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The Meaning Behind Numbers

Updated on March 20, 2013

The Spiritual and Cultural Meaning Behind Numbers

"Numbers Rule the Universe." - Pythagoras


Numbers and their meanings have always held a special place in both our scientific and spiritual realms.

Kabbalists were the first to practice what we now think of as numerology by exploring the mystical meaning behind numbers. They assigned each letter of the Hebrew alphabet with a specific number to turn numbers into words.

The word "numerology" originates from both the Latin word "numerus"; meaning "number", and the Greek word "logos", meaning "word, thought, and expression".

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Here we will examine some commonly held cultural and spiritual meanings behind the numbers zero to nine. According to Pythagoras; "nine is the limit of all numbers, all others existing and coming from the same". Thus zero to nine are all that are needed to describe the infinite world of numbers...

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The Number Zero

Endless Perfection

Zero derives from the Latin "nulla figura", meaning "no figure".

Zero was once ignored as having no real meaning. Now, zero symbolizes new beginnings and transformation. As an empty circle, zero represents both the vast emptiness and the endless fullness of the universe.

Chinese: The void.

Kabbalism: Boundless, no limits.

Pythagorean: Pythagoras saw zero as representing the perfect number.

Guide to Numerology

The Complete Book of Numerology
The Complete Book of Numerology

The Complete Book of Numerology reveals the underlying meaning behind the numbers in your life and enables you to understand the connection between your numerological patterns and your degree of abundance, health, and general well-being. Overall, delving into the world of numbers will provide you with a simple and accurate way to decipher your experiences in the same manner that a road map helps you navigate a route that you haven’t previously traveled.

 
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one

The Number One

The Beginning

The number one can symbolize a single entity or total unity. Undivided: one is the universal representation of the beginning, the middle and the end.

Chinese: One is an auspicious yang number; both masculine and spiritual in nature. It also represents a single seed that creates new life.

Christianity: " In the beginning, there was only one..." God the Father.

Pythagorean: One is the source of all things.

Unity Sand Ceremony Vases

Lillian Rose Glass Unity Sand Vase Set
Lillian Rose Glass Unity Sand Vase Set

One will inspire you to discover How will I make a difference...how will I give something back...how will I give something beautiful to the world? It is said that we all come into the world with special gifts in our hands designed to make the world a better place. The purpose of One is to inspire you to discover and celebrate your special gifts and, above all, to share them with a world that truly needs you.

 

The Number Two

Duality

The number two represents the duality of the universe; night and day, black and white, good and evil.

Chinese: The Chinese believe that everything in heaven and earth is created by the interaction of two opposing forces, known as yin and yang.

However, depending on the region, two can be seen as either auspicious or unlucky. Some say it doubles good fortune, like the symbol for double happiness. When viewed as an unlucky number, it is associated with an excess of yin (female) energy.

Christianity: Two represents the dual nature of Jesus Christ combining both man and the Son of God.

Pythagorean: Two is the divided being. This is represented in the Greek god Janus; who has two faces. He sees both inward and outward and carries the wisdom of both the past and the future.

Two Mandarin Ducks for Love

Mandarin Duck Couple (Rose Quartz Male/Female)
Mandarin Duck Couple (Rose Quartz Male/Female)

Mandarin ducks are potent symbols of love, affection, fidelity and devotion. This translates to loving couples and marital bliss. Made from delicate rose quartz, these Mandarin Ducks are depicted sitting on a lotus leaf. They are always in a pair, it is said that if the ducks were separated, they would pine for each other and die of loneliness.

 

The Number Three

The Spiritual World

The number three, is regarded as a sacred number in many ancient cultures, often representing heaven or the spiritual world.

Chinese: Three is auspicious, like the three-legged toad; which brings fertility and good fortune.

Christianity: Three represents the Holy Trinity - God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Pythagorean: Three means completion and heaven.

Celtic Triquetra Pendant

Sterling Silver Celtic Triquetra Pendant
Sterling Silver Celtic Triquetra Pendant

This three-pronged knot symbolizes the Celtic philosophy that everything has 3 distinct yet interlocked levels - physical, mental and spiritual. When the Celts embraced Christianity they used this symbol to represent the Holy Trinity. Each triquetra (triangle) has one solid line that gives strength and protection to the wearer.

 

Three Legged Toad - Brings Prosperity and Wealth

Three Legged Toad Money Frog Chan Chu Symbol of Prosperity in Feng Shui
Three Legged Toad Money Frog Chan Chu Symbol of Prosperity in Feng Shui

Money Frog Money Frog (also called Three Legged Toad or Frog or "Chan Chu") is the most significant symbol of prosperity in Feng Shui. It is linked to the moon and associated with monetary gain, wealth and good health. Chinese legends had said Money Frog was the wife of one of the the Eight Immortals. She was being punished for stealing the peach from the heaven. Naturally greedy, she craves for money and wherever people see a Three Legged Frog, there is a bed of money surrounding it.

