Number nine

Temporarily, I’ve been living in Apartment 36 (3+6=9), in a building with a street number of 27 (2+7=9), waiting for my new home to become available. I went to inspect it for the first time a couple of days ago (on the 9th of the month). The new street number is 9.

“Nine is strongly associated with the Chinese dragon, a symbol of magic and power. There are nine forms of the dragon, it is described in terms of nine attributes, and it has nine children. It has 117 scales – 81 yang (masculine, heavenly) and 36 yin (feminine, earthly). All three numbers are multiples of 9 (9×13=117, 9×9=81, 9×4=36) as well adding up individually to 9 (1+1+7=9, 8+1=9, 3+6=9).” (from the Wikipedia article, 9 (number))

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” (from a letter announcing the closing in 2009 of the Tokyo-based, Paris-showing men’s label, Number (N)ine, launched by Takahiro Miyashita toward the end of the nineteen-eighties)


5 thoughts on “Number nine

    • My sense of the number is not so much “transition” as “fulfilment” and “completeness”. As the Wikipedia article quoted above points out: “Nine, as the highest single-digit number (in base ten), symbolizes completeness in the Bahá’í Faith. In addition, the word Bahá’ in the Abjad notation has a value of 9, and a 9-pointed star is used to symbolize the religion.”

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