Since the month of December starts tomorrow, let’s explore the significance of the number 12. Not only is 12 the symbol of cosmic order, but it is also the number that represents space and time. Examples are the 12 months in a year, and time measured in two groups of 12 hours as delineated by a.m. and p.m.
From ancient times, 12 is considered the number of perfection as it is the result of four multiplied by three. Four represents the number of elements as well as the four corners of the earth and the four cardinal points. Three is known as the divine number that represents the past, present and future; birth, life and death; beginning, middle and end. 4 x 3 = 12, the perfect number.
Astrology and mythology also reflect the significance of the number 12. Both eastern and western zodiacs revolve around 12. There are 12 signs in the western zodiac, and 12 animals in the eastern zodiac. Each of the 12 animals completes a 12-year cycle known as one “wheel” before occurring again.
In the Bible, Jesus had 12 apostles. And, Jacob had 12 sons who are the ancestors of the 12 Tribes of Israel. In Islam, Ishmael the Patriarch had 12 sons who became the tribal chiefs from Assyria to Egypt.
In Greek mythology, the 12 Olympians were the 12 principle gods that resided on Mount Olympus. In addition, Heracles (the son of Zeus and his human mother) was a great hero who was set to accomplish 12 seemingly impossible tasks that he managed to complete with wit and strength. These are known as the 12 Labors of Heracles.
In numerology, 12 represents the completed cycle of experience and the learned possibility of regeneration toward a higher consciousness. December is considered the month to let go of the old and look ahead to the new. It’s the time of year to deal with negative issues and be done with them, moving on to what is better. It’s a month to see your efforts begin to bear fruit. It’s the time of year to expect positive surprises in business, friends and love as a result of social interactions. And, it’s the perfect time to plant seeds in the hearts and minds of those around you.