Day 359: More Numerology Correspondences

I personally found this an odd day for Roderick.  He basically asks us to construct a spell using the numerology chart from yesterday.  As I’ve written the chart off, I shan’t be doing that.

Roderick does, however, ask us to numerologically analyze our names and birthpaths and those of some of our family and friends.  He asks us to then us the elements from his chart to correspond with the numbers we figure to get an idea of why some people really get along and others are enemies.  He gives the following elemental guidelines:

  • Each element balances best with its own element (e.g. air with air, water with water, etc.)
  • Male energies harmonize (e.g., air and fire) because both are active principles.  The drawback is that air tends to fuel fire, so air might make fire angry.  On the positive side, fire might feel stimulated by air.  Air might feel depleted by fire, or it might feel as though it is the center of a fire person’s attention.
  • The female elements of water and earth make another good paring, because they are both receptive principles.  However, water and earth make mud and these two can potentially lose their relational boundaries easily.
  • Air is least harmonious with earth and water.  Earth believes air is too flighty and insubstantial.  Water wants to feel and air wants to think and analyze, so water will feel as though air is lacking in emotional depth.
  • Fire harmonizes least with water and earth.  Fire feels extinguished or grounded by both of these energies.  Earth believes that fire is too energetic.

I can’t say I disagree with a lot of this, but I don’t know enough about numerology to figure out if the elements Roderick has given pair up well with the numbers.  Frankly, most element + numerology systems I’ve heard of use the Chinese five element system.  Usually the four elements and a person’s personality are an element + astrology pairing.

Alas, this too is something I think I will pass by.

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Day 358: Numerology and Magic

As Roderick notes, numerology can also be used to boost magic work.  He suggests that we distill the purpose of our spell to a single word, something like ‘love,’ ‘success,’ ‘understanding,’ and so on.  Then you analyze the numeric value of that word.  Love, for example, would be 3+6+4+5, which is 18 or 9.

Roderick then suggests we consult a table such as the one he provides below and use some of the correspondences listed for that number in the spell:

Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 3.21.45 PMI have to admit, though, that I have no idea where Roderick got these particular correspondences from…and I have to admit that I don’t see a ritual that invokes Ereshkegal as the Goddess and Shiva as the God working out very well.

If I was to use numerology in my spell workings, I’d figure out the number for the core word and use that number somehow.  For example, with the love spell, I might choose to use 9 pink candles or repeat a chant 9 times or reinforce the spell every day for 9 consecutive days.  That seems like a far more concrete way to link numerology with spellcraft to me.

Day 357: The Birthpath

Numerology isn’t restricted to matching letters with numbers.  You can also use it to get a sense of how different energies work on different dates.  One very important date is your own birthday.  The energy associated with this is your birthpath.

Your birthpath is easily calculated.  Just add together the month, day, and year of your birth.  The month’s from January through September correspond with numbers 1-9.  October, November, and December as 10, 11, and 12 reduce to numbers 1, 2, and 3 respectively.

My own birthdate is December 19, 1983.  This means I add 1+2+1+9+1+9+8+3.  This gives me 34, which reduces to 7.  Roderick’s descriptions for the various birthpaths are as follows:

Number 1 Birthpath
You are here to be a leader.  Strike out Boldly.  It is the lifetime for you to do things independently.  Express your originality.  Teach people the “right way” to get things done.

Number 2 Birthpath
You are here to express and channel the goddess’s energy.  Express kindness and nurturing to other people and the planet.  Teach others about getting in touch with their divine feminine and their gentility.  Work as a relationship counselor, diplomat, or psychic.  You’ll be a good parent.

Number 3 Birthpath
You are here to express yourself creatively.  Don’t settle for any way of life that may hold back your creative juices.  Write, act, create artistic masterpieces.  Whatever you do, find some format to express your vision.

Number 4 Birthpath
You are here to explore a life of stability.  Teach other people how to be as practical as you are.  You will mostly teach others by your example.  You are also here to show others how to use the mind rationally.

Number 5 Birthpath
You are here to explore life as an adventure.  You feel best when you dig into life with no formal plans.  Travel and unpredictability are in store for you, but this won’t worry you as you are freedom-loving and versatile.

Number 6 Birthpath
You are here to explore life through partnership and family.  You will work best when you have formed a solid relationship with a suitable life-partner.  You will be drawn to having children and will most likely be a good parent.

Number 7 Birthpath
You are here to explore the spiritual side of things.  You should look deeply into the nature of life and explore the spiritual mysteries of many different paths.  Or you might be drawn to a life of asceticism or of monastic living.  Since this may not be a viable choice for you, be sure to spend time each day exploring your spiritual nature.

