In many cultures view the worlds as made up of opposing dualities life and death, light and dark, male and female, heaven and hell. Others see these pairs as complementary, such as the Chinese yin and yang. Two is the number of discord and conflict, but also of balance and marriage. Aristotle said, “most human things go in pairs.” We have many sets of dualities, like night and day, hot, cold, etc. and especially male, female.
This number symbolizes opposition and conflicts. It is the number that involves threats. In ancient times, this number pointed to the Mother and represented the female principle. It represents
reciprocity, negation and division like in the following examples: black – white, male – female, material – spiritual, etc.
Number 2 is the symbol of creative development, the sign of embryo. It also symbolizes dialectic, struggle, movement and effort. According to Hegelian theory of dialectic, two apparently opposed ideas, the thesis and antithesis, become combined in a unified whole, the synthesis.
Number 2 is the symbol of antagonism that can result in love, destruction or production. In fact, all people possess a kind of dualism within themselves like life and death, good and evil. All things involve positive (daily) and negative (nightly) aspects, such as left and right, above and below, and so on. This dualism can also be perceived in nature, for instance day and night, north and south, east and west,
etc. Dualism does not only imply antagonism. It also signifies power and wisdom, reason and intuition.
These people are very emotional and gentle, full of love and care for their environment, ready to help others. They are righteous and kind, shy and pleasant, imaginative and tolerant. They are socially active and dynamic, tough, skillful and slightly ambitious.
If they go through negative periods in life, they may become indecisive, solitary, nervous, aggressive, suspicious, worried, melancholic, depressive, bad-tempered, hysteric and manipulative.
The number 2 symbolizes many of the basic duality: me/you, male/female, yes/no, alive/dead, left/right, yin/yang, and so on. Duality are common in human approaches to the world, probably because of our preference for two-valued logic—yet another duality, true/false. Although 2 was female to the Pythagorean’s, other numerological schemes viewed it as male. In Agrippa von Nettesheim’s De occulta philosophia (1533; “On the Philosophy of the Occult”), 2 is the symbol for man, sex, and evil. One reason that some have associated 2 with evil is that the biblical book of Genesis does not use the formula “and it was good” when referring to the second day of Creation.
Some religions are duality, with two gods in place of the one God of monotheism. Examples include Zoroastrianism, where Ahura Mazdā (the god of light and goodness) battles with Ahriman (the god of darkness and evil). The number 2 is often associated with negatives, as in the words duplicity and two-faced. Northwest Coast Indians required the parents of twins to observe various taboos because they believed that supernatural powers would bring the wishes of twins to fruition.
Many say, “Good things come in pairs”.
Two is a lucky number in the Far East.
Two symbolizes partnership.
Two is the number of balance, but also the number of conflict and opposition.
Without the number two, the positive and negative could not exist.
Two is also the number of division.
The Pythagorean’s thought the number two (the Duad) to be most unlucky.
They dedicated the seco
nd day of the month to Hades / Pluto (the god of the Underworld). They believed the number two had the power to bring forth evil.
Plato argued that there was no meaning to the number two, as the number two suggests a relationship and a relationship will in turn introduce a third factor.
Two is the number of Eve, the first woman.
In the Bible (Genesis chapter 1) the six days of creation are described.
The second day is the only day that the saying “And God saw it was good” is left out. For this reason some consider two to be unlucky.
The shortest verse in the Bible consists of only two words: “Jesus wept.” John 11:35
Two angels sat where the body of Jesus had lain; “and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.” John 20:12
In Western world, cotton celebrates the second year anniversary.
Taurus is the second astrological sign in the Zodiac. (April 21 to May 20) Number two is the number of the Moon. Number two is lucky for Gemini and Pieces.
In the Tarot the number two is the card of the High Priestess.
High priestess symbolizes wisdom and good judgment.
Reversed it indicates making poor decisions.
There were two huge pillars on the porch of Solomon’s Temple, the first temple of Jerusalem.
These two pillars were named Boaz and Jachin.
