Number symbolism

The Pythagoreans were not the first to give symbolic meaning to numbers.

Numerology is the study of numbers and the occult manner in which they reflect divine vibrations. The secret powers that numbers hold are eternal, though their significance is periodically lost. The definitions below may be used as starting points:


Zero is a noun, a verb and an adjective. It goes from being the symbol for nothing, to indicating a multiplier to being part of an actual number. Zero implies pure potentiality and it is the point from which all other numbers spring forth.  Even visually this number is symbolic of the egg from which the other numbers are born.


It is the first prime number. It is genesis.


This number represents duality, differentiation. Light separating from the darkness, the yin and yang, the two poles. It is also associated with the binary system and mitosis. √2 refers to consciousness. Two is also a feminine number (see the vesica pisces).


This number is symbolised by the equilateral triangle. It represents the unity of brain, heart and gut. The three that are one: the triquetra or the rebirth of consciousness. Three is masculine and derived from vision, love and instinct.


This number represents stability, the base of a pyramid, ground or earth. It can also mean foundation, order. Things related to stability like points of the compass, the seasons and the elements: air, fire, water and earth.


This is the number of man, of biological phenomena. It is represented by the pentagram and also appears everywhere in plant life. Five is the number of love.


This perfect number has a connection to the Flower of Life and the six directions. It is the number of points of a water molecule.


This number is related to the measurement of time: when Sirius rises above the Sun at an altitude of seven degrees it can be seen. The seventh circle is also the centre of the Flower of Life, a place of no dimension, the M point. As God emerges from no time, we have the seven days of creation. Seven is actually a feminine number associated with Seshat. Click here for more.


This number represents power. It has connections with time and infinity, but it is also a power number, meaning wealth and success on Earth: $ comes from S, meaning 8. It is also a symbol of the inverted octahedron creating form from spirit. There are 8 gaps between the 10 human fingers, implying the musical octave.


The number nine is the last of the root numbers (or cardinal numbers) and it has the highest vibrational frequency of any number not including the master numbers (11, 22 and 33). The number nine is associated with the tarot card called The Hermit. As the name suggests, the hermit is always going off alone in search of spiritual wisdom. This number is the embodiment of the Fibonacci spiral and can be described as the number that always returns to itself. Multiples of this number like 81, 126 and 1,242 can have their digits summed to verify this reduction. Nine is the number of universal love and spiritual enlightenment.


Base 10 has been adopted by humanity as our counting cycle. With ten fingers and toes it is easy to see why. It represents completion or the number cycle restarting. Ten is related to earth and all observable phenomena.


Eleven is a master number referring to rebirth or enlightenment. Others turn to 11 characters for teaching and inspiration and are usually uplifted by the experience. 11 is the divine base unit.


This number represents time and the heavens: the 12 houses of the zodiac are above us which again relate to the Flower of Life. The clock turns to signify the passing of time. 13 is situated in the centre of the clock.


This number signifies the initiate. 13 is an integral part of the creation pattern and is also known as 12+1. It is a Fibonacci number and also a prime. 13 is a symbol of transformation, and can represent a re-birth into a higher state of consciousness beyond the Earth plane. Thoth is associated with the number 13.


This is a sacred number associated with the Ankh and immortality. It is expressed in the overt and implied dimensions of the Sri Yantra. 17:12 is the circle/square harmonic that represents divine consciousness. 17 connects the enfolded and unfolded universes.


This is the master builder number and all projects and people who are associated with it meet with success. It signifies large endeavors and realized ambition. It can mean strength, fortitude and ability carried to completion.


23 cycles per second produces the note F# which is an audible harmonic of Earth’s infrasonic vibration. The number 23 is therefore intimitely connected with time. 23.5 Hz is the near field resonance of Earth’s diameter. This is reflected in her axial tilt relative to her elliptic: 23.4 degrees. 23 degrees lets us measure our 26,000 year precessional cycle and our four seasons. When this cycle ends our consciousness changes. 23 is therefore related to time and is a universal numerical influence. Force phenomena like Sunspots have 23-year cycles. Humans also have 23 chromosomes.


This is a divine number that signifies an ascended master. There are 33 energies of man and mitotic divisions, which really describe ALL the fields of force around spirit and the 33 rotations between the Great Pyramid and Earth. These include all the platonic force lines as they dynamically rotate to form the Merkaba. 33 signifies the alpha and omega—a person with supreme talents and aligned will: true power, leadership and holy unions.


This is the 13th prime number, a permutable prime with 73 (which is the 22nd prime number). 37 is the first irregular prime, the third unique prime and the third cuban prime of the form. It is also a centered hexagonal number and a star number.


This number is 101010 in the binary system. It actually means completion, transition or rebirth into a different state. In this sense it is related to 10. Aquarius is associated with Uranus. The planet with 11 rings faces the Sun for 42 Earth years and then turns away for an equal period. Click here to see how 42 is associated with the Royal Cubit.


51 degrees is the most common angle in the Sri Yantra and certain structures that are based on it: the pyramids. 51 degrees is therefore associated with infrasound. This angle can also be derived in a triangle by geometrically using the circle and square to reveal the dimensions of the Earth and Moon. Stonehenge is located at 51 degrees. Not a prime, 51 is made up of 3 multiples of 17. Finally, 51 is also a centred pentagonal number.


This is the 22nd prime number and remains a permutable prime with 37. It is also a star number and the largest minimal primitive root in the first 100,000 primes. 73 is also an emirp, meaning that the reverse of 73 (37) is also a prime number. Finally, it is the smallest prime with a composite sum of digits in base 5.


A Fibonacci number and the square of 12, this number also represents the completion of the time cycle and the levels of energy around man. Reversed, this number reads 441, with a square root of 21 (also 12 reversed). Some orders believe it is the number of years between reincarnative births. 144 also has many references in sacred texts and has redemptive qualities.