Number 8 Birthpath
You are here to explore the world of material gain.  Don’t fight it.  Your interest in finances, monetary gain, and the power these things can bring is valid.  Through this path you will learn how to be reasonable, fair minded, and how to balance physical with spiritual needs.

Number 9 Birthpath
You are here to express your humanistic tendencies.  You will be drawn to work and activities that allow you to give all that you can and to care for the needs of others.  Be careful of giving beyond your means.

Number 11 Birthpath
You are here to express your ideals.  You will be motivational to other people and some might say you are a visionary.  You may not be very practical, but you will inspire those around you who will have the practical know-how.  You are also here to learn to trust your psychic senses.

Number 22 Birthpath
You are here to work on behalf of the world community.  You may think in terms of global concerns and you will most likely have the practical ability to express or even carry out large-scale plans.  You are here to put the larger community ahead of your own concerns.

Number 33 Birthpath
You are here as a master teacher or guru.  In this lifetime you can easily teach spiritual principles and your truth will change the lives of everyone who hears it.  You are a force to be reckoned with.  You are here to serve spiritually in a public life.

I don’t know how I feel about being a birthpath 7.  I can’t deny that I’m drawn to asceticism and that I like to explore the spiritual side of things…but it’s so much work!  Why couldn’t I have been a six or a four?!

Day 356: The General Meaning of Numbers

Roderick gives us the following correspondence chart for the 9 numerological numbers plus the three master numbers:

Number 1 Traits:
Independent, original, pioneering, bossy, fiery, driven, goal-oriented, self-centered, masculine energy, courageous, determined, freedom loving.

Number 2 Traits:
Feminine energy, balanced, intuitive, cooperative, receptive, diplomatic, loving, moody, ambivalent, indecisive, intelligent, process-oriented, circular in thinking and expression, relationship-oriented.

Number 3 Traits:
Creative, expressive, good with written and spoken expression, enthusiastic, sociable, quick-minded and quick to speak, flirtatious, impractical, lighthearted, analytical, judgmental, scattered.

Number 4 Traits:
Stable, solid, reliable, slow-minded but practical in thought, rational, grounded, clear-headed, strong work ethic, model citizen, disciplinarian, harsh, stubborn.

Number 5 Traits:
Loves travel, resourceful, versatile, unpredictable, sometimes irresponsible, desires freedom and expansion, insatiable curiosity, impulsive, adventurous, loves speculation and gambling, risk-taking.

Number 6 Traits:
Need for companionship, kind, tolerant, strives for peace and harmony, family oriented, smothering, good sense of timing, can be argumentative.

Number 7 Traits:
Thoughtful, considerate, analytical, spiritual, deep thinker, knowledge-seeking, dislike of manual labor, perfectionist, down-to-earth, can easily recognize deception, attracted to animals.

Number 8 Traits:
Just, self-disciplined, cautious, successful, lives by the Golden Rule, organized, interested in finances and monetary gain, executive material, power-hungry.

Number 9 Traits:
Governed by love, humanistic, compassionate, selfless, a giver (sometimes unwisely), flexible, broad minded, forgiving, emotional or possibly indifferent, escapist tendencies.

Number 11 Traits:
Spiritual revelation, idealism, emotionalism, visionary, feelings of futility, imperiousness, depression.

Number 22 Traits:
Extroverted, financially stable, complete control, mastery, can be destructive and exploitative.

Number 33 Traits:
Master teacher, worldly success, skillful, famous, perfect in relationships, can be oppressive, poor or misuse of power.

My magical name, which sums up to a 3 implies that my overall spiritual focus is largely linguistic and a creative, expressive outlet for me.  Which makes some sense–in my immediate spiritual group, I resort to writing my way through an issue much more readily than others in the group.  The double sixes of my first and last names, however, implies that this writing is the result of a deep need for companionship and community:  the community is the foundation for my creativity.  I would argue that this too is apt, for I chose both names as reminders of community importance.

My legal name gives me the sum number 4, which implies that my mundane self is highly pragmatic and grounded.  My first and second names both end up as 3s, which indicates I might seek mundane security (ie work) in literary pursuits…which is accurate, since I am essentially an English teacher and writer.  My legal last name is a 7, which implies that my family traits are largely curious, analytical people who don’t care too much for manual labor and can tell a lie from a mile away.  I think this might be so.  I don’t have much experience with my father’s side of the family, but I do know that they like to do manual labor for fun…that is, on their own terms.  They’re also all very curious people and are constantly learning and mastering new things.

Day 355: Numerology

Numerology can be defined as the study of mystical relationships between numbers and the spiritual properties of objects and living things.  But that’s about as tight as it gets.  There are lots of different numerology and numerological divination systems, and whole sets of traditions and beliefs that spring up around each one.

