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Number Symbolism
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Number symbolism, also known as the qualitative approach to number and mathematical objects in general, constitutes a universal cultural phenomenon and has existed from time immemorial. As such, it must be envisaged strictly apart from the so-called “numerology” which has emerged as its contemporary offshoot and is really, at best, an illegitimate child and, moreover, a mere waste-product of post-modern consumerism.

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Brach, Jean-Pierre, “Number Symbolism”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 21 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_263>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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