Numerology, Circles & Chinese Medicine
Updated: Jul 30
Wikipedia describes Numerology as a belief system or mystical relationship between numbers and events, holding them in divine light. There may be prominence with letters in words, names and ideas in regards to their numerical values as well.
Numerology is often associated with paranormal events, divination and astrology -- all concepts explored in my new book currently in the works, by the way! Hint, hint; you'll definitely want to read it ;)
Shapes (specifically circles), and evidently Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), deal with numerology as well.
"God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere," wrote Hermes Trismegistus in his documentation on philosophical and esoteric studies.
Here's another good one:
"[Circles] implies an idea of movement, and symbolizes the cycle of time, the perpetual motion of everything that moves, the planets' journey around the sun (the circle of the zodiac), the great rhythm of the universe. The circle is also zero in our system of numbering, and symbolizes potential, or the embryo. It has a magical value as a protective agent, ... and indicates the end of the process of individuation, of striving towards a psychic wholeness and self-realization" (Julien, 71).
Circles represent completeness, the cycle of life and infinite movement as there is no end and no beginning. The sun, moon and other celestial beings take a circular form. Moving back to its relation in numerology, the number ten signifies perfection, heaven and eternity; infinite potential.
Circles also host form to the Chinese Yin and Yang symbol. According to the Ancient
History Encyclopedia, "The principle of Yin and Yang is that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites. The two opposites of Yin and Yang attract and complement each other."
[Here's an interesting little tid-bit from the same source on Yin and Yang: "When there is too great an imbalance between Yin and Yang, catastrophes can occur such as floods, droughts and plagues." I.e. what humanity is currently dealing with. I'll bet we pissed off Mother Nature just right.]
Speaking of ancient Chinese philosophy, the TCM Academy of Integrative Medicine states that numbers in traditional Chinese medicine have not been randomly assigned. They all hold a vast significance within the thousands-of-years-old practice: "One symbolizes the unity and the unknowable, which differentiates into two interdependent parts and processes—Yin and Yang. Two gives rise to Three. And, Three gives rise to the 10,000 things." [Would just like to point out the emphasis on three and draw the parallel between that number and its corresponding shape, the triangle, of which I can't even highlight its significance in under 2,000 words!]
TCM doesn't stop at three. Nope, here's a breakdown of the significance in each number (from Active TCM in British Columbia and Mahaya Forest Hill in Toronto):
* 1 - symbolizes the DAO; the way/supernatural way and is perfect, resting in the infinite point within a circle.
* 2 - the Ying and Yang, each containing their own significance.
* 3 - from Mahaya: "This is QI- The Energy. QI is all and all is QI. Qi movement is what makes forms of life. There is movement in every object in the universe and when the movement stops, (imagine the moment that electrons will stop their movement around the atom), that will be the end of the world." Don't think I need to add more, lol.
*4 - stability, the four directions (front, back, left, right, as well as north, south, east, west), and the four seasons.
*5 - phases/elements; Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal (with which I personally resonate), which all hold their own meanings.
*6 - from Active TCM: The six directions in space (up, down, left, right, forward, backward), as well as the six stages of Yang [Brightest Yang (Yangming), Major Yang (Taiyang), Minor Yang (Shaoyang)] and Yin [Major Yin (Taiyin), Minor Yin (Shaoyin), Shrinking Yin (Jueyin)].
... the list goes on.
My point in writing all of this: I find it interesting to connect all of these dots (there are A LOT more dots to explore, but inappropriate for a short blog post) in the face of chaos and seemingly random existence between all species on and with Earth. It turns out that there are multiple ways in which we are connected here and within the cosmos, past and present. Our ancestors seemed to have known something we don't.