What is Numerology?

Hey, if you are like most people you probably feel that something is lacking in your life...perhaps things aren't quite going right for you or you feel you are meant to do or be more. Or maybe you are looking for a special someone with whom you can share your life and haven't been able to find the person who fits the bill. Perhaps you have noticed patterns of numbers showing up in your life and are wondering what they mean. Maybe you are just curious. No matter what brought you to Numerology, if you are at all like me you will be amazed at the answers, direction and clarity that numerology can provide.


A Brief History of Numerology

The history of numerology is somewhat cloudy with no definite answer as to where it first originated. The majority of numerologists recognize Egypt and Babylon as the earliest recorded history of numerology. It was here that the Chaldean system was developed under the influence of the Hebrews. There is also evidence of the use of numerology thousands of years ago in China, Rome, Japan and Greece. The credit for modern numerology, however, is most often given to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras.

Pythagoras was born is Greece around 590 BC and was one of the best-known philosophers of his day. If his name sounds familiar it is likely because you were taught his theories in high school geometry class. He was a very important figure in the development of mathematics, although little is known about his true achievements. There is very little recorded of the early life of Pythagoras, but it has been reported that he was a very magnetic, attractive, charismatic person and that everyone loved him. He is also belived to have won prizes for his agility at the Olympic games.

Numerology in one form or another can be found all over the world. The systems range from Ki, which is an ancient Japanese system based upon numerology patterns in the birth date, to the Hebrew Kabbalah, to a system in Africa that uses numbers for divination purposes, to the more prevalent Chaldean and Pythagorean systems commonly used in the west. Five of the more common types of numerology will be discussed in the 'Types of Numerology' link. These types are Kabbalah, Chaldean, Pythagorean, Abracadabra, and New Kabbalah.

Kabbalah Numerology

Kabbalah numerology originated in Hebrew mysticism and is based on the Hebrew alphabet. Because of the different alphabet Kabbalah numerology has only 22 vibrations. It also interprets only the meaning of a name.

Chaldean Numerology

Chaldean numerology, sometimes known as "Mystic Numerology", is probably the oldest system of numerology known. It originated in Babylonia at the mouth of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers near the Persian Gulf. In Chaldean numerology, the numbers assigned to the letters are not determined by alphabetical order, but instead by the vibration of each specific letter. It differs from Pythagorean numerology in that it does not assign the number 9 to any letter, although 9 can occur as the final sum. The number nine is thought to be holy and sacred and is therefore held apart from the rest of the numbers. Chaldean numerology analyzes both name and date of birth. Rather than analyzing your birth name, however, Chaldean numerology analyses the name you are most commonly known by. It is considered to be more accurate the the Pythagorean system, however, it is less popular becuase it is more difficult to master.

Pythagorean or Western Numerology

Pythagorean Numerology is by far the most commonly used system of numerology in the west. Part of its popularity arises from the fact that it is easy to learn how to translate numbers and master their meanings. It was created by the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who was born around 590 BC. Like Chaldean numerology, Pythagorean numerology analyzes both the name and date of birth, and the interaction between the two. However, unlike Chaldean numerology, the numerology numbers are assigned to letters in sequence. It uses the numbers 1-9. The numbers 11 and 22 are considered to be master vibrations and are not reduced.

Abracadabra Numerology

Abracadabra is probably the least used form of numerology. It utilizes a series of pyramids to arrive and numerical values, and these values supply information regarding events and character. Its letters add up to 365, so it encompasses an entire year.