Here’s the thing…I am about to be 34 tomorrow, February 18. Right now I’m still 33 and I’d like to take a moment to compare the relevance of Christ’s age of death and my own death and resurrection at the same age. John the Baptist cleansed Jesus anew in the river Jordan at age 30, so some Biblical history goes. Christ ministered for approximately 3 1/2 years after his baptism. This leads most Christians to believe Jesus was crucified on the cross at about age 33. I’ve been pondering this age connection for some time. My intentions aren’t self-righteous. Curiosity is all. I’m not at all being irreverent or blasphemous in this comparison. What is special about the age of 33 or the number 33? Let’s have a look at that for a moment.
In Math, 33 is the largest positive integer that cannot be expressed as a sum of different triangular numbers. It is also the smallest odd repdigit that is not a prime number.
33 is the eighth distinct semiprime comprising the prime factors (3 • 11). Its aliquot sum is 15; itself a discrete semiprime (3 • 5) in the following Aliquot sequence 33,15,9,4,3,1,0. Ok what the hell, you ask, is an “aliquot” Glad you should ask because here’s the definition : al·i·quot ( l -kw t , -kw t). adj. Of, relating to, or denoting an exact divisor or factor of a quantity, especially of an integer. n. An aliquot part.
The sum of the first four positive factorials is 33. Adding up the sums of divisors of 1 through 6 yields 33. 33 is the smallest integer such that it and the next two integers all have the same number of divisors.
It is also the first member of the first cluster of three semiprimes (33,34,35); the next such cluster is 85,86,87.
Since the greatest prime factor of 332 + 1 = 1090 is 109, which is obviously more than 33 twice, 33 is a Størmer number. What the fuck is a Stormer number? Well glad you should ask, “In mathematics, a Størmer number or arc-cotangent irreducible number, named after Carl Størmer, is a positive integer n for which the greatest prime factor of n2 + 1 meets or exceeds 2n. The first few Størmer numbers are 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, etc. A scientiest called Todd proved that this sequence is infinite”. I like this infinite stuff.
In science 33 is The atomic number of arsenic. A normal human spine has 33 vertebrae when the bones that form the coccyx are counted individually.
And 33 is, according to the Newton scale, the temperature at which water boils. Ah ha! My water (mind,motivation, psyche) wasn’t going to boil until I reached age 33! Thus leading to this change in mental temperature! I’m getting it now.
In Astronomy, Messier object M33, a magnitude 7.0 galaxy in the constellation Triangulum, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy. The New General Catalogue object NGC 33, a double star in the constellation Pisces; The Saros number of the solar eclipse series which began on -1982 August 2 and ended on -485 January 17. The duration of Saros series 33 was 1496.5 years, and it contained 84 solar eclipses.The Saros number of the lunar eclipse series which began on -1662 May 22 and ended on -364 July 10. The duration of Saros series 33 was 1298.1 years, and it contained 73 lunar eclipses.
And here is where it gets relevant, in terms of Higher powers and spirituality, I guess:
In religion, the divine name Elohim (God in Hebrew) appears 33 times in the story of creation in the opening chapters of Genesis. Lag Ba’omer is a minor Jewish holiday which falls on the 33rd day of the Omer. Jesus’s age when he was crucified in 33 A.D., according to many Christian traditions, though not verified historically. According to Al-Ghazali the dwellers of Heaven will exist eternally in a state of being age 33. Jesus performed 33 recorded miracles. Islamic prayer beads are generally arranged in sets of 33, corresponding to the widespread use of this number in dhikr rituals. Such beads may number thirty-three in total or three distinct sets of thirty-three for a total of ninety-nine, corresponding to the names of God. 33 is not only a numerical representation of “the Star of David,” but also the numerical equivalent of AMEN: 1+13+5+14=33. Pope John Paul I, the 33-day pope. One of the shortest reigns in papal history, and it resulted in the most recent 3-pope year. The highest degree in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
It’s just amazing to me that the year I get sober is the same year Christ died, yet as you can read, a bunch of other important or significant or interesting things in our world happen during sums & integers of 33 or age/length 33. It isn’t hard for me to suggest that miracles, in fact, occur around the number 33. My own personal miracle, during age 33, quite obviously is the miraculous choice I am making each day to stay clean and sober. Such a wonder. And such a rare phenomenon sobriety is…let me prove it to you.
How many alcoholics stay sober? If you really want a rough estimate that sort of gives a decent answer to the question, you can always say “about 5% stay sober.” This is not far from the truth. In all actuality, you can see a sort of drop off rate as people try to stay sober for longer and longer. In other words, if 100 people try to get sober, about 5% of them will make it to 90 days sober. Now take all of the people who made it to 90 days sober. About 5% of THOSE people will make it to 2 years sober. So there is sort of this drop off rate that slides, and it is a pretty scary slope. Make it to 90 days and you are not out of the woods yet. Make it to 2 years and you are STILL not out of the woods yet. However, if you make it to 4 years sober, then your chances of achieving “permanent sobriety” jump significantly. The statistics show at that point that if you make it to 4 years sober, you will probably stay sober forever. Of course with addiction there are no certainties.
So you see, such a phenomenon I had to investigate; do my research. The divine miracle of quitting my addiction and miraculously staying sober for 141 days. In a way, this journey toward sobriety has been my own death and rebirth/resurrection at the ripe age of 33. However, unlike Christ, I will not be turning water into wine any time soon.