Saturday, October 31, 2009


My favorite number is the number 9. Here are some fun facts on the number 9. Below is the progression over the ages and languages of the written form of the number.

Of course there is all sorts of Math-y type stuff about 9 but I won't bore us with those silly details!

A few religious and philosophical fun facts:

Nine, as the highest single-digit number (in base ten), symbolizes completeness in the Bahá'í Faith. In addition, the word Bahá' in the Abjad notation has a value of 9, and a 9-pointed star is used to symbolize the religion.
The number 9 is revered in Hinduism and considered a complete, perfected and divine number because it represents the end of a cycle in the decimal system, which originated from the Indian subcontinent as early as3000 BC.
Important Buddhist rituals usually involve nine monks.
The first nine days of the Hebrew month of Av are collectively known as "The Nine Days" (Tisha HaYamim), and are a period of semi-mourning leading up to Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of Av on which both Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed.
Nine is a significant number in Norse Mythology. Odin hung himself on an ash tree for nine days to learn the runes.
The Fourth Way Enneagram is one system of knowledge which shows the correspondence between the 9 integers and the circle.
In the Christian angelic hierarchy there are 9 choirs of angels.
Anton LaVey applied the number to Satan.

The nine Choruses of the Angels: Seraphes, angels of love and light; Cherubs, angels of wisdom and intelligence; Thrones, angels of force and life; Dominations, angels of liberty; Principalities, angels of eternity and memory; Powers, angels of holiness; Vertues, angels of humility; Archangels, having for attribute the justice; Ordinary angels, to which we attribute the innocence.

In the year 9 AD- the news was:
Vespasian, Roman emperor was born in the year 9 AD
In the year 9 AD Publius Quinctilius Varus, Roman general died.
In the year 9 AD Ovid is banished to Tomis.
In the year 9 AD Pannonia becomes a Roman province.
In the year 9 AD the Catuvellauni attack the Trinovantes and capture Camulodunum.
In the year 9 AD Wang Mang usurped the Chinese throne and ended Han rule.

And then there is this little guy! 9! He has a zipper!

I wish I had a zipper!

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