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Introduction to Numerology

NumerologyNumerology is the study of numbers that helps to define a person’s personality, strengths, talents, ambitions, weaknesses, and social skills. Numerology can give people the ability to understand themselves a lot better, as well their loved ones.

Experts in numerology use the numbers to determine the best time for major moves and activities in life. It can be used to decide when to change jobs, when to travel, when to make investments, and when to get married.

The History of Numerology

The word numerology derives from the Latin word ‘numerus’ (numbers) and the Greek word ‘logos’ (word, thought, and expression).

Nobody actually knows the exact origin of numerology, although it is believed by some that it can be traced back 10,000 years to ancient Mesopotamia and Babylonia. Other experts claim that numerology originated in Egypt. There is evidence to suggest that numerology was practised in China, Egypt, Japan, and India, long before it became popular in Greece around 1500 BC. Scholars believe that the Greek mathematician and astronomer Pythagoras (569 to 470 BC) created what people know as modern numerology. It’s certainly true that Pythagoras embraced numerology, making it popular amongst the general public. Pythagoras believed that the entire universe could be expressed through numbers, claiming “the world is built upon the power of numbers.”

His theories took the understanding and popularity of numerology to a new level. The Greek Pythagorean and Presocratic philosopher Philolaus (470 to 385 BC) continued to research numerological meanings, numerology name meaning, and birthday numerology.

Early Christian scholars such as Augustine of Hippo (354 to 430 AD) also explored numerology. He wrote ‘Numbers are the Universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth’.

Born in 1862, Dr. Julia Seton carried out extensive research into numerology. Her work focused on the ancient wisdom and physics of numerology number meanings.

From 1911-1917 a series of books were published by American author, L. Dow Balliett, which gave a new insight into numerology. Balliett combined Biblical references with the work of Pythagoras.

Balliett’s student, Dr. Juno Jordan, changed numerology further and helped it to become the system which is known today – under the title ‘Pythagorean’. Dr. Jordan’s work ‘The Romance in Your Name’ was the first book to provide a fairly comprehensive system for identifying key numerological influences in a person’s name and birth date.

Subsequent numerologists: Lynn Buess, Mark Gruner, Kathleen Roquemore, and Florence Campbell, expanded on the use of numerology for assessing major aspects of personality and cyclical patterns in life.

How Numerology Works

Nothing, according to many numerologists, happens by accident – everything happens because of numbers. All numbers give off their own unique vibration. With this vibration, it is possible to discover the energies and qualities associated with a number. Using the letter’s from a person’s name and the number’s from their birth date you can determine their major frequencies. A numerological analysis of calculated frequencies will give significant information of a person’s character and personality. Numerology can also determine a person’s lucky number or lucky day. Recurring numbers can offer clues into how the world works or the significance of people and events.

How are Numerology Calculations Done

In numerology, all numbers are reduced to the single digits 1 through 9, except the special master numbers 11, 22 and 33. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 22 and 33 represent the major vibration rates associated with a person’s characteristics.

The numbers are reduced by simple addition. The number 15, for instance, is reduced by adding 1 + 5 to get 6. Similarly, the number 1983 can be reduced by adding 1 + 9 + 8 + 3, giving 21, which will be split into 2 + 1. This will give you a final number of 3.

Letters in a person’s name are also converted to numbers and then added together. These numbers, in turn, are also reduced. If someone has the name of Paul, they would calculate 7 + 1 + 3 + 3. This will give 14, which will reduce down to 5. The following table shows the numbers assigned to all 26 letters in the English alphabet.


By applying simple mathematical formula to the numbers representing a person’s name and birth date, it is possible to get a very accurate and complete character analysis.

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