Numerology
authored by Alan G.
Hefner
The system of numerology is a method of
divination which is also employed in the use of magic. The practice is based
upon statement of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras,
"The world is built upon the power of numbers." Numerological
practices and beliefs have survived throughout the centuries down to the present
day. An example of this concerns the numbers 11, 22, and 33, that are claimed to
be master numbers and must not be reduced to a single digit, which when
corresponding to an individual's name prognosticate that the individual is a
highly developed person spiritually.
History:
Based upon Pythagoras' previous stated statement, "The world is built upon
the power of numbers," numerology became systems of both divination and
magic because both systems are based upon the broader concept that the entire
universe is composed of mathematical patterns, and all things can be expressed
in numbers which correspond to universal vibrations.
Therefore, all things, including names, words, birth dates and birthplaces, are
able to be reduced to numbers in order to determine personalities, destinies and
fortunes of individuals.
Pythagoras is often called the father of numerology since he made known that the
musical intervals recognized in his era could be expressed in ratios between the
numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4. Also, he displayed that the numbers 1 through 4 equaled
the sum of 10. He furthered demonstrated that the cycle of numbers, 1 through 4,
could be started again when reaching 10 because all numbers larger than 9 can be
reduced by a single digit by adding the digits together. Pythagoras reasoned
that the entire universe could be expressed numerically, creating a mystical
system expended by other early Greek philosophers.
Throughout the ancient history of numbers certain characteristics and values
were assigned to the integers. One mechanism which enabled the assignment of
these characteristics was the way in which the ancient Greeks recorded the
numbers in dots or geometrical figures. Odd numbers which could not be separated
were said to be masculine possessing the "generative parts," and
represented assertion, power, and creativity. Even numbers capable of being
split into and therefore possessed femine "openings" were considered
feminine representing wholeness, stability or weakness.
In the Greek mysteries, the number 888 represented the "Higher Mind."
The Greek variation of "Jesus," "Iesous," equals 888. The
number 666 represented the "Mortal Mind." In the New Testament, 666 is
called the number of "the Beast."
In early Hebrew history the interpretation of numbers was considered highly
important. Letters of the Hebrew alphabet was based on numbers, and this
relationship was related to the cosmic forces. In the Middle Ages, a numerical mysticism
evolved from the teachings of Merkabah, a sect of Judaism. In the 13th century
the German Kabbalists
developed gematria,
a mystic numerical interpretation of the Scriptures.
Both the Greeks and Hebrews held 10 to be the perfect number. Pythagoras
considered that 10 comprehends all arithmetic and harmonic proportions, and,
like God, is tireless. All nations calculated with it because when they arrive
at 10, they return to 1, the number of creation. Pythagoreans believed the
heavenly bodies were divided into 10 orders. According to the Kabbalah, there
are ten emanations of numbers out of Nothing. The emanations form the 10
sephiroth of the Tree of Life, which contains all knowledge and shows the path
back to God.
Gematria: In addition to the occult meanings of numbers , another principle is
basic to numerology that of gematria, or cryptograph. In Hebrew, consonants
are used as number signs, but by providing them with vowels, one can often read
them as words and can read words as numbers. A combination of gematria and
Pythagorean number symbolism formed the basis for the number magic of the
medieval Cabala This allows special reading of the Hebrew Bible to find secret
or hidden meanings in the text.
This system has also been applied to Greek and Latin and sometimes the New
Testament of the Bible. For example, various personified meanings have been
given to 666, the number denoting the Beast in the Book of Revelations. Among
these are Nero, Caesar, Martin Luther, Pope Leo X, and Napoleon.
Present:
Currently the practice of numerology in the occult often involves attempts to
discover secret meanings of occurrences and to forecast the future. When used in
these methods, numerology become a form of divination, or fortune telling.
Frequently it can be combined with other divinatory forms such as astrology,
cartomancy, geomancy, and dream interpretation.
When used in divinatory forms, numerology, also, becomes magic. Such magic, as a
theory, has Occidental roots but is usually ascribed to Pythagoras. The theory
or system theorizes "that all things are number and that numbers
influence the essence of things. Thus number is the mediator between the divine
and the earthly. So, if one performs various operations with numbers, theses
operations also affect the things related to these numbers."
Taboos: On the simplest level this principle can be seen in number taboos. For
example, in the American society most people considered the number 13 unlucky.
Therefore, things connected with 13 are too be avoided such as the 13th day of
the month, especially if it is a Friday, the 13th floor, 13 dinner guests, and
so on. As a contrast in Belgium it is considered a goodluck charm for women to
wear the number 13. The negativity of the number 13 is predominantly thought to
have been derived from the Biblical narration of the Last Super where Judas was
the thirteenth apostle. However, an earlier concept stresses its relationship to
12, a good number identified with the Zodiac, which had strong positive
associations in Babylonian and other early astral mythologies.
During the 19th century, when scientific discoveries concerning light,
magnetism, and electricity were being made, the theory that numbers corresponded
to energy patterns of vibrations became popular.
Currently there are several interpretation of characteristics for numbers 1
through nine; the following represents a consensus:
Chart of Characteristics
of Numbers
1 
unity, creation, independence 
2 
duality, emergence 
3 
power, generative force 
4 
solidity, dullness 
5 
sensuality, pleasure 
6 
perfection, harmony, balance 
7 
mysticism, psychic, magic 
8 
material, success, justice 
9 
spiritual, mental achievement 
The numbers 11, 22, and 33 are said to be master numbers which are not reduced
to a single digit. People whose names correspond to these numbers are said to be
highly developed spiritually. The number 33 is that of avatar.
Analysis procedures:
Numerology Chart
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 
H 
I 
J 
K 
L 
M 
N 
O 
P 
Q 
R 
S 
T 
U 
V 
W 
X 
Y 
Z 

The practice is to total the numerical value of a
name or word. For example, the name "John Smith".
JOHN = 1 + 6 + 8 + 5 = 20, SMITH = 1 + 4 + 9 + 2 + 8 = 24, 20 + 24 = 44, 44 = 4
+ 4 = 8
Explanation:
Determine letter numerical values from chart:
J = 1, O = 6, H = 8, N = 5; S = 1, M = 4, I = 9, T = 2, H = 8
Sum the numerical values of names:
JOHN = 20 and SMITH = 24
Change the values to single digits:
20 = 2 + 0 = 2, 24 = 2 + 4 = 6
The sum of the single digits:
2 + 6 = 8
Interpretation:
The name of "John Smith" has a
numerological value of 8. From the Chart of Characteristics of Numbers 8
has the characteristics of material, success, justice.
A.G.H.
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