Applied Numerology of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

In this piece of 365 Pin Code research we unpack the Applied Numerology of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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The Handmaid’s Tale – a brief summary

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, originally published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian state resembling a theonomy that overthrows the United States government. The novel focuses on the journey of the handmaid Offred. Her name derives from the possessive form “of Fred”; handmaids are forbidden to use their birth names and must use names derivative of those of the male, or master, whom they serve.

“A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.” Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale explores themes of women in subjugation in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women attempt to gain individuality and independence. The novel’s title echoes the component parts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, which is a series of connected stories (“The Merchant’s Tale”, “The Parson’s Tale”, etc.). The Handmaid’s Tale is structured into two parts, night and other various events. This novel can be interpreted as a double narrative, Offred’s tale and the handmaids’ tales. The night sections are solely about Offred, and the other sections (shopping, waiting room, household, etc.) are the stories that describe the possible life of every handmaid, though from the perspective of Offred. In many of these sections, Offred jumps between past and present as she retells the events leading up to the fall of women’s rights and the current details of the life that she now lives.

The Handmaid’s Tale won the 1985 Governor General’s Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987; it was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award. The book has been adapted into a 1990 film, a 2000 opera, a 2017 television series produced by Hulu, and other media. In 2019, a sequel novel, The Testaments, was published.

“The genesis of a poem for me is usually a cluster of words. The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation. I don’t think I solve problems in my poetry; I think I uncover the problems.” Margaret Atwood

About Margaret Atwood

Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt CH FRSC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist. Since 1961, she has published 17 books of poetry, 16 novels, 10 books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children’s books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood has won numerous awards and honors for her writing, including the Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, Franz Kafka Prize, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards.

“I was born in the Ottawa General Hospital right after the Gray Cup Football Game in 1939. Six months later, I was backpacked into the Quebec bush. I grew up in and out of the bush, in and out of Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto.” Margaret Atwood

With scene set, let’s now begin to systematically unpack the Applied Numerology of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood in order to see what her most important numbers reveal.

Amoure Kleu Author, The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, 365 Pin Code

365 Pin Code Full Birth Name Analysis, Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Amoure Kleu Author, The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, 365 Pin Code

Her First / Christian Name, Margaret, totals 38, which reduces down to the Master Number 11 [38 = 3+8 =11], the highly charged number which carries within the gift of being the giver of Illumination, Enlightenment and Teaching; the master intuitive, the visionary. This number represents the Physical Vibration / Coding within her birth name.

Her Second / Middle Name, Eleanor, totals 34, which reduces down to the Number 7 [34 = 3+4 = 7], the number which carries within its coding the artist, the mathematician, the specialist, the seeker of truth, the spiritual journey within. This number represents the Emotional Vibration / Coding within her birth name.

The surname Atwood bring Matters of the Heart into frame

Her Last Name / Surname (i.e. Ancestral Lineage primary vibration), Atwood, totals 24, which reduces down to the Number 6 [24 = 2+4 = 6], the number which carries within it experiences around relationships, family, matters of the heart, responsibility, sense of community, grace and gratitude etc. This number represents the Spiritual Vibration / Coding within her birth name.

Margaret Atwood has coded Expression Number 96//15//6

Her Expression Number reduces down to the Number 6 Energy, which explained, mean: a loving and caring person. An Achilles Heel of hers could be that she puts the interests of others before those of her own. She is responsible and reliable and strives for justice and fairness. Duties will chase her all her life. She is naturally artistic, loving harmony and beauty and she seeks to intelligently right the wrongs of this world. She is an intensely creative person in all areas her life, particularly related to visual perception. There is usually a natural love for children, flowers (all of Nature) and animals. There is a powerful innate drive within her to serve the Cosmic Mother and Father; the shape of the number 6 represents the “pregnancy love.” She carries gifts of being a born counsellor and healer.

“Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy – which many believe goes hand in hand with it – will be dead as well.” Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has a Number 8 Karmic Life Lesson

The only number missing from her birth name is the Number 8, therefore her karmic / key life lesson will centre around money, business, authority, status, power, leadership, organisational skills and trying to find the harmonious balance between the material and spiritual worlds. With regard to the other numbers present in her name, the one with the lowest presence after a “numerology normalising process” has been applied, is the Number 3. This represents if you will, a latent talent or gift of hers (i.e. as per her 365 Pin Code Numerology analysis, it’s there in abundance but needs to be developed / worked at before it will powerfully surface). The Number 3 deals with imagination, creativity, communication, self-expression etc. Everything needed to be a brilliant novelist!

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Next step in understanding the Applied Numerology of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, is to analyse her date of birth.

365 Pin Code Date of Birth Analysis, Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Amoure Kleu Author, The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, 365 Pin Code

Born on the 18th means that she carries as her Personal Energy, the Number 9 which resonates with healing, humanity, consciousness, universal love, forgiveness, the natural law of the universe, philanthropy etc.

“Storytelling is a very old human skill that gives us an evolutionary advantage. If you can tell young people how you kill an emu, acted out in song or dance, or that Uncle George was eaten by a croc over there, don’t go there to swim, then those young people don’t have to find out by trial and error.” Margaret Atwood

Again, as her Family / Intimate Number, the Master Number 11 (intuition, vision, enlightenment etc.) makes its appearance with her being born in the month of November.

Margaret Atwood has the Master Builder 22 coded as her World Energy

Margaret Atwood carries as her World / Career Number, the Master Number 22, also known as The Master Builder Energy. The number 22 energy works best when it is busy with creating (and on a very grand scale!) something which has tremendous significance for humanity. It is not a number which deliver much success through a solo journey (that’s the pathway if you will of its lower octave, the number 4; 22 = 2+2 = 4) but it will deliver tremendous reward when the vision is driven collectively with and through others in a cooperative, collaborative, spirit. If you really want to understand the Number 22 Energy think Sir Richard Branson and understand that what he has achieved has been on the back of an inspired vision and wisely harnessing the collective energies of many! The Handmaid’s Tale was written in 1984 and if you do the maths, 1984 carries the Universal Year Number 22 [1984 = 1+9=8+4 = 22]. Therefore, it was no random coincidence (and by this we mean that from her birth, 1984 was always coded to be a year when something very special would happen) that 1984 was her literary breakthrough year because it synchronised perfectly with her Career / World Number!

She has a Number 6 life path (the responsible one) and a Number 3 Shadow / Emotional Life Path (the creative one).

“If I pick up a book with spaceships on the cover, I want spaceships. If I see one with dragons, I want there to be dragons inside the book. Proper labelling. Ethical labelling. I don’t want to open up my cornflakes and find that they’re full of pebbles… You need to respect the reader enough not to call it something it isn’t.” Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has a Number 5 Emotional Professional Attainment Number

Very importantly, we need to draw your attention to the bottom left corner of her birth chart where the TSSPR 14//5 coding appears. This (more precisely the Number 5) represents her Shadow / Emotional Professional Attainment Number. So why does this number have such tremendous relevance with regard to understanding the Applied Numerology of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, published in 1985? Here’s the magic… 1985 = 1+9+8+5 = 23 = 2+3 = 5. Perfect synchronicity again. 1985 is a number 5 universal energy year and this ties in perfectly with her emotional professional attainment number – and that’s why The Handmaid’s Tale was published / released in that year!

Applied Numerology takes Personal Understanding to a whole New level

As we unpacked the Applied Numerology of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (and we could do so much on this…) wasn’t it just incredible to realise that the year when this book was written and the year when it was published, was not mere happenstance? These were in face a series of hardcoded events which were running perfectly according to her mathematical blueprint as laid down from the very moment she was born. And the only way to accurately unpick or decode or decipher these bespoke blueprints is through 365 in Code Applied Numerology.

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