Numbers: Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtue: Being a Résumé of the Views of the Kabbalists, Pythagoreans, Adepts of India, Chaldean Magi and Medićval Magicians (Google eBook)

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Theosophical Publishing Society, 1890 - Symbolism of numbers - 52 pages
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Page 2 - Sea, or as some say, at Sidon in Phoenicia. Very little is known of his early life, beyond the fact that he won prizes for feats of agility at the Olympic Games ; having attained manhood, and feeling dissatisfied with the amount of knowledge to be gained at home, he left his native land and spent many years in travel, visiting in turn most of the great centres of Learning. History narrates that his pilgrimage in search of wisdom extended to Egypt, Hindostan, Persia, Crete, and Palestine, and that...
Page 9 - WHY come not spirits from the realms of glory, To visit earth as in the days of old, — The times of sacred writ and ancient story...
Page 24 - CHRISTIAN, dost thou see them On the holy ground, How the troops of Midian Prowl and prowl around? Christian, up and smite them, Counting gain but loss : Smite them by the merit Of the Holy Cross!
Page 22 - Bullialdo 1644, page 147, was not only principally honoured by the Pythagoreans because all symphonies exist within it, but also because it appears to contain the nature of all things, hence their oath " Not by him who delivered to our souls the Tetractys " (that is Pythagoras) this tetractys is seen in the COMPOSITION of the first numbers i.
Page 40 - Sabines became merged with the Romans about 266 BC The Nine gods of the Etruscans were Juno, Minerva, Tinia, Vulcan, Mars, Saturn, Hercules, Summanus, and Vedius ; the Etruscans also became united with the Romans. Note in Macaulay's poem of " Horatius " " Lars Porsena of Clusium by the nine gods, he swore," in 596 BC Lars Porsena, led the Etruscans ; they were then most powerful : from the Etruscans the Romans took much of their law, custom, and superstition. It is by nines that Eastern presents...
Page 8 - Superperfect numbers they looked on as similar to Briareus the hundred-handed giant, his parts were too numerous ; the deficient numbers resembled Cyclops who had but one eye ; whilst the perfect numbers have the temperament of a middle limit and are the emulators of Virtue, a, medium between excess and defect, not the summit as some ancients falsely thought. Evil is indeed opposed to evil, but both to one good. Good, however, is never opposed to good, but to two evils. The Perfect numbers are also...
Page 41 - Eternity," which is infinite life, because it contains every number in itself, and number is infinite. It is also called Kosmos, that is the " Universe." Proclus says : The decad is mundane also, it is the world which receives the images of all the divine numbers, which are supernaturally imparted to it. It is called " the fountain of eternal nature," because if we take the half, five as the middle number, and add together the next above and the next below, viz., 6 and 4 we make 10 and the next two...
Page 39 - Attention is called to its being an emblem of Matter which ever varying is never destroyed ; so the number 9 when multiplied by any number always reproduces itself, thus: — 9 times 2 are 18 and 8 plus I are nine : and so on as below...
Page 27 - There are 5 orders of Architecture; and 5 Senses, of the human body now commonly known and described (but the whole are seven). Geometry is technically called the 5th Science. In Masonry the grand scheme is the 5 points of Fellowship, and note also 5 Brethren can hold a Fellowcrafts lodge. It is also called the Pyramid, from the arrangement of Monads, thus three below, then two, then one above them. Note the system of 5 regular Euclidean bodies, tetrahedron, hexahedron or cube, octohedron, dodekahedron...
Page 21 - The Druids also paid a constant respect to this number ; and even their poems are noted as being composed in Triads. Indeed it is impossible to study any single system of worship throughout the world, without being struck by the peculiar persistence of the triple number in regard to divinity...

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