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DRACULA By Bram Stoker (Born 11/8/1847, Scorpio),
is one of those perennial stories of vampires - the classic. Below is a breakdown of the use of numerology within the story for those of you studying the meaning of numbers. Is it a construct?


The leading theme of the story, the constant renewal of physical life viz a viz blood. Also representing, the apparently eternal spirit (good or evil) of each character, including and especially epitomized in Dracula's character. The transition from ending to beginning - old experience to new one, old village to new location - death to life. Read ZERO.


Jon Harker, the storyteller.
Dracula - Lead
Any character, object or place - alone.
Any "first." Any "unique" or "only." All starts and beginnings: the ship departs. The first bite.


The "Other": The meeting of any two characters or objects or character/object, character/place, object/place. Second personality: The Count and his altered Vampire self. The shadow. Darkness and light. Sleep and wake. Any "seconds." Two also represents sound: The Sound of Dr. Seward's Phonographic Diary (Van Halsing speaks). Listening to heart beats. The sound of sobbing, crying, screaming, talking, Dracula's startled hiss, coffin and doors and ships sound of wood creaking, horses moaning, wolves howling. Writing is also a two: Harker's Journal, Mina Murray's Journal, Letters and Diaries, telegraph. -2 is the blocking of another and the blocking of sound (covering one's ears).


All communications between characters: including conversations, sexual references, sobbing crying, screaming, talking, howling and hissing, as means of conveying to another being some form of meaning. This includes dream communication, Dracula summoning wolves, fog and snow and the hypnotist issuing commands.


The form. Work. The body. Human cadavers and alive bodies, the Castle, the Village(s), the structure of the carriage, horses' and dogs' bodies, the coffin, dracula's box, earth (land).

Four is also work - construction, labor and profession of each character: using surgical saw to cut iron bars on window; opening door, the labor of carrying bodies; the labor of placing the ritual wafer in the coffin.


Travel and Change. Transformation. Travel to the castle by carriage, walking, running and all journeys. Running dogs, ship sailing. Citizens fleeing, taking the bus, astral projecting to the ship carrying Dracula's coffin. -5: prevented from traveling or changing. Blocked. Five as "change": Transformation. Catharsis of the characters. Dracula and other vampires change physical appearance and behavior after being "bitten." The change from alive to dead and dead to alive conditions. Altered dress, scenes, weather, visions. Transformations from man to bat to wolf to man. The Count "grows young." The vampire's body becomes dust. (also 13).


Health and family love/responsibility: Being bitten: "two little wounds which we had noticed before but looking horribly white and mangled." Alterations to body: "he was very pale, eyes bulging." Doctor sucking "infected blood" from a wound in his hand. Vampire teeth references. Blood. Dying victims. Mental health: "nervous fit." The villagers' family members. Key characters' family and romantic family references. Dracula's family line. Jonathan Harker's family.


Faith, fear, hope, overcoming fear, terror, the paranormal, prayer (also 13). "My only comfort is that we are in the hands of God. Only for that faith it would be easier to die than to live." Good versus evil theme. Fear of being bitten or otherwise harmed. Mental health. Prayer and rituals of villagers (ritual is also 13). Climbing out on walls and ledges - risk-taking. Avoiding the wolves. Fear of vampires. Fear of the unknown. Faith that lead innocent character will survive. Faith that ritual to kill Dracula will be effective. Dracula's fears of discovery while vulnerable (sleeping by daylight.)


Money/material world/karma/recycling. What goes around comes around. As above so below. Castle and wealth of Dracula and Godinger. Poverty of villagers. Bribery of officials: "this is the country where bribery can do anything, and we are well supplied with money." Will justice prevail? Effect on physical bodies and objects including carriage, diaries, clothing, etc. Stake through heart. (-8) Wafer in coffin (-8)


Completion, ends, death as ending: how to "stop" the vampire cycle and leave him dead. The end of the journey and the completion of the story. Marriage as the end of courtship (marriage as ritual is a 13).


Teacher: Anyone instructing in any discipline including the teaching of the ritual to slay Dracula.


The Star. Count Dracula as the star or infamous one, for example.


The substances/waiting/student or studying. A prevalent theme in Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde is the substance, sometimes described and sometimes left to the imagination: The predominant substance in Dracula is blood. Also laudanum, and brandy. The characters await the ship and await daylight. They fear the dawn and dusk.


Rituals and transitions: Funerals, marriages, rituals to slay the vampire, vampire baptism. Examples: wafer laid in tomb to banish Dracula from it. Branch of wild rose on coffin, sacred bullet, stake through him and behead him (all) to leave him dead and stop him.


Repairs and medical treatments. The doctors and others as they attempt to save the vampire's victims. Repairing the carriage wheel.


Sudden intense events, sudden appearance and attacks by vampire and/or wolves, risk taking in sudden manner, lightning striking. Read about 16 Sixteen is intense and has many dimensions.

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