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# Properties of the number 4

## Symbolism

• Represent the union of the three Persons of the Saint Trinity in only one Being. In this sense the number 4 symbolizes the family, being considered as another image of the number 1.

• Simple projection of the unit, it is the number of the organization and the perfect rhythm.

• In the Greek mythology, it is the number of Jupiter, alive law, master of the protection and the justice, organizer of all that was created.

• Symbol of the totality, it is considered by the initiates as the root of all things.

• Number of the double duality, two plus two, and of the universal measure, according to the Pythagorean.

• Represent the sense of the revelation, the stability, according to saint Jerome.

• Saint Ambroise sees in 4 a luckless number.

• Represented symbolically by the square or the cross.

• For the Amerindians, this number is the perfection: the prayers are repeated four times, the dances have four tempo, and the warriors do four pauses before to rush on their enemies.

• Symbolizes the Earth, or what is terrestrial, the totality of created and revealed, according to the Bible.

• Symbolize the incarnation of the beings in the matter.

• Symbol of the feminine or the woman, for anatomical reasons: the four lips on the body of the woman.

• Number of the force, this symbol is often reproduced on arms.

• Number of the balance.

• In Japan, the four brings misfortune. They avoid to pronounce it because the same word means "the death".

## Bible

• The four evangelists of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

• The four days of Lazarus at the grave. (Jn 11,17)

• The four colors of horses of the Revelation and the four knights who bring the four major curses. (Rv 6,2-8)

• The four destructive angels standing at the four corners of the earth. (Rv 7,1)

• The four walls of the celestial Jerusalem. (Rv 21,16)

• The four living creatures in front of the throne of God. (Rv 4,7-8)

• The Jews knew four archangels to govern the angelic world.

• The four living creatures in the vision of Ezekiel. (Ezk 1,5)

• The four camps of the twelve tribes of Israel. (Nb 2)

• God called Samuel the child four times. (1 S 3,1-11)

• The four chariots of Zechariah. (Zc 6,1)

• The four rivers of the Paradise. (Gn 2,10-14; Koran 157,15)

## General

• Several prominent facts come to associate the number four to the cross of the Christ: the four segments of the cross; the four kinds of wood which were used for the construction of the cross of Christ, and also for Noah's Ark: the palm tree, the olive-tree, the cedar and the cypress, according to visions of Ann-Catherine Emmerick; the four Roman executioners who crucified Jesus on the Calvary, according to visions of Maria Valtorta; the four letters I.N.R.I. engraved on the cross. Concerning this last inscription, the Christians interpreted it as "Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum", Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews. The esoterists attribute another sense to it: "Igne Natura Renovatur Integra", The Nature will be Renovated by the Fire.

• Jesus remained four years in the temple of Juggernaut in Indies, according to the Gospel of the Aquarius.

• The return to Nazareth of Mary and Joseph lasted four days, after that Mary had remained three months with Elizabeth, according to visions' of Mary Agreda.

• The four emblems of the tribes of Israel, one for each group of three: the lion, the man, the bull and the eagle.

• The four Hebraic letters forming the name of God: YHWH.

• The four necessary elements for the conversion: prayer, penance, fast and sacrifice, given by the messages of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje.

• Number of fundamental collections (sacred volumes of India Brahman) in which are contained the whole of the knowledge of the Veda: Rig-Veda, Sama-Veda, Yajur-Veda (or Yajour-Veda) and Atharva-Veda.

• The four rays of the cosmic wheel.

• The four pillars of the Universe.

• According to the Tibetans, there are four "chakras", called also wheels, Lotus or subtle centers.

• The four petals of the Muladhara "chakra" located at the base of the spinal colum.

• The Israelites were divided in four groups when they arrived at the Red sea: one said "Let's jump into the sea", another said "Let's return to Egypt", the third said "Fight" and the last group said "Raise the voice against them", according to writings of the library of Qumran.

• The Cabal distinguishes four worlds in which are the ten "Sephiroth": the world of the emanation, Atziluth; the world of the creation, Briah; the world of the formation, Yetzirah; the world of the action, Asiah.

