Numerology uses numbers to describe a person's character and predict the future. The theory behind numerology is based on the Pythagorean idea that all things can be expressed in numerical terms because they are ultimately reducible to numbers. Using a special numerical system similar to that of the Greek and Hebrew alphabets, which assign a number to each letter, modern numerologists add up the digits of a person's name and birth date and then reduce them to a single digit for each. They then consult a numeric table that describes the personalities and fortunes of people with those numbers.
Richard Kadrey, Compton's Encyclopedia
Based upon Pythagoras' previous stated statement, "The world is built upon the power of numbers," numerology became systems of both divination and magic because both systems are based upon the broader concept that the entire universe is composed of mathematical patterns, and all things can be expressed in numbers which correspond to universal vibrations. Therefore, all things, including names, words, birth dates and birthplaces, are able to be reduced to numbers in order to determine personalities, destinies and fortunes of individuals.
Pythagoras is often called the father of numerology since he made known that the musical intervals recognized in his era could be expressed in ratios between the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4. Also, he displayed that the numbers 1 through 4 equaled the sum of 10. He furthered demonstrated that the cycle of numbers, 1 through 4, could be started again when reaching 10 because all numbers larger than 9 can be reduced by a single digit by adding the digits together. Pythagoras reasoned that the entire universe could be expressed numerically, creating a mystical system expended by other early Greek philosophers.
Throughout the ancient history of numbers certain characteristics and values were assigned to the integers. One mechanism which enabled the assignment of these characteristics was the way in which the ancient Greeks recorded the numbers in dots or geometrical figures. Odd numbers which could not be separated were said to be masculine possessing the "generative parts," and represented assertion, power, and creativity. Even numbers capable of being split into and therefore possessed femine "openings" were considered feminine representing wholeness, stability or weakness.
In the Greek mysteries, the number 888 represented the "Higher Mind." The Greek variation of "Jesus," "Iesous," equals 888. The number 666 represented the "Mortal Mind." In the New Testament, 666 is called the number of "the Beast."
In early Hebrew history the interpretation of numbers was considered highly important. Letters of the Hebrew alphabet was based on numbers, and this relationship was related to the cosmic forces. In the Middle Ages, a numerical mysticism evolved from the teachings of Merkabah, a sect of Judaism. In the 13th century the German Kabbalists developed gematria, a mystic numerical interpretation of the Scriptures.
Both the Greeks and Hebrews held 10 to be the perfect number. Pythagoras considered that 10 comprehends all arithmetic and harmonic proportions, and, like God, is tireless. All nations calculated with it because when they arrive at 10, they return to 1, the number of creation. Pythagoreans believed the heavenly bodies were divided into 10 orders. According to the Kabbalah, there are ten emanations of numbers out of Nothing. The emanations form the 10 sephiroth of the Tree of Life, which contains all knowledge and shows the path back to God.
In addition to the occult meanings of numbers , another principle is basic to numerology- -that of gematria, or cryptograph. In Hebrew, consonants are used as number signs, but by providing them with vowels, one can often read them as words and can read words as numbers. A combination of gematria and Pythagorean number symbolism formed the basis for the number magic of the medieval Cabala This allows special reading of the Hebrew Bible to find secret or hidden meanings in the text.
This system has also been applied to Greek and Latin and sometimes the New Testament of the Bible. For example, various personified meanings have been given to 666, the number denoting the Beast in the Book of Revelations. Among these are Nero, Caesar, Martin Luther, Pope Leo X, and Napoleon.
Currently the practice of numerology in the occult often involves attempts to discover secret meanings of occurrences and to forecast the future. When used in these methods, numerology become a form of divination, or fortune telling. Frequently it can be combined with other divinatory forms such as astrology, cartomancy, geomancy, and dream interpretation.
When used in divinatory forms, numerology, also, becomes magic. Such magic, as a theory, has Occidental roots but is usually ascribed to Pythagoras. The theory or system theorizes "that all things are number and that numbers influence the essence of things. Thus number is the mediator between the divine and the earthly. So, if one performs various operations with numbers, theses operations also affect the things related to these numbers."
Taboos: On the simplest level this principle can be seen in number taboos. For example, in the American society most people considered the number 13 unlucky. Therefore, things connected with 13 are too be avoided such as the 13th day of the month, especially if it is a Friday, the 13th floor, 13 dinner guests, and so on. As a contrast in Belgium it is considered a good-luck charm for women to wear the number 13. The negativity of the number 13 is predominantly thought to have been derived from the Biblical narration of the Last Super where Judas was the thirteenth apostle. However, an earlier concept stresses its relationship to 12, a good number identified with the Zodiac, which had strong positive associations in Babylonian and other early astral mythologies.
