A Brief History Of Numerology – Have You Ever Wondered How It Started?
Numerology is the art of understanding numbers and patterns, and their effect on our journey through life. It is considered that one can find out very important facts about life (love compatibility, future predictions, auspicious days, personality features), by simply calculating the numbers related to the birth date and name. According to the principles of this practice, numbers play a great role in someone’s life.
The origins of numerology
We do not know for sure where this science originates from, but Egypt and Babylon are considered the ancient regions where it was developed. This mystic art dates back to thousands of years ago, and it was studied in many ancient countries, which were famous for their cultural and scientific discoveries: China, Japan, India, Greece and Rome.
Over time, it has been taught by some world-renowned mathematicians and philosophers, even though people generally refused to call it ”science”. The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras (560-470 B.C.) assumed that reality was entirely mathematical, because mathematical concepts were easy to represent and classify. He was convinced that all energy patterns of vibrations correspond to numbers.
Pythagoras’ study was continued by Socrates and Plato. Even more, some of the principles he adopted were taught in early Christian schools as well.
Notable people taught and studied this metaphysical science during the Renaissance period, and today it is still a mysterious topic.
Throughout the centuries, three types of numerology systems have been studied:
The Chaldean number system is considered to be the oldest one, having been developed in Babylon. According to this system, the number correspondent to a letter depends on the vibration of that letter, not on its position among the other letters of the alphabet.
Also, the number 9 is considered a sacred number and it does not correspond to any letter. It may only appear in the end result, after all the calculations have been done.
The Pythagorean (also known as Western) number system is the most popular one. We use this system when we calculate our name number (the correspondence between letters and numbers is determined according to the sequence of the letters in the Western alphabet), but also for our date of birth.
The Kabbalah number system is not very popular, because it is only about people’s names, it does not look at their birth data.
People have been interested in numerology since very ancient times, and it will always be an intriguing subject for humankind, as it involves great mystery and predictions of the future.