But, aside from Romney's Plutocratic blathering, the number 47 itself is part of an interesting symbol-complex, about which I will herein be occupied.
Perhaps we may begin by noting that, treated as addends, the sum of "4" and "7" is "11." Now the number "11" has occupied a conspicuous place in the news over the last week. Of course, this year was the 11th anniversary of 9/11. And there have been some nasty goings on in the Middle East. Some of this has been excavated both by Loren Coleman and by VISUP here and here.
"11" is also prominent in the Apollo 11 moon rite, which I mentioned here and here, and which Loren Coleman covered here.
Furthermore, as Jim Brandon reminded me, the number 11 invokes the sex magic rituals used in the highest degree of the occult Ordo Templi Orientis, see here.
Again, as Coleman has previously noted, around the Summer Olympics hoopla, "...Romney turned himself, by making several gaffs, into a clown, a court jester, and, yes, a joker". There is a Kabbalistic connection to "The Fool" symbol, via the number 47, as reckoned in Gematria: The word [LamedYodVauAleph] means: "wry, perverse; foolish; a fool; wicked; godless." The Fool symbolism has been pervasive this Summer, beginning (at least) with the Aurora shooting. See here and here. Interestingly, other words Kabbalistically "calculated" to signify 47, tie in with the Armstrong-Apollo moon business, and the Aurora Rising events. (Viz., [DaletMemGimel]: "to cut off; divide; measure; bind together; be strong, valiant; a dividing; ell or cubit; mighty men, warriors"; and [HayMemBet]: "an elevation, height, sacred or altar-height, shrines or chapels built on eminences; strong-holds; fastness; grave-mound, sepulcre." (related to [MemVauBet]: "...to be high, to rise upwards, to tower"; Source.)
There are also a number of connections between the god Saturn and the religion of Judaism. See, for example, Eric Zafran, "Saturn and the Jews," Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Vol. 42 (1979), pp. 16-27. (Thanks to Jim Brandon for bringing this work to my attention.) And, as it turns out, the Mantegna Tarocchi represents Saturn in card number 47.
Allegedly, "...'accursed' in Hebrew gives also 47 = 1+20+6+20." The same source connects "Jesus, the innocent Victim" to the same numerical equivalence, 47. Recall that Mitt the Twit suggests to us that 47% "believe they are victims" (Source). (I wonder where these people ever got that notion!) Of course, the connection of Jesus to the idea of being "accursed" comes right out of the Babylonian Talmud where Jesus is said to be boiling in human feces: "...He then went and raised by incantations the sinners of Israel.[(Note)3. [MS.M. Jesus]] He asked them: Who is in repute in the other world? They replied: Israel. What about joining them? They replied: Seek their welfare, seek not their harm. Whoever touches them touches the apple of his eye. He said: What is your punishment? They replied: With boiling hot excrement, since a Master has said: Whoever mocks at the words of the Sages is punished with boiling hot excrement. ..." (Gittin 57a). See Hoffman here and here (or the digest version here) and Schaeffer here.
Is this "accursed" status remediable? Some Kabbalists say, "Yes!" And in so saying, they wave one of their hands towards the book of Exodus and extend the other, palm up. Exodus 30:11-15: "Atonement Money[:] Then the Lord said to Moses, 'When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the Lord a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them. Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel,... according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the Lord. All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the Lord. The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the Lord to atone for your lives.'"
Chabad Kabbalists opine: "Moses was perplexed by the idea that the soul can be redeemed by a piece of silver. ... Not only is silver of the lowest of the four elements - fire, water, air, and earth (it is usually found deep within the earth), it is the lowest of the low. ... In the case of the half-shekel, opposites can become one...So Moses was shown a coin of fire - not by an angel, but by G-d Himself...A coin given without feeling is cold and unremarkable. But a coin given with the warmth and enthusiasm of the soul's essence can atone for the gravest sin. ... In their spiritual counterparts, silver coins and fire are opposites. Fire, which is constantly moving and soaring upward, expresses the ardent yearning to transcend the limited self and become one with the Divine. In contrast, the silver coin, which is earthly and stable, represents the recognition that one must submit to G-d's will and therefore remain within the physical realm in order to fulfill His plan for Creation."
Anyone want to guess the "atomic number" for silver? It appears that I've already given it away.
Can the souls of the accursed really be redeemed with silver? Now I see! Romney must be genuinely concerned with the condition of the souls of the "47 percent," when he mentions them in conjunction with the "income tax": "Mitt Romney's 47 Percent: Who Does Not Pay Income Taxes?"
In any case, the word "Gematria" is given by Dictionary.com as being the Hebrew word for "geometry": "Hebrew gēmaṭriyā < Greek geōmetría geometry".
This notion of "geometry" is imported into Freemasonry as "sacred geometry" and, wouldn't you know it, has a prominent place for the number 47: "GEOMETRY AND MASONRY: SACRED GEOMETRY ... The address to the Immediate Past Master and the depiction on his jewel refer to the 47Th proposition of Euclid. It also refers to 'our brother Pythagoras'."
