Meaning of Number 4
Number four is the number of stability, order and completion of justice
Number four is the number of the square.
Number four symbolizes building a strong foundation.
There are four cardinal points:
North – South – East – West
There are four winds.
There are four phases of the moon.
There are four seasons.
In the West we have four elements: earth – air – fire – water.
A Perfect Number
The Pythagoreans believed the number four, the Tetrad, was a perfect number.
They taught that the Tetrad symbolized God.
In Pythagorean philosophy there are four parts to the soul:
mind – opinion – science – sense
especially if it is found unexpectedly.
Each of the four leaves symbolizes something special:
hope – faith – love – luck
The fourth year anniversary is traditionally celebrated with fruits and flowers in the Western world.
Astrology and the Tarot
Number four is the number of Mars. Number four is lucky for Leo and Scorpio.
In the Tarot the number four is the card of the Emperor.
The Emperor represents material goods and worldly authority.
Reversed it means immaturity.
Tetraphobia or the fear of number four is common in East Asia. You may especially notice Tetraphobia in China, Japan and Taiwan.
Many apartment and business buildings, hospitals, and hotels will skip the room and floor number four. The same goes for the industry and their military vessels.
When visiting never give a present made up of four pieces, for example never give four flowers. That would be a huge insult.
The four sets of four strips symbolizes: four seasons – four directions – four corners of the earth – four elements
Book of Gates
In the “Book of Gates” humans are divided into four different races:
Egyptian – Asiatic – Libyan – Nubian
The Castes in India
In India there were four different castes (classes). Almost every person belonged to one of the four castes. This was determined by birth, you always belonged to the caste of your parents.
Some people were so unfortunate they did not belong to any caste, they were known as the “untouchables”. Today they are called the “Dalits”. There were strict rules for what each caste could or could not do. Each caste also had many subcastes.
Even though the government now has outlawed the caste system, it is still practiced in many parts of India. Being a vital part of the society of India for over two thousand years, it has proven to take time to change the way of life and thinking.
The four castes are:
Brahmins : priests, scholars and philosophers
Kshatriyas: warriors and rulers
Vaishyas: traders, merchants and farmers
Shudras: laborers and servants
Four Thieves Vinegar
Four thieves vinegar was a secret herb mix believed to be consumed by thieves during the plague in France.
The London fire lasted four days. It started on September 2, 1666 on Pudding Lane in the house of the King’s baker.
Over 13000 houses burned down and almost 90% of the City’s population lost their homes.
To be Hung, Drawn and Quartered
To be hung, drawn and quartered was the full punishment for high treason in medieval England. The condemned prisoner was sentenced to be dragged on a wooden frame to the place of execution (drawn) be hanged by the neck until almost dead (hung) be beheaded and divided into four parts (quartered)
Edward Despard was the last person to be sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered on February 21, 1803.
Picture of a sign outside the Hung, Drawn and Quartered pub in Tower Hill, London.
Round Churches in England
There are only four round churches to be found in England.
1. Temple Church in London
2. The Round Church of St. Andrew the Great in Cambridge
3. The Holy Sepulchre in Northampton
4. Church of St. John the Baptist in Little Maplestead, Essex
James Madison was the fourth president of the United States. 1809 – 1817.
He was the principal author of the US Constitution. Madison was only five feet four tall. His wife, Dolly Todd was 17 years younger. He owned a tobacco plantation in Virginia and had many slaves.
1. Abraham Lincoln - April 15, 1865
2. James A. Garfield - September 19, 1881
3. William McKinley – September 14, 1901
4. John F. Kennedy – November 22, 1963
July 4th is “Independence Day” in the United States. 56 delegates signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776.
Two presidents died on July 4th 1826.
John Adams (2nd president of the US) and Thomas Jefferson (3rd president of the US) both died on the very same day.
James Monroe (5th President of U.S.) died July 4, 1831
A quatrain is a poem or stanza made up of four lines.
The book “The Prophecies” by Nostradamus (1503 – 1566) contains 941 rhymed quatrains.
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