Lucky Numbers

Every number has a special significance and according to ancient astrologers and numerologists, every person has a lucky number. In general, odd numbers are considered luckier than even ones. Our ancestors who developed the idea of lucky numbers didn’t all agree on how to arrive at one, though. Some said that you should add up only the vowels in your first name. Others said the consonants held the key. And still others were convinced that you should add up all the letters of your name plus your birthday. Nearly all numerologists agree with the rule set down by the Greek mathematician Pythagoras in the 6th century. There are only nine numbers, he said. All the rest are simply multiples and therefore repetitious.
One simple way of finding your own lucky number is by adding 1. The day of the month you were born 2. The number of the month 3. The number of the year. The sum of those numbers added together is a widely accepted key to your lucky number. For example, someone born on May 24, 1960, would add 5+24+1960. Then the result, 1989, is added again: 1+9+8+9 to arrive at the number 27. Add 2+7, which equals 9 as your lucky number. If your number equals to 10 or any other two-digit number, then reduce this number to a single digit by adding the two numbers: 1+0=1 as your lucky number. Below will be helpful to understand the historical significance of numbers:

ONE ~ As a symbol of beginnings, the number one is assigned to the sun. People whose lucky number it is, including anyone born under the sign of Taurus, will find the 1st and 10th of any month a fortunate time to begin new ventures.

TWO ~ Almost anyone with the lucky number two is likely to have a dual personality. They may also have psychic powers. The ancient Egyptians often carved lucky amulets in the shape of two fingers. They also frequently wore two feathers in their headgear, one signifying honest and the other a symbol of knowledge. With two as your special number, your lucky days are likely to be the 2nd, 11th, or 20th of the month. Two is also a lucky number for persons born under the astrological signs of Cancer or Taurus.

THREE ~ Almost every religion has regarded three as a sacred and mystical number. It is also a lucky number for persons born under the signs of Cancer, Capricorn, Gemini, and Scorpio. The Egyptians worshiped the trinity of father, mother, and child. The Druids of ancient Britain considered three the number of their unknown, all-powerful god. Buddhists worship Buddha, his word, and his church as three in one. They also strive to attain three virtues: endurance, courage, and obedience. Christians regard God as the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Romans wore rings engraved with three ravens to bring them luck in love. Gypsies, who also believe in the power of the number three, believe that if a dream comes three times, it will certainly come true. If three is your own lucky number, your lucky days are the 3rd, 12th and 30th of the month.

FOUR ~ Four was considered sacred to Horus, the sun god of ancient Egypt, to Baal, the supreme god of the Babylonians, and to the sun itself. For all these reasons, four is regarded as one of the luckiest of lucky numbers. This is the only exception to the belief that odd numbers bring more luck than even ones. People with four as their number are likely to become powerful and successful. This includes those born under the signs of Aquarius, Gemini, and Virgo. Their lucky days are the 4th, 13th, 22nd, and 31st of the month. Sundays, no matter what the date, are also lucky.

FIVE ~ Often called the Soul Figure or the Figure of Life, five represents the center of all things. The five-pointed star is regarded by many as symbolic of geometrical perfection. Wizards and magicians in the Middle Ages wore them on their capes to symbolize the universe and all its mysteries.<br>The Bible tells us that Joseph presented five suits of clothes to his brethren and that he introduced only five of his brothers to Pharaoh. David took five smooth stones to overcome Goliath. Joshua hanged five kings from five trees. And most significant of all, every measurement in Solomon’s Temple was either five or a multiple of it. Muslims follow five articles of faith. Jews and Christians follow the ten commandments of God, a multiple of five. Among the Chinese, good fortune comes from five blessings: long life, luck, wealth, health, and peace.<br>Five is considered a lucky number for people born under the signs of Leo, Pisces, and Scorpio. Lucky days that go hand in hand with five at the 5th, 14th, and 23rd of the month.

SIX ~ The greatest students and thinkers have six as their lucky number. According to astrologers, Libra people influenced by this number will experience an event of great importance every sixth year. It is also lucky for those born under the sign of Aries. The influence is at its luckiest on the 6th, 15th, and 24th of the month.

SEVEN ~ Seven represents self-sacrifice and higher virtue. It appears repeatedly in Scripture in such things as the seven lamps of the temple, seven wise and seven foolish virgins, and Christ’s feeding of the multitude with five loaves and two fishes. The early church taught that belief in God brings seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, honor, glory, blessings, strength, and godliness. It is believed that the seventh son of a seventh son has the power of healing and that the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter has the gift of interpreting dreams. Lucky days that complement seven are the 7th, 16th, and the 25th of the month. Seven is lucky for people born under the signs of Aries and Capricorn.

EIGHT ~ Although it is not generally considered as lucky as other numbers, eight is believed to be favorable to people in the middle and later years. It sometimes has a negative effect on the young, but offers hope that luck will change for the better as the years go by. Anyone whose astrological sign is Aquarius or Capricorn will find luck in the number eight. Lucky days for people with eight as their number are the 8th, 17th, and 26th of each month.

