Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Science of Numbers 2

SIX(6): The Hexagon, the number 6, or the Hexad is represented geometrically by a six-sided, balanced figure. It is also symbolized by two intersecting triangles known as the Seal of Solomon. By the Jews, six was considered a sacred number, for the world was created in six days. Heathen peoples used the double triangle as a charm to ward off evil spirits; it was also employed to denote the two natures of Jesus Christ, and as such was frequently carved in stone or painted on windows in old monasteries and churches. In Nature we find numerous examples of the hexagonal in the form of crystals, which are a complete and very comprehensive class in themselves. On the whole, the Hexad has always been considered one of the happiest of numbers, since it represents perfect harmony and completion.

Character Influences: Idealism is the chief trait of those who come under the influence of number 6. A desire that all things should work smoothly and that no jarring note should be introduced in to the harmony of life will be uppermost in their minds. In consequence, they will be strictly honest and careful to act in a manner which they consider to be best for the common good. Selfishness, self-indulgence and intolerance are quite foreign to them, and they will be singularly charitable to all those who are in worse circumstances than themselves. Wealth for its own sake will mean little, but the value of it will be appreciated as a means of benefiting others, especially sick persons or those who have the misfortune to be physically defective.

Hexad types are very cheerful and make good companions. As husbands and wives they are faithful and loving. Being fully aware of their responsibilities, they take great care in the upbringing and education of their children. In business life people of the 6 type can be energetic, although they seldom rise to any great position, as they attach but little importance to material gain.

The unfavorable qualities are few. Sometimes they possess excessive idealism, which may cause the 6 type to display, quite unconsciously, an air of superiority which will frequently give offence. Also they may put too little store by monetary success and miss opportunities which would be of great benefit to themselves and their dependants. The fighting spirit, too, may also be lacking to a certain extent, causing a tendency for these people to assume an air of "martyrdom" rather than to stand up for what they know to be right. If it is a fault, they are sometimes too soft-hearted and allow themselves to be imposed upon. Those under the Hexad should cultivate a practical sense, and avoid allowing kind-heartedness to degenerate into softness and weakness.

SEVEN(7): The Septenary, the number 7, or the Heptad is the most interesting and mysterious of the primary numbers. The Pythagoreans held it in particular veneration as being the highest primary number which was complete in itself and incapable of division by any other except 1. To the Greeks and Romans it was the symbol of good fortune, being connected with periodical changes of the moon; while ancient philosophers saw in it the sign of custody, or world government, through the influence of the seven planets. The seven notes in music gave rise to the philosophy of the "harmony of the spheres" and the depiction of the universe as one vast musical scale.

In numerous religions the 7 attained great significance. There were seven Gothic gods; the seven worlds believed in by the Chaldean's; the seven heavens and seven hells of the Mohammedans; and seven degrees of initiation in various Eastern orders. Christian Scriptures abound in sevens. The seventh day is Holy, for on it God rested; the word "Jehovah" itself contains seven letters; there were seven sorrows of the Virgin; seven cardinal sins and virtues; the army of Joshua encircled Jericho seven times on the the seventh day, headed by seven priests bearing seven trumpets; and on the seventh occasion the walls of the city fell.

There were seven plagues of Egypt; seven fat kine and seven lean; and "a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again" we learn in Proverbs. Peter asked of Jesus Christ if he should forgive his brother seven times and the answer was "until seventy times seven". In Revelation we read of seven spirits before the Throne, and the seven stars which are angels of seven Churches. The reader may find innumerable other examples.

Character Influences: The number 7 imparts to its subjects wisdom and discernment. Those who come under its influence are the world's great thinkers, philosophers and writers, of the type called "ascetic", being rigorous in the practise of all forms of self-discipline. Frequently they have to fight to maintain their theories and principles, for they are mentally so long-sighted that they are "ahead of their time", and are often regarded as cranks or reactionaries. They will show great fortitude in the bearing of physical or spiritual pain, and are seldom heard to grumble at misfortune. Pedantry and petty-mindedness are especially distasteful to them, for their love of knowledge lies in the deepest and greatest things of life. Ordinary pleasures and amusements, unless they demand mental exercise which leads into new fields of thought and contemplation, will mean little to these people.

An excessive love of solitude, which may cause morbidness, is the chief danger to those of the 7 type. When they find themselves forced to mix with other people, they often become disgruntled and resentful because of their desire for privacy has not been respected. In consequence, they may become over critical regarding the actions of others, always making mental comparisons with what they themselves consider to be the right course of action.

Moreover, they will frequently refuse to make any practical use of the knowledge which they possess, preferring to store it up and to devote their time to acquiring further knowledge. These people should learn to appreciate the value of friendship, and to develop and make use of their brain power as a means of bringing material success.

