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Numerology: what it is and how it affects you

Updated: Nov 10, 2022

Numbers are all around us: in our architectural designs, our daily lives, on our clocks, and everywhere else in between. One doesn’t have to look very far to see the importance of numerology in our lives. Just look down at your hands. Look at the symmetry of your face. Look around at the symmetry in nature. Numbers rule the unseen world as much as the seen world.

In this article, we’re going to be exploring the history of numerology, what it entails, and how it might be secretly affecting your life without you even being aware of it. Before that, let’s explore the rudimentary definition of the word.

Numerology is often referred to as a mystical or divine correlation between numbers and coinciding events. The study of numerology is viewed as somewhat of an occult exploration. However, it isn’t dark and sinister as some might think. We often feel this way about certain elements of our world when they are shrouded in secrecy and are relatively unknown to us. To explore the beauty of numerology is to bring its effects and potential benefits to light, thus lifting the veil of mystery and vanquishing the fear associated with it in one fell swoop.

Let’s begin our exposition by unpacking the history of numerology.

Numerology: A Brief History

Like astrology, numerology gets its origins in ancient Babylon. It quickly spread to ancient Egypt and the people from these two regions seemed to have a profound respect for numbers. They believed that numbers would allow them to calculate the positions of the stars and, thus, help them plan crop rotations and much more about their daily lives. Not only this, but they also believed that numbers were their divine connection to the gods, allowing them to receive and interpret information from the heavens to help them prosper. The oldest numerological recording is about 4,000 years old and was recorded on a Babylonian tablet that we would later go on to call the “Plimpton 322.”

As with astrology, Greece is up next on the journey of the theories that are rooted in numerology. For many of us, we might know the Grecian theories as part of the math homework we received in high school. Pythagorean theorem is the earliest recording of numerology in action in this region of the world, but there were many other Greek philosophers who added to the study of numbers and how they affect our lives. It was during Pythagoras’ life – between 570 and 490 BCE – that the idea of numbers being an absolute truth came to the fore. If you’ve ever heard the sentiment, “Numbers don’t lie,” you now know where it stems from. Pythagoras believed that numbers could help us identify and fully understand the nature of anything in the known universe.

If you think about it, numbers have significance in everything that we do. You set your alarm clock for a certain time every day. You were born on a certain day which gives you your current age in relation to the current year. Scientists can estimate your time of death based on certain measurements of your bodily fluids and more. We measure our heartbeat per minute to decipher whether or not we’re in a healthy range. We have caps on how fast we can drive in certain areas for the safety of us, our passengers, and possible pedestrians.

Numbers have importance in every single facet of our lives.

However, while Pythagoras may be seen as the forefather of numerology as we know it today, there are many other factions of the theory that have helped shape our belief in and understanding of the concept. We’ll explore them now before getting into the more infamous side of numerology.

Chaldean Numerology

This is the form of numerology that is synonymous with the Plimpton 322 of Babylon. Its Mesopotamian roots spread across the world during a time when astrology had more prevalence than astronomy. It is closely related to Kabbalah and the Vedic system. The fundamental principle of Chaldean numerology is that one’s outer personality can be calculated based on one’s name. Have a look at the Chaldean name calculator below.

To get your name number, jot your name down and assign it a number based on the chart above. Add all of the numbers together continually until you reach a single-digit number. For example.

Tom Davies = 4 7 4 4 1 6 1 5 3

4+7+4+4+1+6+1+5+3 = 35

3+5 = 8

Now, here are the number meanings.

· ONE – A leader and original thinker who can be bossy at times.

· TWO – A proud diplomat who loves to share.

· THREE – A fun-loving entrepreneur who can be a bit narcissistic.

· FOUR – A practical person who can be a workaholic at times.

· FIVE – A good communicator, but can be selfish.

· SIX – An outspoken healer, but can be self-righteous in their actions.

· SEVEN – An analytical mediator who can be distant and sarcastic.

· EIGHT – A driven person who can become dictatorial.

· NINE – Compassionate but sometimes too emotional and reckless.

Tamil Numerology

This form of numerology originated in the southern regions of India, known as the Tamil regions, hence its name. Like many other forms of numerology, Tamil numerology seeks to reveal hidden details about a person’s underlying traits. In other words, it reveals attributes related to one’s personality as derived from their name and date of birth. A person is given three focal numbers that can help them live life to their fullest potential. These numbers are known as the Name Number, Psychic Number, and Destiny Number. There are many conflicts when it comes to the correct way to deduce these numbers and, as such, there won’t be one included here. However, a quick online search will lead you to several Tamil numerology calculators. It is up to your discretion to take these into consideration.

Kabbalah Numerology

Kabbalah numerology focuses primarily on a person’s name. This is mainly because the belief is that a person’s name is their identity and, therefore, bears more weight in terms of their destiny that the day that they were born. It is used as a way to determine one’s life path as well as their divine purpose. Have a look at the Kabbalah numerology chart below.

Your Kabbalah number is worked out a little differently than your Chaldean number. You would still use your name, but you would be using a remainder of a number divided by 9 as follows.

Tom Davies = 2 6 4 4 1 4 9 5 1

2+6+4+4+1+4+9+5+1 = 36

36 ÷ 9 = 4 (36 divided by 9 leaves no remainder which means your number is 0)

Add 1 to this number

0 + 1 = 1

Your Kabbalah number is 1.

