Meaning of Numbers – Number Symbolism


Numbers Quote by Plato

“Numbers rule all things.”Pythagoras 580 – 500 B.C.E.

Plato called the study of number symbolism “the highest level of knowledge”.

Pythagoras believed numbers had souls, as well as magical powers.

The Pythagoreans divided the numbers into two groups: odd and even, male and female, light and dark etc.

Their most sacred number was number 10.

number 1 meaning
Meaning of number 2
Meaning of number 3
Meaning of number 4
Meaning of number 5
Meaning of number 6
Number 7 meaning
Number 8 Meaning
Number 9 Meaning
Meaning of number 10
Meaning of number 11
Meaning of number 12

Numbers are used in superstitions, religions and in mythology around the globe.

Throughout history the meaning of numbers has played an important role in the life of mankind.

Quote by Emerson

Numbers will always be a part of our daily lives.

This site is dedicated to shed light on the symbolism and the meaning of numbers in various societies.

Trivial fun facts may also be enjoyable for anyone who has a favorite number.

Numbers in Religion

Numbers in religion

Some numbers are sacred in religions.

Number three, four, seven, ten and twelve are a numbers of significance in many religions.

The Trinity, Jesus rose on the third day, Jesus preached the gospel for three years are all examples of number three in Christianity.

In the Bible we have four Evangelists and four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

In Buddhism there are four sights and four noble truths.

In Islam number seven is important; seven heavens, seven times around the Kaaba, seven verses in the first sura are some examples of this numbers importance.

Number seven in Judaism shows up a lot in happy occasions such as weddings as well as sad occasions as sitting Shivah.

Number seven is a repeating number in the Book of Revelation.

Number ten is found in the Ten Commandments, the Ten Gurus, the Ten Avatars of Vishnu, and the Sefirot and so on.

Number twelve shows up in the twelve tribes, twelve apostles, twelve Imams.

In Mythology

numbers in mythology

Mythology actually refers to the religions practiced in the past. These ancient religions also had repeating numbers.

There were three rulers in Greek mythology; Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. Three brothers created the world in Norse myth. Inanna rose from the dead on the third day in Sumerian mythology.

Number nine is important in Norse mythology. There are nine worlds. Odin hung nine days in Yggdrasil, Aegir had nine daughters, and Thor took nine steps before falling dead to the ground and so on.

In Greek mythology we find the famous nine Muses.

Numbers in Fairy Tales

In fairy tales magic numbers are extensively used. We all have heard countless fairy tales containing three wishes or have three challenges. Snow White and the seven dwarfs is a classic tale. The magic numbers in fairy tales are number three, number seven and number twelve.

Personal Year

Meaning of Numbers in Numerology

Understanding numerology might help guide you to a more prosperous life in every aspect.

Numerologists claim they can prepare you for circumstances that are heading in your direction and assist you in making the right decisions for the most positive outcome.

Destiny Number

Numerology is an ancient system unlocking and understand the influences of numbers to help a person become the captain of their own life.

It is a system that claims nothing in your life is random, everything happens for a reason.

Life Path Number

Numerologists teach that the choices you make and the actions you take all have a Numerology equation.

By use of ancient, unique formulas Numerology analyses names and numbers to calculate probable events that can happen to YOU.

Number Symbolism Around Us

Number symbolism is widely used to this day. Take for example the European Union flag. The meaning of the numbers of stars flag is based solely on symbolism and has nothing to do with the number of countries which joined the union.

Fate or Coincidence

Most of us have some kind of favorite number. It may be our birth date or the date of a special occasion in our life.

Others claim that a particular number seems to show up all over the place throughout years of their life. Naturally this number will be of great significance to that person.

The question is whether these numbers truly bring luck or are they just a coincidence?

Our belief about numbers seems to be culture related. The number four is auspicious in the Western world. In Asia it is considered extremely unlucky.

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In the Western world the number thirteen is believed to be most unfortunate by millions of people, so much so that airlines and hotels will often omit the number thirteen to satisfy anxious customers.

Whether or not we believe in number symbolism depends on how “superstitious” we are.

Either way our unconscious mind is a powerful instrument able to bring forth the results we on a deeper level believe to be true.

Some are never in doubt what number is meaningful in their lives and are not afraid to say so. David Beckham loves the number seven, so much that his daughter was named Harper Seven.

Coco Chanel leaves no doubt that her lucky number is number five.

The question is; do you have a number that has a special meaning in your life?

If so, what significance does it have in your life? Does it bring harmony or stress?

Numbers can be captivating and mystical. Numbers are also just fun to play around with.

The meaning of numbers has fascinated countless individuals for centuries.


