Interesting Facts About the Number 12
- The word “twelve” is from the old English twelf, literally “two left” (over 10).
- 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.
- 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.
- In ancient Greece, the Twelve Olympians were the main gods of the pantheon.
- 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.
- In the Bible, the Tree of Life inside the City of Heaven yields 12 different kinds of fruit.
- 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.
- Both the Western Zodiac and the Chinese Zodiac each have 12 signs.
- In Hindu Shaivism, there are 12 Jyotirlingas, which are devotional objects representing the god Shiva.
- In Hinduism, the sun god Surya has 12 names. Also, there are 12 Petals in Anahata (Heart Chakra.)
- A traditional gift for a 12th wedding anniversary is silk, such as silk pajamas, silk tie, or silk boxers.
- 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.