Now, here is an example with a remainder.

Jessica Jones = 1 5 1 1 9 3 1 1 6 5 5 1

1+5+1+1+9+3+1+1+6+5+5+1 = 39

39 ÷ 9 = 4.3 (39 divided by 9 leaves you with a remainder of 3. Your number is 3 +1.)

Add 1 to this number.

3 + 1 = 4

Your Kabbalah number is 4.

Now, here are the number meanings.

· ONE – The symbol of a progressive spirit.

· TWO – Expansion and growth are your destiny.

· THREE – The eternal lover of all people.

· FOUR – An unfortunate soul, but they can change their fate.

· FIVE – A true creative.

· SIX – Someone destined to fulfill their life’s purpose.

· SEVEN – A mystical or psychic being.

· EIGHT – A charming individual.

· NINE – An incredibly successful person.

Pythagorean Numerology

This is the base of one of our upcoming sections in this article because Pythagorean numerology is the root of Western or modern numerology. Here, your Life Path and Birth Number are of importance and can reveal a great deal about where you should be headed in the future. You can find your Life Path numbers below.

Your Life Path number would be determined using your date of birth. For instance.

February 12th, 1992 = 02 12 1992

(0+2) (1+2) (1+9+9+2) = 2 3 21

2 3 (2+1) = 2 3 3

Your life path might have started out on a 2 before evolving to a 3 and looming there for a while. However, your eventual life number is 2+3+3 = 8

Now, you can decipher your life path number meaning.

· ONE – You are a natural leader and are highly ambitious.

· TWO – You are spiritually enlightened and a natural peacemaker.

· THREE – You are a charismatic person and can articulate yourself well.

· FOUR – You are very pragmatic and prefer to have detailed plans in order.

· FIVE – You are an adventurer and a pioneer.

· SIX – You have a profoundly strong moral compass and are a caregiver.

· SEVEN – You are analytical and philosophical in nature.

· EIGHT – You have a strong work ethic but need to learn when to loosen the reigns.

· NINE – You have great people skills and belong in the creative arts.

Using the same method as shown with Kabbalah numerology, you can also decipher the meaning of your name, using the following table to reach a single-digit number by adding the corresponding name numbers together.

Pythagorean numerology, while incredibly helpful, has come under fire in recent years due to a certain few who have used its divine secrets to dupe innocent people out of money.

The Infamy of Numerology

TikTok has been all abuzz with countless people posting so-called “cheat codes” to the universe. These cheat codes are based on the teachings of Grigori Grabovoi – a qualified paramedic and mechanic from Kazakhstan who claims to be the second coming of Christ. He is most notably famous – or infamous – for the Beslan fraud scheme. In 2004, one of the worst school shootings in modern history took place when a group of Chechen terrorists took over School Number One in Beslan. The 3-day siege led to the death of 333 civilians, including 186 children. Grabovoi would go on to claim that he could resurrect the slain children and swindled the fallen victims’ mothers. He was convicted on 11 counts of fraud in 2008. Fast forward to 2020 and dozens of teens on TikTok, all claiming to have used Grabovoi’s cheat codes to attain wild fortune and success, spread the word of numerology as a way to hack the universe.

It can be disheartening to see such a wonderful and mystical theory such as numerology being tied to such pain and deceit. That being said, it must not and should not discredit a practice that has been around since time immemorial. While there are recent events that have brought infamy to the concept of numerology, it is still a worthwhile theory to look into. This is precisely what we’ll be doing next with regard to Angel Numbers.

Angel Signs: What’s in a Number?

Angel numbers are inspired by numerology, but they are meant to bring you signs that do more than just tell you who or what you should be. Instead, these numbers provide windows into the spiritual realm and can guide you to your next great adventure or door to success. Whether you spot them on the clock, on a traffic board, or anywhere else in the world, Angel numbers are omens of what is to come. Let’s have a look at Angel numbers and their meanings.

· 000 or 0000 – You are about to enter a brand-new cycle and a time of abundant opportunities.

· 111 or 1111 – Now is the time to set an intention for your future. Manifestation powers are all around you.

· 222 or 2222 – Someone who you trust and love, either in the physical or spiritual realm, is working hard to help you get to where you need to go.

· 333 or 3333 – This is a sign to tap into your unique gifts. If you do, you will unlock your next level of progress in life.

· 444 or 4444 – This is the time to put down roots or to establish something that will stand the test of time.

· 555 or 5555 – Major change is on the way and you are on the right path.

· 666 or 6666 – This is a reminder that even if things don’t go to plan, you are still worthy and on your way on your life path. It is not a demonic number according to numerology.

· 777 or 7777 – You are about to experience a financial windfall. You have to be willing to put yourself out there, though.

· 888 or 8888 – You are receiving supernatural guidance from beyond. This is the most divine number as it represents eternity.

· 999 or 9999 – This is a sign to get out of your comfort zone. It is time to close a chapter. If you do not close it, it will wreak havoc on your life.


Overall, numerology has come a long way since the Babylonian days but it can still provide amazing insight into our modern lives. It’s important to take everything with a grain of salt. Never allow yourself to become discouraged based on the numerology that is tied to your birth date or name. You are the master of your own fate and should always believe this to be true. Nonetheless, it is fascinating to see how accurate certain numerological findings can be.

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