Number 5 is the sum of the first even number 2 and the first odd number 3 and this symbolizes the union of heavenly and worldly aspects. It is the central number of the first nine numbers and the Pythagorean’s called it ”the wedding number” because it possesses balance and accord.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519), Florentine artist, celebrated as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and scientist, points to number 5 as the symbol of a man inscribed in a circle and a square with stretched arms and legs in his famous illustration Vitruvian Man. If number 4 symbolizes Earth, the
man is a cross on the Earth. There are five senses enabling the man to perceive the material world: sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.
Number 5 symbolizes man’s biological and spiritual development as well as his existence. Numbers
divisible by 5 signify individuality and existence. This number is the symbol of the Universe, of order
and perfection, and finally, the symbol of divine power.
These people are joyful, good-looking, analytic, pleasant, dynamic,unpredictable, eloquent, hasty, flexible, independent, relaxed, amusing, creative, communicative, ambitious, sociable, flirtatious, naturalistic and scientific.
If they go through negative experiences in life, they may become problematic, irritating, aggressive,
bad-tempered, deceitful, discontented, rough, vulgar, immoral, and profligate. They may even run away
from home, start stealing, give futile promises, be always late and often change their love partners. The sum of the first even and odd numbers (2 + 3) is 5. (To the Pythagorean’s 1 was not a number and was not odd.) It therefore symbolizes human life and—in the Platonic and Pythagorean traditions—marriage, as the sum of the female 2 and the male 3.
The Pythagorean’s discovered the five regular solids (tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron; now known as the Platonic solids). Early Pythagoreanism acknowledged only four of these, so the discovery of the fifth (the dodecahedron, with 12 pentagonal faces) was something of an embarrassment. Perhaps for this reason 5 was often considered exotic and rebellious.
The number 5 was associated with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar and her Roman parallel, Venus, and the symbol for both was the five-pointed star, or pentagram. In England a knot tied in the form of the pentagram is called a lover’s knot because of this association with the goddess of love. In Manichaeism 5 has a central position: the first man had five sons; there are five elements of light (ether, wind, water, light, and fire) and a further five of darkness. The body has five parts; there are five virtues and five vices.
The number 5 was also important to the Maya, who placed a fifth point at the center of the four points of the compass. The five fingers of the human hand lent a certain mystery to 5, as did the five extremities of the body (two arms, two legs, head). A human placed in a circle with outspread arms and legs approximates the five points of a pentagon, and if each point is joined to its second-nearest neighbor a pentagram results. This geometric figure is central to occultism, and it plays a prominent role in summoning spells whereby it is supposed to trap a demon, or devil, who can then be compelled to do the sorcerer’s bidding. The belief that 5 was sacred led to an extra element, augmenting the traditional four that made a human being. This fifth essence, or quintessence, is the origin of the word quintessential.
In Islam 5 is a sacred number. Foremost are the five Pillars of Islam: declaration of faith (shahādah), prayer (ṣalāt), fasting during Ramadan, giving alms (zakāt), and making the pilgrimage to Mecca (the hajj). Prayers are said five times every day. There are five categories of Islamic law and five law-giving prophets (Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad).
Five is the number of balance.
Five symbolizes man, health and love.
It combines the female number two with the male number three. Five is the number of marriage.
The Pythagorean’s thought of five as “hieros gamos”, the marriage between heaven and earth.
Five is the number of the human being.
The number five symbolizes the four limbs and the head that controls the limbs.
There are five senses: sight – hearing – taste – smell – touch.
Astrology and Tarot
Leo is the fifth astrological sign in the Zodiac. (July 23 – August 23)
Number five is the number of Mercury.
Number five is lucky for Gemini and Virgo.
In the Tarot, five is the card for the Hierophant (the Pope).
The Hierophant symbolizes peace and harmony.
Reversed it indicates vulnerability.
