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Revealed: The Purpose of Personal Adversity and Fate

Monday, March 4th, 2013
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You’re told that you can achieve anything, as long as you work hard.

Unfortunately, the guillotine of personal adversity and fate slices right through that promise and proves there are limits in life, like when your goals conflict with your destiny. There’s a lot in life that you can’t control.

By all means, strive to know yourself well enough so you set realistic goals that are commensurate with your abilities and predetermined path, and do everything in your power to realize those goals. The journey in attaining your goals, even if you fail, is paramount.

Most people view life as a mix of rewards and challenges. It’s not supposed to be exclusively about enjoyment, self-gratification, and experiencing “the life of your dreams,” though that’s certainly been a clever marketing ploy in the self-help field.

At times, life’s challenges seem almost too much to endure. You’re not alone if you’ve asked, “Why me? Why is this happening?”

No matter what choice you make when you are faced with life’s biggest dilemmas, sometimes nothing seems like a satisfactory option. Under those circumstances, the best choice always involves unconditional love.

The best choice, the one most aligned with your optimum path, is more recognizable as your self-awareness increases. Whatever is best for you, such as deciding to divorce or relocate, is for the highest good of all involved, despite the resistance you may receive from others (ignore the “shoulds”).

The best way to deal with personal adversity, the tough stuff in life, is to approach it head-on. Accept what you can’t change, be grateful for the experience, and do your best to embrace and make the most of it. Each time you do so, you go through a mini transmutation; you grow emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and edge closer to the being you are predestined to become.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Q & A: “Can People Read the Future?”

Monday, October 8th, 2012
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I’ve heard the question asked many times, phrased one way or another, “Can you read the future?”

The question needs to be more specific. The most obvious answer to such a broad question is, “No, of course you can’t know everything about the future.”

Nobody can tell you exactly what’s going to happen, and when, regarding every geopolitical occurrence, natural disaster, and medical and technology breakthrough, for example.

However, the more background information you have about such mundane, non-personal circumstances, the easier it is to offer estimates, obviously.

Personal Futures are Readable

Warning: the following content is not politically correct, pull-the-wool-over-your-eyes New Age inspiration, though this information can help you enormously on your spiritual path.

I’m well aware of the likelihood that you won’t get on the best-seller lists by pointing out the hard, cold realities of life, but you will eventually be grateful for this insight.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about predestination, but the only way a person can offer an educated viewpoint about the topic is through the following:

1.    Long-term, objective observation of the circumstances in the lives of many people.

2.    Simultaneous personality and predictive work, utilizing reliable methods, such as the ancient sciences of numerology and astrology (or tarot, or pure intuitive predictive work, etc.).

My (and Stephen Petullo’s) long-term findings indicate that at least 75% of the key circumstances and events—rewarding and challenging–in everyone’s life are predetermined.

Once you witness, as I have, the relentless recurrence of patterns in the comprehensive numerology and astrology charts completely corresponding to events and circumstances in people’s lives, you will stop rejecting the concept of personal fate (otherwise known as destiny or predestination). More information here.

See this article for more information about today’s superficial astrology vs. ancient astrology and which studies (none) prove numerology and astrology invalid.

I don’t believe in the astrology you’ve been exposed to either.

It’s always amusing to hear people say, “My fate isn’t predetermined.” When asked about when they will “manifest,” as “master of (their) destiny,” the “unlimited possibilities” they allude to, they say it’s a work in progress. Yet twenty years later their lives haven’t changed much, other than the additional debt incurred from their addiction to inspirational books, seminars, and retreats.

They don’t really talk about what they’ve “created” that is so unusual, and if they do it’s something that is foreseeable (the general form of it) in the comprehensive charts, which indicates to me that it’s part of their fate anyway.

Then there are those who say they’re familiar with their destiny, but they can change it. But what they see as different from their fate really wasn’t outside of their personal predestination. They simply misinterpreted their fate from the beginning.

Also, my findings (and Stephen Petullo’s findings) clearly indicate that your destiny isn’t changed by the way you respond to any given circumstance; personal fate is measurable, no matter how you respond—that response is part of your fated path.

