The straight line is one of the five basic elements in Western ideography. The straight vertical line stands for unity, oneness, the self (who am I?), the number 1, authority, power, the absolute, that which is outstanding, and contact between the lower and the higher. To be number one is to be the best. Spiritually, one stands for the state before the creation of the myriad forms of life. It also symbolizes the oneness to which all living things must return. It is God but also the individual.
One – the first – the greatest – the beginning – is usually identified with the Creator. In the beginning God created . . ., so in the beginning there was only one.
This number is the symbol of the Homo sapiens, the only being capable of complex rational thinking and developed communication on Earth. This number is the beginning and ending, the cosmic and ontological center. Moreover, this number has a mystical meaning as well. It symbolizes the Sun. It is the symbol of the human being and spiritual revelation of man.
It represents the unity through cohesion, action and reaction, cause and effect, the interior and
exterior. It points to the absolute unity – God.
Qualities of 1
These people are stable, creative, inventive, ambitious, independent, authoritarian and enthusiastic.
They are decisive, zealous, dynamic, pedantic, original, strong, persistent, disciplined, sociable, practical, serious, generous, clever and pleasant.
If they experience negative periods in life, they may become irritating, rough, stubborn, garrulous, unhappy, melancholic, intolerant, proud, arrogant, egocentric, vain, critical and profligate.
The number 1 is generally treated as a symbol of unity. Therefore, in monotheistic religions, it often symbolizes God or the universe. The Pythagoreans did not consider 1 to be a number at all because number means plurality and 1 is singular. However, they considered it to be the source of all numbers because adding many 1s together can create any other (positive whole) number. In their system, where odd numbers were male and even numbers female, the number 1 was neither; instead, it changed each to the other. If 1 is added to an even number, it becomes odd; similarly, if 1 is added to an odd number, it becomes even.
In the Western tradition, being “number 1” is synonymous to being the best.
The number 1 symbolizes the leader.
It is the number of confidence.
One is the number of the human being, the only creature on earth to stand up straight on two legs.
It is a divine number, the number of the One God.
The Pythagoreans referred to number 1 as the “monad”. It symbolized the creator.
It is a male number. Number 1 represents strength.
One is also the number of the loner, someone who will not follow the crowd.
One symbolizes the creative spirit and individuality.
The longest word in the English language containing only one vowel is “strengths”!
In science, hydrogen is the atomic number 1.
Number 1 is the international country calling code for North America.
October 1st is the International Day of Older People. This day was established by the U.N. in 1990.
New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893.
Aries is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac. (March 21 to April 20)
Number one is the number of the Sun. Number one is a lucky number for Aries and Leo.
In Tarot, the number one is the card of the Magician.
The Magician symbolizes willpower and the capability to achieve goals.
Reversed it symbolizes that talent is abused in some way.
The singular “I”, the individual, the line of continuum, energy held and gathered back to itself
The number One (1) is the first product of what was a void of potential (O/zero). It is the singular point and the individual place of new beginnings and energetic growth. From the place of the One is the straight path from which at any point of that path divergence, split and detour can be taken. I think of one as being the singular “I”. This singular “I” is man/woman in his prime form and depending on the spiritual evolutionary state of that man/woman it is either Higher, Lower or combined Selves. This is the state of awareness of your own ‘beingness’ before embellishment or enhancement, relationship or possession, outward identifiers or things that would define you as something more than the prime nature of yourself. Additionally, because the number “one” is the starting place it is also the energy of action and taking steps towards the product of that action.
The planetary energy of the Sun is attributed to the number One. The Sun is the central and prominent cosmic body of our universe. It is life giver by virtue of its heat and the place of quickening or beginning for much of life on our planet. It is the electromagnetic forces that if we venture too close we are blinded by the blinding light and heat that pervades. This is similarly the same principle of our own Divine state of being. In truth we are as bold and emblazoned as the Sun itself, but as humans in physical form we fail to realize the brilliance of our inner state.
The goal is one of actualizing the self and ego to shine as brightly as the Sun in human form and draw to itself the boons of all that surrounds.
In looking at the shape and form of the number l, it is not difficult to visualize the concept of a singular point reaching downwards towards extension as the other point of origin reaches upwards towards expansion. Each point of origin blends seamlessly into a single line of continuous movement of return and release that holds within its structure the potential for movement in any direction and creation of something new. In the sphere of Kether it is exactly this nature that creates the continuum of ITSELF, expressed through the division of ITSELF.
Astrology: The House of Self (The Ascendant)- Personality and Ego
This is the astrological house that provides the energy that is the core of who you are and how you relate to the world. Our rising sign (always in the First House) is the true you; stripped naked and in all your glory and vulnerability. Its ruling sign is Aries which is the fire of new beginnings and the catalyst that offers enthusiastic curiosity to all of its endeavors. Aries is the one that desires attention and as the start of the Zodiacal Wheel brings the youth of invincible action to all it touches.
