Saturday, 21 August 2010

Hamsa - Five - Celebrating 5 months of marriage and my husband's birthday



Our hats on the hotel windowsill the morning after the wedding
 Today we are celebrating five months of marriage.  And at the same time, we are celebrating my husband's birthday -- there is also a 5 in his age.  And the date: 8/21/2010, if you add it up, 8+2+1+2+1=14, and 1+ 4 = 5 .

The coincidence occurred to me as I was thinking about the five months since our wedding day. And buying his birthday present. (It's amazing what runs through my mind when I'm standing in line! Sometimes I do calculus equations -- this time it was numerology. Oh well!)

Now, I am not a big fan of numerology, but that synchronicity caught my attention. Could it be just an accident?  It seems, even to the number skeptic (me!) that that is even more unlikely.

So I started thinking about the number five.  I wear a piece of Judaic/Islamic jewelry called a Hamsah.  It is a common religious symbol in the Middle East and North Africa, but in all of them, it represents protection and good fortune.  Some call it the Hand of Miriam, some call it the Hand of Fatima.  I've even heard it called the Hand of G-d.  But whatever the name, the symmetrical five finger-arrangement makes it distinctive.  In fact, the word "Hamsah" means five in Arabic.  So why is this symbol of five considered so powerful?

The Zohar, the classic work of Jewish mysticism and esoteric knowledge, has numerous mentions of powerful fives, including the five gates of salvation.  Kabbalist Rabbi Issac Luria wrote about the "... five souls, Nefesh ("Spirit"), Ru'ach ("Wind"), Neshamah ("Soul"), 
Chayah ("Life"), and Yechidah ("Singular"); the first of these being the lowest, and the last the highest. (Source: Etz Chayim)" .The Torah itself consists of Five Books of Moses. 


And Islamic practice is based upon Five Pillars.  Shahadah, a statement professing monotheism and accepting Muhammad as one of G-d's messengers. Salah, the daily prayer  which is made five times each day (another five.) Zakat, or charitable giving.  Sawm, or fasting, especially during the approximately 30 day period known as Ramadan.  And Hajj, which is a pilgrimage to Mecca.


There are also Five Precepts of the Buddha Gautama in the Theravada (mainly southeast and south Asia) and Mahayana (in China, Korea, and Japan) traditions. The Five Precepts are promises to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication.

I'm sure there are more, in other religions and cultures.  But the powerful presence of these major five, along with the fives in our life today feel like a great opportunity. I'm not sure how or what form it might take, but the message is too clear to ignore. 

For my husband on his birthday, and for the two of us on this five month anniversary, it's going to be a very special day. 

Happy Pink Saturday, everyone! 


9 comments:

Sharon said...

Best wishes to both of you! Synchronicity shows up sometimes, and it's fun to notice it and play with it. I really enjoyed your reflections on the number 5.

Seeker said...

Sharon, I agree. And you notice, I stopped short of saying that it clearly meant one thing or another. But I do think sometimes things come together like this, and it's not an accident. It's a way of getting us to pay attention :-)

Rebecca said...

Congradulations! And many more!

luluslovlies said...

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Birthday to your man, you must have been a beautiful bride, I love the hats! Thanks so much for my giveaway and I'll be posting everything this week, oh I just scrolled down and I was right you were a beautiful bride!! My Pinks in my package are the Best, thank you! I love my other goodies too, I won't mention them as I want to post them!! Everything I love, you are too Sweet!! Happy 5th month Anniversary, love your man, mine has been gone a log time and I still miss him! Cherish everyday you have together, I still do, and he remains in my heart forever! Hugs XOXO

Jingle said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby...
visit me,
I have a pink post with birthday wishes.

Jingle said...

http://itistimetothinkformyself.blogspot.com/2010/08/jingles-august-follower-awards.html

pick 2 awards from my post...
:)

Seeker said...

Thank you, Rebecca!

Seeker said...

Luluslovlies -- I am so glad the package arrived safely! And you are very welcome! :-) I have a photo of the give-away, too. Now that you have it, I can post it on my blog...and when you post your pictures, please let me know and I will add a link! Happy Monday!

Seeker said...

Thank you, Jingle! Selecting them now :-)