These two pillars are shown on the number 2 Tarot card of The High Priestess.
Collaborative effort- moving beyond the “I” to “we”- duality and polarity that results
The number Two (2) is the keynote of collaborative effort that feeds polarity and divisiveness.
We have moved from a place of the singular “I” to a yearning and urge to interact, divide and expand in the creation of another that is similar, yet different. In this dance of relationship, the opportunity to develop kindness, concern, harmony and balance is fostered. There is now something more than just beginnings and the urge towards action. There is now something to be acted upon and with. Under the influence of the number Two there is a push towards release from indecisiveness and the consideration of the influence and affect to be had by not making a choice.
The planetary energy of the Moon is attributed to the number Two. The Moon presents its energies in a manner of ebb and flow. The emotions (Lunar), if in collaboration with the strength of clarity of thought (The Sun), are powerful points from which all manner of manifestation and creativity are brought forth. The coolness and dark cover of night Moon offers counterpoint and contrast to the heat and light of the Sun.
Astrology: The House of Possessions/Finances
This is the astrological house that provides your place of manifest anchor and stability based on what you have secured for yourself of worldly goods. These things acquired create the building blocks that will become the space of home as they shore up towards the Fourth house of family. This energy is expressed through its ruling astrological Sign of Taurus. Taurus is the protector and pro creator that holds its earthy energy as home base to be filled with all that a physical life positively provides.
Tarot Key II -The High Priestess sits in the Temple of the Moon and takes on the triune form of catalytic energy and transformation. She sits in the space of action as the Middle Pillar incarnate as synthesized balance of male and female, force and form. Her knowledge of the mysteries is honed in the waters of deep intuitive knowledge and her persona is that of the cycle of the moon. The High Priestess serves as reminder of the need for spiritual devotion and discipline as guardian of the great mysteries of life itself. In her feminine form she represents the power to sustain newly quickened life and stands as the ultimate gate of passage towards return to the source of creation.
Kabbalah: Chokmah – Wisdom
Chokmah is the Second Sphere on the Tree of Life. Within the energy of Chokmah lies the desire for co-creative effort. This is movement from a singular place to one of experiencing the energy of another. It can also be thought of in terms of sacrificing parts of oneself to make another and making space and container to hold that other thing while retaining that part which created it. It is awareness that there is something beyond yourself and the yearning and striving for creating another to act and be acted upon.
Two merge to become one and from that sacred union of contraction and expansion the Three of creative form is birthed.
As the most feminine among all numbers, the 2 is also the most underestimated — at least, when it comes to power and strength. After all, she is almost always gentle, tactful, diplomatic, forgiving and understanding. Certainly, she likes to keep the peace and will avoid confrontations as much as possible.
If you look at the shape of the 2, however, you will recognize a symbolic representation of the ultimate survivor and an extremely resilient force. Her shape, as if bent on a knee with her head and back bowed in humility and servitude, makes it easy to dismiss her as weak and powerless.
This is in stark contrast to the power and pride of the mighty and masculine 1, who will not bow for anyone at any price. However, when enough pressure is applied to the powerful warrior we see in the number 1, he will break and shatter and be done with.
On the other hand, when the humble and feminine 2 finds herself under attack and burdened with a crushing weight, she will bend, she will bend as much as needed. And when the weight is removed, her elastic, flexible nature allows her to come right back up, seemingly with little harm done, and she will continue to play her role.
Her strength and power is resilient and lasting, just as the shape of the number 2 reflects that so beautifully. There is much more to her than meets the eye; she is often the true power behind the throne. As we stand in awe to the leadership and decisive actions of the 1, his strength and cunning relies on the clever and insightful advice of his greatest ally, the number 2.
