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21 symbolism

The Symbolic Meaning of the 21

By Richard J Oldale,
August 2, 2017

The symbolic meaning of the 21 shows you how to transmute energy and ultimately make decisions with confidence.

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Essentially the 21 is the manifestation resulting from thoughts, emotions and actions. At this point, the initiate must learn patience and cultivate trust in your intuition, or inner knowing.

We see this idea succinctly in the Hermetic number three, the sacred number of completion, albeit not the final conclusion. Three’s represent the union of the thoughts and emotions that ultimately prompt action.

The symbolic meaning of the divine seven is the acquisition of self-knowledge which is learned throughout a cycle. The number 21 is 7 times the vibration of the initial understanding. If you are projecting good energy, you will be manifesting good experiences, and poor experiences if your energy is low-quality.

the symbolic meaning of the Number 21

In the Bible, the 21 is associated with resurrection – death and rebirth. It is the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new mission. We see the same idea reflected in modern-day traditions. When a person turns 21, they are said to have reached maturity and in the UK are given “the key of the door.”

The “key of the door” is symbolic of freedom from our parents. But there is a deeper symbolic meaning in that the Self has to become independent and break away from the father and mother archetypes that hang around in the unconscious.

On the one hand, the father and mother archetypes can be very supportive of your personal development, but they can also be limiting. The programs installed in your unconscious are nearly always governed by the mother and father imagos.

In the Bible, we see the 21 as a reflection of both good and bad. It is associated with sin and rebellion but is also a representation of God and the Temple. There are 21 chapters in the book of Judges, a significant title given the 21 is when judgement is finally handed down.

Sin relates to your weaknesses. These do not have to be directly related to the 7 deadly sins, but they are often the root of emotional problems. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t commit the 7 deadly sins either – you need to have fun and treat yourself. The lesson here is don’t indulge.

21 The World Tarot symbolism

The symbolic meaning of the number 21 card in the tarot deck is The World, suggesting a complete end to a life cycle. Another cycle is about to start. This is what religions mean by death and rebirth. Moreover, by the seventh transmutation of the libido (psychic energy), you really should be reaching a point of self-realisation.

Rebellion is the next step. The conscious mind has to rebel against the programs of the ego and the super-ego which more often than not carry low-quality information installed by society. There is a misconception of the way we are supposed to be.

Life is a misconception because many of the thoughts you think throughout the day have been planted in your head by other people – not by yourself. Look within, understand your unconscious and upgrade your programs with inner knowledge. Truth. The True Self.

But what if the idea is a lie?

There are three voices in your head; ego, supereg0 and The Self. It is only the Self that you will find the essence of your True Nature. So which voice are you going to listen to?

When the 21 appears repeatedly in a short space of time, observe what is happening in your life and question whether you are projecting good energy or bad energy.

Esoteric symbolism can be used to help you make decisions, discover your True Self, and ultimately guide you through life.

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I should warn you now that this article is going to be a long read. Here we are going to take an in-depth look at how numbers are a reflection of your inner world, and what it means when you repeatedly see the number 21.

If you just want to know the essence of the number 21, take a look at the abridged content.

However, I strongly recommend that you understand how energy works in order to get the most benefits from the Hermetic Principles of self-transformation. And that’s what we teach you here.

Unlike many self-development programs, Master Mind Content not only explains what you need to do, we also tell you why you need to do it and how it works. Having a fully-rounded understanding of how symbolism can help your personal development is a massive help.

Dipping in and out of our blog will furnish you with plenty of information, but will take a long time for you to pick up all the pieces. If you want to fast-track your way to perfection, the best way is to purchase one of our Self-Development Programs or Symbolism Courses.

But before you commit yourself to self-help by symbolism, read through this in-depth explaining the deeper esoteric meaning of the number 21. This is a prime example of how symbolism works and gives you a good feel to the teachings you can expect from Master Mind Content.


When numbers or symbols are repeatedly brought into your awareness, it is not a coincidence. So don’t ignore them. The synchronicity of symbols is one of the ways your subconscious gives you a nudge and tells you to pay attention.

You probably know from experience when your subconscious is trying to communicate to you. It is those moments when “the Universe is trying to tell you something.”

symbolic meaning of number 21

These signs come in many forms; an overheard conversation, information you stumble across without looking at it, a moment of inspiration when your mind is in a relaxed state, or an experience that helps you “see the light.”

You don’t want that last one to happen. Such experiences are rarely good. Is it not the case that people often learn the hard way?

Numbers and symbols are another way for the subconscious to send you a sign. They hold a certain Truth that you need to know.

