When tragedies of the magnitude of the Colorado shootings take place, the obvious question is “Why?” Why would someone do something so terrible? What drove him to behave in such an aberrant and violent fashion? Could there have been any warning signs that may have circumvented the particular situation? I'm unsure whether it could have been prevented, but I do know that in looking at James Holmes' chart, there are certainly some areas of concern that would have, at least, raised some warning signs and which I, as a Numerologist, would have addressed as areas that needed some work and perhaps a change in attitude and direction. I'm not saying that if Mr. Holmes had been my client I could have seen this coming, nor would I have been able to prevent it. I am saying that there are definitely signs of someone who is lacking concern for others, and who may hold a somewhat dispassionate attitude towards others.
Numerology provides an insight into the individual through an interpretation of that person's birth name and birth date. Within the context of these two pieces of information is all one needs to know to understand what makes that person 'tick'. All numbers have both positive and negative characteristics and attributes and it is up to the individual to make the determination on exactly how he or she chooses to manifest the particular energies.
JAMES EAGAN HOLMES 12/13/1987
James Eagan Holmes has a 6 Soul Urge; a 7 Personality/Image; a 4 Expression; and a 5 Life Path. His life Challenges are a 1-1st Challenge; a 3-2nd Challenge; a 2-3rd Challenge; and a 4 Lifetime Challenge. In the spelling of his name he is missing 2s and 9s. He is in his 11 Personal Year with an 11/2 Essence. Also, he has 6 letters on the Physical Plane; 7 on the Mental Plane; 2 on the Emotional Plane; and 1 on the Intuitive Plane.
What does this all mean?
A 6 Soul Urge is the person who is 'of service to others' which would explain James' education in the medical field. Possessing a strong sense of responsibility and a desire to help others, he is also someone who needs recognition and appreciation for what he does. With family being important to him, any negative issues in his home and family life would create problems and issues. The 6 Soul Urge needs roots and a stable home life in order to feel grounded in the world. He also possesses a strong sense of responsibility. On the negative side, his need for appreciation could manifest itself in a degree of co-dependent behavior creating problems in inter-personal relationships. Also, coupled with 1-6 in the spelling of his name, he may also have a tendency towards stubborn and opinionated behavior, with a strong sense of needing to be right. James also has 6 letters on the Physical Plane which increases his sense of duty and responsibility while amplifying all the other traits of the 6 as listed above. To a degree, he may actually feel everything in a very physical fashion.
The 7 Personality/Image number creates a somewhat reclusive individual. James is someone who is hard to get a read on and may come across as somewhat aloof and enigmatic and he would tend towards being a loner. There is definitely an energy of 'what you see is not what you get' and he is someone who is quite guarded. He would appear to be quite intelligent and thoughtful and my caution to him would be to be sure that he does not isolate himself too greatly. The more isolated and hermetic he becomes, the more likely he would be to 'live in his head'. This would lead to too much thought and create both secretive and possibly negative thought patterns to take hold. On the truly negative end of the vibrational spectrum of this number, he may be prone to 'seeing things and situations' that are not there and would also run the danger of creating things in his mind, while justifying and rationalizing them, because of his need to be right. James has 7 letters on the Mental Plane which adds to his very introspective and reclusive nature. He is a person who wants to be alone and work alone. He is a deep thinker who definitely runs the danger of spending too much time in his head which can lead to conspiracies and elaborate thoughts while creating an environment for nefarious behavior. He would be an excellent planner and would think through anything he partakes, leaving no 't' uncrossed or 'I' undotted. He is shrewd and very observant while at the same time he is silent and secretive. It is conceivable that even if he has any truly close friends, they may have absolutely no idea what he is actually thinking (or planning). He also possesses very strong mathematical and scientific skills. The 7 energy would also create tendencies towards being anti-social, crude, fearful, suspicious and unreasonable. Bizarre appearance and behavior may also be hallmarks of James.
James' 4 Expression makes him a planner and organizer who may be quite gifted in working with his hands. This talent would be magnified by the 2-4s that appear in the spelling of his name. He would appear to be calm, cool and collected in almost all situations, especially one of high stress. Careful and cautious by nature he lacks spontaneity which leads me to believe that his actions were the result of a great deal of planning and deliberation. His actions were not something which he 'just woke up and decided to do'. His manual dexterity, in all probability, added to his ability to handle his weapons and build whatever devices with which he booby-trapped his apartment. James may also have a tendency towards being jealous and petty while also being stubborn, antagonistic and intractable. The 4 energy would also make him somewhat of a control freak. Coupled with his 4 Lifetime Challenge, control issues (especially self-control) are a major problem for him.
