Higher meanings of the number 40

Higher meanings of 40. What does repeatedly seeing 40 mean? What does 40 symbolize? Let's try to answers to these questions and more..

Symbolism of 40

  • According to saint Augustin, forty expresses the perfection "because the Law was given in ten commandments, then it is through the whole world that the Law has been preached, and the whole world is composed of four parts, Orient and Occident, South and North; therefore, by multiplying ten by four, we obtain forty. Or well, it is by the four books of the Gospel that the Law is accomplished."
  • Symbolize the death with oneself and the spiritual rebirth.
  • Represent the complete and sufficient period to finish a work, according to Lacuria.
  • It corresponds to the thirteenth Hebraic letter, mem, and to the Arcane 13 of the Tarot: the Death, marking the completion of a stage.
  • According to the Bible, it is the number of the waiting, the preparation, the test or the punishment. Also the Bible often resorts to the number 40 when starts a new chapter of the history of the salvation. On the other hand, forty would indicate the duration of a generation or a long period, whose we ignore the exact length.
  • Represent the eternal hell, according to J. Boehme, because it is the constraint with the cycles of the incarnation whose form does not change.
  • Represent the man incorporated in the Universe and combatting the prince of the disorder, according to Claude of Saint Martin.
  • Symbol of penance, but these 7 aliquot parts - 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 20 - generate for our joy the number 50 in which the inheritance returns to the antique owner, in which, if we make penitence as it is appropriate, the ancient dignity is rendered to us with an increase. According to Thibaut Of Langres, it is for this reason that it is sung the psalm 50 "Miseree" for the remission of sins.
  • According to R. Allendy, "it is the achievement of a cycle in the world, or rather the rhythm of the cyclic repetitions in the Universe".

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Facts about the number 40

  • The 40 days of the Lent before Easter.
  • Saint John takes care 40 hours near to the body of the Very Holy Virgin Mary before her Assumption to the Sky.
  • Birthday of person in Japan: beginning of the old age - shoro.
  • According to the Egyptians, it is the number of days necessary in order that the soul becomes definitively delivered of his body. Indeed, following the death of the physical body, the etheric body spends globally 40 days to be dissolved in the universe. As long as it is not fully dissolved and that particles which constitute it did not join the various elements of the nature, the conscience of the defunct will remain linked, more or less closely, to the terrestrial world in which he evolved. This is why a religious ceremony is celebrated 40 days after a death in some traditions in order to facilitate the definitive liberation of the conscience of the being with his habits and his material fasteners. It should however not confuse with what it is called the etheric energy which it is totally extracted of the body after the three days following the death.
  • According to the book of secrets of Enoch, the four rivers of the terrestrial Paradise are subdivided by forty and surround all the Earth.
  • Jesus preached for 40 month.
  • Jesus received 40 blows of whip during his whipping, according to visions of Maria Valtorta. However, according to visions of Mary Agreda, Jesus would have received 5115 blows of whip!
  • There had 40 mourning nights in the mysteries of Persephon and 40 days of sacrifices in the greeting of Mithra.
  • Number of years that no man and no beast would have crossed Egypt, according to an old prophecy.
  • According to the Gospel of Barnabas, chapter 54, at the end of the world, there will be 40 darkness years on the world, after what, God will give the life to his Messenger, as well as to his angels and all the elect.
  • In some savage tribes, after the circumcision, the males had to withdraw themselves in the bush for a period of solitude of 40 days at the end of which they could then return to the village.
  • It is 40 years after the crucifixion of the Jesus Christ that Jerusalem was taken by the Romans and that the Temple was destroyed.
  • Anniversary of marriage: weddings of ruby.
  • It is to 40 years that Buddha and Mahomet would have begun their preaching.
  • For Islam, the number 40 occupies an important place: the 40 companions, the 40 perfect; the universe is supported by 40 pillars; the 40 supports of the dome of the Mosque of Omar in Jerusalem; And at the Means-Age the Muslems were made depilate the armpits every 40 days.
  • The body of Jesus remained 40 hours in the sepulchre.
  • The 40 days of fast that Buddha made to the desert before to exert his apostolate.
  • Philip-August and Saint-Louis enforce the regulation "Forty-the-Roy", period of 40 days where it was forbidden to any Lord to attack the nearest relatives of the offender.
  • The stigmatized Martha Robin was fed only the Eucharist during 40 years.

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