“It’s in the Numbers”: Numerology in Sports
Written by Lynn Buess,
As a one-time, above average high school athlete I’ve casually followed college, international, and Olympic sports for most of my life. I’m not generally interested in professional sports—except for my enthusiasm for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Recently I got to thinking about how a team and its organizational behavior might be analyzed from a numerological point of view. To do this I focused on the numbers associated with the Trail Blazers’ organization, its owner and president of basketball operations, its coach, five starting players, a future prospect, and a February ‘15 trade acquisition.
I found a lot of very interesting things through numerological analysis. In this article I’ll take you through an abbreviated version. For those interested in more thorough treatment I invite you to go to my blog page, Numerology Rising.
First, here’s background on Numerology. Numerology is the study of cycles, vibration, and rhythm. The academic community and much of the public treat Numerology as fortune telling or pseudo-science. I’d like to think that my work transcends those perceptions: I have three degrees in psychology and over 50 years of study and practice in the field.
Simple numerology starts by placing a numerical value under each letter in a person’s name (or, in this case, the organization’s name) along with the Date of Birth. By adding these numbers a skilled numerical practitioner can conclude certain characteristics about a person (or an organization) and probable events that may occur in that person’s (or organization’s) life.
Here’s a summary of what the numbers represent:
1, originality, individuality and will
2, cooperation, finesse, diplomacy
3, creativity, self-expression and feelings
4, discipline, organization and hard work
5, flexibility, freedom and adventure
6, responsibility, commitment and care taking
7, analysis, introspection and detachment
8, power, leadership and success, and
9, idealism, perfection group- oriented.
See the following chart to see how the numbers are calculated:
ABCDEFGHI JKLMNOPQR STUVWXYZ 123456789
Using the chart we can determine the numbers of the Trail Blazers as follows:
Portland Trail Blazers 76923154 29193 2318591=90 9 90 9 Accomplished # 6 1 19 1 5 =23=5 5 Inner # 7 923 54 29 3 23 8 91=67=4 4 Outer #
The number of accomplishment for the blazers is a 90=9. Nine is the number of idealism, perfection harmony, and group achievement. The number 9 places emphasis on collective cooperation and accomplishment of the team and organization—rather than on glory for the individual. If the group does well, then honors will come to those individuals who excel. The 9 encourages refinement, courtly manners, and an aesthetic polish to the product.
The Inner Number 5 is the number of freedom, flexibility, and fun. It wants to let the kids play and be naturally who they are and do what they do best—with enthusiasm and fun. It also suggests flexibility and willingness to explore the untried, as well as to take risks to be different.
The Outer Number 4 wants to put on a “stern face” and to act in a disciplined and orderly manner. These two numbers—5 and 4—are always at odds, and it isn’t easy to find balance. That’s because the 4 doesn’t want the 5 to have too much fun. After all, you have to work for everything, says the 4.
The Blazers entered the league in 1970, but I have not been able to find the exact date of entry (i.e., their “birth”). The year was 1970, which was an “8” universal year (1+9+7+0=17 and 1+7=8). This year, 2015, is also an 8 universal year. That suggests the Blazers are at a crossroads with destiny: this year will go a long way toward determining the direction and success of the franchise and team.