Guest article by Jennifer Sands
The number four is taboo in China, considering that it is a homonym for a Chinese word that refers to dying or death. But for many others across the globe, the numeral is lucky.
World Cultures and the Number Four
Take the Ancient Hebrews, for instance. One of their Gods, Yahweh, is spelled by a four-letter word in Aramaic (a type of Afro-Asian language). Naturally, they revere the number four. Ancient cultures that insisted on the earth being flat, declared the number four and the circle (its equivalent geometric shape) to be sacred. Fatherly Gods are associated with this numeral too—Zeus of Greece, Jupiter of Rome, and Odin of Scandinavia. It must carry some significance if even Pagans of Ancient times worshipped the number four. After all, it refers to the four classical elements, that is, fire, earth, air and water. The numeral also points to the four directions, that is, east, west, north and south. There are four seasons in a year and approximately four weeks in a month.
Christians link these elements to the four Gospels that relate to the story of Jesus Christ—St. John is fire or spirituality; Christ’s incarnation is earth; St. Luke is air and the longest; and St. Mark is water or baptism. Tetragrammaton is the four-letter name of a Jewish God; they even fear to take the name for it is so sacred.
Characteristics Associated with the Number Four
Your association with the number four is indicative of your very down-to-earth, practical and caring personality. People find it hard to match your unique out-of-the-box thinking. You are creative and innovative in your dissections of events and situations; arriving at a sensible solution is easy for you. Considering that the number four is a composite number, it follows that you have a composite personality too.
For the novices, composite refers to a number that is created by multiplying numbers apart from itself and 1. To illustrate, 1 x 4 is 4, and 2 x 2 is also 4. Therefore, you do take cues from all kinds of conflicting sources, but ultimately stick to your decisions only. Interference from others is not welcome, and you express it via arrogance and impatience.
Why is the Number Four So Popular?
Green is a color generally associated with nature and growth. Plants such as ivy and bamboo are the number four’s favorites; so also, Baby’s Breath, with its beautiful white or pink flowers. And that is not all—the number four colors are emerald and green; its gemstones jade and emerald.
It is a popular belief that the four-leaf clover brings luck; no wonder, many go in search of it. The presence of all four colors on the same petal of a pansy flower refers to health and happiness, wealth and prosperity. Four ravens conferencing on the same tree branch are announcing a wedding in your family. Dreaming about the number four is a sign of forthcoming opportunities. The four aces in a playing deck signify love (heart), power (spade), popularity (clubs) and wealth (diamonds)—so carry them on your person.
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