2016 – Cloak and Scythe

This has been a year fraught with the loss of some of our most luminous and beloved

artists, visionaries, thinkers, and other celebrated individuals. That there have been so many who have died this year has many of us blaming the year – 2016, for these deaths, many of which seem so untimely, and leave us feeling robbed of such immense and rare talent.

So how is 2016 responsible for the losses incurred these last 12 months? It’s a 9 energy that has moved through this year, sweeping and culling and clearing and engulfing. Many that seemed ready to go found its swirling vortex energy opportune, and others who perished much too soon were caught in this energetic tornado.

I noticed that many this year have died of heart related conditions. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US. From a spiritual perspective, the heart is the seat of the soul. A 9 attribute is an enormous capacity to love, to empathize, to put others first.  Zsa Zsa Gabor, Alan Thicke, Pete Burns, George Michael and so many others this year succumbed to heart failure.

If you look back to the last 9 year, which was 2007, you’ll notice many notable deaths that year, including Anna Nicole Smith, Molly Ivins, Richard Jeni, Wendy O Williams, Tom Poston, Jerry Falwell and others. The 9 year before that would have been 1998, when we lost Frank Sinatra, Shari Lewis, Sonny Bono, Phil Hartman and others.

Death is always jarring, in any year. It wends and slinks its way to each of us eventually, and maybe that’s why we take notice in years like this, when it feels unnervingly proximate.



Autopsy # 10: Prince


Prince Rogers Nelson
Date of Birth: 6-07-1958
Date of Death: 4-21-2016
Age 57
Cause of Death: Fentanyl Overdose

As of this writing, Prince’s cause of death has not become public record, but I don’t believe it will make a difference for the purposes of this post, because there are so many fascinating occurrences in his numerology work up.

I wasn’t surprised to find 9 factoring in some key places in Prince’s chart. It’s his Life Path, his Soul number, and there are four 9s in his name, so this energy has wielded a strong influence in the enigmatic performer’s life.

Altruism, selflessness, impassioned artistry, sensitivity–these are 9 qualities which have been  evident in Prince’s life and career. He didn’t just create music. He lived, breathed, and bled music. And his work wasn’t just for the sake of giving the people something to dance to, but something to think about. He was a pied piper for our era.

Interestingly, the word elevator, the place where he was found dead at his Paisley Park home and studio, reduces to a 9.

The other number which figures prominently not just in his chart, but in his life and work, is the number 7. Prince wrote a song titled, “Seven,” and recorded an album titled, “3121,” which adds to 7.

His birthday is 7, his third pinnacle (ages 36-45) was a 7 (during the years between 1994 to 2003). He wrote his first song at the age of 7. It doesn’t stop there.

The address of his home and recording studio is 7801. Reduces to 7. The letters in Paisley Park, also reduce to 7. His son Boy Gregory, who tragically died from Pfeiffer syndrome, 7 days after he was born.

I’m not sure another human being exemplifies the wonder of 7 energy the way Prince has.

Perfection, prayer, inward focus, mystery, aloofness: These are trademark aspects of 7 energy. It teaches us about faith, about the dark night of the soul, invites us into hidden places, and encourages inquiry about mystery, the unseen, the unknown, and encourages one to dialogue with their dreams. I find it especially intriguing that his home/studio are so heavily immersed in 7 energy. There is undoubtedly a sense of hiddenness, secrecy, and sanctuary in the place Prince called home.

There are three numbers missing from the energies in his name and his birth date: 2, 4, 8.

These are numbers more grounded here in the physical world, relating to foundation, family, business, accomplishment. Absent numbers are considered karmic challenges in numerology, and these numbers show up conspicuously in the timing of his death: On April 21, 2016, his Personal year was 4, Personal month was 8, and his Personal day was 2.

In the absence of number 2, and especially as it shows up as a challenge to two of his pinnacles (1985-1994, and 2003 to 2016), I see it reflected in his many romantic relationships . I don’t doubt that there was love and substance in many or all of these, but it seems he hadn’t found ‘the one.’ Maybe he wasn’t looking for the one. The 7 and 9 energies made him hard to know, and 9 people often belong to the world, so there isn’t a sense that their love, even in its intensity and enormity, is meant for just one person.

The 4 energy is about stability, family, security, roots. I think that he likely internalized the pain from his parents divorce and his impoverished childhood, and may not have recovered a feeling of security.

The 8 is a little harder to understand as a challenge in Prince’s chart, because it’s largely concerned with success. It’s about legacy and vision. By all appearances, success, acclaim, mastery, never seem to have been elusive goals he was fated to chase. He attained success early, and kept a level head and his wits about him, and there is no doubt about his having been a genius visionary. So how had 8 challenged Prince? This energy shows up as a test of how one deals with authority. Being subject to another’s authority, or wielding power of one’s own. And it’s about justice. In this aspect, 8’s  presence as a challenging force was plainly evident in Prince’s life during his battle with Warner Brothers in the early 90s.

