Number 17

Meaning of Number 17

The meaning of number 17 will vary around the world.  Many will feel indifferent about the number, for some it is a lucky number.

number 17

In Italy number 17 is considered a very unlucky number by many.

In Roman numerals number 17 is written XVII.

Making an anagram with this number it turns out as VIXI which in Latin means “I have lived”, the past tense implies that one is therefore dead.

“VIXI” has been found engraved on some tombstones dating back to Ancient Rome.

“Heptadecaphobia” means fear of number 17. Some use the word “heptakaidekaphobia”, it has the same meaning; someone who fears number 17.

Number 17 in the Tarot Card Deck

17 Star - Rider Waite

In the Tarot card number 17 is the card of the Stars.

It symbolizes wishes that will come true.

This definitelyis a promising and good card to receive.

This is a card representing hope.

Upside down indicates low self-esteem or unfulfilled dreams.

It is time to start believing in yourself.

The 17th President

17th president

Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States (1865-1869). As Vice-President he became President when Lincoln was murdered.

Johnson grew up in poverty, never went to school and started his career as a tailor before entering politics.

Johnson was the first president to be impeached by congress for firing the Secretary of War from the Cabinet.

His opponents in the Senate lacked one vote to have him removed.

The Flood in the Bible

Noah's ark

The flood described in the Bible started on the 17th day.

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the deep burst forth and the windows of the heavens were opened.” Genesis 7:11

Noah’s ark also came to rest on the seventeenth day. “and in the seventh month on the seventeenth day of the month the ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat.” Genesis 8:4

Floating on the Raft

In Greek mythology (according to Homer) Odysseus floated on a raft for seventeen days after leaving Calypso. Calypso was the beautiful nymph who had held him hostage (see number 7).

Number 17 Fun Facts


You need to use 17 muscles to make a smile.

Chlorine has the atomic number 17.

A heptadecagon is a 17-sided figure.

There are seventeen different ways a wallpaper pattern can repeat itself.

Ohio became the 17th state in the United States in 1803.

The White House is located on 17th Street NW.

Haiku Poems

Number 17 haiku poem

A haiku poem has a total of 17 syllables.

It consists of three line; 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line and finally 5 syllables in the third line.

Number 17 Haiku awesome

Haiku poems originated in Japan during the 16th century and have since then become popular worldwide.

On the 17th

Saint Patricks's Day

March 17th is Saint Patrick Day. Saint Patrick is a patron Saint of Ireland. A common symbol is the three-leaved shamrock.

It is told that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.

Green is the overwhelming color used on this day. March 17th is a public holiday in Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day has become an extremely popular day of celebration worldwide. This is a joyous and sociable celebration.

Norway celebrates Constitution Day on May 17th.  On May 17, 1814 Norway declared independence from Denmark. Norway had been under Danish rule for 400 years.

South Korea celebrates Constitution Day on July 17th.

The Last Russian Tsar

Russian Royal Family - 1911

Tsar Nicholas II (50 years old) of Russia, his wife and their five children were executed by the Bolsheviks on July 17, 1918.  

His wife, Tsarina Alexandra (46 years old) was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

Their five children were: Olga (22 years old), Tatiana (21 years old), Maria (19 years old), Anastasia (17 years old) and Alexei (13 years old). 

Their bodies were taken out into a forest and thrown down a mine shaft. The remains of their bodies were buried in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg on July 17, 1998.

The Russian Orthodox Church has since then canonized all the seven members of the last Tsar family on the grounds that they were passion bearers. Their feast day is July 17. 

Sonnet 17 By William Shakespeare

37 thoughts on “Number 17”

  1. 17 is my number in life. My daughter was born 8/17. My younger 2cd cousin and i have shared the number 17 for years. When I was 17 years old i had a dream of him before he was born. He was blessed by my guardian angel (whom was his great grandmother) and my great aunt. When I woke from the dream, i wrote this dream down. It was written on the 17th and was 17 pages in length. I gave this letter to him to read when he turned 17 years old. He and i are very close spiritually. The bond we share together is very strong. We have shared the number 17 throughout our lives.

  2. 17 is special to me as well. I was born August 17th, the middle number of my ss number is 17, I graduated at 17 in 2017. As well on my 17th birthday I stayed in a hotel and the hotel number was 17, my mother and cousin have written down pages of things that have to do with the number 17, it is very crazy

    • my full name has 17 letters
      i was born on March 17
      my cell number ends in 1717
      i’ve had it for 17 years
      in the summer of 2017 i witnessed
      a series of events one night on live tv where i noticed number 17 repeatedly stand out in numerous circumstances and in amazing fashion. i would gladly share and provide the proof of that night.

