Astrologer Boris Bulatov posted in Facebook something regarding the number 13 and this got me to thinking about my life number and the tarot card that is associated with my life number.
My Path ? The Number 5 and the Hierophant:
Some say that the Life Path number 5 is the number of freedom and change, and those with a Life Path of 5 tend to seek freedom above all else. They are adventurers, having a restless nature, and being on the go, constantly seeking change and variety in life. They have a free spirit and need to have variety in their day. If they do not live the adventure, their lives become way too dramatic. They love meeting new people, trying new things, and living life for today, and curiosity leads them to constantly try to find the answers to life?s questions. Some would even say that ?conservative? is a word that is probably never used to describe them, as they love taking risks, and hate routine and repetition. I?m not sure this is true. I?m not sure they love taking risks, but rather I think it is the thought of becoming stagnated which is truly unsettling to those with the number 5 as Life Path number.
The above statements are true to some extent. If you look at every issue/topic as a stick having two opposite ends. Each end represents the having and not having of the issue/topic. Therefore, the number 5 is both about freedom/change, but it is also about being safe and conservative as they define what being safe and conservative means to them as individuals.
It is said that Fives have a hard time settling down and have a fear of being trapped or smothered in a relationship. That isn?t exactly true. Fives need to grow and explore their environment within their relationship. Fives do not like stagnation nor do they like their loved ones to become stagnate in their own personal growth. Their love of freedom extends beyond concern only for their own freedom, and they have a genuine concern for the freedom and welfare of others. Although Fives are extremely compassionate, their focus on adventure and curiosity can also distract them and keep them from being aware of the feelings of those around them. Furthermore, because they are always seeking the next adventure, their life can lack direction, and this can cause them to become discontent and impatient. Fives are very persuasive and excel at motivating people which makes them ideal candidates to become salesmen. Any career requiring travel is also a great fit for those with Life Path number 5, since it will keep them away from the routine of many other jobs, otherwise they may feel a sense of restlessness if they get stuck in a mundane or repetitive job environment. Fives are also very versatile, which makes many other career choices suitable for them.
The Hierophant is the fifth card in the Tarot Deck:
The word Hierophant comes from the Greek word ?hierophantes? which means ?one who shows or brings the light?.
The Hierophant is the archetype of education, organized religion and institutions. The Hierophant is also the guide between the world of humans and the spiritual world; and, it is this aspect of the world of humans and the spiritual world which has significant meaning to me.
Five is the number of fingers on the hand and it represents getting things done, whether it is giving or receiving. It represents both the right side of the body (energy moving out) and the left side of the body (energy being received).
There are lyrics from the song (Junip) Line of Fire that speaks to the core of my being regarding the energy of the number 5:
?What you choose to believe in
Dictates your rise or your fall
With no one else around you
No one to understand you
No one to hear your calls
Look through all your dark corners
When you?re backed up against the Wall
Step back from the line of fire?
So the number 5 and the tarot card, The Hierophant, is an energy that expresses my beliefs which either become my freedom and/or they are beliefs which become my prison. Another way to say this is that my thoughts can either give my soul wings to fly or my thoughts create a darkness of disparity.
The Hierophant is both the teacher and the student. At times it offers me enlightenment; but, at times it has also created a spiritual heaviness that pulled me into a depth of darkness unlike anything I have ever experienced. Therefore, the number 5 is both my Heaven and my Hell depending upon which way I focus my energy.
I smile as I consider the strange ways the number five has presented itself in my life. I was the fifth child in my family and growing up I had a Palomino gelding named Cinco. In Spanish cinco is the number five. The number five is always appearing in my life in strange little ways like looking out my window and seeing five crows sitting in a tree, or five deer on the side of the road; even my cell number has five fives in the number.
Finding balance with the number five is part of my journey in this life. It is finding balance in how I step out in life and how I receive. Five is also about having faith in one?s self and having faith in others. Truth is that I use to fight against the energy of number 5. In fact, I hated the number five. But as I have become more seasoned by life?s experiences, I now am more receptive to the number five. Now days, the energy of the number of five feels almost mystical to me as it is something that empowers me. Five reminds me of the pentagram (sometimes known as a pentalpha or pentangle or a star pentagon) which is the shape of a five-pointed star drawn with five straight strokes.
Pentagrams were used symbolically in ancient Greece and Babylonia, and are used today as a symbol of faith by many Wiccans, akin to the use of the cross by Christians and the Star of David by the Jews. The pentagram has magical associations. Many people who practice Neopagan faiths wear jewelry incorporating the symbol. Christians once commonly used the pentagram to represent the five wounds of Jesus. The pentagram has associations with Freemasonry and is also used as a symbol by other belief systems.
I have come to realize that the energy of number five only becomes problematic to me when I try to run away from its energy. I realize now that such behavior on my part has been futile. It was foolish of me to think that I could run away from an energy that is everywhere around me, in me, and apart of me.
If I am meant to be the energy of light and to show and/or to bring the light to this world then I can?t run away from that which I am.