Numerology: The branch of knowledge that deals with the occult significance of numbers.

Today is 12-12-12, the last major numerical date using the Gregorian or Christian calendar for almost another century. The next time three numbers will align as they did on 9-9-09, 10-10-10 and 11-11-11 will be on Jan. 1, 3001, or 1-1-1. Several numerologists believe that today has special powers, some even believe it is the end of the world. In fact, here is one site which has determined that Mt Shasta in California is the “portal of ascension today.”

Unfortunately, if numerologists really understood the science of numbers, then they would know and understand that NO dates and NO numbers have any magical powers. Why? Because the numeric system we currently happen to be using as a whole is a base 10 which we call the decimal system. Why do we use this system? The answer is so simple that many people cannot believe it, but we use the base 10 system because that is how many digits we have on our hands. Seriously? As a heartbeat. Early mankind needed some way to count, so what was convenient and always available? You got it. Hands. Of course, many people cannot accept this as an answer and have created enormous explanations why we use Base 10.

This is not to say that there were not other numeric system generated, as there most definitely WERE. The Aztecs, for example, used a base 20 (vigesimal) numeric system. I guess they used their toes, too (kidding… maybe). But this is a whole other topic so I will leave it at that.

What is base system? To better explain, I’ll use base 10 since we all know this one. I’m also explaining in a non-mathematical way and adding visual. I find this an easier way to explain. But Ken Ward’s Mathematics Pages (website) provides the mathematical explanation if that suits you better.

First of all, redirect your understanding of written numbers to see them as a squiggle to represent quantity. For example, the Aztecs used more of a pictorial numeric system. Next, imagine filling up columns with numbers. They all start with 0. The first column we fill is the far right with 0 to 9. Then we’re out of numbers, so we put a 1 in the next column to the left. Start over on the right with 0 to 9. Then when done we change the 1 to a 2 in the second column. And so on. When the second column hits 9, and the first column hits 9, we’ve maxed out, so have to add a third column (we’re now at 100). So we start all over again with 0 through 9’s until each column maxes out.

Now, let’s try a base 8 system. Throw away the symbols “8” and “9”. We start with the same set of columns all starting with 0. But we can only go as high as the number 7. The first column to the right goes from 0 to 7, now we’re out of numbers. So we put a 1 in the next column to the left and start over with 0 to 7 if the right column.

Catching on? A base system can be whatever you want it to be. In keeping this from turning into a Numerology Thesis, just take a look at this image showing how to count in a few example base systems.

For the simple reason of the number of digits on our hands, then the base 10 system stuck. But you can change today’s date to any base system and it will no longer be the same number as today. However, with smaller base systems, then there are many more times that the date is the same for month, day, and year since we have to cycle and start a new column sooner than the base 10. Now if you use a LARGE base system, for example the Hex base (16 base), then the places from 0 to “15” all need to be unique. So A, B, C, D, E, and F needed to be used rather than 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. So, matching dates would be fewer and farther apart than now.

**Quick side note….** Why a hex base? Computers. Google if you want more details, but computers work off of both a hexadecimal system as well as binary (digital is binary, either “on” or “off”).

Here are examples of what today’s date would be in the different bases:

Get it? It’s one of those things that either makes no sense whatsoever or it makes complete sense. When learning for the first time, don’t be surprised to think, “huh???” But when the light bulb appears above your head, it’s almost like an epiphany. Understanding different base systems opens up the world of math, physics, and the universe. I hope you have been enlightened now if this is a new concept to you. There is nothing magical about today at all. Sorry if this deflated your balloon of mysterious events…. And I wonder how the folks are doing up on Mt Shasta…. ?

**FYI, another side note….** *Technically*, today’s date is 12/12/2012, so not all 3 places match anyway, and haven’t since the first 12 years after we changed into our Gregorian calendar year. But hey, that’s splitting hairs, right? If the numbers don’t fit your needs, then just change the presentation. In other words, bend the rules and make it work, right? Sorry, hate to tell you this but the laws of science will always prevail over mankind and it’s folly.

Want to do your own conversions? Curious as to how old you are? Hex will make you appear younger (i.e. I’m 48, but hex says I’m 30), and any base under 10 will make you appear older. Now binary will make you appear to be immortal…. To convert, don’t convert on paper. Takes too long and too much work. Use the program here on this Numeric Base Converter website.

To go even further, todays date has no significance, because the date is an absolutely arbitrary construction.

It isn’t a common calendar, nor even the oldest calender (I believe the Jewish and Chinese calendars have us in a much much later year.)

And you’ve probably heard this, Michell – There’s only 10 kinds of people – those that understand binary, and those that don’t.

Yes, I LOVE that saying. I’ve been planning on having that printed on a t-shirt.

And absolutely right about the calendar. I wasn’t going to go into that as well, although I did mean to mention it. That’s okay, your comment is enough. Thanks!!!

Oh, and I used to make bets that 1+1=10 with other drunk students in college at the bar… well, those that were in humanities, not science, engineering, etc.

Nice!

You killjoy, you.

:D Can’t help myself. ;)

The Aztec ‘Long Count’ calendar is complex enough to scorch even your cerebrospinal fluid. However; you don’t have much time left to contemplate the intricacies, as the calendar comes to an end on 12-21-12 at 11am ‘California Time’!

You’re not kidding about the Aztec calendar. I had not really looked at it very close until yesterday. Then I saw there are multiple ways of showing one number, and decided I would just accept what I was told.

Is it 12/21? I think it’s 12/23… Maybe we’ll come to an end twice. When Rev Camping’s Judgment Day came around, I had a field day! I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun with one topic. Okay, well Romney and Santorum were pretty fun. Anyway, so Camping passed, and all his re-adjusted days. Since I find such humor in these types of doomsday predictions, I began looking forward to the Aztec apocalypse.

Well, I realized that this one is different and I just couldn’t have the same type of fun with it. Because this was predicted by an ancient culture, and they’re long gone. Just not the same. I can’t poke fun at an ancient culture that made these predictions with the limited (compared to present day) knowledge and tools. To have fun, they’d have to be alive and predicting now, and completely ignoring facts and science.

(sigh) I need another current-day biblical apocalyse doomsayer. Even in being a “devout” atheist, for some reason, I really find them to be incredibly amusing rather than irritating. If you want, check out all my Camping posts. Category “Phophecies” http://motleynews.net/category/prophecies-2/. Hell, I even made a video with REM’s, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” http://motleynews.net/2011/05/20/judgment-day-may-21st-its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it/.

Very interesting Michelle. Thanks for explaining. I was just thinking about all the people who were so caught up in that. It is sad to me that so many people hinge their lives on something as simple as a number.

Rev. Camping was worse. So many people gave away everything they had, including bank account 5-figures large to the Reverend. He really should have given all that money back on May 22nd.