Power of 9 fun facts

This article was posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014


Exercise your grey matter with these fun equations and read idioms, proverbs and sayings using the word nine.

The sum of the digits of the number added to 9 is always equal to the sum of the digits of the result. Take any four digit number and try the trick. Ex: 9 + 17 = 26. 1 + 7 = 8 & 2 + 6 = 8

It is easy to work out whether a number is exactly divisible by 9. This is the same as asking whether a number is in the “9 times table”.

All you have to do is add up its digits. If the answer is more than one digit long, you add up the digits again, and go on doing this, until you are left with a single digit. If this single digit is 9 then the original number was divisible by 9. For example, is 781236 divisible by 9? Adding up its digits 7 + 8 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 6 = 27 and adding again 2 + 7 = 9. And because the answer is 9, the original number must be divisible by 9.

Idioms, proverbs and sayings using the word nine:

“I’m floating on cloud nine”
This saying describes feeling euphoric or happy. The phrase came into use in the 1950s when used by the US Weather Bureau to describe the highest cloud, the cumulo-nimbus.

“Going the whole nine yards”
The whole nine yards has a few possible origins, but a common thought it originates from tailors using nine yards of material to make top quality suits.

“Dressed to the nines”
The expression ‘to the nines’ means to the highest degree. Someone dressed “to the nines” is dressed up as much as they can be.

“A stitch in time saves nine”
The stitch in time is simply the sewing up of a small hole and so saving the need for more stitching at a later date, when the hole has become larger.

“A wonder lasts but nine days”
This means that a novelty that loses its appeal after a few days.

“Nine times out of ten”
An expression describing a likely probability.

“A cat has nine lives”
One theory on the origin of this expression is that in ancient times nine was a lucky number. As cats seem able to escape injury time and time again, this lucky number seemed suited to the cat.

Movies that used nine include:

Nine Songs, Nine and a Half Weeks and The Whole Nine Yards. There are nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings saga, to balance and combat the nine Nazgûl, or Ringwraiths.

The power of 9 in cultures

Cultural beliefs and superstitions about the number nine date back centuries. Many are still believed today and here are a few…

The number nine was considered as sacred in Egypt and in Greece. In China the number is associated with long life, due to that fact that the pronunciation is similar to that of the Mandarin word for ‘long-lasting’.


In ancient Asia, gifts given in groups of nine were considered most respectful. In fact, the Chinese words for “gift” and “nine” are identical. Chinese emperors were believed to associate with the number nine ensuring it appeared prominently in architecture and royal dress, often in the form of nine fearsome dragons. Even the imperial dynasties’ palace complex at Beijing’s Forbidden City is rumoured to have been built with 9,999 rooms in honour of the number nine.

In French the word ‘neuf ‘ means both nine and new. In German, the words for nine and new are ‘neun’ and ‘neu’, and in Spanish, ‘nueve’ and ‘nuevo’. As you count and reach nine, you know you are about to make a new start.

Power of 9 in astrology

The ninth sign of the Zodiac is Sagittarius, identified by the Greeks as a centaur, half human and half horse. Centaurs are magical creatures known for their skills as archers, philosophers, and predictors of the future. Being the ninth sign of the zodiac, Sagittarius has been associated with the astrological ninth house. Ninth house is the House of the philosophical and the Foreign. The Ninth house relates to seeking the meaning & purpose of life through: philosophy, religion, higher learning, spirituality, mysticism, inner vision, journeys of the mind, psychic attunement, taking the long view, seeing history and the present from a higher perspective, a sense of humour, observing and connecting widely-divergent ideas and opinions.

The numerology of 9

Greek mathematician Pythagoras, father of the famous theorem, popularised numerology in ancient times and noted that that 9 in particular had many unique properties.

According to modern numerology the mystical significance is assigned to numbers 1 to 9. The number 9, the last number in the sequence, holds special rank and relates to a balanced numerological personality or cyclical timing energy often associated with tolerance, generosity, forgiveness, passion, creative energy, success, romance, benevolence, and a deep love of life.

According to Dutch numerologist, Hans Decoz, today we will have our attention directed to issues of personal interconnections and deal with our shortcomings in the areas of diplomacy and human relationships.

Power of 9 as a symbol

Nine is the symbol of creation and the life as a rhythm and development. As a symbol of creation and life, 9 is the number of months it takes for a human life to develop and form in the womb. It is supposedly the number of the patience, meditation and harmony and represents inspiration and the perfection of ideas.


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