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Number Crunching, Number Magic

Do you want to live in a world where magic holds sway, or a world restricted by "facts"?

Many of us were taught to "face facts," which is often another way of saying, "Work 24/7, trapped by fear and one-sided "evidence." There's an alternative: Joyful play is powerful magic. Relaxing and enjoying life aligns us with the Divine flow of abundance and power.

In a recent counseling session, I advised someone, who deals with a lot of numbers in his business, to not get bossed around by the numbers. Numbers might suggest limits that ritual can transcend. 

Later, I thought, "But what if you're good with numbers? Then, why not have fun with them, magically and otherwise? (Mind you, even if you're good with numbers, I'm not reneging on my advice about not being restricted by them.)

So I've been playing with numbers. It is so much fun, and it is working! For example, I started playing with numbers regarding sign ups for my free Enewsletter. Within a week, I received the number of sign ups I usually get in two months! 

Playing with numbers also keeps them from worrying me until I'm frazzled.

The magic I'm discussing is not overt ritual. Magic happens when we relax and enjoy life. Fey power isn't always flashy. Sometimes it's the act of leaving a world created by doubt, worry, and supposed reality, and choosing a world in which magic is real.

I am not being woo-woo. I know from rough personal experience that, when I get super worried about finances, and become mega tense and constricted, the flow of money to me constricts as well. 

Mind you, bad stuff happens, it is part of life. We shouldn't blame ourselves for everything that comes our way. I don't believe I caused the economic nightmare I suffered when I became ill in 2001. I was suddenly too sick to work more than part-time, and was paying huge medical bills out of pocket.

However, here's the thing: I panicked. Okay, it's to be expected that I panicked. It's only human. But I continued to panic, then panic and panic and panic. I got trapped in my world of worry. That, at least in part, maintained my financial problems. When I finally let go, I reentered the world in which magic holds sway: my finances came back.

What holds true for finances is true for all of life's gifts. Worry stifles them. 

And numbers are not the only "facts" that can imprison us. There's endless "proof" to discourage us.  

Not worrying about the numbers and other facts can be challenging. I love what the sales guru Robert J Ringer says: "Most deals do not close." This does not just apply to deals but to all opportunities.

Of course, I could interpret his words as yet another justification for worry. But he means to not worry about most deals falling through, because it's just the fact (see how I used the word fact there?), and if you try often enough, you'll get enough success. That's a playful way to engage with the numbers. 

Annie Dillard, in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, words it more eloquently than Ringer: "If indeed [nature] has no greater aim than to provide a home for her greatest experiment, Man, it would be just like her methods to scatter a million stars wherof one might haply achieve her purpose.”

The cosmos holds an endless numbers of stars and possibilities. If one possibility does not work, we needn't feel restricted by that. 

I'm a hard worker, but I choose my world: I do not want to worry about all the work that needs to be done to make opportunities bear fruit, or believe failed opportunities are the end all. I will let my fey self emerge into the world of endless power, by celebrating numbers as endless stars. When I do the latter, the sheer exuberant fun and goodwill creates prosperity and other goodness. 

Please post below if you enjoy applying my ideas. Or perhaps you have tips about how to apply them. Please post them too.

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Francesca De Grandis aka Outlaw Bunny is the bestselling author of "Be a Goddess!" Founder of The Third Road, a Faerie Shamanism tradition that she teaches through both text and oral tradition, De Grandis says, "I'm a trickster working for benevolent chaos Gods, so I don't play mean tricks." Bard, painter, mystical innovator, and busy elf who works part-time for Santa Claus, she blogs here and on her own sites, www.stardrenched.com and www.outlawbunny.com


  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Saturday, 02 May 2015

    Been off-line for several weeks, and was happy to see this upon returning. As someone who has dyscalculia (but nobody knew what that was, when I was a child; it's dyslexia with numbers instead of words), I am delighted by the fey approach to math. I'm the only person I know whose calculation skills were actually improved by the introduction of the electronic calculator! Thanks so much for the reminder that we can choose our world.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Saturday, 02 May 2015

    Ted, hi, good to see you! I was wondering where you'd gone to. Thanks so much for reading my blog and for your kind words about it! Yes, it is fey fun with numbers, LOL.

  • irene boyce
    irene boyce Monday, 04 May 2015

    Hi Francesca,

    all my life I've known I've been walking a destined path. As a teenager 13/14 ish, I was walking home from school when my mind simply cleared and it came to me that one day I had a job to do for God, a BIG job. This felt perfectly natural to me, I took note and filed it to the back of my mind. My life has been like a jig-saw I had to solve and I've solved it. As you will be aware, we live in an inside out, upside down world! A world which I have long been on a mission to save! As we are all aware the human race needs to change its ways drastically if we are to save mother earth from catastrophe.

    Here follows a sample of my work and the end to which numbers have brought me...my number being 999, the opposite of 666. ;)

    Glastonbury is said to be the centre of the spiritual world where Jesus was reputedly schooled. Could Jesus have been a Pagan? He said he'd be back at the end of the age to usher in the golden age, could his story be written in the songs of the stars and the magicians hand book? You decide.