The 5 Life Path is a lifetime of adventure and change. It can also be a very, experiential lifetime and caution would need to be exercised in the realm of 'pleasures of the senses'. There could exist a tendency to overindulge in things. Additionally, issues of justice may be prevalent (5 is often associated with law and order). James may possess a somewhat distorted sense of justice that led to his behavior at the theater. (I will be interested in hearing his reasons for his actions when the time comes that his story is revealed). The negative conditions of the 5 Life Path can be perversity, rudeness, carelessness, and irresponsibility. James may also have a proclivity to engage in actions that are unnecessarily risky. He definitely needs to beware of a tendency towards self-absorption. Learning to acquire and maintain balance is his biggest life lesson.
In my work, I put a great deal of emphasis on the Challenges. These are the issues in life and the major stumbling blocks to acquiring a sense of wholeness and contentment. In James' chart, he has a 1 1st Challenge which would indicate that he comes out of a home that was probably somewhat authoritarian. Additionally, it indicates that he has difficulties with authority and does not like to be told what to do. He is certainly an individual who chafes at the thought of not being able to do as he pleases, when he pleases. His 2nd Challenge is a 3, indicating that he has issues around self-esteem and self-expression. It is quite possible that when he was young, he was not allowed to fully express himself and was constantly put down or denigrated in some fashion. James' 3rd Challenge is a 2. The 2 Challenge is one of learning and developing patience, as well as learning tolerance and sensitivity towards others. His Lifetime Challenge of 4 (as I discussed in a previous paragraph) shows that he has major issues surrounding control. Control of his own behavior and also, control issues in his relationships with others (he may be the recipient and instigator of controlling behavior). A 4 Challenge can also indicate restrictions on freedom, many times in the form of jail time. The combination of these Challenges would create in James feelings of inadequacy and a strong desire to make his mark so that he may prove any naysayers incorrect.
James' is in a 11/2 Personal Year which is coupled with an 11/2 Essence (derived from a breakdown of the spelling of the name on a year-to-year basis). The 11/2 Personal Year means that James needed to be open to new ideas and inspiration. Recognition for his actions is also part of the dynamic, and in the most negative of ways, he certainly has gained recognition for his horrific deed. As with all Master Number energy, negativity and negative thoughts and actions need to be avoided. The underlying 2 of his Personal Year indicates that this is a year in which he needed to work towards greater harmony in his life and his relationships. These matters would be put to the test and he would be confronted with the duality of situations as a means to grow. His 11/2 Essence shows this year to be one of importance and a learning period. A crisis (or crises) may show up that creates a sudden break in his associations and may very well cause a shock to his emotional well-being. (It is quite possible that he has recently experienced a dramatic break-up with a girlfriend, or someone else of importance in his life or there may have been some turmoil in his family). This year may be very disturbing to James and he may be feeling a sense of loss or separation from something important to him. If James exhibited an unwillingness to co-operate and share with others, he may have felt as though he was beholden to the whims of others which would lead to frustration, resentment and anger. This is certainly a year of tests and perhaps legal dealing s (which will now definitely be a part of his existence). Again, patience, tolerance and sensitivity are called for in all his dealing with others and in his actions towards others. Again, this is a challenging year, filled with tests, and my sense here is that something with which he was dealing pushed him over the edge (probably because it was out of his control and not going his way).
Two other things in James' chart add to the complexity of who he is. These things are the fact that he is missing both 2s and 9s in the spelling of his name. Numbers that are missing in the spelling of the birth name are karmic lessons. Lessons that were brought forth into this lifetime because they needed to be learned. No 2s indicates a lack of consideration for others. This also shows a lack of patience tact and willingness to work in concert with others. No 9s shows that James is lacking a broadness in approach to others as well as lacking compassion and tolerance. He may have a strong tendency towards selfishness and he may be lacking any feelings of remorse of forgiveness. These missing 2s and 9s would create in James a very dispassionate and disconnected attitude towards others. In other words, he is among others without feeling any connection to them. It is quite possible that his actions in the theater were done in a very robotic and unfeeling fashion.
In summary, James is a complex and somewhat difficult person who may be dealing with 'demons' brought about through his stubbornness, lack of sensitivity and his driving need to be in control and right! He probably has an ability, and a tendency, to distance himself from those around him without every realizing that something is not right. In many ways, these are the traits of the psychopath. I am sure that in his own mind, his actions were totally justified and he probably can rationalize his behavior without giving any consideration to the damage he has wrought. His seeming lack of humanity creates an insulation for him from his actions. My sense is that he was a somewhat troubled youth who felt quite misunderstood and who blames those around him, instead of taking responsibility for his participation in whatever situations took place. His intelligence and sense of his own righteousness are probably more than enough for him to plan and execute his actions. He probably gave no thought to the repercussions or damage that would be caused by what he did. The fact that he surrendered to authorities (to me) shows that he was in his own world during the time that he was executing his plan and that he may not have even been aware of the horror he was creating.
Could this have been prevented? Perhaps., but it would have taken someone with great insight into his personality and character who would have been able to draw him out of his self-created shell. I will be curious to hear more about him as this story continues to unfold. I wonder if anyone in his family will be able to identify and admit to knowing that 'something wasn't quite right'.
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