Numerology is believed to be one of the oldest forms of
divination. The ancient Egyptians and Babylonians held
theories of the occult significance of numbers. During the
Middle Ages, numbers were especially important to the
Kabbalists, whose mystical system was based on a numerical system called gematria and the 22 letters of the Hebrew
However, it was the Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras who made the biggest impact on numerical theory. He believed that the whole universe was ordered
mathematically, and that everything in it could be expressed
in terms of numbers. He considered numbers to be the key
to the universe.
The basis of numerology is the belief that the numbers
from one to nine exert an influence on our lives and personalities. Each letter in the alphabet is therefore assigned a
numerical value from one through nine. When a person’s
name is spelled out, the numerical values can be seen and
then reduced to a single digit. Studying the numbers in a
person’s name reveals inclinations in love, health, vocation, and spirituality. Although numerology relies on mathematical configurations to construct personal profiles, it is far easier
to learn than astrology.