On the thirteenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . .
what? there is not a thirteenth day of Christmas? Oh, ok, may I share with you my discovery of the number thirteen? Many consider it to be the “unlucky” number and I want to show you its power!
When the founding
fathers began designing the United States Seal they wanted to use the
Exodus from Egypt as their design as they were leaving their mother
country, England. After much discussion they changed it for a design
that portrayed the purpose of the Exodus, leaving world Egypt to Mt.
Sinai to make covenant with God. They used a pyramid as the mountain
where God above and the world below.
The square base
of the pyramid represented physical life or mortality (see number 4).
It represented strength and duration. The thick foundation below
represents our “outward expressions, our energetic psyche and denser
The triangle, all seeing eye floats above
representing the spiritual life or heaven (see number 3). The eye
represents our “ever-awake, deep divine spiritual self.” Three above and
four below is a symbol of the Sphinx trapezoidal head dress, which
implies an unseen trinity or spiritual life above it. The three above
and the four below implies our divine nature, inward (spiritual, unseen)
and outward (physical, seen) expression. As a bigger picture, all on
earth (4), physical life is growing upward, striving to become complete
with Christ (3) becoming equal (equilateral triangle – equal, same in
all areas of life) with God.
The ribbon at the bottom is in the shape of an open circle meaning birth. The words within the ribbon read, “Novus Ordo Seclorum” Latin for, “a new order of the ages (is born),” referring to the new American era. At the base of the pyramid are Roman numerals,MDCCLXXVI, for the year 1776, the year of the birth of our Nation.
How many 13’s can you find on the Seal?
To the founding fathers the number thirteen represented “progress, perpetuity and perfection.” They designed the seal with twelve surrounding the one.
Example of this idea are: the twelve tribes surrounding Moses or twelve
apostles surrounding Jesus or the twelve zodiac surrounding the sun.
On the “Reverse” side, the pyramid is the most prominent object:
- There are 13 steps on
the unfinished pyramid meaning there was still room for growth as a
nation. It is said the steps represent the thirteen cycles of the
First-Sun Age in Mesoamerican pyramids. An obligation was assigned to
each step. 1) treat others as you would be treated, 2) “Seek the whole
truth”, 3) “Do your own share of the work. You cannot enter heaven on
the back of servants.” and 4 – 10) identical to those of the ten
commandments. The last three steps “cannot be disclosed.”
- There are 13 letters in the title, “Annuit Coeptis”
which is Latin for “He (God) has favored (smiled upon) our
undertakings.” The founding fathers believed that God provided
providentially for the success during the struggle for freedom.
- There are 26 (2×13) letters in “MDCCLXXVI” plus “Novus ordo seclorum” at the base of the pyramid. On the obverse side (the US was the first to have a two sides) of the seal: “Obverse”
means the object has a counterpart, an indication there two things
about the object. This is the side used on all the official documents.
Both sides can be seen on the one dollar bill.
- The eagle is the most prominent feature. Across the breast of the eagle is a shield with 13 alternating red and white stripes
(the pales) representing the 13 original States. The stripes on the
seal begin and end with the white stripe unlike the flag the begins and
ends with red. This represents the desire for peace. Across the top of
the shield is a blue field (chief) that unites all the stripes into one.
It represented the United States Congress. Charles Thompson, Secretary
of the Continental congress, introduced the design for the new Seal and
said, “The colors of the pales are those used in the flag of the United
States of america; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness
and valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief signifies vigilance,
perseverance and justice.” The eagle became our national “Coat of Arms.”
- In his right talons the eagle grasps an olive branch with 13 berries representing peace. He is looking to the right saying he prefers peace.
- In his left talon the eagle grasps 13 arrows representing war meaning our willingness to defend our nation.
- Above the eagle are 13 stars inside a circular design,
representing a “New Constellation”, the same constellation referred to
in the blue union of the United States Flag. This constellation is in
the form of the Star of David or two triangles, one pointing up and the
other pointing down. It is also 12 surrounding one. The surrounding
circle is both a cloud and fire representing the pillar of fire by day
and cloud by night that God used to guide the Israelite back to their
promised land. Here it represents the guidance God is still giving those
who choose to follow Him.
- In his beak the eagle grasps a flowing ribbon bearing the first Motto of the United States, “E Pluribus Unum.” There are 13 letters in this motto
which is Latin for, “Out of many, One,” reminding us that out of many
States is born One New Nation. It can also be viewed on a spiritual
level out of many (all of us) we will return to and be One with God. On
June 30, 1956 the words, “In God we Trust” were designated as our
There are eight thirteens
found on the Seal representing the “rebirth” (see number 8) of a great
Nation. Twelve surround one, one (God) supporting the other TWELVE (us).
We are the New Constellation being formed and He is our Bright Star.
Thirteen has great power! 🙂
If thirteen was so
often used by the founding fathers isn’t it good enough for us! Thirteen
is a number is TWELVE around ONE. Twelve apostles supported by the
prophet. Us, as TWELVE tribes supported by GOD. What is supporting you?
What is your center? Your support?