 

God's Math

"The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God."

~ Euclid

The Number Four

The Physical World

In western cultures, four highlights properties in the physical world. These include the four elements; fire, water, air and earth, the four seasons and the four cardinal points; north, south, east, and west.

Chinese: Four is the number of the earth, symbolized by the square. Alternately, in other Asian cultures, the number 4 is considered unlucky because it sounds similar to their word for "death".

Christianity: In the bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the four "evangelists" put on earth to spread Jesus' message.

- There are four cardinal virtues; prudence, fortitude, justice, and temperance.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

"There are said to be four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth." (Rev 7:1)

Pythagorean: Four is perfection; representing harmonious proportion; justice and the earth.

The Four Fold Way

The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary
The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary

A leading expert on native spirituality and shamanism reveals the four archetypal principles of the Native American medicine wheel and how they can lead us to a higher spirituality and a better world.

 

The Number Five - Elemental Forces

Five represents the five senses; taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing.

Chinese: The number five symbolizes the five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal.

Christianity- Sacrifice is manifested by the five wounds of Christ on the cross, his hands, feet, and side.

Occult: The five pointed star depicts individuality and spiritual enlightenment. When pointed upward it highlights learning, when pointing downward it represents witchcraft, and it is used in black magic.

Pythagorean: The marriage of heaven and earth.

Five Elements of Feng Shui

Chinese Gifts / Chinese Home Decor / Chinese Wind Chimes: Chinese Feng Shui Wind Chime - Five Elements
Chinese Gifts / Chinese Home Decor / Chinese Wind Chimes: Chinese Feng Shui Wind Chime - Five Elements

Add feng shui and tranquility to your life with the elements of wood fire earth metal and water

 

The Number Six

Creation and Harmony or Imperfection

Six represents equilibrium, harmony and balance. As two interwoven triangles, It symbolizes a union of male and female. One triangle pointing up, is masculine and is associated with fire and the heavens. The other triangle pointing down, is feminine and is associated with flowing waters and the earth.

Chinese: In Chinese culture there are six senses: taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing, and the sixth is the mind. The number six in Chinese, sounds similar to another Chinese word meaning "flowing, or smooth", therefore it is considered to bring blessings, happiness and luck.

Christianity- Six is man's number, because God created man on the sixth day. It can also symbolize man's imperfection because it falls short of the perfect number seven.

666- The number of the Beast.

"This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666." (Rev 13:18)

Kabbalism: Six is creation, and beauty.

Pythagorean: Luck

Six Numbers that Shape the Universe

Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe
Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape The Universe

Just six numbers govern the shape, size, and texture of our universe. If their values were only fractionally different, we would not exist: nor, in many cases, would matter have had a chance to form. If the numbers that govern our universe were elegant--1, say, or pi, or the Golden Mean--we would simply shrug and say that the universe was an elegant mathematical puzzle. But the numbers Martin Rees discusses are far from tidy. Was the universe "tweaked" or is it one of many universes, all run by slightly different, but equally messy, rules?

--Simon Ings, Amazon.co.uk

 

The Number Seven

Perfection, Luck, Healing

The number seven is considered lucky by many different cultures and religions.

Christianity- Seven is God's number and is the number of perfection. God rested on the seventh day. It represents virtue, and self-sacrifice.

When seven doves surround the letters "SS" (Latin abbreviation for "Spiriti Sancti" or "Holy Spirit") they bring the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit;: power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise. (Rev. 5:12).

It is believed in some western cultures, that the seventh son of a seventh son has the power of healing and that the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter has the gift of interpreting dreams.

Chinese: Seven symbolizes "togetherness". It is thought to be a lucky number for relationships.

Kabbalism: It relates to Man's feelings and instincts - to his sexuality.

Pythagorean: Seven is a cosmic number; with the number three representing heaven and the number four representing the earth- equaling seven.

Lucky Seven Charm

Number "7" 925 Sterling Silver Dangle Charm/ Bead for Pandora, Biagi, Chamilia, Troll and More Bracelets
Number "7" 925 Sterling Silver Dangle Charm/ Bead for Pandora, Biagi, Chamilia, Troll and More Bracelets

Throughout the ages the number 7 has defied the law of averages and confounded mathematicians.

For many of the powerful and wealthy, the number 7 is a symbol of luck and good fortune.

