Most of us experience numerical synchronicities at some point in our lives – repetitive numbers that represent, as Carl Jung believed, an archetype that is becoming conscious. 11, 111, 1111, or 11111 are among the most common. But recently, I’ve been experiencing some outliers.
On June 30, we attended the rally and march to trump’s place in Palm Beach with our friends Estis and Marcio. Afterward, we found a restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach for lunch. We settled on Field of Greens, a salad place where the reasonably priced food was fresh, heavily vegan, but also offered chicken and fish wraps. Our bill was $25 and change. Rob gave the cashier $26, then the cashier handed him his change and order number: 26.
I didn’t think much of it at the time. It wasn’t exactly a cluster – just two instances – but I snapped a photo of the order number.
Two days later, I went to Target to buy a pair of sandals because our dog, Nigel, had enjoyed a chew fest on my favorite sandals. En route, I filled up my car with gas. The bill? $15.15. I thought back to the two instances of 26 and realized some interesting number stuff might be unfolding, and kept the receipt.
Tonight, while watching Rachel Maddow, I was finishing a game of solitaire on my phone that I’d started this afternoon at the dog park. This game always displayed the time it took you to complete the game. The time? 37 minutes, 37 seconds. Here’s a screen shot:
So here I have a cluster of numbers that occurred in varied ways. Even though the 26 isn’t a repeat of the same number, it happened twice in the space of about 5 minutes. The other two clusters are repeats of the same number and happened just once for each.
I have no idea what these numbers mean, if anything. 2+6 =8; 15+15=30 – or 3; and 37+37=74 or 7+4=11. So, 8, 3, 11. When I broke it down like this, I realized I had two 11s – 8+3, and the 11 from the two 37s. So that brings me to the ever powerful number 11 or, when I add the 11s together, to #22.
For stuff like this, I go first to the I Ching, 5000-year-old Chinese divination system based on 64 hexagrams. Interestingly, Hexagrams 11 and 22 are among my favorites. Hexagram 11 is called Peace and Hexagram 22 is called Grace.
For Hexagram 11: “This hexagram denotes a time when heaven seems to be on earth. Heaven has placed itself beneath the earth, and so their powers unite in deep harmony. Then peace and blessings descent upon all living things.”
For Hexagram 22: “Grace brings success. However, it is not the essential or fundamental thing; it is only the ornament and must therefore be used sparingly and only in small things.Grace – beauty of form – is necessary in any union if it is to be well ordered and pleasing other than disordered and chaotic.”
Number clusters can happen at any time, but seem to be most common when we’re under stress or have a lot going on in our lives. Right now, we’re talking to contractors about estimates on the damages to our house from Hurricane Irma. This process is lengthy and labyrinthine if you’re complete neophytes like us. So these two hexagrams indicate that we’ll be satisfied with the results (Hexagram 11) and that it’s necessary that we go about this in an orderly way Hexagram 22) and choose the right people for these jobs.