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Meanings of the Numeral Signs

The numerals from 0-9 represent successive stages in every cycle of evolution

The numerals from 0 to 9 represent successive stages in every cycle of evolution, whether on the grand scale of the cosmos or on the smaller scale of personal unfoldment. The order in the numeral series reflects an order which prevails throughout creation. It is an ancient doctrine that the Master Builder has ordered all things by measure, number and weight. Everywhere in the universe the properties of number are manifested, whether in the

revolution of planets round the sun, in the whirling of electrons within an atom, or in the arrangement of parts in a living organism. Not so long since a famous relativist declared that number is one of the few things in the universe which is not relative.


0 - NO-THING; the undifferentiated Power preceding all manifestation; absence of quantity, quality of mass; freedom from every limitation; changelessness; the unknown; immeasurable; fathomless; infinite; eternal Source; the Rootless Root of all creation; the sacred ellipse representing the endless line of eternity; the Cosmic Egg; Superconsciousness.

1 - BEGINNING; the first of the numeral series, because 0 stands for that which precedes all manifestation, and therefore is not properly included in the series; inception; initiative; the Primal Will; selection; unity; singleness; individuality; attention; onepointedness; concentration; the definite or manifest, as contrasted with the indefinable Source; Self-consciousness.

2 - DUPLICATION; repetition; Wisdom and Science; opposition; 0 polarity; antithesis; succession; sequence; continuation; diffusion; separation; radiation; secondariness; subordination; dependence; Subconsciousness.

3 - MULTIPLICATION; increase; growth; augmentation; expansion; amplification; productiveness; fecundity; generation; the response of subconsciousness to self-consciousness in the generating of mental images; hence, Understanding.

4 - ORDER; system; regulation; management; supervision; control; authority; command; dominance; the classifying activity of self-consciousness, induced by the multiplication of mental images through the response of subconsciousness to impressions originating in self-consciousness; the Cosmic Order considered as the underlying substance manifested in every form; Reason.

5 - MEDIATION (an idea suggested by the fact that 5 is the middle term of the series of signs from 1 to 9); adaptation; intervention; adjustment; hence, Justice; accommodation; reconciliation; result of the classifying activities symbolized by 4; Subconscious elaboration of these classifications, and the formulation of deductions therefrom. These deductions, projected into the field of self-conscious awareness, are the mental states termed Intuitions.

6 - RECIPROCATION; interchange; correlation; response; coordination; cooperation; correspondence; harmony; concord; equilibration; symmetry; Beauty.

7 - EQUILIBRIUM (the result of equilibration, the concrete application of the laws of symmetry and reciprocation); mastery; poise; rest; conquest; peace; safety; security; art; Victory.

8 - RHYTHM; periodicity; alternation; flux and reflux; pulsation; vibration; involution and evolution; education; culture; the response of subconsciousness to everything symbolized by 7.

9 - CONCLUSION (literally, "closing together", which implies the union of elements that are separate until the conclusion is reached, and has special reference to certain meanings attached to the number 9 through the Tarot Key bearing this number); goal; end; completion; fulfillment; attainment; the final result of the process symbolized by the series of digits; perfection; adeptship; the mystical three times three of the Freemasons, and of other societies which preserve some vestiges of the ancient mysteries.

The meaning of a number consisting of two or more digits may be ascertained by combining the ideas indicated by each symbol, beginning always with the digit on the right-hand or units place. Thus the number 10 combines the ideas of 0 and 1, with 1 considered as the agency expressing the power represented by 0. Furthermore, since 10 follows 9, it implies that the finality represented by 9 refers to a single cycle of manifestation only. The completion of a cycle is always a return to the eternal No-thing, 0; but since 0 is essentially changeless in its inherent nature, the eternal Source is eternally a self-manifesting power.

Consequently a new cycle begins as soon as the previous cycle ends. Thus the number 10 symbolizes the eternal creativeness of the Life-power; the incessant whirling forth of the self-expression of the Primal Will; the ever-turning Wheel of Manifestation. (See the Tarot Key numbered 10). Thus 10 is the number of embodiment, of the Kingdom, and of the manifested Law. It is also a combination of a characteristic masculine symbol (1) with another recognized the world over as feminine (0).

Memorize the numbers and the key words written in capitals.

Set aside ten pages in your occult diary. Head each page with one of the numeral signs and its key word. Then copy each paragraph on the meaning of the numeral signs. This is important. To copy anything is to make it more surely yours than if you merely read it.

As the days pass, whenever you get an idea about the meaning of some number, make a note of it in the proper place in your book. If you come upon something in your reading, copy that, too. At this time do not make any special search for additional information concerning numbers. By this, it is meant that you are not to consult other texts on numbers, nor are you to look up articles on numbers in the occult magazines. Simply make notes on ideas that come to you from your own inner consciousness, and copy anything that seems important, whenever you encounter it in the course of your ordinary reading. The main thing to remember is that you are not to go in quest of numerical information.

It will come to you. It will come without special effort on your part. You will be surprised at the amount of material on the significance of numbers that will seem to flow in your direction as if by magic. After a time this part of your notes will seem to you one of the most valuable sections of your occult reference library.

Another good practice is to look up the exact dictionary definitions of every word in the ten paragraphs of explanation given in this lesson. You will gain a great deal of insight from this exercise.


This informative “Wicca How-To” can be found in:

Tarot Card Meanings: Fundamentals by Paul Foster Case

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