When I was in my late teens, I became deeply involved with the occult--astrology, numerology, I-Ching, Tarot, you name it. I did astrological charts--not just a "what's your sign" sort of thing, but a detailed placement of all of the planets at the time of an individual's birth. Supposedly, knowing these things could predict one's character, personality, and future prospects. Numerology is, according to believers, also capable of making such predictions.
I don't remember much of it anymore, but the topic of numerology has been in the news all day. This is because tomorrow, November 11, 2011--11/11/11--at 11:11:11 (am or pm, take your pick), we will achieve a perfect, same-numbered palindrome (reading the same backward or forward) which can only occur once every 100 years.
Yep, that means that, for most of us, it will only happen once in our lifetime.
Some think this will herald the end of the world; others think it's a perfect day for a wedding--after all, it will be hard for one's husband to forget his anniversary.
The last time this palindrome occurred, on November 11, 1911, an almost supernatural event took place: temperatures dropped sixty degrees in one day. Known as the Great Blue Norther, it triggered both blizzards and tornadoes.
This includes discovering one's personal numbers. The Life Path Number, for example, is the number that defines you at birth and decides the traits you'll carry with you throughout life. Life Path numbers are found by reducing your birthdate to a single digit. If you were born on, say, January 1, 1978, you would add 1+1+1+9+7+8 to get 27. 2+7=9. Your Life Path number would be 9.
Collin, for example, is a 5. The keyword for 5 is freedom. 5s are versatile, adventurous, compassionate and advanced in their thinking. Abraham Lincoln was a 5.
I'm a 4, as is my good friend and writing partner William. 4s have cerebral excellence and are practical, down-to-earth, with an ability to take orders and carry them out....
That sure sounds like William, but I think think I got the wrong number....
4s also have the kind of willpower that can be seen as sheer stubbornness. Their directness can come off as unremitting, and their tenacity borders on obsession--oh, that's me! I don't need a recount after all!