What is Numerology and How Do I Use It?
Numerology is a divinatory art that draws cosmic meaning, purpose, or guidance from specific numbers or number combinations. The significance of these numbers is usually found in a person’s character, or measured against certain synchronistic life events. This occult study of numbers can manifest through various, almost limitless means—in a birth date (your Life Path Number), a time of day, a coincidental sum, your name, and many other ways. Astrology, tarot, and even the Hebrew Kabbalah are closely linked with numerology.
Understanding and Using a Numerology Chart
The numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 22 are what numerologists recognize as each having their own appointed significance. They represent various personality traits and dispositions, both positive and negative. For example, the number 1 signifies the go-getter type, who might also be too domineering. And the number 5 signifies a free-spirit, who might also get restless.
The numbers 11 and 22 are considered “master” numbers – powerfully amplified variants of their respective sums. In other words, 11 corresponds to the same traits as the number 2, which is artistic, though self-conscious. And 22 likewise corresponds to the number 4, which is practical, though lacking imagination. But in both cases, the positive and negative traits are magnified.
The standard numerology chart is an alpha-numeric table (pictured below) that assigns a number to every letter of the alphabet. With this chart you can draw meaning from any word by adding up the sum of its number-letter correspondences. What number defines you? Adding up the sum of every letter in your full birth name is a popular practice in the study of numerology, in order to arrive at a single, defining digit.
Your Life Path Number
The Life Path number is derived from your birth date. It is the sum total of each number added up until you come to a single digit or one of the master numbers (which, again, are 11 and 22). So if your birthday is September 15th, 1976, the equation to finding your Life Path number is:
9+1+5+1+9+7+6=38; 3+8=11 (a master number!)
Any two-digit number must be broken apart and added together until arriving at a single digit. But if you come to a master number, stop there.
What Do the Numbers Mean?
So far, you have one number derived from your name, and another from your date of birth. Ultimately, these tell you your strengths and weaknesses. What traits to continue nurturing, and what traits you may need to pacify within yourself.
Number 1) Positive: Go-getter; Negative: Domineering
Number 2) Positive: Gentle artist; Negative: Self-conscious
Number 3) Positive: Charismatic; Negative: Superficial
Number 4) Positive: Practical; Negative: Lacking imagination
Number 5) Positive: Free-spirited; Negative: Restlessness/instability
Number 6) Positive: Helper/healer; Negative: Enslaved by service
Number 7) Positive: Spiritual/philosophical; Negative: Anti-social
Number 8) Positive: Leader; Negative: Dictatorial
Number 9) Positive: Idealist; Negative: Selfish
Number 11) Positive: Visionary; Negative: Self-deprecating
Number 22) Positive: Master Builder; Negative: Overly critical
This overview is just to get you started and familiarized with the meaning of each number, so that you know what it means when it pops up. There are more comprehensive interpretations of each number, if you wish to dig deeper.
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