New Age: What Is It About The Number 12?

The number 12 fascinates me.  See if you can come up with any others and let me know so I can add to this astonishing and fascinating list of the significance of the number 12!

  • The word significance has 12 letters (haha).
  • 12 months in the year.
  • The 12 degrees of humility according to the holy monastic rule of saint Benoit.
  • The Buddhists recognize 12 causes of existence or Nidanas.
  • The tradition reports that Joseph of Arimathea, who brought in Great Brittany the cup of the Holy Grail, had with him 12 knights.
  • The 12 winds and their porticoes seen in the vision by Enoch, according to the Book of the calendar of writings of the library of Qumran.
  • Fabre of Olivet recognizes in the man 12 abilities, divided into six dualities: attention and perception, reflection and repetition, comparison and judgement, retention and memory, perception and comprehension, imagination and creation.
  • The 12 signs, or constellations, of the zodiac.
  • Receptacle of the good and the evil, the Egg of Osiris contained 12 white pyramids, symbol of the good, and twelve black pyramids, emblems of the evil, introduced by Typhoon.
  • The Book of Revelation contains much numerical symbolism, and a lot of the numbers mentioned have 12 as a divisor. 12:1 mentions a woman—interpreted as the people of Israel, the Church or the Virgin Mary—wearing a crown of twelve stars (representing each of the twelve tribes of Israel). Furthermore, there are 12,000 people sealed from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, making a total of 144,000 (which is the square of 12 multiplied by a thousand).
  • The 12 “simple” letters of the Hebraic alphabet are the initials of the zodiacal names in Hebrew.
  • The 12 eras that the Earth crosses in 26000 years. At each of the twelve cycles of the humanity would incarnate a rescuer. Read more by checking out the Mayan Calendar!
The 12 Eras of Earth
  • The 12 curses proclaimed by Moses to all men of Israel. (Dt 27,15-26)
  • The 12 works of Hercules.
  • The 12 animals of the Chinese horoscope: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Cat, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Cock, the Dog and the Pig.
  • The 12 lunar years in the Chinese lunar calendar forming the complete cycle which lasts sixty years.
  • There are 12 principal divinities in the Greek mythology.
  • The 12 stones of the altar of Elijah. (1 K 18,31)
  • The 12 names of the Sun in Sanskrit, which are pronounced such as the mantras.
  • In the Japanese cosmology, the Creator is sat on 12 sacred cushions.
  • The 12 articles of the Creed.
  • There would be 12 Universe and the earth would belong the 12. And in this twelfth Universe, there would be 12 different solar systems.
  • The 12 petals of the Anahata Chakra located in the area of the heart and the 12 petals of the corolla of the Sahasrara Chakra located a the top of the head.
  • It is the number of proposals or verses of the Emerald Table, summarizing all the teachings of the Hermetic tradition. It is a document originating from Egypt, attributed to Hermes Trismegist.
12 Days of Christmas
  • There are 12 days of Christmas.
  • There are 12 members of the council of the Dalai Lama.
  • The biblical Jacob had 12 sons.
  • There are usually 12 people (jurors) on a jury.
  • The woman would carry her child during 12 months: three astral months and nine physical months.
  • Texas A & M has the 12th man.
  • 12 is the number of the disciples accompanying the great Masters of the history: the 12 apostles of the Christ; the 12 disciples choose by Mahomet to spread his doctrine; the 12 minor flamines beside the Pontiff Maximus; the 12 first companions of St. Francis of Assisi; the 12 disciples of Confucius; the 12 disciples of Mithra; the 12 descendants of Ali; the 12 companions of Odin, with also the 12 goddesses for women; the 12 marshals of Napoleon.
  • In the Islamic religion, there are the 12 imams. The imam is the preferential intermediary between the men and God. For the Shiites, he should be a descendent of Ali, son-in-law of Mahomet. The twelfth imam having disappeared at age of four years old, in 260 of the Hegira (873), with the death of his father, he had no successor and he was considered alive.
