Happy New Year dreamers! Today’s date is 1/1/11. I’ve been watching people delight in the lining up of the number one which inspired me to share some information about the symbolic meaning of numbers. Below is the term from my upcoming book, Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Tool For Interpreting Any Dream which will be out February 8th. Enjoy!
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Dreaming Focus: Did a number itself feature in your dream? Was it the number of something that was significant? Is there more than one digit or is your dream number from one to nine? Is there calculation involved? Did the number have a specific purpose, such as a phone number or address?
Personal Focus: Numbers are the building blocks for our understanding of how life is constructed. The movement of the earth, moon and other planets are geometrical in nature. Music is simply math expressed as tone. Digital technology reduces various data to numeric sequences and then back again to its original form. Our need to describe physical phenomena led us to create nine whole numbers that, in different sequences, can express anything from gravity, the speed of light, to the way visitors can identify which house on the block is yours.
The universally accepted meaning of numbers is what informs the discipline of numerology. From this tradition we get the foundational and metaphysical interpretation of the nine whole numbers. Use this as a base to inform how you consider the image from your dream with which the number is associated. If there is more than one digit involved, add all the values together until you arrive at a final, single number. For example, if an address is 115 Main Street, you would add one plus one plus five and get seven.
The explanations below are meant to be read in order in one sitting, no matter what specific number you are interested in examining. There is a structure to the way the meaning of each digit expands on its predecessor which will give you a powerful sense of the whole system that will aid you in using numbers in the interpretation process.
One: One represents beginnings and is the starting point of existence. In human terms, it is the self alone. It is the idea before any action is taken. As such, it embodies the concept of potential and that which has yet to happen. In fact, the energy of one is limited by its inability to do anything by itself. However, it also connects to stillness and the cultivation of desire that that precedes movement. One is the beginning of the journey, which can be a very exciting energy. However, this can bring with it the challenge of loneliness and isolation.
Two: When a second joins the one and two is formed, partnership is created. The concept of relativity evolves out of the energy of two, as the one has something to which it experiences itself as relative to. The one can now know itself as self, because there is that which is other. All of the elements of two are embodied in this idea– partnership, duality, opposites, yin/yang, balance, sharing, to name just a few. The shadow side of two is the potential for collapsing into one another and losing the sense of self.
Three: When two are gathered, eventually their energy will create a new element, and a third is born. Three is the number of creativity. A powerful energy, there are many examples of the concept of three: mother, father and child is perhaps the most universal. The holy trinity in Catholicism is another instance. The artist, the paint and the finished work is just one case that can be applied to any creative endeavor. In music, a trine is the simplest and perhaps most pleasing harmony. In the world of geometry, it is only when you have three points to work with that you can create an actual shape and accurately define a location in space. The challenge of three is a lack of grounding and separation from reality. This is because three relates so strongly to the drive to create, that feeling unable to do so would be the fear-based side of this energy.
Four: When you add a fourth point to a triangle, you end up with a square. Four is the number of structure. Once the creative impulse has been satisfied, it is time for solidification, which can be accomplished by the power of four. A wonderful weight-bearing shape, a square is what allows for building the foundation on which the creative energies of three can be supported. Four connects to the establishment of institutions, order, rules and regulations. While a number of great strength, it can engender a sense of limitation and the concept of restraint.
Five: What follows the foundational sense four is the freedom of five. Once a structure has been established, there is now a sense of safety and security for exploration. The number five embodies this expressiveness. The human body expresses the number five as represented by the four limbs and the head. The ability for the body to move about through space is a vibrant and exhilarating experience. In this way, five symbolizes joy and bliss. With this, comes the shadow of freedom; indulgence. This expression of five can carry grave consequences such as compulsion and addiction.
Six: Six is the number of partnership, marriage, creative collaboration and balance. After the freedom of five, there is a need for stability, which is provided by the even number six. This energy can also be seen as a pairing of two threes. If three is about primal creativity at an individual level, combining two systems of three allows for six to engender worldly partnerships and the concept of marriage and union. This number represents partnership on every level: business, social, educational and spiritual. In the personal realms, the number six represents the happy union of opposites within us and the integration of our own opposing forces, such as containing two powerful emotions that contradict each other. The challenge of the six energy connects to responsibility and a sense of burden.
Seven: After all the work in the external world which brought us to the concept of partnership, we are now prepared for a more elevated experience of human expression. Seven is the number of spirituality and higher thought, which is only possible after the basic human needs are met. We are now free to look up and contemplate our existence in a more esoteric manner. Meditation and any consideration of the interior landscape of our humanity is governed by the number seven. This includes thought, contemplation, mysticism, prayer, faith, psychology and any endeavor that seeks to understand life from a higher perspective. This is a number we are all familiar with as significant: seven days of the week, seven deadly sins, seven notes in the diatonic scale. The challenge associated with this vibration is to get lost in the ethers and lose contact with life on the ground.
Eight: After spiritual matters have been made manifest, great abundance is possible. Eight is the number of infinity and all that it implies. This includes wealth of every kind: love, money, bliss, joy and every amazing experience life has to offer. The concept of infinity states that there is no limitation in the universe; that time and space continue forever and ever in a way that is beyond our ability to truly comprehend. When an understanding of infinity and abundance are combined, there is a realization that there is an endless supply of anything you could possibly desire, even those things that you perceive as limited and unavailable to you. Eight is the magic of seven in action. The shadow side to this is greed, hoarding and withholding love.
Nine: The final number in the system is nine, which represents completion and endings. All things must end in order for the inevitable new beginning to follow. Nine embodies that cycle of existence that demands that change occur and that the old give way to the new. We have started the journey alone in the infinite (one), discovered opposites and relativity (two), invented creativity (three), built a foundation (four), expressed freedom (five), partnered with another (six), went inward to find spirituality (seven), expressed and enjoyed the rewards of the outside world (eight), and now we come to a close (nine). The shadow side to the completion energy of nine is the fear that can be associated with endings and death.