The Sacred Number 11

Did you know that earthquakes occur in cycles? Scientists, charting the intensity of seismic upheavals since the 17th century, have come upon “cluster years” marking the most destructive quakes. Regardless of location—China, Italy, western Pacific—there is a definite peak period, every eleven years.

Interesting that the earth’s thermosphere also obeys an 11-year rhythm in its variation from 700 degrees C (at low point) to 2000 degrees (at high point). And in the same vein, the great auroras painting the polar skies give their most lavish displays every eleven years, at which time they may be seen as far south as Athens or Mexico City. Peak-time auroras have been linked, in turn, to unusual weather patterns.

There are important changes also over a period of about 11 years in “solar radiation.” Indeed, the sun itself chang­es its polarity from north to south every eleven years: magnetic reversal—or what I call oscillation.

The price of wheat, for that matter, seems to fluctuate on an 11-year pattern, as well as cyclones over the oceans, thickness of tree rings, number of icebergs, vintage years for Burgundy wines, the level of Lake Victoria, not to men­tion all sorts of variations in human behavior—everything from blood pressure to mass migrations.

I know what you’re thinking—sunspots. The 11-year cycle. And, yes, all these surges do correspond to sunspot maxima. But how could these blotches on the sun’s disc, these bruises or pox—93 million miles away—be the cause of dramatic changes on the earth?

Let’s just backpeddle a moment to consider the possibility (and likelihood) that—these “spots” are not fixed on the sun at all.

For one thing, they have magnetic fields over them: Aha—planets! Not “spots.” Isn’t it evident that planets (of all different shapes and sizes) orbiting in the sun’s photosphere may appear dark? Elsewhere in the solar system are dead planets—millions of them, worlds whose light has gone out, slow-moving and lacking radiation. They cannot be seen, yet some of them may eclipse the sun or be taken for sunspots, even though they may be less than a million miles from the earth. Closer still, not too far above planet Earth, are dark nebulae, cloudlike, which can also blemish the sun’s face, to Earth eyes.

Certainly dear old Galileo deserves credit for finding and tracking these “dark regions,” with his newly perfected telescope-and-screen apparatus. But fixtures on the solar orb? scattered over the “face of the sun like acne”? I don’t think so. One theory even argues that two-sunspots-in-a-pair are connected by a U-shaped bridge of material beneath the sun’s surface! It is even harder to picture these blemishes as: intensifying the sun’s heat; throwing out super­charged particles to the earth; effecting our short-wave radio transmissions; ionizing the atmosphere and triggering geomagnetic storms and precarious currents in the earth’s crust. Have you noticed that Earth Science, despite its modernity, bows to the sun-worship of old, attributing every unknown factor on the terrestrial sphere to the solar king? “Solar wind,” for example, solves all, just as it is presumed to “push” sunspot effects to the very surface of our planet.

But why should the sun’s scars be doing all these mighty things? Especially if the “spots” are, as some scientists note, “regions of reduced efficiency in relation to the rest of the sun’s surface,” i.e., about 1700 degrees C cooler than the surrounding photosphere.

And if these “spots” are indeed nothing more than passing nebulae or dead planets, it seems even more absurd to assign them the far-reaching effects unanimously attributed to sunspots and solar flares.

If we relax for a moment to entertain the possibility that sunspots are not the cause of anything, that they are in fact an optical illusion, we can at least award them a consolation prize as heralds of one of nature’s grandest regulari­ties: the 11-year cadence, the periodicity so basic to cosmic rhythms.

Sometimes dropping to nine years or swelling to 13 years, the inexorable cycle nonetheless hugs the basic eleven and seems to have been a recognized—even revered—unit of Nature’s clockwork long before telescopes or fancy com­puter models.

If there is such a thing as sacred geometry, we might be tempted to embrace eleven as a prime number. Consid­ered first of the master numbers in numerology, eleven (onze) is also remembered as “the number of the angels” (ange). Dolmens in stone circles sometimes run to eleven in number; just as team size (football, soccer, cricket, etc.) defers to a classic eleven; its dignity is further suggested by the eleven guns fired in standard military salute (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines).

The Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece gave the town of Eleusis, northwest of Athens, its name: var. Elefsis, lit., devised of eleven. At this celebrated shrine, the earth goddess Demeter inspired rites and initiations of the high­est order; even the Christian Cicero praised their pagan mysteries: “They have sweetened our character and softened our customs; they have made us pass from the condition of savages to true humanity. They have not only shown us the way to live joyfully, but they have taught us to die with better hope.”

