Spiritual Meaning of Number 1

  • Principle: First principle, monad
  • Meaning: One God, unity, the first cause
  • Element: Fire
  • Color: Yellow, orange, gold
  • Planet: The Sun
  • Astrological House: First house (Aries)
  • Tarot card: The Magician
  • Letters: A, J, S

Numerology is the language of the universe. Numbers are not literally numbers but representations of underlying universal laws that govern the universe. Man can never break the divine laws because the rules and orders of the cosmos will never change.

Behind every number are energy, frequency, and vibration. Behind the exoteric understanding of number 1 is the esoteric meaning of number 1. In the outer form, you can see number 1 is manifested differently in various subjects such as the sun in astrology, the Magician in tarot, the First Principle, etc.

However, in the inner essence, there is only one spiritual meaning of number 1 because “the clothes may vary but the person is the same.”

In spirituality, number 1 represents unity, oneness, new beginning, and originality. As one is the 1st number, it usually symbolizes God or the Spirit because He is the First Cause of everything. Those who are born under number 1 energy are spiritually gifted to be a leader, top achiever, and pioneer.

It is important to know WHY number 1 vibration contains such characteristics. In this post, I will explain to you the spiritual characteristics of number 1 based on the esoteric laws of numerology.

Table of contents:

  1. Monad – The First Principle
  2. Root Number 1 Significance in Numerology
  3. Number 1 in Astrology
  4. Number 1 Tarot Card
  5. Names of One God
  6. Personality of Number 1
  7. Number 1 Impact on Society
  8. Interesting Math Facts about Number 1

1. Monad – The First Principle

According to Pythagoras, number 1 is not a number, but it is the spiritual principle of Monad – the Father, the symbol of Wisdom, and the First Principle. One is the underlying force behind all other numbers because every number contains number 1.

2 = 1 + 1

3 = 1 + 1 + 1

4 = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1

Therefore, the monad is a part/unit of everything, representing the original cause, union, and oneness of all things. It is also the First Principle because without number 1, we can’t have number 2, 3, 4, and so forth. Unless we have the beginning (1), we will never have an end.

In numerology, number 1 is associated with letter A in the English alphabet. When you say you have A phone, A house, or A car, it means that you have a unit of that thing, which represents the symbol of monad.

Number 1 is called Monad spiritually because it represents unity and indivisibility in all circumstances:

1÷1 = 1

1 x 1 = 1

Number 1 means ‘limited’ and ‘unlimited’ because it is limited to itself and unlimited in other numbers (there is no highest number in mathematics).

In esotericism, the ascending order of number from 1 – 9 stands for the spiritual evolution law that rules our planet. As human beings, we must evolve spiritually to ascend to heavens where we originally come from. Otherwise, we would “DEVOLVE” and befriend with the “DEVIL”

Symbol of number 1 in spiritual world
Symbol of number 1 (monad)

In Kabbalistic system, the symbol for number 1 is the circle and a dot in the center. It is ‘one’ in the midst of all, indicating the hidden manifestation power of Ain Sof (The Endless One, Infinite, Egoless). Sometimes, its symbol is only a dot, which is the principle of unity and oneness in all things. This image is similar to the picture of the sun in astrology because it is the center of Y.O.U – Your Own Universe.

The Monad sits on the Crown (Kether) in the Tree of Life (Sephiroth) whose attribute is Will and whose essence is Divine Love. It is described as “the most hidden of all hidden things” and is referred to things that are beyond the comprehension ability of the mind.

In musical notes, the Monad’s vibration corresponds with the C below middle C: 128 vibrations/second.

2. Root Number 1 Significance in Numerology

Here, I will explain to you the spiritual art of numerology.

Adam and Man

ADAM = 1 + 4 + 1 + 4 = 10 (meaning the Perfect Man)

*Please visit “How to calculate root number” if you don’t know how I get this number.

Spiritually, number 1 is the I AM spirit from within us. 0 is the Cosmic Egg, through which God created man out of ‘nothing’. 0 is also a two-sided mirror that reflects God’s qualities upon human nature. Thus, 10 represents perfection.

MAN = 4 + 1 + 5 = 10 (meaning Created Perfect)

Man comes from “woman”, which is the “womb” of our mother. The Cosmic Egg of our mother lies in here: w’O’mb. Reverse W, we have M (Mom). W is also the 23rd letter, whose numerical equivalence is 2 (female) + 3 (male) = 5, which is the marriage between the feminine and masculine principle of nature.

Letter A, whose element is Air in esoteric teachings, is the Breath that God breathes into our soul at birth.

The root number of N is 5, representing 5 senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling, lies in the middle between 1 and 10.

“Then God fashioned man in due proportion (10 – perfection), and breathed (A – Air) into him something of His spirit (Root 1 – unity). And He gave you the faculties of hearing and sight and feeling (and understanding): little thanks do ye give!” (Quran 32:9)

Together, MAN represents Created Perfect.


BODY = 2 + 6 + 4 + 7 = 19/10/1

1 is the spirit, and 9 is humanity. Thus, every soul in our humanity contains a body. We have 1 + 9 = 10 representing Perfection as stated in the Quran:

“God created the heavens and the Earth (body) in true proportions. Verily in that is a sign for those who believe.” (Quran 29:44)

The Earth in sacred scriptures represents to body symbolically. However, we are NOT the body. The body begins with B (2) while the spirit and soul start with S (1). That is, the body comes after the soul as 2 comes after 1. The body comes from b’O’dy, which is the Cosmic Egg, is entered in this world through ‘D’ (4 – form). ‘Y’ has its root of 7 is because

“When God decrees a matter, He says to it ‘Be’ (5 + 2 = 7), and it is” (Quran 2:117)

Body has its root total of 19, which is a karmic number because 1 is the beginning of things while 9 is the end of things, representing Alpha and Omega. It is karmic in a sense that we literally “borrow” the body to function in this world. Thus, we all have the karmic debt to pay while we are here on this earth.

