- Meaning of Number 2
- Number 2 and the Bible
- The Second Tarot Card
- The second-year anniversary
- Two National Capitals
- U.S. Presidents
- The Challot
- Yin and Yang
- Candlemas is celebrated February 2nd
- April 2nd is the International Children’s Book Day.
- October 2nd is the International Day of Non-Violence.
- Tu Di Gong
- Chinese door gods
- Washing Your Hands
- In Islam
- Sparta had two kings
- 2 in Space
- Sonnet 2 – By William Shakespeare
- Two in Mythology
Meaning of Number 2
Many say, “Good things come in pairs”.
Two is a lucky number in the Far East.
Two symbolizes partnership.
Two is the number of balance, but also the number of conflict and opposition.
Without the number two, the positive and negative could not exist.
Two is also the number of division.The Pythagoreans thought the number two (the Duad) to be most unlucky.
They dedicated the second day of the month to Hades / Pluto (the god of the Underworld). They believed the number two had the power to bring forth evil.
Plato argued that there was no meaning to the number two, as the number two suggests a relationship and a relationship will in turn introduce a third factor.
Number 2 and the Bible
Two is the number of Eve, the first woman.
In the Bible (Genesis chapter 1) the six days of creation are described. The second day is the only day that the saying “And God saw it was good” is left out. For this reason, some consider two to be unlucky.
The shortest verse in the Bible consists of only two words: “Jesus wept.” John 11:35
Two angels sat where the body of Jesus had lain; “and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.” John 20:12
The Second Tarot Card
In the Tarot the number two is the card of the High Priestess.
High priestess symbolizes wisdom and good judgment.
Reversed it indicates making poor decisions.
There were two huge pillars on the porch of Solomon’s Temple, the first temple of Jerusalem. (Solomon was the son of King David.)
The two pillars were named Boaz and Jachin.
These two pillars are shown on the number 2 Tarot card of The High Priestess.
The pillars are marked B for Boaz and J for Jachin.
Taurus is the second astrological sign in the Zodiac. (April 21 to May 20)
Number two is the number of the Moon.
Number two is lucky for Gemini and Pieces.
The second-year anniversary
In Western world, cotton celebrates the second-year anniversary. Gifts for this day should be made from cotton.
Two National Capitals
Two national capitals have been named in honor of U.S. presidents:
1. Washington D.C., U.S.A. – named in honor of the first U.S. President; George Washington
2. Monrovia, Liberia – named in honor of the fifth U.S. President; James Monroe.
Two Presidents in the U.S. have rerun for presidency unopposed:
1. George Washington in 1789
2. James Monroe in 1820
John Adams was the second president of the Unites States. 1797 – 1801
John Adams was the first President to live in the White House. He signed Alien and Sedition Acts. Among other things it became a crime to publish false writing about the government.
This law expired 1801. Also it was made legal to apprehend and deport resident aliens if their home country was at war with the US; still intact. Adams did not own slaves.
In Judaism each Sabbath meal begins with two loaves of bread called challot.
The two challot represent the manna the Israelites ate during their journey through the desert after the exodus from Egypt. (Exodus 16:14-18)
Yin and Yang
In Daoist philosophy Yin and Yang are the two forces that keep the universe in perfect balance.
In Chinese culture the number two is a Yin number – it has no center.
|Yin is the female force||Yang is the male force|
|Yin symbolizes the earth, the cold, the dark and the soft.||Yang symbolizes the heavens, the warmth, the light and the hard.|
Candlemas is celebrated February 2nd
Candlemas is 40 days after the birth of Jesus.
According to the Jewish laws a woman was impure for 40 days after giving birth to a son.
At the end of this time period Mary went to the temple and presented the baby Jesus.
The day is also called “The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple” and is one of the Joyous Mysteries of the Rosary.
In the Bible the story of Mary is told in Luke 2:22-40.
It is also named Candlemas because the Church’s candles were blessed on this day.
In pre-Christian times it was a light festival marking the half way day between winter solstice and spring equinox.
An old saying: If Candlemas Day is fair and bright, winter will have another fight. If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, winter won’t come again.
April 2nd is the International Children’s Book Day.
