Air Travel by the Numbers

In addition to casting astrological event charts, one thing I like to do when flying is to numerologically massage the flight numbers to see which Major Arcanum card will set the tone for travel safety on each leg of a trip. For our recent journey, the outbound flight numbers were 2606 and 2615. Both of these sum to 14, Temperance. This card is about bringing together polar opposites, which suggested to me that the point of departure and the point of arrival would be skillfully joined by the interconnecting flights. I read it as symbolic of safe travel, and that’s what occurred.

The inbound flight numbers were 2677 and 2490; the first one summed to 22 and reduced to 4, the Emperor, while the second one totaled 15, the Devil. I expected the first flight to be masterful, which it was, while I had some concern about the longer leg. The only signs of challenge during the second flight were: 1) it was an evening departure with a late-night landing; 2) the anxiety I felt over whether the six-pack of Wyoming craft beer I had stowed in my luggage would pop under high-altitude conditions; and 3) what happened every time the hippie chick sitting next to me exposed her armpits. Nothing dramatic happened, so maybe El Diablo was on vacation too.

2 thoughts on “Air Travel by the Numbers

  1. that’s funny. Although I would almost automatically go for the ‘smooth’ interpretation of Temperance, I would have been open to the possibility of it indicating turbulence in this instance. Good to hear you had a safe flight in any case!

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  2. There was a small amount of turbulence but nothing harsh. Temperance is a card that took me decades to come to terms with. I finally decided that it’s more about finesse than balance, what I call the “Fine Art of Right Action.” Paul Foster Case uses the word “adaptation.” Everything in the Hermetic world-view derives from the One Thing through adaptation. “To adapt is to equalize, to adjust, to coordinate, to equilibrate.” Skillfully flying an airplane in the face of several disruptive natural forces seems like a good example of that.

    But he also mentions vibration as a principle of Temperance: “Vibration is fluctuating motion, undulation, pulsation, alternation. It takes wave-forms.” The kind of winds that cause turbulence could come under this definition. Adapting a plane’s attitude to those often oblique waves of energy brings together the two concepts. Thanks for the insight.


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