## Numerology

Numerology attempts to describe the relative existence of everything in nature, based on the premise that all is reducible to numbers, and that all numbers follow the natural law of mathematical progression.  In particular, ratios of numbers become pure entities and take on fundamental importance.  This is true of the so-called Transcendental Numbers (p -- the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, f -- the ratio of sequential entries of Fibonacci Numbers, and e -- the base of the natural logarithm, wherein subtraction of logarithms is equivalent to division/ratios of numbers).  Even numbers such as integers can be expressed as ratios, e.g. “4” is actually the ratio, “4/1” (or even “8/2”).

A basic axiom is that all things in nature evolve in cycles, mathematical progressions which are measurable and predictable.  [And cycles have ratios -- as in the year, the time for the Earth to circle the Sun, being given in terms of the cycle of the Earth to rotate once upon its axis, a day.]  Cycles are often based on Time, but not necessarily so, as even counting from one to twenty involves a cycle of returning to the use of “1” following the “9”, etc.

Numerology deals primarily with rational numbers, specifically integers.  It even goes so far as to limit itself, for the most part, to the 9 symbols, which make up 90% of the base 10 system.  Yet, it contains within those 9 symbols a significant amount of information.  In fact, together with Astrology and Tarot, Numerology is used as part of the symbolism in interpreting the Tree of Life -- one of the more profound philosophical concepts.

Numbers are mankind’s oldest symbols, fundamental to measurement and abstract ideas.  Numbers are, for example, more practical than words, in that counting apples might be more important than having a word for “apple”.  Numbers and cycles also suggest the idea of predictability -- and thus one of the basic attributes of Numerology.

The use of numbers for predictive purposes were used by Chaldeans, Phoenicians, Hindus, Chinese, Hebrews, and early Christians.  Most of the symbologies employed followed the progression of numbers, with Ones signifying a beginning or genesis, the higher numbers representing the progress through life, and Nines signifying completion.

Shortly after 600 B.C.E., the Greek philosopher, Pythagoras, founded the first university and developed his theory of numbers.  These theories are the basis of all natural law today and are also the foundation for the occult science of Numerology.  Pythagoras determined that everything progressed in predictable cycles, and assumed a relationship with respect to the alphabet -- i.e. the idea that letters, gods and goddesses were assigned numbers relative to their station.

The updated Pythagorean conversion table uses numbers 1 through 9, each of which is related to certain letters of the alphabet.   An alternate version is the updated Chaldean Conversion Table, which works in a similar way except it is numbered 1 to 8 and the letters associated with each number are different as well.  [There is no number 9 in the Chaldean chart because, to the ancient Chaldeans, 9 was believed to be a sacred number and was kept apart from the rest -- see, e.g., Nines.)  Numerologists use these two methods for calculation with the Chaldean table being the oldest and most accurate.

 Pythagorean Conversion Table 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

 Chaldean Conversion Table 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A B C D E U O F I K G M H V Z P J R L T N W Q S X Y

Fundamental to dealing with Numerology is the so-called “reduction of numbers”.  This means essentially that one takes any number with two or more digits and reduces it to a single digit.  This is done by adding each of the integers in the number to arrive at a total whose integers are then added again, until a single digit is obtained.  For example(s):

5,040 ® 5 + 0 + 4 + 0 = 9

5,280 ® 5 + 2 + 8 + 0 = 15 ® 1 + 5 = 6

872,533 ® 8 + 7 + 2 + 5 + 3 + 3 = 28 ® 2 + 8 = 10 ® 1 + 0 = 1

314,159,265 ® 3+1+4+1+5+9+2+6+5 = 36 ® 3+6 = 9

A possible exception to the general rule of reducing numbers until a single digit is reached is whenever the total reaches what is called a “Master Number”.  The “Master Numbers” are those with double digits, i.e. 11, 22, 33, 44...  Supposedly, these Master Numbers have a greater significance, and refer to characteristics beyond mundane experiences.  In a manner of speaking, these are the higher octaves, harmonics, of experiences.  But they are also sometimes just potentialities, which are never quite attained -- after which they single digit number which they add to, becomes the dominant factor.

Some of the characteristics of the numbers 1 through 9, as well as some of the “Master Numbers” are shown below, and represent the progressive life cycle of men and women, the total spectrum of experience.  In general:

1 represents aspects of creation and self -- genesis, original, creation, beginning, new, self-determination, will power, independence, initiative, decisions,  leadership, command, courage, pioneer, daring, and the male principle.

