History of Numerology

The art of Numerology has existed since the ancient discovery of mathematics. To this day, most cultures attach special meaning to certain numbers and their position in a sequence. Numerology is a very ancient metaphysical science similar to astrology. It dates back thousands of years with variations of it in most cultures throughout history, and is has been taught and studied by some of the most respected mathematicians throughout history even though it is usually dismissed is as a pseudoscience. Many of the ancient cultures: China, Japan, India, Babylon, and Egypt, were familiar with numerology long before the Greeks and Romans started using it.

The big difference between astrology and numerology is that numerology deals with how numbers influence objects and people in the universe, while astrology uses the planets, sun and moon. The roots of numerology date back thousands of years and variations of it can be found in most cultures. Many people dismiss numerology as a pseudo-science, but it has been studied and taught by some of the most respected mathematicians in history.

Many mathematicians and people of learning throughout history have realized that numbers are the key to the mystery because they unlock the vibrational content of any and all things. Numerology is based on physics. Everything that exists has motion in the realm of vibratory frequency. In order to measure vibration, we need numbers.



Letters are symbols for sound. Each sound has a set rate of vibration that can be measured. And each letter’s place in the alphabet is its rate of vibration. Originally only the spiritual leaders had use for the alphabet, since only they were educated and taught to read and write. Furthermore, in comparing alphabets, the actual sounds of the Indo-European letters, which stem from the Hebrew, are in amazingly the same order. This renders our modern words as potent as those in the classical magical (spiritual) alphabets, when it comes to numerology.

Numerology, at least in its modern form, can be generally traced back to a man named Pythagoras, approximately 2500 years ago. He was born in the sixth century BCE. Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician and philosopher (569-470 B.C.) and generally considered the originator of the popular Pythagorean system, believed that reality is mathematical. He viewed the entire universe as being composed of mathematical patterns and was adamant that all things can be expressed in numbers that correspond to energy patterns of vibrations.

It is clear that philosophy, as understood by Pythagoras, was very different from how it is understood now. It had more in common with some concepts of Indian yoga. Consider this: Pythagoras completely accepted the idea of a cycle of numerous incarnations of a human soul and believed that the exit from that circle was found not through religious rituals but through philosophy, i.e., contemplation and comprehension of the main principles of Creation.

Types of Numerology

There are three major forms of Numerology— Kabbalic, Chaldean and the Pythagorean. They can be used in any combination to produce a reading, but whatever system you prefer, I suggest using it consistently so as not to confuse yourself. The one you find that you are drawn to is good enough.

Kabbalah System

Kabbalic Numerology—which is often used to interpret names—originally derived from Hebrew mysticism, is an outgrowth of the Hebrew alphabet with its twenty-two vibrations. Later it was adapted for the Greek alphabet, then the Roman alphabet. Thirteenth century Kabbalists believed that the Old Testament was written in a secret code inspired by God. They used Numerology as a tool to decipher this code. It also happens that twenty-two-base Numerology adds a significant dimension to the interpretation of the twenty-two Trump cards of the Tarot deck. Because of Kabbalah number system only looks at the persons name, not their birth data which is one of the reasons it is not popular among numerologists.

Chaldean Number System

Chaldean Numerology has closer ties to Astrology, having originated in Mesopotamia, which was also the birthplace of Western Astrology. It is also related to the Vedic system of India, as well as the Kabbalah. The basis of Chaldean Numerology is that each letter has a unique vibration and is assigned a number from 1 to 8 based on its energetic quality. The number 9 is considered a holy or sacred number and does not have a letter associated with is. The only time a 9 can show up is in when the final number when all the calculations are done. In Chaldean Numerology, single digits reveal the outer nature of a person, while double digits describe inner qualities.

The third and most popular form of Numerology is the method developed by Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician and metaphysician of the 6th century B.C. Pythagoras is famous for his formulation of the Pythagorean theorem, which calculates the hypotenuse of a right triangle, a basic construct of modern geometry.

According to legend, Pythagoras was the founder of Numerology and practiced it to divine the fates of individuals, predict the events of certain locations, and use name changing as a means to alter destiny. In the Pythagorean system, numbers were assigned to letters in the Greek alphabet based on their position in the sequence. Pythagorean Numerology generally uses both the name and the date of birth, and then examines the relationships between them, much like the Chaldean method. The basic vibrations are 1 through 9, and the master vibrations are 11 and 22, which are never reduced to a single digit. In the 1800s, when scientific discoveries regarding magnetism, light, and electricity were progressing rapidly, the idea that energy patterns of vibrations corresponded to numbers became popular. Philosophy, in his understanding, was a path of perfecting the soul, a path to immortality. For Pythagoras, numbers, especially the first ten, are the highest manifestations of the Creative Principle in the creation of our world. They can be called the different aspects of the Creator of the Universe. Interacting and gradually descending from the world of ideas into the world of matter, the numbers create, according to their rules, everyone and everything. Overall, the use of Numerology for self-knowledge and divination has continued to blossom with undying popularity.

Pythagorean (Western) Number System

The most popular system is the Pythagorean System. This number system assigns the number value by the sequence of the Western alphabet and uses a number formula based on calculating 1 to 9.