Doctor Encausse, better known as Papus, used to say:

“If one knew how to read the numbers which stud our lives, we would perhaps have knowledge of our destiny… Unhappily, only a few initiates know how to read them, and this is very unfortunate…”

It is indeed very unfortunate, for in History, there exists a quantity of arresting examples which appear to show that Doctor Encausse is right. These mathematical phenomena that cannot be attributed to chance are extremely numerous. Here are a few examples:

Let us take the number 14. This number is linked in a very strange fashion to the life of France’s Sun-King. It is to be found at the principal crucial points of his political existence:

Louis the Great, who was the 14th monarch of this name, mounted the throne on 14 May 1643. Add the numbers in 1643 = 1 + 6 + 4 + 3 = 14.

When he was on the point of losing his throne during the *Fronde*, he was saved by Turenne, at Bleneau, in 1652 (1 + 6 + 5 + 2 = 14).

He was declared major at 14 years old and began to govern personally in 1661 (1 + 6 + 6 + 1 = 14).

This year of 1661 is going to be an important year in his life. It is in 1661 that his son, the Grand Dauphin is born. And it is also in this year that, invited by Fouquet to the Chateau de Vaux, he is dazzled, jealous, and decides to build Versailles…

The Sun-King has the Hotel des Invalides built in 1670 (1 + 6 + 7 + 0 = 14).

His star dims at Romillies and at Turino in 1706 (1 + 7 + 0 + 6 =14).

Finally, he dies in 1715 (1 + 7 + 1 + 5 = 14), at the age of 77 (7 +7 = 14), having reigned 72 years (7 x 2 = 14)…

It therefore well appears that the number 14 had been a sort of sign from Destiny all along the Sun-King’s life… A sign that neither Louis XIV, nor his contemporaries, seem to have noticed, and that we can only note as a mysterious presence…

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Many other famous people seem to have had their destinies written in the important dates of their lives. This was the case, for example, for Louis-Philippe and his wife, gentle Queen Amelie:

Louis-Philippe becomes King in 1830. He is born in 1773. Let us add the numbers in this date: 1 + 7 + 7 + 3 = 18. 1830 + 18 = 1848, the date of the Revolution which made him abdicate.

Let us continue: Queen Amelie, his spouse, is born in 1782 (1 + 7 + 8 + 2 = 18). 1830 + 18 = 1848.

Their union dated from 1809. By adding 1, 8, 0, and 9, we still find *18* which, added to 1830, gives the date of the collapse of their throne and their exile…

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Numbers sometimes reveal the strange links that exist between events which are apparently very unrelated, or even between certain people. This is how a curious parallel can be established between Napoleon and Hitler. Let us closely follow Guy Breton:

The French Revolution begins in 1789.

The German Revolution in 1918.

The difference between these two dates is *129 years*.

Napoleon’s arrival to power (18 brumaire) dates from 1799; Hitler’s dates from 1928. Difference: *129 years*…

Napoleon is Emperor in 1804. Hitler becomes Fuhrer in 1933. Difference: *129 years*.

Napoleon’s Russian Campaign dates from 1812.

Hitler’s Russian Campaign, from 1941.

Difference: *129 years*…

Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo is in 1815.

The Allied Landings, which is the event which determines Hitler’s fall, is in 1944.

Difference: *129 years*…

Finally, Napoleon dies in 1821. And if we believe the sayings of certain historians who refuse to believe that Hitler died in the Berlin Bunker in 1945, the Nazi Chief supposedly finished his life in Argentina, near Mar del Plata, in 1950…

1950 – 1821 = *129 years*…

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Another example: If Napoleon and Hitler are very curiously linked together by the number 129, we notice that Saint-Louis [Louis IX] and Louis XVI were connected by the number 539.

Here is what can be noted:

Saint Louis was born on 23 April 1215.

Louis XVI on 23 August 1754.

Difference: *539 years*.

Isabelle, sister of Saint Louis, was born in 1225.

Elisabeth, sister of Louis XVI, was born in 1764.

Difference: *539 years*.

Louis VIII, father of Saint Louis, dies in 1226.

The Dauphin Louis, father of Louis XVI, dies in 1765.

Difference: *539 years*.

Saint Louis, victorious, concludes a peace with Henry III of England in 1243.

Louis XVI, victorious, concludes a peace with George III of England in 1782.

