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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - It's a number we see and use every day, but on the ninth day of the ninth month of the ninth year, it gets more attention than usual.

At least, for some of us.

"I didn't know it was 9/9/09 until I was writing in my notebook today, and had to write down the date," admitted University of Iowa sophomore Matthew La Luz.

But if there's one person who pays extra close attention to dates, it's astrologer and Renaissance history expert Christopher Warnock.

He says up until about 300 years ago, astrology was what people commonly used to interpret the past and future.

"What it is, is looking at the position of the planets, which you find out from astronomy, and watching the cycles of the planets, and saying, 'okay, if the cycles are going on the planets, then it reflects cycles on earth."

Astrology deals with patterns and sequences, much like the calendar we now use, developed by the Romans and based on lunar phases. "That's what their calendar basis was, and that's the easiest thing to see. You can look up in the sky, and see those phases of the moon changing."

Today, we plan much of our lives around schedules. So, it makes sense that a date like 9/9/09 sticks out.

Warnock says dates with repeating numbers work brilliantly as marketing tools, in the case of the new film titled "9," produced by Tim Burton and directed by Timur Bekmambetov. They're also popular days for marriages.

And even though many of us don't place special meaning on them, they can bring out our inner conspiracy theorist.

"Wednesday has nine letters, September has nine letters, and then someone pointed out that my first and last name is nine letters," said student Molly Daly.

"If you think about 'Y2K,' you know, turning over the odometer at the year 2000, 9/11, 9/9/09, just the fact that people feel like it's significant, can have a significant effect," said Warnock.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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