Qualitative Number Ideas, for a qualitative science, instead of a merely quantitative … Rudolf Steiner spoke of the significance of such numbers as 12, 7, and three … Below I’ve collected many such arrangements … a kind of musical undercurrent … resounding and rhythmic …
God the Mother God the Father
luminous darkness blinding light
spontaneous playfulness fixity of purpose
12 Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
12 Signs: Aries/Ram upright posture, Taurus/Bull orientation to sound, Gemini/Twins symmetry, Cancer/Crab enclosure, Leo/Lion interior/connected, Virgo/Virgin interior not connected, Libra/Scales balance, Scorpio/Scorpion reproduction, Sagittarius/Archer thigh, Capricorn/Goat -knee, Aquarius/Waterman leg, Pisces/Fishes Feet
12 Senses (perception of the body) touch, life, movement, balance; (perception of external world) smell, taste, sight, temperature; (perception of the immaterial, spiritual world) hearing, speech, thought, ego.
12 points of view: materialism – Cancer, sensationalism – Leo; phenomenalism – Virgo; realism – Libra; Dynamism – Scorpio; monadism – Sagittarius; spiritism – Capricorn; Phenumatism – Aquarius; psychism – Pisces; idealism – Aries; rationalism – Taurus; mathematism – Gemini
12 Moons: full wolf moon; full snow moon; full worm moon; full pink moon; full flower moon; full strawberry moon; full buck moon; full sturgeon moon; full corn moon; full hunter moon; full beaver moon; full cold moon.
two times eleven is 22, the number of the major arcana in the tarot. Eleven members of each team in football.
Eleven is the 5th prime number
ten quabbalistic keys: from Bardon’s The Key to the True Quaballah – photo copies attached … later
ten forms of change: retrogradation; inversion; retrograde inversion; augmentation; dimunition; inclusion; textural; partition; interversion; exclusion … definitions attached.
Eight Gates to Faerie, which come in four pairs
East, waking and sleeping
South, living and dying
West, sanity and madness
North, remembering and forgetting
eight celebratory (Sabbots) times of year in Wicca:
Yule Dec. 21st winter solstice / Imbolic Feb. 2Nd / Ostara Mar. 21st equinox / Beltane May 1st / Litha June 22 summer solstice / Lammas Aug. 1St / Mabon Sept 21st equinox / Shamhain Oct. 31st
seven is the fourth prime numberf
seven world-outlooks-moods: Gnosis – Saturn; Logicism – Jupiter; Voluntarism – Mars; Empiricism – Sun; Mysticism – Venus; Transcendentalism – Mercury; Occultism – Moon
Planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon
Days of Week: Sun-day; Moon-day; Mars-day; Mercury-day; Jupiter-day; Venus Day; Saturn-day
Movements: into upright posture, of thinking, of speaking, of blood, of breath, of the glands, of reproduction
salty, sweet, sour, bitter, savory, astringent, pungent
(eight daily times for nuns and monks): seven intervals / seven I am statements from John Gospel / seven liberal arts / seven stages of the passion of Christ
do: (matins/2a.m.) 7
do-re: “I am the true Vine” … rhetoric … washing the feet
re: (lauds/sunrise) 7-8
re-mi: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” … grammar … the scourging
mi: (prime/6a.m.) 8-11
mi-fa: “I am the Door” … logic … the crowning with thorns
fa: (terce/9a.m.) 12-3
fa-sol: “I am the Bread of Life” … astronomy … the carrying the cross
sol: (sext/miday) 3-5
sol-la: “I am the Good Shepherd” … geometry … the crucifixion
la: (none/3p.m.) 5-8
la-ti: “I am the Light of the World” … arithmetic … the death
ti: (vespers/sunset) 8-9
ti-do: “I am the Resurrection and the Life” … music … the resurrection
do: (compline/before retiring) 10
Who are you? What do you want? Where are you going? Who do you serve? And, Who do you trust? (JMS)
Number of limbs on human body: two legs, two arms, and the jaw bone
A favorite mystical number in the Illuminati Trilogy. This five number breaks down into two and three, and 23 is also a mystical number
Five is the third prime number
the Four Directions
East, South, West, and North
black, red, yellow, and white
Stages of life: birth, youth, adult (or elder), death.
Ceremonial plants: tobacco, sweet grass, sage, ceda
fire/will; air/intellect; water/feeling; earth/consciousness
wands/fire/clubs/Emanation; swords/air/spades/Creation; cups/water/hearts/Formation; pentacles/earth/diamonds/Existence
fire/choleric/yellow bile – liver/summer
earth/melancholic/black bile – spleen/autumn
Four Elements in cooking
salt, fat, acid, heat
warmth, astral, ethereal, physical
Four Stages of Breathing In (fire/will), pause (air/intellect), Out (water/feeling pause (earth/consciousness)
Four essential epistemological questions: 1) Do you know everything? 2) Is what you don’t know far greater than what you believe you know? 3) If you took something from the arena of what you don’t know, and added it to what you believe you know, could that change what you believe you know? 4) Are you will to learn?
point, line, plane
thinking, feeling, willing
nerve-sense system, heart-lung rhythmic system, metabolic-limb system
cultural life, political-legal life, economic life
the traditional Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. An addition, Mother, Daughter, and Holy Soul, courtesy Valentin Tomberg
three is the second prime number
two is the first prime number
Two sides to one coin. Dualism vs. Monism in RS’s epistemological works. All necessary pairs: up – down; right – left; good – evil; on – off
The transitional phase from the Primary unity, via the pair Father and Mother, which reduces to a secondary unity, Son. I and the father are one, and no one gets to the father except through Me.
The Primal Paradox: To the Mystery the world is perfect, and an aspect of that perfection is the human being’s dissatisfaction, that then produces the leading edge of cosmic evolution.
Electromagnetism, which is a unitary polar duality. Alpha and Omega.
There is only One Mind. Always in the state of Metamorphosis. There is only one of us, each fully individualized. Final participation is a choice.
The mystical en-soph, or absolute Infinite God. The Nothing before the something