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Mudras


In the system of analysis being offered on this site, the universe created is binary - composed of opposites. Opposites work together, and apart, in many ways. Even the way to the unity of The Absentia is through opposites working together, or apart, to produce paradox. The Apart/Together model (seen elsewhere on this site) shows how opposites come together to define a form. The Cosmic Engine and the Geometric Progression (seen elsewhere on this site) shows how the number line of numerology is both equidistantly symmetrical as well as progressive. To aid in the contemplation of the various concepts put forth within all the number line models offered on this site, I decided to create a set of Mudras.

A Mudra is a Hindu term for a hand gesture bearing some significance to one form of expression or another. Used in dance, and meditation, a Mudra can help to relate important information. The Mudras presented below are designed to remind us of the binary nature of each number along our number line. As numbers are used to represent the stages of a theoretical model of existence, those numbers are then divided to represent both the positive vs. negative paths of life. The Mudras presented below, however, mostly focus on the positive path. In that sense, the two sides would represent the quantitative vs. qualitative aspects of any positive number.

Each image shows what you should see when looking down at your hands in front of you. Wherever fingers interlace, or hands cradle another, feel free to create the gesture with whichever hand wants to be dominant. The chart above is only a guide, start the lacing of fingers with the left hand or right hand, whichever way is more comfortable.


The Mudras in the chart above are designed to be used independently, while meditating on the qualities of each corresponding number... or... executed one after the other, as a progression of gestures symbolizing a progression of ideas. In both cases, the thumbs never stop touching each other. When executing as a progression, the locked thumbs are like a drone in music that helps keep the mind focused on the path.

If executed as a progression, the fifth position creates an interruption in the continuity of those gestures that involve interlaced fingers. This is deliberate, to symbolize the gap of neutrality played by the number 5 in any number line. However, if one chooses to skip the 5, there is a somewhat graceful continuity and flow from one gesture to the next.

These Mudras are also designed to express the equidistant nature of any number line, and how two numbers in a number line are equal to one sphere of existence within the theoretical model of existence these gestures are designed to describe. So it is suggested that we alternate back and forth between equidistant gestures when meditating on the two numbers that represent a single sphere of existence. These Mudras are designed to make this alternation smooth and thereby communicate this equidistant similarity.

Some of these positions look very similar to Mudras from other cultures. But, it should be noted, that the significance given to them by those other cultures is not necessarily applicable to this particular system of analysis. There may be similarities, but these Mudras were created for the purpose of communicating a progression of numbers, as defined by the pages of this site and the book All Things Are Numbers (seen elsewhere on this site). They were designed to be simple, and flow together one after the other. I could have invented all kinds of painfully complex gestures that require extensive bending and twisting of fingers into convoluted shapes, but easy flow from one gesture to the next was an important consideration. If you are not able to put existing meanings for these gestures out of your mind, then you should probably not attempt to use them.

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The Mudras

These Mudras can be used one at a time, two at a time, or as a complete 1-9 progression.

NOTE: Wherever fingers interlace, or hands cradle another, feel free to create the gesture with whichever hand wants to be dominant. The chart above is only a guide, start the lacing of fingers with the left hand or right hand, whichever way is more comfortable.

Position 1, The Point - Fingers, palms and thumbs are as unified as possible, smooshed together as one, expressing the oneness of a 1. Still binary, as any manifest entity, but expressing the manifest unity of oneness. Like the Magician of a traditional tarot deck, or the Jinni and Genius or the Numerical tarot deck.

Position 2, The Arrow - Fingers together, palms apart, making the shape of an arrowhead, symbolizing the action of the Ray from the Geometric Progression, and the idea of motion. Like the Muse and Visionary of the Numerical tarot deck.

Position 3, The Heart - Fingers curled around to make the shape of a heart, symbolizing the idea of love and tenderness that is characteristic of the theoretical "skin" that surrounds any mass of existence. Like the Empress of a traditional tarot deck, or the Beauty and Artist of the Numerical tarot deck.

Position 4, The Wall - Fingers stacked like bricks in a wall, symbolizing the strength and protection of the Force of a mass of existence, or a strong personality. Like the Emperor of a traditional tarot deck, or the Hero and Valiant of the Numerical tarot deck.

Position 5, The Cradle - One hand cradling the other. A low spot that collects water, and becomes a river, dividing the two sides of our number line. This is the cradle that is rocked by The Absentia. As there is no equidistant opposite for the 5, rocking the cradle is recommended when using these gestures individually, to symbolize the alternating middle of cosmic negotiation or alchemistic mixing. Like the Hierophant of a traditional tarot deck, or the Wizard and Medium of the Numerical tarot deck.

Position 6, The Hug - Fingers laced in full embrace, symbolizing the coagulated mass of existence before critical mass... or lovers hugging. Like the Lovers of a traditional tarot deck, or the Angel and Royal of the Numerical tarot deck.

Position 7, The Portal - A hole that beckons, symbolizing the idea of spiritual transport, by chariot or any other means. Like the Chariot of a traditional tarot deck, or the Saint and Virtuist of the Numerical tarot deck.

Position 8, The Star - Fingers splayed like rays of light, symbolizing the luminous euphoria of the climactic discharge - the signature of nature we all repeat every day. Like the Strength card of a traditional tarot deck, or the Lumina and Vivian of the Numerical tarot deck.

Position 9, The Sphere - Actually, more of a hemisphere, but you get the idea, symbolizing the all encompassing nature of accumulated knowledge and wisdom. Like the Hermit of a traditional tarot deck, or the God and Sage of the Numerical tarot deck.

These descriptions are extremely brief, because of how intimately these positions relate to every other model put forth on this site, and because of how full and complete explanations of what each gesture symbolizes can be gathered from these other sources. This page is only here to show you the gestures.


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