Numbers can have a personal or symbolic significance. For instance, we may have had three children, so the number three in a dream could be connected with your feelings or fears about them – but three has generally been seen as the troublesome triangle in love, or the child, mother, father threesome. So a number may refer to a particular year of one’s life; the number of a house; the months or years that have passed since an important event; your family group – or have a general significance such as indicated in language – i.e. three’s a crowd; seventh heaven; nine days wonder, etc.

In particular twelve is used as a division for many things – twelve months in the year; twelve hours in the day; twelve disciples and twelve signs in the Zodiac. So, the twelve often represents wholeness, the unity of a variety of qualities, even conflicting or opposing one’s, that when together form balance and

Also, it represents completion, as with the twelve months of the year encompassing the four seasons. It also can depict the twelve traditional aspects of human personality shown by the signs of the Zodiac. For some people it would represent teamwork.

Key words for 12 in I Ching: In Autumn do not expect summer flowers. But one can sell leaf mould.

See: Numbers.

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