Numerology for Alpha Bitches

Male spiritual teachers often love their numerology, and especially the number 1.  Numbers exist as forms and ideas before mere matter is invigorated by them, and thus have deep cosmic significance.

Here are a few gems about the number 1 from the interwebz:

Symbol of the Unique, the Universal and the Transcendent, the first principle and the power creator.

Symbol of the man upright: only alive being enjoying this faculty. (Author’s note: presumably women are dead then, not to mention seahorses.)

According to Etchegoyen, the properties of the Unit are: the infinite absolute, the equality, the eternity, the immutability and the universality. By these properties, the Unit is opposed to the plurality which has the opposite attributes.

According to Aggripa, “the number 1 refers to the supreme God, which being one and innumerable, creates however numerable things and contains them in Himself”. Saint Augustin affirms similarly telling that the Unit refers “to the supreme, God, Principle of all things”.

(from: http://www.ridingthebeast.com/numbers/nu1.php )

You get it.  1 is the First Cause, the Logos, the Prime Mover, the Essential Unity.

It is the fundamental number from which all other numbers derive.

In New Age Patriarchy and the softer forms of the Abrahamic religions (you know, the ones which admit there might be a divine feminine or some other nice, gentle female essence around), it tends to be associated with the Light, the Divine Spirit, the animating force without which nature and matter are inert and cannot evolve (because Divine Consciousness, you know).

It is the idea which brings about the action, the soul which impregnates the dumb, receptive female, etc.

It is also masculine, primal, strong.  From a numerology site:

Among the nine single-digit numbers, the 1 takes a special place. From a spiritual perspective, it is the number of creation, the primal force from which all other numbers spring forth (as opposed to the often quoted zero from which, by definition, nothing could possibly come into being). It is said that when you truly understand the place and function of this most primal of all numbers, you will know all there is to know and enlightenment is yours. This statement, of course, does not apply to an understanding of the number 1 from a Numerologist’s perspective alone, but perhaps that is a good place to start, as the personality of the number 1 aligns nicely with its more elevated spiritual symbolism.

The 1 does not hesitate when it senses a need for confrontation. It is jealous and extremely stubborn, but also courageous and willing to try anything new if it sees promise, even at great danger. It is, if you haven’t guessed, the most masculine of all numbers. There is a certain quality, a sense of honor and responsibility that demands our respect, and it has a sense of justice that cannot be denied.

(from: http://www.numerology.com/numerology-numbers/1 )

Matter, nature, things, duality are usually associated with the number 2, which is regarded as weak, evil, fallen, the result of splitting the 1 (see: http://www.ridingthebeast.com/numbers/nu2.php ) and also, of course, as feminine (see: http://www.numerology.com/numerology-numbers/2).  My god, even the shape of the number is feminine and weak versus the manly, active, creative 1!  (Although Me One, You Two doesn’t have quite the same ring as Me Tarzan, You Jane..)

The female, in this bizarre model, comes from the male, as in most systems of patriarchal reversal.  I suspect the original projection was that males have one rigid, manly, male, penetrative, life-giving dick while women have two soft, yielding, grabbable, tempting tits; which would make 1 the Number of the Wank.

Where zero is given a mention, it doesn’t come into the definition of the feminine in most cases (because it’s not weak like 2), although it is acknowledged as a mysterious number, the number of chaos, potential and cycles.  (See http://www.ridingthebeast.com/numbers/nu0.php .  This page, which is devoted to Christian Gematria, notes with pious alarm that zero doesn’t appear in the Bible.  That’s because they didn’t know about it, dude; they hadn’t even mastered Roman numerals.  Zero as a mathematical concept didn’t really develop fully until about the 5th century CE, and it came from the East, where ideas tend to be a little more fluid. )

For example:

Zero represents the Cosmic Egg, the primordial Androgyne – the Plenum. Zero as an empty circle depicts both the nothingness of death and yet the totality of life contained within the circle. As an ellipse the two sides represent ascent and descent, evolution and involution.

(from: http://theawakenedstate.net/numerology/ if you scroll past the initial blurb, there’s a list of numbers with their numerological interpretations.)