    • Well my initials are QLI. Do you see the number 17 upside down. Q is the 17 the letter of the alphabet. Isn’t that weird. The Word GOD equals 17. John 1:1 Which speaks of the Word GOD contains 17 Words. Revelation 12 contains 17 verses and speaks of a woman as a great sign. The number 12 is over the letter Q on the computer keyboard. Same woman. Me.

  3. Fun reads here. Here is my story on 17. I was born 9/25 60. The last four digits of my phone number are 1760 . I only caught this in the year 2000 and after several incidents. My number is still the same. 1760 #birthyear.

    Anyway, I traveled Asia in 1983 for a year. In August of 1983, after a long journey from India, I found myself in Istanbul where I was recovering from the poverty of India and meeting many new friends. Long story short, I met a fellow named Hans who I befriended and later realized he was a schizo. He heard voices, and was obsessed with what he described as a war between the Tibetans and the Jews on the astrophysical plane. He was obsessed with what was good and what was evil. He justified Hitler and he justified Khomeni. If you smoked a cigarette, he might feel like he is on fire. And his misery was real as were the voices.
    I traveled with him 2 weeks and cared for him while he was sick. Again, Hitler was a recurring theme. Hans was a very intelligent person as well. Then one morning, I felt a finger on my temple as I was waking. It was Hans . He said he was just checking out the vibes. He said to me “you know last night you sat up in your bed and said you were 17 in the 10th century. Oh course we had no idea what this meant. I convinced Hans to go back to his home in Holland because he was too frail/weak and that he was really sick. I put him on a bus back to Istanbul from the Black Sea. I relocated to another village on the Black Sea shortly afterwards. I was at a really cool inn in the middle of no where. There were some old german men staying there, some Turks, and me. About 17 of us (tongue in cheek (I don’t remember). Anyway, we were all eating in the country inn at a long table. I think it was spaghetti. Then a bus pulled up front on the Hwy.. A well dressed gentlemen got off. The proprietor told all of us not to worry about this man. And he continued that this man was a brilliant doctor who has gone bonkers. This man came to our table and was very cheerful and inquisitive. He started at one end of the table while he asked these patrons about themselves and where they come from, and then pretended to be taking notes on an imaginary notebook. He asked everyone pretty simple questions. Then he came to me. Looked at me and said “You are 17”. I responded “in the 10th century” which didn’t phase him. Wanted to know where I was from. From N.Orleans. He saids oh “louis armstrong” and then pretended to play the trumpet. He moved on t0 the next person. And then back to the bus. Before getting on , he turned around to us and with his palm extended said “heil hitler”. Got on the bus and gone.

    I don’t think this coincidence. In 2000, I was rehashing my thoughts of the past on 17. Hadn’t thought about it in a long time. Since so much time had passed, I thought I would re read my journals from that time to see if I had made things up in my mind or was that really accurate. I did and it was like I remembered. No false memories. When I read this, I realized I was reading it 17 years later to the month. 8/2000.

    Of course I have a lot more incidents of 17 that need not be gone through here. But this year is 2017. I have been waiting for this and wondering. Mom died March 5. Step Dad died last August. It has been a battle taking care of them. Am I liberated now. Is 2017 a culmination. Hmmmm. All fun!! But coincidence I’m not so sure.

    I remember about 10 years ago, I woke up for 5 nights in a row when the clocked turned to something like 3:01 or 3:03 am.
    I mean the same time every early morning straight. One time, I did not open my eyes until I said that I was going to look over at the clock and I guarantee it is going to be that number. And it was. Thanks for you all’s stories.

  4. Hi…everyone..even my bday is on 17th jul..but i always get a vision before something hpns lik i get a hint dat something bad s gng to hpn..but abt dis 17th no i lik to share my experience..ipl matches were gng on in india as im an rcb team supporter i wished my team to do better dis year.there is onw imp player in rcb whose name is ab devilliers and he has got 17 no on his Jersey..whenever i see his no on his Jersey dat day rcb team loses and d day i hv not seen his no dey won…so today i was watching d match with my bf n i tld him dat dey ll loose dis match too..though i avoided to see dat 17 no on his Jersey..but while browsing in fb i saw 17 no someone posted his Jersey to support d team den i surely got to knw dey r gng to loose…so dey lost d match today too…im unable to think its just a coincidence…!!!

