Note! If you already have a firm understanding of
number systems, and have been guided in your own way as to how such
a system is effectively applied to the Cards, please utilize it
in place of--or in combination with--what is presented here.
There are many different ways to interpret the numerical significance
of the cards of each suit in the Book of Cards. This presentation
has been greatly inspired by Willis Whitehead's book 'The Mystic
Humanity has developed the language of 'Number' to represent the
phenomenal reality of the cosmos. Before number can evolve
however, there needs to be a space within which to work. This
is represented by the zero. The zero provides the space for
all possible evolution of number. It represents the potential
of all number, while at the same time represents no number.
The zero is drawn like a circle (more like an ellipse) to represent
that it has no beginning and no end. In our mathematics, dividing
any number into zero will always return zero--not a good idea if
you work in finance. In addition, dividing any number by zero
is undefined (or is it infinite?).
Note: The common number system that is in use today is called
the base 10 number system. This means that there are 10 primary
digits (0 - 9) that can be used in combination with each other to
form a mathematical language. The potential of any digit is
always the greatest number in its base system. So for the
base 10 system, the number 9 is of greatest significance, and as
we have seen, the number 0 will leave you with nothing (no-thing
is a great idea if you are learning to let go, but it sure is an
empty feeling). The phenomenal nature of the '9' has been
described in 'The Mystic Test Book', 'The Mystic Thesaurus' (see
Willis F Whitehead), and other such mystical
sources that would fill volumes if all tabulated and correlated.
For the purposes of this study, the '9' will represent the culmination
of our evolutionary process, as well as the location allotted for
the adjusting and balancing of all limitations encountered through
One - The symbology of 1 was (probably)
first described as a circle (zero) with a dot in the center.
In ancient symbology this symbol also stood for the Sun, or the
source of all life (and number). From 1 comes everything else
(of course without zero, one would have nowhere to stand).
One is an expression of the state of pure consciousness, a representation
of the infinite. Any number divided by 1 will always return
itself. Therefore, 1 has been termed the number of identity.
There is complete harmony in the state of 1, as there are
no distortions present there. Equally though, since there
is nothing but 1, there is no way to experience it; it just IS.
But in the stillness of universal consciousness resides the
harmonic principle of duality, in its potential state. Therefore,
the Creator, in an effort to experience Self, projected the Soul
into the realm of duality in order to create the opportunity for
experience. And it is this projection of Creator that then
is exposed through the principle of number.
Two - Though 2 can be visualized as
a product of 2 ones, it is also in and of itself, prime. Two,
as represented by duality, exists in a myriad of forms throughout
the cosmos and, as such, must be considered as an entity all of
its own. In the realm of duality (2), we have the phenomena
of, for instance, the laws of attraction and repulsion, the polarities
of yin and yang, the numbers odd and even, cause and effect, etc.
In this dualistic realm, one cannot be created or destroyed without
also creating or destroying its counterpart (see "The
Three - Three is the first created
number, being the product of 1 and 2. It exists as the union
of 1 and 2, being the child of that union. It cannot exist
without either one of them, and as it dissolves, it returns to them.
Due to the requirements just stated, 3 is best represented as the
number of creation, or of that which is created.
Four - Just as 1 corresponds to 2,
2 corresponds to 4 in a similar way. Thus 4 is also revealed
as a prime number. The best example of this is the symbol
of the '+', or cross. It is not enough to say that the circle
is divided by 2 twice. Four represents the phenomenal manifestation
in nature described through the 4 directions, the 4 suits, the 4
elements, the 4 cardinal points of the zodiac, the angles of a square,
etc. Due to its association with the manifestation of nature,
it best represents the structure through which the cosmos is built.
Seven - The product
of the 3 primary numbers (1, 2 and 4) gives 7, which has been
termed the number of Potency. The numbers 5 and 6 are
created numbers from the primaries 1 + 4 = 5 and 2 + 4 = 6.
When we build a triangle pointing up of the prime numbers
(1, 2 and 4), and intersect it with another triangle of the
created numbers pointing down, you have the diagram at the
left. This figure, representing the interlocking of
2 triangles, will be found in a number of metaphysical and
mystical texts. In 'The Mystic
Thesaurus' this has been termed Solomon's Seal.
Number Base Set - Any number system
will have a unique set of numbers that represents its base set.
Our common number system is the base 10 system, represented by the
numbers 0 - 9. Every digit represents a placeholder that can
contain any number of that base set. When counting goes beyond
the largest number of a base set, an additional digit is added to
the front of the number and counting starts again with the lowest
number of that base set. This fundamentally represents an
octave shift, or harmonic.
Since there are 4 suits, I have grouped the numbers representing
the members of a suit into 4 sets as shown below. The diagram
on the left below shows that the number 7 is at the center of each
suit as represented using the suit of Hearts (see 'The
Mystic Test Book'). The remaining 3 diagrams show that
the groupings are done such that the 7 stands alone, and represents
the fundamental connection that our Soul makes between Spirit (Father/Heaven)
and Matter (Mother/Earth).
These groupings have been provided simply to inspire the reader
with ideas as to how to approach the representation of number as
it relates to the birth
card of an individual. There are numerous representations
that could be made regarding the numbers that represent a suit of
the Book of Cards. Let's take, for example, the diagram above
representing 2 sets of 6 members each (2nd from left) - leaving
the 7 to stand alone as described above.
The first diagram signifies that an event occurs when the 3 primary
numbers align to form the triangle of Spirit (top circle).
The manifestation automatically creates the dualistic counterpart,
being the triangle representing the 3 created numbers of Matter
Astral Magnetism draws them together as shown in the 2nd diagram.
