Planets, Signs, and Numbers

Every planet and sign has a number, color, sound, weight, density, etc, as they represent universal archetypes or principles. The knowledge of these associations have become lost or muddled with time, but they are always active or operational. It remains for us to re-discover and re-unite these comparative or reflective principles so that we re-establish wholeness and balance and meaning in our lives.

Most of the planet-sign associations have been figured out, but there is little consensus on the planet-number scheme. The Sun and Moon, for example, being the foremost bodies in the heavens, have long been associated with the numbers one and two respectively, but the consensus basically stops there. The remaining planet-number associations are very divergent or conflicting, depending on the source.

The most commonly accepted planet-number system or association today in modern astrology is as follows....

Sun = 1, Moon = 2, Mercury = 5, Venus = 6, Mars = 4 or 9, Jupiter = 3, Saturn = 8,
Uranus = 9 or 4, Neptune = 7, Pluto = 0

In the Vedic system, which does not recognize the modern planets, there are nine numbers(no zero), with 4 and 7 assigned to Rahu and Ketu or the north and south lunar nodes respectively, and in some other systems Mars and Uranus interchange between 4 and 9.

Much of the difficulty in assigning numbers to planets is due to the ambiguity of dual rulership in astrology which blends masculine and feminine principles. Untill all twelve planets are identified, each with their own ruling sign, and a twelve-number system adopted, there will continue to be much confusion or uncertainty.

In the last 250 years astrology has caught up with numerology by acquiring three new planets, Uranus(1781), Neptune(1846), and Pluto(1930), and moving from the seven-based traditional system to a ten-based system. Two more planets will bring it to the full twelve-based system(one planet for every sign).

The cypher zero has an interesting history. While the Mayans made full use of it at least 2000 years ago, it did not come into significant use (mostly in India) untill around 650 AD. It then spread to the Arab world around 800 AD, and finally to Europe during the Renaissance(1450-1600 AD). Before the use of zero, various cultures used wedges("), dots, or spaces in its place.

Pluto or zero balances the male/female distribution of zodiacal energy in modern times and is one reason why Pluto is having difficulty becoming accepted in our still male-dominated society. The next planet will of course tip the balance again untill and unless all twelve planetary energies are accounted for.

Ideally, masculine planets or signs should be associated with the odd numbers and feminine planets with the even numbers. This is a most basic or fundamental rule and is the reason why I do not accept Uranus(a masculine planet) being associated with the number 4(an even or feminine number). Nor is Neptune(a feminine planet) compatible with the number 7(an odd or masculine number). The number 4 is associated with evil or destruction in the Indian and Oriental numerologies and does not accurately reflect the nature of Uranus. While 7 is definitely a spritual number, it is a much more active and vibrant force than the subtle or receptive nature of Neptune.

So we now have the masculine or odd planets, signs, and numbers on one side and the feminine or even planets, signs, and numbers on the other side(see diagram below).

Diagram A
+masculine/odd
-feminine/even
Ar, Ge, Le, Li, Sa, Aq
Ta, Cn, Vi, Sc, Cp, Pi
Su, Me, Ma, Ju, Ur, Ea
Mo, Ve, Sa, Ne, Pl, Vu
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, E
2, 4, 6, 8, 0, T

In Diagram A, Mercury and the Earth are assumed masculine or positive while the mysterious Vulcan(or Planet X) is assumed to be feminine or negative in nature. In the numbers column, zero is made to stand for ten, E for eleven, and T for twelve. The next logical division would be one of elements as the following diagram(B) shows.

Diagram B
fire/spirit
air/mind
earth/body
water/soul
Ar, Le, Sa
Ge, Li, Aq
Ta, Vi, Cp
Cn, Sc, Pi
Su, Ma, Ju
Me, Ea, Ur
Ve, Vu, Sa
Mo, Ne, Pl
1, 5, 9
3, 7, E
4, 8, T
2, 6, 0

In Diagram B, Jupiter loses its association with the number 3, Mercury with the number 5, Venus with the number six(unless water and earth are reversed), and Neptune with the number 7. I will not attempt to go beyond this stage as I will no doubt be stepping on too many toes, so I will leave it up to the reader to make his or her own conlusions. It appears from the logic laid out in this treatise that some restructuring of the planet-number scheme is in order.

Another scheme follows the order of the signs from the Sun(Leo) outwards: Leo=1, Virgo=2, Libra=3, Scorpio=4, Sagittarius=5, Capricorn=6, Aquarius=7, Pisces=8, Aries=9, Taurus=10, Gemini=11, and Cancer=12

Master Planets and Numbers

Our current understanding of numbers and planets is limited. Twelve is the universal number -not seven or ten, and just as there are twelve zodiac signs -so there should be twelve corresponding planets and numbers. The re-discoveries of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto moved the planet count from seven to ten, and two more bodies(and numbers) await inclusion.

When we have adopted a twelve-planet/twelve-number system we can deal more properly with the subject of master planets and master numbers. A master planet is one that is in its own home or ruling sign, such as Sun in Leo or Mars in Aries. Master planets are the strongest and purest planets you can have and will dominate the chart. They have the highest vibrations and signify completion or mastery of certain principles depending on the planet/sign involved.

The numerical equivalent of a master planet is a master number. As there are twelve master planets so there are twelve master numbers. Masters numbers are recognized by their double or self-reflecting digits. They are 11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, 99, 00, EE, an TT. The last two do not yet have invented or recognized characters so I have substituted letters E(for Eleven) and T(for Twelve)in their place. One may also substitute them with K(eleventh letter) or L(twelfth letter).

If 1 is the Sun, then 11 is the Sun in Leo. If two is the Moon, then 22 is the Moon in Cancer, and so on. The first digit is the planet and the second is the sign(or vice versa depending on whether we wish to read from left to right or right to left). On this basis, the planetary position of Sun(1) in Cancer(2) would be written as 12, an so on. There would be a total of 144 basic numbers each representing one of the 144 possible planet/sign combinations, with twelve of them being double-digit or master numbers. This scheme would unite the mystical sciences of astrology and numerology into one workable whole, provided it is figured out just which numbers are in fact related to which planets or signs.

A New Counting System?

There are already twelve glyphs or characters for the zodiac signs -why not use them in the place of numbers? would equal 1, =2, =3, and so on, with replacing 0 and with and being used only in a twelve-based system. In our ten-based system the year 2007, for example, would be written as . In a twelve-based system =10, =11, and =0, so that 2007 would be written as (1728+144+132+3) and 2012 as (1728+144+132+8).


Duodecimal(twelve-based) Value Chart
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space 5
space 4
space 3
space 2
space 1
248,832
20,736
1728
144
12
1
497,664
41,472
3456
288
24
2
746,496
62,208
5184
432
36
3
995,328
82,944
6912
576
48
4
1,244,160
103,680
8640
720
60
5
1,492,992
124,416
10,368
864
72
6
1,741,824
145,152
12,096
1008
84
7
1,990,656
165,888
13,824
1152
96
8
2,239,488
186,624
15,552
1296
108
9
2,488,320
207,360
17,280
1440
120
10
2,737,152
228,096
19,008
1584
132
11
0
0
0
0
0
0

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