Tarot: The Magician
Tarot Key I – The Magician is the conduit of wielding the flow of universal energy from the ephemeral realms of the Divine and the manifest foundations of the Physical world. We see within the Magician the ability and knowledge to effectively create drawing from the universal laws that govern the magickal and the mundane. There is composure and assuredness in this power, yet the realization that he as well is subject to the transformative energies he is choosing to be vessel for. This is a state of control that has been finely honed and exacted with just the precise amount of force and form to produce the product of power and magick. The Magician is the interface that we hold within that contains all that is needed to produce new life and new form of Being. But, its energy may only be accessed when the all of the tools (parts of self) are acquired and mastered.
Kabbalah: Kether – Crown
Kether stands as the First Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of the number 1 is not only the place of singularity, but also a foundation from which the potential to replicate and create in its own diffuse image is contained. It is the beginning and also the point of completion and there is choice to be made regarding that status. It may stay inert and alone or may choose to seek out, diversify and through the ending of its singular nature move towards polarity and duality.
It is from the springboard of the number ONE that TWO and the inherent energy of relationship and comparison is formed.
Among the nine single-digit numbers, the 1 takes a special place. From a spiritual perspective, it is the number of creation, the primal force from which all other numbers spring forth (as opposed to the often quoted zero from which, by definition, nothing could possibly come into being). It is said that when you truly understand the place and function of this most primal of all numbers, you will know all there is to know and enlightenment is yours. This statement, of course, does not apply to an understanding of the number 1 from a Numerologist’s perspective alone, but perhaps that is a good place to start, as the personality of the number 1 aligns nicely with its more elevated spiritual symbolism.
The 1 is a doer, a powerful force that produces results and does not allow anything or anyone to limit its potential. The 1 is aggressive, a necessary energy for creating and producing. The 1 is always in the forefront: a spear point directing and leading others. The shape of the number 1, just like the shape of all other symbols, reflects its meaning; it walks upright with pride and purpose. Strong, determined, unwavering and with specific goals in mind, the 1 can turn dreams and ideas into reality. It pushes obstacles aside or simply drills right through them.
The 1 grows, transforms and improves in perpetuity, precisely the way Mother Nature does. After all, nature’s primal force and most basic building block is the number 1. Nature knows no mercy and its cruelty can be heartbreaking. However, it knows balance and gives life indiscriminately and without judgment. Scientists sometimes compete with nature, genetically altering fruits or breeding bugs for specific purposes. An understanding of nature teaches us that this is never a good idea and almost always produces unexpected backlashes. The number 1 has a similar built-in perfection and balance; you can force a change here or there, but negative repercussions are likely.
The 1 tends to have a simple, straightforward view of life and its many complexities. It trusts its own ability to separate right from wrong. It doesn’t waste time on abstract ideas or anything else that isn’t in line with its pursuit of results. The 1 is no preacher, no philosopher, no spiritual explorer, no dreamer and certainly not an idealist. It is a pragmatist, a ruthless conqueror and a warrior extraordinaire. It is individualistic and independent to a fault. It will attempt to force its values and opinions on you but it won’t accept, or even listen to, yours.
The 1 does not hesitate when it senses a need for confrontation. It is jealous and extremely stubborn, but also courageous and willing to try anything new if it sees promise, even at great danger. It is, if you haven’t guessed, the most masculine of all numbers. There is a certain quality, a sense of honor and responsibility that demands our respect, and it has a sense of justice that cannot be denied. The number 1 cannot witness injustice without jumping in and setting things straight.
Its purity of purpose is an admirable quality of the number 1. It sees things for what they are and hypocrisy doesn’t stand a chance. Befriend a 1 and you have a friend for life. You can poke fun at a 1 and not have to worry about hurt feelings. A 1 has a great capacity for humor, including the self-deprecating kind. If, however, you try to cater to a 1 to win its love or friendship, you’ll lose its respect instead. Stand up to a 1 and you may lose the fight, but you’ll gain its admiration. If you are in trouble and need help, the number 1 is who you want on your side — there is no more dedicated protector or braver partner. If you are in love, the number 1 is the most difficult of all lovers: demanding, jealous, confrontational and impatient. If you find yourself in the service of a 1, you will be pushed to the limit, abused at all hours, and incapable of living up to its expectations. But you will also, without a doubt, become the best you could ever be. If the 1 is your enemy, you will be crushed without mercy.
If you yourself are a 1, your happiness and satisfaction will come from your work more than from any other source. And if it was possible for a person to be fully and truly a 1 and only a 1, that individual would be successful and intimidating, as well as extremely unpleasant and dangerous.
Positive Characteristics: Individualistic and independent, showing leadership and drive. The 1 is masculine, focused, an originator and self-starter; it is also progressive, strong-willed, courageous, self-reliant and rebellious (in a constructive way).
Negative Characteristics: 1s can be stubborn, selfish, weak and undisciplined, or a pariah.
Associated in Astrology with: Mercury
Associated in Tarot with: The Magician
Life Lesson Number 1: The one is the number of the leader. If your life lesson is a 1, you have incarnated to learn how to be independent, creative and strong. Your challenge is to push forward like a pioneer into new worlds and original realms of thought and experience. There is tendency to be self-focused and overly driven, and above all impatient, and this must be balanced with the needs of others and realistic limitations. One’s are generally competitive and outgoing, and usually a step ahead of the crowd. You’re a natural inventor or innovator; your challenge is to have confidence in yourself and act to manifest your dreams. One’s often go into business for themselves, or move to the top of existing organizations or structures to lead.