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The Number 72

The Number “72”

(The Number of Earth)


Meaning and Symbolism

  • Represents the number of Earth
  • The number 72 is a number known, in esoteric numerology, to be a master number. That is, a number which encompasses patterns that replicate the frequencies and vibrations certain energies of the manifested universe.
  • 72  x 12=864 OR the diameter of the Sun. (The number of the earth multiplied by the number of constellations or months or disciples “12” renders, what is commonly referred to in the occult as the number of the sun 864 OR 864,000-mile diameter.
  • I believe there is an as of yet unrealized significance between the numbers 72 and 23. I find them often used a conduit or bridge to the number each other in occult ceremonial ritual.  Especially the recent rash of mass shootings in the past decade.  (7+2 = 9 )+ (7 x2= 14.) 9+14= 23 (a number used extensively in occult ritual).


  • 72 years equals 1° of procession.  (This is most likely why 72 holds as much religious significance as it does).
  • The average human lifespan of 72 years.
  • The average human heartbeat is 72 bpm.
  • The life duration of a human ovule is 72 hours.
  • December 21, 2010 (Winter solstice) was the date of a full lunar eclipse which lasted exactly 72 minutes.
  • Starting at AD, every year ending in a 72, (example 72AD…172AD… 872AD… 1972AD etc) are all leap years.
  • Room temperature is 72°F.
  • Hafnium HF is the last stable element discovered in his number 72 on the periodic table.
  • The average body contains 72% water.
  • The zodiac has 12 major constellations and 72 secondary constellations.
  • Rule #72 for Mormon missionaries – Do not arise before your companion.
  • The “Rule of 72” is a simplified way to determine how long an investment will take to double, given a fixed annual rate of interest. By dividing 72 by the annual rate of return, investors can get a rough estimate of how many years it will take for the initial investment to duplicate itself.
  • 72 is the number of par in an 18 hole golf course.
  • There are 72 spaces in a game of Parcheesi, from the start space to home.
  • In DPI 72 is the default screen resolution for an image or graphic on an Apple Macintosh screen.
  • In typography, point sizes are measured in 1/72 of an inch. 72 point characters are one inch tall.
  • The Nostradamus prophet gives a precise date to the 72nd quatrain of the second century: From the sky will come a great King of effrayor in July 1999.
  • The base of Sesheshet’s pyramid is 72 square feet with a pitch of51 degrees and a height of 46 feet.
  • 72 Hz is a frequency commonly used to help identify with and examine the emotional spectrum.
  • The universe is based on harmonic series such as 72, 144, 432. 144 (a “C” tone in hertz) is a perfect harmonic of the speed of light, which is 144,000 nautical miles in the vacuum of space.
  • The “sentur” Persian has 72 cords, three by note.
  • Haarp antennas are 72 feet high
  • In the movie Star Trek into the darkness, 72 bodies of superhumans are torpedoed into space.
  • In base 10, the number 72 is a Harshad number.


In the Bible

  • Jesus sent forth 72 disciples or Apostles. (Lk 10:1-3)
  • “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”(Luke 10-17)
  • According to the Kabbalah, there are 72 names of God laid out in (Exodus 14:19-21)
  • According to do tradition after God destroyed the Tower of Babel he divided the people by creating 72 languages.
  • 72+72 = 144. It is also believed by some Christians (Jehova’s Witnesses) that 144,000 people will be taken to heaven, (Rev 14:1) “John saw the lamb on Mount Zion. With him were 144,000, sealed with the father’s name upon their foreheads.”
  • Jesus died for 72 hours.
  • Moses used 72 names of God to part the Red Sea.
  • The three original languages of the Bible are of Hebrew 22 letters. Greek 24 letters. English 26 letters. For total of 72 letters.
  • The total number of the Holy Bible in the Catholic version if the book of Lamentations is considered part of the book of Jeremiah.
  • The current distribution of the book of Revelation is 22 chapters. But the oldest known division of the text is that of the Greek commentator Andrew of Cesary and contains 72 chapters.
  • Sixty and twelve (72) occurs 5 times in the bible. 72X5 = 360
  • 72 generations are listed in the Genesis 10. Starting at Noah and following his sons. Shem, Ham, and Japheth.


Other Religious Significance


  • Confucius had 72 masters.
  • Muslims are awarded 72 virgins in heaven.
  • Set has 72 accomplices in the death of Osiris.
  • The number of people martyred along with Imam Hussein in the battle of Karbala.
  • According to the Zohar, the degrees of Jacob’s ladder was to the number 72.
  • Mahavira, the 24th and last Tirthankara of Jainism said to attain Nirvana after his physical death at the age of 72.
  • Thoth, according to the Egyptian creation myth, and the 72nd region day of the year from the moon in a game of draughts, as a favor to Nut, the Sky Goddess. He uses these portions to make the five intercalary days on which the remaining gods and goddesses are born.
  • There are 72 stupa which comprises Borobudur, the world’s largest Temple.
  • At the age of puberty, the young Parsee received the investiture of the sacred cord Kucti made of 72 linens and a symbol of the community.
  • 72 major temples heaven found at Angkor.
  • In Cao Dai, (a monotheistic religion established in South Vietnam in 1926 ) 72is the number of planets between hell and heaven.
  • 72 companions of apotheosis of Houang-ti.
  • 72 is Tthe number of the Immortals in Taoism.
  • Lenain mentions the 72 intelligences governing the 72 zodiacal terms according to the Cabal.
  • According to Hadith, in Islam, the prophet Mohammed states that 72 is a number of sects or denominations that are doomed to hell.
  • One of the most famous grimoires of all time is the “Lesser Key of Solomon” and is the definitive source on demonology relied upon by practitioners of Western magic. This book outlines 72 demons, Their nature, knowledge, and how to control them.
  • The conventional number of scholars translating the Septuagint according to the legendary account in the “letter of Aristeas”
  • The number of warriors on the Muslim side at the battle of Badr.


Government & World Events

  • The Pentagon has five angles measuring 72° at each angle.
  • The second world war lasted for 72 months. September 1, 1939 (Germany’s invasion of Poland )to September 2, 1945 (the surrender of Japan)


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