The Mystery and Magic of 9
In a previous post we discussed the hidden relationship of the pentagram (5) and the number 9.
But there’s a lot more to this. 9 seems omnipresent in all the numbers (with the exception of 6 & 7).
First off, 9 is the summation – the highest development – of all the numerals. The numeral series
ends with 9. After that it is just a repetition of the other numbers – it is the numerals on a higher
If we take a circle, undivided, we can consider it as representing the number 1. It is a unity. The
circle contains 360 degrees. 3+6 = 9. The undivided circle has 21,600 minutes (every degree has
60 minutes). 2+1+6+0+0 = 9. Every minute of space has 60 seconds for a total of 1,296,000.
1+2+9+6+0+0+0 = 18 = 9. So there is a strong connection between 1 and 9.
Lets divide the circle in half – this would represent the number two. We would have two equal parts.
Each half would have 180 degrees. 1+8 = 9. So 2 and 9 are intimately connected.
Lets draw an equilateral triangle in our circle – dividing it by 3. Each side of the triangle
encompasses 120 degrees. 1+2 = 3. Since this is repeated 3 times, 3X3 = 9. Also 3 is the square
root of 9. So we see a strong connection between 3 and 9.
Now let us draw a perfect Square in our circle, dividing it by 4. Each line would encompass 90
degrees. Here we don’t need to practice theosophical reduction. 9 = 9. 4 times 9 (there are 4 sides
to the square) = 36. 3+6= 9.
We have already discussed the Pentagram (5) and the number 9. Each side of the Pentagram marks
off 144 degrees – 14+4 = 9. And, the distance between each of its points is 72 degrees – 7+2=9.
The connection between 6 and 9 is a bit more tenuous – not as dramatic as with the numbers we
have just shown. We can divide the circle by 6 by drawing two equilateral triangles interlaced. One
opposite the other. This is the famous Star of David or Solomon’s Seal. The distance between each
point is 60 degrees. So there seems no connection with 9. However, keep in mind that each side of
the triangle is 120 (1+2=3)degrees and 3 times 3 = 9. Two triangles = 18 = 9. But as we
mentioned this a more indirect connection.
The number 7 seems to have no connection to 9 whatsoever. This is because dividing the circle by
7 doesn’t yield any whole number. It is 51 degree plus a fraction. 7 is sui generis. And perhaps this
“lack of connection” is giving us a message. 7 is the number of Venus – the number of love and
harmony. Perhaps the message is “if we have love we have no need of any other number” – love
stands alone – a law unto itself.
If we divide the circle by 8 – by drawing two squares at right angles to each other – we will see a
clear connection to 9. The distance between each point will be 45 degrees. 4+5=9.
Dividing the circle by 9 doesn’t need any machination. 9 = 9. But dividing the circle by 9 will show
us other things. It will show how 9 contains – encompasses – all the other numbers. If we draw a 9
pointed star (or enneagram) in our circle. The distance between each of the points will be 40
degrees. This would reinforce the connection of 9 and 4 that we saw earlier. But it will also show
other things. Our first segment = 40 degrees and gives the number 4. The next segment is 80
degrees distant from out starting point – this gives the number 8. The 3 segment rd is 120 degrees
from our starting point – giving the number 3. (1+2=3). The 4th segment is 160 degrees from our
starting point, yielding the number 7 – 1+6 = 7. The 5th segment 200 degrees from our starting
point, yielding the number 2 – 2+0+0 = 2. The 6th segment is 240 degrees from our starting point,
yielding the number 6 – 2+4+0 = 6. The 7th segment is 280 degrees from our starting point,
yielding the number 1. 2+8 = 10, 1+0 = 1. The 8th segment is 320 degrees from our starting point
yielding the number 5 – 3+2+0 = 5. The 9th segment is 360 degrees from our starting point and
brings us back to it. It yields the number 9 – 3+6+0=9.
Please note that the division of our circle by 9 yields ALL the numbers – only not in their usual
Segment 1 = 4
Segment 2 = 8
Segment 3 = 3
Segment 4 = 7
Segment 5 = 2
Segment 6 = 6
Segment 7 = 1
Segment 8 = 5
Segment 9 = 9
So, there is something about 9 that merits further study. The Hindus consider the 9th House as the
most important (and most fortunate) of all the Houses. If one has a true philosophy of life – a true
religion – a true metaphysics – (all ruled by the 9th House) he or she will have everything else, for 9
contains all the other numbers. There are probably more messages here, but these require