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  1. A link to this page has been a long-standing inclusion at While its main focus has been the number three, its philosophical interest has had a much wider birth. In particular, while we each may have a personal interest in a particular number identity, when we take all such personal interests into a holistic assessment… it is of value to note that there is a conservation of number taking place. In other words, not all numbers are used and those that are make up only a very small fraction. This I believe is due to an environmental constraint being imposed on our physiology by circumstances which are deteriorating. These incremental deteriorations (Sun burning out, Moon receding, Earth’s rotation slowing) force us to adopt the adaptive strategy of making rationalized adjustments to our belief systems. Be it in business, government, religion or what have you. And this is problematic since our “truth” then becomes little more than a similarity to the notion that beauty is in the eye of the beholder… and as the beholder ages towards death, the vision changes accordingly… as a means of attempting to maintain or regain a relative state of equilibrium. Hence, our views about number meanings must be re-examined in an evolutionary context.

  2. Its crazy how I found this article I don’t know if I’d say randomly cause I was reading my bible in my local languages and wanted to see the real meaning of a verse in Numbers 10:06 and fell on this article. Well first of I’m so very glad and happy to find meaning of some numbers that was giving me a headache by keeping seeing it everywhere and tell it to other people who didn’t get it and thought I was weird or even crazy. So I have very many reoccurring numbers to start my official birthday is 12/12/1991 but it might also really be the 13th or the 14th(long story) but most of them are 21:21, 27, 12,11 212, 07:07, 25,23, 09,05,04 11:11 & 12:12(mostly) and also successing numbers like 78, 89, 1234 and so on. One thing I noticed most of us are christians which might def means something. Thanks for a great article may God bless you all! Amen

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  4. All numbers are important and have a meaning.
    Numbers have been used for thousands of years in civilizations all over the world.
    Everyone has their own unique number sequence (in case you want to know yours), these numbers explain your life in terms of wealth,health and love.

    It helped me to improve myself, hope it does the same for you!
    Much love,

  5. Everyday for the past three months, I’ve been seeing the same numbers almost everywhere I go, and several times a day. This is something that I’ve never experienced before, and I do feel it means something important, but I don’t know what. The numbers I see every day are 10:10, 11:11, 12:12, 1:11, 2:22, 4:44, and 5:55. The numbers I see most often are 4:44, and 11:11. I do not work, so I’m not just clock watching at all. It’s totally unexpected that I keep seeing these numbers everyday, because I’m literally not just watching for them to appear. However, it seems that when I need to check the clock, just to check the time of day, it’s always the same numbers, especially 4:44, and 11:11. It’s not just on clocks though, it’s everywhere I go, the same numbers are always showing up somewhere several times a day, and here lately I’ve been waking up at odd times in the early morning. When this happens, it’s always 2:22 or 4:44. Anyone have an answer for me?

    • I’m not that into numbers but I want to know Jesus Christ more and more. The 4:44 adds up to 12 which I see in the Bible as God’s order. It’s my opinion that you are on a path to know Jesus Christ, God’s Son, more.

    • It’s ok if your a bible humper or not, the other person is obviously. 12 isn’t always related to religion, and 12 can represent sheer happiness.
      4 of coarse, is unlucky in eastern countries, and even planting four bamboo stalk together can mean ‘death’
      If you give someone a bamboo shoot that has 4 stalks it’s considered to be very rude, and giving them it your wishing them to have a ‘death wish’.
      4 Is actually my favorite number, and it’s in instances like yours where I just find it popping up more than usual.
      Double numbers can represent ‘double time’ meaning that it might just represent you living longer.
      Double numbers branch off the original meaning half the time, so if you REALLY want someone to die give them 44 bamboo stalks.
      Triple numbers actually means ‘Three times wealthier’
      This cancels out the original meanings more than often.
      So sending your rival 444 bamboo stalks actually means you wish them to be wealthy.
      Those were just some! Hope it helps. I tried to answer your question without writing a novel.
      Take care.

      **There is actually science that backs up ‘Why you see reoccurring numbers on a clock.’
      You wanted to know the meaning, but take time to google it if you ever get a chance, there is a wild world of speculation out there.***

    • Hi, I just found your blog. It’s very curious. ..interesting. I’ve been experiencing reoccurring numbers through out my life. Sometimes it has been somewhat scary.

      For instance I was born in the 6th month of the 66the year. (666) For years I saw that number daily. My mother used to tell us children it was the sign of the beast. I thought I was cursed. Now I know I am a child of the MOST HIGH KING. NOTHING CAN TOUCH ME, without HIS PERMISSION.
      If I see that number I smile and move forward.

      Another number I have seen regularly through out life has been 69. Ironically, I’m was born in June under the sign of cancer and this number corresponds with the sign of cancer.

      When I was young after having the chickenpox a scar formed in this shape (69) just above my lip as a result of the virus.

