As part of our current synchroblog topic, I chose the number 11 as a symbolic concept of duality.
Seeing number 11 is not an uncommon phenomenon. Indeed, I get many emails from folks who see the number eleven consistently, and in response, I’ve written further symbolic thoughts on number eleven here.
As you will see on these posts, I propose the symbolism of number eleven deals with:
We garner these meanings through an understanding of numerology (both in the traditional Pythagorean sense, as well as an intuitive/interpretive psychic sense).
We glean information on the number eleven by investigating its numeric master, which is number one. The meaning of number one speaks of:
However, reduced the number eleven morphs into the vibrational resonance of number two (1+1=2). The meaning of number two deals with:
But what does this have to do with duality? Everything, when we dance in the peripheries of symbolism.
Investigating the numerical significances of number eleven gives us gossamer glimpses into the meaning of the number.
On the one hand we march in time with
structure, stability, consistency and sure-footing (number one).
On the second hand we dance the two-step with
choice, duplicity, option (free will) and diversity (number two).
After years of number eleven presenting itself to my attention at every turn (on clocks, dates, money, tickets, seats, rooms, pages, totals - you name it), I’ve had countless opportunities to meditate on its presence, and ask myself the questions: Why am I seeing number 11 everywhere? What does it mean? etc.
After exhausting numerological possibilities, my dissatisfaction lingered. These surface meanings never slaked my need for further clarification. There must be more depth to match the breadth of 11′s constant appearance in my life.
As is often the case, when we cock our philosophical heads to the side to take an unorthodox view of a thing, we begin to gain profound clarity of its meaning. And so, after using visualization techniques with the number eleven, its meaning began to come more alive in my understanding.
In my personal experience I’ve concluded the number eleven represents a metaphorical gateway, whose entrance beckons the integration of the duality or opposition inherent in human nature (consider the image in the upper right – do you see the 11 in the form of pillars to an entryway?).
Delving further into the metaphor, my mind turned to the symbolism of the Tarot in which the Priestess card as well as the Justice card resonate with the number eleven. Both cards depict two pillars on either side of the archetype. Essentially, a number 11.
The Priestess is traditionally seated in the center of the symbolic pillars of Boaz and Jachin representing foundational strength (physical) and intentional directed energy (spiritual). These pillars of the High Priestess card illustrate duality through long twisty roots running through the most esoteric layers of knowledge.
Further, her equal-armed cross signifies an ability to balance between the gateway of duality. For eons, ancient wisdom has driven this point home: Equalibrium is available within the center of perceived opposition.
This concept is a rhythmic theme drummed into every line of alchemical texts: Humankind must appropriately and mindfully mix the elements of duality together to conjure the elixir of enlightenment.
The meaning of eleven, in this visual sense, illustrates this profound potential: We reach our zenith by seating ourselves in the midst of duality (just as the Priestess is purposefully poised between the pillars of Boaz and Jachin).
So rather than tip the scale, choose a side, or invite imbalance – the great wisdom teachings of our kind (in all manner of metaphor) beckon us to settle BETWEEN the dualities.
Essentially, we have the ability to levitate between an elegently slender gap, gracefully slipping betwix such starknesses as:
- Black – White
- Day – Night
- Elation – Depression
- Introversion - Extroversion
- Physical – Spiritual
- Action – Rest
As our energetic ancestors have always known, it is in this subtle space we find our true home.
This is what years of seeing number 11 have brought to bear in my own understanding. What has it revealed to you?
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Duality Synchroblog. There are some incredibly passionate and insightful posts on the topic. I would encourage you to read them all:
- Between Old and New Moons
- Jewish Myth, Magic, and Mysticism
- Goddess in a Teapot
- The Aquila ka Hecate
- Full Circle Earthwise News
- Mythprint (all the myth that’s fit to print)
- Stone Circle
- Women and Spirituality
- Frontiers of Wonder
- Paleothea – Sing, Goddess
- Quaker Pagan Reflections
- Heart of Flame
- Manzanita, Redwoods and Laurel
- Dream Builders: A Figment of Imagination
- When Isis Rises: Archetypes in Duality
- Bubo’s Blog – Duality Entry