Numerology – What is It?
At its core, numerology refers to the study of numbers and how they affect a person’s life. It’s based on the belief that there is complete order in the universe and that nothing truly happens at random. We can study the patterns of this universal order by breaking everything down into numbers. Numerologists study the numbers in our lives to determine who we truly are, what our future holds, and more. In this sense, numerology is similar to astrology. But instead of observing astrological events, we take a more earthly approach by studying numbers directly connected with your life.
History and Basis of Numerology
The earliest recorded use of the term “numerology” was in 1907. However, its principles have been around since the days of Babylon. Other early cultures that are believed to have studied numerology include Egypt, Greece, Rome, Japan, and China.
Numerology would not be what it is today if not for contributions of the ancient Greeks, especially Pythagoras. If his name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you studied his theories in your high school geometry class. Pythagoras was a famous philosopher and mathematician. What sets Pythagoras apart from other mathematicians is this: instead of focusing on finding mathematical solutions, he primarily concerned himself with the principle behind these solutions. In doing so, he understood the existence of a universal system and how numbers tied everything together.
There are also some references to numerology in the Bible. For example, the numbers three and seven have strong religious significance. The crucifixion of Christ took place at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Christ also asked God three times if it was possible to avoid the crucifixion. According to the Book of Genesis, the world was created in seven days. On the other hand, 666, which is referred to in the Book of Revelation as the “Number of the Beast,” is often used to represent the devil. Some religious personalities also believed that numerical relationships have some divine meaning.
How Does Numerology Work?
To get an accurate numerology reading, you will need to provide at least two things: (1) your date of birth; (2) the name you were given at birth. This is what makes numerology an easy, yet fascinating way to learn more about ourselves.
Broadly speaking, your date of birth determines the path or direction of your life. This includes the prospects and opportunities that will open up to you, as well as the challenges and obstacles that you will need to face.
The name you were given at birth will determine your talents, skills, attributes, and shortcomings. In other words, your name represents a rough blueprint of your person. Each letter of a person’s name is assigned a numerical value. The sum of these values ultimately determines who a person is.
The above information will first be converted into a set of numbers and will then be calculated to create a personal numerology chart. A numerology calculator can be used to speed up this process but is not absolutely necessary for a seasoned numerologist.
Numerology Core Numbers
The five most important numbers in your numerology chart are:
- The Life Path Number. As the name implies, this number determines what path of life you are destined to travel, including the opportunities and obstacles that you will encounter along the way.
Your Life Path Number is determined using your birth date. As such, it will always remain the same and will play a major part in who you are destined to become. For this reason, the Life Path Number is often considered as the most important value in a person’s numerology chart.
- The Expression Number. While your Life Path Number determines your future, your Expression Number determines what inherent talents, skills, weaknesses, and shortcomings you will have as a person.
Your Expression Number is calculated using the name you were given at birth. This name represents your past experiences and personal history, both of which has molded you into the individual you are today. It was not chosen at random. Your parents likely used their intuition to sense who you would become as a person and chose your birth name accordingly. Thus, in a way, you were destined to have your name. Moreover, because your Expression Number is based on something you have always had, it is not subject to change. For all these reasons, many numerologists also consider the Expression Number to be an integral part of your numerology chart.
- The Personality Number. Your Personality Number is determined using the consonants of your name. It represents the aspects of yourself that you are most willing to share, and to whom you share them with. In this sense, your Personality Number helps you screen the people in your life, welcoming things that coincide with your nature and resisting things that do not.
- The Heart’s Desire Number. Your Hearts Desire Number is determined using the vowels of your name. As its name implies, your Heart’s Desire Number represents what you truly want in life. Knowing your real goals will help you focus only on the important aspects of your life and eliminate any distractions along the way.
- The Birth Day Number. Your Birth Day Number hints at a specific talent that you will eventually develop. Although some numerologists consider the Birth Day Number as the least important part of numerology chart or reading, it is widely believed that the talent which it refers to will have a very significant impact in a person’s life. Hence, it can be said that the Birth Day Number determines the special gift which you are destined to receive at some point in your life.
All the above information will allow you to better understand who you are and who you are destined to be, based on the power of numbers and its effects on the great universal order.