NINE ~ Nine is the sum of three, considered among the most powerful of numbers, multiplied by itself. If it is multiplied by any number, the digits of the resulting number added together will always be either nine or another of its multiples. Because of these things, nine is considered a mystical number that has held an important place in most ancient traditions. Many of history’s most powerful amulets contained nine stones. If nine is your lucky number, you will be especially lucky on the 9th, 18th, or 27th of the month. It is the lucky number of Sagittarian, the only sign with just one lucky number, as well as those born under the signs of Leo, Libra, and Taurus.

TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA or better known as 13:
If ever there was a number that could make people reach for their lucky charms, it is 13. The Greeks gave us a fancy word for our aversion to the number: triskaidekaphobia, a combination of tris, meaning "three", kai, which means "and" deca, their word for "ten" and phobia for "fear". In other words, three-and-ten-fear. An origin of this fear is the Last Supper, where Jesus Christ was betrayed by one of his twelve apostles. If Friday falls on a the thirteenth of the month, that's considered unlucky because tradition says that Christ was crucified on a Friday. Another explanation comes from an old Norse tale of a feast attended by 13 gods and goddesses. Among them was Balder, the god of all things bright and beautiful, and Loki, the god of mischief. Loki goaded Balder's brother into throwing a dart of mistletoe at Balder, killing him instantly. A more scientific theory holds that in prehistoric times, when the concept of numbers first emerged, twelve was as far as anyone could count. The number that followed it was mysterious and inspired fear.

As mathematics developed, thirteen seemed to stand alone as a completely indivisible number. It didn't follow any of the rules that governed the numbers below it. Obviously it was a number to beware of. After Christianity was established, Satanic cults instituted the Black Mass as a mockery of the Last Supper. Their secret covens purposely included twelve witches and a leader known as a warlock. Church leaders saw the symbolism in the number and began teaching that thirteen was unlucky. As with other two-digit numbers, the result of adding the two was one of the keys to its power. In case of 13, adding one and three gives you four, which had been a very lucky number to early sun-worshipers. The holy fathers interpreted this as a heathenish sign and warned their followers that 12 was anti-Christian. In merry old England, anyone condemned to die at Tyburn, the site of London's public hangings, was obliged to tip the hang-man thirteen pence - proof that the number 13 can be very unlucky, indeed.

But not everyone has held the view that thirteen is unlucky. The Aztecs built sacred platforms with thirteen steps and built fires on top that were kept burning for thirteen years at a time. The Maya before them worshiped 13 gods, no more, no less, and believed that the number itself symbolized one collective deity. On the other side of the world, followers of Buddhism still pay homage to thirteen Buddhas. The ancient Hebrews gave the number 13 sacred status, too. The Book of Exodus tells us that God revealed himself in thirteen merciful attributes. The orthodox Jewish prayer book stresses the thirteen principles of faith. And Jewish children become full members of the community at the Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, always at the age of thirteen.

Astrologers who created the twelve signs of the zodiac made it quite clear that the sun influenced all of them, giving us, in effect, thirteen signs. Because people who believe in the power of numbers hold that odd ones tend to be the lucky ones, there is a strong case to be made that triskaidekaphobia is nonsense. Among those who tempted the fates to prove it was basketball star Wilt Chamberlain, who always wore the number 13, no matter what team he played with. On the other hand, he always wore a rubber band on his right wrist to bring luck.

Less cautious was movie mogul Nick Matsoukas, who founded the National Committee of Thirteen Against Superstition, Prejudice and Fear back in the mid-1940s. He established his committee on Friday the 13th with twelve of his associates. Together they made it a point to hold off any important decisions until Friday, considered by many to be an unlucky day. If they left town on business, Friday was the day to start the trip. And they met together for dinner, all thirteen of them, every time the 13th fell on a Friday. None of them ever seemed to encounter any bad luck, although they did all they could to court it. Matsoukas himself had become a successful excetuve at 20th Century Fox in spite of the fact this his name had 13 letters in it. But that wasn't all. He was the thirteenth child in his family. He was born June 13, and as a young man arrived as an immigrant in the United States on the thirteenth of February.

Another man who rose above the threat of triskaidekaphobia was composer Richard Wagner. He never missed an opportunity to point out that his name consisted of thirteen letter. He was also pleased to note that he had been born in 1813. He composed 13 operas during his career and finished his masterpiece, Tannheuser, on March 13.

Others who scoff at triskaidekaphobes like to remind us that the United States has survived quite nicely for more than two centuries under a flag with thirteen stripes on it. And no one, no matter how superstitious, would ever refuse to carry a dollar bill. On the back of the dollar bill, the eagle holds thirteen arrows in one talon and an olive branch with thirteen leaves in the other. Above its head are 13 stars and it bears a shield with thirteen stripes. On the left side, above the pyramids, is the motto, Annuit Coeptis (God Has Favored Our Undertakings), which has thirteen letters.