Those who say, “Fate is not written in stone,” haven’t bothered to progress beyond preliminaries in authentic comprehensive charting, or because they want an easy out when their prediction doesn’t manifest. It’s like gazing at the night sky and saying, “It’s not possible to predict where a constellation will be in the sky at this time of night, relative to this location, 5 months from now.” (It is.)

Regarding predicting the future and self-fulfilling prophesy, see this article.

The legitimacy of authentic astrology is realized through informally observing the life events and circumstances of other people without telling them, in conjunction with paying attention to their personal natal and cyclical timing charts. In this way, ‘self-fulfilling prophesy’ isn’t applicable.”

An aside, saying that a person who does predictive work, “doesn’t trust the universe,” is like saying the employees of the California Geological Survey in their earthquake preparedness and safety work, “don’t trust mother nature.” Stuff happens in real life. No matter how much you trust the universe there will be many times in your life that you have no control over what happens, but you can make the most of it if you are prepared.

By the way, this outlook doesn’t promote a negligent or passive disposition toward life. Aside from accepting what you can’t change in life, I always recommend striving for self-knowledge and assertively going after your goals; doing so is part of your fate.

The Benefits of Knowing Yourself and Your Future

1.    The esoteric sciences like comprehensive astrology and numerology, along with handwriting analysis (and hypnosis, tarot, etc.), allow you to deepen your self-knowledge. You gain a greater awareness of your strengths and challenges, which can help you set the most appropriate, realistic goals in life.

2.    Self-awareness assists in spiritual growth; self-actualization is the ultimate goal.

3.    You can plan for the future, capitalizing on the rewarding times, and mitigating the bitterness of the rough patches in life.

4.    Life becomes so much more meaningful once you recognize that order exists in this universe, and life isn’t random.

5.    You get to see fate in action, which gives you an authentic sense of control of your life, even while you can’t control fated circumstances, because you recognize the legitimacy of the concept of what goes around comes around.

Various forms of unique, unavoidable personal adversity exist and they always dump an ice-cold bucket of reality on the “anything is possible” belief.

I love inspiration too, such as the inspiration I derive from music, mainly because it’s instrumental in goal-achievement. But it’s important that your inspiration is grounded in reality. Otherwise, it’s an unhealthy escape where you end up being smacked in the head with life’s actualities once the “anything is possible” delusion fades.

“Accidents of birth” don’t exist. That’s a poor-me, victim mentality and, or just resentment of those born under more favorable life conditions. On a deeper, spiritual level, it’s a denial of personal accountability involving what your soul (not your current personality) chose for this lifetime. Things aren’t random in this universe, nor are the conditions of your life. This philosophy isn’t about abandoning human compassion. Instead, it allows you to generate more of it, knowing that every single person on this planet is of the same spirit, and worthy of your empathy and unconditional love.

You have free will to make the most of your life, within the unavoidable framework called personal fate. You can’t just delete the tough parts in life, but your perspective can make all the difference in the world.

Copyright © 2012 Scott Petullo

The Secret Reason Behind Success and Failure: What You Can and Can’t Control in Your Life

Monday, May 7th, 2012
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The concept that “you are in complete control of your destiny” is, in one way, true yet, in another, completely false.

Five very talented entrepreneurs with similar successful backgrounds, all about the same age and intelligence level, embark separately on similar investment projects. Two succeed wildly, two lose money, and one fails miserably. Why, because of luck? My view is that personal fate is disguised as luck, no matter how diligent, adaptable, and resourceful you are.

I’m not talking about a situation where someone prepares so well, such as a farmer taking the time to learn how to more efficiently run his operation, that he boosts his yield commensurately over the previous years.

I’m talking about situations and conditions beyond your control, that conventional thinking hastily labels “luck.”

While it’s accurate to say that you have power over how you decide to deal with the circumstances and events in your life that arise, to believe you can always shape-shift the results into exactly the reality your ego-self demands, like you’re some sort of superhero, is delusional.

Two things you can’t control:

1. The undercurrent of your overall personal karma that symbolically shapes everything in your life and the resulting occurrences. This includes your collective timing, relative to specific areas of your life (e.g., finances, career, love life, etc.).