Meaning: here was centered the Hellenic cult of Immortality, Demeter bearing “ambrosia of the Gods,” which is but a symbol of life everlasting and the secret of secrets: “death is not the end.” In every way the Eleusinian Mysteries echoed the last traces of a chosen people, the wise ones of old: her rites were deathly secret; those accepted for initiation were given a password—just as the Israelites in Egypt, scattered and oppressed, maintained their unity through “rites and signs and passwords.” (In a minute, the Egyptian connection will become clear.) The Eleusinians danced and tranced, chanting to the tinkling of cymbals along the sacred way (processional); they purified themselves in ritu­al baths; they honored the dead—and the sacred numbers.

I will say this: Today’s hackneyed rendition of ancient “fertility goddesses” (like Demeter) and their cults— supposedly celebrating “the annual death and resurrection of vegetation”—comes off trite and insipid compared to the true original. As goddess of the underworld (i.e., hidden knowledge), Demeter not only brought “the gift of grain,” “the blessings of agriculture,” “the first corn,” and so forth, but, more significantly, bore the mysteries of cy­cles of growth, the seasons of the earth, a recondite calendar. Her “sacred symbols” held fast to the formulas of for­gotten knowledge. To the son of Eleusis’s King, Demeter gave not only mere seeds, but the agrarian secrets of her forefathers. She gave prophecy. She gave sky-time….

The Greeks, as Herodotus surmised, borrowed Demeter from the Egyptians who were “the cleverest nation in the world.” A thousand years before the myth of Demeter and her Mysteries reached Greece, “Rules of the Seasons of the Earth” were known and codified by the initiated in the land of the Nile.

And here the elementary unit (known as the “short measure”) was called “ode,” and it represented eleven years. The language of the learned, in those days, was different than the native tongues of Egypt. Neither did the learned use the same calendar as the masses, but employed an esoteric time-record known, also, as ode, and signifying—“sky­time.” Hence the equivalence of the 11-year unit and heavenly times.

These were the occult time-counts employed in the Pyramid Age:

First Rule of Prophecy: a spell which = 3 odes which = 33 years (one generation)

Second Rule of Prophecy: an ode which = 11 years

Third Rule of Prophecy: 3 spells which = 99 years (approx. a century)… in addition: a tuff = 11 spells which = 363 years, called “The Solar Year”

“Cosmology is not only a fundamental science; it is also the grandest of the environmental sciences.”—Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal/ Cambridge

Multiples of 11 thus became the basis of prophecy—and engineering: Applied science of the ancients. What a con­trast to today’s ivory tower science with its politically correct theories, rival models and erudite guesswork. Or even today’s astrology, catering to personal whim, bending prophecy to satisfy the least concerns of self. When the star groups (zodiac) were first given through Osiris more than ten thousand years ago, rather than flattering ego, they marked off “the base of prophecy: the variations of thirty-three years; the times of eleven… so that the seasons might be foretold, and famines averted on the earth.” (Book of Osiris 12:3/Oahspe) Famine: Thus did the Greek myth of Demeter explain the prevention of widespread famine: Told as a family drama, the story of Demeter’s mourning for Per­sephone is really a well-disguised allegory, clothing the secret knowledge of astronomer-priests, whose predictions, based on sacred time-counts, could forecast and anticipate the vagaries of climate.

For they built temples of observation to study the stars. And the prophets and mathematicians plied their formu­las and produced estimates that predicted the heat and cold of seasons, the wet and dry; and they put the people to work, accordingly, on canals, irrigation, horticultural schemes, granaries, and disease-prevention; finding ores, firing ceramics, deploying nutrition and herbs and all things for the benefit of the people.

And all based on revealed cycles of time.

Scientists today will cleverly remark the correlation of the sunspot cycle with drought and famine in India; and there the matter rests. Or exotic viruses and fevers are blithely blamed on global warming, so-called. How does this compare with the ancients who, foretelling seasons of fever and pestilence, set about draining the marshlands or ap­plying themselves to irrigation projects when the prophets foresaw a time of drought?

Sky-time also predicted atmospheric densities (a’ji) measured by the ode and her multiples; and these were noted spiritually by the North American Indians in their sacred round huts:

Algonquin: Let man build consecrated chambers that My spirits may come and explain a’ji, and they shall be pro­vided against famine and pestilence. – Oahspe/Book of Saphah

Estimates based on the fall of a’ji were the weather forecasts of the day, predicting even spells of darkness. Related calculations—“coming under certain numbers: 11, 33, 66, 99 and so on”—deduced periods of arbitration and de­struction, of order and anarchy, of plenty and famine, of inspiration and superstition, of peace and war. These tables of prophecy appear in Oahspe’s “Book of Cosmogony and Prophecy,” but are still largely undeciphered. Their rhythms, though, seem to resonate with well-known chronologies, such as the Yankee timetable of aggression, as seen in American military history.

