The Egyptians gave symbolic meaning to numbers.
The occult powers that numbers hold are eternal, though their significance is periodically lost. The observations 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 larger number. Zero implies the pure potentiality of the divine and the point from which all other numbers spring forth. Even visually this number is symbolic of the egg that gave birth to the number sequence. Zero is also the number of unity, as seen in the winged disc and the ouroboros.
One is genesis—creation. In the alchemical tradition, it is the opposite of zero.
The first feminine number represents the twin serpents of duality—unmanifest and manifest, unconscious and conscious, yin and yang. It is also associated with the binary system, mitosis and the vesica pisces.
The first masculine number is symbolised by the triquetra (and the Reuleaux triangle within). It can also represent the Holy Trinity—the unity of brain, heart and gut. So the Merkaba implies the union of light, 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 balance, the pentagram and all 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. 5 is the divine number of balance because the reversed pentagram crosses the heart and third eye as discussed here.
This is the number of the hexagon, whose side length is equal to the radius of the circle that it circumscribes. As the number of life, 6 is also a perfect number. The hexagon represents creation or the archetype of the Soul of the World. 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. 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 power, abundance and balance. As the eighth chakra it is the number of infinity or God as Man. It is a symbol of the inverted octahedron creating form from spirit. 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 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, 909 and 1,242 can have their digits summed to verify this reduction. So nine is 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. 11 is intuitive to the point of being psychic, channeling its wisdom and justice 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 the beginning of a journey.
12 represents the dodecagram as a 12-pointed star. The 12/4 dodecagram is really like a rotating triangle. It indicates the complete energy system of the human body and the cosmos that we call LIFE. The dodecahedron is a Platonic solid with 12 pentagons as faces. It can help you to raise your frequency and to connect with higher dimensions. It’s the perfect tool for meditation.
This number signifies death and rebirth. 13 is an integral part of creation and is also known as 12+1. It is a Fibonacci number and a prime. 13 is a symbol of change, and can represent a move into a higher state of consciousness. 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 and implies the life force once called heka. As the ninth prime, this centred triangular number, centred hexagonal number and octahedral number is also known as the magical “Number of Surrender”. As the letter S, 19 leads to sublimation. 19 in base-10 is 23 in base-8.
V is the 22nd letter of the alphabet. This pentagonal number implies the word “veracity” or the truth of Ma’at. The V shape is the tip of Excalibur, or the spiritual sword penetrating into the stone of the material world. This divine letter can be found in the V.I.T.R.I.O.L anagram and Crowley’s V.V.V.V.V initialism. The Universe is the 22nd card of the Major Arcana (including the Fool) and the last. To find the Universe in your cards is to experience a great wholeness—the moment when your inner and outer worlds align.
This number is associated with the Royal Star of the Lion because on August 23 Regulus (as the High Heart of Leo) conjuncts the Sun. So 23 represents the union of the feminine (2) and masculine (3). As the balance of faith and truth, 23 heralds the loving emergence of Universal Man. Normal human sex cells have 23 chromosomes. In the octal system it is written as 238 which is a harmonic of the Alpha and Omega (1910). The 23rd prime is 79, the atomic number of gold.
There are 26 faces of the rhombicuboctahedron. This is the master energetic shape of an enlightened being. It is also the atomic number of iron and the number of spacetime dimensions in bosonic string theory. Here we are reminded of Giza, which is the stereographic projection of a rhombicuboctahedron. 26 is a repdigit in base three (2223) and in base 12 (2212).
This centred dodecahedral number represents the life force of the master teacher. It is the state of unconditional love or infinite peace we call enlightenment. Temporally, it is the number of years for the Lunar phase to return to its original position in relation to the Solar calendar.
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.
The quintessential number! More than just a pentagonal number, a centred pentagonal number and a stella octangula number, 51 degrees is also the most common angle in the Sri Yantra and certain structures that are based on it: the pyramids. 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”. 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). The square symbol represents structure, balance and logic—the laws of nature that exist in the physical realm and how they give us a sense of predictability and security. The speed of light is 144,000 arc minutes per grid second, a harmonic of 144,000 cycles per second (144 Hz).
This number signifies the triangle, octahedron and the heptadecagon. Not a prime, this number has eight factors: 1, 3, 7, 11, 21, 33, 77 and 231. It is a sphenic number, triangular number, doubly triangular number, rectangular number, hexagonal number, octahedral number, centered octahedral number and heptadecagonal number.
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.
This “number of the beast” is the sum of the first 36 natural numbers and is therefore a triangular number. This means that 666 can be interpreted as an inverted triangle or the third eye of light. Since Set dominates the sixth chakra he is the counterbalance for the fourth chakra—the heart of Horus.
This number is a factorial (7!) plus being a superior highly composite number, abundant number and a colossally abundant number. This “anti-prime” has 60 divisors: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 24, 28, 30, 35, 36, 40, 42, 45, 48, 56, 60, 63, 70, 72, 80, 84, 90, 105, 112, 120, 126, 140, 144, 168, 180, 210, 240, 252, 280, 315, 336, 360, 420, 504, 560, 630, 720, 840, 1008, 1260, 1680, 2520 and 5,040. Conversely, this number is also the sum of 42 consecutive primes: 23 + 29 + 31 + 37 + 41 + 43 + 47 + 53 + 59 + 61 + 67 + 71 + 73 + 79 + 83 + 89 + 97 + 101 + 103 + 107 + 109 + 113 + 127 + 131 + 137 + 139 + 149 + 151 + 157 +163 + 167 + 173 + 179 + 181 + 191 + 193 + 197 + 199 + 211 + 223 + 227 + 229.
6,174 is known as Kaprekar’s constant after the Indian mathematician D. R. Kaprekar. Kaprekar’s routine will always reach its balance point, 6,174, in at most seven iterations. There are 9,990 four-digit numbers that are not repdigits—the location of Kaprekar’s constant among them is (6,174/9,990) or the golden ratio. When charted, Kaprekar’s Kernel produces an inverted pentagram within an 11-petalled flower.