From tax brackets and savings accounts to birth dates and bank IDs, numbers play an important role in our lives. Even so, many people underestimate the power of numbers in their lives and the lives of others. Those who wish to explore the powerful influence of numbers may want to delve deeply into the fascinating world of numerology. The study of numerology goes far beyond simple birth dates and other common numbers in order to achieve a deeper understanding of who we are and how we fit into this strange and mysterious world.
In using numerology, the individual uses the letters contained in common words, including names and birth dates, and uses those letters to reduce them to a single number. The resulting number can reveal a great deal about the individual, including their personality traits, their character, their strengths and their weaknesses. Some even claim that numerology can help to predict the future of an individual.
The study of numerology is often compared to astrology, and there are in fact many similarities. Many people who have studied astrology for years find the study of numerology a fascinating addition to their knowledge base, and many numerology enthusiasts find themselves equally enthralled with the study of astrology.
The history of numerology stretches far back into recorded history, and perhaps even further. Humans have always been fascinated with numbers and their influence, and many ancient cultures studied numbers extensively. Among the ancient cultures known to have studied numerology are both the Babylonians and the Egyptians, and these rich cultures used the study of numerology more than 10,000 years ago.
Even well known and well respected mathematicians have used numerology to describe and understand the world around them. Perhaps the most famous of these mathematicians was Pythagoras, a man whose theories are still revered and studied today. It was Pythagoras who brought the study of numerology to Greece more than two thousand years ago.
Those interested in studying numerology can use a variety of methods to arrive at the magic number that can reduce an individual to a set of characteristics. The typical technique uses something known as digit summing to reduce a word or a number to a single digit. When the interim results are two or three digit numbers the summing continues until a single digit results. It is this number that is the key to understanding the individual through the careful study of the numbers associated with their life.
Numerology works very well with numeric data like birth dates, of course, but it can work just as well with actual words. When letters are involved each letter of the alphabet is assigned a numerical value, with A having a value of 1, B a value of 2 and so on.
After the final number has been revealed using these techniques, the next step is to examine that number and determine its meaning. Numerologists assign a list of characteristics to each number, much the same way astrologists assign a set of personality traits to each sun sign in the traditional Zodiac and each animal in the Chinese Zodiac. A brief description of each number follows.
Ø The Number One – The number one is of course the first number, and its primacy is thought to give it great power. Those interested in gender roles should know that this number is generally associated with the male gender. Those whose dates and words reduce to a number one are often happy, loving and enthusiastic. On the negative side, number ones can also be egotistical and aloof.
Ø The Number Two – The number two is associated with feminine energy, and those whose information reduces to this number are often good at interacting with others. The Chinese use the Yin-Yang symbol to express the dual nature of the number two, and many cultures express this duality in terms of black and white, good and evil and the like.
Ø The Number Three – Those whose numbers condense down to the number three are uniquely capable of learning through the challenges life brings to them. Those individuals associated with this number can be wise and understanding, but they can sometimes be foolish and naïve as well.
Ø The Number Four – The number four appears many places throughout history and throughout nature, such as the four seasons and the four gospels of the New Testament. Some numerologists consider this number to be unlucky.
Ø The Number Five – Those associated with the number five often show a great yearning for new experiences and a willingness to serve others. On the negative side these individuals can also be prone to addictive personalities.
Ø The Number Six – The number six is often associated with beauty and successful relationships. Those individuals associated with this number often display a charm and sensuality rare in other people.
Ø The Number Seven – Those individuals associated with the number seven are often quite spiritual and are willing to follow their dreams no matter where they may go. On the downside these individuals can also sometimes be insincere or even deceptive.
Ø The Number Eight – Those under the influence of the number eight tend to be very hard working and diligent. As a result those individuals often enjoy great material success. On the other hand those people can also be prone to the financial hardships associated with seeking wealth.
Ø The Number Nine – Last but certainly not least is the number nine. This number is considered to be sacred, holding mystical powers and great significance. Those who find themselves under the influence of this special number often enjoy rich and fulfilling spiritual lives as well as material happiness.
The study of numerology is a fascinating one, and many people enjoy delving into its mysteries. From the earliest days of history mankind has wondered about its place in the universe, and numerology is one of the ways these ancient peoples learned to put order on the chaos they saw around them. Whether you choose to view numerology as a serious study or just an interesting hobby, you will surely be fascinated by the role numbers can play in our lives.