Fun facts about the number 12
According to the Farmers’ Almanac:
• In Chinese numerology, 12 represents the harmony of the yin and yang: The number 1 is a yang number, ruled by the sun, and symbolizes independence and individualism. The number 2 is a yin number ruled by the moon and represents symmetry and balance. Together they equal harmony, which is why many couples choose to marry on dates with 12s in them.
• For math nerds, the number 12 is considered a sublime number, one “that has a perfect number of divisors, and the sum of its divisors is also a perfect number.”
Other references to 12
The number 12 is significant in these 12 ways, according to the Farmers’ Almanac:
• The “Twelve Days of Christmas” start on Dec. 25 and run through Jan. 5.
• Twelve is associated with the heavens — 12 months and 12 zodiac signs.
• It’s a number widely used in the Bible — the number of apostles, the Tribes of Israel, etc.. In the book of Revelations, there are 12 gates and 12 angels.
• The number of hours on a clock face is 12.
• Twelve is the number of members on a jury.
• There are 12 stages of life in Buddhism.
• The ancient Greeks worshipped 12 major gods of Olympus.
• Eggs come in packs of 12.
• The average human has 12 ribs.
• The number of inches in a foot is 12.
• There were 12 Knights of King Arthur’s Round Table.
• We go through 12 grades in school.
Full moon lore
This month’s moon goes by many names, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, including the full Cold Moon, the Long Night’s Moon and the Moon Before Yule.
Source: The Farmers’ Almanac