It only seems appropriate that on Day Five of my mystic quest towards self-fulfillment (or whatever this is), I look into the Number 5. I have dabbled in Numerology briefly, and I know enough to say that my Life Course number is 8, and we’re a pretty good fit.
To calculate your life course number, take the numeral version of your birthday and add until you get a single digit. For example, if your birthday is April 9, 1977, you will add 4+9+1+9+7+7= 39 (not a single digit). 3+9=12 (still double). 1+2=3. So your life course number is 3.
An example of one numerology site is here: http://numberslady.com/num.cfm#lifepath
However, despite my marriage with 8, the number 5 keeps occurring in my life. Sometimes it serves as an omen of something either good or bad to come, but mostly, it just…happens without predicting much at all. Now, hey, I know I’m being stalked by a number, but don’t assume I’m crazy just yet. In my desk, I have a recorded list of occurrences from the past year, but unfortunately, I do not have it on hand at the moment. However, let me tell you a bit about my drive home today.
As I was driving down the highway on my way home, I became stuck in one of the infamous “douche parades.” You know what I mean, when there is that one idiot (Captain Douche), who is going a little too slow, thus creating a line of cars (douche parade) behind him. Today, as I was roughly 5 miles into my commute (Trust me, I drive this route twice or more a week, I know the mileage.), I became the 5th car in a douche parade, where Captain Douche was driving 55mph, which is 5mph under the speed limit. For my entire ride in the douche parade, my CD was on track #5 of a CD whose lead singer went on to become the chronological 5th member to join my favorite band.
Sure, that very last part about the band member might be a bit of a stretch (although it is factually correct). However, if you disregard this last occurrence of number 5, you are left with 5 instances of the number 5 in my life within the same moment. Coincidence? Depends on how spiritual you are.
Long story short(er), with this burst of number 5 in my life today, and it being my 5th day of this little mission, I thought it only appropriate to do a little inspirational research on the meanings and uses behind my favorite number. Here is what I found on the spiritual meaning:
Five: The spiritual meaning of number Five deals with travel, adventure, and motion. With the highs that come with these attributes, Fives also carry instability, unpredictability, and radical changes. The spiritual meaning of Five draws our attention to the wonder of life and beckons us to appreciate the perception of chaos all around us. Five has wild vibrations: primitive and erratic. When Five continues to pop up in your life, be prepared for some action, like a trip. Remember, trips aren’t all necessarily taken physically. Some of the best journeys are taken in the mind and spirit.
In addition to the spiritual meaning of number 5, I also found a site that lists the occurrences of number 5 throughout mythology, science, history, and the natural world. Of course, the majority of these had no special meaning to me, but here are a few that I found interesting:
- James Monroe was the 5th president of the United States, and 5 states were admitted into the union during his time in office. This is only relevant, because I mentioned to my roommate today that I love the last name Monroe.
- The Hamsa Hand (with 5 digits, obviously) protects against the evil eye, whose blue I reference in How to Love the Ocean.
- David had 5 pebbles when he slayed Goliath. I’m not religious, but the only work of art that has ever moved me to physical aching is the statue of David by Michelangelo in Florence.
- My favorite serial killer (Yes, I realize the morbid nature of that statement.), Jack the Ripper, took 5 victims.
Clearly, all of these facts are simply interesting tidbits that anyone with an ounce of brainpower could link to his life with 5 seconds of thought. All that I have proven thus far is that I am freakishly superstitious and fantastic at justifying my insanity. I admit to these shortcomings and simply say that, whether it is just because I look for it or it has a special meaning or I’m crazy, the number 5 tends to show up from time to time.
That being said, I will leave you with this: of all of the uses of number 5, the Pentagram is probably the most feared and the most frequently misunderstood. When I decided to get my first tattoo, I chose a symbol and inscription with special meaning to me, and this symbol happened to contain the Pentagram. While I have not received any comments on this yet, I expect that some people may view my tattoo as Pagan or Satanic or just plain evil. However, to those people, I would say: Have some respect for my dear number 5 and keep the facts below in mind.
Throughout time the pentagram has been used by many as a magical and sacred symbol. If you cut an apple in two across the “equator,” you will find that the seeds in each half form a pentagram. When Eve gave Adam the apple of knowledge, the pentagram became a symbol of wisdom and the power to make choices. It also symbolizes the figure of a human with outstretched arms and legs.
The Pythagoreans believed the pentagram to symbolize health and light. It was also the symbol of the Greek goddess of health, Hygeia. The pentagram represented higher knowledge. The Pythagoreans could also use it as a secret sign to recognize each other.
The Five points symbolize spirit, air, fire, water, and earth.
Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table, had a pentagram on his shield. He was said to be “faithful five ways and five times each.”
Turned around with two points up the pentagram symbolizes the devil. Satanists use the pentagram with two points up as their symbol. They use the inverted pentagram with two circles around it and a the head of a goat inside it. (Obviously, this is quite different from the five-pointed star [aka Pentagram] with which we marked right answers on worksheets as elementary school kids.)
Last, the Pentagram symbolizes, for Christians, the five wounds of Christ. Many Christians also see the pentagram as a symbol of Christ, as “Alpha and Omega”. It symbolizes the star of Bethlehem. This is a symbol of guidance. It is important that the star has one point upwards.
There you have it: everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about my number 5. So tell me, readers: what’s your number?