The Da Vinci Code and the Number 12
In view of the overwhelming media coverage of the “Da Vinci Code” movie promotion, I’ve made an effort and read the said book. Personally, I
consider the book just an average crime story and I almost laughed at this whole “morality”-of-the-story frenzy for a story that is, after all,
fictional. However, after I have thought over the material I’ve read, for a couple of days, I had to admit that Dan Brown wrote a very inspiring
work for questioning the spiritual matter, since he used motives from some unjustly disregarded scientific works, that the general public is unaware
of, and hence, in his book, he did a little glossary of the said works. Doing so, he acquainted many readers with the alternative thinking; some might
say even “higher” knowledge. In addition, Brown has shown brilliance, by coding his own book, which was very brave of him, considering that no one
could have guaranteed him the book would achieve such success. Or perhaps, he already knew it in advance or at least assumed he’d make it, since he
used many intriguing information, leaving us to wonder, whether, he has really gotten his information from a secret source. I think many of you are
already familiar with the famous anagrams we receive from the names of some protagonists as i.e. Liegh Teabing, which gives us Leigh and Baigent, or
better the authors of the book “Holy Blood, Holy Grail”. Nevertheless, in the context of these pages, I want to talk about something else, which I
doubt many have noticed. Seeing that
I’m researching the number 12, it appeared to me that the author deliberately used the number 12. In the book, in over ten examples, the author
discussed about a twelve of some sort i.e. 12 prisoners, 12 computers, 12 meters, Silas being imprisoned for 12 years and the like. Is it because the
painting of “The Last Supper” is showing 12 Apostles? I have analyzed the painting and noticed that there were 36 dark lines, above Jesus, looking
towards three windows, windows very similar to the ones I saw in Egyptian temples. If we divide 36 by 3 we get the number 12, which is the number of
the Holy Trinity. In the painting, since it appears that a woman is seated next to Jesus, it is quite possible that through the number 12 the author
wanted to additionally point out to Mary Magdalene. The story can be deemed even more dramatically significant once we realize that Mary Magdalene is
mentioned in the Bible exactly 12 times! (You can check the latter on
www.christnotes.org...). Mary is described as being present at the
Crucifixion, the Burial and the Resurrection of Jesus and on top of that Jesus appeared to her first, hence she could indeed play the most important
role out of the 12 Apostles! I hope you are not angry with my honesty, but I’m also trying to understand whether the author intended, in this way,
to additionally point out our attention to the above mentioned, subconsciously. Moreover, I’ve noticed that Dan Brown said that the planet Venus,
once every eight years, reflects the image of an exact pentagram. At first glance, this quote has nothing to do with the number 12. However, once we
add up three such periods we get a 24-year cycle, which I have mentioned several times, given that it’s important in the context of the number 12,
adding two twelve’s, and is used for i.e. measuring a day, or the fact that our spine has 24 parts and the like. Of course, within the number 24 we
find the number three, again, as a possible indication of the Trinity. After I’ve read the book, I’ve also looked through numerous articles even
documentaries that dispute the book, and, the main evidence that they state that proves Dan Brown is a liar and an impudent fellow is apparently his
statement that the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre is composed of 666 parts. Being that I’ve seen the place, and lately having people point out
with dread the significance of the date 6. 6. 2006., I’ve decided to look a bit more into it. Firstly, I must clarify that I don’t consider the
number 666 important as a whole number, 666, but instead I interpret it as 6+6+6. It seems to me that that number points out to three (still, we know
of, or better, are visible only two) stars of the Sirius constellation, known as the Dog and Wolf Stars. Hence, the truth that this number was the
biblical number for the “Beast”, nevertheless it’s not clear how and why these beautiful stars were in the Bible associated with the Satanic,
evil (?) number. However, the Bible clearly states that only the “shrewd” ones will understand that number, since that number represents the Man.
Since I don’t intend to do a deeper analysis on the issue, I’ll just consider the glass pyramid for now. It seems that it contains at least 666
parts, although probably more. In the media you’ll hear of the numbers 673 and 698, although it seems to me if there weren’t any entrances, there
had to be 684 parts. The number 684 can be definitely divided by 12 (the rest - 57). The number 673 does not seem likely, while the number 698 is
interesting, since according to the description of secret societies, their members advanced through 32 stages of initiation. Once we add 32 to the
number 666 we get the number 698. The number 32 could also have something to do with the game of chess, where there are 32 figures, and Dan Brown
writes how the members of the Priory of Sion held their rituals disguised in chess figures. Meaning, we could see this as “additional building” to
our knowledge about the number 666. Maybe even the number 32 needs to be additionally read as 3+2. Moreover, from the top to the bottom of the
pyramids there are 18 parts. If we divide 18 with three, we get 6. Indeed, we really shouldn’t discard the story about the three sixes, since 6+6+6
equals 18. And, once we multiply the number 18 with four (sides) we get 72, which is again dividable by 12, and we are left once more with the number
6. A bit problematic is that the bottom parts of the pyramid are not intact, and thus people may claim that there aren’t really 18 parts, but 17 and
a half. However, if we count the bottom part as a half, than none of the numbers, not 673, 684 nor 698 are correct. It is interesting that on every
side of the pyramid, clearly visible, are three framed quadrants composed of 6x6 parts (see the image), that could indicate further to the analysis of
the number 666 as in 6+6+6. Clearly the 6x6, which equals 36 remind us of the 36 lines on the painting of the Last Supper, or better the calculation
3x12. At the end, three such quadrants on every side of the glass pyramid give us again the number 12. Moreover, on Leonardo’s painting, the Last
Supper, the Apostles are set in four groups of three Apostles. For now, this would be all I’ve noticed concerning the issue. I can conclude saying
that the pyramid in front of the Louvre and Leonardo da Vinci’s work certainly deserve further analysis other than having in mind just this
technical and artistic dimension. I’m not saying that we should, at once, be led by the quotes of Dan Brown. In fact, probably they might lead us in
the wrong direction and enable us to find convincing evidence of hidden motives the creators of the mentioned art works had. Somehow, I’m thinking
that I should write a book on symbols and religion. Maybe I should pack my suitcase and head on the way? I think I’ll do that!