It's generally known that there are 12 cycles or 'signs' of the zodiac. I've recently discovered that there is a very rare 13th cycle that comes into play seemingly randomly. This cycle is represented by a symbol that is very similar in appearance to the letter 'X'.. and these years are referred to as "Year of the sparx" or "The year of sparx" depending on which restaurant you're eating at and which vendor they ordered their zodiac placemats from.
2008 is such a year. I saw it in a dream 😉