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Names and Numbers- Numerology
My cousin in the Philippines has an obsession for the numbers 7 and 11. He is in the coffee table book publishing business. He needs 11 Filipino-Americans for his new book. I do not have an obsession for the above two numbers. However, I believe that they are lucky numbers. For example, next week will be my 77th birthday, and I feel very lucky, I am still around blogging and writing. The second article in this page is about names and numerlogy. My wife and relatives believe in this pseudo science and also its spiritual aspects.
Do you believe in numerology?
Obsession for Numbers 7 and 11
My cousin in the Philippines has an obsession for the numbers 7 and 11. He is in the coffee table book publishing business. He needs 11 Filipino-Americans for his new book.
I have a cousin in the Philippines who owned a “coffee table book” publishing business. He writes books in coffee table format and sells them mostly to exclusive and rich clients who are the subject of his books. Some of his books titles are: Father and Sons, Mothers and Daughters and the Rich and the Famous. The books are selling well but mostly to the people(and their relatives) mentioned and listed on his books. The price of each book ranged from $711 to $1100. One of his best sellers is a book that has the autobiography of the 11 richest Filipinos in the Philippines. From what I heard all of the 11 listed in the book donated $11,000 each and received 7 copies of the books. If they purchased additional copies they have to pay additional $711 for each copy. My cousin has an obsession for number 7 and 11.
Today, he has exhausted his list of rich and well-known Filipinos in the Philippines, so he is pitching his sales talk to Filipino-American residing here in the US. One of the sales pitch is that if you donate $1100, your name will be included in a book that he is planning to write about the lives of Filipino-Americans in the US. You will receive one copy of the book. For additional copies you have to pay $711.
The book will discuss the struggles and accomplishments of these eleven Filipino-Americans here in US. The book will be published by November 11, 2011. There will be an awards ceremony and party for those whose names have been selected in a 5 star hotel in Makati, Philippines. The party and award ceremony is scheduled for November 11, 2011 (11-11-11) at 11:11 AM. The luncheon will consists of 11 dishes served ala Chinese Lauriat by 11 waiters at 11 minutes intervals. The lunch will start with a soup, a salad, an appetizer then 7 main dishes and finally the dessert (his birthday cake). The cake will have only 11 candles to signify 6+5=11, since November 11, 2011 happens to be also his 65st birthday. He plans on inviting only 111 guests including the 11 names selected in the book. The book title will be “Who’s Who Among Filipino-Americans”.
I was approached by my cousin to be included in the book, but I politely refused. I think the $1100 donation is a scam. However, I am pretty sure he could convince at least 11 people (male or female) who would be willing to pay that amount to have a little publicity and an ego-boost in their lives. My cousin is a smooth talker, very personable and has lots of connection to the rich and famous in Metro Manila. My question is: is this a legitimate business or a scam?
There are two reasons why I refused to be included in the book. I do not want to pay him the $1100 fee, plus I have already written by own autobiography and memoirs here in US. I do not need any more publicity in cyberspace (http://theintellectualmigrant.blogspot.com chapters 1 to 14).
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The Pseudo Science of Numerology
Names and Numerology
My late mother-in-law practiced the art of numerology in our family. Although I am not superstitious, I followed it in the naming of our four children here in the US.
My late mother-in-law had given my wife a formula based on numbers for predicting whether a marriage, a birth of a child or any addition to your household will bring good or bad luck or even death to your family or household.
My wife had followed this formula when we assigned names to our four children. I am not superstitious, but I follow it also, because I have witnessed several cases of relatives in the Philippines that have suffered early death, divorce or sickness because the combination of their baptismal names fall into the category of CONDENADO (meaning condemned or death).
There are five categories, BUENAS (good luck), DUDUSO (doubtful), PELIGRO (danger), MALAS (bad luck) and CONDENADO (condemned). I have a copy of the number values for the 26 letter of the alphabet and the numbers that are supposed to be lucky, doubtful, danger, bad luck and condemned. But my wife refused to give her permission that I divulge this in this article. But here is the essence of this pseudo science of numerology.
