The number 12 is one of the most common numbers in Western, as well as international, number systems due to the solar calendar of 12 months and the equal division of a 360-degree circle into 12 30-degree sections, as is the case with the zodiac. Often times there will be a 13th addition to the circle of 12, such as in the cases of the 12 disciples with Jesus, the 12 zodiac houses of the sun, the 12 knights of King Arthur's round table, and the 6 or 12 circles around a central circle or sphere in the basic flower of life design of sacred geometry.
Examples of the Number 12 in History and ReligionEdit
12 Apostles of Jesus.
12 Houses of the (solar) zodiac.
12 Months of the solar year.
12 Inches in an English foot.
12 Knights of King Arthur's Round Table.
12 Tribes of Israel.
12 Semitones in a musical octave.
12 Colors on the color wheel.
12 Comprised of 4 triangles and 12 circles in The New Jerusalem Plan.
The Law of the Twelve Tables (Lex Duodecim Tabularum, more informally simply Duodecim Tabulae) was the ancient legislation that stood at the foundation of Roman law.
The Shem HaMephorash, an originally Tannaitic term meaning the explicit name, describes a hidden name of God in Kabbalah which has a 12-lettered variant among others.