How Does Numerology Work?

You may be familiar with the saying ‘bad things happen in threes’, and you may have a certain lucky number.

These things are all down to numerology, the mystical study of numbers. 

How Does Numerology Work?

Similar to astrology, those who are into numerology believe that specific numbers carry vibrations, and offer insights into personality traits, and even future predictions. 

This article will be discussing the fascinating practice of numerology and how it works. You never know, maybe that number you’ve been seeing constantly means you’re going to win the lottery! 

Numerology Explained 

As mentioned above, the study of numerology believes that each number has a certain vibration, giving that number certain properties. 

They can share insight on whether romantic partners are compatible, and shed light on certain behaviors.

Recurring numbers are said to offer clues as to how the world works, or provide information on the significance of certain people and events. 

Numerologists believe that nothing happens accidentally, they believe that everything happens because of numbers. 

The History Of Numerology And How It Came To Be

Many Numerologists thank Pythagoras as the founder of numerology. He was a Greek philosopher born in 569 B.C.

However, very little of his work survives, and those writings that can be found were written hundreds of years after his death. 

What we do know about him, is said to have been written by many of his followers. Pythagoras and his followers, known as Pythagoreans, were known for relishing in and studying music, mathematics, and philosophy. 

They became interested in number mysticism after they discovered that adding together certain odd numbers, beginning with the number 1, left you with a square number.

This led to them believing that people could measure everything in the world and describe it with numbers. 

Number Properties 

As the Pythagoreans continued to study numbers, they began arranging them into different categories.

For example, numbers 1, 4, and 9 were square numbers, simply because the number of pebbles used was able to make a square. Numbers 1, 3, 6, and 10 were triangular, and so forth.

Aside from this, they also liked to describe numbers in other non-numerical ways. These had more to do with mysticism than mathematics. They believed that odd numbers were masculine, while even numbers were feminine. 

Following on from this, the number 1 was a creative number, as adding several 1’s together could make any number.

Number 2 portrayed duality, and number 5 represented marriage as it was the sum of 2 and 3 – 2 being feminine, and 3 being masculine. 

Number 5 was also thought to represent justice, as it fell right in the middle of numbers 1 to 9. 

Once Pythagoras passed away, so did the ideas of numerology. However, the ideas resurfaced after writers began releasing books on this mysticism, believing that each number had certain vibrations. 

The numbers 1 to 9, according to modern numerologists, have certain properties that are a result of their unique vibrations.

These properties have been taken from early Pythagorean writings and beliefs, as well as influence from other cultures and how they use numbers. 

Attributes Of Each Number 

Attributes Of Each Number 

While different numerologists will have different properties and vibrations for each number, here is a rough breakdown of the most widely used. 

  1. determination, willpower, leadership, ambition, aggression. 
  2. peace, harmony, duality, emotions. 
  3. joy, luck, creativity. 
  4. practicality, order, endurance, efficiency. 
  5. marriage, curiosity, versatility, adventure. 
  6. loyalty, idealism, harmony, truthfulness. 
  7. intelligence, wisdom, magic, solitude. 
  8. karma, balance, authority, material success.
  9. compassion, inspiration, spiritually forgiveness. 

There are also some double-digit numbers, known as ‘master numbers’, such as 11, which has attributes of the numbers 1 and 2, 22, having attributes of 2 and 4, and 33, carrying attributes of 3 and 6. 

Your Numerology Number 

Numerologists believe that every person has their own unique number. This can be worked out in a number of ways, depending on the numerologist themselves. 

Sometimes, they’ll translate the letters of your name into numbers. This is a practice that has been used in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew cultures. 

Often, they will focus on your name and use a simple chart in order to change your name into numbers. The type of chart will differ depending on the numerologist, but they are often simple, with ‘a’ being 1, ‘b’ being 2, and so on. 

The numbers are then added together, and if the result is two or more digits, then those digits will be added together repeatedly until they reach a single-digit number. 

Some numerologists will also calculate (Check out How To Calculate Your Soul Urge Number) your unique number by using your date of birth.

They will add up the numbers of the day, month, and year you were born, and continue to add the sums of the calculations together until they achieve a single-digit number. 

These results are interpreted by those who practice numerology in order to give advice about a person’s future, lucky days, negative habits to avoid, positive habits to embrace, and what they should look for in a romantic partner. 

Numerology is similar to astrology in the sense that it uses a mystical symbol in order to correlate it with someone’s life.

Some people, therefore, go by the advice given in order to make decisions around finances, love, and happiness. 

Despite the many people who utilize numerology and believe in it, there are those who are critical of it, stating it is a made-up notion. 

Although people find guidance with it on a spiritual level, there is no scientific evidence to prove its effectiveness. 

Final Thoughts 

To conclude, numerology is the study of numbers, applying mystical meanings and attributes to each one. 

Numerologists believe that each number has certain vibrations, and therefore has certain properties associated with it. 

They also believe that everyone has a unique number, and this can be calculated using your date of birth, or by translating the letters in your name to numbers. 

Despite there being no scientific evidence, many have praised the use of numerology in making decisions that were best for them. 

Anna Drescov