Difference: *539 years*.

A prince from the Orient announces to Saint Louis, by an embassy, his desire to become a Christian, in 1249.

A prince from the Orient sends an ambassador to Louis XVI for the same reason, in 1788.

Difference: *539 years*.

Beginning of the Revolt of the Pastouraux, of which the apostate Jacob was the head, in 1250.

Beginning of the activities of the Jacobins in 1789.

Difference: *539 years*.

At the end of his captivity, Saint Louis goes to La Madeleine-en-Provence in 1254.

At the end of his captivity in the Temple, Louis XVI is beheaded and is inhumed in the Madeleine Cemetery in 1793.

Difference: *539 years*.

In view of all this, how can we not believe that certain numbers, to which we are linked by obscure affinities, mysteriously rule our destiny?

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There is no explanation for all this. As Doctor Encausse used to say:

“One has the impression that we are directed by a destiny that is a mathematician and gives us, all throughout our existence, coded information which it is up to us to decipher…”

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The universe of numbers is a mysterious universe which touches on magic… Here is an example with the “golden number” which we simplify in the form of 3.1416. This number is very important in mathematics since it indicates the relation which exists between the circumference of a circle and its diameter. For centuries, Chinese, Egyptian and Greek scholars – Archimedes himself – before Leibnitz and Newton, tried to evaluate it. It can be obtained in a very simple, but very singular, way.

Take a sheet of paper and a pin. Trace several parallel lines on the paper, separated by a distance representing twice the length of the pin. Then throw the pin on the drawing without aiming. Do it one hundred times, one thousand times, five thousand times, ten thousand times and more. Note the number of times that you have thrown the pin, then the number of times *that it fell on a line*. Divide the first number by the second.

For 100 throws of the pin, you will obtain 2.7; for 500 throws, 2.94; for 1,000 throws, about 3; for 2,500 throws, 3.004; for 5,000 throws, 3.14; for 10,000 throws, 3.141. *That is to say, the beginning of the golden number with three decimals*. And if you continue, the golden number will become even more refined. You will obtain 3.1415 – 3.14159 – 3.141592 – 3.1415926 – 3.14159265 – 3.141592653 – 3.1415926535, etc. or the numbers that the best calculating machines would give you…

You can change the orientation of the sheet of paper, throw the pin any way that you want, you will always find the same result, and it will be the golden number…

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Guy Breton gives another example of the mystery surrounding numbers. You will see that, whatever the rationalists say, whatever touches mathematics can sometimes arrive at the inexplicable.

Do the following experiment: during a gathering of friends, ask that they guess the number of peas in a cup. You will notice, by studying the results obtained, that most of the numbers that are given to you end in zero. Then, in decreasing order of frequency, the terminal numbers 5, 8, 2, 3, 7, 6, 4, 9, 1, *and always in this order*. You can re-do the experiment as many times as you wish, you will always obtain the same series. This list of numbers seems to be linked in an inexplicable fashion to the phenomenon of divination which, after all, constitutes an evaluation.

All evaluations obey this rule. In the *Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum,* figure the tomb inscriptions from three regions of Ancient Rome. The Romans inscribed the age of the dead on the tombs, but they didn’t do it as precisely as we do. They *evaluated* this age. And, if we examine the numbers reported by the *Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum*, we find exactly the series 0, 5, 8, 2, 3, 7, 6, 4, 9, 1…

The last example is American. During a census done around 1950 in Alabama, the citizens are asked to indicate their ages. Knowing that, in this State, there was a high percentage of African Americans who didn’t know their date of birth and were going to content themselves with an evaluation, an American mathematician, Leslie J. Myers, asked to study the results. *There again he found the same series of terminal numbers*…

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This could give the impression that these numbers surge from another universe to give us signs that we don’t understand. These signs seem to abolish chance. Sometimes in malicious fashion. Let us look at this story. Around 1950, a group of theologists of the *Etudes carmelitaines* wrote a thick book on Satan… When this book left the printers’, the authors received a shock: their work had 666 pages… And 666 is the number of the Beast in the Apocalypse…

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Hi,

Numbers have always fascinated me, it is amazing when you look back in history and see how some things just seem to fit.

A great post, and well done on the research.

Not my research I’m afraid. I just translated Guy Breton’s work. I did manage to find a painting of Saint Louis because I have a biography of him but that’s about all I contributed.