0. zero: chaos preceded night and darkness in the known universe, it represents the formless aspect of matter in its unconditioned state; the unknown; Ain (nothing, not)
1. one monad: the first thing that came into existence was called the "monad", which begat the dyad, which begat the numbers, which begat the point, begetting lines or finiteness, etc. culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up. Pythagorean and Platonic philosophers like Plotinus and Porphyry condemned Gnosticism for their treatment of the monad or one
2. two asects of Taoist taijitu: yin and yang. The first phonetic yin "cloudy" ideographically combines jin "now; present" and yun "cloud", denoting the "presence of clouds". The second phonetic yang "bright" originally pictured the "sun" with "rays coming down". This phonetic is expanded with the "sun" radical into yang "rising sun; sunshine"
3. three levels of humanity in Zoroastrianism: urvan (soul), baodah (consciousness/intelligence), and ahu (vital force); as well as the three levels of the soul in Kabbalah: Nefesh (animalistic), Ruach (spirit; mind and reasoning powers), and Neshama (intellect/awareness; highest aspirations of the soul); again translating over into alchemical symbolism in their triplicity of mercury (exalting, spiritual), sulphur (quickening, active), and salt (heavy, sluggish); and further into the shamanistic worlds of journeying: the upper, middle, and lower
4. four basic elements of the western esoteric tradition fire, air, water, earth; thought to have been attributed to the Aristotelian-Ptolemaic system, but instead seems generally credited to Empedocles, a 5th century BCE Greek from Sicily; and their four conditions: dry, hot, cold, and wet; In mystical Kabbalah it represents the four worlds or levels of the human soul Atziluth: The Archetypal World, Briah: The Creative World, Yetzirah: The Formative World, and Assiah: The Material World.
5. five parts of the human soul in ancient Egypt: heart (ib), shadow (sheut), name (ren), personality (ba), thought (akh), and vital spark (ka); five traditional elements in the Chinese philosophy of Wu Xing known as the five phases, agents, movements, processes, or steps/stages: wood, water, fire, metal, earth
6. six tastes in traditional Indian medicine called Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. These tastes are used to suggest a diet based on the symptoms of the body. In the standard model of particle physics, there are six types of quarks and six types of leptons; the first perfect number
7. seven classical planets in the western esoteric tradition: sol, luna, saturn, jupiter, mars, venus, mercury; Earth's escape velocity in miles per second; seven primary and secondary colors in the visible spectrum: blue, red, yellow, and orange, green, violet, indigo; seven systems of the body (excluding the integumentary); seven chakras starting at the base muladhara (adrenal), svadisthana (sacral), manipura (celiac), anahata (thymus), vishuddi (thyroid), ajna (pituitary), sahasrara (pineal);
8. eight directions on the chaostar (death/sex, fear/desire/ ego/magic, love/hate); eight tri-grams or Bagua: sky, marsh, fire, thunder, wind, water, mountain, earth;
9. nine gates to the human body (city) in the Bhagavad Gita: 2 nostrils, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 mouth, the anus, and the genitals; nine worlds or spheres to the Norse world tree Yggdrasil