My reference to astrology is deliberate in the context of discussion of luck because timing is a superb criterion to be observed.
I consider myself to be 'lucky', although I would more refer to this as 'fortunate'. Yes, being brave in terms of risk taking does favour one, and I recall the GM of the Casino discussing with me after one quiet Monday morning when I transferred a portion of that morning's roulette winnings to a favourite slot machine where I had obtained several smaller dividends, and on this particular morning won a substantial jackpot.
He rationalised that I was in the right time and at the right place, emphasising that I played no system for the machines although he was aware I played a system in roulette, however abstruse. I agreed with him of course and quickly took the cash option for payment - very satisfying. However there was more to it, and I engage this principle today.
You need to be bold and believe you can and will win. Belief is essential. What comes first the belief or the winning? Somehow they developed together with me but I emphasise even on the slots at the casino I am well ahead in earnings over expenditure, and took a tidy jackpot on a similar basis a few weeks ago. I sort of personalise it and have a feel with some machines. It is very much as Sunil Padyar states in his book.
The machines move through cycles/ modes and I can sense these for any one of half a dozen games with which I am familiar. It is a subtle and dangerous art chasing the jackpots but I keep an eye on the figures and even today I will have a suitable attempt using roulette profit.
Actually it is fun, not an obsession, and more importantly it works.
The machines can be cold, neutral + or -, and hot.
Likewise the Ecart on a wheel in roulette within the terms of the 'window' through which I am watching can be seen in those terms also. In my private bet on Thursday's live game review I noted some sets hot, and in one case earning over +120 units in 25 spins flat staking, while on another quite challenging, effectively break even thanks to my recovery phase strategy which hauls back earlier loss. This is done by the phenomenon I have witnessed regularly that 3 quick succession wins will follow the eventual appearance of an overdue ( and earlier loss) target. Since I effectively play 9 numbers inside table flat staking that is a -54 loss, yet my 'recoveries can often achieve as earlier this week partial or full success 9 times out of 10, being +36 to +72, out of a theoretical maximum of +81 units.
Luck is helpful in my play as the timing of my choices proves successful. Of course there is plenty of analysis and intellectual work underway, but there is also the emotion of confidence of success or fear of loss present, and transcending that the feeling for the day which relates to purpose, greater aims, vision and good choice as opposed to poor choice. Some days I can play at 90-100% capacity of my review of behaviour. Other days my rating can be poor. I observe myself at all times and try to understand how to consistently improve my results.
In time this does work, but there are slippages sometimes and good humour should be present but sometimes I can still be angry with myself or the dealer. That is very harsh and naive but without doubt dealers can and do make a difference. I generally do much better with experienced and confident dealers rather than trainees.
So also some days, some cycles are more favourable than others, as in nature there are 'resonances'. As with the numbers, there are resonances in our fluidic natures with the moon for example. There are phases that are adverse or more challenging, and there are favourable cycles. I do not pre-programme myself on this, but I try to be sensitive and responsive where possible. Even just this control varies in our daily and weekly and monthly patterns.
Lastly I have emphasised this thought in reaction to one of the endless Stephen Fry comic episodes on Qi which can be very entertaining. In this episode on detectives SF launches into a tirade against the last 20-30 years of the life of Conan Doyle ( author of Sherlock Holmes). I have read the same tirades also in the appalling endless re-hashes in SF 'autobiography' - evidently with several more to come. The purpose of the last version seems to have attempted to pay for the latter's expensive drug habits, but also has some passages that the Publisher should have edited out which feature really bad offensive images. SF seems to be a 'materialist' and really has harsh cynical views of any other positions or beliefs, particularly the interests of Conan Doyle. It demonstrates to me that 'intelligent' people can be really lacking intelligence in aspects of their personalities - what we term black holes. Just an observation - not a judgement.
So in summary, just be alive, feel more alive, and be super alert. There is no limit to this you know and it is part of the discipline of self-realisation and awareness where east meets west in sharing wisdom. There is more to life than just appearances.