Just too funny for words
Just too funny for words!

My wife and I recently took over the management of the Amelia Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast on Amelia Island and in the process of acquainting myself with the suites and the operation, I get the interesting by-product  of  hands-on insight in folklore and ghost stories, so common with older buildings.

So there is no surprise that some conversations on the beach patio for Happy Hour, focus around the dreadful mathematical disaster predictions for 2012. I guess by now most people are aware that the Mayan Long Count Calendar runs out on December 21 of this year and since we have been in awe of the Maya Culture’s incredible accomplishments in the fields of mathematics and astronomy, that fact alone seems a bit bothersome to alarmists out there. Thing however is that, unless you have studied the very complicated essentials of how a long count calendar is produced, you should just remember that the Mayan’s simply ran out of space and time to continue but that does not mean there is a prophecy here.
Solar flares, death and destruction, of course we will have some, like last year or the year before that and before that. It has been like that for the ages. Some years are worse than others. My concern is not that planet Earth will get destroyed any time soon, but I am concerned about the world population explosion and its widespread effects.

Now there is no denying that the universe and therefore humanity in large parts is dominated by laws of physics and mathematics. Numbers have played an important role in human progress throughout history. The importance of numbers has been with us through history and today’s Internet for example would not exist without the communication ability of numbers. But… with the realization that numbers are important also came the human frailty to use numbers to find answers and explanations where there are none.

Nostradamus and Numerology

Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, was a French apothecary (no he was not a doctor), who also claimed visionary prowess, developed a following through the centuries based on his 1555 book “The Prophecies”. To his credit it should be noted that he rejected the title Prophet and none of his verses (quantrains) even comes close to supporting the Mayan Calendar’s alleged prophecy that the world will end on December 21, 2012. It’s all human fabrication.
But Nostredame’s fondness for numbers was based on the ancient practice of numerology, in which numbers (prime and other one) dictate the course of the human race and the universe. He was not good at it, but he was a great marketeer who used the fact that plagiarism was not a barrier for 16th century publicists.

I remember in college knowing some of the basics of numerology was a big attraction at parties. According to more folklore Our Birth Date desfines who we are, what we are  good at, and what our inborn abilities are.  It also points to what we have to learn and the challenges we are facing.  This part of the myth is easy; To figure out your Birth Number, add all the numbers in your Birth Date together, like in the following example, until there is only one digit.

In all fairness a Birth Number does not prevent you from being anything you want to be, it will just color your choice
differently and give you a little insight according to practitioners.

For example Michel de Nostredame was reportedly born on December(12),14, 1503              ;
Numbers 12  + 14 + 1503 = 1529
This makes   1 +  5 + 2 + 9 = 17
ending with 1 + 7 = 8

Nostradamus was an 8, (I am too), which translates to Big Shot in the line up
Here is the list

Newt and Barack are both Number 4’s

# 1 – THE ORIGINATOR – 1’s are originals. Coming up with new ideas and executing them is natural.  Having things their own way is  another trait that gets them labeled as being stubborn and arrogant.  1’s are brutally honest and would do well to learn some diplomacy skills.  They like to take the initiative and are often leaders or bosses, as they like to be the best. Being self-employed is definitely helpful for them.  Lessons to learn: Others’ ideas might be just as good or better;  and to stay open minded.
If you are a ONE see if you can recognize yourself in Famous 1’s such as Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Hulk Hogan, Carol Burnett, Wynona Judd, Nancy Reagan, Raquel Welch…and Ron Paul.

#2 – THE PEACEMAKER – 2’s are the  born diplomats. They are aware of others’ needs and moods and often think of others before themselves. Naturally ana! lytical and very intuitive, they  don’t like to be alone. Friendship
andcompanionship ar e very important and can lead them to be successful in life; but, on the other hand, they’d  rather be alone than in an uncomfortable relationship. Being naturally shy, they should learn to boost their self-esteem and express themselves freely and seize the moment and not put things off. Famous 2’s – President Bill Cl inton, Madonna, Whoopie Goldberg, Thomas Edison, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart… and Rick Santorum.

