In the Bible there were 12 tribes of Israel, 12 brothers of Joseph, 12 judges of Israel, 12 great patriarchs, 12 old testament prophets, 12 kings of Israel, 12 princes of Israel, and Jesus’ 12 disciples. As shown in my book, The Atlantean Conspiracy, these Biblical 12's cryptically (to the initiated) refer not to 12 literal people, but to 12 potentialities of consciousness - the 12 signs of the zodiac. From this we also have the 12 months of the year, the 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. 12 days of Christmas, 12 grades in school, 12 step-programs, 12 jurors, 12 notes before the octave, 12 eggs in a dozen, 12 inches in a foot, Masonic Majestic-12, and 12 years of childhood before the “teens” and the Jewish Barmitsfa at 13.
“A common theme in all mystery school traditions is of 12 disciples, knights or followers surrounding a deity. The number 12 is a code, among other things, for the 12 months of the year and the houses of the zodiac through which symbolically travels the Sun, the ‘god’, symbolized as 13. This is the ‘sacred 12 and one’ as some people describe it and it is one major reason why the numbers 12 and 13 keep recurring. Thus you have the 12 tribes of
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