How closely, then, is "Mr. Romney’s '47 percent' fantasy" associated with his Mormon-Masonic ideology? (For more information on Freemasonry and Mormonism, see: Revisionist History #63.) Discussing the significance of the numbers 23 and 33 in his book The Rebirth of Pan (on p. 173), Jim Brandon observed that "A British researcher, John Williams, has studied more than 3,000 standing stones, ley lines, and other landscape features arrayed in complex alignments across the countryside. He observes that '...the angle of 23 1/2[degrees] or its mulitples of 47[degrees], 701/2[degrees], and 94[degrees], occur repeatedly.By the law of averages, this should happen only about 4 times in 180.' But it appears in 60 percent of the cases."
In Rebirth Brandon also gestured towards Robert Anton Wilson's treatment of the number 23 in the book Cosmic Trigger. In his ponderous recital of the various noteworthy occurrences of the number 23, Wilson writes - on pages 45 and 47 no less (of my edition) - that: "...in conception Mom and Dad each contribute 23 chromosomes to the fertilized egg...". See also HERE.
If a "normal" human embryo has 46 chromosomes (23 + 23) one might suppose that adding one more, thus obtaining our magic number for the day (47) would yield some sort of an Uebermensch. But, typically, the addition of a chromosome causes trouble. In horribly politically-incorrect language (you know, the sort of language that, we might imagine, a random, nonspecific, conceited Mormon-Masonic elitist might use), we might even say that 47 chromosomes signals an "inferior" being; for example in Down's Syndrome: "Down syndrome (DS) or Down's syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a chromosomal condition caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. ... Down syndrome is the most common chromosome abnormality in humans....The extra chromosomal material can come about in several distinct ways. A typical human karyotype is designated as 46,XX or 46,XY, indicating 46 chromosomes with an XX arrangement typical of females and 46 chromosomes with an XY arrangement typical of males. In 1–2% of the observed Down syndromes. some of the cells in the body are normal and other cells have trisomy 21, this is called mosaic Down syndrome (46,XX/47,XX,+21) ..."
Apparently, though, this is not always the case. The so-called 47,XYY-Syndrome also known as XYY-Syndrome may not cause the difficulties seen in Down's Syndrome: "XYY syndrome is an aneuploidy (abnormal number) of the sex chromosomes in which a human male receives an extra Y-chromosome, giving a total of 47 chromosomes instead of the more usual 46. This produces a 47,XYY karyotype, which occurs in 1 in 1,000 male births."
In the case of 47,XYY: "This sex chromosome aneuploidy is not characterized by distinct physical features and, because there does not appear to be recognizable pattern of neurodevelopment or behavioral characteristics, the use of the term syndrome may be inappropriate. Males with an extra Y chromosome are phenotypically normal and most never come to medical attention." Nevertheless, one might be forgiven for wondering whether our would-be handlers use "47" as a sort of code for "the other half".
In the I-Ching, Hexagram 47 is described as follows: "47. K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) above TUI THE JOYOUS, LAKE below K'AN THE ABYSMAL, WATER The lake is above, water below; the lake is empty, dried up. ... When the water has flowed out below, the lake must dry up and become exhausted. That is fate." The dried up lake recalls our 50-odd year record drought Summer. See here and here. On "fate" and related words such as "fata," "fata morgana," heading towards "Morgan Le Fay" (and the Fortean "Fayette factor")... see HERE.
Interestingly, Hexagram 2 appears to be named "K'un" also. Is it just me (and maybe I've been at this too long), or does that look like an "11"? Of this hexagram, we read: "This hexagram is made up of broken lines only. The broken lines represents the dark, yielding, receptive primal power of yin. The attribute of the hexagram is devotion; its image is the earth. ...It represents nature in contrast to spirit, earth in contrast to heaven..." This description is reminiscent of Chabad's Kabbalistic statement regarding the significance of silver (see above).
47th Degree (Masonic Order of Memphis and Mizraim) - Knight of the Seven Stars: "The Columns fall; scene changes; flaming star shows the route the adept should take. Downfall of the traveler; passage of the obscure vault; candlestick of seven branches which gives light to all the world, its influence acts unceasingly on nature and man; new calculation of numbers; use and virtue of the mapped signs of the Zodiac, and their spiritual influence invention of the Compasses. Sign: incline head, place right index on brow. Touch: with both hands seize each other's shoulders. Password: Spero (hope). Secret Word: Vigilo (watch)." See also here and here.
(This image is entirely gratuitous.)
Willard Mitt Romney was born March 12, 1947.
[Update 4 October 2012]
Romney on '47 Percent': I Was 'Completely Wrong' cf. Here.
Possible meanings of "wrong" include: "not proper or usual; not in accordance with requirements or recommended practice: the wrong way to hold a golf club. ...deviating from or unacceptable to correct or conventional laws, usage, etc... not intended or wanted: the wrong road ... not working properly; amiss: something is wrong with the engine..." (Source)
[Update 5 October 2012]