Change will only occur when the foundation is disrupted and pushed
to its limits of growth
The number Five (5) represents the regenerative process and the potential for directing that energy towards a specific and defined goal of new creation. When we arrive at the number five, we have opened up the stable base of four; visualize a square. Something has disrupted the order of that four and made way for a new form to appear. We see also the number five as represented by the Pentagram. Five points, each reflective of a quality of an element (fire, water, air and earth) and at the pinnacle or point, the element of Spirit.
Visually the shape of a 5-sided shield gives additional meaning to the energy of the number 5. The tip or point of the shield may be pointed in any direction and used as a singular focus point of the energy that has been supported in the four sides. This is the action of five as we set our course of focus on a specific end point and by the catalytic nature of will this energy naturally disrupts, changes and sets about a new path.
The planetary energy of the number five is Mercury. Mercury is the Lord of communication in all of its forms. Speech, art, music, writing, etc… all are held within the energy of Mercury. The infamous effects of a Mercury retrograde speak of failure of technological and human communications. Warnings to read the fine print before signing contracts or entering into agreements and misunderstandings and arguments seem to increase during this time period. This type of activity is an expression of the energy of polarity that is held within Mercury. Communication stirs the energy and starts new conversations which if productively acted upon disrupt the status quo and move into new creations that hold the potential for great achievements.
Astrology: The House of Creativity – Creative Efforts and the Resultant Products
This is the astrological house that provides the energy to reform what has been brought into manifestation as it progressed through Houses 1-4. This is the place of emergence from the Fourth House of Family and if there was sufficient care and nurturing, easing into the transition of moving away from that stable place of home will be one of creative adventure.
The ruling sign of the Fifth House is Virgo whose energy is analytical, detail-oriented and very specific about what passes its tests. Virgo is an Earth sign so what is set upon to be reordered will either be directly of the physical realm or will have end result and impact in the concrete world. Virgo is the stabilizer of the Zodiacal Wheel and without the stability of a reliable and useful container; creation will not reach its fullest potential.
Tarot: The Hierophant
Tarot Key V – The Hierophant sits as representative of Divinity within the container of humanity and corporeal form. The number of this key- 5- holds the mystery of how that union is fostered and retained once expressed. Five is the number of disruption, emerging from the foundations of four equilateral and equally supportive sides. The Hierophant is testament to the ability to retain the merciful attitude of the manifest and act in service to the creative energies of the Divine. In this sense, The Hierophant and all who aspire to this state of being have done the work of drawing all of the elemental parts of self into a place of mastery and it is from this mastery that is birthed the enlivened sixth element of a Spirit of gnosis.
Kabbalah: Geburah – Might
It is with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel or the more radical aggression of the soldier wielding the sword that the imbalance of disease or disharmony of unchecked (unrestrained) power is excised, reshaped and transmuted by the catalytic energy of Geburah.
The sphere of Geburah is probably the most feared sphere on the Tree. It is also largely the most misunderstood or misinterpreted as its energy is fierce in nature, accepting nothing less than change and exerts a force that is trans formative. Within the sphere of Geburah we are now faced with choice and free will. Geburah is the place of creating and exercising discernment. Knowing when to push the limits and how to create the necessary resistance to the surge of creativity that provides boundaries to create form from what has potential to become chaos. It is through this process of movement, force, challenge, obstacle and friction that we have the greatest potential for growth and greater free will of a higher frequency that is inherently Divine in nature.
The number 5 is the most dynamic and energetic of all the single-digit numbers. It is unpredictable, always in motion and constantly in need of change. Although it is molded from an almost equal mix of masculine and feminine qualities, in general the 5 is slightly more feminine — albeit a daring, tomboyish kind of feminine, with nothing demure or submissive about her.The 5 is extremely independent in mind and soul. She is an adventurer and a risk-taker who has a hard time staying in one place, in one job, in one house or in one relationship. Change is an absolute necessity, and yet the 5 is surprisingly loyal.
The 2 and 6 are the most harmonious relationship numbers but either one will, when temptation is strong enough, cheat on his or her partner. The 5 will not. The 5 may break off a relationship due to her restless nature, but while in a relationship she will not deceive her partner. However, when she is not in a relationship she considers herself free to date anyone she chooses and has no problem going out with a different person every day of the week (and you better not try to tell her she should limit herself in any way, at least not if you want to stay on her good side).