Some interesting notes:

I was watching the Welsh singer Tom Jones while drafting this post, and just for kicks and giggles checked to see how old he was. Turns out he’s 75. Prince was 57. I had forgotten that Jones had covered Prince’s hit “Kiss” some years ago. Tom Jones’ wife, Linda, had died just 11 days before Prince. Jones and his wife had been married for 57 years.

Tom Jones’ birthday: 6-7-1940.He  and Prince had the same birthday,  being 18 years older than Prince, that’s two 9 year cycles. Tom Jones is also a 9 Life Path.

I’m just going leave that alone for the time being.






Number 9: Vortice Energy


Let’s talk about 9. It’s why I stopped giving personal numerology readings.

Nine is the number associated with endings. It’s a force which annihilates and encompasses. It completes a process, and it transcends. In numerology letters are represented by numbers from 1-9, and larger numbers and dates are added together until they reduce to a single digit from 1-9. When 9 is added to any number, its value is 0. For instance: 6 +9=15. So you reduce 15 by adding 1+5=6.  Go ahead, try it with any number. A numerologist’s shortcut doesn’t count the 9s in a string of numbers, because they are like zeroes. So we see a quality in 9 that symbolizes  the quantity of nothing. The word Nine is related to none, and the German nein, words denoting emptiness and negation, denial.

In mystic traditions, 0 represents the cosmic egg from which all life emanates,  the vast fabric which contains everything. It is formlessness giving rise to form, and the void to which all form returns. While the symbol for 0 appears static, 9 is a spiral, a vortex, dynamic, it is the conveyor from formlessness to form and back again.

In numerology, each number represents a trajectory and its attendant energies. A number’s characteristics may be balanced or imbalanced, its process begins at the baser, egocentric end, progressing toward the higher, selfless, wiser aspects of a given number. Qualities of each number from 1-9 exist along the spectrum in each number, much like  integers do between whole numbers in mathematics.

These aren’t merely binary, dualistic good or bad characteristics, but the comprehensive expression within each number to exhibit traits engendering sense of self, the ability to relate to others, the drive to create and express, a curiosity that  revels in the sensual world and pushes boundaries,  possesses an appreciation for the natural world and understands the value of community, the desire to withdraw from the outer world and seek deeper wisdom from within, the determination to leave behind something lasting, and a vision for the future, and finally a willingness to let everything go, to open, give, love, inspire.

Within the number 2 for example, there is a 1 quality which is competitive, a 6 quality which is nurturing, a 7 quality which is intuitive and shy, and there is a 9 quality which seeks to support and build up others.  Each number has within the qualities of all the other numbers. The goal of each number is to transcend the ego, resolve to its highest, selfless, agape- love expression which is 9. All numbers aspire to this state, and here lies the incredible force of 9.


Autopsy # 9 Amy Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse

Date of Birth: 9-14-1983

Date of Death: 7-23-2011

Aged: 27

Cause of death: Alcohol Poisoning

Well, let’s just get the 9s out of the way first.

Her personal year is a 9, and her age at death (27) adds up to 9 as well. There.

So Amy Winehouse is the latest inductee into the infamous 27 club. I don’t think a lot of people are surprised.  So many young people in the public eye have died at this age over the decades, that I wonder how many ordinary people have also passed on at 27?  Are there temporal windows during which any of us can die? Age 5, age 27, age….?

A pattern emerged in Amy’s numerology chart consisting of 8s and 1s. Right away, I understood where her rebellion and issues with authority stemmed from (on a spiritual level).

Both 8 and 1 energies must assert themselves as being in control, in the lead, directing and delegating. Individuals with 8s and / or 1s in their makeup are fiercely independent, competitive, aggressive, as well as being creative, visionary, and natural leaders.

Amy was out there – on the fringe – her style, her voice, her music – undeniably her own and she paved the way for other singers like Adele, Duffy, Florence (And the Machine), and others.

She was a loose canon bent on self destruction, but at her core she longed to be grounded and rooted,  wanting to settle down and have children. It’s hard to picture – but that was her heart’s desire. Her Soul Undercurrent was a 4, and her Attainment number was a 6. These energies lend themselves to the nesting urge that Amy had displayed in this last year.

Her 9 personal year is of course, indicative of endings, and had the singer lived, 2012 would have been a time for Amy to reinvent herself, to start down a different path, and to receive fresh inspiration into her life. But this proved to be her final year.

Her cause of death is still pending, as her body was discovered only two days ago. She seemed a difficult personality to understand from afar. People close to her have stated that Winehouse was lovely, smart, funny, and more lucid than the general public and entertainment media believe.

