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The Mark of A Beast

Upon reading wolfgirl569 's post yesterday about her coin count of 3666 , I was reminded of something I wrote more than two years ago at a site, Bubblews, where I wrote regularly for nearly two years.

Though I no longer associate much with the site, and would hardly consider myself to be a member of the community (let alone a beast), I leave the references to the site intact, in order to maintain the integrity of the original piece.

As promised, I share my views on sixes.

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I remember first hearing about the "Mark of the Beast" in high school. I was no longer in the Lutheran or public school systems, but was attending a Baptist High School.

There was much fear about the number, 666. People wanted to skip over it, much like they did over the number 13.

Bad luck. Bad news. Bad karma. Bad things will happen.

Tonight I checked my account and much to my surprise I have 6666 views.

I had to laugh because, for a second, I thought I should try to avoid it. But it is simply another number. It comes after 6665 and is followed by 6667.

I thought about whether or not I could make some attempt at creating a “magical” story about it. One with good luck. Good news. Good karma. Where good things will happen. But it is too late for me to do that and I am too tired to be that creative.

Yet, it is official. I have been “marked” with the number 6666, as that is how many views to which I opened my page just after midnight. A sign of more views to come?

For now, you may call me “The Bubblews Beast.”

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© Copyright 2015- Coral Levang - All Rights Reserved.

Original written and submitted on Bubblews on July 21, 2013, and later removed by the author.

Coins: 4288, $6.43, 32%; 182 coins earned in 24 hours

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Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/sculpture-fallen-angel-lucifer-666-191592/ by Torriatte

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Rufuszen wrote on August 27, 2015, 1:49 PM

Is it just the bible that 666 appears in or does it crop up in other religions. Another item for my to do list!

Feisty56 wrote on August 27, 2015, 1:54 PM

I have a fair amount of obsessive-compulsive traits, so I often create personal "superstitions." The rational part of me understands them to be exactly that -- superstitions -- but sometimes my irrational side overtakes what I think of as "good sense." Many years ago I read a piece about the power that is assigned to certain things -- black cats, walking under a ladder, etc. The article explained that what happens is that should we actually see a black cat, anything untoward or negative that occurs following that episode is attributed to that symbol. Our awareness is heightened because we believe in the power of these things and our mind works to prove them to be true. As soon as we can view that rationally, as you have with 666, then it no longer holds any power over us.

cmoneyspinner wrote on August 27, 2015, 2:18 PM

Sounds like an interesting topic. Go for it!

cmoneyspinner wrote on August 27, 2015, 2:22 PM

Have no problem viewing the number 666 as representing whatever it happens to be that I'm looking at, for example, coin count. But still, when I hear or see the number, "mark of the beast" pops right into my head. What can I say? It left a mark in my psyche. :)

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 2:27 PM

This is a great share from you, Feisty56 . It would make a great article. emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 2:29 PM

With your keen ability for research, Rufuszen , I think that you will have answers to share with us all very soon!

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CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 2:31 PM

I understand, cmoneyspinner , though I no longer subscribe to the schools of thought that I was guilted and shamed to believe. It is part of the reason I try to see the absurdity/humor in what life throws at us.

Feisty56 wrote on August 27, 2015, 3:15 PM

Thank you for that idea, CoralLevang : )

Sailorchronos wrote on August 27, 2015, 3:39 PM

I don't consider myself "superstitious" but I do have my own little traditions that are rooted in folklore. Since I moved out of my parents' home I've left a coin and small stone behind in every place I've lived since, as blessings for wealth and stability, respectively. I don't walk under ladders - not because I'm superstitious but because I don't want things falling on me.

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 27, 2015, 3:47 PM

I am glad I am not the only one who is not worried about a group of sixes. I never caught any of my counts at that there except maybe my bank at times

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 27, 2015, 3:48 PM

Rufuszen please let us know what you find but I do not think it is even in the bible what the mark will be. I believe fiction books and movies started that for being the mark. But I could be mistaken as I was not very interested when I was drug to church

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 3:55 PM

I like the coin/stone. I wish that I would have heard of this years ago.

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 3:56 PM

Thank you for the inspiration to find this piece and republish it!

