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The 23 Enigma, Carl Jung, Aldous Huxley, Synchronicity & Me

Carl Gustav Jung

Carl Gustav Jung

Over the years I have experienced a series of incredible coincidences involving the number 23, Carl Jung and Aldous Huxley. Jung was the first to coin the word "synchronicity" and Huxley, the author ofBrave New World, among others, and also was known to have believed in life-after-death.


It began one morning in the early 1980s...

I received a phone call from a friend who shared my interest in astrology. Nearby, on the kitchen table, was Sidney Omarr's book, My World of Astrology. In the den was another book I had just started reading that morning, Incredible Coincidence by Alan Vaughan. We discussed astrology, as I had been reading her chart, and during the conversation I told her about Vaughan's book. I picked up Omarr's book to check a chart in the back. The book slipped from my fingers and I caught it in midair and it opened where a letter from Carl Jung to Sidney Omarr appeared, telling Omarr how astrology and synchronicity were connected. Laughing at the timely meaningful coincidence, I told my friend that was a confirmation from someone!

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley


Our conversation, as usual, took many twists and turns that morning, and when it came around to life-after-death, I told her a story about "a man, I can't remember his name" who told his daughter he would leave her proof of his existence after his death. I just could not remember the man's name. We hung up, and I went into the den and picked up a People magazine. I opened it to an article about Marilyn Monroe, and in the first paragraph was the name of the man whose name I couldn't remember: Aldous Huxley.

Aldous Huxley is most famous for the novel Brave New World.

Decades later I come across my notebook where I had written down this coincidence. Later that day I discovered it was Aldous Huxley's daughter's birthday.

Everything is Connected.

Robert Anton Wilson

Robert Anton Wilson

But Wait...There's More!

As it turned out, my day of incredible coincidences had just begun. My friend called me back. "Guess what?" she said, "I was thinking about a friend and she called me!". "You're kidding!" I exclaimed. "I'm reading the chapter in Vaughan's book about when you think about someone and they call you..."

My journey into the realm of coincidence took a bizarre turn when, that evening, seated in front of the television, browsing a copy of the National Inquirer in which a photograph of a plane flying through a wall of fire appeared in the centerfold, I looked up from the photograph, and there on the screen was the video of the plane flying through the wall of fire!

Over the years the coincidences surrounding Jung and Huxley continued. The 60th Anniversary Issue of a magazine, I believe it was Time, had letters to the editor from famous people every year for the past 60 years. In 1950 was a letter from Carl Jung, and under that, in 1951, a letter from Aldus Huxley. Then there was the evening I told my coincidences to my brother and sister-in-law and just after I said "Carl Jung", the television show we were watching showed the credits and the name "Jung" was among the last names.

One of the most extraordinary coincidences occurred while browsing the astrology books in a bookstore. I had struck up a conversation with the woman beside me, who turned out to be a writer for Dell Horoscope magazine. We got to chatting about astrology, and then I told her about my coincidences surrounding Jung and Huxley. I randomly picked up a book and opened it to the index where the dates of Jung and Huxley's birth was listed. They were born on the same date July 26. During the Dog Days of summer, when Sirius rises.

The 23 Enigma

The novel Illuminatus! The Trilogy, by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea, triggered (pun intended) my coincidences involving the number 23. Just like Wilson, who tries to rationalize it in his book, Cosmic Trigger, I began to see 23's everywhere.

On page 43 of Cosmic Trigger, Wilson explains he was introduced to The 23 Enigma by William S. Burroughs while he was an Associate Editor at Playboy. Burroughs' own introduction to The 23 Enigma began after a Captain Clark, on whose ferry he was travelling to Tangiers, boasted he had been running the ferry 23 years without an accident. That day, the ferry sank, killing Clark and all aboard. That evening, Burroughs heard a news broadcast of an Eastern Airlines New York-Miami Flight 23 plane crash, piloted by a Captain Clark. Burroughs wrote a short story in 1967 called "23 Skidoo." The term "23 Skiddo", popularized in 20's, means "it's time to leave while the getting is good."

The Principia Discordia, states that "All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5"

During this examination of coincidences, my father boasted he had been driving for 30 years without an accident. That evening he hit a telephone pole.

