The elements of cognition and of being are contained in the first four numbers:
|1||One means the absolute beginning and origin, on which all numbers are based; One means the unity in itself, the Unchangeable. The one starts the series of numbers without losing value; One is the symbol of God|
|2||With two everything starts that is different from one, it's the symbol of difference, diversity and none-identity One and two behave like opposites: light and darkness etc.|
|3||The connection of one and two makes three as the symbol of synthesis, totality, connection (1 + 2 = 3) and established entirety|
|4|| Four is the holy root of the world,
the primeval sign of proportion: a:b = c:d.
There are four seasons, four basic substances, four saps of the body
|5|| As in geometry five regular solid bodies were found (tetraeder, cube, octaeder, dodecaeder, icosaeder, ... the five platonic solid bodies),
they also gave the five a special importance.
The graph of ten as figurated (triangle) number again shows this connection
(to the whole Greek mathematics there was a close connection between abstract theory of numbers
and geometric experience):
|two to the line,|
|three to the area,|
|and the four to bodies (especially pyramids).|