By Frances Fowlkes
In my debut novel, The Duke’s Obsession, my heroine uses a combination of mathematics and numerology to calm herself and bring a sense of order to her chaotic world.
My heroine wasn’t aware of numerology itself, as the term wasn’t coined until the beginning of the twentieth century, or roughly ninety years after the story is set. But what my heroine did know, was that numbers and their links to coinciding events was an ancient practice—one that had been in use since before Christ by Pythagoras, the great Greek mathematician himself.
The art of Numerology, a practice that today is widely associated with the paranormal and the divine arts, was once seen as an extension of mathematics, a belief even practiced in the early Christian churches before the First Council of Nicaea in AD325 classified it as a civil violation and grouped it with the arts of mysticism and magic.
Numerology contains aspects from various ancient cultures, teachers, and philosophies, and as such, can have multiple interpretations. When writing The Duke’s Obsession I pulled from a variety of different sources, selecting the interpretation I felt best represented the emotions being displayed within my pages, but my favorite source relied heavily on biblical symbolism.
So, what do all those numbers mean? Here are a few possible interpretations:
Two—Witnessing, Opposites, Choices
Three—Divine completeness and perfection, Holy Trinity
To my character, numbers meant reason and logic. They were factual and unchanging. Two plus two always equals four and for my heroine, that brought with it a sense of familiarity and peace. It was something that remained unchanged and that idea was comforting.
Do numbers bring you a sense of calm? A buzz of excitement? Or are you more like me, who upon hearing a mathematical equation, runs in the opposite direction?
About the Author:
Frances Fowlkes lives in South Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three red-headed sons, and a spoiled standard poodle. When not writing about ardent heroes or strong-willed heroines, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with makeup, and planning her next vacation.
Check out Frances Fowlkes’ newest release, The Duke’s Obsession.
An American Heiress Who Must Swallow Her Pride
Miss Daphne Farrington despises three things: England’s dreary weather, the grimy streets of London, and most especially the English aristocracy. Despite her misgivings, she must persuade the very English Duke of Waverly to save her family shipping business. If only she could ignore the way he makes her pulse race whenever she’s near him.
A Duke Who Must Overcome Her Prejudice
Edward Lacey, the Duke of Waverly, is convinced that the lovely Miss Farrington, with her penchant for numbers, is the woman he’d like to make his Duchess. But unless he can convince her that not all English lords are callous, calculating rakes, a dark secret will ruin his chance at happiness.
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