The information you come by may help you resolve a problem you are encountering, answer a question you throw out to the Universe or to warn you to address a suppressed emotion.

Regardless of the specific reason for the appearance of numbers and symbols, understanding the esoteric meaning can help you evolve and move forward in life.

And that is what your unconscious mind is trying to do. The objective of the subconscious is to survive and thrive.


Investigations into quantum physics throughout the 20th Century determined that everything is energy, everything vibrates, and Motion is manifest in all things in the Universe.

Modern science has basically rediscovered the Hermetic Law of Gravitation (the principle of vibration) noted by the ancient Egyptians and early Greek philosophers:

“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” – The Kybalion

Some modern-day scientists recognise the phenomena of the mind are also modes of vibration that pick up resonating frequencies in the same way as radio waves.

Moreover, physicists have discovered that quantum particles “randomly pop in and out of existence.” The now infamous ‘double-slit experiment’ was confirmed by the Wiezmann Institution in 1998:

“…by the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality.”

The revelation that particles respond to conscious thoughts strengthens the theory of quantum entanglement which postulates particles are connected by energy vibrating at the same frequency. Albert Einstein called this “spooky actions at a distance.” Genius! 

Then there’s David Bohm’s model of the Universe which suggests that particles contain information about the entire Universe in a single cell. Could this be what religions mean by God being omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent?

“Just remember that I am, and that I support the entire cosmos with only a fragment of my being.” – Krishna, Bhagavad Gita

When you combine the theories of quantum science, it provides us with insights that help us to understand and explain how the subconscious mind manifests the things you think about into physical reality.

The Laws of Thermodynamics explain the rest. In a nutshell, energy does not gain or lose substance, it transforms into something else.

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Hermetic teachings reveal that what we experience in life are manifestations of thought, emotion, reason, willpower and other mental states, all of which is energy.

Moreover, all these conditions are accompanied by a vibration which has a corresponding rate of frequency.

Which brings us onto the symbolic meaning of the number 21.

When you repeatedly see the number 21, it marks the next phase of life has begun following the coming together of universal energies you find in the number 20.

In other words, you now have to deal with the latest experience in your life.

Ultimately, you have brought together the cosmic vibrations from the “higher worlds” and they have become manifest in the “lower world” as your experience. You did this through your thoughts, emotions and actions.

How your experience will unfold in this next phase of life will again depend on your thoughts, emotions and actions.

You, therefore, have to take stock of what new things are happening in your life right now and determine whether you want to keep them or to change them.

It’s worth noting at this point that what you create in life is described in the Hermetic Law of Correspondence – one of the all-important 12 Universal Laws of Nature.

Now you understand a little bit about particles of energy and vibration, are you ready to tackle the next question?


The Law of Correspondence is described in various Rosicrucian Texts and the referred Hermetic Book, The Kybalion which is said to reveal the secret knowledge passed down by the ancient sages of Egypt and Greece.

The Kybalion explains that everything in the Universe is connected across various planes of existence – much like the quantum entanglement theory of modern science.

Quantum entanglement

In essence, whatever happens at the atomic level in the microcosm is reflected in the macrocosm. Those tiny particles of energy influence your thoughts and behaviours.

To put this phenomenon into realistic terms, the Law of Correspondence dictates that the energy you transform in your inner world is subsequently reflected in the outer world; the thoughts we hold in the conscious mind are stored in the subconscious and the thoughts we store in the subconscious are recalled to the conscious mind.

“Within your subconscious depths lie infinite wisdom, infinite power. It waits for you to give it development and expression. If you begin now to recognise the potentialities of your deeper mind, they will take form in the world. “ – Dr. Joseph Murphy, The Power of the Subconscious Mind

The transference of energy arising from thoughts impacts your emotions and ultimately your actions. It is often through action that you create your experience of life.

Furthermore, the subconscious mind does not distinguish between that which is imagined and that which is a real experience. Energy transforms and recreates whatever it is you focus on or assert that you can, and will do something.

With the right knowledge, you can adopt new actions and raise your higher mental state. In doing so, you connect with vibrations that resonate at a higher frequency and which correspond with your own changed mental state. 

When you see numbers and symbols, they are an indication of the actions you must take or the “right thought” you have to adopt. What you have to change maybe something like a belief system or attitude that ultimately prompts certain behaviours in you.

The Law of Correspondence teaches you to notice and acknowledge your imperfections. Your successes too – don’t forget those. When something goes well in your life, you want to continue performing the right things.

If the number 21 keeps appearing in your life right now, you need to call for optimism, courage, creative expression and inspiration.

21 is a symbol of courage and inspiration

If you feel pessimistic or negative towards somethingyou will smother inspiration and not be able to generate the creative expression you need to move forward with the next phase of life.