Carry the Lucky 7 with you and you may experience:

- A dramatic turnaround of events in your favor

- Increased Lucky Streaks

- A noticeable reduction of bad luck, depression, A knack for being in the right place at the right time

If you believe numbers play an important role in your life, experience what the Lucky Number 7 can do for you (Chain Included).

 

The Number Eight - Infinity, Prosperity

Infinity: The Greek symbol for infinity looks like the number eight laid on its side.

Chinese: Believe that eight is a sacred, lucky and very powerful number.

- 8 triangles represent the I-Ching or the "Book of Changes", (an ancient Chinese divination guide).

- The two numbers 8-8 together, resemble the Chinese pictograph for "Double Happiness."

- In Mandarin, the sound for "eight" is similar to that for "prosperity or wealth"; while in Cantonese, it is similar to the sound meaning "fortune".

Christianity: Eight represents rebirth or resurrection.

Occult: Eight is linked to magic and illustrates the delicate balance of universal forces. It represents perfection, duality, and the unity between male and female.This is a very powerful and cosmic symbol to use in your home.

Pythagorean: Eight exemplifies solidarity and stability.

Double Eight Helix Windchime - 8-8

Red Carpet Studios Ltd. Cosmix Spinner Green and Copper - 14" long
Red Carpet Studios Ltd. Cosmix Spinner Green and Copper - 14" long

This 14" Double Cosmix Helix is a marvel to watch. Hanging outside, the wind rotates the inner helix one way, while the outer helix rotates the other. Indoors on a motor, it makes a beautiful kinetic sculpture that inspires peace and balance.

 

Lucky Number Eight Gifts

The Number Nine

The Foundation, Long Life

Chinese: The number nine, is considered especially auspicious and means long life in China. This is because the word for "nine" sounds similar to the word for "long-lasting".

Christianity: There are nine choirs of angels, nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, and nine refers to the Holy Trinity in the form of 3 times 3.

Kabbalism: Nine symbolizes a foundation.

Pythagorean: Nine is the limit of all numbers, zero to nine are the source of the infinite amount of numbers that make up the universe.

Your Thoughts on Numerology

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      I have always been fascinated by numbers, too! I believe that 44 is the sign of an angel. I always "follow" 44's. Very interesting lens on an unusual subject.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Excellent work. A kot more to all this than I ever realised. Enjoyed reading it.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      I love any numbers that could divide three, like 3, 6, 9, 12, and I am used to adding numbers whenever I saw them to see if they follow the tradition, weird ?

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      timthehippie 5 years ago

      @Joan4: Joan4, I will be making the change from 44-45 on the 28th of this month!

      :o)

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I've never really studied numerology, but I do have a habit of adding numbers up in my head sideways......like 1234 would equal 10 which then added together would equal 1. Don't know why I do this, but I've done it for over 50 years now. lol

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      It's very deep but I've no doubt it is a sound system. Liking this lens lots!!

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      AishwaryaTiwari1 4 years ago

      Loved reading this lens.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Numbers are indeed fascinating. It's nice to know what various numbers symbolize in different cultures. It's also amazing how the binary numeral system was developed using just ones and zeros which has been used in building complex circuitry.

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      I am obsessed with numbers!

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      Rowangaia 4 years ago

      I love this lens! Thanks, from a six.

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      OMENA777 4 years ago

      Love your lens. Thanks from a 7 & 3

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      JenMcG 4 years ago

      @ajgodinho: The information on number 5 is incorrect. Witchcraft does not use an inverted pentagram. It uses the pentagram shown for the reasons it is shown. Most Witchcraft does not follow "Dark Arts" or what ever is said. It is using the elements listed for positive results period. Correct information needs to be given. Not slander.

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      beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

      I like what you've done here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a great, informative lens!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I've only recently become interested in numbers - so this is all new and fascinating to me! Thank you for the primer!

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      Aquavel 4 years ago

      I love reading about numbers and the symbolism behind them. beautiful lens and visuals!

      ~ Never been clear on that 666 number. Your quote from Revelations says "â¦let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number." Is the number considered evil because it represents Satan or because it points to man and his imperfections? Always confused about this one.

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      sharadkgupta lm 4 years ago

      I always keen to learn more about numbers. This lens gives me more information about numerology.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There does seem to be more than a little something to it....I just can't seem to remember much and found your study to be an excellent refresher....very nicely presented!

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      seodress 3 years ago

      Enlightening info. Great lens.

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I found numerology to be interesting. The numbers do offer direction and understanding of self. But at the same time there is free will.

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      Stevynson 23 months ago

      That's quite OK.

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