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What is Numerology?

The word Numerology comes from the Latin numeralis, meaning figure, character, or number, and can be defined as the belief in the occult influence of numbers upon the life of an individual.  It is the study of the purported mystical or esoteric relationship between numbers and the character or action of physical objects and living things.

Before setting out on your remarkable journey of self-discovery through numbers, it is worth knowing that there are three formal methods/versions of Numerology in use today:

  • the Chaldean
  • the Kabbalah
  • the Pythagorean or Western

Each version calculates your personal information in a different manner, and therefore provides a different interpretation of your life.  The accuracy of any reading will depend upon which system you use to produce your chart and reading.  There are many sites relating to all three of these methods to be found on the internet.

Numerology and numerological divination were very popular among early mathematicians such as Pythagoras, but are no longer considered to be part of mathematics and as such are now regarded as pseudo mathematics by the majority of mathematicians.  This, of course, is analogous to the historical development of astronomy from astrology, and that of chemistry from alchemy.

Numerologists say that this sphere of divination is perhaps the easiest of the occult arts to understand and use, because all you need for analysis are the birth time and date, and the complete name of an individual to be able to define something of the personality and propensities of that individual.  The basis of the belief that dates and times have numerological significance appears to be that the underlying vibrations of the universe as a whole occur in regular cycles, and that things created or changed at one point or another during these cycles will express the properties which the vibrations at that particular point in the cycle create.  It is, however, less clear how names, words and appellations would follow such a rule.  One theory put forward by some numerologists is that persons who name things are subtly affected by universal vibrations to assign appropriate names which harmonise with the vibrations of the thing named.

The primary vibrations are 1 through 9.  Vibrations above 9 can be reduced to primary by adding the digits together.  For example, 10, 18 and 25 become 1, 9 and 7 respectively - 1 + 0 = 1, 1 + 8 = 9 and 2 + 5 = 7.  Numerology also consists of 'Good', 'Bad' and 'Master' numbers.  These are double digit numbers such as 11 and 22.  Just as there are for interpretations of individual Tarot cards and other means of divination, 'pre-defined' interpretations are assigned to reduced vibrations.  The reduced vibrations are, by nature, general and give ballpark information that may be helpful.  Because of this generality, the meanings are summarised by positive and negative keywords associated with each vibration:

  • 1 = Origin, creativity, independence, originality, ego, self
  • 2 = Marriage, empathy, cooperation, consideration, over-sensitivity, co-dependence
  • 3 = Trinity, wisdom, artistic expression, sociability, friendliness, superficiality, wastefulness
  • 4 = Permanence, practicality, application, loyalty, rigidity, repression
  • 5 = Justice, freedom, adaptability, travel, inconsistency, abuse of senses
  • 6 = Creation, love, responsibility, understanding, meddling, jealousy
  • 7 = Life, spirituality, mental analysis, wisdom, fault finding, suppression
  • 8 = Fullness, executive ability, management, power, materiality, unscrupulousness
  • 9 = Artistic genius, humanitarianism, romance, emotionalism, dissipation

Specific numbers are assigned to the letters of the alphabet (a 'systemata').  One such systemata is the Pythagorean, developed by Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician who lived during the 6th century BC:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Having broken down the date of birth and name of an individual into a single number, the numerologist then 'divines' and 'interprets' the:
  • Life Path Number
  • Number of Destiny
  • Personality Number
  • Soul Number
  • Karmic Number

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