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Numerology: Decoding the Divine Algorithm

Record of Public Augury and Discourse









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NUMEROLOGIST'S PREFACE:

"This book is published serially and incomplete, because like the understanding of objective truth, the divine Algorithm, and the Nine Aspects of God which categorize all existence, I believe there will be no satisfying conclusion or final goal to reach here that will allow us to someday write 'The End' in big block letters. Every person only has their subjective thoughts on the pieces of the Algorithm, or life, that they encounter around them and while it may be impossible to touch the objective truth and truly know the Divine Algorithm with certainty it is by understanding our varied viewpoints that I think we can come closest to achieving that impossible dream.

Here I've written an account of my public auguries, Nine Sided Dice readings, and the discussions on the outcomes that the people of the 99th Ring have produced in public forum. It is my hope to inspire Ring 99 to search for understanding, and the purpose that God has made them for. That future generations can read here what we collectively saw in each other and in turn see just a little bit further. Let's decode the Algorithm as far as we are able and together find our place in God's great design.

You can love them or you can hate them, but so long as you try to understand them it is the people around us who are our greatest tool in the search for God.
Nine are the numbers. The numbers are nine."

~Maxwell Artfall, Numerologist.




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First Public Augury
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The Open Door Inn
The Third Aspect: Mystery. Power.




Even though this was a public forum the names have been abbreviated for privacy.  The Aspect Augured was the Third but we got derailed a few times into a number of topics that I think make for a good introduction to Numerology's basic principals. Here's the gist as far as I remember.




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BASIC NUMEROLOGY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF DISCOURSE:


Numerologist Maxwell: To get the dense shit out of the way first.

Numerology, the belief in the Nine Faced God, has a lot of warring philosophies about the way to properly worship and what weíre meant to do. The difference between our religion and most others, is that we donít get an arrow pointing us in any particular direction.

We donít get a handy pamphlet saying ďBeauty is the bestĒ, because God is constantly pouring out power and directing reality in favor of all his Aspects which encompassesÖ Everything, really.

My takeaway is that we all have a specific purpose that fits into Godís plans. His Algorithm that weíre all a part of.

And until we figure out what that is weíve got shit we need to figure out.
Thereís Nine Aspects of God, and being human weíre subjective creatures. We canít say that ďDoomĒ is evil or good, because it changes from where weíre standing. Only God is objective in truth.

But through discourse and understanding each otherís points of view on these Aspects we can get as close as weíre able to objective truth. To understanding the Algorithm. And thatís my goal.




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CLOSEMINDED PRIESTS AND THE CULT OF AGREEMENT:


Numerologist Maxwell: So where are you from? Did you grow up in the Rings, or are you Awoken?

T: I'm from a place called Tethyr originally. Awfully boring place. I moved to Westgate quite a long time ago.

Numerologist Maxwell: That's good. I always like getting a perspective from someone who wasn't born in the City. When two people talk that are from the same place you tend to get mostly the same responses to everything.

It's good to have an Awakened in the conversation because I have no idea what you people's views are going to be about anything. The sky might be orange where you're from. Who knows.

As an Awoken do you know much about the Nine Faced God?

T: The Nine Faced God? Well, not much, no.

Numerologist Maxwell: That's fine. Half the people who grew up here don't.

T: I'd love to hear, though.

Numerologist Maxwell: There's a thing that happens with priests, I think, that puts up a barrier between people and knowing things about God.

For some reason we get the notion in our head that to understand the truth about the universe we need to lock ourselves in a quiet place for decades at a time, and think really hard alone, without being interrupted by anyone.

And then years later we come out with this neurosis that we've inflicted on ourselves that we've somehow "figured it all out". Just because we've sat in the dark and talked to ourselves and read the same book a thousand times.

So we head out into the world, you know.

And tell everyone else that we're not lunatics, and that this thing we're talking about is the one answer to everything.

And if anyone disagrees we get everyone who agrees with us to beat the shit out of them until they change their mind. And so this new guy, and half the guys we've converted, are just parroting some stuff a crazy guy is saying without understanding a word of it.




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GODS AND FAITHS:


T: I have a question.

Numerologist Maxwell: Oh. Yeah, sure.

