doesn’t tell my life story like the 22. My DoB is 1st January 1973. Could you shed any light on this please?”

Answer:

In my opinion, the most accurate way to calculate the “Life Path” (a modern numerology term), or the Full Date Total is as follows because it maintains the integrity of the actual month, day, and year:

1+1+1973=1975=1+9+7+5=22

This is less accurate because you weren’t born in the year 2; you were born in 1973:

1+1+2=4

This is another way (Chaldean) to do it, adding the year to a double digit first:

1+1+20=22

Least accurate is this method:

1+1+1+9+7+3=22

The Life Path number is considered one of the important factors in your basic (modern) numerology chart, but keep in mind there are hundreds of factors that comprise the patterns in your comprehensive charts. 

Long experience has taught me that successfully delineating personality and timing is about pattern recognition involving multiple forms of astrology and numerology. 

You may identify strongly with a single number, such as 22, particularly when you have that number heavily represented in the patterns in your comprehensive charts. All root numbers (1-9), all Master Numbers (11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, 99), and all Karmic debt Numbers (13, 14, 16, 19) are likely to be represented at least somewhat in your patterns. Other, more specialized numbers will show up too in your patterns. It’s ultimately a matter of where, how often, and to what magnitude that determines personal fate and character. 

Just as you should maintain humility upon learning you have Master Number representation in your comprehensive charts, you shouldn’t worry about also having Karmic Debt number representation. Basically, Master Numbers are a super-vibration and include more material and spiritual potential involving the root number (e.g., 22=2+2=4). Karmic Debt numbers typically represent more of the challenging side of each root number (e.g., 13=1+4=4). 

The world is replete with happy and, or successful people who possess Karmic Debt Day of Birth or Life Path numbers, and miserable underachievers who possess Master Number Day of Birth or Life Path numbers. Patterns, instead of individual factors, represent predetermination and temperament. Though individual factors like the Life Path and Day of Birth are good places to start.  

More information about the number 22 and numerology can be found here.

Copyright © 2021 Scott Petullo

Mercury Retrograde January 30 to February 20 2021

Sunday, January 10th, 2021
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Mercury retrograde occurs January 30th to February 20th, 2021.  

Mercury retrograde commonly includes heightened uncertainty, greater than average amount of questionable judgment, and delays involving travel and new undertakings. 

Exercise caution with important decisions involving investments, large purchases, and legal matters including contracts. Any new, seemingly well-founded ideas generated during Mercury retrograde (especially during the first half of it, and the three weeks before Mercury goes retrograde) tend to be revised or reconsidered later. 

Besides the typical 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 January and February 2021 details:

1. Mercury goes retrograde 1-30-21 at 7:51 a.m. PST, 26 degrees 29 minutes Aquarius.
2. Mercury goes direct 2-20-21 at 4:52 p.m. PST, 11 degrees 01 minutes Aquarius.

The bar graph in this post includes the January/February 2021 Mercury retrograde period, along with other basic astrological events.

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

Learn more about the planet Mercury here.

Copyright © 2021 Scott Petullo

2021 Astrology Bar Graph: Retrogrades, Eclipses, and Select Transits

Monday, December 7th, 2020
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My complimentary 2021 Astrology Bar Graph, below, gives you a general overview of basic, yet relevant astrology factors for the year.

Those proficient in basic astrology can use it in conjunction with their basic natal chart to help make the most of their circumstances and diminish risk. 

Those who know little or nothing about astrology can also utilize this 2021 Astrology Bar Graph to help limit their risk.

Be a little more cautious regarding important matters involving higher than average risk on the day of and the days surrounding eclipses and Mercury retrogrades. This includes, but is not limited to, big purchases, investments, and legal contracts

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See this blog post for information about Mercury retrograde.

See this blog post for information about eclipses. See this blog post for additional information about eclipses.

This blog post includes information about multiple, basic astrology factors, including those in the above bar graph.

Although my 2021 Astrology Bar Graph features relatively few basic astral events, tracking these cycles and events, especially in conjunction with your natal configurations, can help you limit your risk and save time and money.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Petullo

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 https://www.privateinternetaccess.com 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