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What Is Numerology? A Helpful Guide for Beginners

Are you interested in learning about numerology, but aren’t sure where to begin your research?

While the word ‘numerology’ has only been around for about 100 years, the practice of numerology has been around for thousands of years. Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher, and mathematician who was born in 569 B.C is credited as being the father of numerology.

But, what is numerology, exactly? And why is this ancient practice still used today?

Check out this beginner’s guide to learn everything you need to know about numerology.

What Is Numerology?

Numerology is a type of divination that deals with making connections between numbers and people’s personality traits, circumstances, and destinies.

Numerologists believe that everything is dependent on the mystical properties of numbers. These properties stem from the inherent vibration of numbers.

Each number comes with a unique vibration, that gives it different properties. These properties can help shed light on anything from how someone behaves to the type of romantic partners they’ll be compatible with.

Even though you may not realize it, you’ve probably applied the philosophies of numerology into your life at some point. For example, the belief in lucky numbers stems from numerology. If you used to play sports in high school and always picked a jersey with the same number because it’s your “lucky number”, then that’s numerology in practice. If you choose a particular house number for your home, then that’s house number numerology in practice.

Numerologists believe that recurring numbers can offer us clues about how the world works or why certain events occur. Many numerologists believe that nothing happens by accident- everything can be ascribed to numbers.

How Did Numerology Get Its Start?

As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, Pythagoras is credited as being the father of numerology.

Unfortunately, historians don’t know a lot about Pythagoras, since very little of his original work survived and those who wrote about him did so hundreds of years after his death. In fact, some historians believe that some major discoveries that are attributed to Pythagoras actually came from several of his followers.

What we do know is that Pythagoras and his followers studied music, mathematics, and philosophy. The discovery that Pythagoras is perhaps most known for is the Pythagorean theorem (a² + b² = c²).

Discoveries like this theorem led Pythagoras to the belief that people can measure everything in the world and describe it in terms of numbers.

Breaking Down the Numbers

In numerology, the numbers with unique meaning are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 9, 11, 22, and 33. Each of these numbers represents a different pattern, personality trait, or disposition, either negative or positive.

When Pythagoras first started sorting numbers, he used mathematical concepts to do so. For example, Pythagoras put the numbers 1, 4, and 9 into the same category because these numbers could form squares. That is, a corresponding number of dots could be arranged into a perfect square.

He also placed the numbers 1, 3, 6, and 10 into the same category because they could be arranged into regular triangles. In addition to arranging numbers based on mathematical concepts, Pythagoras also used non-numerical traits to describe numbers.

For example, he said that odd numbers were masculine and even numbers were feminine. The number two represents duality and is female, while number three is male.

The number one represents someone who is a go-getter and at times can be domineering. The number five represents someone with a free spirit who might become restless. Ten is considered to be a sacred number because it’s a sum of the first four digits.

It wasn’t until the late 1800s that numerologists started talking about numbers in terms of vibrations. Numerologists believe that food, colors, objects, and people also vibrate. And, in order to create a harmonious life, one must seek out an environment that vibrates well with their own life.

In numerology, there is also something called angel number meanings, which you can learn more about here.

Life Path Number

There is also something in numerology known as a life path number. This number is derived from your birth date.

To figure out your life path number, you need to reduce each unit of your birth date into a single digit. For example, let’s say your birthday is September 15, 1976. Here’s what the breakdown would look like:

  • Month: September is the 9th month of the year so the month= 9
  • Day: Break up the numbers of 15 into 1+5 to get 6
  • Year: break up 1976 into 1+9+7+6 and you get 23. Break this up into 2+3 and you get 5

To get your final number, you add all of these numbers together. So, 9+6+5= 20. Then, you break this number into 2+0=2. Therefore, your life path number would be two.

What Does Your Life Path Number Mean?

So, what exactly does this number mean? Let’s take a look at the characteristics associated with the main life path numbers:

Life Path 1

These are natural-born leaders who seek accomplishment and independence. Many political and military leaders have a life path number of one.

Life Path 2

Those with the number 2 life path are peacemakers and always seeking harmony. They’re generous, motivated by relationships, and tend to always think the best of others.

Life Path 3

Life path 3 people love to connect with others, and they’re known for having a zest for life. They’re naturally creative and charismatic with a passion for conversation.

Those on this life path are often writers, musicians, actors, or poets.

Life Path 4

Life path 4 people are builders and entrepreneurs. People on this life path are planners, organizers, and strategists. They’re born to succeed and are willing to work hard to achieve their goals.

Life Path 5

People on this life path are progressive thinkers and freedom seekers. They need adventure, whether it’s through new places, ideas, or people. They’re willing to take risks and push the envelope.

Life Path 6

People on this life path have strong parental instincts and naturally focus on their home, community, and family.

Life Path 7

People on this life path tend to be very spiritual and to withdraw from daily life in order to pursue wisdom and higher awareness.

Life Path 8

People on this life path are focused on earning respect and achieving their goals. They’re likely to be workaholics, and success and financial security are very important to them.

Life Path 9

People on this life path feel that they have an increased responsibility toward humankind. They’re known for being generous, honorable, and trustworthy.

Numerology: Are You Ready to Start Your Journey?

Now that we’ve answered the question, “What is numerology?”, it’s time to begin your own journey into the subject. Before you know it, you’ll be a numerology expert!

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