1723 is a significant indicator amongst the neoteric avant-garde. It is an obscure number, much to its effect- as all things “occult” (hidden) operate most effectively when they remain widely unknown. It’s like flying saucers- If you have them, and no one else even knows how they work; you can be obscured by confusion, disbelief, and misdirection. The gap in knowledge is the only thing that makes the flying saucer seem “alien”, and likewise the only thing that makes 1723 seem “occult”. Once you have your very own flying saucer, that aspect of life is entirely demystified.
Mysticism is a mist which creates a schism between self and understanding. Many people enjoy that mist, and even as it clears to them personally they continue to waft it into the eyes of others. Reason can cut through the mist and find those solid platonic objects which lay beyond. To traverse the realms of mysticism with full faculty of mind- as neoplatonism set out to synthesize Platonic Idealism with Aristotelian Logic (as above so below)- synchrologistics does not end at mere esoteric thesis.
The significance of 1723 to synchrologistics is:
17 is an auspicious number, and a portal number, the sum of the first four primes, containing the combined esoteric qualities of the preceding 11 and 13. The obliqueness of it’s use, as opposed to 11 and 13- places it deeper into the occult. Represented as an eight pointed star in ancient Sumerian symbolism- as one and seven is eight- 17 has a hidden symmetrical quality. Once at eight it’s only a hop skip and a jump to 64 (the central nexus for data exchange in our matrix of reality). This makes 17 a very useful number indeed. Perhaps now that we speak of it, it will be begin to show itself more. After all, the neoteric arts are the future of the occult.
23 is a number which denotes synchronicity, or acausal (without cause) interrelation. Because of its acausal nature it has been used in military code to indicate “chaos”- a factor which is uncontrolled. The 23rd hexagram of the I ching is associated with the downfall of unjust rule. Because of this matrix of ideas 23 is heavily associated with Discordianism. 2 and 3 are the first two prime numbers, and their sum, 5, the third. 23 interfaces the matrix of the human nervous system, represented through 5, with the chaos of the universe- to harmonize experience through found meaning (23×3=69).
As post-modern as the neoteric significance of 17 and 23 may seem, the significance of 1723 is even more so. Some have speculated that 1723 is reference to the year 1723- citing Vivaldi’s composition of “The Four Seasons” as resonant with the cycles of nature, or the foundational work of modern Freemasonry, “Anderson’s Constitutions”, as indicative of some Masonic conspiracy. If there is a conspiracy, in this case it is on them.
Others have taken the sum of 17 and 23, 40, to draw from the numerous mythic and legendary references to that number….40 days in the desert, 40 days and nights of the flood, Alibaba and the 40 thieves etc. All of these associations are fine, and as with all things esoteric, there is no definitive “right” answer. Signs are surrounded by shells of meaning, no single shell conclusively describes the sign.
Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocal connects virtual networks through Port 1723. Using this virtual reality as a metaphor for the interactions between minds- Port 1723 is the access point for information exchange between minds, lines secured through common language ques and signifiers. As Port 1723 is “hackable” through packet spoofing, the mind is ‘hackable” through similar use of language ques and semiotic devices. You will find that the hyperreality of the internet is like a self-similar fractal of the actual reality from which it is constructed as a mechanical metaphor.
To deconstruct the analogy of 1723 is to come to the bare bones of reality interfacing. Whatever meaning you may find in it, if any at all, is entirely subjective as your personal significance, given the data stream which is available to you. But beyond the data stream, beyond the mechanics- what do you really want out of it all? 1723 is a tool and your inner most self is that unseen hand which wields it
special thanks to Frank Conrad for helping me with this article.