Heaven and Hell

HEAVEN = 8 + 5 + 1 + 4 + 5 + 5 = 28/10/1
HELL = 8 + 5 + 3 + 3 = 19/10/1

While both heaven and hell have root number 10, Heaven is peaceful (2) and eternal (8) while hell represents the karmic lessons (19) that need to be learned. Both words begin with ‘H’ (8) as both heaven and hell are eternal, but it all depends on our choices that will determine the direction of ‘H’ to go either ‘up’ or ‘down’.

3. Number 1 in Astrology

In astrology, number 1 is associated with the sun under the first house governed by Aries. Spiritually, its element is fire, which symbolizes the willpower to start something new.

We all have the inner fire in the blood. It can either kill us by attacking our hearts, arteries, and vessels when we lose our temper (temperature = fire) or give us the power to achieve anything we desire. Whenever we “will” something, it will be the first cause for further plans, thoughts, and actions.

Number 1 is also the symbol of “self”, which is not the Spirit but the personal self – the ego. The ruler of this number is Aries – the sign of leadership, initiative, strength, courage, and passion.

The first house is very important in astrology because without it, there will be no other houses. In other words, just like we can’t have other numbers without the first cause of number 1, you cannot have other houses without the first house in astrology. It is the main factor that makes your horoscope different from other people’s. The first house in astrology signifies your personality, physical appearance, and overall temperament.

4. Number 1 Tarot Card

The Magician Tarot Card
The Magician Tarot Card

In the Major Arcana, number 1 symbolizes the Magician – the first card of the Tarot deck. The Magician represents new beginnings, independence, setting and achieving goals. If it is in a reversed position, it means the talents are abused in some ways.

There are 4 spiritual objects on his table: the Wand, the Cup, the Sword, and the Plate signifying 4 elements of nature: Fire, Water, Art, and Earth.

As number 1 is limited in itself and unlimited in other numbers, we can see this concept is shown in the infinity symbol above the Magician’s head and the snake biting its own tail around his waist. They both represent the unlimited potential of number 1 that seeks to express itself in spiritual form. They are also the symbol of “As above, so below” esoteric principle meaning that you shall reap what you sow with the seed of number 1.

5. Names of One God

There are many names of one God in different religions, yet they all stand for one spiritual Principle:

  • Allah (Islam)
  • Abba or Ab (Judaism)
  • Atman (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism)
  • Brahma (Hinduism)
  • Logos, Jesus, and Christ (Christianity)
  • Hu, Atum (Egyptian religions)

6. Personality and Talents of Number 1

As number 1 is the first number in numerology, it represents the beginning of all things. People with number 1 vibration are spiritually endowed with natural leadership talents and executive ability because they are “the first and the best”. You have a creative, individual, and respectable personality.

The drawing of number 1 portrays a straight line, which is the symbol of confidence, originality, ambition, assertion, and independence in character. Thus, numerology will tell that you are a doer, teacher, leader, thinker, and planner because you will not be satisfied if you follow other people’s path, direction, or command. You are the one who stands out from the crowd and wants to be in charge of your life.

Making quick decision effectively is your natural talent because you possess within yourself strong spiritual intuition. The power of number 1 attracts perfection in your work, high achievements, and exploration of new ideas.

You possess a single-focus determination which enables you to achieve your goals. You strive for perfection and want to be the best in everything because that is what number 1 stands for: “I am the best.”

When the number 1 energy is in harmony, you have an enthusiastic, active, and dynamic personality. There is a sense of creating something new, starting new projects, or setting new goals because 1 is the beginning of things.

Number 1 also stands for “unique”, which means you will feel fulfilled when you are unique, independent, and different from others.

All number 1 people carry dignity. 1 means focusing on the ‘self’: self-worth, self-development, self-knowledge, self-confidence, etc.

You do your best when you are alone, and worst if you are under control by someone else. Thus, you may expose your negative traits such as rebellion, aggression, and impatience.

As number 1 is about the self in numerology, selfish tendency, egocentric propensity and lack of diplomacy are your negative characteristics that harm your self-development.

Number 1 is associated with letters A, J, S in numerology. If your name starts with these letters, you will be amazed at what your name spiritually represents. (Click on the links at the beginning of my post)

7. Number 1 Impact on Society

In society, number 1 energy creates a stepping stone for other projects and development. It may be marked with a breakthrough in innovation, invention, technology, and science.

Revolution, protest, and riot are possible because number 1 will not accept injustice, immorality, and tyranny in the society.

Like a seed on the ground, it needs to contain within itself enough energy to break through the ground for further advancement. Therefore, number 1 period of the society is usually identified with high energy in vibration.

Under the energy of number 1, there are many new opportunities prevalent in the society as well as pioneering projects.

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8. Interesting Math Facts about Number 1

1 x 9 + 2 = 11

12 x 9 + 3 = 111

123 x 9 + 4 = 1111

1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111

12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111

123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111

1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111

12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111

123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

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