NUMEROLOGY/SYMBOLISM – the study of the occult significance of numbers/the use of symbols to express things (by Steve Gamble)
Numbers are vibrational energy. We can use numerology to determine our ‘number’ or our vibration by appointing numbers to the letters of our name, totaling them up until they become a single digit. We can do the same with our birth dates, such as 01/01/59, which could be totaled as 1 + 1 + 5 +9 = 16 and 1 + 6 = 7. Here, we would be a seven vibration. We could then find out how this might be significant in relation to our personality, character and so forth.
We appear to be fascinated by the number nine in particular because everywhere we look we find it is presented or represented somewhere in the physical aspect of creation. A very interesting point about the number nine is it always becomes itself. It cannot be anything else. Multiply nine by anything and add up the digits and they will always come back to nine. E.g. 9 x 9 = 81. 8 + 1 = nine. Or take, 9 x 219 = 1971. 1 + 9 + 7 + 1 = 18 and 1 + 8 = nine; and so on. The number nine will always come back to itself. Just like a circle. What is even more interesting about numbers, is when we add together one through eight, we get 36. 3 + 6 = 9, nine again. We then add one through nine (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9) together and we get 45. 4 + 5 = 9, yet again nine. So it would appear that nine is the culmination of all the other numbers one through eight.
In ancient times, the cycle of the Earth around the Sun was a perfect 360 days. They therefore calculated the year as 360 days – 12 months of 30 days [and/or 36 weeks of 10 days]. Until the seventh and eighth centuries BC, calendars from around the globe recorded the 360 day cycle but suddenly, we find in this period, that calendars began adding days to both the length of the year and to the months to try and re-synchronize the calendar with the solar and lunar cycles (detailed in the fascinating book Worlds In Collision by I Velikovsky). It has been postulated that the misalignment may have been due to one or more cataclysmic events such as the Earth passing through the tail of a comet which caused the path curve of the earth and/or its velocity to alter. This could be the reason why the number nine in numerology has also been associated with natural disasters such as floods.
However, we do retain this ancient order in geometry because we still divide a circle (the ancient symbol for the Sun) into 360 segments called degrees. 360° numerologically is 3 + 6 + 0 = 9. Therefore, this is a nine number.
If we, therefore, apply this method of numerology to other geometric shapes we get interesting results. The diamond is four lots of 90°, which equals 360°; nine again. The square is the same, nine. The equilateral triangle is 60° + 60° + 60°, = 180°: 1 + 8 + 0 = 9, another nine. If we look at the pentagram, five lots of 36°: = 180°; another nine. The hexagram (Star of David) = 360°: the same story, a nine. We could go on and on.
The hexagram is particularly interesting in relation to the circle, the sun and the nine. In ancient times, the hexagram within the circle was used as a symbol of the zodiac cycle. The sun was seen as the centre of the circle which, due to the six-pointed star pattern, is surrounded by 12 divisions – the 12 houses of the zodiac. In Sumerian times, the zodiac was based on the Earth’s precessional cycle of 25,920 years – again a nine. The precessional cycle is the length of time the Earth takes to ‘wobble’ around its axis. Just like a spinning top which is tilted to one side, the Earth’s central axis is tilted towards or away from the sun and takes that length of time for one revolution of this tilt to return to its former position. During which time, the constellations of the heavens will slowly move backward across the sky to new positions according to the view from the Earth.
The Sumerians divided the precessional period into 12 equal parts of 2,160 (360-day) years, which is of course a nine number. The Sumerians used a base-sixty form of measurement rather than base-ten – the decimal – to calculate time as it works perfectly with the 360-day calendar. It is from the Sumerian influence that we divide our clocks into 60 minutes and 60 seconds, which gives a very harmonious interplay between minutes, hours, the circle of 360, the solar and lunar cycles and the larger zodiac cycles.
