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Friday the 13th, November 2020, Does NOT Count; It ONLY Counts In October.

by Anura Guruge


Please click on image to access my last — & very definitive — post on this matter. Thanks.


I have covered this “Friday the 13th” so, so many times that it does NOT make sense to do it all over again. SMILE. Nothing new to add. Said it all before. So, please read IF you are new to this. Thank YOU.


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Friday the 13th, December 2019, Does NOT Count; It ONLY Counts In October.

by Anura Guruge


Base data from the incomparable ‘timeanddate.com’. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Only Friday the 13th that fall in October count!

Period. Full stop. 

Full moon has nothing to do with it.

The superstition has to do with the dissolution of the Knights Templar.
And that happened on Friday, October 13, 1307.

This is December, NOT October, so Friday the 13th does NOT COUNT.

Repeat, does NOT count.

On average we get a Friday the 13th every 212 days.

We had one in July 2018.

The LAST Friday the 13th in October was in 2017.

The next Friday the 13th in October will be in 2023.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar



The ’13’ really has nothing to do with the supposed thirteen attendees at the ‘Last Supper’ — particularly since there is no consensus, at all (at all), that the ‘Last Supper’ took place on a Friday — that traditionally been the date of the Crucifixion, hence ‘Good Friday‘ at Easter.

The superstition about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really has its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French PopeClement V, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.

It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.

Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.

This fact tends to be forgotten.

Friday the 13th in October happens per a 5 to 6 year cycle with occasional 11-year gaps.

We just had one of those. So, the last 13th in October was 11-years ago, 2006. The next one is 6-years from now.

At 66 I have only lived through 9 ‘Friday the 13th in October‘.


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Friday the 13th, September 2019, Does NOT Count, Full Moon Or Not; It ONLY Counts In October.

by Anura Guruge


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Only Friday the 13th that fall in October count!

Period. Full stop. 

Full moon has nothing to do with it.

The superstition has to do with the dissolution of the Knights Templar.
And that happened on Friday, October 13, 1307.

This is September, NOT October, so Friday the 13th does NOT COUNT.

Repeat, does NOT count.

On average we get a Friday the 13th every 212 days.

We had one in July 2018.

The LAST Friday the 13th in October was in 2017.

The next Friday the 13th in October will be in 2023.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar



The ’13’ really has nothing to do with the supposed thirteen attendees at the ‘Last Supper’ — particularly since there is no consensus, at all (at all), that the ‘Last Supper’ took place on a Friday — that traditionally been the date of the Crucifixion, hence ‘Good Friday‘ at Easter.

The superstition about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really has its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French PopeClement V, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.

It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.

Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.

This fact tends to be forgotten.

Friday the 13th in October happens per a 5 to 6 year cycle with occasional 11-year gaps.

We just had one of those. So, the last 13th in October was 11-years ago, 2006. The next one is 6-years from now.

At 66 I have only lived through 9 ‘Friday the 13th in October‘.


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Sri Lanka Buddhists Now Divided On Whether To Celebrate 2018 Vesak In May Or April!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia with my annotations.


Click to access original post from ‘onlanka.com’.


I had grown up always believing (and assuming) that Vesak was always the May full moon. Though I have not celebrated it in over 50-years I still think of the May full moon as Vesak. That is why I did my customary, annual Vesal ‘card’ yesterday. Since I know that different, mainly non-Theravadan, countries celebrate vesak on dates different to Sri Lanka I typically put the Sri Lankan date on my ‘card’ to avoid confusion. So, yesterday, I put May 29, 2018.

When I posted my ‘card’ on Facebook two Sri Lankans pointed out that this year Sri Lanka celebrated vesak on April 29, 2018, though some plan to also do so on May 29. Initially I was shocked and upset because I hate to see long held traditions disrupted. I also found the above post which confirmed my initial view.

But, after some research I came to realize that there is some logic to the April 29, 2018 decision — made, of course, by Sri Lanka’s charlatan, often discredited astrologers.

It all has to do with trying to map lunar cycles into the Roman solar calendar — given that vesak is entirely a full moon related event. It eventually comes down to when the full moons fall relative to a given year. April 29th was a LATE full moon for April. That was the problem.

If there are two full moons in May Sri Lanka, traditionally, celebrated vesak on the FIRST of these. A full moon on April 29 was an analogous situation.

So ….


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Full Moon Over “Mirror Lake”, NH, By Polymath Richard (‘Dick’) Byrd, Esq. Of ‘Wolfeboro’, NH.

by Anura Guruge


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Over the last month or so I have posted photos, articles and a poem by Dick Byrd: lawyer, software entrepreneur, painter, poet, photographer, raconteur, Photoshop maestro, philosopher, writer, race car driver, mechanic & all-round-nice-guy.

Given his Photoshop wizardry, I always ask Dick as to how much Photoshop is there in a given picture — in this case, Full moon over ‘Mirror Lake’, that being where Dick currently lives, waterfront (though he has sold his place and moving ‘soon’).

This is what he said about this picture:
“Below is a photo of the moon setting over Mirror Lake in the evening from my kayak.

I photographed the shot of the moon and also the shot of the horizon over the trees while I was in my kayak.  BUT, I used Photoshop to put the two photos together.

I’m concerned that I made the moon just a little too big.  I wanted the “huge-Moon” affect you do get when the moon is close to the horizon, but I might have overdone it.  What do you think?

 It is also difficult to know just how much light glint to put in the water.  I did just a little of that.  I might try to improve on it.”

This should set you up for this Wednesday’s rare Blue Moon Supermoon and partial eclipse.


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Two More SUPERMOONS Over New Hampshire In January 2018 — Weather Permitting.

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So, as I had feared thick clouds really put a damper on Sunday, December 3, 2017’s Supermoon. I am glad I took a couple of pictures, through wispier clouds the night before.

But, all is not lost. Two more — yes, two — in January 2018. The 2nd will be a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon of a month.

The January 1, 2018 will be even closer than the December 4.

So, that is good. I will keep you posted.


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‘Full’ Moon, Saturn & Jupiter Conjunction Over New Hampshire Today; June 10, 2017.

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Click to ENLARGE. From: neave.com/planetarium/


Saturn is the smaller and closest to Moon (at left). Jupiter is further out.

It will be visible till well past midnight and will be hard to miss.

The conjunction will be around for a few days, before it starts to drift apart.


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April 10/11 Full Moon — Handheld With A Nikon Coolpix P900 .

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With my Nikon P900.
Check here for resolution details.

HANDHELD.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

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Buddha’s Birthday — April 8, i.e., Today, Is NOT Universally Celebrated/Accepted As Such.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here which does talk about April 8th as the Buddha’s birthday. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access the original article from
The Japan Times‘.


Most Buddhists believe that the Buddha was both born on and died on the Full Moon day of May — albeit 70 odd years apart.

Hence the widely celebrated holiday of Vesak — which is on the month of May Full Moon.

So celebrating the Buddha’s birthday on April 8th seems strange.

Yes, of course, one could have worked backwards and tried to determine when the Full Moon was in ‘that month’. It would not have been April or May. Those are European creations that make centuries later. So, trying to nail a specific date would be hard and quite ‘hit or miss’.

Big difference between April and May — and a fixed date vs. the Full Moon.

Just wanted to make sure YOU appreciated that April 8th is not universally accepted or celebrated as the Buddha’s birthday. Not by a long chalk.


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Full Moon, October 15, 2016 With Nikon P900.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken with a  Nikon P900.

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