Numerology in The Odyssey How numbers are used throughout The Odyssey by Homer and how they all symbolize different events or characters in the book

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Numerology in The Odyssey

"Everything is named or numbered, but few people are conscious of the degree to which names and numbers influence their experience, progress, and communication," declared Juno Jordan, the "grandmother" of numerology (qtd. in Lagerquist and Lenard 4). Numerology, the language of numbers and moreover the study of how they relate to our lives, speaks about the hidden worlds contained within the simplest numbers. Numerology attempts to analyze numerical information, and makes a determination of the implications and associations that these numbers have (Kelly 10). This metaphysical science has its roots in the ancient cultures of Greece, Rome, and Egypt, and also has ties to the Hebrew Kabbalah; it has unlocked the mysteries of life for over 2,500 years (Lagerquist and Lenard 3-5). As in everything in our lives, there is a positive and negative side of numbers as well. Each number has a particular vibration and its own "behavior"; hence, the meaning of each number can be looked at in terms of an archetype.

Each of the twelve numbers, which a person who studies numerology is required to recognize - numbers One through Nine, plus Eleven, Twenty-Two, and Zero, has its own individual characteristics. Although numerology is often used as a tool for discovering and understanding one's own life and destiny based on numbers in that person's life (such as their birthday and the letters of their name), authors have certainly used numerological principles in composing literary works. Numbers, used to create several effects on readers, help to paint a detailed image of the situations, challenges, and characters that words alone cannot reveal. Homer, in his renowned book, The Odyssey, seems to also use this technique; his usage of numbers throughout the book helps to provide a further description of his characters and the situations which...