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February 6th, 2012, 07:45 AM
Not all aspects of numerology is nonsense. Years ago, when I was in art school, I read a book about numerology, and in it was an explanation of their interpretation of some basic numbers. Turns out that the interpretation of these numbers was visually based, as with identical items arranged on a field (think of the spots on the flat side of a dice). So that one item alone on the field represents unity, singularity, indivisibility, etc.
Two items on the field, side by side, would automatically be visually compared. So the number two was interpreted as representing contention, competition, argument, struggle, debate, etc.
Three items on the field at equal distance from each other broke the comparison of two, and becomes a visually cohesive 'set'. So the number three represents the idea of cohesion, unification, resolution, etc.
Four items on a field become visually very static. They form a 'box', or contained area within the rest of the field. So the number four is interpreted as representing this idea of secure containment, home, safety, etc.
Five visually places an item within the area created by the four. This central item 'activates' the otherwise empty contained area. And the containment 'holds' the fifth item within it. Thus the number five is interpreted as representing energy, activity, and desire in restraint.
Six items on a field will be visually perceived as two sets of three. Two items contend with each other, and three items represents the resolution of that contention. So the number six is interpreted as representing the idea of resolution and unification being turned back against itself. So the number six represents deliberate disunity and confusion.
Seven items on a field are too many items for us to recognize immediately. No matter what configuration we put them in, we can't see 'seven' of them instantaneously. We have to visually count them to know how many are there. It's for this reason that the number seven is interpreted to represent the idea of many, lots, of abundance, amounts beyond measure, etc.
I won't go through the rest, here, but as a young visual artist I found this information very interesting and useful. It taught me something about how people see and feel about various numbers of items and how they relate to each other visually.
It's also useful in reading mythic, poetic, or spiritual literature such as religious scripture, in that these writings often use numbers as symbols. The bible, for example, often uses the number seven to imply abundance, or many, or an amount beyond measure. Or six to imp[ly perversion, disunity, and the like.
I just thought I'd throw this out there, since numerology came up. Not all aspects of 'numerology' are limited to soothsaying.
Last edited by PureX; February 6th, 2012 at 08:21 AM.