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Marcus Mosiah Garvey:Mystic Master Builder

The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey from 1914 to 1940, led the largest mass movement of African people the world has ever seen then and now. 

His spiritual imprint resonates in many individuals, organizations, nations and cultural expressions  and despite honors bestowed upon Marcus Garvey posthumously, he has yet to receive the recognition worthy of his life’s work and true historical significance.

“Prior to the twentieth century, leaders such as Prince Hall Martin Delany,  Edward Wilmot Blyden and Henry Highland Garnet advocated the involvement of the African diaspora in African affairs. Garvey was unique in advancing a Pan-African philosophy to inspire a global mass movement focusing on Africa known as Garveyism.

Garveyism is an aspect of Black Nationalism which takes its source from the works, words and deeds of UNIA-ACL founder Marcus Garvey. The fundamental focus of Garveyism is the complete, total and never-ending redemption of the continent of Africa by people of African ancestry, at home and abroad..”

The Honorable Marcus Garvey exhorted the Black world to rise above their deplorable conditions wherever they were in the world by uttering these powerful words: “Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will!”

The power of Garvey is evident from his speeches, articles and books he has left behind and we can identify its “mystic roots” in his date of birth, full name and the name of the organization he founded.

The mystically coded references when properly examined only deepens the belief that Garvey was” born to do “what he so valiantly set out to accomplish.

Garvey was born on August 17, 1887 in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica.  Garvey being born in Jamaica, is significant for several reasons:

  • Garvey claimed that he was a descendant of the Maroons, a group of  African Jamaicans who successfully resisted enslavement  and established their own territory within Jamaica. This ancestral connection of Garvey provided him with a model as well as inspiration to be part of the work to liberate African people.
  • Due to the colonial situation of Jamaica, Garvey was able to be in contact with Jamaicans who have travelled to other areas of the world to seek employment and knew first hand how badly persons of African ancestry were treated “no matter where they went in the world”. Garvey himself also visited countries which many Jamaicans migrated to in search of better life prospects such as Costa Rica and Panama.
  • Garvey’s birth in Jamaica established a “spiritual imprint” which was deeply interwoven with the cosmic nature of the country and at times mirrored one another.

Garvey was born on August 17, 1887. This date “under the lens’ of numerology gives us the number 4:


The sum of one’s birthdate gives us the Life Path number.  When one has the Life Path number of  4, according to writers on numerology, they are said to possess the following traits:

  • The Life Path 4 suggests that one has entered this plane with a natural genius for planning, fixing, building, and somehow, with practical application and cerebral excellence, making things work.
  • Number 4 persons are one of the most trustworthy, practical, and down-to-earth of individuals; the cornerstone members of society.
  • Indeed, as a Life Path 4, the individual is considered to be a builder of society.
  • The cream of the crop in this Life Path can be a master builder in society.
  • An idealistic nature which is grounded in practical terms, allowing them to conceive grandiose, far-reaching schemes and carry them through to the end.
  • If they desire and are willing to work for it, they can achieve enormous success, prestige, and fame. 
  • Often, the 4 Life Path is the entrepreneur and manager in the community.
  • Always demand as much from themselves as they do from others, and sometimes a lot more.

Marcus Garvey embodied all of the positive traits of the number 4 Life Path and it is by no mistake or the coincidence that the leader of the most successful mass movement of African people would be associated with the number for the “master builder”, “trustworthy”  as well as ” idealistic” yet “grounded in practical terms”.

Other traits attributed to the number 4 Life Path and which we can observe in Garvey’s life include:

  • The kind of will power that is often mistaken for sheer stubbornness.  
  • Their honest beliefs and that ever direct speech makes them come across as completely unremitting.
  • Once a decision is made, it will be followed through to the conclusion, right, wrong, or indifferent. People who have the number 4 Life Path are very set in their ways and determined to handle things their way.
  • Tenacity of purpose and ability to get the job done borders on obsession. 
  •  A wonderful manager with a great sense of how to get the job done.
  •  Excellent organizer and planner because of  innate ability to view things in a very common sense and practical way.
  • This stems from a strong desire to be a perfectionist in their labor.
  • Planning is necessary to avoid errors.
  • It’s very likely that a 4 Life Path person invented the to-do list, because it is the rare Life Path 4 who doesn’t have one by his/her side at all times.
  • Their life is programmed in an orderly fashion permitting you to catalog and manage the flow of ideas and activities that fill their day.
  • Indeed, they seem to function best when they are under the gun and facing a tough set of problems.

The number 4 expresses itself in the manner in which Garvey accomplished his goals of uplifting the Black woman, man and child. There are 4 aspects to the legacy of  Marcus Garvey:

  1. The Word: Garvey utilized language to awaken the masses of Black people to their historical greatness and the urgent need to “do for themselves”.  He was a great orator as well as journalist, writer and publisher. As a publisher, we see the importance of  Garvey having ownership, for having ownership provided him with the necessary platform to “speak truth to power”.
  2. Image: Garvey as a dark-skinned, proud African who was solely committed to Black liberation man-made many people in the Black elite and white power structure uncomfortable. Furthermore, that pride he had within himself was reflected in all the institutions and ventures he established such as a company that made Black dolls, the worship of the Black Madonna and his various publications which routinely depicted African people in a positive light.
  3. Structure: Garvey wasn’t just a theorist, he acted on his thoughts and dreams of liberation. He built institutions such as the UNIA, Black Star Line and The Negro World.
  4. Spirit: Garvey in his work lifted the spirit of his people. Himself a spiritual man understood that a people needed to have their own God, forms of worship and religious institutions. Garvey among his many gifts was a “spiritual technician”. One author observed “The prominence of mind-power mysticism in the black-nationalist politics of Marcus Garvey”, this is just another way of stating the “spiritual power” of the Garvey movement. Garvey demonstrated his understanding of spiritual power when he encouraged his followers “to look for me in the whirlwind”.  We can also identify the “mystic roots” of this spiritual aspect of Garvey’s persona when we examine his full name.

