History of Numerology.

At some point in everyone’s life we seek to discover who we are and what is the purpose of life. This has been happening for thousands of years if not since the birth of mankind. 

In the Bible it says “As Above, So Below” and the teaching of meta physicians around the world have always believed this. For many years Scientists, have had similar theories which are currently being proven. So metaphysics and quantum physics are coming together believing that there is order in the universe, from the atom to the solar system and experiments in more recent time have shown this to be true. 

Science all tells us that everything in the universe is based on Mathematics. Whether we are looking at the microcosm or the macrocosm we try to put our world into a logical perspective. But where did this belief come from. 

 No one really knows from where the science of Numerology began. Its ultimate source is veiled in history but it may well go back to Ancient Egypt, and beyond. Certainly the most famous ancient mathematician Pythagorus, who lived over 8,000 years ago, taught that “numbers were the essence of all things”. He also associated numbers with colours and human virtues such as love and compassion. His teachings had a great influence eon other philosophers, astrologers and metaphysicians such as Plato. Aristotle and many Hebrew scholars. It is believed that Pythagorus developed these beliefs and theories as he travelled through the East studying with the ancient mystery schools. He referred to patterns, cycles and waves of energy. He explored the relationship between mind and matter and believed they influence each other, which as we now know from the wave and particle experiments undertaken by British physicist Geoffrey Ingrave Taylor in 1909 who discovered the mere presence of consciousness affects the way quantum particles behave. Other experiments have been done in both America and Israel in 1998 when it has been found that the more consciousness i.e. people the greater the influence proved to be. 

Scientists now and in the past including Pythagorus and others believed that numbers create the order and rhythm of the universe and rule the psychical world as we perceive it. They believed that order and rhythm sustains the planets in their orbits, and the nature of the physical world as we perceive it. It was further felt that these rhythmic vibrations create patterns or cycles by which all life, including human life, is essentially sustained. These early philosophers attempted to rationalise these patterns in terms of mathematics or numeric principles. Thus the famous inscription on the Temple at Delphi which translated means “Number is the Law of the Universe”. 

Pythagorus and others seemed to know this all those years ago. The world’s first computer known as the Antikythera Mechanism has now been dated around 1000 BC and its study suggest the maths it uses is based on Babylonian arithmetic. 

The Greeks new that the sun was the centre of our solar system and that the earth and other planets revolved around it. This became heresy in the middle ages but the different beliefs did not change the actual facts as we know them. Now are our scientists not only agree re our solar system they also are agreeing, re waves and particles, cycles and the relationship between awareness and reality. After all in our ever increasing technological age all our computers are based on the numbers 0 and 1. If just those two numbers can account for so much then using all the others in various combinations makes governing the universe quite feasible. 

Words (in any language) are symbols representing ideas but numbers have been seen as symbols of divine realities, Three being an obvious one meaning out of two comes a third, such as heat and water creating steam. The earliest known use of numbers appears in cave paintings of the Upper Paleolithic period of 38,000BC - 8000BC.  One common design was a series of seven parallel lines, or seven dots. It is believed that this recurring pattern had religious significance, and may be the earliest evidence of the sacredness of the number seven. 

Numerology is studied and used around the world in a variety of different forms including Arabia, China, India and Israel where it has developed over time i different ways but the similarities suggest it comes from one original source. 

It is believed that everything in the world is made up of energy and this means that every number has it own individual energy that it represents. Pythagorus believed each number has its own vibration representing universal and divine realities and are reflected on this plane through an expression at the personality level. Each of the nine numbers reflects those divine qualities in a very definite and precise way. In ancient Numerology systems, there were only 22 letter vibrations, based upon the Hebrew and Greek alphabets. In modern Numerology, we use 26 letter vibrations and ascribe a number to each letter thus A=l, B=2, C=3 etc. When we reach J=10, K=11 etc, we simply reduce further to arrive at a single digit, which will be shared with digits of the same value thus: 

The Alphabet Code 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

a b c d e f g h i 

j k l m n o p q r 

s t u v w x y z

By ascribing each number to its corresponding letter, we can reduce words, names, and dates of birth etc. to a single digit. Then by reference to the meaning of each number vibration, we can determine the vibrational quality of that name, place, or whatever. 

Many people believe they can define their life purpose by the numbers in their date of birth and by transposing the letters of their birth name into their numerological life path. It is a fascinating subject and in my experience it seems to very accurately define various character and personality traits. In fact, it is a bit of fun to play with names, places and dates of birth in this way, and who knows, you may be quite amazed at how accurately it fits you.

My thanks to Dan Millman Author of The Life You Were Born to Live and for Fred Curtis CM BAPS author of the Numerology training course.