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Stacey Nicholas

The Apocalyptic 21

Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Terminator series will remember that the storyline centers around Judgment Day -- the beginning of the end, when the machines take over the earth and wipe out the human race. And Judgment Day, according to this fictional series, was scheduled for April 21, 2011.

Others of you may have come across billboards along the highway announcing the day of Rapture. This is the day on which many Christians believe Jesus is scheduled to return and, again, mark the beginning of the end -- five months later comes the absolute destruction of the world, supposedly. According to the most recent understandings of the bible, this Rapture is scheduled for May 21, 2011.

And who could forget about the 2012 prophecy? Dec. 21, 2012 is the end date of a 5,125-year-long Mayan calendar, and many have taken this to mean that Dec. 21 of next year will mark the end of days for us humans.

So ... are you noticing the pattern here? Whether the end of the world was written into an ancient calendar over 5,000 years ago or it was written into a sci-fi Hollywood plotline just decades ago, everyone seems to peg the 21st day of the month as a perfectly ripe time for an apocalypse.

So what's with the 21? Numerology fans know that this number reduces to a 3 -- a childlike number focused on communication and creativity, which doesn't exactly scream "the end of the world." And even as a double-digit number, the meaning of 21 is one of creativity, individualism, unconventionality and intuition ... nothing all that apocalyptic here, either.

Once I picked up on this pattern, of course my first thought was "why?" From what I know of Numerology, the 21 is not congruent with these doomsday scenarios. But here's my theory...

Not only does the 21 come up as the 21st day of the month in these predictions, but each of these dates lands in the 21st century as well. AND the years in which each of these apocalyptic days were predicted to arise are 2011 and 2012 -- each entirely made up by the numbers 2 and 1 (sorry 0, you just don't count here).

In Numerology, two numbers that are right next to each other (1 and 2, 2 and 3, 3 and 4, etc.) are so opposite that they can create much conflicting, heated energy. And as we shifted from the last millennium to this millennium, the numbers driving our lives changed as well. In the last millennium, without fail, every single year began with the number 1, signifying an emphasis on our individual lives and progress. Yet now we are in the 2,000s, and every single year begins with the number 2, representing connectivity and brotherhood. We are in a time of transition between two very opposite numbers, and the intensity of the opposing 2 and 1 can feel explosive -- even apocalyptic -- for some. And eerily enough, doesn't 21 kind of feel like we're counting down to an end? As in 2 ... 1 ... 0?

Even though the apocalyptic 21st may not line up with Numerology, it's a fascinating pattern around us! So I'm dying to know -- what are your theories about the apocalyptic 21? Let's get the pattern going -- comment here and share your thoughts!


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Kim says:
Wed, 07/20/2011 - 7:17am


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Benny says:
Tue, 07/12/2011 - 12:47pm

who belive in the bible is dream of the fables the bible who have all this things say who and i cant not believe in words what many decenias is make come on wake up we life i golden years bud war also we are people where coming we from the earth ? from god i say we are a live animal whit a good brain and many hungry and feels not more then this we are scheap by mama and daddy come on belive in god is sick sorry many war times is make over temple of god .
there is a dome day what the earth go take it is a androit that is what i believe and go me not say god doing this as that richt is then is the unversum god have nice day greetings benny

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Arlene says:
Wed, 05/25/2011 - 7:48am

The Bible says that no one shall know the date of the Rapture...not the Pope or anyone on this earth. I prefer to go with that theory if you will "ignorance is bliss" prevails in this case.

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Katie Fenton says:
Tue, 05/24/2011 - 9:48am

Its an intriguing concept, however I think it could mean a lot of things, and I think the media as well as some organized religion like to make people sometimes feel like their time is running out here on earth, building up a lot of hype around things. I often wonder if everyone thinks something will happen Dec 21st, and remain focused on that, then collective conscience may unwittingly "allow" it to happen. But who knows, it's still fun to sit back and watch it all unfold.