The number also appears with the PPP political party Garvey formed in 1929, which was also Jamaica’s first political party:

P=7+ E=5+O=6+P=7+L=3+E=5+S=1=                       34


P=7+A=1+R=9+T=2+Y=7=                                          26



 Garvey’s full name “Marcus Mosiah Garvey”, gives us the number 11:

M=4+A=1+R=9+C=3+U=3+S=1=      21

M=4+O=6+S=1+I=9+A=1+H=8=       29

G=7+A=1+R=9+V=4+E=5+Y=7= 33


The value derived from the sum of one’s name is known as the Expression Number. The number 11 is considered to be the is the first of the master numbers. It is associated with idealistic concepts and spiritual issues. The number 11 person has the capacity to be inspirational, and the ability to lead merely by their own example. An inborn inner strength and awareness  makes them  an excellent teacher, social worker, philosopher, or advisor. With the number 11 person, intuition is very strong; in fact, many psychic people and those involved in occult studies have the number 11 expression.  Other traits include:

  • Always idealistic attitude.
  • They will do better and be happier outside of the business world.(Could you imagine Garvey working in the corporate world?)
  • More content working with your ideals, “rather than dollars and cents”.
  • Thinking is long-term, and  are able to grasp the far-reaching effects of actions and plans.
  • Deeply concerned and supportive of art, music, or of beauty in any form. (Garvey wrote poems and the UNIA hosted numerous cultural artistic events.

Just as  there was with his Life Path number 4 and his work as a leader and organizer, we observe the direct relationship between the name “Marcus Mosiah Garvey”, his Expression Number 11 and the impact of his life’s work. 11 being the  number for “idealistic concepts” , “spiritual issues”, “inspirational  leadership”  by their own example, is reflective of one who used  “mind-power mysticism” to harness the productive energy of Black people for liberation.

One writer states:

“As we have said before, numerologists write the master number 11 as 11/2 to honor both the energies of the 11 and the 2, and both play an integral part in the story of this master number. In addition, the 11 combines all of the traits of the 1—twice over, and at the same time includes the traits of the 2. How these two numbers play out together is the real story of the 11 master number. You might think of this number as two 1s, which embody individuality, the pioneering spirit, leadership, solitude, and independence; and a 2, which personifies companionship, team spirit, harmony, and peace.”

Garvey was not a mere organizer he embodied the aspect of his number 11 character of “Mastery through Spiritual Illumination”.

Garvey’s Life Path Number of 4 and his Expression Number of 11  gives us:

  • 411- In many ways to get information about ourselves as African people we would go to legacy of Marcus Garvey to get the “411”.
  • 4+11=15, which in one aspect is the master number 5-5-5.

The spirit of Garvey can be identified all over the world, including Jamaica, the land of his birth.

Garvey is the father of modern-day Jamaica in a spiritual sense, and in alignment with his  11 Expression.

Matter of fact we can identify the spiritual imprint Garvey has on Jamaica, when we briefly explore the appearance of numbers 5 and 11 in both Garvey’s institutions he formed and the general history of Jamaica.


The name “The Universal Negro Improvement Association” registers the number 5 via numerology.

The People’s Political Party had a 14 point program. 14=1+4=5.

August 6, 1962 is the date of Jamaica’s Independence: 8+6+1+9+6+2=32=3+2=5.


The day of Jamaica’s Independence on August 6, is 11 days  before the birthday/earth day of Marcus Garvey on August 17th.

The number “11″ appears in the institutions that would guide Jamaica in its transition from an official colonial state to an independent albeit neo-colonial state:

  • The acronym of the Jamaican Labor Party, JLP equals 11. JLP= J=1 L=3 P=7=1+3+7=11.
  • The sum of the letters of the People’s National Party equals 11: 

People’s National  Party=34+32+26=92=9+2=11.

P=(7)+ E=(5 )+ O=(6)+P= (7)+L=(3)+E(5)+S(1)=34

N=(5) + A=(1)+T(2)+I(9)+O=(6) + N=(5)+A=(1)+L=(3)=32


  • Prime Ministers Bustamante, Sangster, Shearer, and Golding have birth dates and or time of deaths which equal 11.
  • The first Chancellor of UWI birthdate =11.
  • Two popular sports in Jamaica are Football (Soccer) and Cricket, each requires 11 players.
  • The date that Haile Selassie visited Jamaica equals 11.
  • Bob Marley died on the 11th of May, 1981.
  • The date of birth of Peter Tosh equals 11 and he died on the 11th day of September 1987. 14 years later on the same day America would experience the September 11, 2001 or 911 attack

 The Honorable Marcus Garvey born 123 years ago has left an important legacy to guide the development of African people all over the world. 

While his impact can be discerned from the speeches, articles, books, poems and  UNIA papers which are still with us, we can also understand his impact via the sacred arts.

Marcus Garvey appears to be by cosmic design “born” to be the great leader he proved himself to be while here on earth. The number 4 Life Path number which governs organization and leadership was embedded in code with his birth on August 17, 1887.

The enduring impact of his work and legacy is evident in not only the institutions and individuals which were influenced by his legacy, but we can identify the mystic nature of Garvey by his 11 Expression number.

The spirit of Garvey seems to be  the hidden organizing logic of Jamaica, the country of his birth. The institutions of Jamaica are rooted in the number 11, the Expression number of Marcus Garvey as well as the number 5, which was prominent in the UNIA and the PPP, institutions founded by the great leader.


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