Numerology


Numerology is the study of numbers, and the occult manner in which they reflect certain aptitudes and character tendencies, as an integral part of the cosmic plan. Each letter has a numeric value that provides a related cosmic vibration. The sum of the numbers in your birth date and the sum of value derived from the letters in the name provide an interrelation of vibrations. These numbers show a great deal about character, purpose in life, what motivates, and where talents may lie. Experts in numerology use the numbers to determine the best time for major moves and activities in life. Numerology is used to decide when to invest, when to marry, when to travel, when to change jobs, or relocate. I'm not claiming that this website is going to make an expert of you so that all these questions can be answered, but we can at least get you on the way.

The ideas of the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras of Samos have had a strong influence on subsequent numerology. Pythagoras considered numbers to have metaphysical significance and explored in detail the harmony between numbers and music. The Pythagoreans adhered to certain mysteries, similar in many respects to the Orphic mysteries. According to the tenets of Orphism, people should endeavor to rid themselves of the Titanic or evil element in their nature and should seek to preserve the Dionysiac or divine nature of their being. The triumph of the Dionysiac element would be assured by following the Orphic rites of purification and asceticism. Through a long series of reincarnated lives, people would prepare for the afterlife. If they had lived in evil, they would be punished, but if they had lived in holiness, after death their souls would be completely liberated from Titanic elements and reunited with the divinity. Obedience and silence, abstinence from food, simplicity in dress and possessions, and the habit of frequent self-examination were prescribed. The Pythagoreans believed in immortality and in the transmigration of souls. Pythagor as himself was said to have claimed that he had been Euphorbus, a warrior in the Trojan War, and that he had been permitted to bring into his earthly life the memory of all his previous existences.

Though often associated with contemporary alternative religions, numerology has been an important part of many traditions. For example, the 12th-century architects of Notre Dame de Paris carefully considered numerological properties when designing that cathedral. Many Christians, including Saint Augustine and a variety of medieval theologians, have considered numbers as keys to unlocking the Bible's allegorical meanings. The mystical traditions of both Judaism (Kabbalah) and Islam have made similar use of numbers to interpret texts and explore religious meaning.

Numerology is perhaps the easiest of the occult arts to understand and use. All you need is the birth date and the complete name of an individual to unlock all of the secrets that the numbers hold. It is based on the belief that the universe is governed by numerical laws and that each number has special powers and qualities and can be used to explain particular events or to predict the future. Seven, for example, is a sacred number in many religious traditions. A person's name is an important clue to that person's character.  Each letter in the name is changed to a number using a system based on ancient Greek and Hebrew alphabets. 

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Most authorities agree that the full birth name as recorded on your birth certificate is the name that must be used for all calculations involving name. Nicknames, changed names including marriage name changes do not delute the importance of the name given to by your parents.

There are eleven numbers used in constructing Numerology charts. These numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 22. Larger numbers that occur from adding the numbers in the complete birth date or from the values assigned to each name, are reduced by adding the digits together until the sum achieved is one of the core numbers. Merely add the components of the larger number together (repeatedly, if necessary) until a single digit (or the "master" numbers 11 or 22) results. Each of these number represents different characteristics and expressions.

Master number are the only exception to rule of reducing to the single digit. The master numbers 11 and 22 are intensified versions of the single digit number they replace (2 and 4). These numbers suggest a potential for a high degree of learning and/or achievement very often in a more stressful environment. In many individuals, the master numbers operate at a much more tangible or practical level, becoming essentially the same as the single digit parallel.

Another number that numerologists believe reveals character is the birth number, which is determined by adding the figures in a person's birth date.  Numerologists also combine the birth number with the figures in any year to find a personal year number.  This number predicts what is going to happen to the person in that year.


The Expression Number

A number derived from all of the letters in your FULL BIRTH NAME make up what is called the Expression or Destiny number. This is the number that describes the talents and attitudes at your disposal in this lifetime, if you choose to develop and use them. This is sometimes referred to as your potential or destiny.

The Life Path Number

The Life Path is the sum of the birth date. This number represents who you are at birth and the native traits that you will carry with you through life. The most important number that will be discussed here is your Life Path number. The Life Path describes the nature of this journey through life.

 
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