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    13: A Secret Number of Sacred Power

    We are told that 13 is an unlucky number. The date Friday the 13th is taboo because the Knights Templar were arrested and condemned by the seneschals of Philippe IV, King of France, in a "pre-dawn raid" on Friday, October 13th, 1307. The number 13 has been shunned for centuries. Some architects omit the 13th floor from office buildings to this very day. Is it possible that the folklore associated with the number 13 is absolutely apocryphal? Or that it has become a demonized numeral precisely because it was sacred in pre-Christian times? Think about it. It is an oddly recurring sum. 12 apostles and a messiah. 12 Knights of the Round Table and King Arthur. The number 13 recurs too consistently in such significant contexts to be purely arbitrary. And of course, itís not.

    13 was a number central to certain traditions of sacred geometry, because it reflected a pattern which could be seen to exist in man, nature, and the heavens. For instance, there are 13 major joints in your body. There are 13 lunar cycles in a solar year, and the moon travels 13 degrees across the sky every day. Six circles placed around a seventh central circle is a model of geometric efficiency and perfection in the second dimension that has been known to mathematicians for ages. But this same configuration in three dimensions consists of 12 spheres arranged around one central sphere, making 13 in all - the most compact three-dimensional arrangement recurrent in nature. A commentator writing about the Aztec calendar once said that, "Thirteen is a basic structural unit in nature. It means the attracting center around which elements focus and collect." Is this, then, the reason for Christís 12 disciples, King Arthurís 12 knights, or the 12 major constellations in relation to our sun? The likelihood seems great indeed.

    Assuming that the number 13 played a prominent role in the sacred traditions being preserved by the Knights Templar, and that the Vatican wished to keep this from coming to light, does it not follow that they purposely chose Friday the 13th as the date upon which to arrest the Templars? In many traditions, Friday is a holy day. If our assumptions are correct, Friday the 13th would be doubly sacred to the Templars. This may well have constituted the Churchís final "screw you" to the Order whose power they so feared and envied.

    13 is of particular interest to us because of Tracy Twymanís work on the "Golden Calendar", which is based on multiples of 13, such as 26 and 52. Interestingly, our modern calendar still bears vestiges of this, and retains the concept of 52 weeks in a calendar year. According to the website dayofdestiny.com, the Aztec century was based on a unit of 52 years, and native people in South America, who believed in an impending apocalypse that would occur on a certain date, would, "ritually demolish and destroy their civilization every 52 years", as a sort of "dress rehearsal." The glyph which represents both the start and end of the Aztec calendar is known as "13 Cane", and symbolizes the death of one cycles, followed by the birth of another - the Alpha and Omega. Strangely, this is very much what the 13th rune - called "Eiwaz" - means in the Northern European mythos. It represents the balance point between light and dark, the creative force and the destructive force, or the heavens and the Underworld. It too is the Alpha and Omega at the same time. It signifies death, but it also signifies eternal life. In the traditional tarot deck, the 13th card is the Death card. It also represents not merely death, but rebirth and renewal. These were obviously pivotal concepts to ancient cultures, the understanding of which has faded down the centuries. But isnít it remarkable that this specific notion always seems to be associated with the number 13, even in cultures as seemingly dissimilar as those of Northern Europe and South America?

    It is interesting to note that although the 13th rune was the central rune in the oldest runic alphabet, and the symbol around which all the others were ordered; by the time the second runic alphabet emerged, the "Eiwaz" rune was absent. What this seems to indicate is that even in very ancient times, this symbol so representative of the world-view central to Northern European thought had vanished due to the fact that the idea it represented had also been lost. This idea seems to constitute some ancient understanding of Hermetic thought. Of course, the idea didnít simply disappear, it was kept alive by certain initiates who preserved and passed down the secrets of an esoteric tradition. Perhaps this is why the number 13 has always been associated with magic and the occult, and why it is a number perceived to possess some mysterious yet tangible power. It is an emblem of a secret knowledge, a knowledge which does indeed confer power upon those conversant with it. It is a knowledge that religious orthodoxies have long feared and tried to suppress. 13 may be perceived as unlucky to those who fear the secret gnosis it represents, but for adherents of that gnosis it is (as it always was), a sacred number.

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    Middag,

    Ja, inderdaad het ek ook soos baie ander gedink dat dertien 'n ongelukkige nommer is, dit is ook my geboortedag. Het ook maar altyd gewonder wat gaan skeef loop as dit nog boonop op 'n Vrydag was.

    Maar my Vader het my die teendeel gewys. Hy het my gewys dat voordat ons met 'n nuwe geestelike lewe saam met Hom kan begin, ons eers die ou vleeslike lewe moet afsterf. Met ander woorde ons moet eers vleeslik doodgaan voordat ons geestelik herbore kan word. Net soos wat dit sÍ in die stuk hieronder.

    It represents the balance point between light and dark, the creative force and the destructive force, or the heavens and the Underworld. It too is the Alpha and Omega at the same time. It signifies death, but it also signifies eternal life. In the traditional tarot deck, the 13th card is the Death card. It also represents not merely death, but rebirth and renewal.
    Ja, voorwaar het die simboliese getal 13 vir my groot betekenis gebring. Ek het nog nooit in simbole ens belang gestel nie, maar die getal 13 het vir my 'n nuwe geestelike betekenis gebring, Ere aan my Vader!!!