2. The level of unique, innate strife or harmony between you and another person. Your compatibility with any given person is measurable, and that includes the level of rewarding or challenging energy, professionally or personally.

One thing you can control:

How you react, how much compassion and unconditional love you generate, which can go a long way in enhancing your destiny. You are in control of how you respond, yet your level of resourcefulness (making the most of every situation) is limited to the innate quantity you possess–some people have much more than others.

This doesn’t leave you helpless, but rather it’s a dose of reality so you are that much closer to accepting that which you can’t change in your life, thus making your life more enjoyable and meaningful.

Every action and thought has personal consequences that shape your future karma, much of it in future lives. In that sense, your level of control is profound.

But you must also acknowledge that your control over your current fate is very limited in this specific lifetime and that there will always be parts of your life that you can’t manipulate.

The collective current of your behavior (i.e., “karma”) from previous lifetimes and current life shapes your present like an unyielding force-field and there’s nothing you can do about it besides constructive and ingenious reaction.

Three of the five entrepreneurs mentioned above, had they sought and heeded my advice, would have realized that their personal conditions were brutally perilous at that time, calling for great caution, and they would have avoided financial loss.

Comprehensive astrology and numerology successfully outline personal fate, the overall inclinations in your life, and handwriting analysis uncovers hidden personality features, allowing you to dramatically reduce your risk.

Related article:
http://scottpetullo.com/blog/2011/05/fate-vs-free-will-you-can%E2%80%99t-choose-your-tests-in-life-but-you-can-prepare/

Copyright © 2012 Scott Petullo

Business and Personal: Identifying Acceptable Risk vs. Dangerous Risk

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
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Prudent risk-taking in business and your personal life is a major component of success.

Taking a chance is far less risky if you’re well informed. Below I list five examples of how you can identify, through handwriting analysis and comprehensive astrology and numerology, whether an opportunity is right for you or if it’s likely to be problematic.

  1. You’re tempted to accept an offer involving a business partnership, but you don’t know the person very well. Is he reliable and what are his true motivations?
  2. You formulate what you believe is a fantastic business plan and you’re considering a specific launch date. The approximate time you thought of the original idea, when you plan to launch, and your collective timing speaks volumes about its success. Will this be a great success, a learning experience, or even a disaster?
  3. You’ve met what you believe to be the romantic interest of your dreams. The approximate time and date you met, the compatibility discerned between you, along with your overall timing will tell the truth of the matter: great reward, terrible connection cloaked in illusion, or somewhere in the middle?
  4. A valuable employee is up for a promotion, but are the new responsibilities you have in mind for them appropriate? Failure could really harm this person’s career, not to mention the company.
  5. Confidentiality is extremely important to you. You’re considering three different new associates and they all have appropriate abilities and backgrounds. Which one of them can be trusted the most? Are there any major professional compatibility red flags between you and any of the three candidates?

Exposing unsafe risks through handwriting analysis and comprehensive astrology and numerology gives you a huge advantage, increasing your peace of mind and level of success.

Copyright © 2012 Scott Petullo

Capitalism is Spiritual

Monday, January 2nd, 2012
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In response to this blog post, http://scottpetullo.com/blog/2011/12/2012-end-times-movement-5-red-flags-to-watch-for/, I received the following feedback:

“I must ask about #3…since when is social justice anti-American? I had always thought that this Democracy was to be a great experiment in assuring “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all, not just the 1%…”

“And it appears to me that the European Socialist governments are doing quite well in assuring the well-being of their citizens. Why is Socialism considered the work of the Devil? Thanks, Anne”

My Answer:

Thanks for your feedback, Anne.

Although I acknowledge that writing about politics might turn off many readers, I believe it’s important to continue the conversation on these issues because I too believe in “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness…” for all, and those freedoms are intimately connected with spirituality (e.g., personal fate and free will).

Also, allow me to say that it’s a very attractive proposition: a utopian world where everyone’s needs are taken care of, the government “assuring (all citizens’) well-being…,” and there is no suffering or personal adversity. The problem is that it’s impossible, just as it’s impossible to never have a challenging day or any strife whatsoever in any of your personal relationships.