  • The 12 administrators of Solomon for all Israel. (1 K 4,7)
  • The 12 gods of Egypt whose Hercules was the chief.
  • The 12 Olympians were the principal gods of the pantheon.
  • The 12 tables of the shield of Achilles which represent the social and the agricultural life during each month, starting with January.
12 Tables of the Shield of Achilles
  • The 12 “fevers” of the Russian popular tradition.
  • The 12 provinces that Ra visits each day by passing one hour in each one of them.
  • The 12 animals of the Chinese dances included in the ceremony of the change of year.
  • The 12 imposing rooms of the Scandinavian paradise.
  • At the three years old, the Virgin Mary entered to the Temple and she remained there for a period of 12 years.
  • The 12 virtues and the 12 vices of Our Lady of Paris.
  • The 12 rooms of the Hell corresponding to the 12 nocturnal hours of the eschatologic doctrines of Valentine.
  • The 12 lions decorating the steps of the throne of Solomon in the Arab legends.
  • The 12 seats surrounding the throne of Odin.
  • There are 12 “Jyotirlingas” in Hindu Shaivism.
  • Measured by the passage of the 12 moons (29 days and half each time), the lunar year counts only 354 days.
  • 12 is the first number known as “abundant” since the sum of its dividers (aliquot parts) gives a result higher than 12: 1+2+3+4+6=16.
12 Tribes of Israel
  • The 12 gates of the human body of the man – 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, the mouth, 2 breasts, the navel, the anus and the penis.
  • The human cell has 12 biochemical salts.
  • Islamic: 12 descendants of Ali, the Imams or directors rule the 12 hours of the day.
  • The twelve ganglions in the human body.
  • The pure light would be made up, not of 7, but of 12 colors.
  • The manifestation of the Trinity to the four corners of the horizon – 3 X 4.
  • The twelve stones chosen by the twelve men in the Jordan to make a monument. (Jos 4,3)
  • The twelve semitones derived from the seven notes of the scale.
  • Birthday of marriage: linen or silk weddings.
  • Twelve is the number of what is completed, which forms a whole, a perfect and harmonious unit. In the ancient civilizations, like Oriental and Judaic, it corresponds to the plenitude, the completion and the integrality of a thing. R. Allendy tells that it expresses the idea that the Universe forms a whole, associated with the idea of differentiation – 10 + 2.
  • The number 12 is used 189 times in the Bible.
12 Knights of the Round Table
  • In the famous Pythagorean 90o angle triangle  with vertical sides 3,4 and substituency 5, the total of all sides is giving the holy number 12.
  • Symbol of material and spiritual food, because of the 12 breads which Jesus Christ broke during the Last Supper, Himself being the Bread of Life.
  • Number attributed to the government of the world or the cosmos.
  • It is the creative capacity, and in some religions, it expresses also the Divine Mother.
  • 12 Knights of The Round Table.
  • There are 12 basic hues in the color wheel.
  • 12 people have walked on Earth’s moon.
  • 12 face cards in a card deck.
  • In English, 12 is the number of greatest magnitude that has just one syllable.
  • In Greek mythology, the number of labours of Heracles was increased from ten to make 12.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous has 12 steps, 12 traditions and 12 concepts for world service.
  • There are normally 12 pairs of ribs in the human body.
  • The Aeneid, an epic poem by Virgil is divided into two halves composed of 12 books.
  • The Chinese use a 12-year cycle for time-reckoning called Earthly Branches.
  • In Hinduism, the sun god Surya has 12 names. Also, there are 12 Petals in Anahata (Heart Chakra.)
  • The Testaments of the 12 patriarchs (from the writings of the library of Qumran), for each of twelve sons of Jacob.
  • Tom Brady wears #12 (just had to put that there).
Number 12 – Tom Brady

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