Number 17 Symbolism: Historical Significance of Numbers

Humans have always had a strange fascination with numbers. Since time immemorial, humans have tried to give meanings to them, using them to explain the entire world around them.

Pythagoreans, people who belonged to the ancient Greek cult Pythagoreanism, believed that the universe was made up of numbers; they called it “numerical harmony”.

The Ancient Babylonians used numbers to find out when eclipses took place and they would use them to predict other astronomical activities as well.

Number 17 Symbolism

The symbolic significance of numbers can be seen in religions, too.

Perhaps the most famous example of this is the number 666, the Number of the Beast.

Numbers can be very powerful and frightening.

The number 13, for example, is so feared (even by the most rational of people), that it is skipped in hotel buildings, aeroplane seats, Formula 1 racing cars.

What Number 17 People are Like

So what is the symbolic value of the number 17? Different people will give you different answers.

To start with the necessary things, the things that are commonly associated with the number 17, people believe that it represents responsibility, self-discipline, strength, compassion, wisdom, a deep love for all of humanity, and spiritual consciousness.

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It is considered to be a very spiritual number.

It is believed that people with the number 17 tend to have high psychic and clairvoyant abilities.

You can also expect them to be very hardworking and compassionate.

They tend to treat everyone, poor or rich, with equal respect. Number 17 people can also be very insecure sometimes. However, this is a side of theirs that they only show to a select few people.

However, negative 17 people can be hard to deal with.

They tend to be very spoilt, and they are looking for validation and reassurance from their significant other and if they don’t find what they are looking for, they tend to get angry.

 17 Symbolism/Mystical Importance of Number 17

Now, let us move on to the more mystical or spiritual aspect of the number 17.

It’s considered an unlucky number in Italy. In Italy, people are so afraid of the number 17 that, similar to how it is with number 13; people skip the number 17 in almost everything.

There is no room 17 in hotels, no 17th floor, etc. etc.

This is because 17 is written as XVII in Roman numerals which is an anagram for the Latin expression VIXI, which translates to “I lived” indicating that the person is dead.

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The number 17 Tarot card is called the card of the Stars.

It shows a naked woman kneeling at the edge of a pond, pouring water over the land.

The card represents hope. According to the Persian alchemist and Sufi, Jabir Ibn Hayyan, the number 17 represents balance and harmony in everything.

He mentioned it in the Books of the Balance that “17 has to be considered the rue of the balance of each thing”.

If we add the first 17 integers, the result will be 153.

St. Augustine believed that there was something peculiar about the relationship between 17 and 153.

He believed that when the world ends, 153 saints will rise from their graves.

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