Kii Tablet: In the years of a’ji, mortals become warriors.

The span of time from the Texas Alamo (1835) to the outbreak of the Mexican War (1846) was eleven years, i.e., one ode. Indeed, the Mexican War (expansionist and unprovoked, giving us half of the American West) broke out thir­ty-three years (one spell) after the heat of the War of 1812. Later, the blood-and-lust of the Civil War, the War of Re­bellion, as these intervals march on, ended precisely thirty-three years (one spell) before the onset of the Spanish American War, which was the next impulse to conquest, giving us the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, etc.

Early in the 20th century, two odes of peace followed the Great War, only to be answered by World War II. The space between the Korean War and Vietnam was an ode. The two Gulf/Iraq wars were also separated by an approxi­mate ode.

Third Rule of Prophecy (99 years): the post-War boom, 1947-48, was a sunspot year with an output of magnitude greater than had been seen in a hundred years. Powerful were the historical currents of that peak year: Gandhi liber­ated India; the Jewish state was established in Palestine where, that same year, the Dead Sea Scrolls were exhumed from centuries of rest. In America, the OAS, CIA, Air Force and Defense department were established. The first cele­brated UFO flap occurred that year as well. The 1848 discovery of gold in California would now be echoed by the 1948 discovery of gold in Africa.

Working back from the post-War years, under the centennial unit (Third Rule of Prophecy): 1848 was a crashing year, bringing: worldwide “home-rule” revolutions; the gold rush; first women’s rights conference (Seneca Falls); and the end of the Mexican War, whose treaty ceded us the whole Pacific Coast up to the 49th parallel.

Following the rhythm back another 99 years, the mid-century mark in Europe (ca. 1750) saw the discovery of the ruins of Pompei and the height of the enlightenment—Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, even Ben Franklin, all rising to fame, and all sounding the death knell of age-old monarchism and the tyranny of kings.

Another cycle back: 1648 distinguishes itself as the year set, by Kabbalists, for the coming of the Messiah.

1548 distinguishes itself as the moment of the reformation.

1450 distinguishes itself with the Plague, marking its own centennial, returning to ravish Italy. Ninety-nine years earlier, of course, the Black Death had moved all across Europe reducing the population by one half and changing ab­solutely everything.

Called the Year of the Flying Birds by the Chinese 16 centuries before Galileo, the sunspot maximum is a definite, measurable, even spectacular phenomenon. But as meteorological folklore, it ranks high and for two reasons: first, because its origin on the surface of the sun itself is an apparency, probably a mistake; and second—thanks to the present vogue of symptom-gazing here in the United States of Amnesia (thanks, G.V.) – side-effects (“spots”) are hailed as causes, and true causes are all but forgotten, ignored, or never discovered.

Still: It was during the most recent sunspot year that, at the height of atmospheric turbulence (July 14, 2000), shortwave communications were completely shut down on earth. With satellites focused on the magnetosphere (earth’s power station), European Space Agency (ESA) scientists actually detected the basis of that surge: compres­sion of the magnetosphere (Van Allen Belt). This rounding or “deforming” or compressing of the magnetic belt is the long-missed force behind odic events on earth. Earthquakes conforming to the “cluster-years” of the ode can now be traced to the vigorous compressions in earth’s own magnetic field. And what causes disturbances in earth’s power grid every eleven years (automatic garage doors even opening and closing on their own)?—The planet’s own electro­magnetic dynamo, its field, is sufficient. Sun-worshiping purveyors of solar causation will, in good time, sink into oblivion, and in the ascendant will arise the science of field, heralded by Einstein and now completed by fresh genera­tions of truth-seeking scientists. With rediscovery of the Egyptian ode, the key player will be field itself, the magnetic envelope of earth, the shape-changing vortex or womb of the planet. It will not be the faraway sun, but variations in vortexya that will yield the true calculus needed on Mother Earth to prosper her insecure brood. We will not need other planets or other stars or mythical “gods” like solar wind prodigiously hurling thunderbolts of supercharged par­ticles at little earth. Or bugbears like “dangerous solar radiation.” All we need is the humble science of Earth’s home and surroundings. Her field. And it is—in the cosmic scheme of things—right in our own backyard.

Susan Martinez’s book, The Psychic Life of Abraham Lincoln, (Career Press/New Page Books) is now available.


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