For the purposes of teaching the fundamental origins of numbers, the middle finger is associated with 1, divine unity. The middle finger and ring finger together represent 2, or soul mates, man and woman. The middle finger, ring finger and small finger all together represent 3, man woman and child, or the manifestation of reality in the universe. The pointing finger by itself represents 7, the number of completion. The thumb, which stands aloof by itself from the other fingers, represents 12, which is not derived from the previous numbers in the way that the others before it are.