The Meaning of Number 5

Numerology Number 5

The number 5 usually indicates someone who is full of energy (but unable to channel it responsibly).

This number brings adaptability, independence of thought and action, and an unwillingness to (completely) conform.

The number 5 can be used to increase versatility and independence, but people must guard against an overwhelming desire for change (so as to not be consumed by variation and, thus, unable to maintain happiness without it).


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The Number 5 as a Person

If numbers were people they would share many qualities with the extreme personalities of the gods, like Hades or Hermes. (People tend to be a combination of many numbers, so it is rare to know someone who truly lives up to one number’s personality.)

If the number 5 were a person, she would be the freedom-loving and independent child of the creative number 3 and the motherly number 2.

The number 5 is commonly referred to as the number of humanity. Human beings have five fingers, five toes, five appendages (if the head is included), five senses, and five major systems of the body. She is noted for independence, versatility, rebellion, and a daring nature.

She tends to attract people who are eccentric and don’t blend in with the social demands of the world.

The number 5 is unpredictable, and it is in her nature to be in constant motion and to enjoy all the subtle (and extreme) changes of the world.

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To keep pace with the changes of the world, the number 5 changes her mind often, which is perhaps why she rarely chooses sides in a debate (regardless of her opinionated nature). She usually has a much easier time adapting to quick changes than other numbers.

On the negative side, she can be a daredevil, though she won’t allow herself to be a part of any club or cult (or at least not allow herself to be consumed by one).

Due to her extreme tolerance for change, it may be difficult for her to plan ahead (beyond tomorrow) or be satisfied with anything long-term.

While her adventurous nature can be refreshing, it can bring about many instances of irresponsible (albeit independent) action.

The number 5 is all about random and dynamic energy, and in order for her to become successful in this lifetime, she must learn to channel her energy and discipline herself in her endeavors.


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The Number 5 in History

The number 5 is prominent in Lutheranism and the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths (e.g. the Luther Rose, the Hamsa Hand, the story of David and Goliath).

There are five books in the Torah and five pillars of Islam, and David collected five smooth stones to defeat the giant.

The pentagram is a significant symbol in many religions including Taoism. The Pythagoreans believed the number 5 to be the number resembling a marriage between the earth and the heavens (i.e. “hieros gamos”).

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Things Associated with the Number 5

In Tarot, the Hierophant (or priest) card is associated with the number 5. The Hierophant card in the major arcana is noted for bridging the gaps between the physical and spiritual worlds.

He denotes a deeply spiritual quest. Some of the healing crystals that resemble the number 5 include amazonite, prehnite, and red tiger eye.

In astrology, the number 5 is associated with Mercury, the planet of intelligence, logic, awareness, communication, and ideas.

In the zodiac, the fifth astrological sign is Leo, but the number 5 is particularly lucky for those with planets vibrating the energies of Gemini (ruled by Mercury) and Virgo (temporarily ruled by Mercury until the discovery of its home planet).

Hermes was the Greek god associated with the planet Mercury. He was the messenger of the gods and he wore winged shoes to help him travel quickly between them.

Hermes was very intelligent, gathering bits of information here and there and playing tricks as well as the lyre.


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Those with the Number 5 Prominent in Their Lives

When the number 5 appears, it brings with it a certain freedom from social norms, an ability to think for the self.

The 5 personality is curious about nearly everything, so one would expect them to be interested in one thing and almost immediately be interested in something else (and it would be no surprise if the two were seemingly unrelated).

Those with prominent 5s in their charts tend to have difficulty moving forward in a steady motion. They are highly opinionated and can easily understand others’ perspectives.

They have logical minds and good communication skills (with music as well as with words), but they rarely stay anywhere long enough to establish a foundation (which is understandable since a fixed foundation would be contrary to the number 5’s natural vibration).


The number 5 has to do with humanity, so people with the number 5 prominent in their charts are sometimes more understanding of human nature than their own.

These people are well aware of the world around them, primarily their immediate surroundings.

The problem with a focus on the details could be the inability to see the bigger picture (i.e. “can’t see the forest for the trees”).

These people can be easily distracted and sometimes rash, so they should discipline themselves so their impulsivity doesn’t get the best of them.

They may appear to be the things they hate in moments characterized by their hasty decisions.

They should also learn discipline to aid them in matters of the heart. They fall in love easily and could quickly find themselves in a relationship with someone unfit for them.

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The number 5 is perhaps the most curious and open-minded of all the numbers.

For those with the number 5 prominent in their numerology charts (or appearing consistently in their lives), personal freedom and communication are popular themes.

These people should use their personal freedom to help them in reaching the transcendence (or oneness with humanity) that they so greatly desire.

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