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The Magic of Number Nine
Why is Number Nine a Magic Number?
Cats, as you know, have nine lives. Have you ever wondered why? I certainly have.
Many are the hours I've spent in contemplation of the eternal question : What is the meaning of Life and Why do I have Nine?
What's the story with nine? It's just happens to be the largest single digit in the base ten number system, nothing special. But on the other paw, the inner meaning of nine is pretty special.
Lucky Number Nine! Lucky Number Nine! Try to say that nine times without purring.
In many ancient civilisations, the number nine could symbolise, or signify, a deep religious truth
Number Nine in the Old Days - Some Ancient Cultures and Nine
- The Chaldeans believed the number nine to be sacred, and kept it apart in their numerology from the other numbers. How they did this is beyond me.
- Egyptians had nine cosmic levels.Something like steps in the sky I expect.
- Etruscans, the pre-Roman people of north west Italy, worshipped nine gods. Not one of their nine gods helped against the Romans.
- In ancient Rome, baby boys hold a purification ceremony when they were nine days old. Similar to christenings I suppose, but with the goddess Nundina in charge.
- Greeks called nine 'the horizon', the imaginary line at the edge of the sky. Demeter, usually carrying around nine ears of wheat, searched nine days for her daughter Persephone, and there are Nine Muses who can inspire you. The Greeks didn't need much inspiration for number nine.
- Nine is a bigtime number in Norse Mythology too. Their god Odin hung himself on an ash tree for nine days to learn the wisdom of the Runes. There were nine Norse giantesses, who strode nine paces at a time and lived at the edge of the sea and land. That's a lot of nines!
Easy Magic for Everyone - Using Number Nine
Is it Magic? Try it yourself
Count this with your Claws
Try it yourself. Pick a number, any two digit number will do.
Add the two digits together and then subtract the total from the original number.
The result will always be a multiple of nine, so adding the digits of your answer will always result in the number nine.
Amaze your friends, they may not have heard of it.
Old English Medical Prescription
Whip it up in your kitchen in no time
For flying venom and every venomous swelling, on a Friday churn butter which has been milked from a neat or hind all of one colour, and let it not be mingled with water.
Sing over it nine times a litany and nine times the Paternoster, and nine times this incantation.
There will be nine!
More Folklore Cures with Nine
Fix your Jaundice in a Jiffy
Up in the Hebrides a favourite folk cure for jaundice still consists in wearing a shirt previously dipped in water taken from the tops of nine waves, and in which nine stones have been boiled.
Troubled with warts? Simple stuff. Chant "Nine times, nine times, nine times, begone!"
A good and easy to follow start on the strange topic of numerology. How real is it? Does it work for you?
Nine in Numerology
Obviously associated with Cats
In Numerology, the positive characteristics of number nine are selflessness, fulfillment, completion, universality, universal understanding, interrelatedness, compassion, idealism tolerance, forgiveness, generosity, benevolence, humanitarianism, emotionalism, and justice.
Number nine is also associated with accomplished artists and thinkers who are inspired by universal truths.
Obviously we are talking about cats here.
The Nine Muses
Which one is yours?
The Ancient Greeks were inspired by the Nine Muses, and believed them to be the source of all creativity.
I don't really know why the Greeks did this, but it's an interesting concept - almost feline. I think there's something basically true in it.
Haven't you sometimes wondered where that blinding flash of inspired vision comes from? I have been asked if a Muse moves me, and perhaps one of these divine ladies does.
In that case, my own particular Muse would be Terpsichore, the Whirler, and often I will leap, spring, pounce and whirl about for no reason. I sing too and, if I may say so myself, in a deeply melodious manner. Perhaps Terpsichore is behind it.
Nine can be considered thrice sacred and thus represents
perfection, balance, order
the supreme superlative
9 Characteristics of the Chinese Dragon - Or how to recognise a Chinese Dragon when you see it
The revered philosopher, Wang Fu, recorded a concise description of the Chinese Dragon, detailing the ‘three joints’ and the ‘nine resemblances’ of the dragon. I'm not sure if he's correct in every detail as I've never seen a dragon like this, have you?
The three joints are from head to shoulder, from shoulder to breast and from breast to tail.
The nine resemblances
- Horns of a stag
- Head of a camel
- Eyes of a demon
- Neck of a snake
- Scales of a carp
- Claws of an eagle
- Soles of a tiger
- Belly of a tortoise
- Ears of a cow.
More Hints on Dragons
- The Secret Life of Dragons
In the world of fabulous creatures, the dragon is unique. No other beastie has appeared in such a rich variety of forms nor in so many places. Are they mythical, allegorical, or did they really exist? .
Brian Browne Walker's highly accessible translation of the I Ching is clear, direct, and allows you to make the wisdom of the ancient Chinese sages your own.
Nine is a Symbol of Change
Number Nine was a Turning Point
The Chinese have, apart from dragons, an ancient Chinese Classic called I Ching, the Book of Changes, .
In this Book of Changes, nine was a crucial point of change and transformation. When a change occurred in one aspect of life, that change was a result of a change in its opposite. Therefore, as a symbol of extremity, the number nine in Chinese Culture is also a warning, a turning point.
(If you can grasp the essentials of the I Ching, then you have the intelligence of a cat. Congratulations!)
I Ching - Or Book of Changes
For centuries, The I Ching or Book of Changes has been consulted for sage advice at life's turning points. Does it appeal to you?
In Ancient China there was a Ninth Heaven - They had lots of doorknobs too
In Ancient China there was a Ninth Heaven - They had lots of doorknobs too
In ancient China, the number one represented the starting point and the number nine represented the extremity.
Jiu Zhou is a poetic name referring to the nine states, which means that the country encompasses so much territory that it is beyond measure.
The highest heavens were referred to as the "ninth heaven" and Jiu Quan, the ninth spring, where the afterlife was located beneath the deepest water.
In the royal palace the doors, windows, stairs and fixtures existed in multiples of nine or a number that contains nine. The numbers of the gilded knobs on the double doors of the major gates of the Forbidden City has nine rows of nine knobs, representing the supreme power of the Emperor.
A Chinese Festival worthy of keeping
In China the odd numbers are seen as male-yang. Number nine, the biggest, is the ultimate masculine so the ninth day of the ninth month has long been a very important festival known as the Double Yang Festival.
This is a time for wine and poetry inspired by the beautiful autumn scenery.
In the past, Chinese scholars would climb nearby mountains and look into the distance and think of their faraway friends. And that's a festival I wish you would find worthy of keeping up - no matter what value you place nowadays on the number nine.
© 2008 Vladimir