At the beginning of the year - Symbols of the number 1
1 January 2021 Estimated time: ~2 min.
A new year begins just as 1 is before all the beginning, the source and origin of all numbers, as Pythagoras’ followers worshiped it…
Under the wand of the Tarot Magician (the number 1 arcane in this catalog of symbols) we are invited to engage our potential in the coming months. Our magician has on his table all the necessary resources, emotional, intellectual, material, spiritual - where will you invest them this year?
Maybe January will bring you new perspectives, new beginnings, or the joy of the game, the creativity of the inner child…. Maybe the things below will make you think about new perspectives… or maybe at what the number one means to you.
One - the number of verticality, symbol of man standing - many anthropologists make verticality a distinctive sign of man.
One - we find it in the image of the vertical rod, the active man associated with creation.
One - is the basis and the starting point and differs, as Rene Guenon explains, from uniqueness, the latter expressing the absolute being.
One - in numerology the characteristics of 1 include independence, self-sufficiency and self-determination.
If we step into the realm of spirituality, the symbolism of 1 is completed with new perspectives. In terms of space-time, every time a pattern repeats itself, we can talk about the repetition of 1. An invitation to reflect on unconscious repetitions perhaps in our lives, on repetitive patterns and patterns that prevent us from engaging our full potential in action.
One is an essential number and we cannot imagine any system of knowledge in its absence. The concept of the person as a unique individual is the foundation of philosophy, psychology and political action. But one can sometimes feel... alone.
In The Upanishads, Hindu sacred literature, it is said that at the begining of times, the universe was only one person. Suddenly he realized that he was alone and then he feared loneliness. At this point, the universe gave birth to diversity and pairs of opposites emerged.
In conclusion, I remind you that the symbol differs from the sign in that it has a meaning for the individual who relates to it.
So I invite you to reflect on what ONE means to each of you. What is ONE for you?