Spiritual Meaning of Number 5

  • Principle: Pentad
  • Meaning: Balance, number of Man
  • Element: Ether
  • Color: Gray, white
  • Planet: Mercury
  • Astrological House: Fifth house (Leo)
  • Tarot card: The Hierophant
  • Letters: E, N, W

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 5 is the esoteric meaning of number 5. In the outer form, you can see number 5 is manifested differently in various subjects such as planet Mercury in astrology, the Pope in tarot, the Pentad, etc.

However, in the inner essence, there is only one spiritual meaning of number 5 because “the clothes may vary but the person is the same.”

In spirituality, number 5 represents flexibility, change, and freedom. Five also symbolizes 5 senses, 5 major organs, and 5 vowels. Those who are born under number 5 energy are spiritually gifted to be an adventurer, visionary, and inventor.

It is important to know WHY number 5 vibration contains such characteristics. In this post, I will explain to you the spiritual characteristics of number 5 based on the “esoteric” laws of the universe.

Table of contents:

  1. Spiritual Principle of Number 5 – Pentad
  2. Spiritual Significance of Number 5
  3. Number 5 in Astrology
  4. Number 5 Tarot Card
  5. Personality of Number 5
  6. Number 5 Impact on Society
  7. Interesting Math Facts about Number 5

1. Spiritual Principle of Number 5 – Pentad

Pentad is the number of man because it represents the human 5 senses. When we cut an apple by half, we will see a 5 pointed star – the symbol of Man. It also corresponds to the 5th element beyond the 4 fundamental elements in nature of the Tetrad, which is Ether (capacity, quintessence). It is known as the element that stimulates life into action in the occult world.

Pentad is the symbol of balance because 5 lies in the middle between 1 and 10. Its figure is the pentagram or five-pointed star indicating the soul (Ether) rising above her animal nature. If the pentagram is turned upside down, it demonstrates ‘devolution’, which is the symbol of the devil and lowly desire.

We have:

5 = 2 (female) + 3 (male)

Therefore, 5 symbolizes the marriage between the feminine and masculine aspect of nature. This is the reason why we have 5 candles being lighted in the wedding ceremony. It contains within itself both yin and yang nature while lying in the middle. Thus, number 5 balances between the 2 opposites.

Adam and Eve are all inside us. Adam is the male principle represented by letter A and Eve is the female principle symbolized by letter V. When God took out the rib of Adam, he took the “rib” of letter A and reflects its nature. Thus, we have “V” (Eve). When we join 2 letters together, we get the harmonious symbol of nature, which is the Hexagram.

We also have:

5 x 5 = 25

5 x 15 =75

5 x 25 = 125…

Thus, 5 reproduces itself by its own root. Spiritually, number 5 indicates the nature of our mind, which is neither adding nor subtracting, but multiplying. In other words, when we conceive of an idea in our mind, this idea increases exponentially instead of linearly.

In Kabbalistic system, the pentad is Geburah, meaning ‘the essence of judgment’, ‘strength’, or ‘severity’. It is the opposite of Chesed (Tetrad) on the Tree because Chesed is the builder whereas Geburah is the destroyer, both necessary to ongoing creation.

Number 5 is associated with letter E, which is the 5th letter in the English alphabet. Similar to the concept of judgment above, the letter E is the Scale of Justice that will judge our deeds whether they are righteous or not.

In the Egyptian mythology, after we die in the physical world, our hearts will be weighed against the weight of the feather of Maat (Truth). If our hearts are lighter, we will be accepted to live in the heaven eternally, but if not, we will be thrown to be eaten by Ammit, which is the “Devourer of the Dead”.

Spiritually, the term “the lord of the earth” means “the lord of the heart“. The heart is very important in the occult world as it connects the spiritual realm and the material world. Sins weigh down the heart while good deeds uplift it to higher levels.

Unless we master our 5 senses, we are not really free to live this life to its fullest potentials because we are restricted to our animal desire.

Moreover, the word “Allah” means God in Arabic. In the esoteric school, Allah stands for Arm Leg Leg Arm Head, which is the representation of the Perfect Man in every religion. The spiritual meaning of number 5 lies in the mastery over the 5 senses to ascend higher to heavens. Only then, we can truly become a MAN – Master, Able, Noble.

2. Spiritual Significance of Number 5

Number is the language of the universe.

Therefore, you will see the spiritual meaning of number 5 is conceptualized in many symbols, traditions, and rituals across the world.

I will list a few examples here, so please feel free to use them for your further interests.