During the 19th century, when scientific discoveries concerning light, magnetism, and electricity were being made, the theory that numbers corresponded to energy patterns of vibrations became popular.
Numerology is perhaps the easiest of the occult arts to understand and use. All you need is the birth date and the complete name of an individual to unlock all of the secrets that the numbers hold.
There are eleven numbers used in constructing Numerology charts. These numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 22. Larger numbers that occur from adding the numbers in the complete birth date or from the values assigned to each name, are reduced by adding the digits together until the sum achieved is one of the core numbers. Merely add the components of the larger number together (repeatedly, if necessary) until a single digit (or the "master" numbers 11 or 22) results. Each of these number represents different characteristics and expressions. Master number are the only exception to rule of reducing to the single digit. The master numbers 11 and 22 are intensified versions of the single digit number they replace (2 and 4). These numbers suggest a potential for a high degree of learning and/or achievement very often in a more stressful environment. In many individuals, the master numbers operate at a much more tangible or practical level, becoming essentially the same as the single digit parallel.Letters and numbers, you will learn, are always one and the same. Here is a chart of the values assigned to each of the letters in the English alphabet:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
The practice is to total the numerical value of a name or word. For example, the name "John Smith".
JOHN = 1 + 6 + 8 + 5 = 20,
SMITH = 1 + 4 + 9 + 2 + 8 = 24,
20 + 24 = 44, 44 = 4 + 4 = 8
Determine letter numerical values from chart:
J = 1, O = 6, H = 8, N = 5; S = 1, M = 4, I = 9, T = 2, H = 8
Sum the numerical values of names:
JOHN = 20 and SMITH = 24
Change the values to single digits:
20 = 2 + 0 = 2, 24 = 2 + 4 = 6
The sum of the single digits:
2 + 6 = 8
The name of "John Smith" has a numerological value of 8. From the Chart of Characteristics of Numbers 8 has the characteristics of material, success, justice.
This article is simply designed to help you determine the number most correctly asscociated with the spell working you have in mind. It is best to try to be consistent with the numbers for your spell; to pick one number and try to keep all the correspondences working within it.
Numerical Table of Associations Number Associations
1 new beginnings, new happenings, new potentials, complete in oneself, the beginning, creative, individual, and positive
2 balances, balance of energy, gentle, natural, immaginative, romantic, couples, love
3 creativity, activity, results, ambitious, control and authority over others, moving forward
4 foundation, building, structure, stability, at rest, health
5 action, energies, conflicts, opposition,versatil ity, communications, quick, impulsive
6 kindness, luxury, love, friendship, money, artitisic, affection, also health
7 spiritual, mystical, imagination, psychic, secret, travel, change, intuition, clairvoyance
8 karma, stability, intense, strength, loneliness, hidden feelings, secrets, institutions, hospitals and health, long term illnesses
9 fruition, accomplishment, courage, completion, very spiritual number (as in 3 x 3) and a good number to use in all spells in some fashion
Other numbers of course are the "compund" numbers, which are a combination of the numbers 1 through 9. Whenever you have a compound number, you can add the digits together to reduce it down to a single digit number and thereby get its essence. This can come in handy, especially when figuring times to do circle. For example, if you plan to use 7's in your ritual, but you know that there's no way you can start the ritual at 7pm, then you can choose to use instead a number that will add up to 7, like 9:25, where 9 + 2 + 5 equals 16 and 1 + 6 equals 7.
The number of herbs, or candles, or incenses, or ingredients in your spell should also be figured numerologically to be in tune with what you want to accomplish. Let's say you are looking for a new home, well, you can go with the number 1 for newness. Or you can go with the number 4 for stability, or 8 if it's a home you want to keep for a long time. Then you would choose to use that number of candles, that number of herbs in the incense, that number of the hour of the ritual, that number of minutes in your ritual bath, etc. It's a good idea to stick with one main number, and not to try to combine more than one number in one spell. As you will see as you get into the planetary hours, and the colors, and all the other attributes you have to choose from, it can get confusing enough on it's own, without adding to it by picking more than one number!
Consistency is the key to good spellcrafting, pick one number for one idea and work with that. It will increase your focus, and keep you on track to your goal.