||Numerology and Tarot
|A mystical symbol, not a number. Mathematically and philosophically Zero represents nothing and everything, the two infinite ends of the finite, neither of which is physically attainable.
||God force; the force before entering into manifestation.
In Tarot: The Fool. In some decks the Fool is numbered 22—see below.
Root of all numbers, unity, principle of all things, indivisible
Gender: male and female (containing the odd and even)
Time: The present now
Positive Attributes: Essence; beyond all knowledge
Negative Attributes: chaos, confusion, obscurity, darkness; ambiguous
Mind of Man: Intellect (source of all ideas)
|Divine spark, male principle.
The number One represents ambition and courage; associated with the sun.
In Tarot: Aces/One—Potential, gift, spark, ideas, beginnings; births; initiation, opening, opportunity, starting point. Concentration of will; mindfulness, intention, commencement, focus.
The Magician – male principle; new beginnings and potential as suggested by the four suit symbols on his altar.
First increase; first change from unity; indefinite.
Gender: First female
Time: night and day as a twofold aspect
Positive attributes: power, summit, patience, harmony, root
Negative: strife, falsehood, ignorance, defeat
|Differentiation; female principle.
The number Two represents emotions and harmony.
In Tarot: Personality, feelings; reflection; duality; opposites. Striving for balance; subconscious. Passivity, choice, intuition, inner guidance.
The High Priestess – female principle.
First odd, first number to be called multitude; cause of plurality of numbers; allows power of monad to proceed into energy and extension
Gender: the first male number
Time: Past-Present-Future as a threefold measure of time
Positive Attributes: harmony, good counsel
Mind of Man: Intellect, intelligence, knowledge
|Manifestation; holy trinity of wisdom, love and truth.
The number Three represents creativity, joy and expansion; associated with the planet Jupiter.
In Tarot: Manifestation, foundation, affection, understanding, harmony, beauty, integration, combination, fecundity, growth. Unfolding; co-operation.
First square number among even; second even number
Gender: Female in first extension; to open and shut the recesses of generation
Time: the four seasons
Positive Attributes: Fountain of natural effects; keybearer of nature
Mind of Man: the fourfold division of Man in terms of soul, body, desire
|The Earth; four seasons, four elements; four holy creatures guarding the throne of god (human/air, eagle/water, lion/fire, bull/earth – see Tarot cards Wheel of Fortune, The World).
Will, discipline, construction; associated with planet Uranus.
In Tarot: Grounding, focus inward on self, stasis, boredom, stability, order, completion, turning point. Reason, consolidation; assessment of needs; organisation, establishment.
First number to combine odd and even; second odd number; privation of strife (as a number uniting 3 + 2)
Gender: Male (as odd); male and female (as 3 + 2)
|Humanity. Freedom, mental dexterity, communication; fruitfulness and new learning.
Associated with the planet Mercury.
In Tarot: Challenge, strife, struggle, conflict. Breakdown. Chaos, upheaval, stress. Disturbance, anger, loss (of temper, feelings, security or integrity).
The Hierophant – authority, education, dogma, structure; potential for rebellion.
First perfect number. Gender: Female (as even)
Time: Regeneration (which occurs after 6 x 6 x 6 years)
Positive attributes: harmony, perfection of parts, benevolence, peace, principle
Mind of man: Truth; only number adapted to the soul of Man
|Beauty; creation and perfection.
The number Six represents love, wisdom and responsibility; associated with the planet Venus.
In Tarot: Advancement, reciprocation, sharing, contemplation. Exuberance; co-operation, choice;
The Lovers – responsibility.
Only number in decad that did not arise from any union and does not unite with anything.
Gender: Male (as odd)Time: The lunar cycle as four sets of seven days
Positive Attribute: Veneration
Mind of Man: Dream (vision)
The number Seven is the highest mystical and sacred number; it represents life, higher learning, spirituality and contemplation.
Associated with the planet Neptune.
Male magic (based on anatomy—7 orifices)
In Tarot: Movement, mastery, struggle, new direction, inner growth, self-reflection; discipline, restraint, self-expression, independent action, foresight, indecision.
First cube number among even; first cube of energy
Gender: Female (as fourth even number)
Time: One third of a day; the day divided into 8 + 8 + 8 hours; the eighth day as rejuvenation, or regeneration of the cycle of seven days
|Strength; divine law, authority, materialism; associated with the planet Saturn.
The figure of Eight is a symbol of spiralling motion of the creative forces, also representing karmic justice ‘as above, so below’.
Female magic (based on anatomy—8 orifices)
In Tarot: Energy, thrust, evolution, movement, inspiration, restrictions, evaluating, prioritising, persistence, resilience, expansion.
In the RWS tradition: Justice.
In the Marseille/Crowley tradition: Strength.
First square number among odd numbers; the number which flows around the other numbers within the decad like the ocean around the earth; the first triangular number (3 x 3)
Gender: doubly masculine (as odd and as the first odd square)
Time: the nine months of gestation
Positive Attributes: concord, freedom from strife
|Completeness; end of a cycle; the beginning and the end.
The number Nine represents unconditional service and action.
Associated with the planet Mars.
In Tarot: Solitude, gestation, self-reliance, isolation, integration, experience. Fulfilment, peak, self-awareness, narrow-mindedness, inflexible.
Contains in itself both even and odd
Gender: containing both male and female
Positive Attributes: strength (ruling over all other numbers), faith, necessity
Mind of Man: Memory (as mental calculation)
|Perfection through completeness; return to unity, accomplishment of purpose. Transformation.
In Tarot: Completion of a cycle; endings and beginnings, result, regeneration, release, responsibility, consolidation; new direction or re-commitment; purpose.
The Wheel of Fortune.