Whatís the question?

T: Whatís your view, uh, on the Small Gods?

Like, say, Phanax?

Numerologist Maxwell: The same as they are with the gods of the Awakened. TheyíreÖ

Alright, so..

If reality is a mountain with nine sides, right?

T: ..Right.

Numerologist Maxwell: And each side has a river flowing down from the ice melting on the top.

And as the river goes down itís flow gets weaker and it gets smaller.
I think God, or his divine essence..

Is that melting ice.

And all of us whoíve got any finger in divinity..

Weíre points along one of those nine rivers.

The closer to divine truth of an Aspect you get on any river the stronger your divinity is.

I think all ďGodsĒ are points on that river right up near the top. Touching the ice.
And you and me are points further down.

So weíre all just varying degrees of different Aspects trying to get closer to the top, and admiring those who are further along.

Sorry if thatís sort of rambling.

T: I, uh, see I think. Thatís interesting.

All aspects of one and the same thing ultimately.

Or products of the same thing, at least.

Far out.

Numerologist Maxwell: Exactly. I admire them. Theyíre avatars of some Aspect of God, and they should be learned from and appreciated. Understood so we can better understand God.

T: Right, right. God being the totality. Which is like, really hard to see. Or gasp in its entirety.

Numerologist Maxwell: To keep with the metaphor, I think God created the mountain and keeps the ice melting for a purpose we canít possibly hope to understand, but itís our job to understand as much as we possibly can so we can help that purpose along.

We canít understand the Algorithm, but if we can in our lifetime get an idea of our place and the numbers nearby us, we can do the most good in the eyes of God.




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PURPOSE AND PASSIONS:


T: I just wanted to have fun, really.

Make a name for myself, my own name, not my familyís name.

By being good with a crossbow, writing plays, occasionally acting. You know, stuff like that. Actually fun things!

Not sitting around a table taking things seriously and writing letters or whatever.

Marrying your own cousins.

Whatever it is I was expected to do back home.

Numerologist Maxwell: And that is exactly what you should be doing. God gave you a passion. Youíve got a destiny that was screaming at the top of itís lungs that it wasnít meant to be behind a table, and instead of listening everyone spent all their energy trying to beat it into the shape they liked better.

Thatís insanity.

How much better of a clue do people need?



~ CONTINUED ~



T: I try to... How can I put it.
Like follow my gut instinct in a lot of cases. Yíknow, likeÖ Intuition? Or even impulse.

Is thatÖ Good or bad, do you think?

Numerologist Maxwell: Iím not neurotic enough to think I can speak for God. I think itís a human narcissism that all intelligent creatures share to think about the ultimate force in the universe in terms of the way they view the world themselves. Just because we think eating handfuls of dirt is strange doesnít mean it inherently is. So thatís my preface to saying Iím not sure, butÖ

I really strongly believe thatís the right way to do things. If we have no way of knowing whatís good or bad, all weíve got to go on is what God gave us, and thatís our passions and desires. We need to have been designed to want things for a reason.

That, Augury with the Nine Sided Dice, and discourse between people of different viewpoints are really the best clues we have. If not to what God thinks, at least our purpose here as variables in his Algorithm.


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MYSTERY:


Numerologist Maxwell:The Third Aspect: Mystery, and Power.

Thatís a good topic, because at itís heart unraveling a mystery is the basis of all religions, I think.

A goblin crawls out of a cave in a thunderstorm, sees a rock shaped like a head, and the sound of thunder, and it doesnít know that the hell is going on. None of us really do in a bigger sense. So he does what we all do when we encounters something we canít understand and try to piece together the mystery in a way that makes sense from our perspective.

The stone head is making the lightning, and it must think the way that I, the goblin, do because thatís the only way a goblin can imagine something can think. So he throws the things a goblin would want at it like gold and goblin women and tries to make the storm stop.

The only difference between my faith and a goblin heaping bones all over a stone head in some forest is that we believe weíre not meant to unravel all the mysteries. Our stone head doesnít think the way we do. No more than we think the way that an ant does when it looks up at us and wonders whatís in our heads.




