Today I leave my twenties behind and venture now into the new uncharted realm of the thirties! Yes that’s right, today is my birthday and something of a milestone as I’m lead to understand. I will miss the previous decade of my life, but this last year was probably the worst year of my life thus far. I guess I can’t say twenty-nine was the worst year, there were still quite a few awesome things that took place during the last fifty-two weeks of my existence but it certainly hasn’t been light on what I like to call, “shitty circumstances.”
But enough about that, I’m not here to just blather on about myself and fish for feigned birthday wishes, I’m here to write a blog! Besides, the birth you should be celebrating today is the birth of the great Bob Saget, he at least has done a few things in his life worthy of adoration! He’s one of the few celebrities with whom I share my birthday, you can also rejoice about the nativity of Bill Paxton, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Trent Reznor. As a side note it is National Famine Memorial Day in Ireland, yay.
Anywho I thought I would take this occasion to share a little bit about one of my occult interests, Numerology. As you may or may not know, Numerology is the “study” of numbers, their equivalencies, their meanings, and their supposed effects on individuals and their surroundings. There are several lengthy operations that can be deciphered and worked out using a person’s name and the corresponding numbers for the letters. Recently I worked through the entire scope of my personal numbers and even worked out a chart using an equation known as “the divine triangle” which supposedly determines which numbers will have the most influence over you during specific years of your life all the way up eighty!
Those of you who know me might think this is an odd pastime for me, considering I hate math with an undying passion. In fact I’m fairly convinced I suffer from Dyscalculia. All that aside however, the operations of Numerology consist of simple addition and reduction steps, though the major operations consist of many such steps. Also I have a calculator that does all the work for me. Regardless, I’m not going to go into the full depth of Numerology and the various philosophies behind it, instead I just want to share one of the basic and most simple operations, finding and deciphering your personal Birth Number.
My study of Numerology mainly comes from the works of Richard Cavendish, the obscure if not tireless occult researcher and historian, and Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker self proclaimed experts in Numerology specifically. According to these sources the Birth Number or Life Lesson Number as it is sometimes referred to, is an indication of the stamp which the mysterious forces of the universe impressed upon your character and destiny at the moment when you were born. The Birth Number is related to lessons you must learn in this lifetime and is significant in your choice of careers. The Life Lesson Number is not the most important bit of information in the grand scheme of Numerology but it is the easiest to determine without any other knowledge of the study.
Numerology is mainly concerned with the single digits, the numbers 1 – 9. Other numbers have significance, such as 11 and 22, but to keep it simple we’ll just worry about the single digits for now. The steps to discovering your birth number are simple, break down the numbers of your birth date into single digits, add them all together, and then break down that result into single digits reducing the answer until you reach the final single digit, which is your birth number. Let’s use my birthday as an example:
5=My Birth Number/Life Lesson Number!
There you have it, easy as pie. Now enters the various interpretations and ideas about what the individual numbers mean and how they affect us and the universe in various ways. For this brief encounter with Numerology I will refer to the numerical definitions as interpreted by Javane and Bunker in their book Numerology and the Divine Triangle, because I like their style and I think they do a good job of reconciling many of the varying claims that are out there. Under their interpretation a 5 as a Life Lesson Number means the following:
5 – “Your keyword is Freedom. If you have “free rein” you can accomplish wonders, but if you feel bound or limited, you lose your enthusiasm and accomplish little. You would be a good explorer or Peace Corps volunteer, as you learn well by travel and experience. You are a diligent student if interested in the subject, but you may fail in subjects for which you see no useful ends. You should be eager for new experience, and shun monotony. In your quest for knowledge, you will become interested in discovering answers in books and magazines. An avid reader, a fluent talker, and a versatile doer, you are the witty conversationalist, and brighten any group by your mere presence. You are here to learn and to experience the value of freedom, and should not tie yourself down too severely. Your talents, once learned, prepare you for a literary career or a position in sales, and dealing with the public”.
As I said before the Life Lesson Number is just a small part of Numerology and some of the more in-depth processes are involved with individual names, separating vowels and consonants, and working various results of those equations together to find other numbers, all of which hold separate meanings and interpretations. Whether or not you buy into the notion that numbers have some sort of mystical sway over us and the structure of the universe, it is an interesting subject to think about. After all as much as it pains me to say it, math seems to be the stuff that has slowly unraveled the mysteries of reality through physics, with its quantum mechanics and string theories. Physicists are always portrayed working out complex equations scrawled across blackboards, but the one thing that keeps these scientists ideas about the universe unproven, is a lack of specific values for the equations. A series of single digits to replace the Xs and Ns in the equations of their theories, are what seem to be hidden from scientists. They have been devoting quite a bit of time and effort to try and flush out those numerical equivalents. Just something to ponder on.
Below I have the definitions for the other Birth Numbers if any of you feel like doing some quick arithmetic to figure out your own numbers. The results may surprise you, or you might think it’s completely off. You can take this to heart and do a little more research on your own, or simply save this little tidbit as a handy party trick and conversation starter. Do with this information as you will, either way I don’t really care, I just thought I’d share!
That is all!