What is Numerology?


When doing research on divination, you may have come across the concept of numerology. This form of divination has a long and complex history, but the general concept is simple. Numerology is the art of interpreting numbers to divine meanings, particularly when associated with a name, a day, or a place. Today we are going to delve a little bit into the history of this form of divination, so you might better understand how it works.

Numerology is the art of interpreting numbers to divine meanings, particularly when associated with a name, a day, or a place.

The Origins of Numerology

Numerology dates back thousands of years, and can be found in civilizations across the globe. The way numbers lined up and patterned made people come to think of them as messages from the divine, or indicators of certain things. While you may have looked into numerology before, you might not realize that there are about as many variations of it as there are alphabets and numeric systems throughout history. The earliest records on it come from Babylonia and Egypt, with later versions coming from China, Greece, Japan, India, and Rome. Many modern books rely on “Western” or Pythagorean Numerology. While Pythagoras may not have been the direct creator of this school of numerology, talk of the art does appear in his writings.

I think it’s important to note that numerology is a “fixed” divination system. Think of it like astrology. If you ask for a birth chart astrology reading, the placement of stars in the night’s sky will never change between readings, so long as you are doing the calculations correctly. The only thing that might change is some nuance in interpretation. Similarly, if you ask for a numerology reading on your name or birth date, you will get the same numbers every time, assuming you are using all the same calculations. Therefore, getting a good reading on something as set as your birthday is a one time deal.

What Does It All Tell Us?

This particular form of divination is good at giving a general vibe on something. For example, let’s say you run a numerology calculation on your name and get the number 1. That’s a number of individuality, initiative, and leadership, among other things. So, you would be expected to have that sort of energy about you. Similarly, if you find out that the day you are launching a new project has a numerology number of 1, it’d seem like a good sign, as the initiative element of the number matches well.

The art of numerology as a whole is one part math, one part looking through charts. A basic reading usually involves:

  • finding the correct formula
  • converting any letters to numbers
  • doing the math
  • and matching the results to a list of interpretations.

Certain numbers like 11 and 22 have special meanings, and you will need to account for those. Even if you know the basics, it is good to reference your notes any time you are doing numerology.

Numerology is not for everyone. It has its purposes, much like astrology. You aren’t going to get answers to random questions you have throughout the day. However, you might be able to use to to get insight on people or events. Personally, I make it part of my planning routine, using monthly numerology cycles to know when to consider starting or ending projects. My suggestion: give it a try and see how it might fit into your life.


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