    Groete

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    Symbolic Meaning of Number Thirteen

    The symbolic meaning of number thirteen receives a shady interpretation in Norse myth, when an honorary banquet was held in Valhalla for Baldur (god of nobility, redemption and admirable strength) among other twelve Norse gods. Loki (the trickster) came to the banquet as the uninvited thirteenth guest. Afterwards, we learn Baldur was slain by HŲūr who, to execute the god, was given a magic spear by Loki.

    Similarly, the darker symbolism of thirteen continues in its Christian association with the Last Supper. Twelve disciples and the Christ, formed a group of thirteen to share the last meal. Here, thirteen is seen as a foreboding omen as we learn of Christís fate after the gathering.

    In the same vein, Friday the thirteenth is commonly reviled as it was said the Last Supper in the upper room took place on a Friday. Further, Friday 13th in 1307 was the date on which the assembly of the Knights Templar were systematically assasinated.

    In the guest company scenarios we can point to Judas or Loki as the thirteenth figures and so deem the association of the number thirteen as unlucky.

    However, one may also consider the opposite, and recognize the enlightened guests, Christ and Baldur as the thirteenth entities. This brings about a heightened perception of the number and lends symbolism of:

    • Ascension
    • Resurrection
    • Enlightenment


    In ancient Greece Zeus was counted as the thirteenth, and most powerful god. Here the associations of Zeus give the number thirteen symbolic meanings such as:

    • Totality
    • Completion
    • Power
    • Realization
    • Attainment


    The symbolism of thirteen comes into play when we learn of Osiris (the Egyptian god of life, death and powerful solar symbol) was murdered by his brother Typhon. Isis, Osirisí wife and sister collected his body with intent to restore Osiris back to life.

    However, Typhon stole Osirisí body and cut it into fourteen pieces and scattered them about the earth. Isis continued her quest to revive her beloved, but could only reclaim thirteen of the fourteen body parts (the fourteenth part being Osirisí penis which interestingly fell into the Nile and was eaten by a school of fish which are also symbolic).

    This tale symbolically implies that the meaning of number thirteen is the precursor to completion.

    Also in Egypt, there are thirteen steps upon the ladder that leads to eternity. Upon the thirteenth step it is said the soul reaches the source of itself and attains spiritual completion.

    There are thirteen moons in a calendar year. As such, the symbolic meaning of number thirteen deals with moon associations such as:

    • Femininity
    • Magic
    • Psyche
    • Emotion


    From a numerological perspective, we first recognize the presence of the three. Symbolic meaning of number three is vast and powerful. At its simples, the symbolic meaning of the number three deals with:

    • Creation
    • Completion
    • Order
    • Advancement
    • Mystery


    We then recognize the presence of the number one, which precedes the number three. This amplifies the preexisting symbolic meaning of the number one, which deals with:

    • Beginnings
    • Initiation
    • Solidarity
    • Unity
    • Birth


    Singly, these individual number meanings put together tell a story of a path that is just beginning (number one), and will lead to greatness in the expression of the union of opposites (number three).

    Adding and reducing the single numbers, is a common practice in numerology. Do this, we receive another symbolic meaning of the number thirteen. To wit: 1+3=4. Fours lend a grounding effect to the high-pitch energy of 13. The energy of number four brings the thirteen down to a level where we can begin to rationalize its meaning more clearly. The reduction to four is a message that at its core, the thirteen is a means to an end and this numeric energy will always return us to the calm root or source which is ultimately our cosmic home.

    In a deeper numerological perspective, thirteen can be considered the fulfillment or manifestation of the number three.

    It is also important to note the number thirteen is a prime number and is only divisibly by itself. This is symbolic of:

    • Incorruptible nature
    • Purity
    • Integrity


    In the language of the Tarot, the number thirteen is represented in the Death card, which is symbolic of:

    • Transition
    • Change
    • Inevitability


    By: Avia Venefica

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    Dertien

    Die syfer 13 word gesien as 'n ongeluksgetal. Die woord ongeluksgetal bestaan ook uit 13 letters. Die angs vir die syfer 13 word triskaidekafobie genoem.

    Die angs vir die syfer 13, kom heel moontlik van die Kelte en Germane. Die Kelte en Germane het 'n kalender geken wat bestaan het uit 13 maande plus 1 dag. Dit was 'n maankalender en was daar volgens die maankalender 13 volle mane per jaar - Coligny-kalender. Hierdie kalender het ook aangedui welke dae 'n mens geluk kan verwag en welke dae ongeluk. Met die kerstening van die Kelte en Germane is neergesien op die hierdie kalender en alles wat Kelties-Germaans was. Die Christene wou met die syfer 13 'n wig slaan tussen die Christendom en die Heidendom. Veral Vrydag die 13de word beskou as 'n dag wat ongeluk bring. Vrydag is immers Godin Freya se dag en met haar wou die Christene afstand neem.

    Die angs vir die 13de kom moontlik uit die Germaanse religie. Loki die Reus verskyn (in een van die sages) as dertiende en ongenooide gas aan 'n feesmaal, wat die aarde in rou sou dompel.

    Die syfer dertien kom ongeveer 12 keer voor in die Bybel en 0 keer in die Koran.

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