We are more familiar, today, with the annual cycle of the zodiac which arises from the 12 divisions – the months – of the year which are used to calculate the horoscope, based upon the position of the rapidly shifting constellations which move across the sky when viewed from the Earth.
1080 is the average number of human breaths drawn per hour, another nine. 1080 is also linked with the energy of The Mother, in her various forms as Diana etc., and the lunar energy. Interestingly the radius of the Moon is 1080 miles. Amazingly, the Moon has always been associated with the colour of Silver, whose atomic weight is 108 – nine yet again! If we look at the number 666 – the sum of the numbers 1-36 (nine) – to some people it represents the Devil, the Mark of the Beast. The Book of Revelation relates this number to the Apocalypse, which is again linked to natural disasters. Could this be what is encoded in the Book of Revelation? Some numerological memory of the instability of the Earth and its vulnerability to outside forces, such as may have altered the ancient 360 day cycle in the pre-Judaic times? To other people, however, this number represents the energy of the Father, the Solar Energy. If we add 1080 and 666 together they equal 1746, which to some represents the Grail, the Seed and the Vessel, the totality of creation. A nine number. 1746 is also deemed by some as being related to the Earth’s Electromagnetic Grid.
Another notable nine number – 72 – is the average number of heartbeats per minute, the number of stones of the pyramid of the Freemasonic Great Seal of the American Dollar. Cabbalists have various ways of writing the name of God, Yod Heh Vav Heh. One of them consists of a triangle in which the name is written in blazing letters. The numerical value of Yod is ten, that of Heh five and that of Vav six. The sum of the numerical value of the letters in the triangle is seventy-two (72) and seventy-two is the number of the Shem hamephorash (translated as the ‘explicit name’), the seventy-two angels that govern the universe. [ Mikhael Aivanhov – Cosmic Balance, published by Prosveta S.A. – B.P.12 – 83601 Frejus CEDEX (France)]. 72, therefore, is the Cabbalistic number for the Names or Powers of God and is said in Cabbalistic tradition, for that very reason, to be the number represented by the Star of David (hexagram), which we have already seen is fundamentally connected to the geometry and numerology of the cosmic cycles that are based upon nine.
186,282 is the maximum speed of light in miles per second, which represents the fastest speed achievable in the physical universe. There are 4,320,000 years in the Mahayuga, the Hindu cosmic time cycle. Both nine numbers. We have a gestation period of nine months for a human birth, surely a clear indication of nine being symbolically representative of the physical aspect of creation Moreover, within our solar system there are nine physical planets in orbit around their spiritual centre – the sun.
Taking the concept of geometry into three dimensions, there are only five regular solids – known as the ‘Platonic solids’ – which are the only five regular three-dimensional geometric forms which can be fitted inside a sphere. These are:
Cube Total faces 6
Angles per face 90×4 = 360
Total angles of all faces 2160 (24×90) = nine
Icosahedron Total faces 20
Angles per face 60×3 = 180
Total angles of all faces 3600 (60×60) = nine
Octahedron Total faces 8
Angles per face 60×3 = 180
Total angles of all faces 1440 (24×60) = nine
Tetrahedron Total faces 4
Angles per face 60×3 = 180
Total angles of all faces 720 (12×60) = nine
Dodecahedron Total faces 12
Angles per face 108×5 = 540
Total angles of all faces 6480 (60×108) = nine
Can we now begin to understand Man’s intellectual fascination with geometric shapes and the numbernine in particular? This obsession is represented in many of the ways Man has attempted to explain existence itself and the way he has attempted to and succeeded in controlling people. We also have the 144,000 Children of Israel on Mt. Zion mentioned in the Bible, which again adds up to nine and the 144,000, the ‘chosen’ few who will be ‘saved’. In the New Age movement we see the number nineappears in the form of symbols, the merkaba (star tetrahedron) and allegedly superior forms of beings, such as the Council of Nine and other channelled beings.
Bruce Cathie2 speculated that all the mathematical evidence so far indicates that the maximum number of elements (matter) to be found in the universe will be 144, nine.
