• Anthe Aelea

The Power of the Number 13

Updated: Mar 31

Today is Friday 13th, a day that is covered in a myth of bad luck, and is interestingly also associated with the powerful qualities of the feminine, life energy, natural time, healing and divine creation. So why is Friday 13th often associated with bad luck? Why do we have 12 months, but 13 moons in a year? Is there actually a 13th star sign?

--- 13 as the number of Wholeness and Creation --- 13 is a fascinating number, it is the number of wholeness, and represents the trinity of masculine-feminine-god united as one. God in this respresents the third energy of non-dual expanded consciousness that is sparked when two polarities meet in truth and love. In essence one could say that the masculine energy and consciousness holds the gift of guiding into truth and the feminine of opening and guiding into love. The most physical manifestation of the meeting between both is the conception of a child, a new consciousness and human being. The expansive transcendence of these three energies merging into one, is the same one we experience when we merge our spiritual with our material reality. Our bodies being the place where the both meet.

--- 13 in Sacred Geometry and Nature --- We also see this reflected in the Cube of Metatron, which is a Sacred Geometrical representing a map of creation and also the union of heaven and earth, masculine and feminine. We can see this represented by the 13 spheres in the cube (image below) that hold the 'Feminine' energy and principle and the straight connecting and structuring lines which respresent the 'Masculine' Principle. Weaving together in union as ONE. Related to the Metatron Cube is also the sacred geometric symbol of the Merkaba, which means light (Mer) spirit (Ka) body (Ba) in Hebrew. Our Merkaba brings together the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being and links our multidimensional Self with the infinite universe. It is said that this sacred geometric vehicles allow us to travel through time and space free from our physical body, through our spirit and energetic body.

The 13 'Feminine' Spheres of Metatron’s Cube are also called the 13 Sacred Keys of Creation. These are the Divine Sacred Laws of the Universe that unlock embodied knowledge (wisdom) to activate and proceed on our path of evolution and enlightenment as human beings.

As Souls experiencing physical life on Earth, these Sacred Keys help us open up our being and understanding of how we are an expression of Divine infinite Life while we are alive in a human body.

In addition to this it is interesting to note how 13 is also a prime number - meaning it is indivisible by any other number than its own. And it is one of the number of the Golden Ratio Fibonacci sequence. Both showing how this number holds a direct relation with nature and it's sacred geometry. In quite a number of ancient civilisations, texts and religions we can find 13 amongst other prime and fibonacci numbers.

In the sequence of prime numbers, 13 precedes the number 7, which is also often referred to as sacred number. Our energetic chakra system is said to have 7 main chakra's. However our full chakra system expands much further beyond that, moving into the more holistic chakra 13 chakra system and finally the 23rd chakra system (I will write another article on this). Note that 23 is also a prime number as well as the number of the amount of chromosome pairs in our human DNA. I dare say that there is a direct interrelation to the level of how we have managed to fully 'activate' and 'illuminate' our DNA and how this will be reflected in a fully activated 23 chakra system in our energetic body.

Now I know this is a lot of metaphysical information.. Hang in there please!

more fascinating facts are yet to come.

--- 13 as the number of our Sacred Natural Time ---

In a year, we count 13 moon cycles. Strangely, we count 12 months in our linear calendar, whereas the word 'month' is derived from the period between two new moons and a cycle of 28 days.

Because of this, 13 was considered a sacred number in the ancient civilisation of the Maya people. Even their famous calendar they use three cyclical calculations which operate in perfect synchronicity: the lunar, solar and galactic count, with one additional 'day out of time' at the end of each solar year, which starts with the alignment of the Sun, Earth and the star Sirius on July 25th. Also other ancient civilisations like the ancient Egyptians were aware of this in their application of the lunar cyle and sothic time cycle, which conincides with the heliacal rising of the star Sirius (also speculated to be our Sun's binary star).

