Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Sometimes newspapers explain things to their readers that makes me wonder about my fellow man. From an amusing article about the manifold curiousities that attend today's date, 09/09/09 (emphasis added):
Modern numerologists - who operate outside the realm of real science - believe that mystical significance or vibrations can be assigned to each numeral one through nine, and different combinations of the digits produce tangible results in life depending on their application.
Damn journalists. I suppose next they're going to claim that palm-reading is bullshit.
If you want to spend a few interesting hours lost in Wikipedia, look into the use of numerology in the texts of ancient religions, including the Torah. Ancient Hebrew used letters to represent numbers (a bit like the Romans) and there is an entire numerological theory system tied to the language.
I don't have time to look it up right this second, but it works something like this: the numbers associated with "man" added to the numbers associated with "woman" equal the numbers associated with "child." The numbers associated with the word "love" equal the numbers of one of the words for "God." And so forth.
When you've cut your teeth on that, you can move on to the Atbash ciphers and other hidden codes. Apparently, there are words in the Torah that are deliberately misspelled; so that when a certain cipher is applied to them they spell an intended second word correctly.
Numerology and cryptography. Fun stuff. And listed on your blog underneath a post about the NSA on 9/9/09.