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POWER:


Numerologist Maxwell: This is a turn in conversation, but you said you were a noble in your homeland but you turned away from it. Thatís curious to me because a lot of women have fought and died trying to grab at nobility. Its implied that thereís a lot of power in nobility.

Is that authority something you never had any interest in?

T: Well, I mean.. Not really? Maybe it sounds.. To me, all it meant was having to marry some inbred freak living in the castle across the river from ours.

And a bunch of obligations and living the same as my parents did. Sure, Iíd get to inherit a castle and some servants, and I guess some peasants in a village.
But Iíd be about as alive as those damn dusty paintings hanging in the hallways.

No. Never. I had to leave.

I didnít want power, I just wanted to, you know, have fun.

Numerologist Maxwell: Thatís something a lot of people miss when theyíre thinking about power. I think when people say ďpowerĒ what they really mean is ďcontrolĒ. Over others, over the world around them, over their own situation.

On paper nobility is supposed to give a lot of ďpowerĒ.

But do you really have any power when youíre being told who to love? Where to go? How to act?

T: Right, right, exactly.

And if you step out of line, your own goddamn cousin comes to town looking to put a knife in your back!

Numerologist Maxwell: And this is where subjectivity comes into it, because we could ask a thousand men who had more power between a drifter and a noble woman, and every one of them would say weíre idiots for asking. The noble woman of course.

T: Well, I mean.

Maybe theyíd be right, but thereís no law that says we have to want power, right? I mean.. I gamble, yíknow? I like playing cards and dice, and the wheel, and whatnot.

Numerologist Maxwell: But youíre more in control of your life now then you ever were back then- I assume. Sorry. I didnít mean to speak for you.

T: And part of that is not knowing if youíre going to win or lose.

I mean, obviously you want to win, but you also want some risk, you want thrill, you want to have fun.

People who have power, who are in control all of the time, they canít even experience that, unless they start doing some really weird shit.

Numerologist Maxwell: Thatís an interesting point.

T: Itís true, though in some ways I got more power, in the sense of control over my life, than I would if Iíd stayed back home. But itís more a close of not even being interested in it.

I want to go with the flow. See what comes up.

Just like your auguries, I guess.

Every time you throw a die, youíre giving up a bit on control, right?

Otherwise whatís the point.

Numerologist Maxwell: And you have enough control over your life to be allowed to take those risks, so why bother trying to gather more power, right?

T: Yeah!

Numerologist Maxwell: Thatís really interesting. I hadnít ever taken the time to wonder if thereís a point where naturally wanting control over our lives and situation becomes a burden. Hell, Iíd love to talk to Tchammorar over beers about when heíll have too much money.


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Numerologist Maxwell: Iíve been rambling up here for a while, so I should wind this down. But Iíd be interested to hear from the Retainer of House Sunpurse.

The House Sunpurse is the oldest noble Household in the Peerage with the strongest noble bloodlines. If anyone has a right to speak about the power inherit in nobility its them.

I was just interested to hear your take on the idea of Power. As it pertains to nobility.

Are you a Knight? Or a noble yourself?

E: Iím a retainer of House Sunpurse to repay the debts of my House.

Numerologist Maxwell: You mean to say your family is indebted to House Sunpurse?

E: That is correct.

Numerologist Maxwell: Thatís fascinating. Thatís exactly the sort of power from nobility I had hoped to hear about. Although this might have more to do with power from wealth.

E: Perhaps I can speak about power but I cannot do so with the poise you both bare.

T: Weíre all friends here. No one is judging.

Numerologist Maxwell: Thatís fine, E:. I find it hard to judge people knowing that Iíve got no idea what the hell Godís opinion on anything is. Iím half drunk and rambling.
So is it a financial thing, or a debt of honor?

O: I think itís interesting that all your attendees down there are Retainers.

E: Power is an interesting concept. We give things power. Itís subjective. My father has power over his servants, over me. However the late Lord Sunpurse held power over him. We give away our freedom for power usually.

For example we enter into a pact with an employer. Giving away our freedom for the power of groats.

O: An interesting point, I gotta say. Thatís why I think itís best to be self-employed.

E: I should come to the point why Iíve said this. A dangerous one perhaps but the concept of power really stems from the ability we have in ourselves.

Numerologist Maxwell: What ability is that?

