ONLY WITH POTENTIALS. We have no way of knowing exactly how an individual will use these potentials.
In a core reading, there are 11 different possible Life Paths, 11 different possible Expressions, 11 different possible Soul Urges and 31 different possible Birthdays. There are, then, over .» 40,000 different cores possible (11 x 11 x 11 x 31 = 41,261). Somewhat over 4 billion people are living in the world at this time. If we assume that the different cores are spread around more or less evenly, there are about 100,000 people with the same core.
By the time we take all the modifiers (Part III) into account, we'll have well over 4 billion possible combinations, confirming our feeling of the uniqueness of each individual. But, let's look only at the core—the essence, as it were. Surely, we're not saying that those 100,000 people with the same core are similar. We are saying that those 100,000 people have the same potentials. That is a far different prospect.
Potential, by the dictionary definition, means,
1. possible as opposed to actual;
A potential, by its very nature, is not a fixed or finite characteristic. It's in constant flux, modifying the free will and environment and being, in turn, modified by them. The potential is a moving force, shifting direction, expressing, at different times, a positive, negative or neutral side.
Let's look more closely at a few of the 100,000 people who share one core. Remember that Harlan William Allen, our fictitious subject, had a 5 Life Path, a 6 Expression, a 9 Soul Urge and a 3 Birthday. Now, coincidentally (actually, not so coin-cidentally—I really planned it all along) Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, which gives him the same core as Harlan. Though we have no idea what the fictitious Harlan might do with his potentials, we can easily check on Honest Abe. You might want to re-read Harlan's delineation now that you know it also represents Lincoln. The core synthesis is a good description of our sixteenth President's potentials.
Lincoln's great achievement was the freedom he brought to the slaves (5: freedom, 6: concern for betterment of community, 9: humanitarian). In his early life he had many jobs—he built and navigated a steamboat down the Mississippi, worked in a store, managed a mill, spent some time as a surveyor as well as a village postmaster, served in the Black Hawk War (5: rolling stone). He had a troubled courtship with Mary Todd, with many breaks and reconciliations (5-6 conflict). He was an extraordinary stump speaker, went on to give some of the finest speeches in American history (3: verbal ability, 6-9 creative potential). He had a reputation for uncommon sociability (6: caring, 3: social).
The great naturalist, Charles Darwin, was born Charles Robert Darwin on February 12, 1809, the same day as Lincoln. Darwin has the same core as Lincoln.
Darwin's reputation as a great scientist and writer rests particularly on his Origin of the Species and Descent of Man, books which are monuments not only in biology but also in English literature (5: constructive expansion of knowledge, 6-9: creative potential, 3: writing ability). His life was dramatically changed, his life course set by his five-year round-the-world cruise as naturalist on the Beagle (an ultimate expression of the 5 freedom and opportunity). Although his scientific writing made him famous, he enjoyed the excitement of his experimental work far more than the writing (5: exciting opportunities, 3: writing ability). He was a devoted husband and father, a born teacher, was sympathetic, genial, courteous and kind, with a quiet naturalness arising from a complete absence of pretension (all expressions of 6 qualities enhanced by the 9 energy).
Both Lincoln and Darwin contributed to the world by a superb use of their potentials. But, as you can see, their lives were extremely dissimilar. There are other factors besides the potentials which account for a person's development. We'll discuss them shortly.
Delineation for the entire life or any specific time period in the life
A CHARACTER DELINEATION IS A READING FOR THE ENTIRE LIFE OR FOR ANY SPECIFIC TIME PERIOD IN THE LIFE. The potentials in a reading must be expressed in broad enough terms so they can, indeed, make sense for the entire span of years from birth to death. The subject, the person receiving the reading, must be able to easily relate the broad description of the potential to his particular place along the continuum of that potential at the time he receives the reading.
Let's study this point in more detail. An old friend of mine— let's call her Emily—with a Life Path of 1, would be a good subject. Let's look at her life in relation to her Life Path potentials—individuation, independence and attainment.
Emily grew up as the youngest child in a large family and enjoyed much comfort and support. When she married in her mid-twenties, she was content with her passive housewife's role. When her husband was seriously injured in an industrial accident, Emily was forced to take a full-time job to support him and their three young children. For over ten years, until her husband's early death, Emily was breadwinner, nurse, housewife and mother. Although she was indeed the head of the household, she felt totally dependent for love and support on those who were, in actuality, dependent on her.
