The 23 Enigma


Numbers can be fun and frivolous depending on how your brain processes them. Some people hate math, while others view reality through their spectrum. It's all in the way we are programmed. Me ... I have always loved math and numbers - fibonacci numbers being my favorite - as they are creation. Recently, after hearing the expression "The 23 Enigma", I set out on an adventure to see if I connected.

23 is an interesting number in a reality created by sacred geometric design. Working with Numerology, I am conditioned to add double digits and reduce them to a single digit, therefore 23 = number 5 representing change. According to some traditions of Maya mythology, we are now living in the Fifth World. According to ancient Greek philosophers such as Aristotle, the universe is made up of five classical elements: water, earth, air, fire, and ether. This concept was later adopted by Medieval alchemists and more recently by practitioners of Neo-Pagan religions such as Wicca (pentagram).

23 is also a fascinating number. If you ask someone to think of a prime number, 23 is the most common answer. 23 is the ninth prime number, the smallest odd prime which is not a twin prime. It is an Eisenstein prime with no imaginary part and real part of the form 3n - 1.

Biology: Normal human sex cells have 23 chromosomes. Other human cells have 46 chromosomes, arranged in 23 pairs.

Religion: Psalm 23, also known as the Shepherd Psalm, is possibly the most quoted and best known Psalm. Psalms is also the 23rd book in the Douay-Rheims Bible.

Film: There have been dozens of movies featuring the number 23 in their titles, for instance, a Jim Carrey flick The Number 23. IMDB cites almost 100 (many of the titles use the 23rd of the month while others are more focused on the number itself). John Forbes Nash, the subject of the Ron Howard movie A Beautiful Mind was apparently obsessed with the number 23.

The 23 Enigma refers to the belief that most incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some modification of the number 23, or a number related to the number 23.


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