Equal Rights For Everyone, Not Government Theft of Private Property

While I’m of the opinion that everyone should have equal rights, it’s not society’s or government’s role to divvy up success in equal parts to everyone. You can’t replicate personal destiny, but you can have an equal playing field where everyone is free to seek the opportunities they desire. Please see this article for more information: http://scottpetullo.com/blog/2010/04/measuring-success-you-must-look-beyond-mere-personal-qualities/

The Term Social Injustice is a Misnomer

Thomas Sowell writes eloquently about the topic of “social justice” in this article:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/09/14/the_money_of_fools_107138.html
“All kinds of chance encounters– with particular people, information or circumstances– have marked turning points in many individual’s lives, whether toward fulfillment or ruin. None of these things is equal or can be made equal. If this is an injustice, it is not a ‘social’ injustice because it is beyond the power of society.”

Free Market Capitalism, Not Crony Capitalism and Corruption

Considering that I interpret what you are saying correctly, I agree that corporate corruption and specifically financial industry zero-skin-in-the-game, reckless profiteering must be adequately addressed. While we’re at it, let’s also eliminate asinine, Marxist federal mandates that, for example, force financial institutions to make housing loans to those who can’t afford them in the name of “equality.”

The truth is that the vast majority of U.S. corporations conduct business within legal bounds, and more burdensome regulations will only make things worse. It’s inefficient and unaccountable government, along with favoritism, that is the problem. Crony capitalism, not capitalism, is what needs to be eliminated.

The U.S. Constitution Matters

The United States of America’s founding fathers mandated in the U.S. Constitution that personal success can’t be confiscated by the government, even though Congress has been legislating just that for decades. According to the Congressional Budget Office, IRS data clearly show that the most wealthy 1% in America paid just about 40% of all federal income taxes in 2009. It was only 18% in 1980.

The Top 1% Doesn’t Owe You Anything

Let’s be fair about the top 1% of wealthy Americans: most of them are honorable and far from being criminals. They don’t owe you or me anything. It’s much better that the rich get to keep their legally and ethically earned money so they can put it to good use instead of surrendering it to the ineffectual, wasteful, government.

Billionaires don’t wage war on the rest of us, politicians do, with misleading, worn out, class-warfare-forwarding agenda catch phrases like “tax cuts for the wealthy” and “social justice.” And why do they do that? Because it gets them votes–the uninformed, the envious and, or those with an unreasonable sense of entitlement eat it up, hook, line, and sinker.

Instead of demonizing multi-millionaires and billionaires, let’s praise them. They donate great sums of money to worthy charitable causes, and they generate job creation through investment. Government does not create private sector jobs or prosperity, as any honest, unbiased economist will tell you.

There Has Never Been a Socialist or Communist Country With Enduring Prosperity

Let’s also consider that countries that have embraced socialism, or worse, communism, for generations (e.g., Cuba, North Korea, etc.) are infinitely poorer than the U.S.

As for European socialist economies doing “quite well,” surely you aren’t speaking of countries like Greece and Spain. Socialist policies have all but destroyed those and several other European economies.

Or, perhaps you are referring to Scandinavian “socialist” countries, which are really far less “socialist” than most people believe, as this author outlines:

“The Myth of Scandinavian Socialism:”
http://mises.org/Community/forums/t/5616.aspx
“Scandinavian nations are not nearly as socialist as leftists claim they are. Although the United States ranks higher than these nations on the Index of Economic Freedom, Scandinavian nations are more free in several decisive areas. Denmark has greater business freedom, monetary freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom, freedom from corruption, and labor freedom while having comparable property rights and trade freedom scores to the U.S. Sweden has greater business freedom and freedom from corruption, while having comparable trade freedom, monetary freedom, property rights enforcement, investment freedom, and financial freedom to the United States. Finland has greater business freedom, monetary freedom, and freedom from corruption than the United States, while having comparable property right enforcement, financial freedom, and trade freedom. Norway, the least successful Scandinavian nation, has greater freedom from corruption than the United States while having comparable business freedom, trade freedom, and property right enforcement. Iceland has greater business freedom, fiscal freedom, and freedom from corruption, while having comparable trade freedom and property right enforcement. In many ways, Scandinavian countries are more “laissez faire” than the United States.”

