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2  The above is a list of feminine names that correspond to a number system I've developed. It's a base fourteen system, meaning it repeats itself after every sequence of fourteen: i.e., 14, 28, 42, 56, etc., with these numbers corresponding to the name Rachel (n123). Also a highly intuitive system, it corresponds to a woman's intuition—or will (n46)—which I intend to develop in this chapter. This is why I've ascribed the feminine names. Thus being indicative to intuition itself, it can then be expressed in numeric terms. While it further expands on the elements of marriage in the last chapter (n3:5).

3  The best way of viewing it is in terms of the musical scale. There are seven notes in the musical scale, which signify harmony, spiritual harmony if you will, and many harmonic levels of notes above the original seven: where each level contains seven notes. When including the first note in the next level, each level is then called one octave, meaning eight. Thus the first and eighth notes are the same, except the eighth note is at a higher pitch: i.e., do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do. I've done something similar here, except I've extended the scale to fourteen notes, with one octave containing fifteen notes. Perhaps you can now see the correlation between the numbers 7, 8 and 9, and the numbers 21, 22 and 23, as detailed in the last two chapters (n2:5-6; n3:6).

4  I might add the first seven notes correspond more in terms of masculine development—more specific to The Church—and the next seven notes in terms of what is feminine and reciprocative: signifying completion in two successive levels. This is best illustrated in the way men and women speak, much in the same way, except women in a higher tone of voice. Thus alluding to the seven youths and seven maidens sacrificed to the Minotaur in the Labyrinth every nine years (n22), an integral part of the Theseus and Ariadne theme (n12:41) and, source of the fourteen Gerarai I believe. Therefore to each name I've ascribed a quality, in accord with the man/woman relationship (n10-11).

The Fourteen Gerarai

5  Then there were the fourteen Athenian women, The Gerarai who, along with the Athenian Basilinna or, Queen of Athens, celebrated in the worship of Dionysus. Known as The Anthesteria (n5:12) or, Festival of Flowers, they were held in honor of Dionysus and his bride, the Basilinna: who thus becomes the 15th and, head of the Gerarai—or, one octave (n3,22). There was also the chorus of sixteen women of Elis, who danced and invoked Dionysus as a bull. This too is significant, for I had already developed the names and worked with both these numbers, 14 and 16, before drawing the correlation to the Gerarai and women of Elis. Yet another coincidence? (n1:20).

6  Thus when multiplying 14 by 41, i.e., Rachel x Leah, you come up with 574, which is Rachel's number: while the number 575 signifies the Queen of Athens (n20:1). And, since the number 14 signifies the system itself, and 41 is its reciprocal—or, bookend—I view both as unique, and only multiply these two in this way. Rachel and Leah were also sisters (n117,n123), which initially gave me the idea. While the number 475, the reciprocal of 574, is also Leah's number. As for the number 574, I expressed it as: The Five Earls of Roy, The Seven Principals of David, and Four Wives of Dennis, i.e., Israel had twelve sons and four wives (n130).

7  To elaborate further, there were only five men who had a major impact in my life, and they all had the name Roy in common! They also coincide with the first five states of mind in chapter 1 (n22), and are detailed in chapter 6 (n62). The Seven David's, were either close acquaintances or people named David, of relative importance, though I reserved the number 6 for myself (initially) and the number 11 for Joseph Campbell; Joseph being the eleventh son of Israel. The Four Wives, correspond to a period when I thought I was going to marry four different women, over the course of a few months.

8  This happened in 1985, as I relate in part in Daphne (n28), as well as in chapter 11, at my 7th (n148) and 8th (n204) residences, and I honestly believed it was going to happen. Of course it was all in my mind! But because it represented something substantial, I still look at it this way. While to understand the myth, is to know there were four women closely associated with Dionysus: his mother and her three sisters. And here the number 4 represents the woman's will (n3:17), what I portray as an unbridled horse (n7:21-22); while Dionysus himself portrays the 5th element, the husband (n3:18-19), he who bridles the horse (n7:22).

9  When adding these three numbers, 5 + 7 + 4, you come up with 16—i.e., the sixteen women of Elis, and the bull. Which corresponds to Jennifer (2) and, to Taurus—The Bull, the second sign of the Zodiac. Thus it's significant that my mother's name is Elsie, which is similar to Elis (Elise?), and that Dionysus was equated with Zagreus, meaning Zeus-like or great hunter, who was portrayed as a newborn calf, born of his mother a cow (n11:325-327). Remember Elsie, the Borden Cow? Similarly, my grandmother's name was Bessie—the cow—and my grandfather's name was Elmer—i.e., Elmer's Glue, by Borden! For which reason I equate my mother with the man's will (n3:14) and, the number 2 (n4:32).

St. Valentine's Day

10  The number 14 also corresponds to Taurus, in that there are only twelve months in the zodiac, a base twelve system, so the 14th month corresponds to the 2nd sign or Taurus. And here, I recieved some material on the 14th day of the 14th month, in 1988—on St. Valentine's Day (n14:35). I was living at my 16th residence (n11:376), again, the numbers 14 and 16, when some young boys came upstairs and knocked on the door. But before I could get there they ran away. I knew something was up so I intended to catch them the next time. Sure enough they knocked again, and I jumped quickly to the door and swung it open. But there was no one there, except a copy of a magazine—of erotic nature—resting at the doorstep. Indeed, Cupid (Eros) had played his part on this day!

