153 is the symbolic number of the Mary called “the Magdalene”—the sum of the numerical values of the letters of her Greek epithet (gematria):
8 + 40 + 1 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 30 + 8 + 50 + 8 = 153
According to Margaret Starbird’s book, Magdalene’s Lost Legacy: Symbolic Numbers and the Sacred Union in Christianity, Mary Magdalene was the true feminine counterpart of Jesus in their “sacred marriage” of opposite energies. Evidence of her equal status is shown through the popular ancient practice of gematria or assigning numbers to letters. Mary’s epithet was given the number 153: a representation of the archetypal sacred feminine and the vesica pisces (). The vesica pisces in sacred geometry is also known as the the womb or matrix of all other geometric forms. This highly significant symbol is shaped like an almond, egg, or seed and was also associated with the sacred feminine in the ancient world.
Astute readers of John’s Gospel will recognize the number 153 as the number of fishes the disciples caught in the net at Jesus’ redirection. Many believe this “multitude of fishes” to be another symbolic reference to the vesica pisces and its generative or manifestation potential.