Classic Computer Magazine Archive ANTIC VOL. 8, NO. 7 / DECEMBER 1989


Antic Numerologist

See how your name and dates add up

By Clifton Oyamot

Once again ancient mysticism meets modern science, this time in the form of your Atari Numerologist, this issue's second Super Disk Bonus. This extra-long BASIC program can be found on your monthly Antic Disk, ready to RUN. Programmer Clifton Oyamot is a 17- year-old senior at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is his first appearance in Antic.

Numerology, in its present form, can trace its origins to the 6th century B.C. and to the great mathematician Pythagoras. Numerologists contend that all things can be reduced to numbers, and understood from there. This applied particularly well to names and dates. By analyzing the numbers in your name and birthdate, a supposedly accurate personal portrait can painted.

Numerology can be seen as a sort of mathematical astrology. If you believe astrology is a waste of time, you won't feel much differently about Antic Numerologist. We are presenting this program strictly for its entertainment value. However, it occasionally does seem to come up with some interesting insights. (See box.)

When you run Antic Numerologist, you are presented with two choices, Name and Date. Name gives you an analysis of your character. The prompts ask for your first, middle, and last names. Omit titles and such like Jr. or III, spaces, and other non-letter characters which may occur. Combine separate names into one word (e.g. Maryann). If you lack a middle name, just enter a space.

You are then asked for your birthdate. Enter your birth month in numerical form (January = 1, etc.). Also, enter the full year, not the two- digit abbreviation.

After all the information has been entered, your Atari will make the necessary calculation, which can become tedious and involved when done by hand. Finally, the Atari interprets the results for you, displaying the interpretation on screen. If you like, you can then print the results on an Epson-compatible printer.


The analysis is broken into four areas. The Soul Urge describes the motives that underlay your actions in life. The Quiescent Self is what you do or think about when alone. Your Expression is how you appear to the outside world and, quite appropriately, how you express yourself. Finally, your Life Path tells of your purpose in life. If you wish to have a hard copy of the results, press [p] at the prompt.

The second, and more pedestrian, option, Date, is more like a horoscope. Antic Numerologist will ask for your birthdate and for the present date. From there, it will give you a forecast for the year, month, or day, whichever you choose. The message divined should be interpreted according to the particular time frame, whether long-term or short-term.

The Atari Numerologist is by no means omnipotent, but coupled with its calculation power and the cleverly general and flattering responses, you sometimes might find yourself amazed by the program's accuracy. Have fun delving into the psyche of friends and family and perhaps even gain a few valuable insights into those around you.

Your Antic Disk -- featuring Antic Numerologist plus two additional Disk Bonuses as well as every type- in program from this issue -- will be shipped to you within 24 hours after receiving your order. Just phone Toll-Free to the Antic Disk Desk at (800)234-7001. The monthly disk is only $5.95 (plus $2 for shipping and handling) on your Visa or MasterCard. Or mail a $5.95 check (plus $2 shipping and handling) to Antic Disk Desk, 544 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Gems from the Antic Numerologist

Richard Milhous Nixon, 1/9/1913

When denied your wishes, you may scheme to get your ways. Despite this, your natural inclination is to help people. ...If not careful, however, you can lead a life of disappointments and depression.

George Washington, 2/22/1732

You are the pioneer, the leader, the captain. You are highly original and creative and you possess the drive to put your ideas into practice. You are highly ambitious.

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 2/6/1911

You are naturally friendly and sociable. You also have a need to fix things when they are not quite perfect. Peace and quiet are what you yearn for. ...You try to maintain harmony. Without being aggressive, you are still able to gather all that you need, including many friends.

On Disk: NUMBERS.BAS Download