The Egyptians gave 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 (God) 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 integers are born.
One is the first prime number. It is genesis—creation.
Two 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 masculine number is symbolised by the equilateral triangle—the Holy Trinity. It represents the unity of brain, heart and gut. The three that are one: the triquetra or the rebirth of consciousness. This shape implies vision, love and instinct.
This number represents stability, the base of a pyramid, ground or earth. It can also mean foundation and things related to order like points of the compass, the seasons and the elements: air, fire, water and earth.
This is the number of love. It is represented by the pentagram and appears everywhere in biological phenomena.
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. It also signifies the hexagon and the hexagram.
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. As God emerges from infinity, we have the seven days of creation. Seven is actually a feminine number associated with Seshat.
This number represents power. It has connections with time and infinity, but also means 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.
Nine is the last of the cardinal numbers and it has the highest vibrational frequency of any integer 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 usually 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 also the number of 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.
This Master Number is associated with spiritual illumination. The most remarkable characteristic of number 11 is its connection to a higher source of wisdom. It is open to vast spiritual concepts and the presence of a greater power. 11 is intuitive to the point of being psychic, channeling its knowledge and meaning from a spiritual source. But this number also has a responsibility to use this gift of awareness to deliver cosmic truths that encourage humanity. The human brain can create structures up to 11 dimensions.
This number represents the dodecahedron because it has 12 faces. 12 also 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.
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 rebirth into a higher state of consciousness beyond the Earth plane. Thoth is associated with the number 13.
This is a sacred number referring to 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.
The Alpha and Omega—19 is made up of the first and last number. As the ninth prime, it is known as the “Number of Surrender”. One provides the power of motivation, progress and ambition. As the letter “S” the number 19 leads to Service and Sublimation. 19 in base-10 equals 23 in base-8.
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.
This number is associated with the Royal Star of the Lion because on August 23 Regulus conjuncts the Sun. As the tenth prime, 23 represents the union of the feminine (2) and masculine (3) and is therefore the number of love, fertility and life. In the octal system is it 238 which is a harmonic of the Alpha and Omega. 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.
This Master Number signifies the Magician—someone who has achieved enlightenment. Really, it refers to a key ratio within the Philosopher’s Stone and the fields of consciousness. 33 signifies a person with supreme talents and aligned will: true power, spiritual 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 is a number, a ratio AND a shape. As a centred pentagonal number, 51 implies the Star of Isis. As a ratio, 0.51 implies the relationship between a pentagon and pentagram. 51 degrees is also the most common angle in the Sri Yantra and certain structures that are based on it: the pyramids. Stonehenge is located at 51 degrees. Not a prime, 51 is made up of 3 multiples of 17.
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.
This is the number of the neophyte or the initiate. Like Neo in The Matrix, it represents the beginning of the spiritual journey. It reminds us of the fool or the person just starting out. Indeed, a person’s spiritual awakening does not happen overnight. This will depend on how accepting they are of the divine forces at work and how willing they are to let this energy flow into their lives. 101 is the number of creation.
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. In quartz the Si-O-Si bond that links two tetrahedra forms an angle of 144°. Summed, 144 equals nine which is the number of enlightenment.