|Our hats on the hotel windowsill the morning after the wedding|
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.
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!