April 2nd is the International Children’s Book Day. April 2nd is the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen from Denmark, the famous author of children’s stories and fairy tales.
His fairy tales have been translated to over a hundred languages. Only the Bible has been translated more than H. C. Andersen.
He was born April 2nd 1805 and died on the 4th of August 1875.
October 2nd is the International Day of Non-Violence.
October 2nd is a major National Holiday in India October 2nd is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma means “Great Soul”. His birth name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – 30. January 1948).
Gandhi helped India to gain independence using only non-violent methods. In India he is known as “The Father of the Nation”.
Tu Di Gong
The birthday of Tu Di Gong is the second day of the second lunar month. He is the Earth god worshiped in many villages in Asia.
Chinese door gods
Men Shen are the two Chinese door gods who protect the entrance of a temple, building or home. Images of Men Shen are painted or carved on front doors.
Also, paper pictures of Men Shen may be glued to the front door entrance. Men Shen can be fierce looking, often they will resemble generals. One has a red/black face; the other has a white face. They may be armed with magical symbols or weapons.
The two Men Shen protect the entrance and prevent evil demons from entering.
Washing Your Hands
An old superstitions states that if two people wash their hands in the same bowl at the same time, they will quarrel before nightfall.
In Islam two angels follow each human and write down their good and bad deeds. Sura 50:16-17
Sparta had two kings
Sparta was a city-state in ancient Greece. It had political independence until 146 BC, when the Romans conquered Greece. Sparta was ruled by two kings of the Agiad and Eurypontids families.
They believed that these two kings were descendants of Heracles. The two kings of Sparta had equal authority.
2 in Space
The planet Mars has two moons: Phobos (the moon on the left in the picture) and Deimos (the moon on the right in the picture).
Phobos and Deimos were sons of Mars, war god in Roman mythology. In Greek mythology Mars is named Ares. Phobos means “fear” and Deimos means “terror”.
A binary star is a star system consisting of two stars orbiting around each other.
The brighter star is called the primary and the other is called a companion star, or a secondary star.
This is an exceedingly common phenomenon.
Sonnet 2 – By William Shakespeare
Two in Mythology
Explore some of the well-known pairs in mythology.
Janus – The Two-headed god – Roman Myth
Janus was the two-headed god. The two heads faced opposite directions. Janus was the god of the doorways and entrances.
He could see both the past and the future.
Images of Janus were often found on city walls. The double gated temple of Janus in Rome was always kept closed during times of peace.
The gates of Janus opened only when Rome went to war. This was to ensure immediate help from Janus when needed.
The month of January is named after Janus.
Romulus and Remus – Roman Myth
The twin brothers Romulus and Remus had been thrown into the River Tiber. Their great uncle thought the two boys could come to claim the throne as adults and he wanted to get rid of them.
The father of the two boys was the war god named Mars. He sent a wolf to save his sons. The wolf nursed the twin boys. Later a shepherd found the twins and raised them as his own.
As adults the brothers decided to become founders of new a city. Romulus and Remus got into a frightful argument about what to name the city.
Romulus killed his brother during this fight. He then founded the city of Rome. Romulus was considered the first king of Rome.
Freyja and her 2 Cats – Norse Mythology
The goddess Freya was a stunningly beautiful goddess in Norse myth Freyja was the goddess of love.
She mastered spells and magic. Freya rode across the sky in a carriage pulled by two cats.
Odin – 2 Ravens and 2 Wolves – Norse Mythology
Odin was the chief god in Norse myth, often called the Allfather.
He owned two ravens. Their names were Hugin and Munin.
Hugin means “thought” and Munin means “memory”.
The two ravens flew from Asgard (the home of the gods) every morning. They would return each evening reporting to Odin all that they had seen and heard.
The chief god Odin also had two wolves named Freki and Geri.
Thor, god of Thunder and his 2 Goats
Thor was the god of thunder and the son of Odin.
He owned a magic hammer called Mjollnir.
Thor rode across the sky in a chariot pulled by two goats.
The names of the two goats were Tooth-grinder and Tooth-gnasher.
Thursday is named after Thor the god of thunder.