There’s no full agreement across all magical disciplines on what system to follow, but Roderick notes that many modern occultists rely on the Serial English-Qabalah system, which is the simplest and most readily understandable method.  This Western method maintains that the 9 primary numbers are each imbued with occult powers and that all 9 numbers are associated with different letters of the alphabet.  Each of the numbers (and through them, the letters) symbolically link to planets, natural elements, and divinatory meanings.

Here are the number/letter correspondences under the SEQ:

Numerology

Gosh darn it…I just saw a typo. H should be 8, not 9.

Roderick says that these numbers were determined by placing each letter in its usual sequence and then numbering them.  Double-digit numbers assigned to letters are then added up to arrive at a final single digit.  The entire numerological system is based on these same reducing principles.  Each word has numerological associations arrived by adding the single digits of all letters together.  The only numbers that are not reduced are the numbers 11, 22, and 33 which are considered master numbers.

For example, let’s figure out the numerological associations of my magical name, Melissa Zupan:

NumerName
As you can see, you simply look up the numbers associated with each letter in the word, then add those together.  In each word in my name, the numbers added up to 24, and 2+4= 6, so each number of the two name words is 6.  To get the single digit number of my whole name, you add each name number up, then reduce them.  In this case, the double sixes add to 12, which reduces to 3.  My legal name adds up to 21, 30, and 34 which reduces to 3, 3, 7 and then finally to 4.

The meanings of these final numbers are the subject of tomorrow’s exploration.

My New Rune Set from Alaska Laser Maid

My new runes, courtesy of Etsy seller Alaska Laser Maid

My new runes, courtesy of Etsy seller Alaska Laser Maid

All this work with the Elder Futhark over the past few weeks has definitely sparked my imagination more than any rune work I’ve done in the past.  The more I worked with them, the more I realized I liked using runes in divination and in magic.  I also, however, quickly realized that the quick and dirty set I made for completing the Roderick exercises (index cards with the runes drawn on them in red Sharpie) left a lot to be desired.

This realization coincided with the return to Etsy of the pagan-friendly artisan Deborah Ross, aka Alaska Laser Maid.  Deborah had taken a temporary hiatus from Etsy earlier this year while she did battle with cancer, but she returns to her store cancer-free and full of great ideas.  Deborah specializes in creating wooden pieces and then engraving them very precisely with a 30 watt laser cutter/engraver. She does, however, occasionally turn her laser skills to glassware, fabrics, and vinyl, so the sky is truly the limit for her!  I, of course, think her ability to create beautiful rune tiles and boxes is unparalleled, and I’m thrilled that I’ve finally been able to support her incredible work.

The particular set I ended up choosing isn’t one I’d seen before.  Instead of longer staves, Deborah placed these runes on 1-inch square tiles of red-cedar, and then put them in a small cube of a box.  I was a little hesitant about choosing these, but I’ve found I really like the square tiles more than longer staves, which I’ve made for myself in the past.  I think they ‘shake up’ more thoroughly, and I’m pleasantly reminded of playing Scrabble with my grandfather whenever I reach for these runes.  I couldn’t be happier.  Oh!  And as an added bonus, Deborah includes a little sheet of rune meanings with her sets so that anyone can use them right out of the box.  Thanks, Deborah!

The full supply of the Elder Futhark runes in my 'rune cube.'

The full supply of the Elder Futhark runes in my ‘rune cube.’

Day 354: Using the Runes in Magic

Rune-inscribed Candles

Rune-inscribed Candles

Now that we know what some of the energies surrounding the different runes are, the sky’s really the limit in using these signs in magic.  Obviously, a perennial pagan favorite is to inscribe them on candles to get a bit of their oomph going in a candle-magic working, but runes can be inscribed on just about anything in the pursuit of a spell.  I’ve even incorporated runes into some very special pysanky I’ve made as talismans in a working.  Roderick mentions you can wear them on you as jewelry, or you can go further and draw or tattoo them upon yourself.  You can even lay them down with your athame, and you can draw them in the air and upon objects with that athame much in the same way we draw pentacles during circle or set up wards in a protective working.

One of my favorites, though, is another Roderick suggestion:  performing instant magic by visualizing a glowing rune in front of you and appropriate to the situation.  Some of the best protections and wardings are simply a powerful rune visualization!  They’re also great to visualize as part of a meditation.

Roderick includes a brief table here with the rune names, their sigils, their powers, and the astrological symbol they’re aligned with.  However…I find it a little problematic.  As far as a quick reference goes, I actually tend to prefer the little info-sheet that came with my own rune set.  I’ve included a link to a scan of that sheet in my post for tomorrow, so stay tuned!