Friday, April 20, 2007

420

Hi Angelica. Well, here we are. It is April 20, 2007. 4/20/07. That may seem rather benign to some people, but to me it has a significance. I will try and explain this as best as I can.

If you recall when I met you, after I left the stacks and went on my way, I returned with a copy of Carl Jung's book "Synchronicity: an acausal connecting principal". I briefly showed it to you as a kind of irony after our meeting, which I do consider a synchronicity or "meaningful coincidence". My reason for re-reading the book had to do with the life-long repetition of a number that continues to appear in unexpected ways. That number is 420.

The number has been a constant in my life, and the life of my late mother and grandmother. I was born at 4:20am on March 7, 1961. My grandmother died at 4:20pm about seven years ago. The number has appeared over and over again on clocks, license plates, marijuana cults or temples (Temple 420-pseudonym for Ganja) and always with a consistency. In other words, I will be doing fairly routine tasks and suddenly it will be 4:20pm. I realize that I haven't been aware of the clock at all and just happen to be passing it at...4:20. Or I will be driving and the CD will end at...420.

On a more sinister and creepy note, today is Hitler's birthday. And today is also the anniversary of the Columbine massacre that happened in Littleton, Colorado several years ago, grotesquely inspiring the recent situation at Virginia Tech no doubt.

So, this peculiar recurrence has baffled and intrigued me for years and years. In the Muslim tradition, they have a take on it that is extraordinarily cryptic and essentially evil. If you are under the influence of the number 420 you are in bad mojo indeed.

Once, when I was having dinner at a friends house, I broached the subject to them. I gave them the whole spiel and then laughingly suggested that maybe I was Hitler, the reincarnated Hitler, and that 420 is the hellish symbol of my eternal damnation. We all laughed, except his 13 month old daughter who was in her highchair. She was still non-verbal at the time but she looked up at me and shook her head and gasped the words "uh-huh", not "uh-uh" as in "no", but "uh-huh" as in "yes, you were that jackal and yes you are damned for eternity". At least that's how I perceived it in my, at that time, rather drug addled brain.

Paranoia, unfortunately, is a long term side effect of chronic drug and alcohol use, which I did for fifteen years. I am coming up on two years sober, which is not really that long of a time but IS as well, if you get my meaning. I know that during that period years ago I was under the influence of a very destructive and dark addiction. I will always have it, but I treat it on a daily basis and, gratefully, I have been willing to beat this thing, with the help of a higher power.

But the 420 number persists. Today, when I see it, I view it from a rather different perspective. I see it as heaven sending me a sign of the well-being of my life, of a universe that is paying attention and constantly sending me guidance. That, in fact, the number is being expressed through the souls of my deceased grandmother and mother and, more recently, my beloved cat Inky whom I shall always carry in my heart, who is with me always and has passed into the realm of the now, into my heart.

And so, on this rainy day, as I get ready to go into class before the weekend, I send you these tidings and blessings. You now have my birth date and time. I will go back and listen to the original astrology reading from lo those many moons ago. I hope to get your book in a day or two as it is in transit to my library in Los Feliz. Goddess Signs by Angelica Danton.

May you find your weekend pleasing and happy.

Much love,

Tony

14 Comments:

Blogger Jerry'O said...

Hello, Friend.

First, let it be noted I'm extremely familiar with your experience. My days are filled w/ 11:11 on the clock, along with 1:11 and 3:33, 3:13 and occassional 1:23. I was born on 12/22/61. My son was born born on 12/21/02... and we all know of the Mayan calendar's 12/22/2012, and, though less known, both 11 and 22 are sacred numbers according numerology based largely in Jewish mysticism... The numerology behind all these numbers are clear and strange. Go Google'em yourselves.

But...

Though your references to numerology behind 420 are duly noted, they are not quite what rang a bell for me, personally... Below is from an article I found when googling your sacred code, and it's what hit closer to home for yours truly:

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420 is a phreak's (and not just a hippie's) favorite number for a variety of reasons, or maybe for no reason at all, but colloquially the number says pot -- "let's smoke pot", or "someone's smoking pot", or "gee, i really like pot", or "time to smoke pot", either by time (4:20 a.m. or p.m.), date (April 20th), or otherwise (e.g. State Route 420). April 20th at 4:20 is marked by annual events in Mount Tamalpais, CA (an informal gathering); Marin Conty, CA (the 420 Hemp Fest); Ann Arbor, MI (the Hash Bash); and Washington, D.C. (buildup towards the July 4th Smoke-In).