The 5 generally does not find a suitable career until she has tried a number of different jobs, many of them lasting barely long enough to warrant a full paycheck, especially if there is any kind of routine involved; boredom sets in almost immediately and the 5 simply cannot put up with anything predictable or repetitive. But again, the 5 will surprise her friends and family once she does find her niche, usually after age 30, as her focus, energy and quick mind help her scramble up the ladder faster and with less apparent effort than anyone else. Many 5 take up careers that require travel or otherwise offer a change of environment regularly, becoming tour guides, salespeople, small business owners, independent consultants, lawyers and so forth.
The 5 can adjust quickly to pretty much anything coming her way, and that includes the work environment. On top of that, the 5 is usually tall and good-looking, charming, and charismatic — all qualities that support her in her career once she sets her mind to it. In addition, the 5 is versatile, adaptable, smart, progressive and tolerant. Anything conventional bores her, while she is drawn to the eccentrics and misfits of society. She is a social creature, funny and uplifting, and very good at making others feel comfortable around her. She is generally well-liked and is often surrounded with friends and acquaintances. However, she also tends to polarize people and those that don’t like her tend to be the uptight, self-righteous and judgmental kind.
But perhaps the most dominating trait in the 5 is her uncompromising demand for freedom in thought and action. She makes up her own mind, rebels against any and all dogmas and ideologies, and does not allow herself to be absorbed into clubs, cults, religious sects or ideologies of any kind. Her adventurous, daredevil nature may get her to ride motorcycles but she will not ride with a large group. Chances are she will be rather opinionated and passionate about political issues, but she will not be a member of any party or be nailed down in any way. She changes her mind regularly, but never without good reason. She cannot be controlled but she is flexible and can be converted if the argument is solid and makes sense. She has a healthy sense of humor and doesn’t sweat the little things, but she carries her heart on her sleeve and it is not at all uncommon for her to give her heart to the wrong person, as she is not the greatest judge of character.
On the negative side, she can be selfish, thoughtless and irresponsible. She rarely considers the future beyond tomorrow or next week, and worrying is not in her nature. She tends to procrastinate and can be unreliable. However, the most common downfall for the 5 is a tendency to experiment with sex, drugs, alcohol and other weaknesses of the flesh.A desire for instant gratification can be her downfall; add to that a sense of invulnerability, lack of discipline and restraint, and you have a recipe for disaster.
The shape of numbers reflects their nature, and just as the 4 is square and grounded, the 5 is a symbol of dynamic motion. The 4 is controlled, measured, synchronized, and static. The 5 is random energy, elastic and constantly in motion.
Positive Characteristics: 5 are energetic, adventurous, daring and freedom-loving. They also tend to be versatile, flexible, adaptable, curious, social, sensual, quick-thinking, witty, courageous and worldly.
Negative Characteristics: On the flip side, 5 can be unstable, chaotic, self-indulgent, irresponsible or careless. They should beware the consequences of drug abuse and unhealthy sexual tendencies.
Associated in Astrology with: Taurus
Associated in Tarot with: The Hierophant
Life Lesson Number 5: The five comes to explore and experiment. Five’s crave freedom, and are generally infused with a great deal of wanderlust. They’re naturally adventurous, and reluctant to settle down or commit. They like to know they can change their minds or their directions on a whim. Travel is a natural love, and anything that keeps change moving through their lives is likely to be attractive. Adventure beckons; favorite sports may be white water rafting or mountain climbing. While fives generally have apt intellects, they also tend to lack the discipline for anything that fails to capture their fancies, for they shun monotony. They’re ever learning, however, and a major goal of an individual with this life lesson is to further his or her knowledge base. Books and classes naturally appeal. Fives are very social, and are skillful in any career that deals with the public. Sales are a good choice of career, as fives are charming and persuasive. Fives may end up working in several different careers in their i