Number 4 in Numerology
Over the centuries, people have devised a number of ways of exploring the deeper existential questions that we all have about our lives in this Universe. One of the most compelling methods of encountering these questions is through the mystical revelations offered by the study of Numerology.
In Numerology it is understood that the numbers that occur in our experience have a lot to say about the lives we lead. Through the analysis of their Numerological chart, people can enjoy an encounter with the energy of the soul that puts them in alignment with the forces at work shaping the Universe.
Numbers have a vibrational essence that effects our lives at the archetypal level of the soul. By learning more about the archetypal energies expressed by Numerology, you can unpack hidden meanings in your experience and come to a deeper understanding of the larger questions of meaning and purpose in your life.
The Meaning of Number 4
The energy of number 4 is all about conscientiousness and responsibility, which contrasts starkly with number 3, the previous root number, which was analogous with unbridled creativity. The number 4 is creative as well, but in a more conventional and organized way.
While the number 3 is full of the creative exuberance and energy that brings worlds into being, the number 4 is aligned with the creative energy that puts human affairs on a firm footing or solid foundation.
People who are informed by the energy of number 4 are hard working, dependable, persistent and productive. They make the perfect bookkeepers and office clerks because they are detail oriented, dedicated and loyal.
The Symbolic Meaning of Number 4
In the Major Arcana of the Tarot, the 4th card is the Emperor who exemplifies the energetic essence of number 4. The Emperor and his number 4 are both associated with the sun in terms of order and the element of earth in terms of solidity, as in the earth beneath our feet. Though we need the rampant creative energy of number 3, we also need the contrasting energy of order that is symbolized by The Emperor and the Number 4.
The number 4 is also associated with the sign of Cancer the crab, the fourth sign of the zodiac. Cancer the crab has a hard shell with claws that pinch to protect a soft and potentially vulnerable interior. Those who are strongly aligned with the energy of the number 4 have external strength that serves to protect their soft interiors which are often wracked with worry about work and other material matters.
The Deep Essence of the Number 4
The number 4 is the first root number in the series of root number from 1-9 that is large enough to have a series of related compound numbers that you may encounter regularly in your experience. Any multi-digit number whose sum is 4 carries some degree of four’s pragmatic energy.
However, the more digits the compound number has, the more diffuse the 4 energy will be. Numbers with 4 energy that you are likely to encounter regularly are 13, 31, 40, 103, 130, and so on, up to 400. You may see these numbers occurring as dates, addresses, dollar amounts and even in phone numbers.
Being associated with the energy of the number 4 means that when any these numbers appear repeatedly in your experience, they are likely to serve as reminders from spirit to be mindful, reliable and trustworthy and avoid cutting corners.
The Mystical Pragmatism of Number 4
In the I Ching, the 4th kua is called Uncultivated Youth. In the commentary on this kua, Confucius warns that, “To abide where danger lurks is youthful folly… It is our sacred duty to correct the folly of youth through education.” The energy of number 4 extends pragmatism into the mystical realm of divination.
Further I Ching hexagrams that also express the energy of 4 are 13 The Lovers, 31 Attraction and 40 Release From Danger. These are all focused on material or earthly concerns. Like an Emperor watching over his kingdom, those who are strongly aligned with the energy of number 4 are always thinking about material wealth, power and prestige.
Karma, Calling and the Spiritual Meaning of Number 4
An abundance of 4 energy in your chart may indicate that you were a person who lived by your wits in a former life. You may have sailed through life by the seat of your pants. As a result of cutting corners in that former life, you are now living by the sweat of your brow, learning lessons about the importance of work that will propel you forward on your larger spiritual journey. That is the hallmark of number 4: hard work and accomplishment.
The pragmatism of number 4 can also be carried over into the spiritual world as well. When spirit wants to express itself as dependable, stable and practical, it also uses the Number 4.
For example, there are the four rivers of the garden of Eden, the Earthly paradise, flowing into Eden from the four corners of the world. God making the world was perhaps the first to establish the practical energy of number 4. There are also the 4 evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the four points of the cross, which was where Christ completed His task on Earth.
Challenges Associated With Number 4
The number 4 is best expressed as the energy that gets things done and brings projects to completion. If there is any negative aspect to the energy of number 4 it is when its hard working nature becomes overly conservative. At this point, fours may become critical, irascible and difficult to work with. The challenge for fours then is to avoid getting hung up on the short comings of others and take a broader view of the world.