What is Numerology?

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A basic definition of Numerology is a method of reading the energies in relation to a person based on the numbers of their date of birth and name.

Historical Background

The origins of Numerology are unclear. Pythagoras is often considered the 'father' of Numerology, although there is a great deal of debate over whether he had any direct impact on this modality. At the very least, his teachings did seem to have some impact in that he believed that all the universe - in fact the nature of reality itself - could be converted to numbers. Numerologists tend to take this one step further and say that the numbers themselves have unique meanings. Thus, by converting a name to numbers, or using a person's birth date, a Numerologist can determine information about a person. In short, by determining the numbers, a person can find hidden meaning. This idea has been used in the Kabalistic practices, as well as with some Christian scholars, and during the time of the Renaissance, Numerology was a widely accepted field of study. In recent history, it has experienced a certain level of revival, along with methods such as Astrology, Tarot, and I Ching.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why would you use Numerology?

Numerology can be used for a variety of things, from information about life path energies, to finding hidden meanings in texts such as the bible.

2. What are the benefits of Numerology?

The benefits are much as with methods such as Astrology, in that learning what energies you are dealing with helps you to use those energies, rather than fight against them.

3. What should you consider regarding Numerology?

What to consider is that skilled Numerologists are fewer in number than in fields such as Astrology. Thus, finding a skilled interpreter of Numerology may be more difficult.


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