## 153

TrinityWritten in 1998

The 153 is a special number and yet it is hardly recognized by anyone. For people of Central European descent it plays a major role in the Bible: it is the number of universality. Therefore, it is well-known that (risen) Jesus showed the apostles where to fish and that they caught 153 fish without tearing the web (John 21: 5). Some Catholics may know that the Rosary Psalter - these are the prayers with the Rosary - includes 153 "Ave Maria" and 153 small beads on the string of the Rosary. In fact, the meaning of 153 is much broader, and the numerical ratios I would like to show are older than Christianity - sometimes at least 4000-6000 years.

Also the coding is very old and was in particular part of many old languages. In Hebrew, Armenian or ancient Greek alphabets, the letters are assigned to numerical values. For about 1000 years there is a whole science, called Gematria or Numerology, in various versions, because the alphabets have different quantities of letters. That in turn offers even better corner-codings because of even more room for even more (mis-) interpretations - something like that is probably also desired when codings are incorporated. But there were also codings that should only serve the beauty or exaltation of the text.

(Genesis 11: 7) "Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech."

With this little essay I want to try to raise a little bit more the awareness of "cultural numbers in our spinal cord" (in the subconscious mind) and to show a whole matrix in which our life is "measured". One compass is the Tetraktys (picture) - more on that later.

## 153

in MusicTonic, fifth, third. The "triad" (1 3 5) in the order of appearance of the upper partials (1 5 3). Again, there are the partials 1 3 5. The notes show the first 5 partials. The two octaves are not counted because they are repetitions of "same" tone, i.e. Frequency doublings. Nevertheless, it should be mentioned that 3 tonic notes (111) sound until the third (3) will appear.

Of course, there is much more to this order. It is a major triad and major stands for male, minor for female. As interesting as it is, I leave it to stay on topic. So much to say, this may have more to do with the man's positioning "ahead of the woman" than muscle mass or patriarchal fantasies. The minor sounds build up only on the basis of a major sound. It's about vibrations and frequencies.

In our tonal order, there are 12 (chromatic) tones. To harmonically arrange the chord tones, and to derive the corresponding scale - this is done in thirds (3rd steps) - we need 2 octaves - so 24 (2 x 12) chromatic tones. The notes of the first octave form the chord root (1 3 5) plus seventh (7), the second octave the overtones 9, 11, 13 - which serve as passing notes (2, 4, 6) of the resulting scale. The 2 x 12 chromatic tones are reminiscent of the 2 x 12 hours on the clock. The resulting diatonic "church modes" contain 7 tones and create 7 modes, one week has 7 days, and God created the world in 7 days. 7 stands for perfection.

Interesting is the comparison with the 7 visible spectral colors in Newton's "Color Circle": First, it can be seen that the colors orange and indigo have a narrower "cake slice" (corresponding to the visible width of the colors). It is about a halving. The positions of orange and indigo correspond to the positions of the semitones from the third to the fourth and from the seventh to the octave from the point of view of the C major scale [Ionian]. If we halve all the other big pieces, we get an even twelve-division of the circle (clock/chromatic scale).

Newton's "Color Circle" is, of course, an interpretation of Newton's, who allegedly (by the addition of indigo) wanted to approach the ancient Greek Sophists. The widths of the visible spectral colors are not a matter of interpretation and __the perceived colors refer to the human eye__.

The merge of digits: 1 octave has 7 steps and 1 week has 7 days (17).

Back to 153:

Characteristic

153 is the 17th triangular number (Pythagoras) - that is, it is the sum of the first 17 integers:

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17 = 153

The picture on the right shows why triangular numbers are so called: they always form a triangle.

The addition of the base number 17 with 153 leads to the tenfold: 153 + 17 = 170

Zero is meaningless in numerology. This is due to the fact that, at the time of writing, our modern, decimal number system (including 0) was not yet introduced. The spelling of numbers was additive at that time (e.g. XVII).

The digit sum of 153 multiplied by 17 again gives 153, the 17th triangle number.

1 + 5 + 3 = 9 and 9 x 17 = 153. The factors in primes: 3 x 3 x 17 = 153

The primes in the square contained in the series 1-17 give 666:

2^{2} + 3^{2} + 5^{2} + 7^{2} + 11^{2} + 13^{2} + 17^{2} = 4 + 9 + 25 + 49 + 121 + 169 + 289 = 666

The number 153 corresponds to the sum of the cubic numbers (^{3}) of their digits:

1^{3} + 5^{3} + 3^{3} = 1 + 125 + 27 = 153 | (Thus, she is one of the four three-digit narcissistic [Armstrong] numbers).

As a factorial calculation it is: 1! + 2! + 3! + 4! + 5! = 153

1 + 1*2 + 1*2*3 + 1*2*3*4 + 1*2*3*4*5 = 1 + 2 + 6 + 24 + 120 = 153

The digit sum of 153 gives 3^{2}:

1 + 5 + 3 = 9 = 3 x 3 = 3^{2}

The sum of all dividends of 153 gives (3 x 3)^{2}:

1 + 3 + 9 + 17 + 51 = 81 = 9^{2} = (3 x 3)^{2}

Every number, divisible by 3, will end up at 153 by adding up the cubic numbers of their digit sums and the following ones, as shown in the following examples: