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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Van"guard`
The troops who march in front of an army; the advance guard; the van.

Etymology: For vantguard avantguard, F. avant-garde; avant before, fore + garde guard. See Avant Ab-,Ante-, and Guard, and cf. Advance Vamp Van of an army, Vaward

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  1. The position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field
  2. The leading units moving at the head of an army
  3. Any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)

Earlier forms included vandgard and (a)vantgard, derived from Old French avan(t)garde (“before guard”).

  1. The leading units at the front of an army or fleet.
  2. (by extension) The person(s) at the forefront of any group or movement.

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Past life for Vanguard born Apr 23, 1948

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern New Zealand approximately on 1850. Your profession was medicine man, surgeon, and herbalist.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Magic is everywhere around you, in most usual, most ordinary incidents. Your lesson - to learn magic and to help people to see it clearly. You are a magician!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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