The 26 alphabet letters are assigned numerical values from zero to 26. Some of the letters have the same values. Eight letters are valued 12, four letters are valued 9, three letters are valued 18, and the rest of the letters are valued from zero to 26.
The letters in your Baptismal name are added. This sum tells the numerologist which of the above five categories your name falls into. Then the baptismal name of your wife is added. If the sum of your name and your spouse exceeds 30, you start again counting from 1. If you have a baby, the baptismal name of the baby is added to both husband and wife’s total. Any addition to the household, even household help must be considered especially if the maid, cook or gardener lives in your household.
So how will you know if the sum of all the names in your household will bring you good or bad luck?
There is a list of lucky numbers, unlucky numbers, doubtful numbers, danger numbers and condemned numbers. There are 7 lucky numbers, among them are 7, 9 and 11. There are eight unlucky numbers among them are 4, 8, and 29. There are 20 doubtful numbers among them are 5, 6 and 27. There are 8 danger numbers, among them 12, 15 and 23. There are 8 condemned numbers among them are 3, 13 and 30.
Let me cite a specific example. My name “David” has a numerical value of 30 or zero. From the chart of five categories it is a bad number. So my parents did not give me a lucky name. But if you combined it with my wife’s name, with a value of 21, our total is 21. The number 21 is doubtful. When our oldest son was born we made it sure that the combination of our 3 names is among the lucky numbers of 1,3,7, 9, and 11.
This numerology system is similar but not identical to the Chinese numerology system and practices.
For example, number 4 is a pretty bad number in Cantonese, for it sounds like death, but in this system 4 is a good number. Eight is a good number in Chinese, but a danger number in this system. Both 1 and 9 are good numbers in Chinese and in my mother-in-law’s numerology chart.
Curious? I am sorry I can not elaborate more on this. My wife says it will be bad luck to give details of this numerology activity that my mother-in-law had been practicing for years when she was still alive. Evidently, this has been passed from generation to generation and is believed to have originated from Spain. Have you heard a similar activity in the Philippines, UK or in Spain?
Twelve Round Fruits for your Table
Philippines Traditions/Superstitions on New Year
Have 12 Round Fruits in Your House on Year's Eve for Good Luck
When I was growing up in the Philippines, my parents will tell us kids that on New Years Eve, we should do the following for good luck. Doing these things will help insure that the coming year will be a happy and prosperous one. Many of these traditions/superstition are of Chinese influence, I believe.
1. Turn on all lights so that the coming year will be bright.
2. Make as much noise as you can to scare away evil spirits.
3. Debts must be paid off. Fill you wallet with fresh peso bills.
4. Open all doors, windows, cabinets and drawers to let good fortune in.
5. Scatter coins around the house, on tabletops.... inside drawers...
6. Clean everything including your body by taking a long bath, the closets and the whole house.
7. Wear polka-dots, preferably black and white. Anything round signifies prosperity.
8. Jump twelve times at midnight to increase your height. (Observed by Filipino children.)
There are five things related to food that we must do for good luck as follows:
1. Prepare 12 round fruits, one for each month of the coming new year ( see photo above).
2. Have a very round grape in your mouth at the stroke of midnight.
3. Eat a native delicacy made from sticky rice to make good fortune stick in the new year.
4. Eat long noodles (pancit) for long life ( definitely of Chinese origin). We should eat pancit also during our birthday.
5. Don't eat any chicken or fish. They are associated with the scarcity of food.
Then on New Years Day we should not clean anything, otherwise we might sweep away the good fortune. In addition we should not spend money at all. Our being thrifty that day will help us manage our money very well for the whole year. Do you have any New Years Eve tradition in your family? Please share!
Happy 2013 to All of You, my dear readers and FaceBook Friends!
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David B Katague (author) from Northern California and the Philippines on July 18, 2015:
nuxa76, sorry I am late in acknowledging your comment. However, I hope you have a lucky day!
nuxa76 on May 28, 2014:
This is funny as my birthday is the 7th of the 11th month. Just saw this article