    • My name is William Du’Juan Johnson and I was born 7/17/1982. My social security number is –7-7—7!‍♂️

  5. My son was born 7/17 at 4/13,am =17..
    and his baby sis was born 10/17 at (wait for it)) 7:17pm. My father was born on the seventh of April and my husband was born 4/13=17. My children and I seem to draw people with 3/13 or combinations of 17! Oh..and I was born in 19/7/0. My father became ill and near his death the doctors said it could be any was 10/17/2009…his granddaughter s 10th birthday..but in her sweet wisdom.. She announces that the Angels that brought her to Pa on 10/17/1999 were coming to take Pa back to heaven and that they let him stay for her birthday! My father passed at 3:43 10/18! Just a few hours after her birthday!

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  7. It’s not a wives tale, it’s not numerology, physic abilities, or luck! It’s just the numbers (1) & (7) or a combination of those two numbers play a big part in my life. I see them all the time! I wake up from a dead sleep 1:17am or 7:17am, school program times, scores, change back from purchases, phone numbers all with 17. Personally I think it’s quite amazing I see it. I just wish I could hone into it and understand it.

    Here let me share this with you all!

    I was born on the 1st
    I gave birth to my first set of twins at the age of 17
    I went into labor with my middle child on the 17th but she took a 6 hour break and was born the next day! (So that doesn’t count) but that was close lol
    My second set of twins were born 17yrs later then the 1st set and they were born on the 17th
    I was born in the 12th month of the year both twins were born in the 5th month, (YOU do the math)the middle child who took the 6hr break in labor well she was born in the 7th month! Ok I’m pushing it here but…..
    The first set of twins were born on the 28th divide by 2(twins) = 14 divide that by 2 = 7!!!!! Lol

  8. I live in a senior complex which underwent remodeling and each residence was given an
    apartment number mine is # 17 even though we were still in the same building.

  9. This is a very interesting article for the simple fact I love the number 17 I was born on November 17th and I have a tattoo of a scorpion and one claw has one and the other claw has 7.. before I get into my comment I must say I did glance at some of the other numbers that are listed to see the comments and I can honestly say out of the 5 that I checked none of them are a witness to that particular number as the comments in this article bout 17. There are no life changing events or recurring event with any other significant numbers.. which is kind of mind-blowing nobody saids see 16 everywhere or I see 15 everywhere but 17 is literally everywhere.. it is especially in Hollywood which made me look up the article and it brought me to this website I watch a lot of movies and even cartoons and the Jersey will be 17 of the main character or the door will be 17 or that day is the 17th.. it happens so much that even my boyfriend is a witness to how often the number 17 pops up it is my favorite number so it has become his favorite number and he was born on the 16th I also own a South African Scorpion and it had 17 babies which again signals my birthday 11/17.. I read in an article once that if you look for something then most often it will be what you see like since I’m looking for a 17..17 is what I’m always going to find.. which I completely disagree with because out of all the times for me to look at the clock it’s always at 17 there are 58 are the numbers that it could have been. 17 is also the number for karma which is 8… but karma is also represented as 8/17 because 1 plus 7 equals 8..

  10. I also have the numbet 17 in my life my son was born dec.17 2007. My daughter sept 17 2009. They were taken from me march 17 2010. Then my fiance died June 17 2016. And on a sight it says my death date is June 17 2030. Its so bizarre. I wish i could understand it

    • I was born on October 17th, 1978… I was in an almost fatal car accident on June 17th, 1993.. Barely survived – I basically died and came back to life. life changed after that day. Maybe it’s just a coincidence; maybe it’s just a coincidence how everytime I look at my watch or a clock there is a 17 looking back at me. Very weird. Maybe it’s nothing. Maybe it’s not.

    • Dear Tricia

      Much as I appreciate the tendency to record a 17 – and it is a significant number spiritually – there is also a danger in according to a number a type of all-encompassing ‘revelation’. I am ever-so slightly alarmed at your ‘death date’. The big problem with setting such a date is that there’s a significant danger of it turning into a self-fulfilling prophecy. I wouldn’t worry too much about it, simply because I can tell you that the Tribulation is kicking in next year. Think of the Tribulation as World War Three. It will, in large part, be nuclear; it will last 3½ years and it will be a wall-to-wall nightmare. If you’re going to worry about anything….that’s the one! If you can hack your way through that one then you will be doing just fine.


