Here’s a bit of numerology. I do not prescribe to divination using numbers. The numerology I speak of is a more natural and universal type. The Universe is mathematical. All that is is mathematically based. The music of the universe is mathematics. The numerical integers are at the heart of math and, therefore, the heart of the Universe.

Nature has played a horrible trick on humanity. By giving humans, what appear to be five fingers per hand, nature has made its secrets harder to find. The ten fingers on our two hands were our earliest calculators. Because of these 10 fingers, base 10 (decimal) math won out over some of the other options. I believe that this unnatural numbering system has been a burden on our learning math and using it in a more intuitive way.

The most natural of all numbering systems is the binary (base 2) system. There are only two digits, 0 and 1. Computer logic uses base two (yes, no). In fact, binary math surrounds us and is used throughout our lives. Opposites, complements, etc. are all binary; light-dark, high-low, boy-girl, in-out, etc. The problem with trying to use binary math in everyday life is that it is very cumbersome. A $10.00 transaction (1000 cents) would look like this in base 2 – 1111101000 cents. You can see the problem. However, other numbering systems derived from base 2 can maintain some of the benefits of this system.

Base 8 (octal) for example maintains some of the simplicity of binary while allowing for usable numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10). In an octal system you can halve from 10 to 1 (10, 4, 2, 1). You can’t do that with decimal.

Doubling integers in octal follows a simple pattern; 1, 2, 4, 10, 20, 40, 100, 200, 400, 1000….

Halving in decimal ends with 5 as the last integer (10, 5).

Doubling in decimal has to start with 5; 5, 10, 20, 40, 80, 160, 320, 640, 1280…. This is not very intuitive.

Octal math has an easier pattern to understand and follow. Because of this simplicity, patterns and anomalies tend to be more visible in octal numbering systems than in decimal. This lends itself to a more intuitive understanding of numbers and number theory. The numbers (integers) themselves are interesting too. Numerologists have a long history or trying to read predictive meaning into numbers. Some of the numerological systems are extremely complex and often interwoven with Astrology. Neither system has proved very reliable as a predictor. Behind the metaphysics of numbers lay some interesting concepts. As stated in an earlier article, behind the metaphysics of religion great truths can be found. Unfortunately, they have been subsumed by the myriad of religious marketing, myths and re-engineering. One simple, but interesting concept is that even numbers represent sets, while odd numbers represent series. As a simple example the number two, typically is used to represent pairs, complements, opposites, etc. These are sets. Items in a set are related, but have no specific order to them. On the other hand, items in a series are ordered. The musical scale (CDEFGAB) has seven notes. Once completed it repeats itself. Generally speaking, naturally occurring complete collections of items will follow this pattern. Another concept concerns the importance of a number. The rule here is “the smaller the value the greater the importance”. Zero, one and two are the most powerful of all integers. Even numbers (sets) become more loosely related as they increase in size and, in turn, become less important. The same is true with odd numbers (series). Following is a brief definition of each of the smallest numbers.

Note: Some of the definitions use terms often found in religion and metaphysics. I used them because they tend to be common terms in our language and convey the appropriate concept. Integers are shown in decimal and in parenthesis in octal – 16(20).

0 = The void, the unmanifest all, the Tao, neti-neti.

1 = Unity, manifest ‘0’, divinity, all that is.

2 = Pair (smallest grouping), division, seeking balance, polarity.

3 = Smallest series, synthesis, restoration.

4 = Very stable grouping, stability, formation, firmness, material order.

5 = Special series, Life cycle, nature’s cycle.

6 = 2×3, pair of two small related series, series of pairs.

7 = Major cycle, sequence.

8 (10) = Completion, perfection, major grouping

9 (11) = 3×3, a series of series.

10 (12) = 2×5, two natural series or a series of five pairs.

11 (13) = Special cycle.

‘1’ through ‘8(10)’ are the most powerful and meaningful numbers.

The larger numbers (while having a greater numerical value) are weaker than the lower numbers. ‘2’ is more powerful than ‘4’ and ‘4’ is more powerful than ‘8’. Larger numbers become more specific or focused, particularly non-primes. Thus, ‘1’ is the most powerful of all numbers. Its power is contained in its unity. It is contained in every number. It is the seed. ‘2’ is the next most powerful number; it is contained in all even numbers. Even numbers that are made up of doubling and redoubling from ‘2’ (2, 4, 8, 16, etc.) represent groups or groupings. Odd prime numbers (3, 5, 7, 11, etc.) are series, cycles, or sequences. An example of a series is the musical scale (7). The difference between series and sets is that series have order to them, a beginning and an end, whereas sets members have similarities, but no order is necessary. Certain primes are designated as special series (5, 11, 13, 17, 19, etc.), as opposed to general series (3, 7, 31, etc.) which are usually one less than a doubled or redoubled grouping. Other odd and even numbers that can be reduced by dividing by prime numbers are the combination of those prime numbers and have a meaning related to those prime numbers. Arithmetic (addition and subtraction) does not serve any significant purpose or have any basis in the use of numbers in this manner. This, of course, is in direct opposition to modern day numerology. Multiplication, division, powers, and etc. are the way that number meanings mix. Thus, the number 5 is not made up of 2 + 3, nor does it in any way reflect the combined meanings of 2 and 3. It is the prime 5. Don’t confuse the actions of addition and subtraction with number meaning.