• The Buddhism is based on the four truths taught by "Cakkya-Mouni": "Kou", the pain exists in the birth, the old age, the disease, the attachment, etc.; "Tou", it is the sharing of all the creatures: its origin is the thirst of existence, pleasures, power; "Mou", the man must be liberated by the annihilation of the desire; "Tau", the means to arrive at this setting free is the practice of the "eight branches of the noble path".

• The Buddha made four travels which are symbolized by the Four Gates.

• The quaternary of the motto of the alchemists and the Rosicrucians: to know, to want, to dare, to hush.

• The Koran authorizes the polygamy, allowing a man to have as far as four women. (Koran 4,3)

• The quaternary is present in the Egyptian sphinx: head, body, paws, wings.

• The Pythagorean considered the quadrilateral supporting Hermes as the sign the infallible reason.

• Number of the symmetry, it is used in various constructions, one of them being the "mandala" of which emerges an impression of order and discipline.

• According to Hippocrate the number four governs the biological life of the man and according to C.G. Jung, it governs the psyches of the man by the four following psychological functions: the thought, the intuition, the feeling and the sentiment.

• The four fundamental parts of the organic chemistry: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen.

• The four cardinal points or direction of the space: North, South, East and West.

• The four states of the matter: solid, liquid, gaseous and igneous.

• The four phases of the moon.

• The four limbs of the man and the four cavities of the human heart.

• The four known physical forces: the nuclear force, the radiate force, the electromagnetic force and the force of gravitation.

• The four blood groups: O, A, B and AB.

• The number four and its successive multiples are generated by the sum of two successive odd numbers (1+3=4 where 1x4=4, 3+5=8 where 2x4=8, 5+7=12 where 3x4=12) or by the sum of the even number with itself (2+2=4, 4+4=8, 6+6=12).

• In his book "Superior Mathematical Puzzle", 1968, the American engineer Howard Dinesman indicates a magic square of order 4 (its side comprises four numbers) a little special, whose sum gives 264.

