Numerology is the science of reducing names, birth dates and other significant dates down to their numerical equivalents in order to divine the future.
Most people instinctively realize that some numbers are lucky or hold the key to the future. For instance, many people win the lottery by reducing there loved one’s birth dates to a numerical sequence.
Most of the world’s great religions also maintain numbers that contain hidden or secret meanings that hold the secrets of the universe. Modern numerology system is inspired by components of numerological systems practiced in Babylonia, as well as systems practice that Pythagoras and his followers in sixth century Greece.
Modern numerology also takes it cue from books on early Christian mysticism, the writings of the early Gnostics, The Indian Vedas, and the Chinese “Circle of the Dead”. There was also an early Egyptian numerology system, which is too esoteric for most people to understand.
Numerology was all the rage with ancient brilliant mathematicians, such as Pythagoras who also studied something called Gemetria, which was the numerology of the Hebrew alphabet. In this instance, numerology was used for everything from divination to healing. The study of Gemetria is a bit of a lost art except amongst Kabbalists who use it to divine prophecies from the Zohar.
Numerology is no longer considered part of mathematics and is regarded as pseudomathematics by most modern scientists. Today, numerology is often associated with the occult, alongside astrology, tarot reading, crystal ball gazing and the like.
Numerology is also used to define certain qualities. Each number has it’s own qualifying meaning. For instance 1 means wholeness, 2 means coupling, 3 means fame, 4 means health problems, and so forth. Numerology 9 is an interesting number as it means completion of the cycle that will turn over to the 1 again in a life cycle.
Another important component of the practice of numerology is digit summing. Digits are added up and ridiculed to a single number whose meaning is then divined. Sometimes, digit summing is used to create a word as each letter is the equivalent of a value.
In one sort of numerology, the letters of the alphabet are given the values that they have as they are lined up. In another sort, called the Chaldea system, each number is assigned a specific value.
The Chinese also have a numbers system that is designed to answer questions. For instance, the number 1 means yes, the number 2 means having an easy time of it, the number 3 means live and let live, and the number 4 means hardship and so on.
In fact, numerology exists in just about every culture. Today, you could still use any of these systems to divine your future. All you need to do is a little bit of research.