    Glastonbury festival has become the centre of world music, the late Andrew Kerr incorporated the concepts of sacred geometry into the creation of the Pyramid Stage.

    R.I.P. Andrew Kerr.

    At Midsummer in 1971 a group of 12,000 people gathered on fields at Pilton in Somerset for the Glastonbury Fair, watching musical acts that included David Bowie, Arthur Brown and Hawkwind.

    Kerr was an enthusiastic follower of the antiquarian John Michell, whose book The View Over Atlantis had become a cult bestseller. Adopting Michell’s ideas, Kerr incorporated the concepts of sacred geometry into the creation of the Pyramid Stage, which went on to become such a lauded and central feature of the Glastonbury Festival.
    The stage was conceived by Kerr and the designer Bill Harkin as a one-10th scale replica of the Great Pyramid at Giza. Harkin told me, “I had a dream about standing at the back of a stage and seeing two beams of light forming a pyramid and took that as a message. Andrew gave me John Michell’s number and we spent some hours discussing it...”

    The stage location was chosen at what Kerr believed would be exactly the right spot, over a spring which he had found by dowsing, connected to the Stonehenge-Glastonbury ley line. The timing of the event, at Midsummer, was Kerr’s inspiration, aligning the festival to the pagan calendar. “What we were trying to do,” he explained, “was to stimulate the Earth’s nervous system with joy, appreciation and happiness so that our Mother planet would respond by breeding a happier, more balanced race of men, animals and plants.”


    Said John Michell..."The important discoveries about the past have been made not so much through the present refined techniques of treasure hunting and grave robbery, but through the intuition of those whose faith in poetry led them to scientific truth."



    The New Jerusalem.

    In John Michell’s book The New View Over Atlantis he states regarding the number 666…”The Puritans and those others whose opposition to the old magical practices brought about the Reformation, compiled their scheme to exclude the number 666. To them the beast represented some absolute principle of evil, irreconcilable with the iron rule of humanly created morality. The beast, like the dragon, had to be suppressed.”

    The importance of reconstructing the pattern on the floor of the Old Church at Glastonbury was repeatedly emphasized in Bligh Bond’s scripts. One of them said: You know that in this designing of the Floor lies the future prophesy of Glastonbury, together with the inward secrets of Christianity.
    Bond understood full well how significant was the pattern, here identified as the ‘New Jerusalem’ diagram, which his spiritually guided researches were revealing at Glastonbury. He saw in its emergence the rebirth of the Gnosis, that synthesis of religion, philosophy and mystical science which was inherited by the early Christians and later suppressed by the authoritarian Church. The Gnosis offered direct access to the mysteries by methods similar to those Bligh Bond was using to inform the archaeological work, and the philosophy associated with it was based on recognition and acceptance of all aspects of nature, irrespective of any moral conventions. For these reasons it became odious to the Church which, from the second century onward, set out to exterminate all relics of ancient knowledge and science as hindrances to its own moral law and doctrines. Bligh Bond did not merely dabble in ‘forbidden knowledge'; he openly advocated and furthered its resurgence. There was no reconciling his views with those of the new owners of Glastonbury Abbey, the Church of England, and his dismissal was inevitable. Typifying the nature of the misunderstanding was the matter of the number 666 in the Glastonbury dimensions.

    Revelation. Chapter 13 v 18.

    Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

    In John Michell's book The City of Revelation, he suggests that the beast rising out of the sea and Christ are one and the same...


    We live in an inside out upside down world. In numerology my number is 999. ...


    In the early 90's I went to war with the newly privatized Yorkshire Water 'Services?' who were pumping raw sewage into the sea while robbing us blind...




    The Beast


    Who can find the Beast?
    She's big...(Oh yes!)
    she's bad...(Really bad according to some!)
    she's wicked...(Totally wicked!)
    she's sad...(How many children suffering???!!!)
    Who can fight the Beast?

    In the beginning there was Genesis...and the angel Gabriel did sing...Supper's Ready.

    Dragons coming out of the sea,
    Shimmering silver head of wisdom looking at me.
    He brings down the fire from the skies,
    You can tell he's doing well by the look in human eyes.
    Better not compromise.
    It won't be easy.

    https://youtu.be/Jecz3vHaGak ...5.54 in.

    666 is no longer alone,
    He's getting out the marrow in your back bone,
    And the seven trumpets blowing sweet rock and roll,
    Gonna blow right down inside your soul.
    Pythagoras with the looking glass reflects the full moon,
    In blood, he's writing the lyrics of a brand new tune.

    There's an angel standing in the sun, and he's crying with a loud voice,
    "This is the supper of the mighty one",
    Lord of Lords,
    King of Kings,
    Has returned to lead his children home,
    To take them to the new Jerusalem.

    John Michell The New View Over Atlantis. Page. 186.

    The New Jerusalem.
    The importance of reconstructing the pattern on the floor of the Old Church at Glastonbury was repeatedly emphasized in Bligh Bond's scripts. One of them said: 'You know that in this designing of the floor lies the future prophesy of Glastonbury, together with the inward secrets of Christianity.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Monday, 04 May 2015

    Irene, thank you for going to such great lengths to convey your experiences with numbers. May your days always be blessed with beautiful numbers.

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