E: It varies from person to person. You are an orator. My power is in my training with a blade or perhaps deeper than such. My determination to succeed. Yours would be more in essence the desire to understand or provide others with such chance.

T: Well, letís say someoneís a slave, an actual slave, like people were under the Sibilants.

Does it matter then what ability a slave has? Arenít they all subjected by power all the same?

My point is, isnít power ultimately.. Whatís the word.. Uniform, somehow?
Isnít there a point where different kinds of power are smooshed together into one kind?

Being the ability to make your own decision of what to do.

Which you either have, or you donít?

Numerologist Maxwell: I get what he means though.

Thereís inherit power to each person. Regardless of situation unless someone breaks your hands with a big rock or has you in chains, your control over the immediate world around you is much better if youíve got skill with a sword and one in your hand than the man who is the governor or the richest man in the room.

Though things get muddled up when we start investing the idea of power into groats, or the authority of who ever is in charge, and then theyíve got more power than the skilled swordsman and theyíll give the swordsman a piece of that power if we start doing whatever they say.

I donít know where Iím going with all this. But I feel like I understand the Third Aspect a little more today than I did yesterday. Thank you all for that. Iím trying to find my place in the Algorithm like everyone else, and I think this helped.
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Excerpts From Private Auguries
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The Temple of the Nine Faced God
The Nature of the Faces and Augury




These excerpts of the recent Auguries I have performed represent knowledge that I believe to be of value to the people of the 99th Ring. The names have been abbreviated for privacy, with the exception of the controversial figure Virgil Menathril whose status as a public figure dampens that need. Some language has been cleaned up and polished for clarity and grammar for the ease of the those who will in the future turn to this writing for understanding.



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THE DIVINE RIVER ALLEGORY


Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: Let me explain a little about how this works.

G: Now then ... this augury? Let's figure out what number I am. Or whatever it is that we are doing here- Yes, do explain please.

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: I can only really speak simply about these complicated things through metaphors. It's either a handicap or a gift, but here's one that I think does a modest job of summarizing some of the important parts.

Everything in reality; All physical things, creatures, concepts, and actions are al objects floating down a wide river that we can't physically experience with our senses alone. It's there, in the background, and everything that happens is movement we're making down the course of this river, right?

So this river has six distinct currents that are responsible individually, or working with the ones nearby, for all movement on the river. You know. All events that happen in the world are because some combination of the currents are sort of pulling or pushing us toward them.

These currents are the Faces of the Nine the Faced God, but they aren't actually heads of some giant guy like you or me. They're primal channels of divine force that are the building blocks of our reality, and each are an endless fountain of energy that propel things along.

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: So, like- A beggar falls and breaks his leg.

That's the 7th Aspect pushing his individual reality toward destruction in that moment stronger than any other current's pull.

And the man who sees it, and tries to help, he's riding the 6th Aspect most strongly as it "pushes" him into action and sort of "pulls" the beggar closer to the 6th by helping him. Does any of that make sense, or am I rambling?

G: I ... yes? I think it is complicated. I mean I'm also not exactly a wise man ... but hells, I think I don't have to understand every nuance to be "augured" or whatever this will be, no?

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: Right. You don't. I just like to let everyone know a little about Numerology before putting it into practice. A lot of people treat it like voodoo shamanism, but there's a method and sort of science behind it. I think at least that much is important to get across.


~ THE DIVINE RIVER ALLEGORY CONTINUED ~


Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: To boil away all the complexities to it, the way we understand the universe and it's many planes is as objects floating in a vast raging river. It's a river that we can't see, or engage with using our physical senses, but everything that ever was, is, or can be imagined is being carried down this river...

That river the current of divine energy. The building blocks of all reality, and an infinitely powerful source of energy. You yourself, as an emissary of the Golden City no doubt have a strong tie to that energy. I would assume.

Virgil Menathril: I suppose that all benevolent energy must have once stemmed from the well of our city within the heavens. It is known to be the source of infinite power, eternity and vigor.  It has rarely needed to grace this barren realm, until recently.

