12/12/12: Some see love, some see luck
Stephanie Valcarcel and Brian Loja said they didn't intentionally choose 12/12/12 as their wedding date, but they consider it a sign of good luck.
"We didn't realize it was 12/12/12 until some of our friends pointed it out," Valcarcel said a few hours after tying the knot at Greenburgh Town Hall. "We just got really excited."
The Hawthorne couple made it official on Wednesday's synchronous date, an alignment that inspired behavior both hopeful and fearful -- aside from Wednesday's marriages, people lined up to purchase lottery tickets, looked to psychics and numerologists for meaning and stocked up on supplies in anticipation of a world-ending cataclysm.
Lisa Lyon, a producer for the popular late-night talk show "Coast to Coast AM," is quick to point out that 12/12/12 is not the much talked-about "end of the world" Mayan calendar date that's inspired movies and conspiracy theories. That's the 21st.
But Lyon, whose show deals with supernatural phenomena and conspiracy theories, said people still attach significance to the day.
"Today's numbers are all about synchronicity, and people get nervous when things like dates and planets line up, as if some undefined gravity is going to pull us over the edge of an abyss or something bizarre like that," Lyon told Newsday.
Others see the synchronous date as an auspicious time to launch new ventures, said numerologist Glynis McCants.
That's the thinking behind Wednesday night's "12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief" at Madison Square Garden, where musicians like Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel and Kanye West will take the stage to raise money for hurricane victims.
New York Lotto also has a drawing Wednesday evening, and though the $9.8 million jackpot falls short of the numerical mark, it's a safe bet more than a few players will look to strike it big by playing the number 12.
McCants said she has heard from "several hundred" people inquiring about the day's numerical significance, as well as brides-to-be asking her if the date is auspicious for weddings. The author of "Love by the Numbers" said she believes the symmetrical date is a good day for people to start projects or pursue dreams.
"Let's say you wanted to write a book. Today would be a great day to write an outline. If you wanted to start a business, today would be a great day to file your corporation paperwork," McCants said. "It's a very powerful day."