After her eldest children had married, Emily centered her needs on her youngest boy. The child was uncomfortable with her efforts to keep him in a subordinate role. As soon as he was old enough, he found employment in a distant city. Despite a close relation with a nearby brother and sister, Emily felt alone and defeated. Although she had friends and visited her children and grandchildren frequently, she felt that no one needed her.
Now in her early sixties, Emily has at last accepted the unavailability of someone on whom she can lean. She has learned to make decisions capably, to spend her time enjoyably with friends, family and activities. She has begun to learn the meaning of independence.
Emily's life expresses her use of her potentials. Her delineation would reflect the changes in her life as she aged. The delineation would be expressed so that it is meaningful to Emily and points the way to future development no matter how old she is when she receives the reading.
Read the central focus and the commentary of the 1 Life Path in Chart 2. This might serve as a brief, but complete, reading which satisfies the above points. It encompasses Emily's lack of individuation in childhood, her dependence in young adulthood, her independent actions and subservient feelings when her husband was injured, her reliance on her young son when the other children married, her inability to accept be-
ing independent when her youngest child left, the eventual positive experience of independence, even her potential for attainment in the years to come.
A CHARACTER DELINEATION INDICATES THE Potentials, POTENTIALS—ABOUT A THIRD OF THE INFORMA- free will TION DESCRIBING A PERSON. THE FREE WILL AND envjrnnnL ENVIRONMENT—INFORMATION DESCRIBING THE environme OTHER TWO-THIRDS—ARE NOT CONTAINED IN THE DELINEATION.
Look at Emily again. Her environment—the large family into which she was born, her husband's work and accident—were major factors in her life. Her free will was responsible, in her particular case, for her limited progress. Her role as passive wife, her years as head of her family without any feelings of independence, her dependence on her young son, her ultimate beginning understanding of her life lesson were all acts of her will which determined the directions of her life. If she had been a less subservient wife, if she had chosen to lead her family as an independent woman might, if she had not centered her needs on her son, her life would have taken significantly different directions.
Some people are disappointed that all the information isn't available in a reading. We have to recognize that the universe is structured by the potentials, but the potentials are operating within a field of freedom.
As you proceed with numerology, you may be amazed at how much you do learn about people, using only the potentials. You'll begin to understand subtleties which you didn't even see before, become aware of motivations previously hidden, gain insights which you cannot gain in any other way. Many subjects will provide part of the missing two-thirds. Most enjoy filling in at least portions of the information for your understanding.
THE CHARACTER DELINEATION, LIKE THE LIFE IT Ambiguity in REPRESENTS, IS COMPOSED OF POTENTIALS WHICH delineations ARE SOMETIMES HARMONIOUS, SOMETIMES DISCORDANT, SOMETIMES CONFLICTING, OFTEN AMBIGUOUS OR INCONSISTENT. The task of the numerologist is to express, as clearly as possible, exactly what is present in a manner which will be of most use to the person receiving the reading. It is important to express conflicts, ambiguities or in consistencies just as the numbers describe them, so that the subject will understand the forces within. Don't attempt to tidy up a reading by making all the pieces fit together neatly and consistently. Although this may satisfy a desire for order, it does the subject a disservice by distorting the information he receives.
Particularly with your first readings, you're apt to be concerned because the parts of a delineation may feel as if they don't go together. I've often prefaced parts of a delineation with some remark like: "I don't understand how you can be
- and - at the same time, but that's what the numbers say." You'll find that the subject will almost invariably understand the forces and their relation, and usually be happy to explain it to you.
Express ALWAYS EXPRESS THE DELINEATION IN THE MOST the potentials POSITIVE MANNER POSSIBLE. Don't give a reading from a nositivelv negative point of view. It may fix a subject's mind with the dif-" ficulties of his life and make it harder for him to resolve whatever discords or conflicts are present. (If you were dealing, in an extreme case, with a chart replete with conflicts, you would express the least difficult conflict as the most harmonious force available, the second least difficult conflict as the next most harmonious force, and so forth.)
Suppose, for instance, a chart shows a person who prefers to spend much of his time alone, has difficulty communicating with others and reticence in expressing emotions. If you said "Marriage is not recommended because you seem to have problems getting along with others," you would be stating the information in a damaging way. It would be better to express the information positively: "Marriage will require you to work at increasing your skills in getting along with others."
You must stay constantly alert to the powerful forces with which you are dealing. Handle with care!!!
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