What Is Numerology?
By: Michelle Andersen
Each day, we are exposed to numbers. We have phone numbers, birthdates, even our financial information is driven
by numbers. Numerology is the study of the numbers in our lives and how they affect us. A student of numerology
uses the letters in a word, such as a full name, or a birth date and reduces that to a single number. That number tells
them certain things about the person's character, what strengths and weaknesses they possess; it can even be used
to predict their future. Numerology is often closely associated astrology as astrologists assigned the numbers 0
through 9 to each celestial body in the solar system and each number has its own set of values.
Numerology has been around for thousands of years. The Egyptians and Babylonians both used it over 10,000 years
ago. Pythagoras, a mathematician whose theories are still in use today, is believed to have official organized
numerology in Greece over 2,500 years ago. He held the view that math concepts were easier to regulate and classify
than physical ones. Others beliefs and writings important in the development of numerology were early Christian
mysticism, the Chinese Circle of the Dead, the Kabbalah, and the Indian Vedas. At the beginning of the 20th century,
L. Dow Balliet published the first book about numerology, beginning what is known as the modern phase of
numerology and interest in it grew over the next few decades. Recently, a revival of interest in numerology has
occurred and many people are learning how numbers might affect them.
Although methods may vary, typically a numerologist reduces a word or number using a procedure called digit
summing. If the numerologist is dealing with a number, such as a birth date, they add up all the numbers. If the sum is
two or more digits, then those numbers are added until there is a single digit left. When dealing with a word, such as a
name, each letter of the alphabet is assigned a number. For example, A =1, B = 2, C = 3. Then the same steps as
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