What is Numerology?

Pythagoras and other philosophers of the time believed that because mathematical concepts were more “practical” (easier to regulate and classify) than physical ones, they had greater actuality. St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354–430), wrote: “Numbers are the Universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth.” Similar to Pythagoras, he, too, believed that everything had numerical relationships, and it was up to the mind to seek and investigate the secrets of these relationships or have them revealed by divine grace. 

In 325 AD, following the First Council of Nicaea, departures from the state church’s beliefs were classified as civil violations within the Roman Empire. Numerology had not found favor with the Christian authority of the day. It was assigned to the field of unapproved beliefs, astrology, and other forms of divination and “magic”. Despite this religious purging, the spiritual significance attached to the heretofore “sacred” numbers had not disappeared. Several names, such as the “Jesus number,” have been commented and analyzed by Dorotheus of Gaza, and Numerology still is used at least in conservative Greek Orthodox circles. Despite the church’s resistance to Numerology, there have been arguments for the presence of Numerology in the Bible and religious architecture. For example, the numbers 3 and 7 hold definite spiritual meaning in the Bible. The most obvious example would be the creation of the world in 7 days. Jesus asked God 3 times if he could avoid crucifixion and was crucified at 3 in the afternoon. 7 is the length of famine and other God-imposed events and is sometimes followed by the number 8 as a symbol of change. 
Some alchemical theories were firmly related to Numerology. For example, Persian-Arab alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan framed his experiments in an elaborate numerology based on the names of substances in the Arabic language.

Numerology is prominent in Sir Thomas Browne’s 1658 literary Discourse The Garden of Cyrus. Throughout its pages, the author demonstrates that the number five and the related Quincunx pattern can be found throughout the arts, in design, and nature – particularly botany.
Modern Numerology has various antecedents. Ruth A. Drayer’s book Numerology, The Power in Numbers says that around the start of the 20th century, Mrs. L. Dow Balliett combined Pythagoras’ work with Biblical reference. Balliett’s student, Juno Jordan, helped Numerology become the system known today as Pythagorean. However, Pythagoras himself had nothing to do with the system by publishing “The Romance in Your Name” in 1965, provided a method for identifying what he called vital numerological influences in names and birth dates that remains used today. Other ‘numerologists’ including Florence Campbell (1931), Lynn Buess (1978), Mark Gruner (1979), Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker (1979), Kathleen Roquemore (1985) expanded on the use of Numerology for assessing personality or events. These different schools of Numerology give various methods for using Numerology.

Where is it used?

Numerology directs our aspects of life, such as personal growth, career, relationships, and health. According to numerologists, everything in the world is dependent on the mystical properties of numbers. Such numbers help determine and reflect a person’s characteristics, talents, motivations, and path in life. In Numerology, your life path number is the most important. It draws the basis of what way your life could take. A life path number also outlines any opportunities or hurdles you may encounter, as well as any lessons you may have to learn along the way. Finding out more about yourself will allow you to develop in forms which may have seemed impossible before. Numerology will help you make the most out of your strengths and deal better with your weaknesses.

How is it used?

Pythagorean system

This method can be referred to as either Western Numerology or Pythagorean Numerology. The Pythagorean method uses an individual’s name and date of birth. The name number reveals the individual’s outer nature. It is the personality that they present to the outside world. To start, you need to use the individual’s full name as written on their birth certificate. Each letter is assigned to a number one to nine, based on the ancient Pythagorean system. The numbers are assigned to letters of the Latin alphabet as follows:

  • 1 = a, j, s,
  • 2 = b, k, t,
  • 3 = c, l, u,
  • 4 = d, m, v,
  • 5 = e, n, w,
  • 6 = f, o, x,
  • 7 = g, p, y,
  • 8 = h, q, z,
  • 9 = i, r,

Next, add together all of the numbers associated with each letter in your full birth name. Then, the number is reduced until you obtain a single digit.
There are three master numbers (11, 22, 33), which do not get reduced to a single number. Hence, if your name number or birth number comes out to one of these master numbers, you do not combine them to form a single digit. Finally, the single-digit name number and birth number are assigned a particular meaning and significance based on the Pythagorean system.

Chaldean system

The Chaldeans were ancient people who ruled Babylonia from 625–539 BC. Therefore, this system is also known as the Babylonian numerology system. Chaldean Numerology is used to recognize the energy changes that occur when you or someone else speaks or thinks. The sound of someone speaking comes out in vibrations of different frequencies that affect the speaker and those around them. The Chaldean system uses the numbers 1-8. The number 9 is not used in the system. It is regarded as sacred due to its connection to infinity. The Chaldean system uses this 1-8 number system on the name that the individual is currently using because that is the energy that would currently be projected. Each letter is assigned to a number one to eight, based on the Chaldean numerology chart. The numbers are assigned to letters of the Latin alphabet as follows:

  • 1 = a, q, y, i, j
  • 2 = b, r, k
  • 3 = g, c, l, s
  • 4 = d, m, t
  • 5 = e, h, n, x
  • 6 = u, v, w
  • 7 = o, z
  • 8 = f, p

The Chaldean system recognizes the same master numbers that were present in the Pythagorean system. These master numbers are 11, 22, and 33. The master numbers do not get reduced to single digits. In the Chaldean system, an individual’s first name is their social persona and how they present themselves in public and the energy that comes with that. The first name also indicates the individual’s interests and habits. The middle name is the soul energy, and it reveals the truth about your inner soul and the deepest parts of yourself. The middle name shows the hidden talents, desires, and soul you are trying to reach. The last name is related to the domestic influence of the family.