Self-awareness through numbers
And now for a quick lesson in numerology
Numerology uses simple equations to reduce names or dates to a single digit.
Each digit has significance.
Bermuda is a ‘one’ in numerology, signifying new beginnings, independence and a pioneer spirit. To get that figure, you first assign each letter its numerical place in the alphabet: A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, etc.
Double digits are reduced to a single digit by adding them together so 18 (1 + 8) would become 9. Bermuda makes the sum 2 + 5 + 9 + 4 + 3 + 4 + 1 = 28. Add 28 together (2 + 8) to make 10.
You still don’t have a single digit so reduce 10 by adding 1 plus zero which makes 1. You can try it with your name.
Fun Fact: Eight is considered a lucky number in China, because in Cantonese the words for eight and fortune are similar. The opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China began 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8pm.
Bermuda’s year ahead? It’s full of money and abundance. Or at least it is if you believe the numbers.
Jen Young does. She’s built a business helping people become more self-aware through readings based on numerology, tarot cards and astrology.
“The year 2015 is an eight for the world,” she said, explaining that eight is the sum of the year’s individual digits.
“The eight is about abundance and money. It is about business and personal power.”
However she warned that the numbers don’t guarantee success.
“If the focus is on integrity, dedication, hard work, smart decisions, then the outcome will in most cases be favourable,” she said. “If not, the opposite is most likely. What you focus on grows and in an ‘eight’ year this cannot be stressed enough.”
Numerologists see significance in seemingly random numbers, and use them to reflect on the future.
They don’t make predictions, she insisted. Instead they use numerology as a tool to look at various probabilities.
“The thing about predictions is that if you walk out on Front Street and make a left instead of a right the whole prediction is blown,” said Mrs Young. She calls herself an “intuitive”.
The American married Bermudian Russell Young in 1996. They lived on the Island for several years before moving to West Chester, Pennsylvania with their two sons. Mrs Young offers readings there, and returns to the Island four or five times a year to do them at Hamilton businesses Inner Sanctum and My Sereni-Tea.
“I was always into people and their stories,” she said. “As a young person I was into astrology because that was the only thing available to me that could help me become more self-aware.”
She was working at Rock Island Coffee in Hamilton when a customer suggested she try intuitive cards.
“I went to the Metaphysical Bookstore in Hamilton and got my first deck of cards,” she said. “They weren’t tarot cards [which use symbols to suggest various outcomes], they were cards with beautiful artwork. You picked a card and then looked at it in a deep and meaningful way to see how it could help.”
Mrs Young later discovered angel cards by American Doreen Virtue. The entrepreneur founded a New Age therapy based on the premise that communicating with angels is the key to healing. Her angel cards have messages on them like “expect a miracle” and “seek alternative therapy”. Mrs Young is certified by Ms Virtue.
“I have been studying numerology now for quite a few years,” she said. “I teach it to adults at the night school where I live in West Chester. I use that in the readings as well.
“The cards, numerology and astrology are just tools we have to become more self-aware. If you are self-aware then you are not hiding anything and you can move forward and make progress.”
Most of her clients just want to know if they are making the right decisions in life. Some are anxious about a situation or family member or need help with their relationships or health.
She’s most interested in health. Mrs Young will often recommend her clients follow a better diet or exercise; that they try an alternative therapy like acupuncture or see their general practitioner.
“I have never had someone come back and say they were diagnosed with something major after I sent them to the doctor,” she said, “but I have had a lot of people come back and thank me for my advice.”
Mrs Young believed that the positive or negative outcome of things often depends on your vibe.
“I believe you attract to you what you put out,” she said. “Bermuda has drawn the America’s Cup to it.
“Bermuda has been at the bottom and feeling pretty low about itself. People grew tired of that and really wanted to be hopeful, and now look what we have got. [The America’s Cup] is like an injection of enthusiasm. 2017 is a universal ‘one’ year. One signifies new beginnings.”
Mrs Young expects to return to Bermuda in March to do more readings. She generally charges $135 for an hour-long session.