Friday, January 25, 2008

Read a perfect number of books this winter

Hello, constant readers.
Today’s lesson is about numerology, a subject about which I have been reading. The key word here is “reading”. It is the season for “Hot reads for cold nights” at the Pine River Public Library. Winter, with the days shortened, is an excellent time to turn off the electronic devises and read something. I have been doing exactly that. Hot reads, for the uninitiated, consists of reading 15 books in the period of January 1st through February 29th, entering these books on a sheet provided by the library, and returning the completed list to the library. The first 24 individuals (notice I did not say “people”) who return their completed list will receive a coffee/soup/milk/whatever mug. After that, magnets will be given to the remainder of those returning their lists. There will be a drawing at the end for a key ring. All that aside, I think the significant number in all of this is the 15 books. Why this particular number, I ask myself.

“Numerology is one of the oldest of the psychic sciences…modern numerologists prefer a simplified numerical and alphabetical code, based upon the theories established by Pythagoras, the famous Greek mathematician and mystic, who rose to fame about the year 550 B.C.” Here’s what he said: “The world is built upon the power of numbers.” Each number has a particular significance attributed to it in numerology. The numbers 1 through 9 are the ones used. So what about longer numbers, you may ask. The answer is simple. Just add all the numbers together until you eventually have one number from 1 to 9. That is the power number for that particular longer number. Okay. On with this. 15 books. 1 + 5 = 6. 6 is the number we want focus upon. The significance of the number 6 is as follows:

“6 is the symbol of dependability. It is in harmony with nature, representing the six colors of the rainbow. It is the perfect number, being divisible both by 2, an even number, and 3, an odd number, thus combining basic elements of each.” (“The Complete Illustrated Book of the Psychic Sciences” by Walter B Gibson and Litzka R Gibson) Wow! The bottom line here is simple. Read a perfect number of books and get a perfect mug!

Oh… and if you want a copy of your list – or anything else, for that matter – Pine River Public Library has a fancy new copy machine. Black and white copies are $.25/page and color copies are $1.00/page. I’d invite you to sleep on it with me – it does make a nice warm bed – but most of you are probably a little large for that. I am not casting aspersions, only suggesting that most of you probably weight more than 15 pounds, the perfect weight!

Read on!
Until next time, I remain,
Browser, the library cat.

Printed in the Pine River Journal 24 January 2008