Kasman wrote on August 27, 2015, 4:16 PM

It's all very confusing because, depending on which authority you read the original mark or number of the beast was actually 616. I think Hollywood horror movies have a lot to do with our perception of this matter!

valmnz wrote on August 27, 2015, 4:23 PM

This one made me laugh . I've always found that number, 666 to have a nice ring to it. It's all in the eye of the beholder, wouldn't you say?

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 5:02 PM

I have read the same a few years ago. Perhaps the beast doesn't know how to count? Kasman

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 5:06 PM

valmnz I held a lot of fear for many years, having spent my 14-17 years with a heavy Baptist influence going to a Baptist high school, and being told that I was to blame for much of what was going on in my family life, as I either was not "good enough" or "not believing enough." It wasn't until I was nearing 30 that I started to let go of a lot of the shame/guilt.

valmnz wrote on August 27, 2015, 5:33 PM

Well, I'm sure glad you finally did let go! My early life was quite the opposite. I had to beg my parents to let me go to Sunday School and Bible Class, so I could be like my friends. And...... that's where all the boys were emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 6:00 PM

*laughs*

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 27, 2015, 6:31 PM

You are very welcome I watch my numbers here more than I ever did there. It is just more fun here to do so for some reason

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 27, 2015, 7:33 PM

I don't know about the Biblical numerology behind 666 but I do know why 6 is scared of 7.

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 7:58 PM

You mean because 7 8 9? It's a myth. Seven didn't like top heavy women. It's new math.

LoudMan wrote on August 27, 2015, 8:03 PM

Those good ol' A,B,DS and 1,2,Ws.

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LoudMan wrote on August 27, 2015, 8:06 PM

Oh. Soooooo much is lost in translation.

CoralLevang wrote on August 27, 2015, 8:11 PM

*laughs*

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 27, 2015, 9:24 PM

A student once tried to tell me that joke but got a bit confused and then he was upset when I didn't laugh at "...because 5 6 7."

Paulie wrote on August 27, 2015, 11:49 PM

I don't believe in signs of the beast or any superstitions like that. Although I was in love with Bubblews when I was redeeeming at least twice a month last year at this time, I have a hate relationship with it now considering that Bubblews arbitrarily decided not to pay me for $300 worth of redemptions.

inertia4 wrote on August 28, 2015, 11:48 AM

I never understood why people get all uptight about the number 666 or the number 13. Or even Karma. What do they think is going to happen? Really. Come on. How dumb is that. As for Bubblews, well, I am still there and active. I know some have left and I understand their reasons behind leaving. Luckily I guess I never encountered any of what those people ever did. You're not a beast, there or anywhere. You just do what you do. And that makes you human.

AliCanary wrote on August 29, 2015, 1:28 AM

I have no idea why people have to make up superstitious nonsense to scare themselves. Maybe just to make their lives more interesting? I have stayed several times on the "14th" floor of a hotel that didn't "have" a 13th floor. Sure they did--they just didn't call it that! People be so dumb emoticon :smile:

LoudMan wrote on August 30, 2015, 2:23 AM

Q: What's better? 69 or 77?

A: 77. You get 8 more.

CoralLevang wrote on August 30, 2015, 3:07 AM

Oh, gosh. You just took me back in time....

The first time I heard that was in my early adulthood from my mother. Thank you for reminding me of her tonight. I needed that.

CoralLevang wrote on August 30, 2015, 3:08 AM

I completely understand, Paul.

CoralLevang wrote on August 30, 2015, 3:09 AM

I know some who will avoid it like the plague!

CoralLevang wrote on August 30, 2015, 3:11 AM

Ah, you know that I absolutely adore you, inertia4 .
emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on August 30, 2015, 3:12 AM

I love seeing the buttons on elevators.... and no 13. I don't think I've ever seen a 13th floor.

But yes...13 by any other name is still 13. emoticon :winking:

AliCanary wrote on August 30, 2015, 2:18 PM

I've been in buildings that had a 13th floor. Good for them!

inertia4 wrote on August 31, 2015, 7:09 PM

Really? Nice!!! Now I feel real good. And I will say ditto to that.