The number 14 is a masterful number for those that can learn balance, self-control and independence. But for those that fail, the 14 signals a time of turmoil.
The fourteen has the double power of the divine seven which represents the female principle of the divine mother. In Christianity, the divine female is the Virgin Mary. The 14 is the potential to meet with the divine son, the male principle that forms a perfect balance with the female.
In the bible, the divine son is of course represented by Jesus, and the story of the crucifixion significantly feature the number 14. There are “14 Stations of the Cross” which depict the suffering of Jesus and Passover begins on the 14th day of the Nisan.
The 14 therefore suggests that to find balance you have to suffer by making sacrifices. It depends how well you handle giving something up will depend on how much you suffer. As Buddhists say: Just let it go! Oftentimes, the sacrifice is an addiction rather than experiencing physical or emotional suffering. You therefore need self-control and will power to make the sacrifice successful.
In eastern philosophy, the 14 is a karmic number. You reap what you sow. Other analogies in the bible also allude to the same meaning. If the initiate is successful in developing wisdom, they will find harmony, but if they fail, their behaviour will bring chaos.
The principle interpretation of 14 can be found in the book of Matthew in the New Testament, but the esoteric meaning begins way back in the Old Testament and the story of Abraham.
The meaning of 14 in the bible
Matthew 1:1-17 explains the lineage of important Jewish figures in the Bible, all of which are separated by 14 generations. This is not a coincidence.
There are 14 generations from Abraham to King David, from King David to Josiah and from Josiah to Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus, a further 14.
Abraham was the founding father of the people of Israel. He had great faith in God, although in testing times his faith wavered. This is a natural response of any mortal.
It’s worth pointing out at this point that the ancient word for Lord was law – the natural laws of the Universe. Given that everything is energy, the natural laws govern the control of your own mind.
And this is what the true meaning of 14 represents. We can see this more clearly in the lives of King David and King Josiah, both of whom are ancestors of Jesus.
King David and the duality of man
Everything that exists has an opposite and it is common for our lives to have ups and downs. When we consider that everything that manifests in our lives is a result of the karmic effect of our thoughts, emotions and actions, you should realise that you are in control of what happens in your life.
Like everybody King David was a man of contrasts who single-mindedly trusted himself, but was unable to control his desires. This imbalance brought him both grief and joy.
Even David’s two sons reflect this polarity of the human consciousness. Solomon is considered one of Israel’s greatest King’s whilst his brother Absalom was rebellious and created havoc.
King Josiah and the restoration of self-control
Fourteen generations down the line, Josiah came to the throne, a King considered second only to David. He is regarded by historians as an excellent King, but by the time he came to power, the Assyrian Empire was already in decline.
The decadence had begun two generations earlier under the reign of Manasseh which Chronicles describes as a time of evil. His son, Amon continued the hedonistic ways and wicked practices such as child sacrifice.
But Josiah, King of Judah, was dedicated to Jehovah and sought to purge the land of idolatry and decadence. He initiated spiritual and political reformation, but although his intentions were noble, they were seen as superficial and created a false sense of security.
If we relate this idea back to the human mind, a lack of self-control develops a lack of trust in yourself, and the negative thoughts, emotions and actions manifest things you would rather do without.