Number Nuances and Calendar Curiosities
Science fiction may not be your thing, or you may not be familiar with the television show Star Trek: The Next Generation. If you can bear with me long enough for a summary of the episode “Cause and Effect” (Season 5, Ep. 18, March 23, 1992), it illustrates perfectly the concept I wish to convey.
Awareness of a repetitive appearance of numbers enhances survival while on a journey or during times of chaos.
Spoiler alert: The story begins with the USS Enterprise exploding.
The next scene shows four officers on the Enterprise involved in a friendly game of poker. Following a series of events, the ship encounters an “unusual distortion in the time-space continuum.”
Another ship emerges from the distortion and collides with the Enterprise, causing it to spin out of control and explode.
The action resumes at the poker table where the players are dealt the same cards as in the previous game. A brief hint of familiarity, subsequent events repeat, and the ship spins out of control and explodes.
Each time, before the ship explodes, a flurry of confusion develops while various options are considered. In their indecision, the right course of action is never taken and they explode again and again.
The card game repeats. This time, awareness comes sooner and the players predict the events about to occur, including which cards dealt to each player. The crew refers to this as déjà vu, premonition, and repetition. They express frustration and a sense of impending doom.
The crew realizes that the ship may have entered a “temporal causality loop” resulting in a repetition of the same fragment of time.
If what they learn each time around becomes forgotten, perhaps sending a simple message into the next loop might help them to remember. But how would the message be recognized? Data, the one artificial intelligence member of the crew, suggests that it would resonate to his positronic network, his version of a subconscious level.
The purpose of the message: to remind them to do something different.
The only catch…nobody knows what it is they are to do differently.
Once again the same events occur and Data sends the message to himself just before the ship explodes.
The card game repeats and the players attempt to predict the same sequence of cards dealt in previous games. Instead, each player receives a three card. Then each is dealt three of a kind. During a level-three diagnostic of the ship, the results appear as all threes. Crew members encounter the number three an “inordinate number of times” throughout the ship.
3 3 3
So many conspicuous examples cannot occur by accident. Someone proposes that a message was sent. But what could three possibly represent?
The disastrous events begin to repeat and, just before the ship explodes, Data sees the rank insignia of three pins on the lapel of a fellow officer and remembers. He concludes that this officer’s suggestion for avoiding disaster to be the preferable course of action.
A decision is made and the crew of the Enterprise survives to inform the other ship, unknowingly trapped in the loop for more than eighty years, how to escape the situation.
Numbers are a universal form of communication breaking the language barrier
As people purchase lottery tickets or get married on dates with an interesting number sequence, few take time to think about where numbers came from or their role in human advancement. With my anthropology background, one early human trait that intrigued me was the use of numbers. While living in caves and foraging for food, we counted fingers, toes, and other body parts. Culture and technology remained fairly unchanged for thousands of years.
Our use of numbers evolved into notched wood, knotted strings, and scratches on stone or clay tablets. As civilization developed and spread, different cultures created their own symbol for numbers. This included unique symbols for numbers one through nine, and groups of tens, hundreds, and thousands. Some grouped by twenty or sixty. A multitude of variations developed and, no matter where they lived, people used numbers for counting livestock, measuring grain, constructing buildings, measuring distances, planting crops, tracking the seasons, and predicting celestial events.
Without the discovery of numbers and counting, humans might very well still be living in caves and counting our fingers.
An interesting number nuance occurs when multiplying any number by 9. No matter how large the result, if you add together the numbers and reduce to a single digit, it always results in 9.
- 4×9=36 (3+6=9)
- 5×9=45 (4+5=9)
- 6×9-54 (5+4=9)
- 7×9=63 (6+3=9)
- 8×9=72 (7+2=9)
- 9×9=81 (8+1=9)
- 10×9=90 (9+0=9)
- 11×9=99 (9+9=18, 1+8=9)
- 12×9=108 (1+8=9)
- 13×9=117 (1+1+7=9)
- 14×9=126 (1+2+6=9)
- 15×9=135 (1+3+5=9)
- 16×9=144 (1+4+4=9)
Okay, you get the point. This basically continues, as they say, ad infinitum. This isn’t, however, the case for 7’s.
- 2×7=14 (1+4=5)
- 3×7=21 (2+1=3)
- 4×7=28 (2+8=10, 1+0=1)
There’s this one: 11+22+33+44=110
These few examples could easily lure us into a rabbit hole where we encounter the mystery of pi, Fibonacci numbers, and the Golden Spiral. The deeper we explore, we continue to find harmony and pattern.
Numbers Go Pop
How appropriate that the Twilight Zone television program (1959-1964, CBS) would be the first to dramatize mysterious events with numbers. “Twenty-two” (Season 2, Episode 17, aired Feb. 10, 1961) featured a story about a dancer who is hospitalized for exhaustion. She claims the same events happen each night where she ends up downstairs in front of Room 22, the morgue. The doors open and a mysterious nurse says “Room for one more, honey.” She runs screaming back to her room where doctors try to convince her that nightmares are common with patients suffering from fatigue. Eventually she is released and at the airport to catch Flight 22. What happens next is typical Twilight Zone.
Spoiler alert: A stewardess greets her at the entrance to the plane with “Room for one more, honey” which causes her to run screaming back inside the terminal where she watches Flight 22 take off and explode.