Nine has always been the focus of Man himself and the ego consciousness, which drives him, because most people only choose to see physically and understand intellectually. After all are we not taught from a very early age in most societies to be intellectual rather than spiritual? Therefore, what we observe intellectually all about us becomes ‘all that is’ to our ego, and all around us is based upon the numbers of 1-9 – the end result of creation, matter, the physical aspect.
Let us go back to Egyptian times. This was the time when Man decided through his ego, which of all the ‘Gods’ were to be the greatest. Thus Man created the Ennead, which represented a group of nine of the most important Egyptian deities. Ennead is from the Greek word for nine and Enneads are also envisaged as being a judgement council, both in mythology and historical inscriptions. This is the derivation of the so-called Council of Nine as documented in the best-selling book ‘The Only Planet of Choice’. Is this not the old Illusion again, but wearing a different hat? Control and manipulation of the truth again? Is it no more than religion repeating itself?
Nine is made up of and contains all the other numbers or all the other vibrations and would appear to be represented in many geometrical shapes. As mentioned in part one, on an energy level of creation, the level of the Ahnu (ether/spirit), Nature does not work in angles. Only in the physical world where the ether/energy/spirit animates matter, do we see these geometric shapes form. Geometric shapes are what Man sees and perceives with his intellect as being the source of creation, when they merely represent the end result. Can we assume for simplicity that all the numbers one to nine are different vibrations, as numerology would have us believe? Can we further assume that all the numbers, or vibrations, which make up the nine, are, therefore, all the various vibrations of the universe in a physical sense? That is the inert part – matter – the 0.0001% of who and what everything is, as Bruce Cathie speculated?
Accepting this, we can also accept that the physical and the intellect can go no further because once it becomes nine we know it will only keep on repeating itself. The vibration of nine is the limit of physical creation; just as the speed of light – a nine – is the limit of speed in the physical universe. Could this be therefore, the number of Man in a physical and intellectual sense? This is what the Book of Revelation tells us – that 666 (nine) is the number of (a) man. Therefore the number of the Beast is the number of Man; that is, Man is confined by the number to being a beast – i.e. to expressing the baser aspects of the self. Nine is the limit of the ego, the limit of the intellect. Nine is a vibrational prison, as it can be no other than what it is, a vibration which keeps repeating itself and like the speed of light cannot be physically or intellectually transcended.
Is this why we keep making the same mistakes over and over again? Because we have become locked into our intellect and we are becoming more like machines than the integrated, loving and totally interconnected consciousness we truly are? Similar to the goldfish in a bowl swimming around in continuous circles? Can we understand how Man has become so fascinated by and locked into the number nine, and therefore mathematics and geometric shapes? Man continues to use mathematics and geometry to express his understanding of the deeper workings of Nature and the Cosmos and forgets, or is not allowed to remember they are merely a symbolic representation of hidden truths.
So what feeds the nine (matter)? We know from open-minded physicists that ether (spirit) animates matter. If nine (including the numbers 9 down to 1) is representative of the whole of the physical aspect of creation, something has to be responsible for creating and animating it. For the answer to this we need to go back to the circle and it is here we can discover Man’s ‘missing link’. We know the circle is a nine number and that nine can only ever be itself, so nine must be represented somewhere within the circle. This leaves us with two possibilities for looking at how the circle is made up. We can divide the circle by eight, which would give us eight segments of 45° degrees, preserving the nine. However, eight is a lower vibration than nine, so I believe we need to divide the circle by the number greater than nine – TEN – to give ten segments of 36°, 3+6=9. We now have ten aspects of nine making up the circle, which is also nine. So the aspect of nine repeating itself is preserved. 10 x 9 = 90, 9 + 0 = 9.
