What is Numerology?

What is Numerology?

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What is numerology? A concise definition is:

“Numerology (also known as arithmancy) is the belief in an occult, mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. It is also the study of the numerical value, via an alphanumeric system, of the letters in words and names.”

Simply put, numerology is a method of interpreting the numbers in your life so you can reveal personal insights about:

  • Who you are
  • Who you will become
  • How you will achieve abundance
  • The challenges you’ll face in life
  • Your personal strengths and how to use them to your advantage
  • Your ideal career path
  • Your compatibility, romantic style and ideal partner
  • Your parenting style

In fact, pretty much everything about you…

How numbers come together in our lives (either in very obvious ways, such as repeating number patterns or in more hidden ways, such as through shape, sound or personality) all form a blueprint to meaning. Meaning in our lives is something we’re all searching for, no?

So, when you tap into these numbers and align your mind and your heart with their symbolism and messages — through numerology — you can understand so much more about yourself and the world.

Ultimately, this leads to self-realisation, conscious manifestation, and healing.

How Can Numerology Help You?

Can a number really help me?! Yes, it can! Hundreds of thousands of people have seen this system work all over the world. OK, some people can struggle with the idea of numerology. It rarely takes much for most to believe in the mystical diagrams of Astrology, or the mythic images of Tarot, and the multitudes of meanings and symbols they represent.

Yet it can be a lot harder for most people to imagine those same attributes being represented by a common number or letter of the alphabet. We can have a hard time seeing numbers as anything other than ciphers for quantities and measurements, because that’s how we use them every day.

Yet perhaps what they taught you in those maths classes at school isn’t the whole truth? I doubt it’s not the first time people withheld ancient knowledge from you.

Much like astrology, numerology can unlock the intricate details about who you are and provide a framework on which you can build your life. Knowing which numbers appear in your unique numerology chart can help you understand why you struggle with some things in your life. 

It can reveal your life’s purpose. It can help you feel safe knowing that your shortcomings are just opportunities to get to where you need to be. At its very core, numerology helps you understand who you are so you can work with those forces, overcome limitations and smash through any blocks that you might be facing.

A Brief History of Numerology

The origins of numerology are a bit of a mystery. The earliest instances of finding meaning in numbers were in ancient Egyptian and Babylonian civilisations. There is evidence of numerology being used thousands of years ago in Rome, Greece, China and Japan.

The ancient Chaldeans understood all things vibrate energy at different frequencies (today, modern science is just catching up with this concept!). For them, numerology provided a simple system to understand the qualities of these vibrations on both personal and universal levels.

We usually credit Greek philosopher Pythagoras with creating what we know as numerology today. Although he didn’t invent the entire system, he brought a whole new meaning to numbers.

Dr Julia Seton coined the term Numerology, and it was first seen in a book published around 1937. Before then, this type of divination we referred to as the Science of Numbers, Arithmancy, or sometimes erroneously, Kabbalah.

The Two Major Schools of Numerology

There are two major schools of numerology practiced today: Pythagorean Numerology and Chaldean Numerology.

Pythagorean Numerology (also known as Western Numerology, or Modern Numerology) claims a lineage going back to Pythagoras, around 500 BC. 

It was Philolaus, though, who was born 25 years after Pythagoras’ death and after the original Pythagorean mystery school burned down, who invented the “new number system”. Philolaus Chaldean Numerology is the term.

The Chaldeans were a people who ruled ancient Babylonia. Chaldean Numerology verifies its roots in antiquity through cuneiform tablets dating back to thousands of years before the birth of Pythagoras.

What’s the Difference?

The chief difference between these two systems is that Chaldean Numerology is based on the vibration that a number represents, even before we speak it. While the Pythagorean system considered each single digit in relation to the alphabetical letters, in a strict, linear sequence.

Another difference between Chaldean and Pythagorean Numerology is that the Chaldean system places more emphasis on the name, while the Pythagorean system is more concerned with permutations of the birth date.

