I like to research stuff for fun. That’s one of the reasons I became such a computer geek. Today I thought I’d research the significance of 12-12-12. December 12, 2012. The twelfth day of the twelfth month of the twelfth year of the century.
It was even more fun than I thought it would be!
And It was productive because I knew I wanted to write a blog post about it!
OK, so here’s some of what I discovered from my research:
Just the number 12 on its own is auspicious for many groups of things.
For fun, I will give you exactly 12 examples of this:
- 12 hours of day and night
- 12 months in the year in the Roman calendar
- 12 signs of the Zodiac
- 12 Apostles
- 12 tribes of Israel
- 12 gods of Olympus
- 12 people on a jury
- 12 in a dozen
- 12 people have walked on the moon
- 12 people sat at King Arthur’s round-table
- 12 inches to a foot
- 12 steps in Alcoholic Anonymous
So this is the number 12 – so very good in itself. But what of the significance of three twelves? This is where it got interesting to me. It’s no secret that I’ve been studying the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in various forms for a number of years. What I found interesting about the 12-12-12 being a sequence of three twelves is that the three and 12 appear together more than once in the AA program:
The three points of the triangle shape in the AA logo is meant to represent the foundation of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous:
…and for each respective point of the triangle, there are 12 sets of suggestions for each of the three parts of the Program:
- 12 Steps
- 12 Traditions
- 12 Concepts for World Service
I love this example of a trinity of twelves!
So, just a little fun with numbers for you today. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share your comments below – especially if you have discovered any other trinities of twelves that you would like to share.
Some of the sources for my research: