What’s In A Number?
What’s in a number? Numerology is a science in and of itself. For those of us that read the Tarot, numerology has a definite place. I recently had the privilege to read the book “Marseile Tarot – Towards the Art of Reading”, by Camelia Elias. Regarding numbers, Elias talks about the cartomantic oral transmission that numbers signify quantity and direction, or length. She also makes an important point in that cartomancy is a system that has developed from making logical inferences.
Aces are defined as new beginnings: Ace of Cups (house), Ace of Batons (an opportunity), Ace of Coins (wealthy means), Ace of Swords (death, or a decision).
The Two’s are viewed as either cooperation or “splits”.
The Three’s are viewed as either increments or scattering.
The Four’s are viewed as either stability or constraint.
The Five’s are viewed as health and the body (i.e. five limbs).
The Six’s are viewed as paths and choices.
The Seven’s are viewed as challenges.
The Eight’s are viewed as wishes and fears.
The Nine’s are viewed as changes.
The Ten’s are viewed as “a little, and a lot”, endings spilling over into new beginnings.
Elias adds another dimension – Cups and Coins indicating closeness, while Swords and Batons create distance. Cups and Coins are viewed as slower than Swords and Batons.
Allow the story to play out … allow the numbers to talk.
© 2015 Bonnie Cehovet