Q: I just discovered your site while researching for a school project and find it very interesting. Can you tell me where it came from? Who invented numerology?
Here’s some background on numerology: Modern numerology is based on the understanding of ancient “archetypal” philosophies set forth by Pythagorus, the Kabbalists (Qabalists), the Egyptians, the Chaldeans and others. It is usually attributed to Pythagorus, “the Father of Mathematics” alone, however, it has been also been said that he learned it while studying spiritual philosophy in Egypt. There has been evidence of the mystical relevance of numbers as archetypes from the earliest recorded history and from many cultures. Modern Numerology is based on the premise, as Pythagoras taught, that numbers are the building blocks of all life and all creation. Everything can be reduced to a number and every number has an energetic “personality” which can be related to other known things such as; the character and personality of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses as the astrologers defined the planets, colors, sound frequencies, days of the week, and all manner of personality traits that the ancients observed and labeled. So, numbers achieved a symbolic personality and meaning of their own, which could be used to understand the truth about things and also their “purpose”. Pythagorus was probably the first to incorporate this knowledge into a logic-based philosophy, a major tool he and his followers used to seek Truth and discover the nature of things. To the Kabbalists, if an object had the same numerical value as another thing, then the two could be used interchangeably to mean the same thing as the other and would be assumed to be related to the other in meaning and purpose. This practice, called gematria was used all throughout the Old Testament in the bible to “code” important and secret teachings. The ancient practice of Tarot is closely intertwined with numerology and the two work together very well. Each card in the Tarot corresponds symbolically to a number so an understanding of each can greatly enhance one’s work with either.
Today, there is a finely tuned and remarkably accurate practice of numerology, largely made so by a woman named, L. Dow Balliett. She actually helped to “un-shroud” this subject and make it accessible, which had previously been mostly kept hidden, studied and practiced in various versions by the Pythagoreans, Qabalists (Qabalah – “secret wisdom”), Sufis (enneagram), Christian Hermetic and many other esoteric “schools.” The modern day version of Pythagorean numerology has been refined and added to by the intuition, dedication and long years of research and practice of numerous numerologists.
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Q: – Thank you for the insight as to who we are and why we are. But I am new to this and am stumped as to exactly which of all these numbers that I “am”. For example in the number meanings, which of these numbers do I use to find my one meaning?
A: As far as what you say when someone asks, “whats your number?”, most people mean the Life Path or Expression number while others just mean your birth day. All of your core name and birth date numbers are your “lucky numbers” in their own ways, however anything that resonates with your Life Path will help your life purpose while things that resonate with your Expression will feel easy and comfortable. People and things that resonate with your Soul Urge will feel compelling and will speak to your heart while people and things that vibrate to your Personality will feel like they support your outer image and bring forth more of that.
Think of it like this; your “Soul Urge” is that which your heart knows is right for you. It is the magnet that pulls your attention when you are allowing yourself to “go with the flow.” When we live our lives according to “our truth” we are living in harmony with our Souls Urge. Your “Personality” describes the way you carry this out physically. How you seem to the world around you and the way you go about taking care of business. Together, the Soul Urge and Personality make up your unique, total “Expression” which is who you are on the whole. What you were and are from birth. Talents, and weaknesses and the essence of “you”. When you change your name, you don’t change the true essence of you, but you do alter the types of desires and experiences you have and the way you appear to others. When you compare yourself to another, the best way to determine your ‘deepest level’ of compatibility is to use the full birth names. Comparing signature names or stage names tells you more about your day-to-day compatibility rather than ‘soul-connection’ and longevity. The Life Path Destiny number, which is derived from your birth date, describes the major purpose of your life, or your life mission. It’s the course you are on and will be redirected to again and again. It’s what you are learning to become and the stage you are meant to express yourself on. This is where your whole life is leading, your purpose and ultimate intention in this life. There are many many additional aspects to be calculated from your name and birthdate, but these can give you the main idea of who you are and where you are going.