Over the centuries, people have tried to manipulate and harness the power of numbers, hoping that somehow this will enable them to understand and explain the mysteries behind both the human psyche, and the path each individual is destined to follow in life. It is because of this that numbers make an appearance in many of the esoteric arts of divination, in particular those of astrology due to the central role they play in the calculations regarding date and time of birth. Numbers are used in an attempt to interpret the fortune – and future – of mankind, be it for it for the purpose of anticipating a young woman’s future husband, the destiny and fortune of kings, or the fate of nations. Ancient Arts
To find the ancient path that numerology has followed over the centuries, the past has to be delved into, going back as far as the ancient Chaldeans and Egyptians, who were the masters of analysing and applying the secret meaning of numbers to everyday life. The Chaldeans, without the benefit of instruments, determined the length of the planetary cycles; a fact modern science only proved in later years. The ancient Hindu searchers discovered the precession of the Equinoxes, calculating that every 25 827 years, an Equinox occurs, and the Babylonians, skilled in the arts of astrology, astronomy, mathematics and magic, employed numbers in their everyday quest to discover the hidden secrets of the universe. Primary Numbers
The most famous numerologist was the 19th Century clairvoyant and palmist, Count Louis Hamon (1866-1936), better known as Cheiro, author of numerous books on the topic, including the ‘Book of Numbers’ and ‘The Language of the Hand’. Cheiro based his principles of numbers on the ancient Chaldean alphabet, who believed that the numbers 1 – 9 are the basis of all calculations. Beyond the number 9, all other numbers become repetition, for example the number 10 is simply 1 with a zero attached, the number 11 is simply 1 and 1, and thus become 2, and so on. In addition, each number is aligned with a planet, and it is this that most depicts the characteristic intrinsic to that specific number; for example, the number 3 is associated with Jupiter, the traits of which are authority, a strong sense of duty and honour, and assiduousness. ...and Secondary Numbers
There is another school which uses the science of numbers, and in this case, secondary or compound numbers are also taken into consideration. Because numerology has an association with the ancient Kabbalistic tradition, an alphabet which was part Hebrew and part Greek was used in conjunction with numbers for the purpose of prediction by the Kabbalistic theologians, from ancient times and the Middle Ages. The alphabet has 22 letters, and thus the compounds 10 – 22 are important. These numbers represent possible outcomes based on the strength of the primary number; for example the number 10 represents accomplishment and self-confidence borne out by the primary number 1, which is linked to the sun, and the associated planetary traits are strong sense of purpose, and independence. Numbers and Stars
The same principle which applies to astrology also applies to numerology, and that is the importance bestowed on the dates and times of birth, because of the individual influences of the planets and their alignment at that exact time. Letters also have numerical equivalents, which are employed to give a deeper meaning as well as understanding of the character analysis. Thus date of birth and name are converted into numbers. Since the beginning of time, mankind has used whatever means possible to attempt to make the intentions of fate known, and the science of numbers and mathematics is no exception. Indeed, numbers have always played a crucial role in the art of divination because of their importance regarding calculations, which historically have always brought order out of chaos due to their scientific, logical, nature. Summary
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