Numerology is the study of the symbolism of numbers. It is a type of applied mysticism, which connects a mystical symbol with the ability to give insight into a person’s character. Numerology can be traced back 10,000 years, to Egypt and Babylonia, but it is Greek mathematician Pythagoras, who is accredited with developing numerology and laying the foundations for numerology. In more recent years, numerologist L. Dow Balliet incorporated Pythagorean principles with the concepts of numerology that we use today.
Numerologists claim that numerology can give insight into what kind of personality you have, your strengths and weaknesses, and what your talents are. Numerology also claims to be able to tell you what kinds of stresses currently exist in your life, and in the lives of those around you. Numerologists state that numerology can help employers see if someone can fulfil their job requirements, or can help someone who is having difficulty in a relationship to work out what is going wrong. Numerologists also believe numbers can be used to advise on when is the best time to marry, change jobs, or any other life changing decisions.
How It Works
Numerology works on the principle that everything in the universe has a specific vibration. According to Balliet, people, objects, food and colours all vibrate. Numbers also have their own vibration rate, according to numerologists, and by finding out the vibration rate of an object, you can find out the qualities associated with it. In numerology, all numbers are reduced to single digits 1-9. Numerologists work out what a person’s number is, and then that person can live their life by making choices that are compatible with their number, by making choices that have the same vibration as them.
How to Work out Your Number
Numerologists commonly use a person’s name or birth date to determine their number. It might seem strange to have your personality governed by your name, which is chosen by your parents, but numerologists argue that unborn babies actually choose their names themselves and communicate their name choice to their parents through psychic links, thus making sure they have a name with the correct number to match their personality. Different numerologists use different ways to work out a person’s number, but one often used is based on the position of each letter in the alphabet:
A numerologist picks the numbers that match the letters, adding the numbers together when a digit is over 9. For example, the number of the letter K would be 2, as its number 11 in the alphabet, so we add 1 and 1 together to get 2. Joe Bloggs’s number would be 165 236111. The total for Joe is 12, and Bloggs is 14. Adding these two numbers together gets us 26. 2 plus 6 is 8, which gives us Joe Blogg’s number.
What Your Number Means
Different numerologists apply different concepts to different numbers, but here are some common numerical concepts:
1: willpower, ambition, leadership, success
2: emotional, harmonious, peacemaker, un-confrontational
3: imagination, happiness, creativity
4: practicality, instinctive, endurance
5: outgoing, curious, committed
6: honesty, faithful, domestic, optimist
7: cleverness, introvert, mysterious
8: natural leadership, wealth, authoritative, contrite
9: possessiveness, spirituality, empathy
A numerologist makes recommendations about a person’s future based on their number. Topics numerologists often cover are lucky numbers (might be a good time to buy a lottery ticket), career paths, qualities to look for in a partner, negative personality traits to avoid, and positive ones to emphasise. By giving you insight into your own personality, numerology can help equip you to make more informed decisions, and manage your relationships with others.
Many people use the services of numerologists to give them guidance in their life, and credit numerology with helping them make personal and business decisions. There has however, been little scientific research into numerology, and there's no proof that the there is any real correlation between numbers and the qualities they are each associated with. For this reason, you might want to keep an open mind if you employ a numerologist. However, even if you’re not sure if you believe in it, talking to someone about your problems will help you work through them, and the guidance they give can help you get your life in order and feel more positive.
This article by Alice from horoscopes.org.uk explains how numerology could be important for you, and exactly what it is and how it is worked out.