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Numbers have been a source of fear for the superstitious for centuries. But fear not! Numerology is here to debunk the myths and shed a logical light on superstitious number patterns around the world.

The number 13

In the west, superstitions surrounding the number 13 run so deep that many buildings are built without a 13th floor, and the condition "triskaidekaphobia" was even coined for those with an extreme fear of this double-digit number.

In Numerology, no number is considered lucky or unlucky, yet each number does carry certain strengths and weaknesses -- and it's up to us, as humans, to bring out the positives or the negatives of each number. Yet while Numerology considers no number to be truly unlucky, the 13 is still a Karmic Debt number in Numerology. Those who experience the Karmic Debt 13 in their Numerology charts may consider it unlucky, as it tends to bring many obstacles and much frustration. For those not plagued by the 13 Karmic Debt, the number 13 simply represents hard work and a dedication to slow, steady progress. Read Hans' complete take on Friday the 13th here.

666

666 is a tough nut to crack because of the biblical translations and symbolism tied to it. Often known as the number that represents the devil and the evil side of humanity, this number sequence is so feared by some, there's a legitimate phobia associated with it, too: "hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia," to be exact.

In Numerology, the number 6 is actually the number of support, self-sacrifice, loyalty and care -- all pretty positive traits, right? And since the sequence of three 6s adds to an 18/9, we actually see global, humane energy coming from the 666. Nonetheless, the 6 does have a dark side: when it doesn't receive the level of care it expects from others, the 6 can become an angry and even violent force. The 6 is considered the most harmonious of numbers, yet also the most dangerous.

The number 4

It's almost no surprise that the number 4 is considered unlucky by some, becauseit is the number that 13 reduces to. However, the "bad luck" tied to the 4 is not actually because of its association with the 13, rather that it is the number associated with death in many eastern cultures -- the word for the number four is pronounced the same as the word for "death" in some eastern dialects.

Numerologically speaking, though, the number 4 is surely a rigid, limited and frustrated number, which could be viewed as unfortunate by many who prefer a more dynamic lifestyle. Nonetheless, the 4 also carries the positive traits of practicality, dependability and determination, so can it really be all that bad?

5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays, and 5 Wednesdays

There's a chain email that circulates once every year or two claiming a rare circumstance arises in which the month has five Mondays, five Tuesdays and five Wednesdays -- so rare that it happens only once every 823 years. However, all it takes is a simple calendar to debunk this myth! Simple mathematics illustrates that if there are only seven days in a week but 31 days in a month, then every 31-day month must include five of some three-day sequence.

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Candy Mullins says:
Tue, 07/12/2011 - 1:07pm

Very nice article about fear and interpretation. It certainly makes one look at perspective, and how it influences who we are.