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#1 josh stout

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 09:54 AM

I have learned about Chinese numerology as part of my kung-fu practice, and I wondered what thoughts people have on it. It reminds me of the Medieval European number systems like Jacobs ladder in that there are symbols and levels of spiritual attainment associated with each number. My favorite is the number six (liok-hap in dialect) which can be drawn as the endless knot and symbolizes flow, ease of movement, and harmony with natural law. Number seven (chit-sek in dialect) is a bit more mysterious and often has no symbol reflecting its standing as a magical number. Sometimes it is drawn as seven lines representing the rainbow, and then of course there are the seven stars of the big dipper that we see on swords. If anyone has more information on how seven works I would be interested.

Things I have heard about without explanation are the relationships of numbers higher than 10 and something called "golden numbers". If anyone has information on these I would be interested.
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 08:26 AM

I have learned about Chinese numerology as part of my kung-fu practice, and I wondered what thoughts people have on it. It reminds me of the Medieval European number systems like Jacobs ladder in that there are symbols and levels of spiritual attainment associated with each number. My favorite is the number six (liok-hap in dialect) which can be drawn as the endless knot and symbolizes flow, ease of movement, and harmony with natural law. Number seven (chit-sek in dialect) is a bit more mysterious and often has no symbol reflecting its standing as a magical number. Sometimes it is drawn as seven lines representing the rainbow, and then of course there are the seven stars of the big dipper that we see on swords. If anyone has more information on how seven works I would be interested.

Things I have heard about without explanation are the relationships of numbers higher than 10 and something called "golden numbers". If anyone has information on these I would be interested.
Josh


Were you thinking of the golden ratio?
check out this site

http://en.wikipedia....ki/Golden_ratio

At least since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing. Mathematicians have studied the golden ratio because of its unique and interesting properties.

Other names frequently used for or closely related to the golden ratio are golden section (Latin: sectio aurea), golden mean, golden number, and the Greek letter phi (φ).[1][2][3] Other terms encountered include extreme and mean ratio, medial section, divine proportion (Italian: proporzione divina), divine section (Latin: sectio divina), golden proportion, golden cut,[4] and mean of Phidias.[5][6][7]

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 09:27 AM

I have learned about Chinese numerology as part of my kung-fu practice, and I wondered what thoughts people have on it.


Like Kaiselin I went looking on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia....Chinese_culture and thought is was interesting that you're interested in 7 and yet it and 3 don't appear as part of the article. More research is called for! :clapping:
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