11  An older issue (January 1981) and fairly tame by today's standards, this is what inspired me with the fourteen names: The 14 Images of Kari. They were phenomenal pictures, like nothing I'd seen, clearly illustrating the man/woman relationship as it unfolded, something Roy Masters (n59; n9:18; n13:1) continued to stress, albeit not quite like this. And, though each was the same woman, they were so distinct as to depict a different woman: why I gave them different names. And this was before I heard of the fourteen Gerarai! (n1:20). While this woman's name, Kari, is nearly a cross between Karen and Ariadne—who, was the wife and beloved of Dionysus! Indeed, both Karen and Ariadne have virtually the same meaning: what is holy or pure (n72). While in the myth, Dionysus rescues Ariadne from certain obscurity on a deserted island (n12:65), even as I rescued Kari after she got trashed!

12  It should soon become clear that these things didn't happen by chance, for they appear to have been preordained. It begins to paint a picture, that gets more clear as you continue. And when I developed the names, it required little effort and all fell into place (n1:20). While some pictures reminded me of people I already knew, others expressed a certain quality I ascribed a name to, and others were names that just popped up and seemed suitable when I looked them up. So it's fairly plain I've been working with my intuition here (n2).

The Love Connection

13  This was all brought home in January 1991 when I ran a personal ad in the newspaper for the first time. It was well after I developed the names, the year after I moved back from Grants Pass, Oregon to Santa Rosa, California, for the fourth time. When placing the ad, I was only half-serious when I said it would only mean something if I got a response from someone named Kari or, someone named Adrian, the closest to Ariadne, but not necessarily from both. I was thinking of these two because they signify the Gerarai as a whole, like the Queen of Athens (n5).

14  I received four letters altogether, again the number 4 (n6-8), and guess what? The first was from a person named Kerri, and the second was from a person named Adrienne! These are nearly the same names! As I wasn't expecting this, least of all from both, I was perplexed, and wondered how I would decide between them. I got the opportunity to meet both women though, but nothing became of it? While another funny thing happened when I met Kerri. She decided where we would meet. Guess where? On Adrian Avenue! It was completely her idea. We met in front of the old Crown Market, which had since moved and become the 49er Pet Store, i.e., the number 49 corresponding to the name Dennis (n76; n8:23). Also, although it sounds the same, her name was a little different, and I had wondered about it. I then realized that by joining the names, you get Kerari which, if my pronunciation is correct, sounds very much like Gerarai!

15  So much for making the love connection. Even so, it all unfolded in a revelatory way, and I seemed to have a good idea about what I was doing, and so exonerating my behavior in chapter 12 (n55-76). As for the other two letters, I didn't get a chance to meet the women, but the 4th letter was from a person named Judi, and it was equally intriguing. The night before receiving it, I was staging a scenario in my mind using my visualization technique, something I had been practicing and allude to elsewhere (n8:4; n9:6). And for no apparent reason I felt inclined to address Humboldt State University of Arcata, California, and my stepmother, who was a professor there (n5:11). While I often address the first thing that comes to mind, but hadn't addressed this in months. So I staged it before going to bed, and forgot about it when I fell asleep.

16  When I received Judi's letter the next day, it was all there. She had just graduated from Humboldt State and relocated to Sonoma County! (to Santa Rosa). Need I say more? She went on to say she was a Pisces, or fish person, and that she enjoyed water—in all its forms. Which is funny because this is what I've ascribed to Judith (12) of Gerarai here: her correspondence to Pisces, the 12th sign (n109).

17  Yet a couple of things occurred several years later, between 1997-1999, that illustrates the Gerarai theme further, which are equally significant if not more so. And, as they occurred shortly before finishing the book, the first fourteen chapters, that is (n14:37), they seem to coincide with my experience in chapter 12 (n55-74), which is similar and occurred shortly after I started. Indeed, much of the period in-between entails the search for Ariadne. See chapters 15 (n1), 17 (n1), as well as chapter 18 (n1).

The Quality of Things

18  Finally, in the following pages I give an account for each of the fourteen Gerarai. Which as you'll see, come together like adjectives to combine and form symbols, and express the quality of things, as opposed to quantity. Similarly, this is how Swedenborg views numbers, as to their quality or spiritual sense. He gives some detail in The Apocalypse Revealed, in numbers 10, 287, 348, 738, 842, etc. He also called it the study of correspondences, regarding the relationship between numbers, symbols, objects, etc. For example, as I say in chapter 9 (n17-21), a bear signifies ignorance. I also understand Jung was familiar with Swedenborg's writings, which I suspect had some bearing on his ideas about synchronicity (n1:21). These are very similar disciplines. You'll also begin to see, more so in chapter 6 (n2), the inherent symmetry involved, which adds another dimension or corroboration here.

19  "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither . . . And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne . . . And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment . . . And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." Revelation 4:1-5