Symbols of Number 5Spiritual meanings
Pentagram – Solomon’s seal5-pointed star of consciousness
5 Precepts to NirvanaSelf-effort – Wisdom – Almsgiving – Meditation – Pilgrimage
5 Pillars of IslamTestimony of faith – 5 prayers – Fasting – Charity – Pilgrimage to Mecca
5 Books of TorahGenesis – Exodus – Leviticus – Numbers – Deuteronomy
5 Parts of The Soul in EgyptRen – Ka – Ib – Ba – Sheut
Spiritual Meanings of Number 5

3. Number 5 in Astrology

In astrology, number 5 is associated with planet Mercury, which is the planet of intelligence, communication, and traveling. Mercury gives a person the power of speech, learning, and mental capacity necessary for spiritual progress.

Number 5’s element is Air, which also corresponds to our intellect and idealism. This element helps us to receive ideas easily, to enhance the quality of thoughts, and to deliver our ideas clearly.

The fifth house in astrology is the house of self-expression, creativity, and vitality, whose governor is Leo. Just like number 5, Leo wants to express itself in all areas of life through the 5 senses. This means that number 5 values “experience” because it wants to taste the flavor of life rather than reading about it in books and articles.

We can see the similarities among the characteristics here because the outer expressions of number 5 may vary, but its inner spiritual essence is the same.

4. Number 5 Tarot Card

The Hierophant Tarot
The Hierophant Tarot

In the Major Arcana, number 5 symbolizes the Hierophant (or the Pope) – the fifth card of the Tarot deck. The Hierophant represents activity, change, communication, and sexual magnetism. If it is in a reversed position, it means rebellion, restriction, and ignorance.

This card depicts a religious figure who communicates wisdom, teaches the scriptures, and holds the key to religions. He wears three robes (red, blue, white) representing the 3 worlds he has authority over: consciousness, subconsciousness, and superconsciousness.

His left hand symbolizes the law of “As above, so below” with 3 fingers pointed upward and 2 downward. He is regarded as the messenger of God because he is transferring his knowledge to his 2 followers.

This card is ruled by Taurus and acts as the masculine counterpart of another card called High Priestess (number 2).

5. Personality of Number 5

As number 5 contains within itself both feminine (2) and masculine (3) nature, it goes along very well with both men and women.

Take a look at the image of number 5. We have the upper part looks at the right (future) and the bottom faces leftward (past). Thus, it is the number of perceptions, presence, and balance as it lies in the middle from 1 to 10.

When you are in the present, you are totally free because you are not stuck in the past nor worry about the future. Therefore, number 5 means freedom, flexibility, adaptability, movement, and versatility because it isn’t attached to anything.

Number 5 represents 5 senses, which means you want to experience life to the fullest as you can. You are extroverted, energetic, and courageous because you love to travel and explore the world.

Under number 5 energy, you are sociable and love to talk. You are naturally connected with higher intelligence, which inspires you to be on the quest of knowing who you truly are. You tend to be a multitasker because your mental activity is very high.

Your emotional life is very high-strung. However, people look at you as an attractive, charm and magnetic person. You are a person-person, who likes to be in the center of attention in the crowd.

By nature, number 5 vibration is both material and spiritual, so you can either go up or down on the scale of human spiritual evolution. If you have a balanced 5 energy, you will feel fulfilled, but if not, then you will have endless and insatiable desire.

Under number 5 influence, you are enthusiastic, alert, bright, and intellectual. All of these traits will make you a perfect salesman if you choose to follow this path. Your personality is vivacious, excited, adventurous, and restless in nature. You are like Peter Pan who never wants to grow up.

However, you are prone to be bored, frivolous, argumentative, analytical, and changeable. Your intellect can rule over your intuition in the process of decision-making. You can also become moody, hyperactive, and sexually overactive if you receive too much influence of number 5.

Number 5 is associated with letters E, N, W 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)

6. Number 5 Impact on Society

In society, number 5 energy creates changes, quick movement, and unexpected events. As its name suggests, we can’t predict what is going to happen, yet everyone is enthusiastic, high in energy, and mentally active.

Number 5 means change, but it lies in the middle of 1-9. Thus, the society can change its structure if it is related to number 4. People can become more spiritual-oriented if number 5 is cooperative with number 6.

Travel industry, communication, and media can expect the unexpected because of number 5 vibration. It is a great opportunity to raise the society consciousness due to the fast movement of flowing energy.

We can also see a big shift in the traveling industry, education, and social media due to the energy of number 5. Yet, we need to be careful because 5 is related to unexpected accidents in the society as well.

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7. Interesting Math Facts about Number 5

There are not many facts about number 5 as other numbers have, but I include it anyway for your interest.

When we raise number 5 to its exponent, the last digit of the answer always equals to 5:

  • 52 = 25
  • 53 = 125
  • 54 = 625
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