• ```                                    18 99 86 61
66 81 98 19
91 16 69 88
89 68 11 96
```
• Anniversary of marriage: weddings of silk, books or flowers.

## Occurrence

• The number 4 is used 279 times in the Bible.

• In the Bible, 12 numbers are used 4 times. There are the numbers 31, 37, 39, 72, 112, 128, 137, 430, 450, 666, 1254 and 600000, and 4 numbers are used only in the Revelation: 144, 1260, 144000 and 200000000.

• The number 4 is used 14 times in the Koran. (Koran II,226; II,234; II,262; IV,2; IV,19; IX,2; IX, 36; XXIV,4; XXIV,6; XXIV,8; XXIV,13; XXIV,44; XXXV,1 and XLI,9)

• The four forties enumerated in the Bible: the two of Moses, one for Elisha and one for Jesus. (Ex 24,18 and 34,28; Dt 9,11; Mt 4,2)

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## 30 Comments for Number 4 Symbolism, 4 Meaning and Numerology

### 4:12, 49, 42. 2

by Penny - 2/26/11 5:50 PM
I don't see these numbers anywhere they are just in my mind often..49 was the first number that stuck with me shortly after I gave my life to Christ..When I hold the Bible in my hands 4:12 comes to mind almost everytime..Often the numbers 2, and 42 pop in my head..I'm not haunted by these numbers I just wonder about them sometimes.

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### RE: 4:12, 49, 42. 2

by Anonymous - 10/28/17 5:55 AM
Used to see it almost every day on clock at 333 ha. Now see it now and again but more often than less or 666 or 3

### symbolism of the number four

by Kanny - 1/03/16 9:36 PM
As I pray appears in front of me the number fourvin a form of a symbol written and surrounded in a circle and facing the southern direction. What could it mean, anybody please?

### RE: symbolism of the number four

by Anonymous - 10/28/17 5:50 AM
Why upside down tho.

### meditation on 5/12/16

by Anonymous - 5/13/16 6:07 AM
i'm currently in an awakening and have been having a surge of visions over the course of the past two months, though i've always had visions, been able to access telepathy, and feel energies, but recently everything has been much more powerful. the other day during a group reiki meditation with my healer who channels the archangel michael, i had a very strong vision at the end of the session of a statue-like man in robes kneeling with his hands in his lap and with an aura of light surrounding him, something struck in my head "paul the apostle". last night, during my meditation, i lay with apophyllite, celestite, blue kyanite, fire agate, and black tourmaline in meditation while listening to isochronic tones and i had a vision of the number 4 repeated over and over again. i went into a trance and pulled myself from it 40 minutes later without realizing how much time had passed, because it felt like it had only been like 15 minutes. after the meditation, i passed out (it was around 6pm) and woke up at 4am.

i'm a bit concerned and i'm open to anyone else's interpretation.

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### RE: meditation on 5/12/16

by Anonymous - 10/28/17 5:49 AM
Sounds like it's numbers you need to look up meanings for unless u know that too not to be smart. I have dealt with things of this nature my whole life but never could channel it properly, or not be so angry. I really love these gifts and the beauty and all the times I listen to a song, and it makes me melt, or make me wanna be so bd to these two guys. I think I love who one is, and in love with the other and he my bestest friend. My point was, all things can make my eyes sleepy aND my brain on overload. It's so exhausting sometimes mentally.

### meditation

by Anonymous - 4/28/17 6:47 AM
I am a broken man, will meditation halp?

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### RE: meditation

by Anonymous - 10/28/17 5:42 AM
Meditation can help, yes. Don't think of it as rules you have to follow. Practice your breathing. We. It feels good to breathe, ND u get lost in a thought, dream, daydream, winkle, whatevZ try some muzic.

### sigh

by Anonymous - 5/12/17 4:53 AM
Wow just reading about an armed Hijacking in Heat magazine. Lazy journalism at best.

### The Force

by Marshall Cooper - 6/21/16 4:48 PM
Four is the number of TRUTH/JUSTICE
Law and Authority
the number of birth,foundation and fortitude

### RE: The Force

by Marshall Cooper - 6/21/16 5:05 PM
Four Connected to the Chakra of the Heart
True Knowledge, Wisdom and Power....
Key to the Gateway of HIGHER MIND

### Four Means Death

by Charlie - 5/03/11 7:00 AM
I believe you are referring to CHINESE, not Japanese. I don't about Japanese but Chinese "death" definitely sounds like "four." Thanks for this website.

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### RE: Four Means Death

by zee - 6/14/16 5:22 PM
Four=60=word dont sound like death sounds like LIFE

### you dont have a number in your arm just by random...surley.

by patrick - 2/28/11 6:17 AM
ive got the number 4 in my right forearm so i dotn know what to think about this still!

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### RE: you dont have a number in your arm just by random...surley.

by Anonymous - 1/03/16 9:32 PM
I don't understand the symbol 4, facing the southern direction??!

### NU4

by Anna - 9/30/12 9:12 AM
My Husband who took ill 4 weeks ago had a night and his attacker had NU4 inscribed on his T shirt.Does this dream have a meaning?

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### RE: NU4

by Anonymous - 10/09/15 11:27 AM
it could be car tag number

### living with the number four

by christina - 10/09/15 11:25 AM
My whole life the number four has been a significant symbol throughout time...it always shows up in my apartment addresses, places I go and even my birthday.

### What does this mean?

by Cyn - 5/10/15 1:41 AM
What force and what arms? "Number of the force, this symbol is often reproduced on arms."

### 4

by Anonymous - 11/13/12 5:12 PM
four=60 word=60 four the true number 1234 is four letters four is four by counting the letters no other number does that

### Re: 4

by oh - 7/18/13 4:37 PM
four 1234 is four

### Number 4 ALSO symbolic for...

by researcher - 3/25/10 12:58 PM
Geometrically, 4 represents any shape with 4 sides or 4 angles, including both plane figures and representational space, meaning the area BETWEEN FOUR points, such as a doorway, door, window, or other opening. This is especially significant because it conveys the sense of passage or movement out of one state (or place) and into another. For instance, in John's Revelation chapter 4, verse 1, "a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter."

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