Let me start off with a disclaimer so as not to offend anyone who might take what I say here with anything resembling a serious analysis. What I know about numerology is limited to what I read in the newspapers and magazines for the most part. If it's good news, I congratulate myself on the good things to come, and if it's bad, I just ignore it. But like many other people, I look for good omens in important dates and lottery numbers and try not to do anything too risky on Friday the 13th. As a result, I had my doubts about 2013 right from the start.
The number 13 is considered a very unlucky number in the United States and throughout most of Western culture, but it seemed I was alone in my apprehension about a whole year of the so-called "unlucky" number 13. Little was said about the fact that we were shepherding in a year that was just asking for trouble.
Looking back on it now at the end of the year, maybe denial was the only viable approach. It wasn't like there was much we could do about it, after all, and we couldn't go into hiding for a whole year, could we? It wasn't likely that erasing the year from the calendar was going to happen, although, in the United States, the number is considered so unlucky that hoteliers often try to do just that when they number the floors of their resorts. It seems to make people sleep a little better thinking that they're on the fourteenth floor instead of the thirteenth, since that's what their card key says, happily succumbing to the illusion that fate can't count. Call me a triskaidekaphobic if you like (from the term triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number 13), but I just think there have to be better things to come in 2014.
Of course there's the very positive portent that if you add the sum of the numbers in the year 2014 it comes out to 7. It does--go ahead and count, that's 7 right there--luckiest number in the known universe, or at least at craps tables in Vegas! You can also take into consideration the number of Lucky 7 slot machines in Vegas and you'll get the picture.
The positive associations with the number 7 go back centuries, and many are based on the symbolism of the number in the story of creation in various religions. According to the story, the world was created in 7 days. There are also 7 days in the Gregorian calendar, 7 continents, and in numerology, the number 7 is considered to be the most spiritual.
So there you have it. 2013 with its political scandals, economic crises, and disasters will soon be behind us, and we can look forward to a year of lucky 7s on the horizon.
Personally, although 2013 had many challenges for my family and me, overall, the year balanced out with equal parts good and bad, as some years do. But like most poker players, I'm a person who is always looking to expand on positive opportunities, and just coming out even is not ever what I expect of myself. I always look for ways to make the next opportunity and the next year better. From my perspective, 2014 is a year of promise and opportunity that looks to be better than the one we're leaving behind and maybe one of the best of years to come. Let's look forward to good luck in the days to come, and as always, we're likely to have things turn out the way we expect.
Wishing all of you the best of luck in 2014, and especially to those lucky women who have or will secure a seat to play at the PokerStars Women Live event at the PCA, may the flop be with you!