Capitalism is Spiritual—it Offers the Most Freedom of Any System

The problem with big government is that you can’t violate absurd, oppressive laws (such as raw dairy products prohibition) and regulations without legal problems or the threat of imprisonment.

Free market enterprise, however, allows you to simply avoid a company if you don’t like its business practices. It also supports healthy competition, forces down prices, and cultivates more and more attractive offerings.

America owes its success to free market capitalism. Capitalism is spiritual relative to other economic systems, considering it allows for the most personal freedom.

I believe it’s important to support policies that limit government, and allow for complete personal freedom, as long as those freedoms don’t infringe on others’ rights.

“What kind of society isn’t structured on greed? The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of a system” Milton Friedman

Copyright © 2012 Scott Petullo

2012 End Times Movement: 5 Red Flags to Watch For

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
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Much has been said about 2012 being a monumental year of cosmic proportions.

Universal shifts of various magnitudes have been occurring since the beginning of time. More on universal shifts is included in the first 5 paragraphs of this blog post: http://scottpetullo.com/blog/2011/04/numerology-and-11-11-11-nothing-exceptional-about-the-date/

Nothing extraordinary happened on 11-11-2011, and 2012 won’t include any “dramatic universal spiritual shifts” either. Please see information about 2012 and the Mayan Calendar here: http://scottpetullo.com/blog/2010/03/2012-and-the-mayan-calendar-7-myths/

2012 will, however, include more talk of “end times,” “the shift,” and other hype.

These 5 red flags, sample excerpts (or similar enough) of the 2012 hysteria movement, display the mythological nature (and creepily socialistic underpinnings) of it all:

  1. “Powerful, extraordinary astrological occurrences take place in 2012 and they will bring us all closer together as one.”
    (false on both counts)
  2. “Your cosmic awareness is now expanding in over-drive and you are destined to join the movement to help it come about.”
    (false, and false)
  3. “The time has come for social justice.”
    (a purely politically correct, misleading, anti-American, socialist, wealth-distribution political agenda—such mandates are often a driving force behind movements like “shift 2012,” ensnaring the naïve and aggrieved)
  4. “The time has come for economic justice for the victims of man-made global warming.”
    (another economically destructive, socialist wealth-distribution scheme)
  5. “The global shift is speeding up, we must abandon unsustainable methods and heal the people and the planet, and everyone on Earth must assist with this breakthrough in playing your unique role to make the shift successful so that we can manifest our cosmic destinies.”
    (poetic prose drones on, and then they expect you to buy an expensive e-course and, or seminar)

You manifest your fate by following your heart and working toward your aspirations, not by lining the pockets of the 2012 hype crowd, or worse, helping to advance destructive political agendas.

By all means, feel free to step into an exciting future, but just make sure to avoid wasting time on “2012 shift” or other propaganda.

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Copyright © 2011 Scott Petullo

Three Things Forever Blocking Your Billionaire Status

Monday, August 15th, 2011
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The most sought after form of success very well may be financial. However, my findings show that only select individuals are meant to become super-rich.

These three things prevent most people from raking in their first billion:

1. Failing to provide enough value to warrant earning at least a billion dollars in after-tax profit. Mimicking the behavior of extremely successful people can only take you so far. For example, if you’re only offering inspiration like thousands of others, and you offer nothing of value outside of that copiously available commodity, structuring your life around success principles of billionaires won’t make any difference–you won’t become one.

2. Personal timing, as symbolized by the unique patterns in comprehensive astrology and numerology. If your distinctive, collective timing isn’t conducive to colossal affluence, it won’t happen.

3. Personal fate. Good timing alone isn’t enough; you must first have the advantageous conditions promised in your natal charts.

My view is that “luck” is essentially two things: your key life circumstances, situations, and events (i.e., fate) symbolized by comprehensive astrology and numerology timing and natal configurations; and what you make of your life (also largely fated) within those predetermined confines.