The same month, Twilight Zone returned with “The Odyssey of Flight 33” (Season 2, Episode 18, aired Feb. 24, 1961). A commercial aircraft on route from London to New York encounters a strange jet stream that accelerates their speed. They arrive to find no signs of civilization and dinosaurs roaming about below. They circle back through the jet stream hoping it will take them to the time they came from, but arrive to a different surprise.
Although Twilight Zone was a great teaser, and ahead of its time for the early 1960s, it took Hollywood producers another thirty years to catch on to something that metaphysicians and philosophers have known about for millennia. There was the 1992 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that began this post.
Then, when Pi: faith in chaos (Darren Aronofsky, 1998) was released, I related to the film’s main character and his obsession with numbers. It was in 1998 that I submitted a doctoral dissertation: “The Significance of Master Numbers in the Evolution of Consciousness.” It felt as if the director pulled the story from my life experience, minus the people chasing me! In this story, the obsession involved the ubiquity of pi and the intensity encountered when attempting to comprehend its elusive meaning. He is chased by Wall Street thugs who want his information to predict the stock market, and Hasidic Jews desiring to learn the true name of God. Some are driven to madness. Throughout the chaos repeats a common theme of faith: Mathematics is the language of nature. Everything around us can be represented and understood by numbers. If you graph the numbers of any system, patterns emerge. Therefore, there are patterns everywhere in nature. The film claims that if you look for any number you find it everywhere in life. Once you abandon scientific rigor, you leave the realm of mathematics and become a numerologist.
Five years later, 11:14 (Greg Marcks, 2003), starring Patrick Swayze and Hillary Swank, tells an interesting love story with synchronicity of numbers as a primary theme.
The next year, National Treasure, a Walt Disney Pictures film (Turteltaub, 2004) starring Nicolas Cage, explores Freemasonry and secrets in U.S. history. That and a 2007 sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, are an excellent introduction for anyone unfamiliar with numerology and Masonic philosophy.
The Omen (John Moore, 2006) was marketed with haunting billboards stating “The signs are all around you” and released on 06-06-06.
That same year saw two blockbusters: The Celestine Prophecy (Mastroianni, 2006), an adaptation of the novel by James Redfield, involves a secret manuscript in Peru. The Da Vinci Code (Ron Howard, 2006), based on the novel by Dan Brown and starring Tom Hanks, uncovers mysteries intended to remain hidden.
The Jim Carrey film, The Number 23 (Joel Schumacher, 2007) propelled the phenomenon of number synchronicity into the Hollywood mainstream with plenty of violence, obsession, and paranoia Notice that the release date of July 7, 2007 (7+7+2+0+0+7) add to 23.
Other less memorable productions include 11/11/11 (Keith Allan, 2011) and 11-11-11 The Prophecy (Darren Lynn Bousman, 2012) with stories about horrible things to occur on that date. With 4:44 (Abel Ferrara, 2012) and 2:22 (Paul Currie, 2017) characters notice the repetition of ominous events that occur at that time of day.
Calendar curiosities arouse the awareness of humanity.
An interesting alignment of numbers occurred beginning in 2001 with the date of 01-01-2001. Subsequent years had similar events on February 2, 2002; March 3, 2003; April 4, 2004; May 5, 2005; and June 6, 2006.
In 2007, the date of 07-07-07 caused people not normally interested in such things to take notice. Many people married on that date for good luck. Casinos were packed in expectation of big payoffs by hitting the Lucky 7s. After 2007, this continued.
- August 8, 2008 (8-8-2008)
- September 9, 2009 (9-9-2009)
- October 10, 2010 (10-10-2010)
- November 11, 2011 (11-11-2011)
- December 12, 2012 (12-12-2012)
With twelve months in the year, that was the end of it. It is interesting to note that we would be witnessing such interesting sequences during these times.
A recent palindrome date of 02/02/2020 made worldwide news as an unusual occurrence that reads the same forward and backwards, in both systems of MM/DD/YYYY or DD/MM/YYYY. Being the 33rd day of 2020, 333 days follow in this leap year.
The last time such a palindrome occurred was 909 years ago on 11/11/1111. The next time it will occur will be 101 years from now on 12/12/2121.
With each day that passes in 2020, we come closer to the 22nd Century.
You don’t need to be a numerologist to acknowledge that we live in an interesting time.
With my decades of research, before and since publishing Number Synchronicity, an overwhelming number of examples reinforce my findings that the synchronistic occurrence of numbers, specifically double-digit numbers such as 11, 22, 33, 44, 55 and other unique number combinations, serves as a sort of beacon to guide us on our journey through life.
Imagine yourself on a ship lost at sea in a storm and you notice a flashing light in the distance. You don’t need to know every detail about how a lighthouse is built and functions in order to recognize that it is, indeed, a lighthouse. Furthermore, you should probably pay attention to it although you might be distracted by so many things, such as staying alive, not sinking the ship, and remaining on course.
Despite the chaos, transition, and uncertainty in which we currently find ourselves, the beacon gently and steadily guides us in the right direction. All we need to do is pay attention and act accordingly.
The next post begins our look at the numerical fingerprints of presidents Past, Present, and Potential with POTUS 45.