EIGHT(8): The Octagon, the number 8, or the Ogdoad was greatly esteemed in ancient Egypt, where it was customary to have eight people in each boat taking part in sacred processions on the Nile. This custom seems to have originated in the belief that there were eight souls saved from the Flood in Noah's Ark. By the mathematical philosophers, the Ogdoad was regarded as the first cube, having six sides and eight angles; and as such signified reality and strength. Being the highest of the even primary numbers, it is the ultimate symbol of balance.

Character Influences: Extreme practicality is the chief trait of those whose influence is number 8. They possess in double strength all the good qualities of number 4. They are infinitely more powerful, and possess a greater will to succeed. Organizing ability and a keen business sense are dominant, and they usually rise to the top of all those occupations which call for quick decisions and the seizing of opportunities. In every sense, these people are fitted to be masters of men, controllers of great concerns.

They have no patience with the inefficient or lazy, and are not given to day-dreaming or extravagant ideas; in direct contrast with 6, their chief interests lie in the world about them rather than in mystical ideas. They are essentially kind-hearted, although their charity is administered with prudence and they actively resent any attempt to take advantage of their good nature. It is not easy for them to fall passionately in love, but they prefer to bestow a faithful and constant affection which can bring about great security, contentment and real happiness.

The 8 type should learn to cultivate imagination. Their intense practical sense may make them tactless and blunt at times, causing distress and resentment in the minds of others. They must also be on their guard against scoffing at all those things of a more or less mystical nature which they cannot understand. They should learn sometimes to have faith rather than to demand proof, to consider rather than to condemn hastily.

Above all, they must avoid the danger of being domineering, which danger may arise from their intense desire for activity and material advancement. A display of greater tolerance and a keener interest in and analysis of other people's view-points are necessary to broaden the vision and to assist the mental progress of those influenced by the Octahedron.

NINE(9): The Nonagon, the number 9, or the Ennead was known to many of the ancients as Perfection and Concord, and as being unbounded. The latter quality was attributed to it from certain peculiarities manifested by the figure 9 when treated mathematically. If 9 is multiplied by itself, or any single figure, the two figures in the product when added together always equals 9. For example: 9x3=27=2+7=9; 9x9=81=8+1=9; 9x5=45=4+5=9; and so on. Similarly, if the numbers from 1 to 9 inclusive are added together, totalling 45, the result of adding 4 to 5 = 9; if 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81 are added the sum is 405 or 4+0+5=9. Again, if any row of figures is taken, their order reversed, and the smaller number subtracted from the larger, the sum of the numerals in the answer will always be 9.

There are numerous other examples portraying this peculiar property of 9, but those given above will be sufficient to demonstrate why the ancients considered the Ennead to be unbounded. it is called Concord because it unites into one all the other primary numbers, and Perfection because nine months is the pre-natal life of a child.

In ancient Rome the market days were called "novendinae", for they were held every ninth day; we remember that Lars Porsena "By the nine gods he swore"; the Hydra, a monster of mythology, had nine heads; the Styx was supposed to encircle the infernal regions nine times; the fallen Angels in "Paradise Lost" fell for nine days; the Jews held the belief that Jehovah came down to the earth nine times; initiation into many secret societies of the East consisted of nine degrees; and magicians of former times would draw a magic circle nine feet in diameter and therein raise departed spirits.

Character Influences: The conception of perfection, concord and boundlessness, when applied to the human character, must necessarily be intensely modified, for none of these traits, in their fullest sense, is human - they are Divine. Those under the influence of the Ennead will show great intelligence and a power of understanding and discretion. They will know how to use their knowledge to good account; nevertheless, their chief interests will lie not so much in practical matters as in affairs of the intellect, in logic, philosophy and an appreciation of the fine arts. Success by sheer hard work or slogging is not for them; they become outstanding among their fellow men because of natural intellect and sheer inspiration.

They make good friends and never take a mean advantage of another person; they are always willing to help others to succeed and are excellent advisers because of their naturally sympathetic understanding. Like number 6, 9 inspires to a lofty sense of morals, its subjects being strictly honest in all their thoughts and actions. Frequently the Ennead is the number of genius, although numerology does not stipulate any particular number for this quality - it may be manifested by those influenced by any other of the primary numbers.

The qualities which may handicap the development of the 9 type are similar to those which are present in number 6. Excessive dreaminess and too much value set on knowledge itself, apart from its application, may tend to cause lethargy and lack of progress. These people should learn the value of hard work and concentration, otherwise there is a danger that they may degenerate into clever dilettantes or dabblers, without achieving outstanding success in any particular field. They are fortunate enough to be blessed with natural gifts, and should do all in their power to put these to the best purpose for benefiting both themselves and the world at large.

