Occult power and mystic virtues
Numbers – Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtues may be regarded as the “bible of numerology”. This book deals with Pythagorean number divisions, explains three different kinds of Kabbalistic numerology, and reveals the hidden logic and symbolism of the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. This is followed by an explanation of Hindu numbers and a long row of numbers between 14 and 25920. Special symbolisms are included, like the link between numbers and planets, and numbers in relation to the Apocalypse. Apart from the Pythagoreans, author Wynn Westcott extracted part of his data on the meaning of numbers from H.P. Blavatsky, Eliphas Levi, Athanasius Kirchner, Thomas Taylor, Godfrey Higgins, Michael Maier, John Heydon. Numbers – Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtues provides a lot of insight in the mystical and magical use of numbers, treating each number as a “dimension” of its own. Invaluable for practising Wiccans, magicians and occultists longing for a more substantial grip on the matter.
Unlike Aleister Crowley’s Kabbalistic number treatment in Liber 777, which is limited to the meanings expressed in Hebrew words, author Dr. William Wynn Westcott uses number symbolism in a more general manner. Westcott was a medic, Rosicrusian, Freemason and Theosophist. He was also co-founder of the famous occult organization the Golden Dawn, and a widely respected authority on esoteric studies and subjects.