The number thirteen has always carried a rather negative connotation surrounded by superstition. Even in today’s informed society, people still harbor fear and dread over Friday the 13th and newly built hotels and structures eliminate or ignore a 13th floor. Some airlines have a no 13th row policy. Individuals who practice numeric divination believe the number 13 has a less than positive Karmic implication and they go out of their way to avoid addresses and roads bearing the numeric signature. What few realize is that the number 13 is a significant spiritual and mystical number of wisdom.
Thirteen is a number of power and dominion and as with all things universal, when that power is used for good it is an exceptional essence and when used for dark purposes it is also exceptional but through destruction. The reason is simple – from ancient times to these contemporary times this number represents the Master. Consider the 12 Knights of the Round Table and their “master” King Arthur and of course the 12 disciples of Jesus, Christ being the Divine Master. In China, 13 as a word means ‘assured growth’ and ‘definitely vibrant’. Feng Shui believers concern themselves with the fact that the number 13 breaks down to the number 4 (1 +3) which is considered lucky however those who concern with themselves with cosmic matters note that the breakdown of 13 to 4 also vibrates to the planet Uranus. The essence of Uranus is change and upheaval which constitutes a new regeneration of body, mind and spirit.
The 13/4 vibration in numerology is thought to bring spiritual insights into expression and into form through regeneration tearing down the old and becoming new.
The Druids who favored odd numbers because there was always a middle or balancing number would have looked to the number 7 as the balancer since it lies at the center of the other six numbers on either side of it:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
In layman’s terms the number 7 constitutes seeking the truth behind what is hidden or illusory. In mysticism 7 is believed to hold essence of the numbers 3 and 4 which represent the heavens and Soul force combined with the Earthly body. This combination is thought to be connected to the Master. Further, in superstition, the seventh son of a seventh son is thought to be a prophet or ‘master of fate.’
In his book, The 72 Names of God, Yehuda Berg writes that the 13th name or spiritual current, is that of Heaven on Earth. He states: “Our true purpose is to have unending happiness and eternal existence. We create heaven on earth.”
Is that not the goal of a spiritual master?