Invariably, during a conversation surrounding the number 23, it would appear on the license plate on the car in front of us, on a clock, a sign, etc.

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During my intense observation of The 23 Enigma, my twins were born on July 23rd. July 23 is the date the Dog Star, Sirius, rises and is the subject of a bizarre series of coincidences experienced by Robert Anton Wilson and about which he writes in Cosmic Trigger, Volume I.

I just happened to glance at the clock as I was finishing this and the time is 9:23 a.m.

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The book that started it all.


The Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo said quote: "Make Like a Seventies Song, and Read the Signs...numbers are also a way that Spirit connects with us. For example, seeing the sequence 1-1-1 means that divine intervention's happening..." Which is the subject of another series of coincidences around that number about which I intend to write a Hub.


palantiri on April 29, 2019:

listen to this song 'freemasons of enochian magick' by penal colony..

it sings "we are the sinners, the 23 sinners, freemasons of enochian magyck"


Vagchandra on June 30, 2017:

Years ago, on a sleepless whim late at night, I did something on my old (unfortunately, now-defunct) blog I'd never done before. And that was post a photo about somebody I admired and wish them well, signing the post playfully with the words, "Happy Trails, Dr. Hoffman". The next day, the news announced the death of Dr. Albert Hoffman, the discoverer of LSD. I hadn't used or even thought of LSD for years the night I made the post. A complete fluke.

Patrick Bernauw from Flanders (Belgium) on August 24, 2015:

Great hub! I myself had some really awesome synchronicity experiences!

Suzanne Sheffield (author) from Mid-Atlantic on March 11, 2014:

Thanks my NC friend! I just decided to get active again. Haven't written any new Hubs because every time I try it turns out to be spam or something. So, nothing new. I guess everyone has already covered all the subjects!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on March 11, 2014:

Hi there Lilleyth... Suzanne. It can be difficult to know sometimes who's active or not. Good to see your active on HP and the other sites. Most interesting hub here, glad to share it.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on March 09, 2014:

My daughter was taught by a numerologist to avoid doing important things on the 22nd; it's supposedly a weak vibration. To my recollection, he mentioned nothing about 23.

There are many associations with various numbers: terrible twos, "everything happens in threes," the Trinity (3), 12 being the number of disciples and the senior year of high school, 13 being considered by some as unlucky--lucky by others. Then there are the chakras with their number of petals (none of which happen to be 23). So, I suppose that upon whatever focuses, that becomes reality. I personally do not put too much attention on these things, but do believe everything is connected.

I found it interesting that when being trained as a UPS shipping program trouble-shooter, I would get a phone call involving the very topic about which I had just been briefed, but never had that particular type of call previously. Coincidence? More than that--vibration.


CatNulyphe from Las Vegas, Nevada on December 14, 2013:

I was born on July 26.

g91 on February 06, 2013:

I had just finished to read your post and it was 02:23!

Suzanne Sheffield (author) from Mid-Atlantic on March 06, 2012:

Yes, hubber088, it is fascinating subject and a really fun one to investigate because of the many paths to which it leads.

Suzanne Sheffield (author) from Mid-Atlantic on March 06, 2012:

Thank you for the thumbs up Seeker7. I don't know what the universe is trying to tell me, but I'm having fun listening.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on February 28, 2012:

Wonderful hub and one that goes to show that coincidence is often much more. I think the law of attraction does play a part, but I always get the sense as well that coincidence or when it moves up a gear to synchronicity is trying to teach us something. Now whether that teaching comes from within us or external to us is the question. Personally I think it's a bit of both.

I really enjoyed this fascinating hub + voted up!

hubber088 from Baltimore, MD on December 11, 2011:

Interesting hub. I am intrigued by the idea of synchronity.

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on August 17, 2011:

Very interesting!

A on July 15, 2010:

Jung and Huxley's birthdays are July 26th...

Suzanne Sheffield (author) from Mid-Atlantic on December 22, 2009:

Thanks guys!

Debra Allen from West By God on December 22, 2009:

Wow about those twins! I believe in coincidences too but I don't believe they are as such. I know that sounds weird. The Law Of Attraction plays into that too. Keep hubbing!

Tom Cornett from Ohio on December 22, 2009:

Synchronicity is interesting. To is like a spiral of life...connecting at points on the curves. Cool hub...thanks! :)

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