Other Types of Numerology

There are other schools of Numerology which have their origin in ancient Taoist cosmologies that follow the theory of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements. We believe that these methods, (developed into what’s known as 9 Ki or Kyusei in Japan), along with the Yijing (I-Ching) are older than the origin of numbers.

Chinese Numerology

Chinese Numerology differs again, in that it’s based on how a number sounds when spoken. It’s also interesting to note that the more modern and very popular system of Chinese Astrology, known as the Four Pillars, is really a numerological method based on the calendar, rather than the movements of the stars.

Kabbalah Numerology

A fascinating strand of numerology is the Kabbalah system, which is based on the Hebrew alphabet. This is a most mystical art and uses only the name. Usually, one needs to have studied extensively to understand this system and its number meanings.

Learning Pythagorean Numerology

At Numerologist.com, they use the Pythagorean system of numerology, so that’s what I’ll focus on. They believe this is a profound and reliable way to examine your inner nature and gain a deeper understanding of the various psychological, physical and spiritual processes that make up your life experience.

Through even the most basic knowledge of your personal numerology chart – and your 5 core numbers – you can uncover your strengths (and play to them), and gain a truer sense of your deepest needs and desires.

Pythagorean Numerology Basics

In numerology, each number has a different meaning, and it’s those meanings that make up a unique code by which you can live your life. At its core, numerology only has 12 number meanings since numerology looks at all the single digits (1-9) and 3 master numbers (11, 22 and 33). In numerology calculations, we reduce numbers down to a single digit, or one of the master numbers.

Numerology works with dates and names. For example, if we were looking at the numerology of the date 5/5/2019, we would find the single digit of that number by adding all the numbers together and repeating the process until we had just a single digit:

5+5+2+0+1+9 = 22

2+2 = 4

So, the numerology of the date 5/5/2019 is 4.

Similarly, if you want to discover the numerology of a name, we assign each letter a number, and the process is the same as above. The letters and their number assignments are:

If you wanted to figure out the numerology of the name Jane Doe…

The calculation would be 1+1+5+5+4+6+5 = 31 and 3+1 = 4. The numerology of Jane Doe is 4.

It’s important to note that these two calculations are just the basic concepts of numerology. There are a great deal of calculations and formulae that you can look at, but the method of reducing to a single digit and the letter/number assignments remain consistent throughout.

Number Meanings

Each number has its own unique meaning. Just like zodiac signs in astrology, each number has positive and negative traits.

As a quick rundown of each number, the following list will give you a brief idea about the meaning of each number in numerology, but you can read more about each number here:

  • Number 1 – the leader: confident, creative and bravery
  • Number 2 – partnership: collaboration, relationships, sensitivity
  • Number 3 – the star: creativity, luck, energy
  • Number 4 – the stabiliser: stability, grounded, practicality
  • Number 5 – the adventurer: free-spirited, fun, adventurous
  • Number 6 – the nurturer: family, home, love and trust
  • Number 7 – spirituality: mysticism, magic, intuition and wisdom
  • Number 8 – renewal: balance, ambition, advancement
  • Number 9 – the wise one: completion, transformation, release, surrender
  • Number 11 – the first master number: personal growth, evolution, divine support and guidance
  • Number 22 – the second master number: intuition, introspection, partnership with the divine
  • Number 33 – the last master number: caring, nurturing, creative, high frequency

Repeating and Angel Numbers

Aside from looking at your own personality chart, there are other numbers in your life that you should note. When certain numbers seem to appear constantly around you, it’s a sure sign from the universe that there is a message that you need to uncover.

Repeating numbers, also known as Angel Numbers, show up when your Angel Guides Spirit Guide or the Universe is trying to tell you something. The most frequently seen angel numbers are 1111, 222 and 911.

There is a free number messages handbook here that will help you understand the numbers you’re seeing in your life, too. If you want to delve further into these powerful signs, Numerologist.com's Meaning of Repeating Numbers program will help you use these incredible signs so you can become absolutely limitless in your life.

Your Numerology Chart

To understand which numbers in your life affect you, looking into your numerology chart is the first place to start. Get this free personalised video report so you can understand your unique chart.

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