See symbolic representation above. This introduces us to another number, the number ten. If we now add one through nine and finally add Ten, we have 45 + 10 = 55, 5 + 5 = 10! It appears that nine cannot exist without Ten. Because we know that ether feeds matter, then ether feeds nine from within, from beyond nine. Numerically speaking, here we see that 10 comes from ‘above’ nine and would seem to be the transcendent number of 9. (Could this be where the axiom ‘As Above So Below’ originates from? Is this why we have had this simple inversion of truth expressed upon us because once again we have taken this symbolic representation too literally?). From this example we need ten for the nine and all it is composed of to exist in the first place. It would appear ten creates and animates all of the other vibrations, one to nine, the physical aspect of creation. Without ten we cannot have nine or anything below it.
Symbolically, ten has been represented by the symbol ;. Interestingly the symbolic representation for the Sun – fire/spirit – is also ;. If we ask the question ‘what feeds the nine?’ in relation to our solar system, we see that the Sun feeds the nine planets with energy. The Sun is the 10th body at the centre of our solar system. The 10 feeds the 9. In some ancient cultures, 10 was held as the sacred number which should not be written down. It was therefore often written as two lots of 5. This indicates that far back in antiquity, our ancestors had a profound understanding of the nature of the interconnected order of the Universe and the role numbers play in that cosmic order.
Due to our tendency towards the externalisation of perception, we have intellectualised over the years that the symbol ; must therefore refer to the physical Sun, which we see with our physical eyes, and so we have continued to look outside into this physical reality for the answers to our spirituality. We know this is an error because we know that spirit resides within. Also, because as physicists will tell us, everything comes from within not from without. The natural flow of Creation works from in to out and it is the ether/spirit/fire, which animates matter – from within. The symbol ;, the ten, the sun/fire/spirit is the 99.999% of who and what we are. This symbol ; has, therefore, always been a symbolic representation of the inner Sun, our inner Sun, our fire within, the inner flame, the Spirit, the energy source, which supports all life.
It is no coincidence that both the ten and the sun/fire/spirit are symbolically represented as being one and the same. Numerologically speaking, the vibration of the inner Ten which creates everything is the Spirit, Ether, the inner sun and the inner fire, which creates life and animates matter and animates all the other numbers (vibrations of matter), so we can experience the physical reality we have created.
Ten, being the Source of all there IS, the Oneness of Everything must, therefore, be represented in the physical aspect of creation in order for it to experience itself. After all, what exists outside of us is merely a reflection of what lies within. Ten/spirit must be represented somewhere within physical reality, otherwise there would be no physical reality at all. And it is. Symbolically, the male energy is a linear energy, a ‘flatliner’ as I call it, and works in straight lines like this: — or like this: l, and when viewed from its end this energy becomes a dot ·, whereas the female energy is circular O, or three dimensionally a globe or perfectly round ball. On an energy level, balance between the male and female aspect results in the perfect vortex of energy; energy spinning both ways and exploding and imploding all at the same time. The female energy – the ‘globe or ball’ – is ‘pulled’ in towards its horizontal center by the male linear energy, forming what we would recognise today as the ‘infinity symbol’ or the figure of eight: 8. Hence, as we have discovered, we have the ancient symbol for Spirit, the Light we are and also the symbol for the vibration of TEN: which can also be shown as l 0.
This is the perfect balance we exist in as the creative Light Beings we are in the true spirit world, and this creative energy is also reflected in our physical reality of separation. Symbolically, we have the male linear energy represented by the erect penis, penetrating the circular female vaginal cavity to create physical life , just as we create life in an energy form as the light beings we are.
All we need to do is to stop looking up and out into the stars and the heavens for a moment and look down. Look down at our hands and what do we see? Ten fingers. If we look further down we see ten toes. Realise we are the TEN, we are the ;. We have always been the ; SPIRIT/TEN. We have just forgotten that’s all.