--- 13 and the Essential Feminine --- Since long Friday 13th was traditionally celebrated as a day of the Goddess. {editorial update 16-11-2015: on the day I published this article in the morning of Friday 13th 2015 from my home in Amsterdam before leaving for travels to Belgium, Paris was attacked in the evening by a so-called terrorist organisation called ISIS. I received a lot of signs and intuitions throughout that day and some time before, telling me that something malevolent would happen. In my humble view, the name of the powerful ancient Egyptian mother goddess Isis has been purposefully misused for this operation. In addition to this, The name Paris is derived from the French phrase "par Isis" meaning "by Isis". In the Heart of the city of Paris, the Notre Dame church was built over the place where there used to be an Isis Temple.} Along with this, the lunar apogee associated with the lunar time cycle is referred to as 'Black Moon Lilith'. Lilith is known from ancient times to be the first woman and the original wife of Adam. As the story goes, she refused to be submissive to Adam as she wanted to relate to him as equals. She was then banned from the Paradise, whereafter she lived with demons. A new wife for Adam, known as Eve, was created from one of his ribs. They lived in Paradise together until the serpent seduced Eve to eat from the forbidden fruit. This is the story as most people know it. However, there is much symbolism in this story which could be explained in a completely different manner than the old story. Let me therefore give you my interpretation of this old story and how it relates to the revival of feminine energy in our world:

Lilith represents the authentic feminine energy, fully in her power and entitled to share the Paradise with Adam as her equal co-creator and partner. However, as most have noticed, the feminine - representing women, mother earth, sexuality and intuition - has been long suppressed and abused within our world. When Lilith refused to submit herself to Adam, religious scholars have banned her into the shadows of our human consciousness by writing her off as a troublemaker. (and who knows they did the same with the 13th disciple of Jesus?) When Eve, symbolizing the disempowered woman, had taken her place on Adam's side, she obeyed the rules of 'Paradise' until she met the snake. The snake in many traditions symbolizes life force, also known as kundalini or simply sexual energy, and the bridge between lunar and solar, water and fire ..feminine and masculine energy. She is also known to hold the power of ancient wisdom and mystical knowledge, and the power of transformation, shedding her skin with every new stage of life that she enters. The snake offering Eve to eat the fruits from the tree of knowledge - leading to the fall of the 'Paradise' known until then - can also be explained as the re-empowerment and awakening of the feminine consciousness and sexual energy in our world, leading to a fall of the yang-dominated society. Eve also offered the fruit to Adam, pointing to a similar awakening within men. This ultimately will lead us into a dance of balance between masculine and feminine - yin and yang - in our world. A conscious dance wherein men and women will meet each other as powerful equals and co-creators, together creating wholeness: 13. (to find out more about Lilith, or her astrological meaning, in your astrological chart, feel welcome to contact me)

--- The 13th Star Sign of Ophichius, the healer --- Long before headlines hit the newspapers in 2012 that a 13th sign in the zodiac had been discovered, Ophicius had been shining bright in the nighttime sky as a star sign between Scorpio and Sagittarius. The discussion that arose between astrologists as to wether this 13th sign had to be included in the zodiac, actually points to a much deeper question: are we ready for a profound transformation of our systems as we know them, to come into wholeness and full alignment with our deeper truth?

To enable this transformation we need to heal our wounds that have been blocking the connection with ourselves, our love and our truth. Or as the Sufi poet Rumi put it: "your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Interestingly, Ophichius (also known as Serpentarius) holds the medicine and key to enable this transformation. As the sign of the healer and better known to the ancient Grieks as the god of medicine Asclepius, he was known to be an alchemist and master in working with the force of life. Combining his intuition with his logic and trusting his power, he made miracles happen with his healing. He held a serpent-entwined staff which until this day is still often used as a symbol by healers and doctors. Healing is the art of coming into wholeness and alignment with ourselves and others through trusting our deeper truth. There are many ways we can heal ourselves and become more whole, to fully unlock our power and potential. Again, we here see the symbolism of the number 13, a magical and powerful number indeed. As we can see, much knowledge and power is held by the number 13. It is a number that represents the power of the sum of polarities, the wisdom of non-duality and the spark of creation and transformation.

What does the number 13 mean for you? I hope you enjoyed this article and warmly invite you to message me if you have any further questions regarding information shared in this article. Peace, Anthe Aelea

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