Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Ein - Zwei - Drei - Vier
Curious fact the first four numbers in German are named after the elements.
"Ein, or one, means the air, the element which, ever in motion, penetrates matter throughout, and whose continual ebb and tide is the universal vehicle of life.
"Zwei, two, is derived from the old German Zweig, signifying germ, fecundity; it stands for earth the fecund mother of all.
"Drei, three, is the trienos of the Greeks, standing for water, whence the Sea-Gods, Tritons; and trident, the emblem of Neptune - the water, or sea in general being called Amphitrite (surrounding water).
"Vier, four, a number meaning in Belgian fire, it is in the quaternary that the first solid figure is found, the universal figure of immortality, the pyramid, whose first syllable means fire