Sixes and Sevens. 2014 is designated in numerology to be a ‘universal year’ –the adding up of its numerical composition to make the number 7 (2+ 0 + 1+4=7) is thought to signify this :7 is considered to symbolise the ‘bridge’ between Heaven and Earth which, according to numerology, indicates that 2014 should be a year of spiritual bliss, happiness and euphoria…
Our human condition is a composite of many nuances: we are not purely a species of reason, but also of instinct, intuition, even sometimes superstition. We have a tendency to try and see beyond the surface of things.
In numerology (also known as ‘the Wisdom of Numbers’), 2014 is a year of the number “7”: this is calculated by adding all the numbers that make up ‘2014’: 2 + 0 + 1 + 4 = 7. Greeks believed that the number seven represented perfection, as in Greek the word means ‘to fulfil, to complete’.
More recently, in fact, only a couple of weeks ago, in his article entitled ‘The Numerology of 2014’, Owen K. Waters wrote: ‘As “7″ year, the upcoming 2014 is a time when the world will focus within to realise deeper truths. From these realisations, new courses of action will spring forth. For spiritual seekers, this will be a great year for gaining a better understanding of the universal laws of abundance. The influence of this year will help you see new opportunities to realise more of your potential in life.’
We are, as far as we are aware, the only animal which abstracts, and thinks in terms of symbols and metaphors –the bases for language and religion. Even in our more secular societies of today, we still have it in us to sometimes transcend scientific rationalism and logic to reason more speculatively through philosophy, religion, cosmology, metaphysics, and various other ‘grey areas’ of thought.
Metaphysics –the branch of philosophy which preoccupies itself with trying to understand the fundamental nature of existence– has evolved throughout the centuries with human consciousness and developed into both spiritual and scientific disciplines: these two regions of human consciousness are radically different to one another, but they both attempt to explain the true nature of reality.
According to Michael McClain on Astrology and Numerology website, numerology “is the study of numbers, and the occult manner in which they reflect certain aptitudes and character tendencies, as an integral part of the cosmic plan”. In numerology, numbers (in terms of dates, for example) can generate knowledge of future events, in the belief that nature and existence have a predetermined pattern –or a ‘cosmic plan’. This means that numerology has a strong ‘teleological’ dimension. Teleology (from telos, ‘end, purpose’, and logia, ‘a branch of learning’) is ‘any philosophical account that holds that final causes exist in nature’.
Numerology can be traced back to Ancient Greece, Egypt, China, and many other ancient civilisations.
The Online Encyclopaedia defines numerology as ‘the branch of knowledge that deals with occult study and the significance of numbers and their supposed influence on human life’. Its cousin philosophy, cosmology, (from the Greek kosmos, ‘world’, and –logia, ‘study of’), is the study of genesis, evolution, and eventual destiny of the universe.
Some believe the knowledge of numbers can unlock the doors to the depths of our personalities, helping us to understand the fundamental fabric of existence, which links all sentient consciousness.
Metaphysics is a more traditional branch of philosophy which enables humankind to understand its fundamental nature, and that of the world that encompasses it. Existentialism, for example, tends to place humanity, or individual human consciousness, at the centre of universal purpose (arguably originated by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard); or, where it is sensed that there is no universal purpose (‘nihilism’ –Jean Paul Sartre; Albert Camus et al), that human personality alone can help generate some form of meaning to existence (Colin Wilson et al.). Metaphysics also focuses on the nature of material existence, on objects and their properties (‘animism’), on space and time, causes and effects (‘holistics’) etc. On the other side, cosmology – one of the central branches of metaphysics can be defined as the study of the universe.
In numerology, it is believed that the very fabric and harmony of the material world –and universe– in which we live is built on numbers, or is mathematically formulated; and that understanding the hidden meaning to numbers will enable us to decrypt some core codes of life, nature and the universe, as well as also thereby being able to divine, or calculate, future events.
In numerology, there are a myriad of positive characteristics attached to the number seven: it is associated with inner-wisdom, luck, perseverance, seriousness, spirituality, intelligence, intuition, knowledgeableness, and numerous other qualities.
The Hebrew word for seven is shevah: it originates from Savah, which means ‘to be full and satisfied, to have had enough’. Seven, therefore, is the numerical stamp of perfection and completeness.
The Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII, has been developed by Western civilisation in such a way as to incorporate the numbers of the days, months and years.
- Facts in general culture about the number seven
2014 correlates to ‘7’, a mystical and sacred number to most religions and civilisations worldwide. It is a universally significant number for various reasons: the seven days of the week, the seven planetary metals, the seven ‘wonders of the world’, the seven ancient wonders, the seven musical notes etc. Seven is the number of spiritual and artistic joy and opulence. The expression ‘Seventh Heaven’ denotes a state of absolute bliss.
