The Basics of Numerology, Part 1

Numerology is intriguingly interesting part of the occult. As mathematics, more and more, is defining the universe and the world around us – The practice and study of numerology becomes even more fascinating and relevant.

Numerology encompasses a belief in the divine and the mystical. It includes the realms of divination, the paranormal and astrology.


Numerology looks at the relationships between a number and coinciding events, as well as, numerical values of letters in words, names and ideas.

In this 2-part article series, we will give you a basic understanding of what numerology is and the various ways in which it is practiced. We will also explore how numbers are used for divination, as well as, the meaning of each individual number.

What is numerology?

Numerology is the study of numbers. It is associated with the occult. It is used for making predictions or divination. In numerology, numbers reflect tendencies of character and personality, one’s life path, and one’s aptitudes.

In calculating the influential traits a person may have, numerology takes into account both a person’s date of birth and their name.
Different cultures have different variations of how they practice numerology.

In the most commonly practiced versions or times, numbers have a related cosmic vibration. Letters of the alphabet correlate with a numeric value.

The history of numerology

This study and practice of numerology has been practice by many cultures throughout the world, dating back thousands of years. The Greeks and the Romans practiced it, as well as cultures in India, Babylon, Egypt, China and Japan.

Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher and mathematician, wrote: “Numbers are the universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth.” Pythagoras, along with some of the most respected mathematicians studied and taught numerology.

His teachings were adopted by both Socrates and Plato, as well as St. Augustine and other early Christian scholars.

A numerologist is one who places faith in numerical patterns and what they imply.

The most popular numerology system

The Pythagorean or Western number system is the most popular numerology system practiced in the Western world. It uses the Western alphabet with a number formula based on calculating numerals 1 to 9.

The Pythagorean system assigns numbers to letters as shown below:

1 = A, J, S
2 = B, K, T
3 = C, L, U
4 = D, M, V
5 = E, N, W
6 = F, O, X
7 = G, P, Y
8 = H, Q, Z
9 = I, R


Master numbers

In addition, this system includes two master numbers. These are the numbers 11 and 22.

In numerology, groups in pairs of numbers are usually reduced down to a single digit. However, with master numbers, these two numbers are not reduced. The number 11 would usually be described as the number two (1 +1); 11 as a master number it is considered to be a higher vibration of the number two.

Likewise, the number 22 (2+2) is considered to be a higher vibration of the number four. The numbers 11 and 22 have their own interpretations and meanings.

Calculating numbers to derive meanings

In the two most common practices performed in numerology, numbers are used to calculate one’s birth path number or one’s name number. Meanings are then interpreted from the resulting number.

Birth path number

Your birth path number is derived from the day you were born. This number suggest your overall life path and your place within the world.

This calculation is performed into steps. First, by adding all the numbers of your birth date.


Birthdate: January 21, 1980.

Birth month is October, which is the 9th month = 9.
Birth day is 21 = 21
Birth year is 1989 = 1989

All of the digits are added up as follows:
9+ 2+1+ 1+9+8+9 = 39

Next, digits are added to reduce the number:
3+9 = 12

Since the resulting number is not a single digit, it is reduced further:
1+2 = 3

The number is now a desired single digit.
3 is the birth path number.

Name number

A person’s birth name, meaning the name they were given at birth, is used to reveal a person’s overall personality. This is also referred to as the Expression Number.

Note, to achieve an accurate reading one must use the name they were given at birth, not a married name, change name or nickname.

You will need to use the Pythagorean system chart, shown earlier in this article, to find the number equivalent for each letter of the alphabet.


Name given at birth: Anna Mae Jones
The numerical equivalent would be:
1+5+5+1+4+1+5+1+6+5+5+1 = 40
Next, further reduce these digits:
4+0 = 4
The name number for Anna Mae Jones is 4.

In part-two of this article series, we will look at the basic meanings of each number and master number in the Pythagorean system of numerology. Keep checking back!


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People who have a birth path number of two will be more likely to be a follower than a leader.

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