# 3 – THE LIFE OF THE  PARTY – 3’s are idealists.  They are very creative, social, charming, romantic, and easygoing.  They start many things but don’t always see them through.  They like others to be happy and go to great lengths to achieve it.  They are very popular and  idealistic.  They should learn to see the world from a more realistic point of view. Famous 3’s – Alan Alda, Ann Landers, Bill Cosby, Melanie  Griffith, Salvador Dali, and Jodi Foster.

# 4 – THE CONSERVATIVE – 4’s are sensible and traditional.  They like order and routine.  They only act when they fully understand what they’re expected to do.  They like getting their hands dirty and working hard. They are attracted to the outdoors and feel an affinity with nature. They are prepared to wait and can be stubborn and persistent. They should learn to be more flexible and to be nice to themselves.
Famous 4’s –  Neil Diamond, Margaret Thatcher, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner, Paul Hogan, and Oprah Winfrey,…and Newt Gingrich and guess who??? That’s right, Barack Obama

# 5 – THE NONCONFORMIST – 5’s are the explorers. Their natural curiosity, risk taking, and enthusiasm often land them in hot water.  They need diversity, and don’t like to be stuck in a rut.  The  whole world is their school and they see a learning possibility in every situation.  The questions never stop. They are well advised to look before they take action and make sure they have all the facts before jumping to conclusions.
Famous 5’s –  Abraham Lincoln, Charlotte Bronte, Jessica Walter, Vincent Van Gogh, Bette Midler, Helen Keller and Mark Hail.

# 6 – THE ROMANTIC – 6’s are idealistic and need to feel useful to be happy.  A strong family connection is important to them.  Their actions influence their decisions.  They have a strong urge to take care of others and to help.  They are very loyal and make great teachers.  They like art or music. They make loyal friends who take the friendship seriously.  6’s should learn to differentiate between what they can change and what they cannot.
Famous 6’s – Albert Einstein, Jane Seymour, John  Denver, Meryl Streep, Christopher Columbus, and Goldie Hawn.

#7 – THE  INTELLECTUAL – 7’s are the searchers.  Always probing for hidden information, they find it difficult to accept things at face value. Emotions don’t sway their decisions. Questioning everything in life, they don’t like to be questioned themselves.  They’re never off to a fast start, and their motto is ‘slow and steady wins the race.’  They come across as philosophers and being very knowledgeable, and sometimes as loners.  They are technically inclined and make great researchers uncovering information. They like secrets.  They live in their own world and should learn what is acceptable and what is not in the world at large.
Famous 7’s – William Shakespeare, Lucille Ball,  Michael Jackson, Joan Baez, Princess Diana, and Vince Ricciardi.

# 8 – THE BIG SHOT – 8’s are the problem solvers.  They are professional, blunt, and to the point, have good judgment and are decisive.  They have grand plans and like to live the good life.  They take charge of people. They view people objectively. They should learn to base their decisions on their own needs rather than on what others want. Famous 8’s – Edgar Cayce, Barbra Streisand, George Harrison, Jane Fonda, Pablo Picasso, Aretha Franklin, and Nostradamus.

#9 – THE PERFORMER – 9’s are natural entertainers.  They are very caring and generous, giving away their last dollar to help.  With their charm, they have no problem making friends and nobody is a stranger to them. They have so many different personalities that people around them have a hard time understanding them. They are like chameleons, ever changing and blending in. They have tremen dous luck, but also can suffer from extremes in fortune and mood.  To be successful, they need to build a loving foundation.
Famous 9s – Albert Schweitzer, Shirley MacLaine, Harrison Ford, Jimmy Carter, Elvis Presley…and Mitt Romney.

Now if there is truth to the practice of Numerology and Obama and Gingrich, (both are 4’s), are going to cross swords to settle the next 4 years in the White House, I may have a closer look at the Mayan Long Count Calendar Prophecy and December 21, 2012 being our Doomsday either way, but for now I merely think that someone way back when had a good sense of humor, when he decided to abruptly end the calendar, as if there were no longer any alignments in the universe. We will know more on December 22.

Oh and by the way, there are believable claims that Nostradamus real birthday was December 21, 1503. And as the plot thickens I wonder what’s with that day besides being the shortest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere?

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