Thursday, January 3, 2013

I Got Your Number

English: Mayan calendar created by a modern cr...
English: Mayan calendar created by a modern craftsman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Along with the prediction of apocalypse on December 21, 2012, according to the Mayan Calendar, which turned out, by the way, not to be a Mayan prediction, but a Western misinterpretation, we had the mystique of December 12, 2012, which was hyped as 12/12/12.

Well, nothing happened, so there.  Part of the problem is this was a perversion of numerology.  Just in case you’re scratching your head right now and wondering what all this means, numerology is the study of the divine, mystical, or other special relationship between a number or combination of numbers and some coinciding observed, or perceived, event.  In today’s world, these traditions and beliefs are often associated with paranormal phenomena, astrology, or divination.  Maybe it was pure hype, or maybe it was the proximity to the Mayan Calendar debacle that made people focus on 12/12/12.

Of course, they got it wrong.  The precise date was 12/12/2012, so there was no duplication; numerologically speaking.  A little factoid at this juncture:  despite a long belief in the magical power of numbers, the term numerology wasn’t recorded as being used in English before circa 1907.  Wow, we modern folk have a lot to answer for, don’t we?

Detail of the copy of the Da Vinci's Last Supp...
Detail of the copy of the Da Vinci's Last Supper by Giacomo Raffaelli Ordered by Napoleon to the Italian artist Giacomo Raffaelli, the mosaic was only terminated after Napoleon's abdication and end up in the Minoritenkirche (Vienna) Post-processing: Perspective correction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Anyway, back to the power of numbers.  Most people are aware of the Western belief that the number 13 is unlucky, supposedly because of the thirteen attendants at Christ’s Last Supper, with Judas Iscariot sitting in the number 13 slot.  Didn’t know they had assigned seating back then, but that’s the theory.  There’s also the Norse belief that whenever a banquet of twelve gods was interrupted by the mischief-maker Loki (making 13 diners) chaos ensued.  Who knows?  In many Asian cultures, the number four is considered unlucky because its pronunciation in Mandarin Chinese is similar to the pronunciation of the word for ‘death.’

Then, there’s the string 666, the Number of the Beast.  This, I believe, is supposed to be the devil come to claim all lost souls at the end of time or something like that.  It’s a bit confusing, because in some texts it’s 616 rather than 666.

So, having thrilled you with that little bit of history, here’s something to chew on.  For those who believe in the magic power of numbers associated with the calendar, here are some dates in 2013 to watch out for:

June 1, 2013:  June, the sixth month (6), the first day (1), and the digits of the year (2 +0+1+3=6) add up to six – 6 1 6  the number of the beast according to some texts.

June 6, 2013:  June (6) 6th (6), 2013 (6) is the traditionally accepted Number of the Beast – 666.

April 3, 2013:  April (4) 3, 2013 (6), or 4 + 3 + 6 = 13, which as I’ve explained is an unlucky number, as is March 4, 2013 ( 3 + 4 + 6 = 13).

If that’s not enough to chew on or fret over, give me some time, and I’ll find something else.

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