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: That's fascinating. That's exactly the sort of thing we're talking about. Because this metaphysical river is composed of nine distinct currents, and everything that occurs and every action we take is the result of riding the pull of one or more of those currents. For example, it sounds as if the Well in the Golden City would be a conduit channeling a huge amount of the 6th Aspect's energy.

Virgil Menathril: What is the 'sixth'?

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: The Sixth's Aspect is the flow of divine energy which binds, mends, stabilizes, and gives aid. It is hope, salvation, and light and a thousand-thousand more ideas that we Numerologists only do a disservice to by attempting to name it so simply by those terms.

It's the force which holds our universe together when it equally infinitely powerful forces constantly compel it to expand and grow, and decay and crumble.

Virgil Menathril: Hrm. Accurate enough, even if I have not heard the iteration. These nine faces, they do not exist in my city.

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: We Numerologists believe they exist in all places, but I am not so close-minded as to announce that with absolute surety. Our philosophy teaches that all creatures who exemplify and live these ideals with enough conviction tap the power and channel it's energy, regardless of the label they give to it.
 
It's why here in the City a lunatic can worship a chair, and so long as he hates the enemies of the chair strongly enough, he becomes a conduit tapped into the flow of that divine river's current through the Aspect of Hatred.

Virgil Menathril: Yes. Lunatics are abundant in this chaotic land.

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall:  It's a problem we have. But Numerologists believe that in examining and understanding the nature of divinity, and using the tools we have found in the study of it, we are able to better solve the problems around us. We study the science of the divine, rather than worshiping an idol with Nine Faces.



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AUGURY: PURPOSE AND MECHANICS


Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: Sure. Of course. So I guess that's a long road to a short point; But what the Nine Sided Dice does is points out which of those currents is currently invested into you and around you the strongest. In the present, and for the immediate future. Its useful for informing our choices, ideas, and decisions. And if you don't like the result you see in your Augury that knowledge allows you to make steps toward changing it.

G: Yes, that's probably why I see you and your fellow Numerologists rolling the dice constantly. To ... question fate, so to say.

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: Yeah. More or less. Like sticking our fingers in the lake before jumping in, to tell if that choice is going to leave us freezing or have a pleasant bath. Then we can choose to leap in, or head elsewhere.


~ CONTINUED ~


Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: Yes. Of course. While this won't tell us which of the Nine Aspects you represent as a person, this Dice allows a Numerologist to divine which of the Aspects most strongly hangs in the air around you in the present, and will be most likely to influence your the immediate future. Having the knowledge allows you the opportunity to alter it by choice and action, or to inform your decisions with the knowledge of what is likely to occur under that Aspect's influence.

Virgil Menathril: You believe this die holds some divine foresight for you? Hm.

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: The Dice is only a dice, but it is designed physically to have, in an ideal untainted setting, exactly equal chance of landing on any number.

Virgil Menathril: This destitute place continues to elude me.. Yes, yes.

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: When a Numerologist taps all Nine Aspects, and channels enough energy from each Face to balance out the influences on the dice into neutrality, the only energy left influence it should accept is that which surrounds the subject. Then it naturally is pulled to the result of the strongest power.



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REFLECTIONS ON BEING MARKED, AND UNDERSTANDING THE FACES


Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: The Sixth Aspect of the divine.

S: That nine is upside down.

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: It's very possible to see it that way, actually.

S: What does six mean then?

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: The Sixth Aspect is that of hope, salvation, and all forces which serve to bind, mend, and repair. It's the energy which keeps stability in a universe which is both constantly expanding and growing, while crumbling and decaying with equal speed. I can be a herald of first steps upon a new path of security, where the old trail had headed into a dangerous unknown.

S: I was so sure it was going to be a nine you know.

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: There is favorable luck, and unfavorable luck in the Ninth Face. Very often good luck is the doorway that opens to the metaphorical room that is the Sixth Face. The edges between the two aren't a hard border but a blurred line, as with all the Faces. You're not wrong. A six is just a nine that's upside down.

S: Marked by the sixth. Not bad. Anything more to this augury of yours?

Numerologist Maxwell Artfall: Don't take this Augury as something to live your life by it. You could be marked by the Ninth, and recent events just have the 6th flowing strongest. It's only flowing through you with the greatest force for the present and the near future, but not your existence as a whole.
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