Numerology 101 : the number 5

The nine single-digit numbers form the basis of numerology study, and represent the essence of order in our chaotic world. Each number has its significance, but what about the fifth one?

  • 5 –  highly versatile, adventurous, and capable of meeting any challenge
  • 55 – creativity, generally active, positive, and curiosity
  • 555 – change, independence, and personal freedom
  • 5555 – patience, growth, harmony, and balance.

It is widely accepty that 5 symbolizes; freedom, pleasure, and experiencing exciting adventures.

In mathematics, the number 5 is a natural number, a cardinal number, and is a prime number. It has attained significance throughout history in part because typical humans have five digits on each hand. We know from our physiology that we have five senses — sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste — to experience the world. Five is the third smallest prime number. Since it can be written as 22 + 1, five is classified as a Fermat prime; therefore, a regular polygon with 5 sides (a regular pentagon) is constructible with compass and an unmarked straightedge. Five is the first good prime. It is an Eisenstein prime with no imaginary part and real part of the form 3p − 1. The number 5 is the fifth Fibonacci number and is the length of the hypotenuse of the smallest integer-sided right triangle. There are five Platonic solids. A polygon with five sides is a pentagon. Figurate numbers representing pentagons (including five) are called pentagonal numbers. Five is also a square pyramidal number. According to astronomy, there are five unique positions in space where a small mass can orbit in a constant pattern produced from the gravitational pull of two larger masses like the sun and the Earth. The interaction of these forces creates a point of equilibrium where a spacecraft can remain. A five-dimensional space is a space with five dimensions. Much of the early work on five-dimensional space was in an attempt to develop a theory that unifies the four fundamental interactions in nature: strong and weak nuclear forces, gravity and electromagnetism.

“The number 5 is the marriage, as the sum of the female 2 and the male 3.” – Pythagoras

The number five is also spiritually full of insights. It can represent the five elements; fire, earth, air, water, ether. The number 5 symbolizes God’s grace, goodness and favor toward humans. In the Bible, the Fifth Commandment reminds us love and respect; “Honour your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God giveth thee“. Five also represents thefive points of a star, the symbol of our Faith. The number 5 card in a Tarot deck is The Hierophant. He is an advocate of learning and acts as a messenger between the people and the heavens. The Hierophant can represent a counsellor or mentor who will provide you with wisdom and guidance or a spiritual or religious advisor such as a priest, vicar, preacher, imam, rabbi or a monk. 

“If the nine-single digits are the roots of our mathematical world, the number five would be the quintessence of our life experience.” – Laurence BL

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