It shows that at the merging of the heavenly and earthly triangles,
the number 7 is created, representing the spirit behind manifestation.
At the moment
that the interlocking triangles converge (2nd diagram), another
event occurs (as 1 is to 2, 2 is to 4) which is shown in the 3rd
diagram. The top circle represents our physical plane
opportunity to contact spirit, and the bottom circle is a spiritual
plane replication of the top circle as each number transits through
the 7 revealing its higher octave aspect.
When any number in the bottom circle is added to its counterpart--that
number opposite it through the diagonal--we get the number 21, or (3) 7's. When 21 is reduced
to a single digit it adds up to 3 (shown in the center).
The number 3 is the first created number--being a product of the prime numbers 1 and 2--and is related to the act of creation, or evolution. Here we have what appears to be the authority granted the Soul to incarnate, essentially the power behind the event occurring in the 2nd diagram.
In the 3rd diagram we can see that for every point in
the top circle, we have our higher octave aspect in the bottom circle.
Diagram 4 shows this relationship as the number system is laid
out over the chakra system. Here we find that when the
pairs of numbers at each chakra level are added together we get 14, or (2) 7's. When that
number is reduced to a single digit we are given 5, the number of Soul. This
shows that the purpose for the journey into physical manifestation
is for the evolution of the Soul.
As another example of how the number groupings can be analyzed,
notice the suit of hearts being broken into 3 groups of 4,
leaving the 7 to stand alone. Grouping the numbers into 3
sets of 4 (3 squares of 4 points per square) produces a wonderful
arrangement, especially from the standpoint of symmetry. If
we take the figure (Solomon's Seal) representing the interlocking
triangles shown above --2 triangles having 3 sides each--and
extend that, we get 3 interlocking squares.
When you take any point and add to it its complimentary point
(that which is directly across from it through the diameter),
and reduce that to a single digit, you get the number 5.
The number 5 has often been described as the number of the
Using this new orientation, we now have 4 quadrants having
3 members each. The 4 quadrants relate to the 4 suits--and
the 4 elements being fire, earth, air and water--and the 3
members relate to the 3 qualities of the zodiac, being cardinal,
fixed and mutable. The alignment of a number with an
element and a quality should be considered graphically, rather
than literally. The 7 stands alone and acts as an ambassador
of humanity to our spiritual counterpart (see Higher
First, analyzing each group of 3 we have:
- 1, 5 and 10 - These deal mainly with our fundamental connection
to the cosmos. Similar as to how Aries is the first sign
of the zodiac, 1 (and its related members) are first to venture
out to greet the day. They may have a sort of pioneering
energy about them, having the courage to start new ventures.
These numbers hold the presence of the One.
- 2, 6 and J - These deal greatly in the realm of duality.
The ebb and flow of nature is a great influence on them, and as
they seek to find the proper solution to the workings of nature,
the earnestness of their search guarantees their successful journey
through it. These can be thought of as the Shiva-Shakti
- 3, 8 and Q - These work most effectively in the realm of the
Trinity. They are the Child of the Father-Mother God.
For these numbers to become aligned with their highest purpose,
they often need to play all 3 parts of the trinity; being that
of the lover, the one being loved, and Love itself. But
before they can reveal that, they often need to be the forgiver,
the one being forgiven and Forgiveness itself.
- 4, 9 and K - These are the masters of structure. They
represent the culmination of all previous number groups, as well
as standing in as the archetype for humanity (the 4th dimension).
Through these numbers the true Purpose of humanity will be revealed.
By aligning with the work required by each of the previous number
groups, and actualizing that work required, the the value of their
powerful position will be revealed. From this vantage will these
numbers lay out the new architecture for our social evolution.
In addition, analyzing each of the 3 squares we have the 1st group
of 1, 2, 3 and 4, followed by the 2nd group of 5, 6, 8 and 9,
and finishing with the 3rd group of 10, J, Q and K. Each of
these groups can be analyzed as a whole, where generalized qualities
may be associated with each. Standing outside of these groupings
is the 7. It acts as a pivot point through which members within
each group align with their counterpart in the other associated
groups. In addition, the 7 acts as a conduit between our mundane
reality and that of our spiritual counterpart (see Higher
The diagram on the right is the orientation that I use most often for analyzing number. I find that it best represents the folding action of these numbers. In the story of creation, God created the World in 6 days, and on the 7th day he rested. This story correlates exactly to how the zodiac has been used to expose the division of the lower 6 chakras, with the 7th chakra being transcendental. In the state of 'Rest', all conscious activity has ceased and the mind is in a state of contemplation.
The first folding happens about the 7, with the 6 physical chakras aligned as the left leg (looking at the diagram). These 6 chakras are associated with our conscious mind, whereas the second 6 chakras, numbers 8 to king, are associated with our subconscious mind. The numbers 5 to 9 at the top are shaded to indicate that they too will fold, this time about the 4. This second folding is fundamental for the human kingdom as we live in the realm of the 4th dimension. All dimensions beyond the 4th are mirrored and reflected within. With this configuration, the numbers 5 to 9 provide access to either our super-conscious or unconscious mind. Our karmic history bubbles up from the unconscious, providing the evolutionary work to be done in our waking life. Through the interaction, and cooperation, of the conscious mind and subconscious mind, the intuitive body awakens in reflection of our super-conscious mind.
The descriptions presented above are provided as examples, and
are intended to serve as inspiration to the reader in awakening
their own journey through the number system. I feel that it
is best that each card reader do their own research in numerology,
which will naturally uncover meanings for these numbers that are
most attractive to their driving desire.