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The Meaning of Number 17
In Numerology, compound numbers like 17 can be evaluated in a number of different ways.
The traditional way that numerologists deal with multi-digit numbers is to reduce them to an underlying root number that can be said to inform or influence that number with its own vibrational essence.
It is also common to evaluate a multi-digit number according to the individual numbers that make it up. In the case of 17, that would be the 1 and the 7.
By evaluating each digit that makes up a compound number and reducing them to their roots numbers, we can get a grasp on what they may be telling us when they appear in our experience.
The Numerological Meaning of Number 17
The number 17 reduces to the number 8 (1 + 7 = 8) which is associated with success in business and the material aspect of life. People with a life path number of 8 will be ambitious and successful people, with a high degree of financial independence.
Your birth number is 17 if you were born on the 17th of any month and you share the vibrational essence associated with the number 8 with anyone who was born on the 8th and 26th of any month.
The Influence of 1 and 7 on 8 Energy
17 is the most fortunate configuration of the number 8’s vibrational essence. This is because of the influence of numbers 1 and 7. The number 1 is the number of the individual and the number 7 is the number of the spirit.
These two influences direct the 8 energy into independent business aims that are balanced by introspection and spiritual influences.
The number 17, therefore, is a number associated with a balanced outlook that takes both inner and outer concerns into consideration.
The Symbolic Meaning of Number 17
Number 17 is associated with the 17th card of that Major Arcana of the Tarot which is The Star. Coming after two highly materialistic cards in the series of the Major Arcana, The Devil and The Tower, The Star is a like an oasis of spirituality that rejuvenates and restores the weary traveler on the journey of life.
The image on the Rider-Waite version of the Tarot is of a night sky with 8 prominent 8-pointed stars — one large beacon star surrounded by 7 smaller stars. This represents the hopeful and spiritually active energy of 17.
Below that starry sky we see the Angel of Time again, who we last saw on the Temperance card at station 14.
This time The Angel of Time is pouring waters from a celestial spring onto the earth, where they can be seen branching out into rivulets.
This image is symbolic of the process that goes on in someone whose life path is highly influenced by the number 17. The influence of 1 and 7 allows the individual to draw life-vivifying energies from the celestial source and put them into use in the material world, the domain of the number 8.
How the Number 17 May Appear in Your Experience
The number 17 will be most influential when it appears in your Numerology chart as a birth number or associated with the number of your name as calculated from a numerological table of letters.
But the number 17 can appear in your experience and influence your life for the better even if it does not appear in your Numerology chart.
The number 17 can appear as a time (5pm in military time), a date, a dollar amount (either as in a price of the amount of change you get from a purchase) or an age. In fact, many spiritually significant events may occur in our 17th year as the transformation process from adolescence to adulthood begins to accelerate.
The number 17 may also appear in multiples, these being 34 and 51. When the number 17 appears in any form, it may be a message from the Ascended Masters, The Angels or Source meant to provide you with encouragement, inspiration and hope.
When you encounter a message from spirit, reflect on what is going on in your life at the moment to receive the message.
By reflecting on this you may uncover a deeper spiritual process underlying your experience that can provide you with a source of deep meaning and a sense of fulfillment.
Karma, Destiny and the Deep Essence of Number 17
When the number 17 appears in your Numerology chart as a karmic lesson, it may indicate a need to find balance in your personality. Number 17’s root, 8 is the number of mastery over the material world, such as business and financial success.
Someone who has this energy in the karmic area of their chart may have acted irresponsibly with money or material power in a previous life and may be learning a lesson about maintaining balance in their lives which may literally take the form of balancing their checkbook or balancing the books in their business.
It is far more likely, however, that the deeper spiritual energy associated with number 7 in 17 will be activated in your life path and express itself as philanthropic gestures, charitable work or spiritual attainment.
The number 17 can serve either as a calling or as a warning. As a calling, it promises that we can enjoy success, fulfillment and deep satisfaction from balancing spiritual and material energies in our lives.
As a warning, it shows you what you may lose if you do not seek to balance spiritual and material energies, reconciling your inner and outer experience.