Numerology is the study of the symbolism of numbers. It is used to determine a person’s personality, strengths and talents, obstacles to be overcome, inner needs, emotional reactions and ways of dealing with others.
A LITTLE HISTORY
The roots of numerology can be traced back some 10,000 years or more to Egypt and Babylonia. Pythagoras, who developed many of the basic theorems that form the foundation of modern mathematics (including the right triangle theorem taught in math classes today) is credited with formally organizing the field about 2600 years ago in ancient Greece. At the turn of the twentieth century, an American woman, L. Dow Balliet, and several of her contemporaries published a few books and started the modern phase of numerology. The field grew slowly through several decades. Now, in the last half of the century, increased research and publishing along with a marked resurgence of interest in numerology is taking place.
HOW NUMEROLOGY WORKS
Everything in the universe vibrates at its own particular frequency. By finding the vibration rate of any object, you can establish the qualities and energies associated with it. By applying the principles of numerology-and using only the name and birth date as the basic data-you can determine the major frequencies of different people. A numerological analysis of the calculated frequencies provides significant information on these people’s personalities and character.
THE BASICS OF NUMEROLOGY
THE BASIC NUMEROLOGY CALCULATION
In the basic mathematical operation used in numerology, the numbers are reduced by simple addition. The number 15, for instance, is reduced by adding 1 + 5 to get 6. Similarly, the number 1974 can be reduced by adding 1 + 9 + 7 + 4 to get 21. The 21 can be further reduced by adding 2 + 1 to get 3.
In numerology, all numbers are reduced to the single digits 1 through 9 except the special master numbers 11 and 22. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 22 represent the major vibration rates associated with people’s characteristics.
Letters in individuals’ names are converted to numbers and then added together. These numbers, in turn, are also reduced. The letter A, for instance, is 1; the letter B is 2; the letter C is 3, and so forth. The following table shows the numbers assigned to all 26 letters in the English alphabet.
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 applying simple mathematical formulas to the numbers representing a person’s name and birth date, a numerologist can derive four major core elements and some twenty or thirty modifiers. A symbolic evaluation of these elements and modifiers provides a remarkably complete and accurate character analysis. (About half the information in the analysis, incidentally, comes from the birth date and half from the name.)
THE SYMBOLISM OF NUMBERS
The symbolic analysis of the single digits and master numbers is the essence of a numerology report or any other numerological character analysis. Since so many numbers are present and modify each other, the analysis is, as you might expect, a considerably complex operation. When you understand the basic symbolism of the numbers outlined below, though, you’ll have a useful grasp which should make it easier for you to interpret the various parts of the report.
7: analysis, understanding, introspective; search for truth, spiritual understanding.
8: material satisfaction, accomplishment; desire for success, power, recognition.
9: selflessness, humanitarianism; giving without thought of return, compassionate.
10: illumination, nervous tension; spiritual channel and teacher.
11: master builder, latent power, nervous tension; spiritual understanding of material world, high ideals.
THE SIGNIFICANT PARTS OF A NUMEROLOGY REPORT OF PRIMARY SIGNIFICANCE: THE CORE AND THE CORE ELEMENTS
The Core is the heart of any numerology analysis involving the personality portion of the reading. Much of the most important information in a numerology report is derived from the four elements making up the Core. These four elements are the Life Path, Expression, Soul Urge and Birthday.
LIFE PATH (also known as the Career Number)
The Life Path is the most important number in the Core-and certainly the most important number in a numerology report, too. If you could only use one number to describe a person, that number would, undoubtedly, be the Life Path.
The Life Path describes the major lessons to be learned in a person’s life. These lessons often determine the central focus of the life. The Life Path also clarifies the environment which is most conducive to learning the lessons involved and describes, as well, some of the major characteristics likely to be present in the individual’s makeup. Most people have little trouble relating to their Life Path. Some people, though, for their own reasons, have little interest in pursuing that particular direction. The Life Path is derived by calculating the sum of the month, day and year of birth.
EXPRESSION (also known as the Destiny Number)
The Expression is the second most important number in the Core. It describes a person’s potential talents-the natural abilities as well as the related character traits. For most of us, these talents and skills are there at birth, although they are usually further developed as an individual grows and matures. Very often-but not always-these particular abilities are of primary importance in a person’s work and career. Frequently, the talents described by the Expression form the central feature of an individual’s career.
The Expression is derived by calculating the sum of the number values of all the letters in the name-for example, the letters in the full name appearing on the birth certificate. SOUL URGE (also known as the Soul Number)
The Soul Urge is the third most important number in the Core. It describes a person’s inner motivation-what a person wants to be, to have and to do-and the potential abilities and obstacles which accompany that motivation. The Soul Urge is influential in determining a person’s point of view and the principles on which he acts. Although the Life Path and Expression are generally easy to see in a person, the inner motivation is often a very private matter-unless revealed through the use of numerology.
The Soul Urge is derived by calculating the sum of the number values of all the vowels in the full name.
The Birthday describes some important personality characteristics but it’s the least important of the Core elements. It’s simply the reduced form of the number of the day on which a person is born.