For example, if we were to design a web site we could then log onto the Internet and view our finished work. We would then be able to experience what we had created and if we were not happy with any aspect of it we could return to what created it in the first place to make the required alterations. After all, we can make all the changes we want in our mind’s eye, but we still need to put them into effect physically. We could only do this if we remembered who and what had originally created the web site. It is the same process with life, with the physical aspect of creation. We have created physical life; it is the end result of creation, only we have forgotten. That’s all. Each and every time we come back into this physical reality to make the necessary adjustments required to improve the Earth’s consciousness and environment (the very mess we are all responsible for creating in the first place), we bring with us a physical reminder that we actually created it in the first place! Ten fingers and ten toes. Yet the irony iswe keep on forgetting. We are the physical representation of the Source of Oneness, the physical representation of what created everything in the first place – Spirit.
But the mind/ego/intellect combination has locked us firmly into the vibration of nine (and all the vibrations, which make up nine) and so we forget. Or are we not allowed to remember?
It is interesting to note that in the Cabalistic system, the above principle of 10 representing the non-physical is totally reversed. Ten is given as Malkuth (Malkout) – the number of the Earth plane, matter – and One is given as the Kether or God State. The Sun, our spiritual centre is attributed the number six. The possibility therefore exists that systems of philosophy and magic which derive from the Cabbalistic system will also lock one’s consciousness into the material/intellect/ego, whilst apparently giving one access to the spiritual secrets. There is no doubt a great wealth of profound knowledge is to be found within the Cabbala, but one must not use a system of knowledge without understanding the pitfalls. A great many of the New Age forms of philosophy are founded in the Cabbala, even though many followers don’t always realise the aetiology of their beliefs, and therefore just what they are locking their consciousness into. Certain aspects of occultism were deliberately altered and inverted by the ‘teachers’ of the ages, and the initiate must be ever wary of this in their journey, or risk being duped and used by others with less than positive intent for them. Many high level occultists using the Cabbalistic system, who having begun their path with the intent of finding spiritual enlightenment, have gone on to then use that knowledge for manipulation and control of people and material things. Such high level initiates then became the ‘teachers’ of others. And through this inversion of truth the cycle of locking into materialism and the consciousness of control has been perpetuated down through the ages.
Through externalisation and constant reference to our nine/matter aspect, to the exclusion of our transcending ten/spirit aspect, we are in danger of becoming totally controlled by the very consciousnesswe created in the first place. A consciousness which has over time become exceedingly unbalanced. (More in Part Three).
And so we focus 99.999% of our attention on the 0.0001% of who and what we are, the physical part, the nine of Man, the geometrical and mathematical part.
Why? Because we have always looked outside ourselves for the answers and allowed this external consciousness to block the natural flow of creation. We only need to find the ten/spirit within to knowand become the ten. Then we can make changes to everything in our physical reality, our health and well being, our futures, our environment and ultimately the environment of Mother Earth. WE are the driving force behind the physical not the other way around.
I quote Deepak Chopra M.D. from his book Quantum Healing:
“ Science used to hold the belief we were physical machines that have somehow learned to think. Now it dawns that we are thoughts that have learned to create a physical machine.”
Just as the ten/fire/spirit ; is represented in the physical within the circle, it is fed from the ten ; (fire/spirit) within so to speak.
If we add the inner ten ; to our symbolic representation of creation, it would appear as is does above. Does this symbolic representation remind you of anything in particular? It resembles the Ahnu, the source of all life. This is because TEN (symbolically speaking) is the vibration of all life, the inner Sun, the inner flame, the source, which resides in the space within, which feeds and creates all life itself. This is the Light, Spirit and energy we are, it is not the physical aspect of ourselves, but the energy aspect.
It is from this energy structure that ALL geometric shapes evolve. For example: if we were to place a dot in the centre of all the outer circles, or where the outer circles join the main circle, and join selective dots together, it is possible to create almost any geometric shape we desire.
Ten, therefore is recognised as transcending the nine in mystical circles. It is also representative of One. Not the one of the series 1-9, but the number of spiritual transcendence of the 1-9, i.e. unity with the Creator.