Updated: Nov 2, 2018
Numerology 101 - Number 9
Some 9s can't bear or tolerate anyone that is different to themselves. This is where we find small-minded discrimination ... fundamentalism, racism, bigotry, chauvenism, ageism etc. There is a disdain for and denigration of anyone that is different to us, whether they are challenging a major area of philosophical significance, or something seemingly trivial. NOTHING is trivial to the 9!
At this level of the 9, for example, I think of a former student, who was devoted to Crossfit and the Paleo diet. If anyone dared mention in a social media post that they were losing weight by eating a vegetarian diet and engaging a lot of cardio, she felt compelled to publicly 'rape and pillage' them (in her words). It was seen as sacrilege!! Heresy!! "Everyone knows the only TRUE way to lose weight is Crossfit and Paleo!!" Not only would she attack the hapless person, but she would tag many of her similarly 'devoted' Crossfit friends, and then relish watching them all attack the poor innocent who had simply posted about their weight loss journey. She was a 27/9 ... the fundamentalism of the 9, paired with the 2. Instead of being the peacemaker (2), she would throw a grenade into the space and then "sit back with popcorn and enjoy the show!" (Again, her words.)
At a higher vibration of the 9, we find those who are willing to accept differences of religion, race, gender, sexuality, politics, age etc. Live and let live, is a motto here. Honouring everyone's right to pursue life, sexuality, and the Divine in their own way is the openhearted and open-minded belief of the 9 at this level. Tolerance for all. Having said that, there is a sense of not needing or wanting to be influenced by the beliefs or practices of others ... there is still a sense of separation from the oneness of All humanity.
At a higher vibration of the 9, again, we find the true grace and gift of the 9. This is where we are fascinated by what it actually means to be human, in its totality! These are our humanitarians and anthropologists, who are genuinely committed to understanding and uplifting the brother and sisterhood of all humankind. As Wade Davis said, "The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit."
At this level, we not only respect that different viewpoints and religions exist in the world, but we intentionally open ourselves to these divergent beliefs, faiths, and practices. This is where we allow ourselves to be influenced and transformed by them. Who could we become, where could our life flow to, if we allowed ourselves to be cracked open and influenced by the beliefs and philosophies and realities of others?? If we allowed our habits to be disrupted and broken open by the habits of another? How could we morph and expand within our own sense of connection to the greater whole of the brotherhood and sisterhood of all humankind?
This is my journey with the Divine Feminine ... going from a place of disgust, repulsion, and fury at the heretical notion of a Divine Feminine ("Everyone KNOWS that God is male!!"), to training as a Priestess of the Great Mother!
This is Athelstan from the Vikings sagas (in the photo above), who loved his Christian God, but who was also able to find a place within his heart to love and venerate the Gods and Goddesses of the Vikings ... not INSTEAD OF, but AS WELL AS. Inclusive. He made room within himself for a bigger sense of what it meant to be human; and what it meant to worship and be in relationship with the Divine. As he said, "In the gentle fall of rain from Heaven, I hear my God. But within the thunder, I still hear Thor." Both. And.
To distinguish 9 clearly from the healthy 1 ... the 1 says "You are who you are, and that's alright with me. I am who I am. That's all I can be." Respecting the individual sense of self of everyone the 1 comes into contact with, but with a clear sense of separation and distinction. By the time we reach the 9, though, there is a need to open ourselves to a greater sense of the whole of humanity. "I am that. There is nothing that is not me." Can we be open to that truth?? What does it truly mean to be human? This is a 9 question ....