According to numerology, then, the influence of the number seven in 2014 would seem to indicate that this year will be one of deeper realisations and insights for humanity.
There are a myriad of other calendars worldwide which have different numbering codes to the Gregorian: the Assyrian, Buddhist, Burmese, Chinese, Coptic, Hebrew, Hindu, Islamic and Japanese calendars. However, with no disrespect to these other calendars, but taking into account the fact that all of them, as well, attach a great significance to the number seven (a charismatic, positive and strong number in all cultures), we will not make a case study of each individual
Facts about the number 7 in the Christian calendar:
- The number for the Holy Trinity is 777.
- The Bible uses 7 to indicate perfection.
- God is said in Revelation to have 7 Spirits, depicted as 7 lamp-stands.
- The 7 candelabra (menorah) set on the Tabernacle in Exodus and Deuteronomy pays homage to God’s ‘sevenfold Spirit’.
- Noah led the clean animals into the ark in sets of 7 pairs for each species.
- The unclean animals were saved to the tune of one pair each.
- Salome performed the ‘dance of the 7 veils’ in the court of King Herod, when John Baptist was held captive there.
- The first sentence of the first verse of the Old Testament, in the original Hebrew, has 7 words.
- ‘Jesus the Christ’ has 14 letters: 7 x 2.
- In Scripture, 7 symbolises completeness or perfection.
- In Genesis, the world was created in 7 days.
- Humans are supposed to live for ‘three scores and ten’: 70 years (one ‘score’ being twenty years).
- Facts about number 7 in Islamic calendar:
- There are 7 heavens.
- The number of circumambulations (tawaf) made around the Kaaba during Hajj is 7.
- There are 7 walks taken between the mountains of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah during the ritual pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah.
- 7 pebbles are used each time for ‘the stoning of the Devil (Jumaraat).
- There are 7 takbeerat in Eid prayers.
- Prostration is to be done on 7 bones.
- 777 is God’s number and many cultures use the same variance.
- There are also many other symbolic variations of 7 (70, 700, 70,000).
- 70,000 angels write the thawed (‘good deeds’) for one who recites durood.
Facts about the number 7 in Hindu calendar:
- 7 symbolises the state of transcendental consciousness (turiya chetana), God consciousness or (bhagavat chetana), and Brahman Conscioiusness (brahmi chetana).
Facts about the number 7 in the Hebrew calendar:
- ‘From the Seven days of Creation to the Seven Seals of Revelation, Scripture is saturated with the Number Seven. Just listing all the occurrences would take several pages. Essentially all biblical scholars, regardless of their stance with respect to the meaning of numbers in Scripture, have recognized the special symbolic use of this Number’, Genesis Zacharia 3:9 as quoted in The Bible Wheel.
Last year was a “6” year, as calculated by adding up the four figures in 2013: 2+ 0 + 1 + 3 = 6. Its derivate, 666, is one of the most widely recognised of numerical symbols, being that denoting the antichrist, or, ‘the Number of the Beast’, a mark which designates the power and influence of evil on earth.
Unlike 7, the number 6 represents the imperfect, the bad, the unholy and the cursed, especially in its derivate, 666, which symbolises the Unholy Trinity.
‘Satan is alone (see #10) until the events of the Revelation’.
Whereas 777 symbolises the Holy Trinity of God the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit/Ghost, 666 represents the anti-Trinity of Satan’s spirit, the False Prophet, and the Antichrist, which is Christ’s opposite.
777 enables us to understand 666, because the number 7 has a huge symbolic importance, denoting the 7 Churches, the 7 Stars/Angels and the 7 lamp-stands.
As the 777 of 2014 opposes the 666 of 2013, it indicates that this year will radically differ to the previous year in a meaningful and positive way.
As a result, 2014 promises to be a year in which we all might connect with deeper levels of consciousness within ourselves; to reinvent our lives and environments through new and more positive courses of action.
According to numerologist Alison Baughman, who combines years of numerological experience with personal intuition in making her predictions, 2014 looks set to be ‘a year that emphasizes dreams, messages, psychic phenomenon, wisdom and our connection to the Divine. People will begin to question “why am I here?” and “what is the purpose of life?” and hopefully will find the answers. Take some time in 2014 to pause from your hectic life and do a little inner- reflection’.
For sure, we can wave farewell to 2013, year of the corruption of human relationships and of misfortune, and embrace 2014, the year of revelation and lavishness. This year is set to be the year of a transformation of rules that uncover the truth about things that are hidden.
If, in 2014, the world can focus on the positive, it could mean less financial struggle, less violence and war, less poverty, less suffering and misery around the world, less discrimination and hatred, less violations of children, less human cruelty, and more health and wellness, more justice, and more peace.