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Interesting Facts About the Number 12 

  1. The word “twelve” is from the old English twelf, literally “two left” (over 10).

  2. As early as 1500 B.C., the ancient Egyptians developed a sundial that was calibrated to divide the interval between sunrise and sunset into 12 parts.
    This system reflects their use of a duodecimal system. They used this system because it reflects the 12 lunar cycles in a year. They may also have used
    12 because of the number of finger joints on each hand: three on each of the four fingers excluding the thumb, which made it easy to count to 12.

  3. Religions, such as Buddhism, also revere the number 12. For example, Buddhists believe that life is composed of 12 stages, which together keep the
    wheel of life turning.

  4. In ancient Greece, the Twelve Olympians were the main gods of the pantheon.

  5. In Hinduism, Purna Kumbh Mela (a mass pilgrimage of faith) is celebrated every 12 years. They also believe it takes 12 years of discipline to change a habit.
    Mantras, japas, and pranayamas are also practiced in multiples of 12.

  6. In the Bible, the Tree of Life inside the City of Heaven yields 12 different kinds of fruit.

  7. The Ancient Hindus revered the number 12. It was common practice for a boy from a religious home to leave at the age of 12 and live for 12 yeas
    with a guru or teacher.

  8. Both the Western Zodiac and the Chinese Zodiac each have 12 signs.

  9. In Hindu Shaivism, there are 12 Jyotirlingas, which are devotional objects representing the god Shiva.

  10. In Hinduism, the sun god Surya has 12 names. Also, there are 12 Petals in Anahata (Heart Chakra.)

  11. A traditional gift for a 12th wedding anniversary is silk, such as silk pajamas, silk tie, or silk boxers.

  12. The Hanged Man’s Tacrot Card number is 12 – a higher octave of the number 3, representing careful planning and orderly growth leading to spiritual development.
    1 (beginning) + 2 (the reasoning force) = 3 (the product of rebirth). The ruling planet is Neptune, the planet of self-sacrifice and idealism.

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