Know Your Numbers: The Ins and Outs of Numerology

Just about everyone has their “lucky” or “unlucky” numbers. Or perhaps you find certain digits popping up around you in your daily life. There might be more to these occurrences and preferences than you think.

Numerology Throughout the Centuries

Numerology is the study of numbers and, more specifically, their spiritual significance in our lives.

This study is nothing knew. It originated with Pythagoras around 300 AD. He believed that everything consisted of numbers and that we could seek them out or have them shown to us by the universe.

Eventually these beliefs were condemned alongside astrology by the Christian church.

Despite resistance, numerology continued within early civilizations.

The Latin, Arabic, Indian, and Chinese alphabets all have numbers assigned to their characters as well.

Within Traditional Chinese Medicine, the acupuncture system is based upon numbers. For example, they maintain that the 12 vessels of blood circulation connect to the 12 rivers flowing toward Central Kingdom.

Numerology also exists in Egyptian and Norse mythology and several religious texts.

There are three main types of numerology: Kabbalah, Chaldean, and Pythagorean.

Beliefs Behind the Digits

Today, many practice numerology. Numerologists use numbers to decode individuals names, predict paths in people’s lives based on their birthdays, and decode widespread numerical patterns.

Supposedly, the universe always act with intention, including the numbers you see in your life.

This practice only uses numbers one through nine, 11, and 22. So, in numerology, to find the significance of the number 23 you would add two and three together to get five.

It is speculated that each number has a different vibration and surfaces for specific reasons.

The most common readings include your Life Path Number, Birthday Number, Soul Urge Number, Expression Number, and Personality number.


How to Find Your Numbers

The most significant number in numerology is our birthday. This day supposedly showcases our entire destiny. This simply is the day you were born on.

Your Life Path Number lays out what your life is going to look like. To calculate this you add up the numbers in your entire birthday. Then add those digits until you get a single digit.

For example, my birthdate January 10, 1999. So I would add 1 + 1 + 0 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 30 then I would add three and zero to get three.

The Expression Number represents your aspirations and skills. For this, add your entire name using the Pythagorean chart and then reduce it to one digit.

Your Soul Urge number reflects your true self. Often times people don’t even realize these traits within themselves until after the reading takes place.

For this calculation you add together the vowels of your birth name.

Lastly, the Personality Number is the person that you show to other people. To calculate this you add the consonants of your entire name.

To find the meaning of your resulting numbers visit these links:

Whether or not these calculations hold any true significance, we can never fully know. Regardless, delving into different beliefs is fun and any time dedicated to exploring your inner-self is valuable in my book.

Cover image via Allure

Also published on Medium.