Numerology is the science of numbers…a method of character analysis which uses the numbers of names and birth dates in an attempt to solve the age-old question “Who am I?”
Numerology can be used as a practical method of understanding your deeper nature; your talents and life goals; your hidden characteristics, opportunities and challenges. It offers insights and describes the cycles you experience during the course of your life and offers guidance in career, romance and prosperity. In short, numerology is a self-help tool, providing a way to gain greater insight and understanding into your inner being and true nature. There is recorded evidence of numerology’s use ten thousand years ago – it was in use in our ancient cultures of Greece, China, Rome and Egypt.
Numerology embraces the belief that the individual enters a given life by choice, at a certain time and into a certain environment, that will give him an opportunity to further evolve in consciousness. Numerology gives us an opportunity to be more aware of ourselves, the talents we have, and the pathway we choose to use these abilities.
Numerologists generally work with the numbers one to nine, plus the master numbers 11 and 22 – together their meanings encompass all the experiences that life can present.
This chart displays how each letter in the alphabet has a corresponding number. This is used to calculate various aspects that make up an individual’s numerology chart.
Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher and mathematician, is generally accepted as the founder of numerology. Numerology incorporates the Pythagorean belief that “all things can be expressed in numerical terms because all things are ultimately reducible to numbers.”
Pythagoras founded a philosophical and religious school in Kroton, in Southern Italy, where he taught Mathematics, Astronomy, and Music. Pythagoras was the head of the society with an inner circle of followers known as mathematikoi. The mathematikoi lived permanently with the Society, had no personal possessions and were vegetarians. They were taught by Pythagoras himself and obeyed strict rules. The beliefs that Pythagoras held were:
(1) that at its deepest level, reality is mathematical in nature,
(2) that philosophy can be used for spiritual purification,
(3) that the soul can rise to union with the divine,
(4) that certain symbols have a mystical significance, and
(5) that all brothers of the order should observe strict loyalty and secrecy.
Pythagoras believed that all relations could be reduced to number relations. As Aristotle wrote:-
The Pythagorean … having been brought up in the study of mathematics, thought that things are numbers … and that the whole cosmos is a scale and a number.
To Pythagoras numbers had personalities…
“Each number had its own personality – masculine or feminine, perfect or incomplete, beautiful or ugly. This feeling modern mathematics has deliberately eliminated, but we still find overtones of it in fiction and poetry. Ten was the very best number: it contained in itself the first four integers – one, two, three, and four [1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10] – and these written in dot notation formed a perfect triangle.”
“Number rules the universe.”
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)
“Every man has been made by God in order to acquire knowledge and contemplate.”
The Basic Meaning of the Numbers
1 – Individuation, independence, attainment, beginnings, innovator, leadership
2 – Cooperation, balance, diplomacy, the peacemaker, power behind the throne
3 – Self-expression, creativity, communication, artistic, sensitive, social
4 – Limitation, order, service, practical, foundations, discipline, reliable, systematic
5 – Constructive freedom, change, versatile, explorer, travel, adaptable
6 – Balance, responsibility, love, caring, protective, nurturing, community-oriented.
7 – Analysis, understanding, knowledge, wisdom, introspective, analytical, spiritual
8 – Material satisfaction, authority, power, ambition, giving and receiving
9 – Humanitarianism, selflessness, idealist, compassion, completion, universal love
11 – Illumination, revelation, intuition, visionary leader, psychic, sensitive, creative, inspirational, revelation, uplifts humanity, brings light, Spiritual Light Messenger
22 – Master Builder, practical mystic, mastery through self-enterprise, Master Organizer, Master Planner, visionary, practical idealism, dreams into reality, ambitious, intuitive, methodical, disciplined, natural leader