In January, 2009, the blogosphere was so intoxicated with the Obama victory that a numerologist became a topic of interest. Glynis McCants appeared on a radio show and the celebrity 'Numbers Lady' said Obama’s life path number was a 2.
A website featuring women writers disagreed. It became apparent they hadn’t followed instructions on how to compute a life path number. I wrote a column about President Barack Obama’s Life Path Number in 2009.
Since everyone got all jazzed about Obama’s number, I figured it might be fun to calculate the life path numbers for GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
Read on, but be aware I relied on two websites for the process of calculating these numbers. Using numerologist Michael McClain’s method in 2009, I came up with the same number for Obama that McCants did. So I used his method again for this endeavor.
I crosschecked the numbers I arrived at via McClain’s method by using McCants’ method. The two numerologists arrive at the numbers by a different method but you still come up with the same number.
I’m not a numerologist, so I offer no guarantees any of this is right, makes sense or for that matter is useful in any way.
I relied on Biography.com and MSNBC’s Elections pages for verifying the candidates’ birth dates.
Obama’s number 2 carries positive traits like spirituality and being a good mediator. Negatives for 2 include a tendency to extremism or being a zealot. Oh, my.
Gingrich’s life path number is the same as that of Bill Gates—a 4.
Positive traits for 4 include being a “master builder in society,” according to McClain. A 4, said McClain, is also prone to “conceive grandiose, far-reaching schemes and carry them through to the end.” Balancing the federal budget comes to mind. Negatives for a 4 include lacking the “tact to keep your feelings from being totally clear to all around.”
Romney’s life path number is a 9. Get this. McClain wrote, “The Life Path 9 is surprisingly the one number which has failed to produce an above average President.” That statement was made in 2009.
Another president who is a 9: Jimmy Carter.
Positives for a 9 are a “strong sense of compassion and generosity” and a “humanitarian attitude.” Negatives include a tendency to “to fight the realities and challenges of purpose imposed here because selflessness is not an easy trait.”
You can read full details on traits for each number at McClain’s website.
What does all this mean? Only that sometimes, you can actually find something fun to do with politics. I’ve been buried in campaign information this week, and having a little fun was a welcome distraction.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Jan. 12, 2012)