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 # 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 # 5: Heath Ledger

Heath Andrew Ledger – 4-4-1979

Date of Death: 1 – 22-2008

Accidental Overdose

I don’t know a lot about Heath Ledger.  I follow famous musicians more closely than actors, but I remember the astonishing news of his death 3 years ago. He had finished working on The Dark Knight, for which he earned a posthumous Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) for his beautifully twisted portrayal of the Joker. The release of the latest Batman installment was already being eagerly anticipated. The Aussie actor’s death heightened the fervor with which we waited for its release.

He had some trouble sleeping. A lot of trouble. He couldn’t quiet his mind, couldn’t shut it down. He had  prescriptions for Lunesta and Temazapam for his insomnia. He also had prescriptions for Valium, Ativan, and Xanax for anxiety. He also had some Oxycontin and Vicodin on hand for pain.

The toxicology findings identified a lethal combination of six medications in his system at death. His Karmic Lesson was 6, meaning that when this energy was present, he’d feel a bit of a drag or some turbulence in his momentum. Because 6 was also his accessible soul energy,  its influence as a karmic lesson was likely less of a disturbance – but in the end, it proved to be poetic, I suppose.

Family, responsibility, and community are all governed by 6. This is also the number of the natural world – plants, botany, animals, as well as the natural movement toward harmony and balance. When I mention harmony and balance, I’m not talking about  social ideals, per se, but the real and instinctual tendency of all things in the natural world to exist in balanced ecology. In humans, this necessity for balance is sometimes, misinterpreted by our pre-frontal cortex as the need for perfection. Balance  is a desirable state– it is necessary, it is homeostasis, and as such is attainable, sustainable, a thing that can be realized.

Perfection, on the other hand,  will keep you up at night.

Ledger’s Life Path number was 7 – specifically a 16/7. There’s that 6 again. The equation is basically this: The Self encountering or exhibiting an energy of needing to control in an attempt to attain perfection will collapse under the weight of that expectation, ending up in the realm of 7 – where one has no observable control over anything.

An extremely cerebral energy, 7 governs the realm of ideas, plans, knowledge – the mind. It is also the vibration around  prayer, wisdom, and dreams. Individuals working this energy like to have their ducks in a row before they act. They feel more comfortable having a contingency plan, and sometimes exhibit a crippling fear of the unknown.

It seems that Ledger challenged his fears of the unknown, mastering the fear aspect of his life path number by meeting challenges head on deliberately and on purpose. I would attribute this courage to his 5 Destiny and Intensity. His desire to live in the moment, attached to neither past nor future, is a textbook 5 quality, and in fact is the gift of this number for those who balance its energy. It changes direction often, as life does. This is a number that moves, expands, and so carries some instability. It is also an energy which governs the appetites, and curiosity, enticing its subject to taste everything.

On the surface, 7 and 5 want different things. 7 moves through life more calculating and cautious, whereas 5 moves with reckless abandon, but in the end they require the subject to remain present and faithful that are OK now, and will be OK – wherever they end up. It seems that Ledger managed to use the gifts from both of these numbers to complement each energy’s influence.

So what went wrong?

Let’s look at his main challenge, which was 4, the number around grounding, focus, structure, and the physical body.

Looking at the abundance of mental energy in his chart, I would guess that lack of grounding was a troubling pattern for the actor. Both 6 and 4 have a domesticating influence, and while his Destiny number may have encouraged a wanderlust, his 6 soul longed for the stability of a family and a home base. The 4 challenge also indicates a need to reign in appetites and reckless behavior, and to attend to one’s health.

His personal year at the time he died was 9, a time of endings, release, and reward. January was a 1 personal month, indicating a time of increased energy, creativity, focus on his place in this world. His last personal day was a 5 – sudden and unexpected changes.

I don’t know the apartment number where he died,  but I’ve heard it was on the 4th floor. The building’s address is 421 – which adds up to a 7, his life path number. This is another instance of the poetic appearance of numbers in key events, particularly at the time of death.

Probably the most ironic thing about his death, numerologically  speaking, was his lack of sleep (and dreams). Dreams are governed by 7. This is the number of quiet places, of sanctuary. The word sanctuary adds up/reduces to 7.