Her public behavior was certainly enigmatic, and this may arise from the 7s in her chart. Her Soul Aspiration number is 7, which is the number of mysteries, dreams, the depths of the unknown. This is likely the ground from which her creative vision sprang. Her Destiny number is also 7, which says to me that the mysterious workings of life called to her, enticing her to look beneath the surface, to delve into the darker realm of consciousness. This may be one reason she abused drugs and alcohol, as a way to alter her consciousness.

She’s died in a personal 7 month as well. This autopsy will be updated as details about her death become available.

Autopsy # 8: Jimi Hendrix

Johnny Allen Hendrix – 11-27-1942

James Marshall Hendrix (changed by his father in 1945)

Died: 9-18-1970

Accidental Drug Overdose

A member of the infamous 27 club, Jimi Hendrix made an indelible mark on rock and roll music  in his brief but extraordinary career, before overdosing on sleeping pills after a night of drinking nothing but red wine.

I’ve just come to expect a 9 to show up somewhere when someone young leaves this world under tragic circumstances.

I suppose if they are young, this would make their death tragic, always. Anyway…

The number 9 shows up as Jimi’s Life Path number. It’s also the sum of  his birth day(27), the sum of his death day (18), the month of his death (9), the sum of his age when he died,  and he had swallowed 9 of the very potent Belgian sleeping pills.

As discussed in many of the profiles here at CNA, 9 is a force of destruction. People working with 9 Life Paths often struggle with loss from early childhood. Jimi’s life certainly fit this pattern. His father was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, so his mother was left to care for him and his siblings, two of whom were disabled and were placed in foster care. The Hendrix family suffered in abject poverty, and in 1951, his parents divorced. When he was 15, Jimi’s mother died from cirrhosis of the liver. These events created a shy, guarded young man. This is common for 9 Life Paths – a kind of closing around whatever life hasn’t taken away from them as a means of protection.

His personal year was a 1 when he died.  As a personal year, 1 energy presents an opportunity to start fresh and change direction. It is also a time of increased creativity, focus, and inspired action. Because 1 also represents the Self, its energy can feel isolating, and amplifies issues around one’s place in this world.

One of the universal struggles of the Self, is its relationship to its world. One of the lessons of 9 is that the individual is connected to all life, and that separation is an illusion. The number 2 is how we experience this connection in an intimate fashion with those closest to us: Parents, siblings, partners, and colleagues. Intimate here does not imply romantic or sexual, but rather  it measures the close proximity with which we relate to one another, and the deep karmic bonds that have entwined certain people to work and live closely at a given period during a lifetime.

The number 2 is an energy that appears often in Jimi’s chart. It is his Karmic Lesson in both calculations (Johnny Allen and James Marshall), it’s his first Pinnacle, and would have been his second challenge, and it’s the difference between both of his Destiny numbers (calculated for Johnny Allen: 5, for James Marshall: 7), and his Attainment numbers are also 5 (Johnny Allen) and7 (James Marshall).

Knowing this, it would seem that Jimi may have experienced some difficulty in understanding his relationship,  or just being in relationship to those around him. When one has experienced loss, especially as a child, there is a reluctance to become attached to someone they may lose. There is also a need to acquire, the attempt to hoard, fill space, accumulate, and store up. Jimi’s reputation as a womanizer may have been symptomatic of this impulse.

He spent a lot of time alone, he preferred solitude say those who knew him best. He was engaging, generous, intelligent, and very funny when he was in a social gathering. But he was most comfortable alone with his own thoughts. Trust may have been an issue, and fear of the unknown, reluctance to fail in front of others (7), so it’s just easier to have kept to himself.

His main challenge was a 5, the number concerned with freedom, movement, and the appetites. No doubt, the observable ingredients in his death were textbook  ‘dark side of 5’  hallmarks: over consumption of wine and pills, in league with the less visible but irresistible pull of 9 – dragging the self back to oblivion.

Autopsy # 7: John Lennon


John Winston Lennon – 10-09-1940

Date of Death: 12-08-1980

Age: 40

Assassin’s bullet

John Lennon was only 40 when he was gunned down by Mark Chapman a few weeks before Christmas, 1980. Only now I realize how young he was to be struck down so prematurely. Of course, everyone has been confounded by the irony that this man who used his fame to advocate peace and understanding would perish under such senseless, violent circumstances.

John‘s lifepath was 6, a number concerned with family, responsibility, love and harmony. Though his own childhood was marred by his father leaving when he was four or five, then his Aunt Mimi assuming custody from his mother, Julia, John proved to be a devoted husband and father to his second wife, Yoko One, and his sons, Julian (from his first marriage) and Sean.

There is a lot of 6 energy in his chart, showing up as one of his intensity numbers, and as his accessible soul number.

There are 3 6s in his name – all of them the letter O. Yoko Ono has 4 6s – all the letter O. He had legally added Ono to his name at some point after moving to the United States.  It seems he couldn’t get enough of this loving vibration.

