Properties of the number 6
Represent the imperfection, the sin, the Evil, according to the Bible. But it is also the number of the test, the work and the servitude in the Hebraic law, which ordered to work during six days, to sow the earth during six years and that a slave serves his master during six years.
Number of the "man-animal", the man "with a tail", still having his passions, being nonconscious of his divinity. But it is also considered as being quite simply the number of the man because it is the sixth day that God created the human couple (Gn 1,26).
Perfect number, according to Thibaut Of Langres. Our Lord was conceived on the sixth day, was born at the sixth age of the world and was crucified on the sixth day - the eighth age corresponding to the beatitude which will follow the resurrection of the bodies. Origen specifies that 6 is the symbol of the passion of the Christ who suffered the sixth day. According to Euclid, 6 is also the first perfect number because it is equal to the sum of its aliquot parts. Let us mention that the four other perfect numbers that follow are 28, 496, 8128 and 33550336.
Thibaut Of Langres attributes also this number to Venus, that is to say the fecundity because 6 is the product of the first even number by the first odd and that it is considered that all even number are female and all odd are male.
Its form is a continuous curve without angle, without line. It is the total love. It is almost spiral, it is on the point of going towards the infinity. 6 is also the form of the foetus in gestation.
Sign of the mediation between the principle and its manifestation.
Number of the indecision and the choice that is required.
Favorable number linked to the longevity.
Number of Neron, the sixth emperor.
The six jars in which the water was transformed into wine by Jesus at the wedding of Cana. (Jn 2,6)
The six days taken by God to create the creation, according to the Bible and the Koran. (Gn 2,2; Koran 10,9 and 32,3)
The six years taken by Joshua to conquer all the country of Canaan.
The catch of Jericho by Joshua was done in six days. (Jos 6, 11-14)
The six degrees that had the throne of Solomon (1 K 10,19) and the six nations which provided him wives or concubines: Egyptians, Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, Hittites (1 K 11,1).
In the war led at Gath against Philistines, a warrior of big size had six fingers to each hand and at each foot. (2 S 21,20; 1 Ch 20,6)
The width of the gold statue that the king Nebuchadnezzar made build had six cubits. (Dn 3, 1)
It is to chapter 6 of the Genesis that God announces the Flood. And in 6,6 we read: "YHWH regretted having made human being on earth and was grieved at heart".
The lily, with its six petals placed in two rows of three equidistant, is, for the Christians, the emblem of saint Joseph and the Virgin Mary. The lily is also the mystical flower of the virgins.
The six main parts in the celebration of the mass: the preparation to the sacrifice, the instruction, the oblation, the canon, the communion and the thanksgiving.
Jesus was six years old when he entered to the Carmelite School. It is generally at this age that a child begins to make the distinction between the good and the evil, so it renders him consequently responsible of his acts.
Jesus was lashed by six executioners, according to visions of Mary Agreda.
Our Lady of the Salette pronounces by six times in her message the name of the Antichrist, giving the precisions on his origin and his birth and in the last paragraph, announces his annihilation "by the breath of saint Michael archangel".
The six branches of the star of the seal of Solomon.
The six couples of gods who govern the twelve signs of the zodiac.
The six guardian angels of the six symbolic directions of the universe who were in relation with the girls of Seth, according to the Book of Enoch.
The six petals of the Swadhistana Chakra located above the genital organs.
The six means of perfection or transcendent virtues at the Buddhist: the patience, the charity, the energy, the wisdom or the science, the contemplation or the charity, the virtue or the purity.
In India, in the Laws of "Manou", it is mentioned that there are six seasons, named "ritous", in the year. Just as the Chinese, at the time of "Fo-Hi", divided the year into six seasons of two months.
Cabalists see in the first word of the Genesis, "Beraeschith", not the translation of "In the beginning" but the senses of "He created by six".
The ancient Dravidian people in the south of India had noticed that a good seed, in their country and under the sun, germinated at the end of seven days, or multiple of seven days, became a nourishing vegetable or a beautiful tree having good fruits. A bad seed germinated in six days or six days multiple. It had thorns and bad fruits. Consequently, the number six was considered for them as harmful.
The hexagon is formed by six equilateral triangles which are writable in the circle. The six is then connected to the circle, or to the notion of cycle. The great cycles of the universe are multiple of six.
The number 6 is sometimes called the perfection of the parts because, multiplied by itself, it always reappears at the place of the unit: 6, 36, 216, etc.
Other representation of the 6: the cube with its 6 surfaces which, developed, form the Latin cross. The Heavenly Jerusalem is cubic; the cross, which never appears in the Revelation, is perhaps designated like this.
Warrain points out that the number 6 is the only number able to satisfy the equality:
1 + 2 + 3 +... + n = 1 x 2 x 3 x... x n
in which n = 3. According to him, the number 6 "connects the graduation continues to the discontinuous summation, in the most elementary state of their universal modes; it appears like the systematic meeting of the two principles, one active and unit, the other passive and plural, which appear in all creation."
Anniversary of marriage: weddings of iron or candies.
Numerical value of the Hebraic letter Waw, connecting the active to the passive, representing the ratio of Ego with the Not Ego. This letter has the form of a hook, a nail, a link. Charrot sees in this form " the link or the grapple which binds and tangles up in currents ideas, all the opinions; it is the man who makes himself free by working or slave by the laziness."
The number 6 is used 148 times in the Bible.
Numbers 19, 27, 33, 52, 99, 127, 6000, 8000 and 70000 are used 6 times in the Bible.
The number 6 is used seven times in the Koran. (Koran VII,52; X,3; XI,9; XXV,60; XXXII,3; L,37 and LVII,4)
In Revelation chapter 13, the sentence "it was allowed to do", by referencing to Satan, is repeated 6 times. The word paradise is used 6 times in the Bible (3 times in the OT and 3 times in the NT).
Last modification: December 19, 1998