Origins and History of Numerology


Numerology has been studied by many different cultures and is one of the world’s oldest forms of divination. While the exact origin still remains unknown to this day, studies show that Egyptians and Kabbalists had been practicing it many years before the birth of Christ despite the modern day assumed Greek origin.

The study of Numerology is the basis that every number expresses a cosmic vibration as mathematical value. Mathematicians (530 BC) Pythagoras and (1534 AD) Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, both maintained the idea that everything in the universe has a numerical association both tangible (being mathematical) and intangible (being spiritual). Numerology is potentially a universal language!

There are three major forms of Numerology; Kabbalic, Chaldean and the Pythagorean. While one method is no more or less accurate than another, it should be noted that whichever method resonates most for the Numerologist should be used.

Here are the major differences:

Kabbalic Numerology  originally derived from Hebrew mysticism, is an outgrowth of the Hebrew alphabet with its twenty-two vibrations. Later it was adapted for the Greek alphabet, then the Roman alphabet. Thirteenth century Kabbalists believed that the Old Testament was written in a secret code inspired by God. They used Numerology as a tool to decipher this code. It also happens that twenty-two-base Numerology adds a significant dimension to the interpretation of the twenty-two Trump cards of the Tarot deck.

Chaldean Numerology – has closer ties to Astrology, having originated in Mesopotamia, which was also the birthplace of Western Astrology. It is also related to the Vedic system of India, as well as the Kabbalah. The basis of Chaldean Numerology is that each letter has a unique vibration and is assigned a number from 1 to 8 based on its energetic quality. The number 9 is kept separate from the other numbers—except when it appears as a from the other numbers—except when it appears as a sum of vibrations—because it is considered the most sacred number. In Chaldean Numerology, single digits reveal the outer nature of a person, while double digits describe inner qualities.

Pythagorean Numerology – The third and most popular form of Numerology is the method developed by Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician and metaphysician of the 6th century B.C. Pythagoras is famous for his formulation of the Pythagorean theorem, which calculates the hypotenuse of a right triangle, a basic construct of modern geometry. According to legend, Pythagoras was the founder of Numerology and practiced it to divine the fates of individuals, predict the events of certain locations, and use name changing as a means to alter destiny. In the Pythagorean system, numbers were assigned to letters in the Greek alphabet based on their position in the sequence. Pythagorean Numerology generally uses both the name and the date of birth, and then examines the relationships between them, much like the Chaldean method. The basic vibrations are 1 through 9, and the master vibrations are 11 and 22, which are never reduced to a single digit.

Numerology remains a widely popular form of divination and continues to be studied and expanded upon for ages to come.

Love, Light & Blessings,


*Numerology definitions excerpted from the book Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God by Paul O’Brien



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