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Excerpt from chapter 4, Gerarai the Fourteen ...


2 The above is a list of fourteen feminine names that correspond to a number system I've developed. It's a base fourteen system, meaning it repeats itself after every sequence of fourteen—i.e., 14, 28, 42, 56, etc.—with these numbers corresponding to the name Rachel. It's also a very intuitive system, and so corresponds to intuition itself, which can then be expressed in numeric terms. And, as it corresponds to a woman's intuition—or will—which, is what I intend to develop in this chapter—I've ascribed the feminine names. While they further expand on the elements of marriage in the last chapter.

3 The best way of viewing this is in terms of the musical scale. There are seven notes in the musical scale, which signify harmony, spiritual harmony, and many harmonic levels of notes above the original seven: with each level containing seven notes. When including the first note in the next level, each level is then called an octave, meaning "eight." Thus the first and eighth notes are the same, except the eighth note is at a higher pitch: i.e., do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do. I've done something similar here, except I've extended the musical scale to fourteen notes, with one octave containing "fifteen notes." Perhaps you can now see the correlation between the numbers 7, 8 and 9, and the numbers 21, 22 and 23, as detailed in the last two chapters.

4 I might add that the first seven notes correspond more in terms of masculine development—more specific to The Church—and the next seven notes in terms of what is feminine and reciprocative: thus signifying completion in two successive levels. This is best illustrated in the way men and women speak, much in the same way, except women in a higher tone of voice. And so to each name I've ascribed a quality, in accord with the man/woman relationship.

The Fourteen Gerarai

5 Similarly there were the fourteen Athenian women, The Gerarai, who along with the Athenian Basilinna, or Queen of Athens, celebrated in the worship of Dionysus. Also known as the festivals of Anthesteria or, Festival of Flowers, they were held in honor of Dionysus and his new bride, the Basilinna, who thus becomes the 15th (i.e., head of the Gerarai or, one octave). There was also the chorus of sixteen women of Elis, who danced and invoked Dionysus as a bull. Which is significant, for I'd already developed the names and worked with both these numbers, "14 and 16," before drawing the correlation to the Gerarai and women of Elis.

6 Thus when multiplying 14 by 41 (i.e., Rachel x Leah) you come up with 574, as corresponds to Rachel: with "575" corresponding to the queen of Athens. And, since 14 signifies the system itself, and 41 is its reciprocal, I view both as unique, and only multiply them this way (i.e., Rachel and Leah were sisters and it initially gave me the idea). As for the result, 574, I had expressed as: The Five Earls of Roy, The Seven Principals of David, and Four Wives of Dennis (i.e., Israel had twelve sons and four wives).

7a To elaborate further, there were only five men to have a major impact in my life, and they all had the name Roy in common! (They also coincide with the six states of mind in chapter 1, and are described in chapter 6.) The Seven Davids, were either close acquaintances or people named David, of relative importance, though I reserved the number six for myself and the number eleven for Joseph Campbell (Joseph being the eleventh son of Israel). The Four Wives, correspond to a period when I thought I was going to marry four different women, over the course of a few months.

7b This happened in 1985, as I relate in part in Daphne, as well as in chapter 11 (my seventh and eighth residences), and I honestly believed it would happen. Of course it was all in my mind! But because these women represented something substantial, I still think of it this way. While to understand the myth, is to know there were four women closely associated with Dionysus, his mother and her three sisters. So in this respect the number four represents the woman's will (what I view as an unbridled horse), whereas Dionysus himself represents the fifth element, the husband (he who bridles the horse).

8 When adding these numbers, 5 + 7 + 4, you come up with sixteen: i.e., the sixteen women of Elis, and the bull. Which corresponds to Jennifer (2) and, to Taurus—The Bull, the second sign of the Zodiac. Thus it's significant that my mother's name is Elsie, which is similar to Elis (Elise?), and that Dionysus was equated with Zagreus (meaning "Zeus-like" or "great hunter"), who was portrayed as a newborn calf, born of his mother a cow. Remember Elsie, the Borden Cow? Similarly, my grandmother's name was Bessie—the cow—and my grandfather's name was Elmer—i.e., Elmer's Glue, by Borden! Which is why I've equated my mother with the man's will and, to the number two.

