This blog is brought to you today by the number 12

3 03 2009


Wherefore Plato judges twelve to be the governor of the universal world form, of the human form, and the form of the state. He judges it to accord most with the propagation or mutation of things, since, as we shall show later, it is the first of the increasing and abundant numbers. Twelve is made from the number six twinned, from six the perfect number as we call it. In other words, twelve is more than perfect… The Sun and Venus each complete their orbits in 12 months, Jupiter in 12 years. Daily the moon passes through twelve degrees “in middle motion”, and she has her [28] mansions of twelve degrees; and she enacts twelve months with the Sun. Not without weighty cause has this number been observed in the Prophets and in sacred writings.

-Marsilio Ficino, found in Nuptial Arithmetic: Marsilio Ficno’s Commentary in the Fatal Number in Book VIII of Plato’s Republic by Michael J.B. Allen



One response

6 03 2009
Alice C. Linsley

Very interesting. The Afro-Asiatics were also fascinated by the number 12, though they perceived its significance in the sum of 1 and 2.

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