Why Are We Sticking To Our Lucky Numbers?

Why Are We Sticking To Our Lucky Numbers?

12 Mar 2010 | 05:00 Author: Alejandro López

Most people in their right mind don’t put a lot of trust into Numerology and the power of numbers. For the large majority of us, numbers are strictly used to mathematically define the quantity of things.

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Even if we say that we don't believe in any greater meaning in numbers beyond the actual numerical value per se, many of us would still answer "yes" to the question "do you have a lucky number?" Now, why is that?

Except for putting two and two together, some of us might also use numbers to derive complex relationships in nature and to seek out patterns within structure, space et cetera. This, however, requires an advanced level of math skills and unless you have a Master's degree in abstract algebra, this stuff will, as goes for the most of us, just fly right over your head.

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First and foremost, mathematics is a tool used within several scientific fields, not just natural science, to form and solve different problems. But as we will soon discover here, some people put a lot of faith in the power of numbers and there might be a whole lot more to the numbers than you might expect.

Mathematical Doctrines

Most of us would probably view mathematics as a science in itself, but the fact that math is an abstract, self-evident axiom used to try to explain reality, by some definitions math would be ruled out as a non-empirically proven discipline and therefore not to be considered a real scientific field.

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In contrast to this belief, there are however some different paths, and one of them is to wholeheartedly acknowledge mathematics as a confirmation of the truth within nature.

This angle of approach would argue that everything on this earth, and beyond, can be explained mathematically, only we haven't found the methods for it quite yet. This is probably the standpoint of many mathematicians of today but there is also a more unorthodox point of view to math and numbers.

The Origins of Numerology

Based on the works and thoughts of early mathematics and philosophers like Pythagoras and Western Christianity church father Augustine of Hippo, who both believed that numbers and mathematics was a universal language and that it could be used to reveal the divine grace of nature, the numerology belief arose.

Some might argue that numerology is a lot older than Pythagora's theories, and a quick look at the early Chinese and Arabic numerological divination traditions would also point in that direction. Pythagoras' theories can be traced back to 500 BC, but the origins of the Arabic and Chinese theories are probably a lot older but almost impossible to date.

Basic Numerology

These theories that most of us would reject as "overconfidence" in the power of numbers do, however, have a lot of supporters. Some might lean towards the astrological field, others to the alchemic arts and a spiritual approach to numbers, but the one significant idea that connects the different schools of numerology is that all numbers have a special meaning and can affect all abstract and physical objects around us, even living things.

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This is probably where most of us start looking for the emergency exits, afraid of being caught in the middle of a Kabbalah service somewhere. This is just too much to grasp and the foundation of this whole ideology seems to be reeking with a quasi-scientific odor.

But let's come back to the lucky numbers again. For some unknown reason, I personally hold the number seven as a specific lucky number. And at the same time, the very same number is not to be said out loud at the craps tables in Vegas. The mere mentioning of 7 is believed to cause serious bad luck to the whole table.

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Furthermore, when the Summer Olympics of 2008 was to start off in China, officials chose to hold the opening ceremonies at 8:00 pm on August 8, 2008. Apparently, the number 8 is a sign of riches in Chinese culture and therefore, the Olympics of 2008 were to begin at eight o'clock on the 8th day of the 8th month, in the 8th year of the new millennium. Obviously, numerology is very much present in today's society, even though a large part of us tend to write it off as plain nonsense.

Number Definitions

There are many different approaches within numerology, and there are no generally set definitions of specific digits. But here are some widespread examples anyway. How you choose to interpret each specific number is of course up to the individual.

0: All, Everything
1: Individual, Provoking
2: Balance, Unification
3: Interaction, Neutrality
4: Foundation, Creation
5: Action, Battle
6: Fluctuation, Reaction
7: Conscious, Awareness
8: Sacrifice, Control
9: Turmoil, Change
10: Rebirth, Increase
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Numerology and Gambling

We already mentioned the number seven as a strong sign of bad luck in craps, but there are several other areas where numerology is affecting us in gambling. When picking lottery numbers, for example, many of us like to use friends and family members' birth dates and age to decide which numbers to play.

Lucky-Number Generators

There are also several lucky-number generators online that will help us decide what numbers to play. Based on your name and birth date, these generators claim to present you with your personal lucky numbers.

Generally, these generators seem to be based on an astrological standpoint and calculate your lucky number based on the positioning of the stars at your time of birth and time of gamble.

Sloto'Cash's Lucky Number

The fact that astrology and Superstition are two beliefs that casino players tend to apply to when gambling is something the people at Sloto'Cash Casino have picked up on. The casino just recently launched the new game "Lucky Numbers". In addition to the game launch, Sloto'Cash also presents a professional numerology columnist addressing gambling related numerology questions at the site.

Chinese Superstitions

Chinese gambling superstitions could probably make an entire chapter on its own, but as we already mentioned earlier, the number eight is strongly connected to luck in the Chinese tradition. Some say this is because in Cantonese and in Mandarin the word "eight" sounds a lot like the word "faat" which means prosperity. For the same reason, many Chinese gamblers avoid the numbers 4 and 5, as these words are pronounced not very far from the words for "die" and "Won't".

Several hotels and casinos in Hong Kong have actually skipped the 4th and 5th floors for this reason, and because of the many Chinese high stake gamblers flying in to play at Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, casino officials decided to exclude the numbers 40 through 59 completely.

The Superstitious Mind of a Gambler

As a group, gamblers have always been regarded as a superstitious breed by the larger public. Like the story about the gambler who said he wasn't superstitious any longer because he had heard that it was supposed to bring him bad luck. Even though it's just a funny story, if we look deep in our gambling hearts we know that we are willing to try pretty much anything in order to decrease the house advantage and to find a way to catch a string of luck.

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If we are perfectly honest, rhyme or reason is totally irrelevant when it comes to finding our fortune and whether the reasons can be empirically proven or not is completely beside the point.

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So whether or not you chose to play your lucky numbers at the casino, the impact of numerology in gambling is something that just can't be ignored. Even if we just play our lucky numbers, or if we need a whole map of the Milky Way to guide us in order to place our bet, unless you are sticking a hundred percent to your strategy charts, it is numerology and the belief that the power of the numbers that is influencing our decisions.

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