I know that some people are still caught up in New Age practices and ways of thinking, so here is another post to explain why the assumptions behind them are fallacious and even harmful. I wrote earlier about how one of the limitations with the use of playing cards, such as tarot, is that by assigning "favorable" or "adverse" meanings to cards, one is assigning a much harsher percentage of "good" or "bad" outcomes than actually exists in life overall. So if one suit, such as spades (swords) is assigned adverse or sad meaning, one is building in right from the start the assumption that there is a 25% occurrence of sadness or adversity in every single aspect of life (since the entire deck is assigned meaning and the deck supposedly represents all aspects of what the person might be inquiring about in a so called "reading.") Now I want to point out the same limitation in numerology.
By numerology I do not mean the study of sacred numbers, which is worthy and academic. I mean the transformation of dates, names, phrases and other information into a number that is "reduced" (added to itself on an integer by integer basis) until it is one of the singular digits (1 through 9, plus some special numbers such as 11, 22 and 33.) For example, numerologists would take the recent 4th of July holiday (7/4/2007) and call it a "2" day (because 7+4+2+7 equals 20 which equals 2. They then read all sorts of meaning into what a "2" means. I studied this around 4 years ago and included this information in my undercover web site in order to get a better understanding of why so many people (including people in amazingly high places) actually buy into this and use it to manipulate themselves and others. It's actually become a very OCD problem (obsessive compulsive disorder) because "counting" is a neurotic function of the brain when it tries to regain control over life when it feels some loss of control in a vital area of life. So here is what I want to explain to people who may be "hooked on numerology."
Numbers were invented by humankind as an outcome of a very good thing: agricultural prosperity. The first writing and numbers deals with amounts of livestock and crops. Suppose a man has 70 bushels of wheat. That is a good thing. It is a good thing because it is a lot of wheat. It is not a good thing because 7+0 equals 7 and 7 is a sacred number. You cannot eat or sell a sacred number. And if another man offered to trade to you 7 bushels of wheat for your 70 bushels of wheat because "they are numerologically the same," then you would be crazy to agree. Here are the bushels of wheat all lined up: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 56 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70. The average hungry person would be thrilled beyond imagination to have 70 bushels of wheat in storage to feed their family, or to sell to others as their business. Bushel number 23 has a much value as number 31 as much as 56 and as much as bushel 69. Each will feed the family and each adds to the treasury of the family.
Life is the same way and God created it so. Life is not meant to be "reduced" to a "symbol," to be taken down to a simple level that lends itself to manipulation, but not to prosperity, thriving and living. Everything that God created tends toward increase, toward reproduction, toward fullness. Numerology is like looking at a forest and being only able to see 9 of the trees in that forest, and then applying value (and worse, action steps) to those 9 trees.
When I was in high school one of the ways I relaxed was with mathematics. This week I've gone back to doing for "doodling" and relaxation something I love to do, which is matrix multiplication. Matrices, also known as arrays, which is what I tend to call them, are sets of numbers that are managed as a whole, based on their position in a grid type of structure. I like to populate two arrays with numbers and then multiple them together. It's fun and a relaxing process. Matrix multiplication is more representative of how life and the universe works than reductionist affectations such as numerology because when you multiple matrices you are seeing how the universe tends to more, and how every amount of "more" is real. Someone who has 14 children, for example, has fourteen children, not 1+4=5 children. Multiplying matrices relaxes me and is enjoyable because I like seeing how the increases happen, and what surprising numbers result from the multiplication. It's like seeing what colors and genders are each of the kittens in a new litter for the first time. People are happy because they have 14 children, or 70 bushels of wheat, not because "5" is the number of "creativity" or "7" is a "holy number."
Here's a numerology detox exercise for anyone who might need it! I multiplied two matrices below, with this result:
1 3 times 5 7 yields 23 31
2 4 times 6 8 yields 34 46
(I can't really get the symbols to work out right on this post, since I'm not geeky enough and don't have any tech staff to lend me a hand ha ha) but here are the words. A matrix consisting of the numbers 1 2 3 4 multiplying another matrix of the numbers 5 6 7 8 yields a matrix of 23 31 34 and 46. Aren't those great numbers? Don't you feel all prosperous when you see that two matrices of single digit numbers yields good solid double digit numbers? Whether leaves on a tree, children in a school room, bushels of wheat, or bars of gold, prosperity is good. It is the existence of a new thing that is good, not the "underlying" "reduced" meaning of the number. Any day is a good day to escape from a POW camp, to love a neighbor, or to grow some crops. Any number is a good thing if it is used for good. The detox exercise is to simply enjoy the numbers 23 31 34 and 46 and not "reduce" them or read any meaning into them (since I didn't even say what the arrays that I build and multiply represent! Who knows, those might have been the "first amoebas" when the earth was born
So seriously, people who have been hooked on numerology need to stop; it is a life limiting neurosis. You need to view quantities in their fullness and completion again, as I listed each of the 70 bushels above, and not read reductionist symbolism that does not exist and frankly is a neurotic way to cut down information, not illuminate. 23 acres of land owned by you is a good thing and you are happy, not because you bought the land on an "8" day or because there is happy arty "5" symbolic of the acreage. A box of 31 chocolates is a good thing because there are lots of chocolates to enjoy (maybe someone gave you an extra on top of the 30 in the box!) So I urge people who add numbers together for numerology to stop, for your brain's health (and your soul's, if you are manipulating people based on anti-life reductionist formulas such as numerology.)