Thursday, November 10, 2011

Is Our Number Up?

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 put all of that behind me a long, long time ago...though I do still get a kick out of reading the silly predictions online. Most of them make no sense whatsoever. Do we really need the stars to tell us when to go to the grocery store? The best time to go is when there's no food in the house!

 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.
While the armistice ending World War I was actually signed at 5am Paris time, the War was officially declared over at 11am on November 11, 1918 for the symbolism. We humans, it seems, have a natural need to see patterns in everything.

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!


22 comments:

  1. Hi, my numbers equal 28 and 2 + 8 = 10. So, do I do it again, 1 + 0 = 0 to get a single digit?

    Thanks, and nice blog post! :-)

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  2. Interesting post. According to your Life Path calculations I'm a 7. Hope you like 7's.

    Take orders? Do you mean give orders? LOL. I see the cerebral excellence in both of you!

    I was married on 10-10 in 1992 and in 2010 our anniversary was on 10-10-10. Is that a palindromic number also? With a name like Eve, I should know about palindromes.

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  3. I'm a number 2. Pretty darn accurate I think...unless of course I miscalculated and I'm not a 2 at all! Lol.

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  4. I like the symmetry of the numbers coming up this way tomorrow... I've never really read more into it then that. I know some people allow themselves to be really obsesssive about numbers.

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  5. For more info: http://www.astrology-numerology.com/num-lifepath.html

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  6. Ha ha! Yup, I'm a two. It says I have "nervous energy". Lol! Um...if by that they mean my anxiety disorder, then yes! I do indeed have nervous energy.

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  7. Tomorrow is Muncher and Randa's anniversary. Their 11th anniversary. And they were pronounced man and wife at exactly 11:11am. So tomorrow they have a lot of 11's in their life. Without your post I would have forgotten it. You are the best!!!!

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  8. Glad you liked it, Carole--and I hope they have a very happy anniversary!

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  9. I am really embarrassed now about my math typo! >blush<

    Thank you for the clarification. :-P

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  10. Norma, thank you for this really interesting post. I hadn't given tomorrow's numbers any particular thought. But I got so interested in what you posted, I googled Life Numbers and had fun adding and reading (and, truth be told, what I read was pretty spot-on.)

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  11. My Pen name is a 7 and my real name is a 6. I think.

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  12. LOL...I used to be big into tarot and that sort of thing...bought books on it, trying to learn it and how to be psychic...it didn't work...LOL

    July 10, 1967...hmmmm, well, that makes me a 4...wow...!!! What's the odds that us three are all 4's...??? Maybe that's why we get along so well, big sister and little brother!!

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  13. OMG -- I'm a THREE!

    That can't be good.

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  14. I'm a six. Caring, nurturing, and domestic? Can I have a recount?

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  15. Fun post, Norma. I'm bracing myself for the inevitable palindrome doom. Hey, maybe this time around it'll be a Pleasant Palindrome Effect! (I can't help it, my life number says I'm an optimist.)

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  16. I just looked into Numerology for the first time and wrote a blog post about it. It seems pretty accurate.

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  17. Beth, it is odd, isn't it? You, William and I have the closest relationship of everyone in our group, and we're all fours!

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  18. Loved this post. I'm still into all these things, but not for predicting. For helping me and others find ourselves, who we are, and why we do the things we do.

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  19. 11-11-11 is nothing more than 63 in binary. Of course, 63 is a multiple of 7 and 7 is one of my good fortune numbers.

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  20. That Great Blue Norther is fascinating! I've never head of such a thing before. You've given me something to Google.

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