Those who knew him best, remember his arrogance as a young man – and that he just assumed he would be famous. His destiny number was 1, and his soul aspiration was 8 – lots of ambition and confidence present in these numbers. The 8 would lead him to integrate his values and passions into his livelihood.

The number hovering around his death is 4. His age was 40, one of his karmic lessons was 4, his second & third challenge was 4, and 4 of the 5 hollow-point bullets  fired entered  his body, causing extensive tissue damage and fatal blood loss that December evening – which was a4 personal month in his 1 year.

Concerned with building, stabilizing, and foundation, 4 is an unlikely energy around death, but its prominence in Lennon’s untimely demise requires examination.

Both 4 and 6 govern aspects of family and responsibility. Lennon was eager to return to their apartment that evening to say goodnight to his son. Otherwise, he and Yoko may have gone out to dinner after a long day involving a photo shoot with Annie Leibowitz, finishing tracks on Double Fantasy, an interview, and of course, obliging fans with autographs – one of whom was Mark Chapman. His sense of responsibility for family and to his fans, his love for his son, put him on a a schedule that would deliver him into the sites of his murderer at 10:50 pm. The time adds up to 6, by the way.

One of 4s qualities is heart, that ability to act from a place of honesty and a belief in goodness. The fourth chakra is located in the heart/lung area, which is where the damage was done by the bullets. It is a strange thing to think that Chapman – whatever his motivation may have been, set out to destroy, symbolically,  something in a peace-loving man that Chapman himself did not possess: Empathy

The address of the Dakota building is 1, which was Lennon’s Destiny number, and his Personal Year in 1980. When he added Ono to his name, he added 9 to his Destiny. The number 9 is about endings, self-negation, and release, and like 6, is motivated by love.  Also of interest is the fact that he had staggered up 5 steps to the security station after he was wounded, before collapsing. His pinnacle was a 5 – and here it is a literal representation – ascending to the 5th step. When I look at his chart layout and see the Pinnacle /Challenge written: 5/4 – it almost seems to foretell the details of his death. The 5 bullets fired, 4 bullets penetrating, ascending 5 steps before collapsing and bleeding out.

A sick man administered the fatal shots,  but Lennon’s love for his family, dedication to his fans, put him on a course that would deliver him to his slaughter at precisely 10:50pm at 1 West 72nd on December 8, 1980.


Autopsy #6: Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley: 1 -08-1935

Date of Death: 8-16-1977

Age: 42

Heart Attack & Poly-Pharmacy

Note: Sorry folks, I’m phoning this in. I’m just not feeling this one, but there’s some stuff to chew on if you wish.

There are three 9s in Elvis Presley’s core chart, namely his Life Path, Destiny, and Attainment numbers. I’ve mention in other profiles about the destructive nature of 9, and it’s self-negating aspect. Elvis hadn’t even emerged from the womb when he experienced his first loss: his twin brother Jesse Garon was stillborn. Right away, 9 had taken something from him. Jesse’s life path of course, would have been a 9 also.

That he was a surviving twin makes Elvis’ numbers more interesting. Love is a force exuded by 9, to the extent that people working this energy feel responsible for everybody – taking on their burdens, their pain, their afflictions, as their own. This loving and generous nature makes them easy marks for more predatory personalities, but again, this is 9 at work, scouring any sense of ownership or agency from its subject.

His Intensity number, however is a 1 and its concern is chiefly with the self, which runs counter to the ego-less 9. The influence of 1 as an intensity number means that when there are no other factors affecting a particular action, he’s going to ‘look out for number 1’, and pursue his own self-interests. It gets better: Jesse’s intensity was also a 1.

The number 8 figures into this as well, as it governs personal power as well as consequences. This energy is about taking up space, asserting ones’ self, and taking responsibility for past actions. It is about the integration of spirit and matter, dreams and manifest reality. Elvis’ pinnacle at the time he died was 8, the address of Graceland 3734, adds up to 8, and one of his Karmic Lessons is also 8. Keep in mind, that sharing the same birthday, had he lived, Jesse would have the same pinnacles and challenges, and personal years.

8 and 1 do similar things, in that they can be aggressive, power-hungry, stubborn, but visionary. They are both very driven energies oozing maverick fearlessness and independence.

Jesse’s Destiny would have been a 6, another energy which sacrifices self-interests for others.  The number 6 is key in Elvis’ death, as it was his added/reduced age when he died, and his personal in 1977 was a 6, and his current challenge at the time, and main challenge, was also a 6. This feels like a way that his brother is showing up for Elvis’ departure from this world that year.

His cause of death, officially cardiac arrhythmia, seems a fitting end for someone with an abundance of 9 energy in his chart.  His enlarged heart was his undoing, ultimately.

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