He lives in that mystery now. Sweet dreams, Heath.

Autopsy #4: Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain – 2-20-1967

Date of Death: 4-5-1994


Kurt Cobain would have turned 44 today. He ended his life in April of 1994 by putting a shotgun in his mouth, after injecting himself with a lethal dose of black tar heroin. According to Charles Cross’ biography of the doomed singer, Heavier than Heaven, he had accomplished the same feat three other men in his family had years before: he killed himself twice.

Inheriting what he called “suicide genes”, Cobain deeply internalized all the losses in his life: his parents’ divorce, the violent deaths of his uncles and grandfather, his mother’s rejection,  among other real and perceived losses and failures.

Both disaffected and sensitive, Kurt Cobain was a complex man and difficult to know. Two numbers seem to influence his life and behavior more than any others: 2 and 9.

Governing the emotions, attraction, and reflecting his self-image, 2 appears in Kurt’s chart as both his Destiny number and his Attainment number. It’s also his birth date, and one of his Intensity numbers. Except for the fact that there are no 7s or 8s in his name, and three 3s and 2s, there are two 1s, 4s, 5s, 6s, and 9s in his name.

2 is a number which seeks to connect. It wants relationship, it needs to belong. It finds purpose and value in connection. This was certainly true for Kurt, whose close bonds with his parents  were ripped apart by divorce when he was nine. His world unraveled, his sense of security undone, the split proved to be the pivotal event in his life. The desire to please is a 2 quality most recognizable in Kurt’s deference to his wife, Courtney Love,  and in his devotion to creating authentic and inspired music for his fans. 2s are also known for their likability, easy-going nature, and attractiveness. They are quiet, patient, and passive. These traits were evident in Cobain, who could sustain long periods of silence.

The most troubling number around Kurt Cobain is 9. This is an energy of destruction and self-negation, especially in the position of Life Path, which is one of the key places it shows up in Cobain’s chart.

In the end, 9 wants its subject to not take life so personally. It attempts to destroy the bonds of ego in order to impart the understanding that self-preservation is futile  within the vastness of Source.  In this context, neither Self, nor Preservation has meaning. Our essence cannot be destroyed, changed, insulted, or even improved. It is immutable. And this is the difficult lesson of the 9 life path.

In Kurt Cobain’s life we see this demonstrated in the losses he experienced, the destruction of life and relationships became a repeated pattern over the course of his 27 years. An interesting dichotomy occurs between the destructive, unraveling trajectory of 9 and the attachment driven 2. This may explain the  paradox of a  sensitive, loving soul, and the hardened, jaded, apathetic misanthrope. Both 9 and 2 are generous and loving energies – the 2 expressing love within intimate relationships, and the 9 opening up to love on a bigger scale, recognizing the connection between all life.

The negative aspects of both of these energies presents as apathy, narcissism, and especially in 9, guardedness. Boundary issues are a problem for both numbers, as the need to please and be loved and accepted make people working these numbers vulnerable, self-effacing doormats.

In Kurt’s life, 9 carries out its destructive mission to the hilt – it is his life path, his personal year at the time of his death, his age at the time of his death (adds up to 9), the personal day at the time of his death, and the address of the home where he committed suicide, a home he and his wife purchased in January of that year, was 171 – adds up to 9.

It’s interesting to note, that just shortly after his 9th birthday, his parents divorced. This was also a 9 year for him.

While 9 and 2 both desire love, what they require of the subject is self-love and forgiveness. These processes are crucial in moving through events that force us to see ourselves in they way others treat us. It is easy, and natural, to focus on our failures, to dwell on our imperfections, and then to decide that we are not worthy of happiness because of these things. This makes it difficult or even impossible to receive love from others. He had no difficulty loving others. He mentions that fact that he “loves and feels for people too much” twice in his suicide note.  Self-hatred killed Kurt Cobain. That the world failed to be a loving place was his fault, in his mind.

I’d like to add a thought about his address, 171. The 7 appears between two 1s. 7 is the number of the dark night, of depression, of fear of the unknown. The two 1s, of course add up to 2, and each represents the self – one in this world, the other in the next, on the other side of the mystery of 7.

Happy Birthday Kurt.

