What the numbers say
Numerology is a system that uses numbers to understand the patterns that influence events, large and small. Numerology systems have been used throughout history and in many different cultures. It is also used, in a similar way, to astrology, in understanding how numbers shape the world, one’s personality and purpose. Some even use numerology as a system of divination.
Many years ago I became intrigued in numerology as a fun hobby. I wasn’t interested in using it as a predictive tool, nor did I care to shape my life around the reading of numbers. It was just interesting to see some of the patterns and cycles that numerology disclosed. Coincidence or not, it was an enjoyable and sometimes fascinating hobby. While I don’t dabble in numerology any longer, a lot of what I have learned has stayed with me. As a result, I often can’t help noticing the numbers that underlie events, locations, people, etc.
The numerology system I learned was the Pythagorean system which uses a range of numbers from 1 to 9. Each number has an individual “vibration” or possessing qualities unique or particular to that number. In understanding the influence of a number on something, it must reduced to a single number within the range of numbers 1 to 9. Dates such as the year 2021 are reduced by adding the numbers together: 2 + 0 + 2 + 1 = 5. So the year 2021 is influenced by the number 5. One would look into the qualities attributed to the number five and gain some insight into the influences and perhaps even the direction of the year 2021.
Today, as I watched the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. I almost automatically looked at 46 and reduced (4 + 6 = 10: 1 + 0 = 1) it to number 1. Often when I reduce a number like this I don’t find much relevance. However, this time I thought the number 1 was interesting. Since the numerology system is established on a continual recycling of a period 1-9, reading the number 1 for the 46th president, one could come to understand that we are at the beginning of a new 1-9 cycle.
Number 1 represents beginnings, newness, and potential. It is an active number indicating action, confidence and power. It is the number of leadership, pragmatism, and responsibility.
Not a bad number to be associated with a new president and accompanying administration, hmm?
And just for a bit of fun, let’s look at the number 5—which is the number of influence for the year 2021.
Number 5 sits at the middle of the 1-9 range, making it a number of pivotal change. It is also the number of freedom, curiosity, adventure, and new experience. It is also an active number indicating dynamic energy and possibility. It is the number of adaptability, positivity, and liberation.
Not a bad number for the new year, eh?
As I mentioned before, I don’t attach any real weight behind these interpretations. Life is far too interconnected and complicated for it be reduced so neatly. However, it is fun when some synchronicity seems to appear. It certainly feels better to leave behind negativity and despair and look ahead from the standpoint of new beginnings, possibility and liberation with dynamic energy and confidence.
May it be so!
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I am Myohye Do'an, a bhikṣu (fully ordained Chán Buddhist monk) and Chán Master. Here I share my thoughts and observations about living a life of compassion, attention and gratitude.