Numerology Explained: What Is Numerology?

Numerology is becoming more and more popular. Unlike the past where numerology was only known by a few people, today most people are aware of it and have a little bit of information about what it is all about. So what exactly is numerology, how does it work, and how can it change your life? In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about numerology.  


What exactly is numerology? 

Numerology is simply the study of numbers and how they impact your life. It is an aspect of astrology that deals with predictions and self-discovery. It helps you find the hidden meaning of the universe and can act as your individualized guide to knowing your strengths and weaknesses.

Numerology may seem complex especially for people who are studying it for the first time. However, numerology is not that complex as it seems. You only need to take your time to study it. For those who are already familiar with astrology, understanding numerology is even easier because they have many things in common.

Numerology aims to uncover the connection between numbers, circumstances, personality traits, and even destiny. Numerologists believe that the universe is a system and when broken down, the only thing that we will remain with are numbers, which can help us understand the universe and ourselves as individuals.

Origin of numerology

Where numerology came from and how it came to be what it is today is still a puzzle. While numerology appears to have been used in various civilizations for hundreds of years, nobody really knows its true origin. However many historians believe that numerology could have originated from Babylon and Egypt because that is where the earliest records of numerology were found. Other historians believe that numerology could have originated from China, Rome, Greece, and Japan because of multiple ancient pieces of evidence found in those countries.

Modern-day numerology that is practiced up to date is believed to have been invented by a person known as Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher, and a mathematician. However, not so much is known of how he came can to invent numerology. He is also credited as the individual who came up with the name numerology. Pythagoras is also the person who brought numerology into the limelight and that is why it is practiced by people today. However, the origin of numerology still remains a mystery.

How numerology works

Understanding how numerology works is quite difficult and requires the help of an experienced person who practices numerology. Numerologists have their own unique way of using numbers to uncover things that are happening in a person’s life. Numerologist believes that your life and cosmos is affected by your name, birth date among many other factors. Numerologists have a great understanding of numbers and using their unique skills to provide accurate reading about an individual.

In numerology, it is believed that nothing happens by chance in the universe. Even your name, birthday have a special meaning that determines the path you take in life and your personality.

Types of numerology

Numerology comes from different origins. Below are different types of numerology

  • Gematria

Gematria is one of the oldest forms of numerology and is believed to have originated from Jewish mysticism and the interpretation of Hebrew scripture. It is believed that Hebrew letters were assigned numerical values and the value of each word was calculated based on these numbers. Today, scholars still use this technique to calculate the value of words in a given letter or scripture to establish a connection and uncover important concepts.

  • Pythagorean Numerology

Pythagorean numerology was invested by a Greek mathematician and philosopher known as Pythagoras who is well known for developing the theory of numbers. This man is also credited as the person who came up with the name numerology. Pythagoras believed that numbers carried hidden meaning and if we are able to understand them, then we can understand the universes better. He assigned each letter of the alphabet a numeric value. Pythagorean numerology is currently the most common form of numerology practiced today.

  • Chaldean numerology

Chaldean numerology was developed by the Chaldeans and is older than Pythagorean numerology. The Chaldean numerology is based on 8 numerals and certain double numerals. This type of numerology is quite complex and many people find it hard to understand and master the concept. However, Chaldean numerology is believed to give a more accurate prediction than Pythagorean, which is currently the most commonly used type of numerology. Numerologists who use Chaldean numerology are few and highly sought after.

  • Kabbalah Numerology

Kabbalah Numerology is a hybrid of Pythagoreans numerology and Gematria numerology. Kabbalah Numerology uses the name to determine the personality traits of individuals. The same letter value can have different meanings. This means that just because you share the same name with another person does not mean that you share the same personality traits. Kabbalah Numerology has more than 400 life path combinations, meaning it has many other variables.

Different terms used in numerology and how they are calculated

There are many common terms used in numerology. In this section, we will list and discuss the meaning of these common terms.

  • Life path number

Life path number in numerology simply means that direction or path your life could take. Life path number is the most important number in numerology and is used to determine your personality trait and also predict the direction that your life is likely to take. Life path number is also used to determine your opportunities, challenges as well as lessons that you are likely to learn during your lifelong journey.

Each life path number has a different meaning and is usually calculated by adding your full date of birth. For instance, if you were bone on January 2nd, 1993. 1993 is broken down as 1+9+9+3=22. You then add the two digits together (2+2) which gives you 4 which is your life path number. The entire process of finding your path number is simple and can be done by anyone because it only includes basic calculations. Once you determine your life path number you can check to see what it means. You can also consult a numerologist to help you uncover the deeper meaning of your life path number.

  • Expression number

Expression number, also known as destiny number focuses on your desires, abilities, goals, and dreams. Your expression number will help you know the unique traits that you possess. Expression number is calculated by converting your full birth name, including the middle name into a number using the Pythagorean chart. The sum of the number is broken down into a single digit which is then interpreted by a numerologist to determine your desires, abilities, or personal goals.

  • Soul urge number

Also referred to as your heart’s desire, soul urge number in numerology symbolizes your true inner self. One unique thing about the soul urge number is this it often reveals something that people only relate with once the reading is done. For instance, your heart desire could be a craving to have money and attain financial freedom or you desire your partner to make you feel loved and appreciated. All these traits are sensually within you but you don’t recognize them until they are revealed. Calculation of soul urge number is done using your full birth name. However, only the value of vowels is used to determine your soul urge number.

  • Personality number

Just as the name suggests personality number is often used to determine your personality trait. Personality numbers will show the part of you that other people see. This means that the personality trait that will be revealed is what others think about your personality. The personality number is calculated by adding consonants only in your full names. The final number is then broken down into a single digit which is interpreted by the numerologist.

Benefits of numerology 

  • It helps you make wise decisions

Numerology helps you to find more about your personality trait and the kind of opportunities and challenges you may get in life. Having this information will help you make the right choices that will propel you to prosperity.

  • It helps you build better relationships

Numerology can also help to improve how you relate to other people. It will help you know the kind of person you are and what you need to do to improve how you relate with others close to you. It also reveals what other people around you expect or need from you.

  • It helps you know yourself better

One of the best ways to know more about yourself is through numerology. It can help you know exactly who you are, including your strengths, weaknesses, special abilities, and much more, thus help you make smart decisions.


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