The key to personal happiness, freedom and peace of mind is to change your thoughts! By focusing exclusively on what it is that we truly desire, and by eliminating all thoughts of what we don’t want, we can begin to shape, mould and build our lives to our own specifications!

I appreciate that all this science is difficult to absorb, understand and remember. That is why Master Mind Content explains the concepts using ancient myth – the stories help you remember the science.

Come on, I’ll show you how!


Christian traditions reflect the positive aspects of the number 21 as a representation of God and the Temple.

It should be noted that God is a symbolic code for consciousness and the Laws of the Universe. The Temple is symbolic of the body. What you have to understand is how universal laws affect the body.

From the negative aspect, the number 21 is said to represent “great wickedness of rebellion and sin.”

Sins are code for mistakes and the rebellion reference is being judged from a moralistic viewpoint. It is more appropriate to view rebellion as decisive action to change sinful habits and adopt right thought, right action and right feeling.

The message here is: whatever actions you take will be reflected in future experiences.

Every step you take in your physical life impacts your personal growth. When you don’t learn the lessons you need to evolve, you keep experiencing the same bad luck – which will happen when you see 10’s and 20’s.

In Exodus, the Israelites committed 21 acts of rebellion to escape the bondage of the Egyptians.

Biblical Exodus
The painting ‘And There Was A Cry In Egypt’ by Arthur Hacker is an evocative portrayal of the biblical Exodus

When you approach religious stories with a symbolic mind, the Israelites represent the Self, or conscious mind, and the Egyptians represent the subconscious which keeps you in bondage whilst ever it is programmed with limiting beliefs.

Sigmund Freud’s model of the mind explains the overinflated ego takes over the conscious mind and is prompted by programs stored in the subconscious. 

This is why human beings are creatures of habit and find it difficult to break away from the norms you are comfortable with – even when you know they are toxic. Doing so requires courage, optimism and inspiration.

Exodus also explains that God casts down his judgement on the Egyptians on the 21st day in the month of Nisan by drowning Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea.

In the Jewish calendar, Nisan represents the redemption of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.

The exoteric meaning of the crossing of the Red Sea represents obstacles that appear in life. In hermetic teaching, the sea represents the body, and Bible scholars also relate the sea to “a collection of memory-knowledge.”

When you apply this to the electro-biological process of the body and the psyche, the biggest obstacles you face are the subconscious programs that prompt thoughts and actions that do not serve you – your collection of memories and the suppressed emotions that come with past experiences.

Symbolic meaning of 21 IN HEBREW TRADITIONS

The 21st day in the month of Nisan falls on the seventh day of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. The festival is held in the Spring – a time of renewal – and three feasts are observed.

The feasts of Nisan are said to give you an opportunity to demonstrate obedience and provide protection. In other words, obey the higher aspect of your conscious nature that wants you to thrive and you will continue to vibrate at higher frequencies that connect you with the knowledge you need to know.

The number 21 is also associated with compassion. And compassion holds the key to what you manifest. Compassion is also associated with the female principle, the Mother Goddess, which is also associated with the number 7.

The number 21 also features in the Equinox festivals in autumn, known as the Feast of Tabernacles. Here the focus is to show gratitude and love. When these qualities are recognised in the inner world, they are reflected in the outer world.

The seventh Feast of the Tabernacles which is taken on the 21st of October is known as Sukkot and represents “the time of restored fellowship with the Lord”. Lord is ancient code for Law as in Universal Laws.

Therefore, it is a time for observing your “sins” (mistakes/bad luck) and rebelling against the subconscious programs that prompt you to take wrong actions.

This is explained in Revelation 20 which is associated with the Feast of the Tabernacles in Jewish culture:

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” – Revelation 20:4-10

Satan represents “sins” or Freud’s id. It is the dark passenger which is a reflection of your ego, the aspect of your nature that has strayed from the True Self and commits errors. It is the antithesis of Yahweh, the anti-Christ. Recognising the Devil within guides you to individuation. 

In Gematria, 21 is equal to the number three; 2+1=3. In Hermetic traditions, the three represent the triangle of manifestation which is the coming together of Universal energies in relation to your thoughts, emotions and actions.

Look within, observe repetitive thoughts and be aware of the synchronicity of symbols. When you see a repetition of the 21 or the three, it is a time to carefully plan your actions. Allow yourself to be guided by your higher intelligence.

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Richard Oldale
Master Mind Content is a leading authority in decoding ancient symbolism . Our research unveils the secrets to understanding and taking control of the the subconscious mind, channeling energy to self-heal and effectively using universal laws to fulfil your potential.

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