Summary of Qualities Represented by the Primary Numbers:

1. INDEPENDENCE, self-reliance, tenacity, singleness of purpose;
-- intolerance, conceit, narrowness, depreciation, stubbornness.
2. PLACIDITY, justice, unselfishness, harmony, sociability;
-- irresolution, indifference, avoidance, of responsibility, lack of forcefulness.
3. FREEDOM, bravery, adventurousness, gaiety, exuberance, brilliance;
-- indifference, over-confidence, impatience, lack of stamina.
4. STOLIDITY (dullness of intellect, status-quo), loyalty, imperturbability, honesty, will-power, practicality;
-- clumsiness, dullness, conservatism, inadaptability.
5. ADVENTUROUSNESS, vivaciousness, courage, health, susceptibility, sympathy;
-- rashness, irresponsibility, inconstancy, unreliability, thoughtlessness.
6. IDEALISM, selflessness, honesty, charitableness, faithfulness, responsibility;
-- superiority, softness, impracticality, submission.
7. WISDOM, discernment, philosophy, fortitude, depth, contemplation;
-- morbidness, hypercriticism, lack of action, unsociability.
8. PRACTICALITY, power, business ability, decision, control, constancy;
-- unimaginativeness, bluntness, self-sufficiency, domination.
9. INTELLIGENCE, understanding, discretion, artistry, brilliance, lofty moral sense, genius;
-- dreaminess, lethargy, lack of concentration, aimlessness.

A J S = 1
B K T = 2
C L U = 3 = PH (Phi)
D M V = 4 = CH (Chi)
E N W = 5 = PS (Psi)
F O X = 6
G P Y = 7
H Q Z = 8 = TH (Theta)
I R - = 9

Primary Numbers: 1-9

a. The birth number.
b. The number of the forename.
c. The number of the surname.
-- b + c = Number of Personality
-- a + b + c = Number of Character
d. secondary or middle name(s) = Secondary Character Influence (always a Secondary Number; if Primary value, convert)

Secondary Numbers: 10-22

Primary 1 converts to Secondary 10
Primary 2 converts to Secondary 11
Primary 3 converts to Secondary 12
Primary 4 converts to Secondary 13
Primary 5 converts to Secondary 14
Primary 6 converts to Secondary 15
Primary 7 converts to Secondary 16
Primary 8 converts to Secondary 17
Primary 9 converts to Secondary 18

10. This number, composed of 1 + the cipher or nullity, is really a form of the Monad in the primaries. It has little significance, although it may indicate completion or attainment.

11. Sometimes the number of super-intellect or genius. it may generally be regarded as "lucky", and as leading through development to success.

12. Indicates repression, uncertainty and lack of progress. On the other hand, it carries with it the assets of balance and harmony, which may be prevailing.

13. A mysterious number. Those who regard it as a number of good fortune are as numerous as those who condemn it as being unlucky. It indicates material achievement to those whose Number of Character is 4. There is no reason to suppose that it is unlucky in everyday life, the popular superstition probably arising from the fact that Judas Iscariot was the thirteenth present at the Last Supper. On the whole, the number spells progress in business matters but little spiritual development.

14. Fortitude and the surmounting of difficulties are indicated. It is the number of stoicism and unselfishness.

15. Thoughtlessness and obstinacy are the chief traits, especially when in conjunction with the primary number 5. If combined with 4, the number of stolidity, it somewhat modifies this quality.

16. Not a very happy influence; it appertains to self-sufficiency and excessive confidence.

17. Always a portent of happiness and harmony. It exerts a favourable influence on the imaginative powers, and thus upon authors, painters, sculptors and all creative artists.

18. This number has no additional influence on those whose primary is 9, but it adds strength and achievement to the other numbers. Thus it counteracts, to a certain extent, the unfavourable qualities found in those numbers.

19. Brightness and inspiration are carried with it. It may be responsible for "bright ideas" occasionally manifested by an otherwise rather dull and uninspired character.

20. Like 10, this number has scarcely any influence. It sometimes has a steadying effect on rash and impetuous characters, but seldom prevails against the real "hot-head".

21. It instills a desire for freedom and independence, as well as ambition, in those whose primary number is not 3. On the 3 type it does not exert a favourable influence; it increases in intensity the adverse qualities of impatience and over-confidence.

22. This number, representing the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, may signify great success and the power of achievement. Its influence is constantly strong; that is to say, it increases the strength of both the good and the bad traits contained in the primaries. It may thus cause outstanding ascendancy or disastrous downfall.


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