About a month ago, I have the hunch to explore the symbolic and iconic meanings of the Number 12 with a view to help people’s understanding of the year 2012 and enhance their preparation towards getting the BEST out of the year. Every year, like the galaxy of stars, is inherently glorious. Each year is loaded with benefits and challenges. Our capacity for enjoying the benefits and surmounting the challenges of 2012 is LARGELY DEPENDENT on how we position ourselves, and of course with the help and mercy of God.
Below are my humble submissions (in 10 parts) concerning YOU and year 2012. These submissions are not absolute, and it is expected that these shall lead to further intellectual destinations regarding the year. Your personalized views of 2012 shall help some of our friends across the Internet Community.
In Visual Arts (art theory specifically), the number 12 represents the basic colours that make up the colour wheel and from which all shades and tints of colour emanate. The colour wheel consists of three primary colours, three secondary colours and six tertiary colours; hence, 12 is a symbol of vibrancy, sensation, emotion and colourfulness.
Therefore, 2012 shall be colourful for you and yours. Your life shall radiate the beauty of God, and you shall have a rainbow effects on people and things around you.
In Technology, the number 12 represents in (a) Computer -key board-: The number of function keys on most PC keyboards (F1 through F12) and in (b) Electronic Communication: The number of keys in any standard digital telephone (1 through 9, 0, * and #). Hence, 12 is a symbol of function, usefulness, value, moral standard or principles.
Therefore, in 2012, your life shall be functional and relevant to extent that you become a standard for excellence. Integrity and stability shall be your watchword. Men shall look for you and jobs (contracts and commissions) shall wait for you, because you an epitome of Highest Standard.
In Mathematics, the number 12 is a composite number (having many parts); it’s also a sublime number (having a perfect number of divisors, and the sum of its divisors is also a perfect number). It is one of the few numbers with the highest divisors. That is 12 can be divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, & 12. The basic multiplication table is based on 12 (i.e. 1x12 - 12x12). Hence, 12 is a symbol of completeness, multiplication, diversity, perfection and orderliness.
Therefore, in 2012 you shall experience diversities of blessings and favours. God shall multiply His grace unto you and enlarge your coasts. The spirit of excellence and order shall permeate your life. Since 12 is perfect number, the LORD shall perfect everything that concerns you.
In Trade and Commerce, the number 12 is often used as a sales unit and conventionally referred to as a dozen. When dozen is multiplied by 12, it becomes a gross, i.e. 12x12=144. Dozen (12) stands for business prospects; while gross (144) symbolize overwhelming blessings minus sorrow.
Therefore, 2012 is your year of symbolic business and financial breakthroughs. Prov. 14:14 says “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tends only to penury.” In 2012, as long as you are diligent, you shall not lose your reward. However when prosperity comes your way, handle it with wisdom, and not as fools (who in their greed and financial impropriety have become tales of woes). The only way to survive financially in 2012 is to become an addict for FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE; eschew OSTENTATIOUS LIFESTYLE and beware of EXCESSIVE FRUGALITY. Don’t be stingy to God and men.
In Chemistry (Periodic Law), the number 12 is the atomic number of magnesium. Magnesium (Mg) is a silvery white metallic element that is relatively unreactive. Salt is an example of magnesium in nature; and the three important functions of salt are sweetening, flavour and preservation.
Therefore, in 2012, your life, career, family, finance and faith shall be sweetened, spiced and preserved by God. As magnesium is relatively unreactive - temperate and pleasant - so shall “your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you should answer every man.” Your life and lifestyle shall not be excessive; but be filled with the Holy Spirit (Col 4:6, Eph 5:18, KJV).
In Music, 12 is the number of pitch classes in an octave representing the twelve notes or tunes on the string instruments. In this regard, 12 is a symbol of pleasant sound, melody, celebration, ecstasy, praise and worship.
Therefore, in 2012 you shall always have the cause to rejoice and give thanks, even when ‘it is not well’. In all things, you shall give thanks unto God, for this is the shall of God concerning you in Christ.
In Language (Latin), twelve is derived from the Latin word duodecim and it symbolizes spirituality and order. The meaning of 12 certainly differs from one language to the other. Whatever it means, twelve connotes something deep.
Therefore, in 2012 you shall be spiritually close to your Creator -the Almighty God and serve Him in truth and spirit. Decency and order shall be your watchword and your service shall be acceptable to God.
In Time (concept of time), 12 is an established order, newness and stability. How? Most calendar systems (Western and Chinese in particular) have twelve months in a year. There are 24 hours in a day with 12 hours for a half a day, and the numbers are from 1 – 12. The basic units of time (60 seconds, 60 minutes, and 24 hours) can all perfectly be divided by 12.
Therefore, in 2012 you shall not miss your time of divine visitation. May your eyes of understanding be enlightened to appreciate the concept of time in the fulfilment of dreams, desires and expectations, In 2012, having known the value of time, you shall not waste time; you shall know what to do per time and you shall not live behind your time.
In Sport (soccer/football), the number 12 can be a symbolic reference to the fans because of the support they give to the 11 players on the field. Hence, 12 is a symbol of moral support.
Therefore in 2012, God shall raise fans (men and women) that shall give you the required moral support as you battle through the year. Appreciation increases performance – the more support you get, the more you shall be shall willing to do for God and humanity in 2012. You shall not fail in the field of life nor lack men to celebrate you.
In Religion: The number 12 is very significant in many religions, especially in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In Judaism, ‘12’ signifies the age a girl matures. In Shi’a Islam, the number ‘12’ refers to 12 Imams –regarded as the legitimate successors of the prophet Muhammad and leaders of the Muslim faith.
In Christianity: Gen. 12 is symbolic of divine appointment and commission, the chosen with respect to the nation of Israel and spiritual Israel. Thus, the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 disciples of Christ, the 12 precious stones serving as the 12 foundations of the New Jerusalem – the City of God. The Chosen City has 12 gates which are guarded by 12 angels. Since 12 is a perfect number, therefore as used throughout the Bible, connotes governmental perfection.
In summation, 12 is a symbol of maturity, legitimacy, leadership, independence, divine appointment and perfect governance.
Therefore in 2012, maturity and leadership shall locate you. Your divine appointment into position of authority and influence shall materialise in 2012. Above all, God shall establish order and engineer governmental perfection in all the nations of the world. Specifically, God shall intervene in the affairs of Nigeria and herald a season of peace, security, prosperity and unity that all Nigerians may be happy and glorify God.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, WISHING YOU THE BEST VERY OF 2012