By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 14, 2019 at 8:03 AM Photography: Jason McDowell

To determine the numerology of 414 – which is, of course, the area code for Milwaukee – we have to, briefly, understand what numerology is.

Numerology is not a science. It’s also not "hocus pocus" or a fortune-telling device. Numerology can be insightful, but mostly, it’s just fun.

Numerology is an ancient study – and a belief – of the meanings of numbers. Western numerology is based on the belief that all numbers, no matter how large, can be broken down to a single-digit number, meaning between 1 and 9.

For example, the number 33 in numerology is actually viewed as 3+3, which equals 6. The number 122 breaks down to 1+2+2, which equals 5.

In numerology, each of the 1-9 numbers has a meaning. One means the beginning; two means partnerships; three means creativity; four means structure; five means transition; six means balance; seven means spirituality; eight means power and nine means the end.

So. What’s the numerology of 414? The numbers equate to "structure-the beginning-structure," but what does that mean? OnMilwaukee asked a couple of professionals for their take.

Renee Bebeau is an artist who has studied tarot and numerology for more than 20 years. Bebeau sees the two fours as Milwaukee’s structure and supportive nature and the one in the middle as the individual Milwaukee.

"I love the way that the fours bookend the one, representing that we are all individuals and unique (one) and our strength is how we support each other (double fours)," says Bebeau.

When the numbers are added together, they total nine, which in numerology means "the end."

"‘The end’ represents wisdom, experience and the end of a cycle. That says to me that this town has a rich history and is always on the brink of a new chapter, ready to grow new again," says Bebeau.

After adding up 414, Theresa Reed, aka "The Tarot Lady," had insight, as well.

"Nine is the number of completion. When you consider all that Milwaukee has to offer, I would say that Milwaukee is the complete package: good food, great entertainment, fabulous homes and friendly locals," says Reed. "What more could you ask for?"

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.