Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Happy Dec. 12, 2012!

Today is a numerical marvel, 12-12-12.  Consecutive date sequences are rare occurrences and somewhat mysterious. This one is the last major numerical date of this sort on the Gregorian or Christian calendar for a long time. So, today is the last time that the month, day and year will all be the same number — at least until the next one which I will not personally experience on January 1, 2021.

Two days after my birthday in 2009 we had one of these numerical oddities, 09-09-09. There was one more in 11-11-11.

Some people make much of this coincidence of numbers believing that it is not inconsequential that there are 12 inches in a foot, 12 ounces in a troy pound for measuring gold, 12 in a dozen, 12 hours of day and night, and 12 months in the year in the Roman calendar, there 12 signs of the Zodiac, 12 Apostles, 12 days of Christmas, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 old testament prophets... you get the idea.

This date, 12-12-12 is also the much publicized ‘end of the world’ date on the Mayan calendar. For many people, particularly numerologists, these numbers are believed to have a power over events. Hence there is associated with this number 12-12-12 a doomsday delusion. For another kind of spiritualist, there is a supposition that today is a window of possibility for an evolutionary leap, that is, the forces of consciousness have crafted this window of opportunity for us to globally create a new world order. For some people, the day symbolizes love, others completeness or fulfillment.

I suspect on the other hand that if you have not yet done your Christmas shopping, you will still have time to do that this week. 12-12-12 is simply a number. My own conviction is that this day, like all of the other earth days, is a day the LORD God has made and I will choose to be glad in it.

Oh, and incidentally, today is also the sixth annual World Hoop Day, a nonprofit organization that gives hula-hoops to children around the world to promote peace and the importance of play.

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