Numerology – the numbers of your life

Numerology Numerology is an ancient way of making sense of your life through numbers. It was first practised by the mathematician Pythagoras. Today he and his Math methods are still mentioned in every Math class. Born in 608 B.C. Pythagoras was a free thinker who founded his own university at Crotona, then a Greek colony situated in Southern Italy.  He gathered many students around him whom he not only taught mathematics, but also inspired them in all aspects of personal independence and the meaning of life and love.

One of the subjects he taught was ‘ the Science of numbers’. It sought to answer life’s unsolved mystery and is the backbone of today’s Numerology movement. Numbers were seen as individual vibrations, who could be interpreted and used for life guidance.

Number 1 – the key to self expression and communication

Number 2 – the ‘feeling number’, representing the pair, sensitivity and intuition

Number 3 – belongs to the triangle and symbolises the mind and thinking

Number 4 – is the square, stability, practicality, order and convention

Number 5 – is the centre of the soul, representing love and freedom of expression

Number 6 – can either represent creativity, but also stress and worry

Number 7 – the number of philosophy, learning and sacrifice

Number 8 – the number of wisdom, leadership and independence

Number 9 – ambition, responsibility and idealism

How to find your current ‘year number’?

Here is a small example of how you can use numerology for your own insights. Pythagoras taught that we live in ‘ 9-year cycles’. Once one cycle is completed, the next one starts up.
To decipher your life number you need your date of birth, for example 13th September 1970. Then add up the number of your birth date and month.

1+3+9= 13 = 4  this is your prime number which you then add to the current year

2021 (5)  5+4=9  You would be currently in a number 9 year.

Here is what the individual year numbers mean:

Year 1The year of adjustments. A powerful year of personal growth and change, breaking old habits and self-improvement

Year 2A year of rest & sharing. Continue with self-development but now shift your focus to deepen relationships with others. This could be partners, family members, and co-workers. It is all about interconnectedness.

Year 3A year to expand the mind. Stimulate the intellect, thirst for knowledge, a year of study, and learning new skills.

Year 4A year of security, regeneration, and consolidation. Enjoy the status quo and don’t change too much.

Year 5A year of freedom and personal expression. Hobbies could become new careers, look further afield than your current situation.

Year 6A year of creativity. It is the peak of creativity in home and work life. Be sure to concentrate on new ways of doing things -and rekindle creative collaborations.

Year 7Could potentially be a troubled year. It is important to learn from personal experiences and we learn most from failures. Learn to embrace them, move on and expand your mindset for a more positive future.

Year 8 – Year of independence and wisdom. It is a year of opportunity and financial gain. Enjoy life to the full and watch your investments.

Year 9A year of ambition and reward. The cycle comes to an end. What you have sown during this cycle will come to fruition, good or bad. Enjoy this year, travel, broaden your horizon, and get ready for another cycle.

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Fire, Earth, Air and Water

Fire, Earth, Air and Water

Fractions showing some of Empedocles original work

The concept of the four elements, together with the day qualities plays a big part in the Biodynamic calendar. So here is some information about the man who started it all. He was called Empedocles, a philosopher, physician, and poet, who lived roughly between 495–435 B.C. in Agrigentum, then a Greek colony in Sicily. Most of his original works and scientific theories have now been lost, but his ideas still exist through references by Plato. They also feature prominently in Aristotle’s writings on physics and biology.

Empedocles wrote most of his observations and theories in verse and poetic language.  A few of these fragments are still with us today, including parts of his two most famous works entitled On Nature and Purifications. Only very recently some more of his verses were discovered on a papyrus roll from Egypt which had been stored in the Strasbourg University library.

During his lifetime Empedocles dedicated much of his time observing nature, the stars, the sun, and the moon. He was one of the first scientists to state the theory that light travels at a finite speed, a concept that was only much later fully understood. His forward-thinking observations earned him the posthumous title of ‘father of the cosmogenic theory’, which deals with the origin of the cosmos and the universe.

The four elements:

In On Nature, one of his most ambitious works, Empedocles introduces the hypothesis of the four elements – fire, earth, air, and water. He describes them as the roots of all physical manifestations.   In his opinion, these four unchangeable and indestructible forces occur naturally in equal amounts and shape our whole existence.

This concept was not entirely new. The Babylonians had already gods personified as the cosmic elements: the sea (water), the earth (earth), the sky/sun (fire), and the wind (air). But Empedocles was the first person to treat these elements not as gods, but as components of the universe.

In fact, Empedocles only described the forces, but never actually used the term ‘elements’, which is a phrase invented by Plato. But the name ‘the four elements’ stayed and is still in use today — more than 2000 years later.

Empedocles and Plato may have put the ‘four elements’ on the map, but others since have taken this concept and have added additional qualities. For example, Aristotle related the four elements to physical conditions:

Fire – is primarily hot and secondarily dry
Air – is primarily cold and secondarily wet
Water – is primarily wet and secondarily cold
Earth – is primarily dry and secondarily hot

Later Hippocrates used the four elements to describe the unexplained functions occurring in the human body and called them the four humours:

Yellow bile (fire), black bile (earth), blood (air), and phlegm (water)

Since the discovery of hormones, the humours have become obsolete, but they played a vital part in any medical intervention until the 19th century.

Love and Strife- the law of attraction and separation

The four elements were static forces, but life as we know it is very changeable. So Empedocles introduced the principle of love (attraction)  and strife  (separation), a sort of Ancient Greek yin and yang.

Love and Strife are attractive and repulsive forces. They wax and wane their influence, but neither of them can wholly disappear from the influence of the other. Like there is no day without night and no heat without cold, everything works in proportion to each other.

The man Empedocles empedocles

During his life-time, Empedocles was a charismatic and eccentric figure. Like the mathematician Pythagoras, Empedocles believed that the human soul can be reincarnated into animals and even plants. He believed that we all are part of nature and the cosmic movements and not a separate entity. Life is a spiral of wisdom and those who learned the secrets of life, will reach the highest cycle of reincarnation and will be able to rest in a state of eternal happiness.

According to Diogenes Laertius, Empedocles died by throwing himself into the active volcano of Mount Etna in Sicily. His dramatic death has inspired many works of fiction, particularly among the Romantic writers of the 18th and 19th century, a time when people were fascinated with the traditions of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The German author Friedrich Hoelderlin wrote ‘Tod des Empedokles’ (Death of Empedocles) and probably my favourite piece on this subject is Matthew Arnold’s poem called ‘Empedocles on Etna’, first published in 1852.

To the elements it came from
Everything will return.

Our bodies to earth,
Our blood to water,
Heat to fire,
Breath to air.

Here is how the elements correspond to the phases of the moon:

Element Air  – Waxing Moon – time to network and to create projects/tasks
Element Fire – Full Moon – time to present, teach, gather and celebrate
Element Earth – Waning Moon – time to work hard and turn the earlier conceived ideas into real action
Element Water – New Moon – evaluate your work. Where can you improve?   Which direction do you want to travel in?  What are your core values and what do you want to do with your life? This is setting the wheel back in motion for the next 28days.

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