Original Source(s)

Conventional wisdom: The most common tale is that 420 is the police radio code or criminal code (and therefore the police "call") in certain part(s) of California (e.g. in Los Angeles or San Francisco) for having spotted someone consuming cannabis publicly, i.e. "pot smoking in progress"; that local cannabis users picked up on the code and began celebrating the number temporally (esp. 4:20 a.m., 4:20 p.m., and April 20); that the number became nationally popularized in the late 1980s and, more ferverently, in the early- to mid-1990s; and is colloquially applied to a variety of relaxed and/or inspired contexts, including not only pot consumption but also a "good time" more generally (in contrast to the drug war surrounding).

Conventions are legends: 420 is not police radio code for anything, anywhere. Checks of criminal codes (including those of the City of San Francisco, the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, the State of California, and the federal penal code) suggest that the origin is neither Californian nor federal (the two best guesses). For instance, California Penal Code 420 defines as a misdemeanor the hindrance of use ("obstructing entry") of public lands, and California Family Code 420 defines what constitutes a wedding ceremony (Marco). One state does come close: "The Illinois Department of Revenue classifies the Alcoholic Liquor Act under Part 420, and the Cannabis and Controlled Substances Tax Act are next, under Part 428." (RB 5/19/99)

True story?: "According to Steven Hager, editor of High Times, the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking wiseacres who called themselves the Waldos. The term 420 was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot. ``Waldo Steve,' a member of the group who now owns a business in San Francisco, says the Waldos would salute each other in the school hallway and say ``420 Louis!' The term was one of many invented by the group, but it was the one that caught on. ``It was just a joke, but it came to mean all kinds of things, like `Do you have any?' or `Do I look stoned?' ' he said. ``Parents and teachers wouldn't know what we were talking about.' The term took root, and flourished, and spread beyond San Rafael with the assistance of the Grateful Dead and their dedicated cohort of pot-smoking fans. The Waldos decided to assert their claim to the history of the term after decades of watching it spread, mutate and be appropriated by commercial interests. The Waldos contacted Hager, and presented him with evidence of 420's history, primarily a collection of postmarked letters from the early '70s with lots of mention of 420. They also started a Web site, waldo420.com. ``We have proof, we were the first,' Waldo Steve said. ``I mean, it's not like we wrote a book or invented anything. We just came up with a phrase. But it's kind of an honor that this emanated from San Rafael.'" Maria Alicia Gaura for the San Francisco Chronicle, 4/20/00 p. A19; and thanks to Noah Cole for the submission

Alternate explanations

There are a variety of other explanations, all much more interesting than "police code", and many plausible. Some are more likely uses of the 420/hemp connection rather than sources of it, such as the score for the football game in Fast Times at Ridgement High, 42-0.

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I hope this finds (all of) you well. :)
Jerry'O

3:58 PM  
Blogger PennTon31 said...

Hi, my name is Robb and I too see the number 420 on numerous occasions throughout the day. Everything you had said I can 100% relate to. I won't even be looking at the time, and I will notice the clock out of the corner of my eye saying 420. And it doesn't stop there. My social security number, if added up, comes out to 420. There are many other ways throughout the day that i will come across this number. I have also experimented with marijuana for the last 5 years of my life but I strongly do not believe it has anything to do with it. Everytime I come across this number, it is a bad feeling. I am instantly shooken up and get a feeling of complete paranoia. Call me crazy, but I feel almost as if there is someone or something out there trying to tell me something. And I do not believe in any religion but I do believe in God. I just feel that I need to get to the bottom of this. I see you had posted your comment over a year ago and perhaps you will never see this but if so please comment back.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Mash said...

I, for the past 2 years have also seen the 4:20 appear on clocks, everywhere really. It's bizzare and scary. And indeed there is some dark association that I have with that number. For the past 2 years I've also become drawn closer to God and have started reading and studying the Bible. Sometimes I feel like I've walked through a door where the Spiritual War has begun. My soul is no longer dormant and I am seeking the Truth. And the tug between evil and good has begun. Everytime I am on a wrong path I get a 4:20 and just recently I've begun getting 11:11 - which is said to be divine and good. Coincidence? Here are 2 articles that I've scavenged on the net, perhaps this will help you also:

Older Verse: But 420 in poetry is older than that - Greg Keller notes the old nursery rhyme line, "four and twenty black birds baked in a pie". Revelation 5:14 (in the King James Version of the Christian Bible) reads, "And the four beasts said 'A-Men.' And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever." (Travis Spurley 2/15/99) And in Midnight's_Children, Salman Rushdie wrote, "Inevitably, a number of these children failed to survive. Malnutrition, disease and the misfortunes of everyday life had accounted for no less than four hundred and twenty of them by the time I became conscious of their existence; although it is possible to hypothesize that these deaths, too, had their purpose, since 420 has been, since time immemorial, the number associated with fraud, deception and trickery." (Comet 2/14/98) Comet's "best guess is that this refers to something in Indian mythology or numerology, since the book is set in India and frequently involves Indian history, culture, and religion. Given the high interest in Eastern religion among the phish/dead community, this seems a likely origin of 420's current significance

Also check out Uri Geller's article in Wikipedia on 11:11

10:18 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Yates said...