REPEATED NUMBERS IN THE CORE
Difficulties are generally encountered in a life when a particular energy isn’t used in a balanced manner. Repeated numbers point to this kind of difficulty. They occur when a number appears more than once in the four Core elements or in the sub-elements used to calculate those Core elements. Repeated numbers occur in about half the numerology reports. When repeated numbers are present, the energy connected with those numbers causes obstacles because it’s either overemphasized or virtually ignored. For instance, with a balanced number 1 energy, a person would be working, among other things, to be as independent as possible. With repeated 1’s, a person is likely to be experiencing difficulties because he or she is being dominating (overemphasizing the 1 energy) or dependent (almost ignoring the 1 energy).
OF SECONDARY SIGNIFICANCE: THE MODIFIERS
Besides the Core elements, there are many additional numbers which describe specific features of a person’s character. Since the traits described by these numbers modify the Core elements, the numbers are called modifiers.
A Karmic Debt describes significant difficulties encountered-often for a good part of the life-while an individual learns to use an energy which feels somewhat foreign to his nature and particularly arduous to understand and apply. Karmic Debts occur in many-but not all-numerology reports.
Karmic Debts are defined when the number 19 is reduced to form a 1 Core element-or when the numbers 13, 14 and 16 are reduced, respectively, to 4, 5 and 7 Core elements. The Karmic Debts are referred to as 19/1 (read as 19:1), 13/4, 14/5 and 16/7.
Intensity points describe particular strengths or weaknesses in the personality although they are of much less significance than the difficulties indicated by the Karmic Debts. Sometimes, an Intensity Point also describes inner feelings which aren’t consistent with the characteristics which are outwardly manifested. Many-but not all-numerology reports contain Intensity Points.
All the letters in any name, as we mentioned previously, can be converted to numbers. When you check how many 1’s are in a particular name, how many 2’s, etc., there are often an average amount of a particular number. This is just what a numerologist would expect. An Intensity Point occurs when there are more-or less-of a specific number than the average expected.
KARMIC LESSONS (also known as Missing Number or Numbers)
A Karmic Lesson is a character weakness similar to an Intensity Point, but more strongly emphasized. A Karmic Lesson occurs when there are no letters representing a specific number in a name and no Core elements with that number, either. Most-but not all-numerology reports contain Karmic Lessons.
MODIFIED KARMIC LESSON
A Modified Karmic Lesson is a character weakness similar to a Karmic Lesson but a bit easier to handle. A Modified Karmic Lesson occurs when there are no letters representing a specific number in a name but there is at least one Core element which does contain the number. Modified Karmic Lessons appear in some numerology reports.
An obstacle usually encountered in the early years of life due to the emphasis being placed on the negative extreme of the potential. Sometimes people will still be working on their challenge even as adults. The Challenge is derived from the date of birth as follows: subtract the month digit and day digit; subtract the day digit and the year digit; subtract the two resulting numbers. Always subtract the smaller number from the larger.
An important sub-lesson usually introduced between the ages of thirty-five and fifty. If you think of the Life Path, or main lesson, as a highway, the Maturity Number represents a widening of the highway during the mature years. The Maturity Number is the sum of the Life Path and Expression.
The Progressed Age shown on the chart page is the numerological age of the person for the Year shown. This is the same as the age the person will be at the end of the year. Sometimes this is the actual age of the person at the time the report is done and sometimes it differs from the actual age by one year. However, it is the correct age to use to calculate the Life Path Period, Pinnacle and Personal Year for the Year displayed on the chart.
LIFE PATH PERIOD
The three Life Path Periods in each person’s life describe the general, long-term influences in the three phases of the life as aspects of the Life Path direction. (The Life Path Periods are sometimes called Cycles.) If you think of the Life Path as a many-laned highway, the Life Path Period is the lane on which a person is traveling at a particular time. The lane describes the general influences acting on the individual. The first period is defined as the month number from the birth date. The second period is defined as the day number from the birth date and the third period is defined as the year number from the birth date.
The four Pinnacles describe the general, long-term influences during each of the four Pinnacle phases of the life. The Pinnacles have no direct relation to the Life Path like the above Life Path Periods, but they are, nevertheless, important in the description of the tone of the individual’s background. The first Pinnacle is the sum of the month and day numbers from the birth date. The second Pinnacle is the sum of the day and year numbers from the birth date. The third Pinnacle is the sum of the first and second Pinnacles. The fourth Pinnacle is the sum of the month and year numbers from the birth date.
The Personal Year does not actually predict what will happen to a person, but instead describes the energies that they will be working with during that year. It also indicates the potential opportunities available during this time. This important influence changes each year until its nine year cycle finishes. The first year in the cycle is a one year, the second year a two year, etc. until the last year in the cycle occurs which is a nine year. After the ninth year, a new one year starts the cycle all over again. The Personal Year is derived by calculating the sum of the month and day of birth with the current year. This sum is reduced to a single digit or master number.
