Bumbastories Bi-Centennial May Magazine

Yikes, it’s May already. We made it through 100 days of Trump relatively unscathed. Well, almost. And we the people are perhaps a little bit stronger. But no politics, OK?

OK. Well, we’ll start with a bee gee’s song you can sing along with. The preacher walked with me and he smiled….

And then our salute (and sing a long too) to the proud city of Kansas City, which I indeed hope to visit one day. I might take a boat, I might take a train. And if I have to walk……


May, the merry month of May, is the fifth month of the Julian calendar. Which means that now we must take ourt obligatory stroll through the numbers. What? Math again? That”s right:the number five. Perhaps the most glorious numeral of them all.

Gimme Five!

Click  herehere and here and to see previous posts on the Five, and, if you think you can take it, click on The Numbers Game is Here: Mathematics for Dummies page in the header. The beauty of the five’s symmetry is profoundly amazing, at least to me. When I first read about the phi proportion, the golden mean, I was captivated. It got me interested in math – something most of us will agree doesn’t happen every day. It was via a Blavatsky theosophy book that I was introduced to the golden proportion, where it was presented as an early piece of human knowledge that had been handed down over generations, and etched or scribed on an old scroll perhaps (there was a crude drawing in the book), wherein the inscribing of a five pointed star inside a circle was demonsrated. A circumscription. Or was it an inscription? Not wanting to cut things short – not after that second circumcision…er circumscription….  here’s to the five.

In addition to the five’s geometric beauty, phi symmetry underlies much of life’s structure. The Fibonacci numbers, the spiral of the nautilus, hurray for the five!

Happy May.

12 thoughts on “Bumbastories Bi-Centennial May Magazine

  1. Helena Blavatsky was an amazing woman. The Universe is full of maths 😉 and we are still in our preschool… The more you open up the more you see.. 🙂
    Many thanks Bumba for your recent visit to my poem .. I will be repaying a visit very soon as I so enjoyed what I read here..
    Many thanks again.
    Sue 🙂

    1. This is true. I was introduced to mathematics by that book. The perspective gained is a big plus for me. The theosophists explore these basic questions. Blavatsky was a celebrated public speaker in the days before radio.

      1. She was.. .. Maths have never been my strong point in this life.. However Intuitiveness and mediumship have .. So her life was a very interesting one to me. 🙂

      1. What’s fascinating is that an analysis of many ‘successfully’ composed artworks reveals the artist has intuitively used such mathematical formulae.

        1. Yes, it’s intrinsicly pleasing or just looks right. Leonardo, I believe, measured and plotted beforehand.

        2. Da Vinci was a scientist and engineer at heart, I think. We have visited the Chateau de Clos-Lucé where he died. It’s in the Loire Valley. Many if not all of his machines are there, displayed around the grounds. I also found pieces of a wonderful vase or bowl half-buried at the bottom of a tree. I suspect someone must have broken it and buried it secretly to avoid blame!

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