The 6th century B.C.E. philosopher Pythagoras
taught that each number had
it's own peculiar character, virtue and properties.
One is the number of essence. It is the
symbol of identity, of equality, of
existance, of conservation and of general harmony.
Having no parts, a
single unit, announces order, peace and tranquility,
which are founded on
unity of sentiments; consequently, one is a good
The number two, the origin of contrasts, is the
symbol of diversity, or
inequality, of division and of separation.
Two is accordingly an evil
principle, a number of bad augury, characterizing
disorder, confusion, and
Three is the first of unequals; it is the number
containing the most sublime
mysteries, for eveything is composed of three
substances. It represents
divinity, the soul of the world, the spirit of
man. It is meditation,
atonement, completeness--beginning, middle, end.
Four, the first mathematical power, is also one
of the chief elements. It
represents the generating virtue, whence come
all combinations; it is the
most perfect of numbers; it is the root of all
things. Pythogoreans swear
by the quaternary number, which gives the human
soul it's eternal nature.
The number five has a peculiar force in saced
expiations; it is every thing;
it stops the power of poisons, and is redoubted
by evil spirits.
Six is a fortunate number, the number of luck
and chance. It derives its
merit from the first sculptors having divided
the face into six portions.
According to the Chaldeans, the reason is, because
the world was created in
Seven is a number very powerful for good or evil.
It is the number of the
entire cosmos. It belongs especially to
The number eight is the first cube, that is to
say, squared in all senses,
as a die, proceeding from it's base two, and
even number; so is man
four-square, or perfect.
The cube of three being nine, nine is regarded
as the extent to which
numbers could go, all others being embraced and
revolving within it. Ten but
recommences a fresh series capable of infinite
expansion. Nine should be
regarded as sacred.
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