You May Want to Buy That Lottery Ticket, Because Today Is the Luckiest Day of the Year

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If you woke up this morning with an uncanny feeling that today was bound to be a special one, you were on to something and would be wise to keep an eye peeled for four-leaf clovers and make a pitstop on your way home to play the Powerball. That's because according to the universe, August 8 (8-8) is a lucky day. In fact, it's one of the luckiest days of the year.

"A double eight, as in 88, is said to bring double joy," says astrologer Amy Zerner, co-author of Astrology for Wellness, who notes that that eight is an especially lucky number in Chinese culture. (The Cantonese word for "eight" even literally sounds like the Cantonese word for "prosper.") "The number eight is reflective of power, abundance, and success. Because its shape forms the sign for infinity, it also has esoteric significance."

Another reason the number eight is considered to be so lucky is because of its perfectly symmetrical shape—you can cut it in half in any direction, and the halves will mirror one another. "Perfect symmetry lends itself to perfect balance," Zerner says.

"This is one of the most looked-forward to of times and is of special interest to all those seeking love." —Kyle Thomas, astrologer

So what does this mean (aside from a universe-sanctioned reason to test your odds in the lottery)? "Today’s number vibration, 8-8, provides a message of renewal and asks you to make a bold move forward in your life path," says Zerner. "If you maintain the proper attitude at this time, there is potential for great success in all that you do. You are being nudged toward your destiny, but it is up to you to make it come true."

Beyond luck being in your favor, other great things may happen today, courtesy of the stars aligning. "We have some absolutely magnificent rays sparkling in the sky this month, so you must absolutely plan for them," says astrologer Kyle Thomas. "On the 7th, the Sun, ruling our energy and focus, dances with Jupiter, planet of miracles and luck. This is one of the best times of the year, and it will also spill on over into the 8th. You should be feeling on top of the world and enjoy warm and friendly relationships with everyone. You should use your high spirits, enthusiasm, and self-confidence to make the most of the good fortune associated with these days."

And while you may want to simply relax and ride the wave of enjoying these happy vibes, doing so may lead you to miss out on an opportunity for personal, spiritual, or material growth. "Do something of great importance during this time because you are extremely lucky now," says Thomas. "Set a meeting if you can, sign a contract, or at least reach out to someone you want some extra luck for."

From a planetary perspective, Thomas says August 8 is such a magnificent, lucky day because it's when Venus (the planet of love and beauty) kisses Jupiter (the planet of miracles). "This is one of the most looked-forward to of times and is of special interest to all those seeking love," says Thomas. "It makes you seem more attractive but also allows you to relax and express the more affectionate and welcoming side of your personality."

So, as noted, this is a great time to get out there and date, but it also presents an opportunity to mend trying relationships or to socialize in general. And for what it's worth, luck in love can be matched with "fortune elsewhere in your life." This means gifts, compliments, and other sorts of positivity may be in store. TL;DR: "You would be wise to accept any offers, invitations, or dates that come your way now. Divine luck is infused within them," says Thomas.

Good luck out there, everyone—though it doesn't seem like you'll need it.

Since your lucky day only lasts 24 hours, here's other astrological news for you: This is what you need to know about your moon sign, and every other astrology term worth adding to your universal glossary. 

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