ANALYZING THE MANY DIFFERENT NAMES YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE USE
Since the birth date is fixed, the elements and modifiers related to the birth date don’t change during a person’s lifetime. On the other hand, names often undergo changes during one’s life either by choice (Robert becomes Bob) or as a specific situation requires (marriage, in particular). When names change, there can frequently be substantial modifications made to a person’s energies and personality.
You can use the Numerology Report module from either Personal Numerologist or Professional Numerologist to analyze any name that a person now uses, has used or is thinking of using. You can analysis as many different names as you would like for comparison studies simply by running the appropriate numerology reports. (The same birth date is always used with the different names one is analyzing.)
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BIRTH NAME
A numerology report using the birth date and the birth name describes the person’s basic traits as they would be seen at birth-and as they would be expected to grow and develop. The characteristics described are innate traits that would, in all probability, be present much of the life. Any obstacles described in this report are likely to be resolved, or, at the very least, partially resolved, as the person matures. Even though other names may be used as one gets older, the characteristics of the birth name are likely to be strongly felt throughout the life. In most instances, even when a person is born with a name which is changed shortly after birth, the traits described by that name still leave a heavy imprint.
HOW PEOPLES’ PERSONALITIES VARY WITH DIFFERENT NAMES
Most of us use names other than our birth name. We use middle initials, drop middle names, pick up nicknames used by friends or family. Sometimes, too, we use different names for our signature or change names by marriage or adoption. At any one time in our lives, the characteristics we exhibit would be a combination of the traits of all the names we are currently using plus the traits of our birth name.
The numerology report using the birth name describes your basic characteristics. Run another numerology report using the name you currently use rather than your birth name. Compare the energies in both reports.
Let’s assume that both reports show your business skills. If your current name report shows more business facility than your birth name report, you can expect that you generally display added ability in that area. If, on the other hand, the current name report exhibits less facility in business matters, expect that your lowered facility will probably be apparent instead. In other areas-adaptability, ease of getting on with people, creativity, ease of expressing feelings, to name just a few-the characteristics of your birth name are likely to be modified so that they appear closer to the traits of your current name.
Suppose, however, that the current name report emphasizes a specific capability that is not even mentioned in the birth name report. The current name report may, for instance, show the potential for considerable organizational ability while the birth report has nothing at all to say about that kind of skill. The chances are good that you weren’t born with any appreciable organizational ability. Since there was little there to begin with, it’s unlikely that it’ll be built up into anything of any consequence-irrespective of the possibilities mentioned in the current name report.
Why does it work that way? Let’s look at a similar situation. If you were born with great talent as a painter, it’s easy to see that you can develop that talent further. This is particularly so if your current name reemphasizes that talent. If, on the other hand, your birth report suggests little painting talent, it’s hard to imagine that you’re going to turn into another Leonardo da Vinci no matter what the current report says. (About 5% of the time, interestingly enough, people can exert the force of their will and manage to develop a skill that is not mentioned in the birth name report. Although they’re not likely to become another Leonardo, they occasionally develop a talent much further than might be expected.)
It works the same way, of course, with other abilities, too. You can develop your basic talents, for sure, but you can only occasionally build up an ability when there is little or nothing there to begin with.
If you have several different current names-say, one that you use in business, another that you use with your family and still another with friends-run a numerology report for each name and than compare it with your birth report. Remember to always use the same birth date.
If you are trying to find a more optimum name, there are several things to keep in mind. First, choose a new name to best balance the energies already in your birth report. For example, if your 1, 4 or 8 (pragmatic) energies are too strong, you may be inflexible. By choosing a current name that de-emphasizes this energy, this trait can be brought into better balance. On the other hand, if you already have some business ability but it is not emphasized, you may want to choose a name that is stronger in this area. Next, examine the modifiers. Whichever name-birth or current-that gives the more balanced use is the one that predominates.
ADOPTING OTHER NAMES THROUGH MARRIAGE
When you change your name by marriage, you can get some idea of how your life might change from the new name. Compare a report using your married name with another report using your current name. Compare both reports to your birth name report, too. If there are several possible marriage names, you may want to look at them all and pick the one that feels most comfortable.
NAMING NEW-BORN CHILDREN
You can get some idea of what children are going to be like by looking at their birth reports-even before they’re born. Since you usually don’t know the exact birth date in advance, some people run reports for several different possible birth dates. Some people even run several different names for each date to make sure they find the name they like the best. If you want even more information, you may want to compare a new born’s birth report and current name report-one report using the name you’d expect on the birth certificate, the other using what you expect will be the current name.
CHOOSING NAMES FOR BUSINESSES
You can pick out names for businesses with Personal Numerologist and Professional Numerologist the same way you pick out names for people. Sometimes, too, if a business is just being started, you may have a choice of what date you decide to begin operations. You may want to run a number of numerology reports combining different birth dates with different business names so you can compare them. Hint: If the Life Path or Expression of a business turns out to be a number 1 or a number 8, the potential for money and success may be markedly increased.
The success of any business is dependent, of course, on more than the name of the business. It also depends, as you might expect, on the main people running the business. Run numerology reports for all these people and you can get some further indication of what to expect when they’re all working together.