So zero is about circles and it’s androgynous, and according to one of the authors above, nothing can come from it.  At this point, let’s note that the entrance to the vagina resembles 0 more than it does any other number.

This all sounds very profound and exactly what you would expect from great and ancient spiritual sages, male, of course, who understood the hidden meaning of numbers in a way no mere female can, until you remember that they were Bronze Age savages who counted with sticks (ok, the Greeks were a little more advanced, but not that much).

The so-called natural numbers are what you get if you count things which are obviously separate, like sticks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…, which they would have written (l ll lll llll lllll)

If you’ve only got 1 stick, then you have 1 indivisible stick.  If you break it in half, then you have 2 sticks but they must be weaker because you managed to break 1.  If you add another stick, you have 3 sticks, and so on.  Whoah.  Heavy.

This is pretty much as far as these great and ancient masters of numerology got.  Addition of natural numbers.  That’s still what numerology is based on, although to hear its advocates, you’d swear this was the most profound mathematical insight ever, kind of like New Age light peddlers who waffle on about quantum vibrations in spite of never having taken a physics course, not even in high school.

Let’s see if we can get a little further.

The integers include 0 and negative numbers, so …-3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3

Rational numbers are fractions: numbers which can be written as one integer divided by another integer: 1/2, 1/3, 2/3 and so on.  They’re much harder to count.  1/2 can also be written as a decimal: 0.5.  So can 1/3: 0.33333…. .  The sequence of 3’s in the decimal expression of 1/3 is infinite, but it repeats.

Some numbers, like e and π, are irrational, which means that they cannot be written as one integer divided by another integer.  They can only be written as decimals, and the numbers after the decimal point never repeat; they form an infinite sequence and the number can never be written down exactly in our notation.

(These two numbers are also called transcendental, which means they cannot be expressed as the solution to certain kinds of equation; we don’t need to go into detail, but I like the name).

When you put the rational and irrational numbers together, you get the real numbers.  The number line.  The continuum which runs from negative infinity through 0 to positive infinity, and which contains an infinite number of numbers between any two points on it.

If you look at the surface of things, the things you can count, natural numbers are good enough.  Yet irrational and transcendental numbers are embedded in the deep fabric of the Cosmos, with π, the ratio of a circle’s radius to its diameter, being the most familiar.  That primal circle again.  It looks like the number 0, or the entrance to the vagina.  It looks female, the female principle from which all things come.

Addition is also a fairly clumsy way to collect numbers; what happens when we start multiplying and dividing?

Well, let’s look at that marvellous unity, the number 1, the creative principle in all its phallic glory.

3 x 1 is still 3.

3 / 1 is still 3.

5 x 1 is still 5.

5 / 1 is still 5.

Stable, perhaps, but sterile.  Nothing creative here.

3 x 0 is 0.  Death.  The end of existence.

And 3 / 0 is undefined; infinity; all possible potential.

And all numbers lie between 0 and infinity on the number line of the real, the continuum of the life/death Goddess, the continuum along which everything fluctuates, relates, moves in and out of existence, and in again.  So women are fluctuating and irrational and see connections, i.e. we’re a hell of a lot better at Maths than the coldly rational males who can only count from 1 to 10..

Nothing could come from zero, as our friend above claimed.  Right.

In fact the circle, the image of 0, the vagina, the gateway to the infinite, is recognised as an ancient symbol of the female; this rather beautiful definition is from an extremely paranoid christian site warning everyone about occult symbols:

CIRCLE (sun disc, sacred hoop, ring): An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, female power, and the sun. To earth-centered religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a sacred space. Gnostic traditions linked the unbroken circle to the “world serpent” forming a circle as it eats its own tail.

(from: https://www.crossroad.to/Books/symbols1.html#circle )

To give this site their due, they know exactly who their enemy is.  If they think a circle is a dangerously occult symbol, though, I take it they don’t drive cars (wheels, you know…)

Zero, infinity, the Great Mother, the female Cosmos, the only sacred thing there is.  When god is gone, everything is holy.  How terrifying not to have a monopoly.

(Disclaimer: I am female, and unlike most numerologists, I have two degrees in Pure Mathematics.  There must have been a glitch somewhere.)

 

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