Feng Shui astrology

If you get into reading into calendar events, 2012 is a good year. The Mayan calendar predictions for the end/beginning of a new cycle will gain more media attention as we approach the end of this year. Maybe people will even interpret it as connected to the U.S. Presidential election this fall.

A friend forwarded me an email chain letter with a calendar focus that said:

This year, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So, forward this to your friends and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui the one who does not forward ….. will be without money. I’m not taking any chances!

A little research would have shown him a number of flaws in that thinking. Right off, a glance at the July 2012 calendar would show that it does not have those triple fives. It must have been an email from last year because it is true that July 2011 had 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays.

But it doesn’t take 823 years for this numerical oddity to occur. It happened in July 2005 and will happen again in 2016 and 2022.  It’s not even a rare calendar occurrence. Any month that has 31 days will have three consecutive days that occur five times in the month. Such combinations are commonplace and occur each year. There are other versions of that email with messages about August and October.

We like the unusual. And most of us would like to believe in something beyond the simple, ordinary, and everyday. It’s not Feng Shui. Chain letters don’t bring any luck – Feng Shui or any other. (Personally, I don’t believe in luck at all, but….)

However, there is something in Feng Shui about a “money bag.”  Many versions of the “Happiness Buddha” (one of the depictions of Buddha) has him carrying one over his shoulder. And it is full of gifts that he will be giving to the good people of China.

I found on a Feng Shui site that you can make your own money bag. Take nine coins (9 is considered a very lucky number in Feng Shui) and wrap them in a piece of cloth (red would be luckiest). Then tie it together with a piece of ribbon (red again, but green or yellow is okay).

Then, you put the bag in your home where you receive money. Does it usually come in the mail? Put it near in your entryway by the front door. Maybe your money comes via the Internet, so put the bag by the computer. Money via a phone call – next to the phone. Or in with your investment files.

Does this work? I don’t know. Never tried it. Maybe I will this summer, though I am a doubter, I am also an experimenter.

The Maya were very superstitious about numbers and very careful about tracking the cycles of the year and of the planets and stars. And all that involves numbers.

Do you have lucky numbers in your life? Even doubters probably have a few.

We are intrigued when coincidences occur with numbers in our life. Someone has the same birth date that we have.  That hotel room number is the same as our house number. Your new phone number has the same four numbers as the end of your Social Security Number.

Did you make your ATM PIN or online password the same as your house number or child’s birthday?  Why? It’s a bit more than  just “easier to remember,” isn’t it?

And we like the organized structure and predictability of a calendar. I have so many versions of calendars in my life (work, personal, on the wall, on my desk, online, on my phone). My theory is that we also want to find something more in our calendar.