      Even further, a couple of years ago I was in a crisis situation and I needed housing immediately. I couldn’t find anything, at the last moment a cute little apartment opened up close to where I needed to move. …the address. ….6996.

      On another note, in 2007 my youngest brother went through some horrendous emotional distress and ended up commiting suicide. The date, 07/07/2007. I was devastated, he was my best friend. It caused so much difficulty for me in every area of my life.

      He was cremated but he had not been buried. We finally settled his cremains last week. …on 08/08/2016. I didn’t realize the significance of the dates until yesterday or so.

      Can you give me any further information or insight into this or these numbers that continue to come up in my life?
      Thank you for your blog.

  6. Ever since December 21, 2012 (my 15th birthday) i haven’t gone a day/week/month without seeing the number 212, and it’s usually when I am in either a really crappy/scared/sad mood or a really amazing/i had the best day of my life mood when I see it. Whether it be a license plate, sign, or someone says it out loud and I over hear it. Thoughts?

  7. Numbers are ubiquitous in the Word. Numbers mean things. If we get the numbers right, we get the interpretation right. If we get the numbers right, we can properly and correctly interpret all of Daniel and Rev. Click the link below:
    The numbers reveal the hierarchical kingdom structure of the future MK. The kingdom will be comprised of three folds consisting of four kingdoms. The three folds are the 30-60-100 folds. The four beasts are the four kingdoms of Daniel 7. The four kingdoms are broken down into kingdoms of: 100 fold Kings, 100 fold Priests, 60 fold Prophets, and 30 fold Servants. The ten horns of Daniel are therefore ten kings of the MK. There is also an 11th and 12 kings. The 12th king is the Messiah. The 11th king is the little horn. The little horn is not the antichrist.

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    • Ok. So I am really late, but information always provides to questions.

      Triple numbers simple mean ‘wealthy/being wealthy/become wealthy’.
      So, if you have those dreams ever again, invest in some stocks, buy lotto tickets and play some slots.

      If you would like a bit more information, just contact me, or look for me answering other questions.

      • that is very egregious advice. triple numbers do NOT always mean money and to suggest even offhandedly that this individual spend money in such a flippant way, based off of your less than average and overarching “interpretation” is completely unethical and plain wrong

  9. This is amazing and scary and infuriating all at once.. But I love it. 222, is my frequent recurring sign. Number 2 is my destiny number and my name number is 1… Really not sure about my name number… 1 is leader qualitys. I am no leader. I don’t think anyway…lol … So lovely to hear so many similar but unique number stories … . big love to all x

  10. My friend and I, who I have a deep connection with both share the same numbers in our birthdays. His -12-16 Mine-6-2 If you take his 12 (December) and my 6 (June) it’s 126 – If you take the 16th and my 2nd – it’s 162. Same numbers
    do you think this has any significance?

  11. Thank you for creating this page. I appreciate this website more than the others I have ran across. Though I research objectively and find my own truth. This page especially, as well as the comments, has been very helpful and inspiring.
    I have always seen patterns in numbers. I generally live my day-to-day life on its balance though often the meaning in some patterns are unclear or sometimes hard to face. If I am being honest my gut instinct doesn’t steer me wrong with my personal interpretations.
    I have little research on the subject other than the basic numerology profile and would like to learn more over a longer period of time at my leisure. Lately, I am in a pattern of 1s 3s and 6s. In triples and doubles or varitions. The triple threes have been a constant presence for me since about 2011 as of recently been around more as doubles usually present with the other numbers. Also, the pattern of 1 2 3 has been glaringly apparent and present. I have the notion it’s about progression and moving forward.
    Please feel free to contact me my alternate email other than the required to post is Either is fine.
    Thanks again.
    -Life path 7, Sarena

    • Number 7 is considered a significant and auspicious number in many cultures around the world. No doubt about that!
      Have a great day!

  12. Have you ever given thought to the fact that God is perfect (per all major religions) and the only thing known to the entire universe that is perfect is … mathematics (numbers);

    For instance there is no highest or largest number nor lowest or smallest number (including fractions) thus the eternity. There is no 2, 3 or 4, etc. since each is just a particular consummate of 1 (i.e. 3 one’s is 3 and so forth).

    But for all the numbers there is only one zero which is God in a universal / dimensional view. From zero comes all things, in this case numbers both positive and negative each one with a corresponding opposite into infinity.
    Therefore if God is zero, one must be “spirit” since it has only one dimension such as a point (which is a line turned on its end). Two must be the mind (separate from spirit as it should be) since it has two dimensions but could be a plane turned on its side and three is the physical body since each has three dimensions; It would follow, therefore that 4 is time and it is acting upon us as we live. Once we die, 4 becomes a solid with the other dimensions and 5 begins to act upon us.