Equality of opportunity in society is necessary to allow each person to work toward his or her aspirations in this lifetime. “Equality of outcome,” however, is a toxic, discriminatory political philosophy that ultimately generates negative karma for those promoting such policies.

It’s wise to keep in mind the role of personal predestination and karma and to avoid a class warfare mindset and rhetoric such as this: “Well, the same exact opportunity (as a billionaire had, such as being in the right place at the right time) wasn’t provided to others, so it’s not fair.”

As long as that billionaire didn’t thieve his or her way to success, it’s perfectly fair. Life is as fair as your personal karma is rewarding. The “lucky breaks” that immensely financially successful people experience on their path to riches are justified by spiritual design, as I’ve found through long-term empirical research. Additionally, envy and resentment, instead of admiration, only undermines your personal prosperity.

Just as duplicating the habits of highly successful people will only take you so far, it’s impossible to imitate personal fate. Certainly, strive to get ahead and make the most of your life at every opportunity, yet it helps to acknowledge the mystical part of life for peace of mind.

Copyright © 2011 Scott Petullo

Numerology and Astrology Q & A: Which Studies Prove Them Invalid?

Monday, August 8th, 2011
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Question:
“I want to know what research proves that astrology and numerology are invalid. What studies disproved astrology and numerology? I can find no specific proof that astrology and numerology are invalid. If they are invalid, who disproved them – how did they disprove them – when and where were they disproved? If people are willing to say astrology and numerology are invalid, on what studies do they base their answer? Please do not send a philosophical answer. I want to know specifically what research invalidates astrology and numerology.”

Answer:
In order for money to be available to fund research in accredited institutions, a donor has to make a contribution. Most benefactors dictate what the funds are used for. At this time, it is unlikely a benefactor will designate funds toward research involving astrology or numerology because these are not areas of focus that are thought to, for example, help to cure disease or advance technology.

Although the science authorities commonly reject the esoteric sciences of astrology and numerology as “pseudo-sciences,” it’s ironic because cherished, traditional scientific ideals are often refuted. The history of science is full of widely held notions trounced by over-looked data or new discoveries.

I present my findings (e.g., predetermination involving personal adversity) with numerology and astrology as theories. Hypothesis or theory can’t be proven, it can only be invalidated. Numerology and astrology have yet to be shown scientifically invalid.

In order to accomplish this, two things are necessary:
1. Long-term, objective observation of the circumstances in the lives of many people.
2. Extensive personality and predictive work involving these ancient sciences.

Until then, skeptics are denying a more than 2000-year esoteric tradition involving the prediction of life circumstances through numerology and astrology. It’s important to note that the Age of Reason (17th and 18th centuries AD) forever altered (i.e., distorted) the meaning of science. Science is and always has been based on observation. Research involving empirical observation, presenting findings as theories, is absolutely valid.

Note: Authentic astrology and numerology have nothing to do with the “horoscopes” you find in magazines and on the Internet. The “horoscopes” of today are based on only a few transits or personal indicators, or worse, mere Sun signs or other single factor, and amount to entertainment only. This severely watered down form of astrology and numerology originated around 1900 AD and is an absolute departure from the ancient traditions. Unfortunately, it sells and the masses mistake it for real astrology and numerology.

Also, the Internet is the black-hole of astrology and numerology misinformation—you’ll only really find trivial rip-offs of ancient methodologies in your searches. If that sort of nonsense is what people base their opinion of astrology and numerology on, I understand why they reject them as “pseudo-sciences.” Real astrology and numerology are languages of personal fate and as complex as any language to learn.

However trendy it is these days to reject the idea of predestination (events that are unavoidable), my research shows that fated circumstances (rewarding and challenging) are part of everyone’s life.

Since 1992 I’ve scrutinized the comprehensive numerology and astrology charts, and observed the related circumstances (past and present) of thousands of people.

Once you see, as I have, the constant repetition of numerological and astrological patterns entirely corresponding to circumstances in peoples’ lives, it is easy to stop rejecting the concept of fate and the sciences of numerology and astrology.

