Thursday, June 23, 2005

Numbers, Numerology, The Hermetic Universe


"Thirteen is a higher octave of the number four and is one more than twelve, the ancient number of completion. Thirteen is considered to signify the end of a cycle, as evidenced by the fact that there are thirteen lunar months in the year and thirteen signs in the Celtic and Native American systems of astrology. While thirteen foretells new beginnings, it also signifies that outmoded systems must come to an end to make way for much needed transformations. Thirteen may also be interpreted as 12 + 1 and is regarded by many as the number of the initiate."



"The golden ratio is an irrational number, approximately 1.618, that possesses many interesting properties. Shapes defined by the golden ratio have long been considered aesthetically pleasing in Western cultures, reflecting nature's balance between symmetry and asymmetry and the ancient Pythagorean belief that reality is a numerical reality, except that numbers were not units as we define them today, but were expressions of ratios. The golden ratio is still used frequently in art and design. The golden ratio is also referred to as the golden mean, golden section, golden number or divine proportion."


The ancient Greeks knew of a rectangle whose sides are in the golden proportion (1 : 1.618 which is the same as 0.618 : 1).


Phillip S. Mitchell wrote:

The twelfth century Italian mathematician, Leonardo P. Fibonacci, observed a predictable sequence of all natural development as shown by a progression of numbers:

1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, ad infinitum.

[1 + 0 = 1] [1 + 1 = 2] [2 + 1 = 3] [3 + 2 = 5] [5 + 3 = 8] [8 + 5 = 13] etc.

The Fibonacci Sequence demonstrates the idea that each stage of natural growth or development refers to its prior state in order to take its next evolutionary step. (This is not unlike Piaget's principle of rapprochement in child psychology.) It also follows the Phi Ratio


Numerology is the study of numbers, and the way in which 'they reflect certain aptitudes and character tendencies.'


The purpose to be fulfilled on this Life Path is that of becoming independent.

This Life Path produces extremely sensitive people who generally have the most delicate ability to be balanced and fair.

This Life Path is one that emphasizes expression, sociability, and creativity as the lesson to be learned in this life.

This Life Path produces the most trustworthy, practical, and down-to-earth of individuals

A Life Path 5 person is usually very versatile, adventurous, and progressive.

The Life Path 6 indicates that very prominent in your nature is a strong sense of responsibility. You are idealistic and must feel useful to be happy.

A Life Path 7 person is a peaceful and affectionate soul, and by nature rather reserved and analytical.

With the Life Path of the number 8 you are focused on learning the satisfactions to be found in the material world.

The keys to the nature of a Life Path number 9 person are compassion, generosity, and a very humanitarian attitude. This is the lesson that must be learned in this life.

This is the number associated with spiritual awareness.

This individual is endowed with many powers from within and they can reach any heights in life

A is the numerical equivalent of 1. B is the numerical equivalent of 2 etc.


Michael Hayes, at New Dawn magazine, wrote about 'The Hermetic Universe'.

Hayes has been puzzling about the meaning of life.

Hayes introduces the 'Hermetic Code'.

It's all about numbers and their relation to everything from music to religion.

Hayes refers to pi which is 22/7, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

"22/7 is ... an expression of three consecutive octaves of resonance. An octave ... comprises seven fundamental notes: Do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti. The eighth note, Do, a repeat of the first but with double the pitch frequency, is the first note of the second octave. Accordingly the eighth note of the second octave – again, Do – is the first note of the third. Taken together these three octaves contain twenty-two notes...


According to Hayes:

Three, the number of the Trinity, is the number of octaves encoded in pi.
Four is the number of base-notes (Dos) in three consecutive octaves.
Seven is the number of intervals between the notes of the major scale.
Eight is the number of individual notes in the major scale.
Twenty-two is the number of notes in three consecutive scales or octaves.

The three octaves incorporated in pi are each sub-divisible into three octaves apiece, giving an inner formula of nine octaves, or sixty-four notes.

So eight is the constant, and sixty-four, is the square of it.

Hayes calls 'this musical pattern of symmetry' the Hermetic Code, after the Greek god of wisdom, Hermes.

Hayes believes the 'pi symmetry' is found in the Great Pyramid.

The number three is important throughout the universe: the three main constituents of atoms – protons, electrons and neutrons, the three primary colours of the spectrum of light....

And the number eight... eight particles to each octet

Superstring theory 'describes all particles in the universe as infinitesimally small strings made of a kind of vibrational energy.'

Superstring theory - eleven different dimensions : three spacial, one temporal, and seven others of increasingly acute curvature...

'There are eight degrees of manifestation or modes of movement inherent within the string itself....'

"In the genetic code there are four kinds of fundamental chemical bases... It takes three of these bases to make what is known as a triplet-codon, an amino acid template, of which there are precisely sixty-four variations...

"Universal harmony is also reflected in the ever present number seven...

Hayes sees the Hermetic Code as a blueprint of the structure of the universe, DNA molecule, and life itself.

In China the chapters of the I-Ching were numbered using a combination of eight three line symbols called trigrams.

Confucius talked of the Eight Steps of Learning.

The Vedas described the nature of reality as being supported by a system of proofs, of which there were considered to be eight fundamental types.

Buddha had the Eightfold Path.

Hayes writes that "the Hermetic Code, the design plan for everything existing – particles, cosmic concentrations, living cells – is applicable literally everywhere, not only in the wider universe, but also, as we see from esoteric traditions going back over centuries and millennia, in the ephemeral realms of the collective human psyche.... Everyone, quite literally, is a miniature universe...

"If we assume, therefore, that the universe is itself an organism, a living entity, and that we are all copies of it, then this would imply that the more advanced products of an organic brain – ideas, theories, concepts – are also in their own way alive, they are metaphysical genes, as organic as the brain from which they originate.

"The ancients of the remote past, in my view, seem somehow to have understood this, which is why they devised a musical mode of existence in the form of prescribed disciplines and rituals which enabled them to psychologically conform to the laws and forces controlling evolution. This is precisely why religion was first invented – to instil into the collective consciousness of humanity the necessity of harmonising one's inner faculties according to the principles of the Hermetic Code.

"The aim was quite straightforward, it was an attempt to complete the natural course of one's evolutionary and psychological development by living-out a harmonious existence and ultimately transcending on to a higher plane, a greater musical scale above. This greater scale, a wholly scientific concept describing a higher dimension of existence accessible to the trained mind, is the heaven expressed in all religions."



1 Reformer
I do everything the right way.

2 Helper
I must help others.

3 Motivator
I need to succeed.

4 Romantic
I am unique.

5 Thinker
I need to understand the world.

6 Skeptic
I am affectionate and skeptical.

7 Enthusiast
I am happy and open to new things.

8 Leader
I must be strong.

9 Peacemaker
I am at peace.

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