St. Valentine's Day

9 The number 14 also corresponds to Taurus, in that there are only twelve months in the zodiac (a base twelve system), and so the fourteenth month corresponds to the second sign (Taurus). And here, some material was presented to me on the 14th day of the 14th month, in 1988—on St. Valentine's Day. I was living at my sixteenth residence at the time (hence the numbers 14 and 16 again), when some young boys came upstairs and knocked on the door. But before I got there they ran away. I knew something was up so I intended to catch them the next time. Sure enough they knocked again, and I ran quickly to the door and swung it open. But there was no one there, except a copy of a magazine—of erotic nature—resting at the doorstep. Indeed, Cupid (Eros) had played his part on this day!

10 It was an older issue (January 1981), somewhat tame by today's standards, which gave me the inspiration for the fourteen names: The 14 Images of Kari. They were phenomenal pictures, like nothing I'd ever seen, clearly illustrating the man/woman relationship as it unfolded. And though they were of the same woman, each was so distinct as to depict a different woman: why I gave them different names. And this was before I knew of the fourteen Gerarai! While this woman's name, Kari, is nearly a cross between Karen and Ariadne—who, was the wife and beloved of Dionysus! And indeed both Karen and Ariadne have a similar meaning: "what is holy or pure." While in the myth, Dionysus rescues Ariadne from certain obscurity on a deserted island, even as I rescued Kari after she got trashed!

11 Hence it should soon become clear that these things haven't happened by chance, for they appear to have been preordained. As it begins to paint a picture, that gets more clear as you continue. Thus when I developed the names, it required little effort and all fell into place: while some pictures reminded me of people I already knew, others expressed a certain quality that I ascribed a name to, and others were names that just popped up and seemed suitable when I looked them up. So it's fairly obvious I've been working with my intuition here.

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What exactly is special with a base 14 number system?

Do you realize that if you do real math (instead if digit sums and other stunts), you will always get the same result, no matter which number base (>1) you use?

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Greetings MRC_Hans, and welcome to the forums!

So what's the deal with the JREF Forums anyway? Are they supposed to be closing it down anytime soon? Or, what's this thing about the 97%er stuff?

Well, hopefully you'll find it entertaining enough to stick around for a bit?

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What exactly is special with a base 14 number system?
Actually it's not so much a base-fourteen system as much as it entails the harmonics in a fourteen note scale which, is then expressed in base-ten or decimal. Of course none of it would have meant anything if I hadn't read about the fourteen Gerarai above (not the women's name which, I ascribed later) who, celebrated in the worship of Dionysus.

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Do you realize that if you do real math (instead if digit sums and other stunts), you will always get the same result, no matter which number base (>1) you use?
Of course, however it doesn't illustrate the relationship between the harmonics. Another thing that I noticed, is that it tends to work well when developing symbolism and plotting various number values accordingly (an inherent symmetry), as per the examples given below ...



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JREF shutting? No just rearranging a bit. The 97% thing is a bit of a joke. Hal Bidlack at some point noted that 97% of the content there was not relevant to the JREF mission, and some people took him up a bit on that one . But, since you are a regular visitor and post several times a day, I suppose you know all this.

I'm afraid I don't understand the rest of your answer.

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JREF shutting? No just rearranging a bit. The 97% thing is a bit of a joke. Hal Bidlack at some point noted that 97% of the content there was not relevant to the JREF mission, and some people took him up a bit on that one . But, since you are a regular visitor and post several times a day, I suppose you know all this.
Well, I'm not one known for following the crowd, so I'm not always up on the latest. Albeit I did read the thread which was referring to this at one point but, it sounded to me like they were getting ready to shut the whole thing down. Goes to show you how much I know?

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Are you referring to the numbering system here? Well, it's not something I would expect people to understand, not at first glance anyway.
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Are you referring to the numbering system here? Well, it's not something I would expect people to understand, not at first glance anyway.

I am sorry but I am too much attracted to your numbering system. I have to learn how it works so I can use it myself. It seems though that you refuse to teach others.
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[woman's intuition—or will— THese are not the same thing. In fact they are almost opposites as the intuition (men or women as we are all one) corresponds to the water element of hermetic traditions and is rooted in the heart chakra as the will corresponds to the fire element and is what your soul truly is.
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[woman's intuition—or will— THese are not the same thing. In fact they are almost opposites as the intuition (men or women as we are all one) corresponds to the water element of hermetic traditions and is rooted in the heart chakra as the will corresponds to the fire element and is what your soul truly is.

It may be true that a woman's intuition and will (or anyone's for that matter) are not the same. However, I read in an article that by following through on our everyday hunches or "intuition", we are actually taking test drives. It is in this "following through" that our will must get involved.

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