A Brief History of Numerology
The history of numerology is somewhat cloudy with no definite answer as to where
it first originated. The majority of numerologists recognize Egypt and Babylon as
the earliest recorded history of numerology. It was here that the Chaldean system
was developed under the influence of the Hebrews. There is also evidence of the
use of numerology thousands of years ago in China, Rome, Japan and Greece. The credit
for modern numerology, however, is most often given to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras.
Pythagoras was born is Greece around 590 BC and was one of the best-known philosophers
of his day. If his name sounds familiar it is likely because you were taught his
theories in high school geometry class. He was a very important figure in the development
of mathematics, although little is known about his true achievements. There is very
little recorded of the early life of Pythagoras, but it has been reported that he
was a very magnetic, attractive, charismatic person and that everyone loved him.
He is also belived to have won prizes for his agility at the Olympic games.
Types of Numerology
Numerology in one form or another can be found all over the world. The systems range
from Ki, which is an ancient Japanese system based upon numerology patterns in the
birth date, to the Hebrew Kabbalah, to a system in Africa that uses numbers for
divination purposes, to the more prevalent Chaldean and Pythagorean systems commonly
used in the west. Five of the more common types of numerology will be discussed
below. These types are Kabbalah, Chaldean, Pythagorean, Abracadabra, and New Kabbalah.
Kabbalah numerology originated in Hebrew mysticism and is based on the Hebrew alphabet.
Because of the different alphabet Kabbalah numerology has only 22 vibrations. It
also interprets only the meaning of a name.
Chaldean numerology, sometimes known as "Mystic Numerology", is probably the oldest
system of numerology known. It originated in Babylonia at the mouth of the Tigris
and Euphrates rivers near the Persian Gulf. In Chaldean numerology, the numbers
assigned to the letters are not determined by alphabetical order, but instead by
the vibration of each specific letter. It differs from Pythagorean numerology in
that it does not assign the number 9 to any letter, although 9 can occur as the
final sum. The number nine is thought to be holy and sacred and is therefore held
apart from the rest of the numbers. Chaldean numerology analyzes both name and date
of birth. Rather than analyzing your birth name, however, Chaldean numerology analyses
the name you are most commonly known by. It is considered to be more accurate the
the Pythagorean system, however, it is less popular becuase it is more difficult
Pythagorean or Western Numerology
Pythagorean Numerology is by far the most commonly used system of numerology in
the west. Part of its popularity arises from the fact that it is easy to learn how
to translate numbers and master their meanings. It was created by the Greek philosopher
Pythagoras, who was born around 590 BC. Like Chaldean numerology, Pythagorean numerology
analyzes both the name and date of birth, and the interaction between the two. However,
unlike Chaldean numerology, the numerology numbers are assigned to letters in sequence.
It uses the numbers 1-9. The numbers 11 and 22 are considered to be master vibrations
and are not reduced.
Abracadabra is probably the least used form of numerology. It utilizes a series
of pyramids to arrive and numerical values, and these values supply information
regarding events and character. Its letters add up to 365, so it encompasses an