The year is 1809 and Governor William Henry Harrison
President William Henry Harrison (Wikipedia)
is negotiating a treaty with the Shawnee and deceptively steals large tracts of land from Chief Tecumseh which has the end result of war with the Shawnee. Chief Tecumseh and his brother the Prophet Tenskwatawa
The Prophet Tenskwatawa
led several tribes to war attacking Harrison and his army at the Battle of Tippecanoe where Harrison earned his famous nickname “Old Tippecanoe”. Afterward the Prophet in vengeance supposedly placed a curse on the Harrison and the Presidents decreeing that Harrison would die and every President elected every 20 years after that would die as well. While the curse itself is a legend every President elected in a year divisible by 20 has died in office with the exception of one President Zachary Taylor who died in 1850 having been elected in 1848. Yet the curse seems to have happened on every President elected from 1840 to 1980 when the curse appeared to be broken. Or was it? The popular belief is that our 40th President Ronald Wilson Reagan broke the curse by surviving an assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr. in 1981, but I contend that Reagan was the last President to succumb to the zero year curse by Alzheimer’s Disease.
Ronald Wilson Reagan (Credit: Wikipedia)
There is evidence that Reagan developed the disease in office in 1984. In an OpEdNews article, Reagan’s son confesses that Reagan was showing signs of developing Alzheimer’s as early as 1984 even though the disease did not fully develop until 1994. My contention is this fulfilled the zero year curse for two reasons, Reagan was in office in 1984 when the onset of the disease began to show itself and secondly, Alzheimer’s Disease is a terminal illness as outlined in this Wikipedia article. Obviously if we accept this premise that Reagan who died eventually in 2004 after a long battle with the illness was the last President in the Zero Year Curse, then why? And why did George Bush seemingly break the curse in 2000 by serving two terms dodging his own attempted assassination by Vladimir Aryutinian in a fluke of luck in 2005. I propose the answer can be found in numerology, the study of numbers and their meanings.
Every number in numerology has characteristics and energies unique to themselves that influence. Of consequence to this curse is the number 9. Numerologically, nine is the ultimate of the numbers. It represents the number of harmony and is the number of achievement. Nine is the product of 3 and 3 both of which represent a number of completion. Three is a number that is the sum of 1 and 2. One represents leadership, virility and independence while two is the number of basic relationships. This makes three a complete number that is the culmination of the two base numbers on which all of our other numbers derive. Nine is the ultimate outcome of 3 times 3 which multiplies this completeness and in the eyes of numerologists achieves a perfection. This is a brief
explanation of the numbers but how does it apply to ending the zero year curse? Quite simple. If one adds up the year Reagan was elected, 1+9+8+0 becomes 18 and 1+8=9, a numerological perfection and the last time I contend the curse activated. When Bush was elected in 2000, we achieve a harmonious relationship in that 2+0+0+0 equals 2, the number of relationships which I contend healed this curse and ended it. I know what your thought is. But what about the other Presidents, why didn’t they end the curse? Because believe it or not, the other President’s election years up to Reagan did not add up to nine. Here’s the list
- William Henry Harrison 1840=1+8+4+0=1+3=4
- Abraham Lincoln 1860=1+8+6+0=1+5=6
- James Garfield 1880=1+8+8+0=1+7=8
- William McKinley 1900=1+9+0+0=1+0=1
- Warren Harding 1920=1+9+2+0=1+2=3
- Franklin Roosevelt 1940=1+9+4+0=1+4=5
- John F. Kennedy 1960=1+9+6+0=1+6=7
- Ronald Reagan 1980=1+9+8+0=1+8=9
Not only did Reagan’s election year having a nine finally end the curse, Bush by being elected the 43rd President of the United States was protected by being that president because 4+3 equals 7
and the number seven is the number of totality and the completion of creation. Seven is a mystical number and in some senses represents an infinity. This number significance coupled with the two which is a relationship number signifying the achievement of harmony between the curse and the Presidency allowed the curse to end with Bush because of the juxtaposition of the Presidential sequence number in conjunction with the numerological significance of the election year.
In summary, the numbers that doomed Reagan carried forward and protected Bush allowing him to break Tecumseh’s curse at least for the moment. There is always the chance now that this numerological conjunction is over that the curse will resurrect itself, but for now, this is why I believe Reagan did succumb and Bush did survive. Time will tell.