The Egyptians gave symbolic meaning to numbers.
The occult powers that numbers hold are eternal, though their significance is periodically lost. The definitions below may be used as starting points:
Zero is a verb, an adjective and a noun. It goes from being the Prime Mover, to indicating a multiplier to being part of a number. Zero implies the pure potentiality of the divine and it is this point from which all other numbers spring forth. Even visually this number is symbolic of the egg from which the number sequence is born.
One is the first prime number. It is genesis—creation.
Two represents the twin serpents of duality—unmanifest and manifest, unconscious and conscious, yin and yang. It is also associated with the binary system and mitosis. Two is also a feminine number (see the vesica pisces).
This masculine number is symbolised by the Reuleaux 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 Merkaba implies the union of psyche, spirit and soul.
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. 5 is represented by the pentagram and appears everywhere in biological phenomena. It combines the female number two with the male number three. V is the Roman numeral for 5, also the 5th last letter of the alphabet.
This perfect number is associated with harmony and balance. Once spelled SEX, this octahedral 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 sides of the hexagon. Bees and the humming of creation are implied here.
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 the power of life—divinity and infinity. At a mundane level it also means wealth and success on Earth: $ comes from S, meaning 8. It is a symbol of the inverted octahedron creating form from spirit (Isis). There are 8 gaps between the 10 human fingers, implying the musical octave. 8 is also a centered heptagonal number.
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). Nine is the tarot card called the Hermit. This number is the embodiment of the golden mean 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 illumination, rebirth and resurrection.
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 represents spirit. It is open to vast occult concepts and the presence of a greater powers. 11 is intuitive to the point of being psychic, channeling its knowledge and meaning from Source. The human brain can recognise structures up to 11 dimensions. Also written as 101, 11 is also the number of the neophyte. Personified by Neo in The Matrix, it represents creation, or the beginning of a journey.
12 represents the dodecagram and the dodecahedron—the Platonic solid with 12 pentagons as faces. This shape represents life. All prime numbers except for 2 and 3 (as the factors of 12 itself) occur at just four positions of the base-12 cycle—1, 5, 7, and 11. When graphed, they create an elegant waveform that looks just like a DNA spiral. Wherever this intersects the horizontal number line is where the prime numbers can occur. Combining those two overlapping waves together in turn produces a single perfect cosine wave, which appears to represent the vibrational chord of the primes and the path along which each number’s vibration achieves balance.
This number signifies change. 13 is an integral part of creation 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. Isis, Seshat and Heket are 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, this octahedral number is also known as the “Number of Surrender”. As the letter “s” the number 19 leads to service and sublimation. 19 in base-10 equals 23 in base-8.
V is the 22nd letter of the alphabet that implies “veracity”. This is the truth of Ma’at, or the justice principle of God. The V shape is the tip of Excalibur, or the sword of truth penetrating into the stone of the material world. This divine letter can be found in the VITRIOL anagram and Crowley’s VVVVV initialism.
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 it is written as 238 which is a harmonic of the Alpha and Omega (1910). 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 number signifies divinity as humanity. Also written as 303, this number implies an alchemist with supreme talents and aligned will—true power, spiritual leadership and holy unions. 33 also implies the first chakra: the creative power of the cubic sexagon as it morphs into the eighth chakra—the tesseract. This is the salvation of the Soul Star.
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, a star number and a centered dodecagonal number.
This number is the magickal constant and implies the union of psyche, spirit and soul—access to the heavenly realms.
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. More than just a centred pentagonal number, 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 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. It is the smallest prime with a composite sum of digits in base 5 and a centered dodecagonal number.
This Fibonacci number means “God as man” or “man as God”. In other words, atonement can be written as 1 + 4 + 4 = 9. As a healing frequency, 144 Hz manifests the wholeness of the creator in all aspects of our being. 144 is a perfect square—the sum of its digits is a perfect square (9), the product of its digits is a perfect square (16) and its reverse is also a perfect square (441). In quartz the Si-O-Si bond that links two tetrahedra forms an angle of 144°. The speed of light is 144,000 arc minutes per grid second, a harmonic of 144,000 cycles per second (144 Hz).
432 Hz remains a harmonic of the fundamental healing frequency (144 x 3). It is known as Verdi’s A—named after Giuseppe Verdi, the famous Italian composer. It makes sense that singing melodies at 432 Hz would make us feel more balanced because musically this frequency is easier to vocalise. Finally, the majority of instruments unearthed from ancient Egyptian and Greek sites were tuned to A at 432 Hz.
6,174 is known as Kaprekar’s constant after the Indian mathematician D. R. Kaprekar. Kaprekar’s routine will always reach its fixed point, 6,174, in at most seven iterations. There are 9,990 four-digit numbers having at least two distinct digits. The location of Kaprekar’s constant among them (6,174/9,990) is Φ that can be graphed as a cosmic 9. 183 + 182 + 181 = 6,174. When charted geometrically, Kaprekar’s Kernel produces a pentagram surrounded by flowers with 7 and 11 petals—a master mandala (divinity) that inspires our fractal universe.