Well, it has been a while. I feel like I have digested Harry Potter a good bit and have done some other reading as well. In a similar genre I am on my second reading of George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire. Like the Potter saga, this one is apparently intended to run to 7 volumes – 5 already written.

On another website – capricious spirits – I’ve done some musing about numbers. In the same way that it seems that Rowling’s writings give clues to many areas of mystical knowledge (the elements, Tarot, numerology), the Martin books seem to have some things to say about numbers. In particular, 2, 3 and 7.

Two: The universal aspect of 2 seems to be most strongly conveyed in the R’hllor myth. The Lord of light embodying fire, life, light, goodness. The un-nameable Other death, darkness and cold. The two eternally struggle for dominion. I can think of a number of real world cases where a philosophy based on this same eternal struggle serves as the context for violent struggles which often seem more about power than religion. I’ll let that sit and try to return to it.

Three: The three headed dragon is harder for me to sort out but threes appear over and over in the Danerys story line. three blood riders, three attendants, three dragons, three slaver cities. Rather than being in opposition, the three notion seems to be bound up with a thing that is one in concept, but in fact consists of three different, but similar manifestations.

Seven: The number seven appears repeatedly but most clearly in the seven gods or seven faces of the god of Westeros. Three are male: Father, Warrior, Smith; three female: Crone, Mother, Maiden; the last, the Stranger, is ambivalent, both, either, neither.

I’ll attempt to return and elaborate after some further consideration.