    To prove thus, there is only one thing in our universe that is purely two dimensional. We see them each and every day yet since we are in the 3rd dimension, we can not pick them up but indeed the 1st and 2nd dimensions must be intertwined with us or we can not have or be “in” a 3rd dimension.

    That 2 D object is merely a shadow – width, length but no depth. Hope you have fun picking one up but perhaps who knows maybe someone will.

    Thanks for your ideas and keep going the horizon is close.

    • Your contribution is quite valuable. It is obvious you know and have studied the mysteries of numbers at great lengths.
      I certainly had to reread your contribution several times and must admit I find it fascinating! Your logic of how you explain the different dimensions makes sense.

      Yes, numbers are eternity, which is one fact that has bewildered the human race since the beginning of time I guess. Many are in total agreement that numbers are the only thing known to the entire universe that is perfect.

      St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) stated: “Numbers are the universal language offered by the Deity to humans as confirmation of the truth.”

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on number philosophy!

    • I haven’t done a lot of research but I use the numerology calculator for a double digit or more set of numbers that aren’t masters or in a pattern? Like.. 2 and 8 is 10. (or 1 and 0 or 1? I don’t know)
      Definitely encourage you to find your own meaning that works for you.

  13. Try reading the number trilogy: The 11:11 Code/ No Name No Number/ Number Woman by Hilary H Carter. She discusses number patterns, especially 11:11 and 333. Really interesting.

  14. I saw 9 and 11 twice in my life. The first time I saw it for 8 months. I saw it everywhere. It was my change back at stores, wrong mail at my house, voicemails on my caller Id…I didn’t kno it was a date – I thought it meant emergency like I was nervous I’d have to call the ambulance for one of my children. When I realized it was a date – I was upset to have had these numbers stay at me with no way to know why. The 2nd time was when my brother got in trouble legally and it plagued me for a month. Haven’t had it happen since.
    Occasionally I cat h the clock at 2:22 n I think of my grandparents. I think if a number stays at u – there is a meaning – even if we don’t kno y.

  15. I just wanna know what 10 and 15 relate to I’ve Been seeing these numbers together more than enough times to realize this can’t be a coincidence… So examples i woke this morning at 10:15… My a birthday is October 15, i just seen a couple post on here posted for 10/15, my average kills on call of duty have been 10-15 etc I’m just curious…. Starting to feel like the Number 23 movie….if any knowledge on what this means id appreciate comment thank you. is the best contact thanks again.

  16. I just wanna know what 10 and 15 relate to I’ve Been seeing these numbers together more than enough times to realize this can’t be a coincidence… So examples i woke this morning at 10:15… My a birthday is October 15, i just seen a couple post on here posted for 10/15, my average kills on call of duty have been 10-15 etc I’m just curious…. Starting to feel like the Number 23 movie….if any knowledge on what this means id appreciate comment thank you.

  17. I keep seeing the numbers 333, 3 , 9, ,7 , 11 and 4 reoccuring everyday for as long as I can remember. I don’t feel a bad vibe from these numbers at all. Just want to know what they mean

  18. Ok it start 3 weeks ago…. I keep finding 11 cents everywhere … I know it’s a master number and today is my birthday which is also a master number … what do master numbers mean? I can only find that their masters.

  19. I am seeing the numbers 151 a lot. I am studying into the roots of Buddhism and teachings as a guide to my life not a way to live. However I keep running into 151. it seems a lot of pages of texts are 151 and for some reason some people refer to enlightenment as 151. This is now beginning to be more than a coinidence

  20. So i keep seeing 11:11 . Its so precise that i see it change. What does ot mean why do i see it so much . Any have answers? Please be serious.

    Thanks ,Carl

    • I keep seeing the same numbers 11:11 (am/ pm) reoccuring everyday for as long as I can remember. I keep bumping into it. Kindly explain what this means.
      Many thanks

  21. I know, numbers are special for every religion. The Islam considers 786 as significant .. any reason behind it?? The video has wonderful concepts in it and raises some questions for sure.

  22. Woah, you know a lot about numbers, I knew that numbers have special significance. I never thought, great men, like Plato and Pythagoras also assign such significance to them. I thought they were just scientists, mathematicians and such

  23. Seriously I thought mythology is all stories .. so it is the religion of yesteryear .. is it?? I got it now .. I will remember it for sure. Thanks .. regarding numbers, my favorite number is 4, that is what you get when you add the digits in my wedding anniversary

  24. I have no idea ,

    I dunno anything about this numbers and logic behind them but I seriously thought numerology and such are just superstitions .. but time and again, many of my scores, hall ticket numbers and other such numbers of interest often sum up to ZERO ..

    Coincidence .. occurring many many a times is what I call it .

    • I have never heard of an explanation for the meaning of 190, maybe someone else has.
      If you take the sum of the digits, you get the number one.
      1+9+0=10=1+0=1. Perhaps that makes it a good number.

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