I also have had encounters with the number 420. I am glad to know I am not the only one. I am always seeking truth and answers to questions I may have. Why is the number 420 so relevant to all of us? Are we a selected few that encounter this number for a reason?!

5:02 AM  
Blogger Adi said...

420 is the number of Mara, the lord of illusion.

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7:23 PM  
Blogger Vikram Sohpaul said...

I am glod to see I am not the only one who sees 420 every single place i go especially when it is 4:20pm. It seems as if it is living inside me as a biological clock. I know it is some signal from god telling me that this is the good time of your life so enjoy to the best you can!! Based on what happened in my life in the past 1 and a half year or so since i have been getting to see it often, i am really lucky and blessed with a new house, a beautiful kid, peace and happiness in my family. I am very positive towards it and respect it as a god indication that he is taking care of me and my family.

Vik

3:31 PM  
Blogger Planeteers said...

Hey all! the same figure 420 is coming in front of me since aproximately 4 months. I dont know why, all of a sudden when i see clock its exactly 4:20 either in morning or at evening.and its exactly 4:20 ! sometimes i take my mobile out and its exactly the same time...

dont know the mystery behind it.. :o

4:50 AM  
Blogger Jezsi said...

Jezsi

Hello 2 all, well i've been trying to look for answers myself. this number has been following me for about 2 yrs now. Not only 420pm or 420amtimes, but people whom ive encounter as in D.O.B on a daily basis,phone #,accoutn #, even when i am going to pay for something i get 4 dollars and 20 cents,more ironic is how its back to back about just recently (10/12/2011) i started my day with a patient whom had the d.o.b of 4/20, Blood glucose for a diff. patient had a reading of 420,long story short my day came to and end with the # 420 as i purchased my meal at a local MC'D. It followed me all day n as i type away today on this forum that i found it so happends to be 10/14/2011. Geez my license plates has 420 on it. Can some one give me some peace of mind as this is really freaking me out.

2:55 AM  
Blogger tmart said...

I have been seeing this number on the clock, as an amount I've paid, on license plates, serial numbers on public transporation vehicles,for about 6 years now. I've tried to associate with a Apr 20th but nothing has ever come up or happened on that date. It used to really drive me crazy but now I just recognize it go say, okay. I have no clue what it means to me but I do think it means something.

Further to a previous post: I never look for it. It comes to me and I'm sure those who see it regularly will agree.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Girl4God said...

This all may be true as far as history and your experiences with these numbers. However, God has a plan for your life when you place your life in His hands. He can protect you from all evil. We are all going to die. Do you know where you will go when you die? You can be assured of going to heaven if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Then you can have no fear of peticular numbers or coincidence or any way that satan is trying to mess with you. Your soul will be the Lord's and He created the universe and the earth. He created us all and can and will protect us from evil.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Sick of 420 said...

Hey i am surprised to see that this is happening to other people. Me and my husband are having 420 s just like all the ppl said here. We realised it since around 6 years but our son was born too at 420pm 13 years ago so i feel probably we did not notice it earlier. But its very annoying at times. I feel it is some kind of black magic as i get very un comfortable at the sight of 420. Its everywhere, clocks car sales receipts. Totals etc etc. Btw i am a Muslim and i live in Pakistan. I have gone mad trying to find the truth but invain. Please let me know if u find the truth

12:12 PM  
Blogger AUSCHA LONG said...

I see this number everywhere and need to communicate with someone who has the same experience.

7:52 PM  
Blogger AUSCHA LONG said...

I have seen this number strong for the past year. First it appeared in a new phone number and people joked with me about it. I soon started seeing it on clocks, license plate, objects, a suite to my doctors office. I had a stillborn little baby boy on April 20th. This past April 20th my very good friend died, but before this tragic date this number WAS EVERYWHERE. Almost as though I was being warned about my friends death. I was so irritable, restless, and discontented on this day and couldn't figure out. Backspacedelete..disregard the words before my phone won't delete it lol...Any who I then learned my friend died on this day. Soon after I had a spiritual experience like nothing I have ever experienced before. I am a friend of Bill W. and have been in recovery for 3 years so I am a spiritual creature...but this experience was different. The number pops up I get nudges from something divine to look up and see this number revealed frequently. Today I was looking at my deceased friends picture and he had a visible aura around his head in the photograph. I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it with a friend whom is open to these experiences as well. I sent it and realized the time was exactly 420pm. I got on the internet to look up synchronicty / numbers and their meanings...The article was last updated on April 20th 2014 which is the death of my friend. I believe whole heartedly this is a spiritual occurrence and something or someone trying to communicate Within this universe. I am 30 years old and lost many loved ones including my mother and brother....something is going on.

8:10 PM  

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