It's one of those numbers the Babylonians used to get all jazzed about, because it has so many divisors - 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18. They liked dividing stuff. It's a square number. It's the sum of the cubes of the first three integers. It's the interior angle of the tips of a regular pentagram, and the sum of all the integers from 1 to 36 is 666! The Egyptians believed there were thirty-six Decans, or Gods of the Ten Degrees, who each ruled ten degrees of sky. They play heavily into Rats and Gargoyles
, one of my favourite novels. In Maori myth, 36 gods made the first human that Tane then breathed life into. The Midrash tells us that the first light of creation shone for 36 hours, before God created the sun. There are also, in every generation, the thirty-six Tzadikim
, or righteous people, who justify the existence of mankind in God's eyes.
It's also my age, as of last Thursday.
Not sure how I feel about that, really. In one sense, who cares? In another, I'm now biblically speaking, in the second half of my life, and actauarially speaking, pretty close to.
I need more exercise. I should eat better. I want to write more. All of these things have improved over the last little while, but there's a way to go yet.
And of course, next year is thirty-seven. View Askew themed party, anyone?
Song? Current Mood: contemplative