Friday, December 3, 2010

Cleopatra

 "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety".
            William Shakespeare, Antony and Celopatra

I'm in the midst of reading "Cleopatra" a terrific new biography of the fabled queen by the Pulitzer Prize winning author Stacy Schiff. Where to begin? Well, for starters, Cleopatra was not even Egyptian but a Macedonian Greek supposedly descended from the grandest Macedonian of them all Alexander the Great. And, she was no beauty. Rather, this female potentate ruled by her wits and her charm. She spoke nine languages and was educated in a classical Greek tradition which meant she was schooled in mathematics, philosophy and literature. Homer was purported to have been her favorite author. 

 Although Cleopatra has been dead for over two thousand years, she continues to fascinate and excite our imaginations.  Perhaps it's because she not only was one of the few women in history to rule an empire but she was also able to claim two of the most powerful men of her time as her lovers e.g., Julius Cesar and Marc Anthony.  There is no doubt that Cleopatra was a political force to be reckoned with, but this was a woman who possessed masses of magnetism as well.

Cleopatra's Expression Number, which describes her temperament, corresponds to a '1'. And, really, what other number could she possibly be? She is your quintessential  '1' exercising all its dominant traits. As a leader and  risk taker, she was a complete original  who, time and again, outmanoeuvred her enemies and foes. Although the day she was born is not known,  it is known that she was born in the year 69BC which corresponds to a "6". And, appropriately, given Cleopatra's famous love life, the number "6" is ruled by Venus which corresponds to the The Lovers the sixth card in the Major Arcana of the tarot.

"6" is also associated with keeping the peace and Cleopatra went to extraordinary lengths to maintain the safety and well-being of Egypt. Her name begins with the letter "C" which corresponds to the number "3" and "3s" are the charmers and enthusiasts of the Universe. Theirs is a sociable and engaging personality. People are naturally attracted to their magnetic personalities and, clearly, Cleopatra emanated mega wattage.

Cleopatra died August 2, 30BC which was a "4" year which, in numerology, symbolizes the earth and sometimes "death".  Interestingly, August 2 is a "1" day which signals beginnings which is fitting as she ended one incarnation to begin another.

Noteworthy, too, is her lover Marc Antony died on August 1 which is a "9" day and "9" represents "endings".


Amy bows low at the feet of all her holy teachers.

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