Copyright © 2011 Scott Petullo

Appreciating Skepticism—3 Tips

Monday, August 1st, 2011
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“Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.”
George Iles

Although my credentials are the result of objective empirical research involving real-world concerns, and clients of all walks of life including public figures, skeptics abound, essentially due to the esoteric underpinnings of this type of work.

Healthy skepticism is welcome since it encourages me to constantly attempt to disprove my theories (theories can only be invalidated, not proven) about personal fate, karma, unavoidable personal adversity, and other spiritual matters. These theories have yet to be invalidated.

However, utter cynicism is another matter.

“There are in fact four very significant stumbling-blocks in the way of grasping the truth, which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom, namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority, longstanding custom, the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge.”
Roger Bacon

Two of the most notable cases of articulated doubt about my livelihood came from a couple family members.

One of them expressed his bewilderment of my, “…putting ideas in people’s heads,” as we sat down to a family dinner.

Very much accustomed to this sort of perspective, I smiled and said to him and those at the table, “My clients value my advice and guidance; I merely report my findings. You’re free to think whatever you want.”

Another family member has proclaimed twice that, “…there is no personal accountability with the belief of karma.” He totally disagrees with my belief that karma follows you forever in subsequent lifetimes until it’s balanced directly, and that to embrace the tenet of karma is to embrace personal accountability.

He believes that you need a judging God to keep you in line. There seems to be a lot of fear driving his (pious) viewpoint. Perhaps in past lives he was on the accusing side of events such as the inquisition. Alternatively, maybe he and, or his loved ones were punished for holding metaphysical convictions such those mentioned in this article, so the unconscious apprehension propels his opinions.

The moral of such stories includes the following:

  1. No matter how much you educate others about your beliefs and no matter how reasonably you relay your findings, there will always be those who hold opposing views. The most constructive approach is to accept what you can’t change.
  2. It’s important to thoroughly consider disparate viewpoints, then use them as a means to objectively dig more deeply into your principles, expanding your comprehension.
  3. Others’ skepticism can serve to strengthen your determination, helping you to advance your level of expertise.

“It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.
Ambrose Bierce

Copyright © 2011 Scott Petullo

Q & A: Stock Market Predictions, Financial Pros, and Psychics

Monday, July 11th, 2011
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Question:
“Do you forecast or time the financial markets? I have heard of psychics who claim to have predicted market crashes. Please provide details. Thanks. A.”

Answer:
Cyclical timing methods (e.g., using comprehensive astrology and numerology) can be applied toward any area in life.

Regarding forecasting and timing financial markets, the challenge includes the extremely high number of variables, and much more so obtaining the correct data (incorporation dates and times, first trade dates and times, etc.). Despite claims, nobody, even the exchanges, has all the absolute correct data. Additionally, there’s the prospect of becoming an adept trader and investor, which can be a full time endeavor.

There exist investment professionals who openly apply (basic) astrology in their work, for example, but none of those well-meaning people are billionaires and I have yet to be impressed with any 5 and 10 year returns that I’ve seen.

Good Financial Pros vs. Wall Street Tricksters

Unfortunately, investment pros are notorious for exaggerating results. The financial newsletter Hulbert Financial Digest independently ranks many experts and is one sure way to know the real story about their annual (and 5 and 10 year) performance. The contrast between the claims they make while being interviewed on financial news TV shows and, or in flashy mailings (e.g., “…average of 120% gains for our picks over the past 3 months!…”), and the actual combined average of all their recommendations as outlined in the Hulbert Financial Digest (“…2% gain for the year, -3.5% over the past 5 years…”) can be quite striking.

Ken Fisher Tells the Truth About the Financial Industry

“…I began learning about investing and the psychology of markets long ago from my father, Philip Fisher (a mentor to Warren Buffet), and have been working in this business for 38 years. I’ve been through quite a few bull and bear markets, and if there is one thing I’ve learned is that everyone is wrong a lot in the long term. In this field if you’re right 70% of the time in the long run you become an absolute legend. That means being wrong fully 30% of the time–a lot. Two problems! Most investors are wrong more than they are right. Then the few who aren’t still suffer wrongness long enough that it often feels like forever…Few investors were right in 2008. Of those who were, almost none were right in 2009. And for those who called 2009 correctly, few have been right so far in 2010. You may suppose this would breed modesty. It hasn’t! Most ‘gurus’ have selected memory. So my advice is to always be prepared to be wrong a lot of the time…” Ken Fisher, 10-25-2010, Forbes (Bold emphasis above is mine.)

