The beauty of our modern connected world is that you can get instant information about anything. I don’t need to explain what Vortex Mathematics is because you can just look it up on the internet.

If you do, or if you’re already familiar with it, you may be inclined to wonder if it might have anything to do with the Wheel of Samsara and the Orthodox Cross. Some people love messing about with numbers and diagrams, especially esoteric ones. It brings complex ideas to life. Most people think it’s crackers.

For fear of being called crackers, I won’t go into any detail here. I will just point out the basic points of contact between the models and let you flesh out the details if you’re interested.

Vortex maths is all about the magic of base ten. The number 9 is the magic number, which draws all things to itself. It is at the centre of the vortex. In the diagram, 9 is at the top of the circle. It is connected to the numbers 3 and 6, forming an equilateral triangle. So far, so enneagram (search it up).

The remaining numbers are connected in a sequence derived from doubling the number and summing the resulting numbers. So 1+1=2; 2+2=4; 4+4=8; 8+8=16=1+6=7; 7+7=14=1+4=5; 5+5=10=1+0=1. The sequence is therefore 1,2,4,8,7,5,1. If you draw a line connecting the points on the circumference of the circle you create an infinity loop.

If you do the same thing with 3 and 6 you get 3+3=6; 6+6=3. The number 9 is the self-contained magic number, representing unity: 9+9=18=1+8=9.

How does this map on to the Wheel of Samsara? It should be fairly obvious. The infinity loop (1,2,4,8,7,5,1…) represents the endless transmigration of consciousness through the six realms. If we start in the Human Realm at point 1, and follow the order of the Tibetan Wheel, we arrive at the following:

- Muggle; 2. Diva; 4. Muppet; 8. Victim; 7. Demon; 5. Addict; 1. Muggle…

The loop oscillates between two poles, the Muggle-Diva-Muppet pole on the right and the Victim-Demon-Addict pole on the left. This loosely corresponds to the upper and lower worlds, the conscious and the subconscious, Earth and Hell, the surface and the underworld, the upside and the upside down.

3, 6 and 9 are outside this system. The magic number 9 corresponds to the Mystic Shaman; number 3 corresponds to the Warrior Monk; number 6 corresponds to the Philosopher King.

Can you step off the infinity loop and stand firm at the centre of the vortex?

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