The number 11 itself seems to be a big deal.
This week’s date, 11/11/11, Friday, November 11, 2011, is a “high vibrational day.” Your connection to the spiritual realm is heightened. Just sayin’. Or, more precisely, the numerologists who calculate and track these things are sayin’.
It’s a good day, so say the sooth sayers, for insights and prophetic visions. You could even find clarity about something that has eluded you. Hmmm…so many elusions, so few 11-11-11’s.
Most predictions and superstitions concerning 11/11/11 are rooted in its mathematical uniqueness. Basic mathematics reveals some interesting peculiarities relating to the number eleven. To wit: Multiplication of 11 -
(2 digits) 11 x 11 = 121
(4 digits) 1111 x 1111 = 1234321
(6 digits) 111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
(8 digits) 11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
Blackjack players love the number eleven. Time to double down! Dice players fancy the number eleven. On the come-out roll, it’s as good as the number seven. Number eleven is a popular lottery number, resulting in the per-person payouts being below average when eleven is one of the winning numbers.
According to those numerologists, we should open ourselves to receive higher order messages on this day. Be sure, they say, to look at the news events of the day for special meaning.
You know, I’ve been looking at news events for a long while, hoping to discern some distinct connotation. Most of the implications seem instead mundane, if not dreadful: History repeats itself. And: History repeats itself.
It’s no true wonder that the human spirit longs for special meanings, special dates, signs and omens. We search the horizon for any indicator, any marker that something singular will occur to lift us up, enlighten us, improve our prospects.
There are media reports that businesses around the world are having 11-11-11 sales, discounts, and deals today. No doubt some of those sales will extend through the weekend. That’s a signal that there’s good shopping. Churches booked weddings for this date in record numbers. That portends continuing hopefulness.
My web search found an “eleven expert” with the moniker “paradigmsearch” who declares that for the date 11*11*11, there are only three possible scenarios:
1. Something good happens — there is no scientific basis for this belief. Nor are there any known logical premises for this belief. The belief that something good will happen on this date is based solely on spiritualism, faith, or innate optimism. This belief is not necessarily a bad thing. We don’t know everything, intones “paradigmsearch.” The probability is not zero that something really cool will transpire.
2. Nothing remarkable happens — this is the most likely scenario. Just because an unusual date / number sequence occurs doesn’t mean that something extraordinary will happen. Most often, such a date constitutes a non-event.
3. Something bad happens — there is no scientific basis for this belief either, thank your lucky stars! There are no known logical premises for this belief. The belief that something bad will happen on this date is based solely on pessimism. But, this belief is not necessarily false; after all, things are most often a mess. The probability is not zero.
Kind of a buzz kill that paradigmsearch guy.
But we must not overlook what is vital about this unique date, something that can uplift us and offer hope: November 11th marks Veterans’ Day.
Veterans’ Day commemorates the end of “the war to end all wars.”
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.
Fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
President Eisenhower later signed a bill to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans’ Day, shifting the focus from an ideal concept, armistice, to our revered troops.
For my part, I pray that nothing bad happens on this Veterans’ Day, 11-11-11.
I pray that Veterans’ Day will not slip past as a non-event.
I pray that a high vibrational insight occurs in the psyche of human beings as we pause to reflect on the sentiment of armistice: End all wars.