Unnoticed and operating from the shadows, she is the Mata Hari who outwits other spies and diplomats with her grace, her sensuality, her flattering attention and her gentle force of persuasion. She is smart and understands the underlying qualities that make people do this or do that. A born psychologist, there is not much about human nature that escapes her. She often controls the outcome of certain events without anyone else noticing or acknowledging. In fact, the credit
quite often goes to some other entity when it should be hers. This does not bother her, because among her best qualities is patience. She knows her time will come. But even if she does not always get the recognition she deserves, she tends to take a special place in the hearts and minds of others due to her sophistication, her grace, her style and her excellent taste in art and music.
The 2 has an in-born sense of music and rhythm that makes her popular among any social crowd and it is in the lighthearted arena of play and art that she shines as a dancer and a conversationalist. Within a social environment, perhaps her most important asset is a sense of humor that is witty and self-depreciating, but never slapstick or juvenile, as she is far too sophisticated for that.
If the Greek god Zeus could be compared to the number 1, then his wife and sister Hera would represent the number 2. And like Hera, the number 2 is jealous and mean-spirited when other forces reach for her man. Because as gentle and loving as she is most of the time, her anger is formidable and another side of her comes out when she feels crossed or mistreated — a side that can be mean and vengeful, cruel and unrelenting. She will claw her adversary to pieces and never look back in regret or remorse. What is hers is hers, and you are well-advised to remember that, as many Greek gods and half-gods found out the hard way.
As a partner, the number 2 is an invaluable asset. She will defend you at any cost and her loyalty is unshakable. However, she is emotional and demanding, and expects to be treated like a princess. She is devoted to you, but she also expects you to be devoted to her. At times, she is a true drama queen, and when that happens you may know for sure that you have not paid enough attention lately. She is not particularly materialistic, but if you don’t show up with gifts or flowers every once in a while, she will let you know in no uncertain terms that you are not measuring up. She will throw the occasional tantrum, but if you respond with love and attention she will make it up to you in proper fashion.
In short, the number 2 is a sensual, graceful, loyal partner who can be a bit demanding, but is worth the trouble. And there is another important aspect to the number 2. As the most intuitive of all single-digit numbers, she is drawn to the occult (onl
y the double-digit 11 surpasses her in that department). However, the real value of her intuitive prowess is in the way she interacts with others; it is the true basis of her tact and understanding. Like a good politician, which she can certainly be if needed, she often understands the true motivations of others better than they do, and her clarity and her powers of observation often help others to understand themselves better.
On top of her jealousy, her vengeful nature when she feels mistreated and her cruelty when punishing adversaries, the 2 can also be critical and verbally abusive. Her ability to pout and sulk, her bouts of bad temper for trivial reasons and her extended periods of indifference can drive any sane person crazy. On top of that, she is capable of displaying the most illogical reasoning, and a verbal argument can feel like trying to slice water with a knife; nothing you say seems to have any effect. Generally, the best thing to do when a 2 behaves like that is to get out of her way for a while — and then reappear with a big bouquet of flowers, and smile like nothing ever happened.
Positive Characteristics: Sensitive, tactful, diplomatic and cooperative. The 2s tend to be peacemakers and are loving, studious and patient. A 2 may express many musical or feminine qualities and also tends to be sensual and intuitive.
Negative Characteristics: 2s are often discontent and can be seen as spoiled or lazy. They can be careless, particularly with the truth, but when criticized for their faults are oversensitive.
Associated in Astrology with: The Moon
Associated in Tarot with: The High Priestess
Life Lesson N
umber 2: Two’s are nurturers, and make excellent support people. They say that behind every successful person is a good man or woman, and these are generally the two’s who get everything done. Two’s are usually not direct or confrontational, but more gentle and feminine. The two learns how to remain behind the scenes and do what must be done without need for acknowledgement or praise. The two rarely stands alone, but is at his or her best in a partnership or group endeavor. A challenge for two’s is to balance giving with personal needs, as they tend to be “too nice.” Cooperation is a key issue, and it comes naturally to most born of this vibration. Two’s are also innate diplomats and readily able to see everyone’s feelings and needs and ease hurt feelings.
Two’s make excellent assistants, nurses, doctors, teachers and ministers.