Autopsy # 3: Janis Joplin

Janis Lyn Joplin – 1-19-1943

Date of Death: 10-04-1970

Age: 27

1 Life Path, Attainment, Personal Year at Death, Main Challenge, Intensity, Birthday, Soul

As I calculated Janis Joplin’s chart, I was astounded at the number of 1s that kept appearing. Not only in the positions in her numerology chart, but in two of Rolling Stone’s polls, her rankings add up to/reduce to  1 as well. (46th Greatest Artists of All Time, 2004, and 28th Greatest Singers of All Time, 2008).

Certainly, she was a pioneer blazing the trail for women in the male dominated world of Rock and Roll. But even before she had made a name for herself as an outstanding blues and rock vocalist, she stood out. A self-described misfit, she hung out on the fringe with other outcasts in school, and  even though she made attempts at walking the straight and narrow, was never able to remain for very long within the boundaries of convention.

The experience of a 1 life path, especially with so much 1 energy elsewhere in her chart, can be isolating. This is the spirit of the maverick, the leader, the consummate risk-taker.  The challenge is to lead without alienating – to entice others to follow – not drive them away.  Over a lifetime, an individual has a lot of opportunities to balance this energy.

There is a lot of creative energy in 1, which can be expressed a myriad of ways: Art, invention, sex,–this vibration is the dynamic, throbbing verve urging to become manifest. Janis had it in spades.

2 – Personal Month at death, Karmic Lesson & 6 – Personal Day at death

The reflective, harmonizing energy of 2 is missing from Janis Joplin’s chart and her name. It only appears as the energy in play as her personal month in October of 1970.  This energy drags a little(compared to 1) – and is passive, waiting, reflective.  Because of its reflective quality, tension can arise in relationships when 2 is active. And not just one’s relationship to a lover, friend, colleague, etc., but the relationship to all aspects of one’s life is brought to the fore during this time. Sometimes doubt creeps in  when 2 energy is heightened, and the need to reach out and connect is necessary. That her personal day was a 6 underscores the craving for connection, harmony, and love, and the fact that she overdosed in room 105 (adds up to 6) casts a poignant light on  her attempt to feel love, relief, balance with artificial substances. Interestingly the room number is composed of 1 – her life path number, 0, the field where choices are made, and 5, the number of freedom, abandon, and debauchery.

5 – Soul Number (undercurrent), 1st Pinnacle,  & 3 – 1st Challenge

Exploring number 5 further, it appears as one of her soul numbers ( undercurrent) and as her first pinnacle. This energy has much in common with 1, it’s adventurous, in perpetual motion, curious, and impatient. The movement of 5 is chaotic and changes direction often. Its purpose is to expand and move forward, but there is instability in this movement. As her undercurrent soul number, this vibration would lend itself to a fearlessness needed for a trailblazing 1 life path. 5s and 1s are willing and eager to try anything once – anything. Janis’ 5 soul likely heightened her sensual appetites and amplified her craving for drugs and alcohol.

As her 1st pinnacle, the 5 energy is available as a motivating force, presenting many opportunities to taste all that life has to offer, to promote one’s self, to travel, and to experience the freedom of living in the moment, being neither tied to the past, nor afraid of the future. Her challenge during this time was a 3, which has many of the sensual and creative components of 5, but is more emotional, and presses its subject to remain focused instead of scattering energy and resources.

7 – Soul (Aspiration) Pearl

Janis’  Soul number in the aspiration position was 7. Her nickname Pearl, reduces to a 7 also. The number in this position represents  a quality that the soul wishes to embody, a  gift that we wish to express, it is often a talent or an ability that we think we don’t already possess. I can only surmise that she may have wished to have faith  in herself, in god, in the supportive action of the universe. 7 is the number of sanctuary, of prayer, of mind over matter. This energy shares some of the qualities in 1 – namely isolation,intelligence, perfection, and the willingness to get from here to there alone.

It’s possible that in the persona of Pearl, Janis sought a place to  reinvent herself, to temper her soul, and perhaps to eventually emerge more actualized, purified. Or maybe, Pearl was a place to hide and dream.   Interestingly, the heroin that killed her was as lethal as it was because of its purity.


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