2 represents aspects of gestation and union -- loved ones before self, maternal, sympathy, patience, understanding, sensitivity, receptivity, tact, diplomacy,  cooperation, union, partnership, rest, peace, and the female principle.

3 represents aspects of self-expression -- self-expression, self-projection, social ambition, conversation, writing, communication, facility with words, grace, charm, performer, beauty, flirtation, romance, artistic, and entertainer.

4 represents aspects of self-discipline -- practicality, physical work, endurance, concentration, budgeting, order, form, construction, routine, systematic,  industrious, conventionality, reliability, home, patriotism, and ecology.

5 represents aspects of re-creation and is the apex for change in the cycle --  change, adaptability, resourcefulness, variety, versatility, risk, adventure,  travel, surprises, curiosity, recreation, sensual and sexual appetites, new opportunities, speculation, promotion, physical and mental freedom.

6 represents social consciousness -- responsibility to others, adjustments, family, harmony, healing, counseling, teaching, education, truth, justice, domestic, reliability, tenacity, conservative, conscientiousness, and social balance.

7 represents intellectual and spiritual development -- wisdom, knowledge of self, mind, intellect, philosophy, metaphysics, mystery, secrecy, solitude, study, research, science, writing, faith, specialization, refinement, pride, acquisition by attraction, dignity, bridging worlds, and observation.

8 represents material accomplishment -- money, material freedom, business, high finance, control, power, success, achievement, recognition, profit, executive ability, management, authority, fairness, and responsibility.

9 represents selflessness and universal awareness -- fulfillment, completion, universality, understanding, tolerance, compassion, impersonal, generosity, forgiveness, just, humanitarian, universal truths, and benevolence.

11 represents impractical idealism -- visionary, refinement of ideals, intuition, revelation, artistic and inventive genius, avant-garde, androgynous, film, fame, refinement, and fulfilled only when working with a practical partner.

22 represents practical idealism -- practical genius, creator of the future, power on all levels, master of the material, philanthropy, universality, international direction, and service to mankind.

33 represents Christ Consciousness -- universal nurturing, social consciousness raised to a world class, global responsibility, master teacher and healer.

44 represents a higher octave of 8,

55 represents a higher octave of 1,

66 represents a higher octave of 3,

77 represents a higher octave of 5,

88 represents a higher octave of 7,

99 represents a higher octave of 9.

These aspects of Numerology can be related to both Astrology and Tarot.  The latter, for example, is fundamental to The Fool’s Journey, wherein the 22 cards of the Major Arcana are matched by the first 22 numbers of Numerology, and both are descriptive of the various paths between the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life.  Astrology is also included, but the idea of comparing Numerology based on 9, and Astrology based on 12 is more of a challenge.  However, in considering the characteristics of the numbers (above) with the “houses” of Astrology, one notes that one can logically assign numbers as follows:

where “5” represents the change from the lower private part of the chart to the upper public aspects.  Other aspects are easily correlated.

The use of Numerology to reveal personal characteristics is accomplished by taking one’s full name at birth (the one recorded on a birth certificate).  Titles such as Dr., Miss, Shah, etceteras, are not used, and neither are Juniors, the second, etceteras.  [People with the same name will attract the same vibrations, but inasmuch as free will is fundamental to the science (or art) of Numerology, different results and circumstances are always possible.]

Typically, three numbers are obtained, one being the sum of the vowels, one the sum of the consonants, and one the sum of all the letters.  The first is sometimes referred to as the “Motivation Number” and represents what a person consciously wants out of life -- i.e. the basic motivating force behind everything they do.  The second is the “Impression Number” and represents the fantasy side of what one dreams to creating, without the necessity of the dream being tested against reality.  The third number is the “Expression Number” and represents the manner in which one best expresses themselves, their natural abilities and potential.  There is even a fourth number, based on one’s birthdate, that represents the types of influences one must successfully encounter in order to ultimately achieve their maximum fulfillment -- essentially their “Destiny Number”. (E.g., 11-15-1952 is a “25/7”.)

Books on Numerology provide specific guidelines for calculating one’s numbers, including many other aspects not mentioned here.  They also provide interpretations of what each of the numbers mean.  For example, the author’s name generates numbers which indicate a brilliant, highly intelligent, good natured, generous, considerate, god-like being with a great sense of humor.  But with very little humility, and just a hint of arrogance.

Fine.  Look it up in your own book!

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