Beware of Opportunistic, Deceitful Psychics

Just as most financial “gurus” have selected memory, many high-profile psychics do as well, disappointingly. Every industry has its charlatans.

There is no shortage of psychics claiming to have predicted “market crashes.” Interestingly, and oblivious to many–especially to the psychics’ supporters—by definition, a “market crash” covers multitudes of financial corrections the world sees regularly. Any given year there are “market crashes” in one or more sectors or financial markets around the world, and unscrupulous psychics rush to take credit for predicting the inevitable.

Next time you hear of a psychic predicting “…the last 8 attempted terrorist attacks in America…”, for example, ask the following:

  1. Why aren’t those predictions (in the exact way they were originally phrased) posted on their website at the time of the prediction, along with the details of the actual thwarted attack when it happened?
  2. Why is there no running total of all their mundane predictions (e.g., natural disasters such as hurricanes, geopolitical events, Hollywood matters like which famous starlet will get pregnant, missing persons incidents, “stock market crashes,” etc.) on their website?
  3. Why do they make 100+ predictions, then proceed to highlight only the 4 they got right, obscuring the glaringly obvious fact with affected compassion and New Age slight of hand prose that the predictions are of the sort that any non-psychic could have easily made (e.g., “there will be big storms this summer on the east coast!”), and that most of the related, additional predictions that didn’t manifest are conveniently forgotten?

Always be sure to get the exact wording–including all related content before and after the sound-bite extracted for public relations purposes–of a psychic’s mundane event prediction such as a stock market crash and compare it to the claims they make after the fact.

Hindsight is 20-20, yet unfortunately that hindsight is the basis for fabricated claims by gimmicky psychics. It is no wonder the psychic industry has little respect in the real world.

Such psychic-performers regularly play the victim game and claim to be unfairly targeted by those who “don’t believe in psychics.”

The reality is that the criticism deceitful psychics receive is warranted and if they approached the craft honestly, they would be receiving less criticism and more praise from those other than naive teenagers, those lacking a sense of discernment, the delusional, and groupie aspiring psychics.

The sham psychics who get mainstream media exposure typically manage to do so by hiring an influential P.R. firm to get them on prime-time TV talk shows, or through pay-for-play TV arrangements. These psychic performers aren’t worth your time. You might ask, “But don’t the producers and TV/radio talk show hosts do proper due diligence to make sure the psychics’ claims are accurate?” Surprisingly, they don’t, mostly because only ratings matter to them. The P.R. firm formulates the client’s content and pitch in a way that makes invented “predictions” magically appear as “documented” circumstance.

I believe there exist many very talented and honorable psychics in this world, but you won’t find them boasting at every opportunity about (contrived) mundane event predictions they’ve made.

Assessing Financial Fate of Individuals, Thus a Corporation’s Stock

The magnitude of an individual’s financial success is reflected in the patterns of their natal and timing comprehensive astrology and numerology charts. I’ve found that it’s infinitely easier to analyze the financial fate of individuals (given their birth data is accurate) rather than entire economies, corporate entities, individual sectors, indices or financial markets.

It’s very viable to accurately assess the financial fate of the majority shareholders of a corporation, giving you a very good idea the future outlook of a company’s stock, particularly if the bulk of the shareholder’s or shareholders’ net worth is tied up in the stock. If, for example, 10 individuals own 85% of the stock, identifying dramatic positive or negative financial extremes in those individuals’ comprehensive charts could very well tip you off to major moves in a corporation’s stock price. The issue is the amount of time it takes for such endeavors. While identifying the shared pecuniary ups and downs for 10 people is one thing, doing it for 100 or more is a much more time-consuming and demanding project.

Please see this blog post outlining my prediction of a significant downturn in the stock market.

Copyright © 2011 Scott Petullo