I had a very quiet, and somewhat sombre New Year’s Eve. It was marred by the spectre of bushfires in the East Gippsland of Victoria. Where I have family living on the edges of licking flames. Fortunately everyone is safe, Thank God. Many were not, suffering devastating losses.
It seems Australia ended the last decade and began this new one burning. But enough of that. Here’s a brief look at 2020 from a different perspective.
According to the Chinese Zodiac 2020 is the year of the Metal Rat, a protector and bringer of prosperity. Lucky colours are yellow, purple, grey, white, blue and green. Numbered amongst the famous rats are Shakespeare, Churchill. Mozart and George Washington along with a host of actors and singers.
2020 is a year of new beginnings. This astrology forecast for the year cites it as a birthing process. One of enduring labour pains in order to introduce new life. Whether you pay any credence to such forecasts there is no doubt a lot of labour pains abound locally and globally on many levels. It will be interesting to see where it all leads.
Numerologically speaking 2020 is a universal Master Number 22 Year. Twenty Two is the most potent of the Master Numbers, being called the Master Builder.
2020 is also a number four year (2020 = 2+2 = 4). Four is an even composite number. It is composed of a single prime number multiplied by itself.
Numerologically it represents a coming home to the self. Four is practical, methodical, square, symbolic of the four cardinal directions (North/Earth, South/Fire, East/Air and West/Water), utilised in ritual and ceremony by many ancient cultures for the attributes belonging to each. Four is practical, methodical, square.
The Britannica has this to say about number symbolism –
Humanity has had a love-hate relationship with numbers from the earliest times. Bones dating from perhaps 30,000 years ago show scratch marks that possibly represent the phases of the Moon. The ancient Babylonians observed the movements of the planets, recorded them as numbers, and used them to predict eclipses and other astronomical phenomena. The priesthood of ancient Egypt used numbers to predict the flooding of the Nile. Pythagoreanism, a cult of ancient Greece, believed that numbers were the basis of the entire universe, which ran on numerical harmony. The Pythagoreans’ ideas were a mixture of prescience (the numerical features of musical sounds) and mysticism (3 is male, 4 is female, and 10 is the most perfect number). Numbers were associated with names for magical purposes…. Millions of otherwise rational people are terrified of the number 13, to the extent that hotels omit it from their floors, airplanes do not have a row 13, and the numbers for Formula 1 racing cars skip from 12 to 14 so that, for example, 22 cars would be numbered from 1 to 23… Many religions have their sacred numbers, as do organizations such as Freemasonry; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music, notably the Magic Flute (1791), includes many intentional references to Masonic numerology.
This is but a dipping of the toe into the world of numbers. Whatever your beliefs may be I hope you take this sneak peak as an interesting, other way of looking at the year ahead.
Whatever 2020 has in store for us, my hope is that it will bring more peace, safety and happiness to this troubled world of ours.
Happy New Year