        • Hiya Karla

          Both the Bride Rapture and the Tribulation must take place in a Jubilee year. The Jubilee year was established in the Book of Leviticus (page chapter 25). The last Jubilee year was 1967 (the time of the Six Day War in Israel). Since it’s every fiftieth year, it means 2017 is Jubilee. The timing is associated with the final Jewish feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles), which falls in October this year.

          God Bless
          John Temple Finnigan

  11. Dear Editor

    Biblically, 17 has two meanings. Firstly, it represents complete victory in Christ. Secondly, it is the number of transformation. The Bride Rapture is now very close, and 17 is one of the numbers involved in it (the other two being 5 and 8).

    God Bless

  12. I see 17 everywhere. I was born June 17, made love to my wife for the first time, Jan. 17, got married on the 17 of August and was served divorce papers dated Oct. 17 (not all in the same year, LOL) Some one will ask me the time and a 17 shows up in the majority of my glances. It’s on license plates that are in front of me while driving. I went on a job interview once, arrived at 217, and parked next to a gas station where it was 317 a gallon. Now my son has started random sightings as well. It seems to be a prevalent number in my life.

  13. Is more Then one year now that is see 17 everywhere. In Italy were I was born it represent bad luck, I don’t really know what to think about it yet, as it appears on both good and bad situation of my life. But I feel for sure ceased by this number. Is becoming a special part of my life, looks like he wants to tell me something … What I don’t know yet… Hopefully is a good number for me and not a bad one.

  14. number 17 is in my life also. everywhere. my husband died and I met this wonderful man on the 17th. since then 17 shows up everywhere in our lives- more at times. I am his 17th girlfriend. we met on the 17th . this past week I bought two small things at the store with a 20 and my change was 17.17 I work in surgery and both cases we used 17 sutures on the patient. something is telling me something and I know its right there I just don’t know what its saying to me. example we took a drive a few weeks ago. my boyfriend wanted to find a shark tooth at the beach. apparently in his head he was asking god he would find one today to be able to show me. as we are passing streets I said to him that 70 st was where people were finding shells after the storm. he pulls in 71 street and parks. which is 17 backwards but it wasn’t planned that way I said this back around 60th street and 70 street was too crowed to park. we walked to the beach and right out of 71 st we were on the beach less than 5 minutes and bam a huge shark tooth laying on the shells like someone laid it there for us to find. Crazy!!! ya. we didn’t see the street sign till we got back in the car. 71 backwards. can anyone understand this? what is the signifigance?

  15. Great article, really great! I just finished writing about a true story on my own blog and thought. I wonder what all does the number 17 represent in a global sense. Love it!

    Here’s my story, it’s 100% true and till this very day the #17 has been a huge part of my world. Lucky number 17 is in everything I do in life. We all have at least one number we consider lucky.

    The story is a full page.. so here’s the link.

    Good luck, peace to all.

  16. I have been experiencing the number 17 since 2001. It started on 4/17/01. If you flip 4 upside down and cut it in half vertically it is 17. 17 continues to present itself as a sign in my life. Whenever I see it I know that I must pay attention. It’s in many movies, commercials etc. why do directors choose this number? I believe it has a far deeper mystical significance than we know. I will continue to seek.
    Be well.

    • One more: I once read that it represents the balance between the celestial and terrestrial planes of existence. I liked that one a lot:)

    • I thought I was thee only one who noticed it always shows up in movies where numbers exists. I was born on May 17, 1967. I also see the letter X in many places. Both of the these signs started to matter to me in the year 2011 ever since to the present.

  17. Amazing ! I’m so glad I found this. Thank you so much for this post. I was in need of how powerful the number 17 is. I’ve been seeing it everywhere. And the past three post we were all born in June as well. Crazy cool

  18. Maria Louise von Franz felt that her life was complete when she had a dream of a 17-sided building, which was thought impossible to built. As a psychologist her whole life was the integration of psyche and matter in fact one of her books is so named. In Arabic alchemy the seventeen-sided form meant the union of psyche and matter.
    This number seventeen is interesting because it is referred to in the first two verses of Genesis, which represents Scorpio and Sagittarius respectively (8th & 9th signs), which the center of the two points to the galactic core or spiritual vision. I would also call the number seventeen the Vesica Piscis, which is the merging of spirit and matter symbolized by the galactic core.
    The number seventeen is interesting for me being born on that day in June.


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