Introduction to Numerology

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This introduces a series of monthly articles about numerology - a symbolic language of number.

The Modern System of numerology locks in with the Aura-Soma Equilibrium Bottles, so these articles will focus mainly on that system. The numerology element of the Aura-Soma level 2 (Intermediate) course takes us on our first steps up that mountain. However, these articles will sometimes include relevant material from the older systems - out of which the Modern System has developed - as these give us different routes up the same mountain, so we see different scenery on the journey.

Just over a hundred years ago, in France, Papus (Dr Gérard Encausse) explained that there is only one, two, and three - all other numbers being mere functions of these. So we could see these as the numerological equivalent of the three prime colours. Two and a half thousand years earlier, in China, Lao Tzu had written "The Way (Tao) begets one; one begets two; two begets three; three begets the myriad creatures." So much for European originality.

Papus did a lot of good development work in numerology using a grid:

which showed 4, 5, 6, and 7, 8, 9 each playing the rôle of 1, 2, 3 at different levels.

The weakness here is that Papus ignored the zero, whereas Lao Tsu did not (the Way or Tao being his expression of the un-nameable Absolute).

When we are looking at higher numbers (above 9), the zero becomes important. For instance, we call this year 2006, but that is not the same as a 26. In both cases we see two actresses on a stage - the 2 traditionally being the Moon Goddess, and the 6 traditionally being Venus - but in 26 they stand together and work together, whereas in 2006 there is a large empty space on the stage between them. It is a different relationship, shown in a different play. There will be more about this theatrical view of higher numbers in later articles.

It is more helpful to use a grid which begins:

The zero appears here in the column of the two, as they have comparable relationships with the one. Both zero and two balance against the one in different ways. Non-existence balancing existence, and Yin (2) balancing Yang (1). Also, two is the number of receptiveness, and the emptiness of the zero can receive anything or everything.

As we progress, we will see 1, 2, and 3 as the fundamental principles which existed before the physical plane. They then manifest at the human level as 4, 5, and 6. Finally they show their evolved form in 7, 8, and 9.

Symbols for the first nine numbers

This diagram shows the symbols long used by numerologists for the first nine numbers, although there have been some variations for the one and two.

One easy view of the relationship between the levels could be:

These nine digits represent the concepts which are the "nine lamps which light the hermit's cave" within us. There will be more detail about the individual digits next month.

Next month we will look at the basic vocabulary of the individual digits.

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This month's question is:
The columns in the diagram have been attributed to Osiris (1, 4, 7), Isis (2, 5, 8), and Horus (3, 6, 9). Do you have any observations about that, or any suggestion for other archetypes who might join them?

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