11 Must-Read Facts About The Number Eleven

11 Must-Read Facts About The Number Eleven

11 reasons the number 11 is a special number.
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Throughout my soccer career from elementary school up to my senior year of high school, my jersey number has always been 11. Because of this, I am obviously biased that 11 is the best number. However, I will say there are cool attributes to the number that make these double digits remain my favorite number.

Every time I look at the clock and it is either 11:11 am or 11:11 pm, I always shout "11:11 make a wish!!" I am superstitious that the number eleven is an omen for me. I know it sounds strange but my fascination with the number led me to research some significance of eleven.

Here are eleven fun facts about eleven:

1. The sunspot cycle or the solar cycle lasts for 11 years

In the Mayan Calendar, the current time cycle ended on December 21, 2012, at 11:11 am.

2. World War 1 ended on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour

3. A total solar eclipse was observed throughout Europe on 11 August 1999 at 11:11 am

4. In numerology, number eleven is considered the master number

The reason is this number carries a vibrational frequency of balance. Number eleven signifies invention, refinement, fulfillment, vision, and congruence in a person. In astrology, the number eleven is considered a magical number that strikes a balance of emotion, thoughts, and spirits.

5. Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon

It launched on July 16, 1969 (Lunar landing was July 21, 1969)

6. Rockets should travel at over eleven kilometers per second to escape the gravity of the Earth

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7. Eleven is the smallest prime number

8. The deepest known point of the ocean floor is 11 km

This is at the Marina Trench located in the Pacific Ocean.

9. The Biblical Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob

Joseph dreamt the sun, the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to him. (Genesis 37:9) Joseph also became a great interpreter of dreams and successfully interpreted Pharaoh's dreams.

10. The walls of the fortification at the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York are in the shape of an 11-point star

11. In the Tarot, eleven is the card of Strength or Justice

Justice symbolizes balance between the spiritual and material world. This is the card of balance and justice. Reversed it is lack of balance and injustice. There are tarot cards showing cards Justice and Strength are in reversed positions, making “Justice” card number 8 and “Strength” card number 11.

I hope that you feel like an 11 expert now that you have read this and that your favorite number is now the same as mine.

Cover Image Credit: Photo by Agê Barros on Unsplash

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I Didn't Choose To Be A Dance Major, It Chose Me

How my passion became my purpose

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I don't remember the exact moment, but I do remember the process. I remember moments in time and the way joy has manifested itself into my life. Perhaps this is the meaning of life—a slow growing journey of finding yourself through experiences and delightfully long conversations with people we care about, long nights filled with laughter, early mornings with dew beneath our toes, waves of utter joy, followed by waves of somber; it's all just part of it. And within these waves and moments of our lives, we begin to see with clarity—a slow but steady process. Clarity occurs when the fog is lifted. It's when you find that thing you're passionate about, and you do it relentlessly. This is the art of becoming.

So, I don't really remember when I became a dancer. I suppose it's been a lifetime of becoming. I can't even really say that it's a choice. I don't think it is. I know that I was born to dance. And this has nothing to do with how I look or anything like that. But it has everything to do with how I feel when I dance. It's this sense of sheer release, and to be able to get to that point of really, truly not having a care in world; this is how you know you're in the process of becoming. It's in the moments where I'm the most lost—the moments where I've really given myself over completely that result in the greatest rewards, usually in the form of self-knowledge. This is clarity.

I have not chosen to become a dancer, but inevitably dance has so gracefully chosen me. And with great appreciation, I've accepted the invitation. I've since made the mindful choice to immerse myself in this art form, because to me this is how joy has chosen to manifest itself in my life. Through movement, and love of music, and love of creating, this is how I've chosen joy.

It recently dawned on me that dance is what we as humans use to declare our vitality. It's an appreciation of being alive. And more so, it's a celebration: of being alive, of our bodies, of human contact, but mostly just of life. We as humans dance to celebrate life.

So with this joy that I've been so lucky to find, I am compelled to study dance. And not just take classes, and not just take notes, but to really study—to really understand what it means to be alive, and to feel gratitude for every ounce of my life.

This is why I'm a dance major.

So before you question me, and perhaps tell me that my major is useless or is not setting me up for a successful life, maybe consider that I've chosen a life of joy. I've chosen to be passionate and throw myself into gaining a greater kinesthetic awareness, a more profound appreciation for music, and for art, and for culture, and just life in general.

I have chosen to celebrate my life, and celebrate what my body allows me to do every day. And through my choices, I've begun to master the art of becoming.

Author's note: The theme of "becoming" was subconsciously inspired by Michelle Obama.

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