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Let’s ponder for a moment the magic of the number nine. Numbers have had their place in all of the world cultures, both ancient and modern. They are the footprints of the great minds, and quite honestly I cannot imagine who came creeping out of a cave one day and thought up the concept of zero, or five times nine equals 45. Where did that reality come from? Who thought it up? The number nine is magic. A witch doctor stumbled upon it and became chief of the crowd, I’m sure. What’s so special about nine? Let me show you. In third grade, you learn multiplication tables — that’s about when we began our exploration of arithmetic in our school system. So watch now: 1x9=9 2x9=18 3x9=27 4x9=36 5x9=45 6x9=54 7x9=63 8x9=72 9x9=81 10x9=90 Take a look at the nine totals 18, 27, etc No big deal, right? Wrong. They have an ascending, descending order. Left side of the column: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10. The right side goes down descending, and they are in synchronous order: One comes before two on the left; seven comes before six on the right side, and all numbers follow. Cool! But hang on now — add the answers together 1x9=9, 2x9=18 (1+8=9), 3x9=27 (2+7=9) — they all equal nine. Tell me that’s not magic. It’s just the beginning of the magic, Nine is a wondrous thing in our world. Go out and look for it! A point to ponder.