I’d like to start this post by acknowledging that as with almost any subject matter there can be skeptics. I’m the first to say that numerology is a generalization—an over simplification, if you will—that can be uncannily accurate.
What is Numerology?
In short, numerology is the study of the symbolism of numbers. It can be used to determine a person’s personality, strengths and talents, obstacles to be overcome, inner needs, emotional reactions and ways of dealing with others.
The two most common types of numerology in use today are the Pythagorean System and the Chaldean System. Neither system is more accurate than the other. I was trained in the Pythagorean system, so that’s the platform I calculate and teach from.
A Little History
Pythagoras—the great mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, and philosopher—developed many of the basic theorems that form the foundation of modern mathematics, including the right triangle theorem taught in math classes today. He’s credited with formally organizing the field of numerology about 2600 years ago in ancient Greece.
Pythagoras believed that the universe could be completely described with numbers. Numerology spans the worlds of science, music, and emotion. The numbers associated with the letters in your name and the numbers in your birthdate have a unique, revealing energy vibration.
How Numerology Works
Everything in the universe vibrates at its own particular frequency. By finding the vibration rate of any object, we can establish the qualities and energies associated with it. By applying the principles of numerology—and using only the name and birth date as the basic data—we can determine the major frequencies of different people. A numerological analysis of the calculated frequencies provides significant information on these people’s personalities and character.
The Basics of Numerology
All of numerology is based on the numbers 1 through 9 since all numbers beyond 9 can be reduced to a single digit within that group. Zeros are automatically dropped.
In the basic mathematical operation used in numerology, the numbers are reduced by simple addition. The number 15, for instance, is reduced by adding 1 + 5 to get 6. Similarly, the number 1974 can be reduced by adding 1 + 9 + 7 + 4 to get 21. The 21 can be further reduced by adding 2 + 1 to get 3.
In numerology, all numbers are reduced to the single digits 1 through 9 except the special master numbers 11 and 22. The numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 22 represent the major vibration rates associated with people’s characteristics.
Letters in individuals’ names are converted to numbers and then added together. These numbers, in turn, are also reduced. The letter A, for instance, is 1; the letter B is 2; the letter C is 3, and so forth. The following table shows the numbers assigned to all 26 letters of the English alphabet.
The Life Path is the most important number in the core. If you could only use one number to describe a person, that number would, undoubtedly, be the Life Path.
The Life Path describes the major lessons to be learned in a person’s life. These lessons often determine the central focus of the life. The Life Path also clarifies the environment which is most conducive to learning the lessons involved and describes, as well, some of the major characteristics likely to be present in the individual’s makeup. Most people have little trouble relating to their Life Path. Some people, though, for their own reasons, have little interest in pursuing that particular direction.
The Expression is the second most important number in the Core. It describes a person’s potential talents—the natural abilities as well as the related character traits. For most of us, these talents and skills are there at birth, although they are usually further developed as an individual grows and matures. Very often—but not always—these particular abilities are of primary importance in a person’s work and career. Frequently, the talents described by the Expression form the central feature of an individual’s career.
The Soul Urge is the third most important number in the Core. It describes a person’s inner motivation—what a person wants to be, to have, and to do—and the potential abilities and obstacles which accompany that motivation. The Soul Urge is influential in determining a person’s point of view and the principles on which s/he acts. Although the Life Path and Expression are generally easy to see in a person, the inner motivation is often a very private matter—unless revealed through the use of numerology.
The Birthday describes some important personality characteristics but it’s the least important of the Core elements. It’s simply the reduced form of the number of the day on which a person is born.
Somewhere in the first quarter of 2011 I plan to present a numerology class right here at Speaking from the Heart. If you don’t want to wait until that time, or you’d like to give a numerology report as a holiday gift, simply click on this LINK and it will take you to the Numerology Report page on the HolEssence website where you can read the details for ordering one or more of three reports now: Personality Report, Forecast Report for 2011, or a Relationship Report.
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I just want to let you know I have been to class, I am just sitting back here taking it all in as of late. I know I have not commented on the past two classes. So I just wanted to let my voice be heard, and presence be known!
Jeff – I’m glad you spoke up, I hadn’t seen you sitting there in the back row 🙂
Thanks for the review…I had already filed the info in my mind, but put it way on the back burner lately.
I find this information fascinating and really enjoyed this class when I attended this last year. It REALLY works in its explanations and outcomes. As a scientist I was amazed at the accuracy of the outcomes as well.
2 inches snow this morning here in Wisconsin…
Kim – We’ve got a dusting of snow here too, not tons, but the first actual snow of the season:)
Thank you for the description. I think we are all drawn to certain numbers and I have not really wondered what their meaning might be but have noticed how they make me feel. So many frequencies, so little time…………….
Lisa – I grinned at your statement, “So many frequencies, so little time…”
I still have that wonderful report you did for me, and take it out to read now and then for a lift! I’ll certainly admit that I was very surprised at the accuracy. I can understand the vibrations of sounds, I understand the idea that every molecule and form in the Universe has it’s own vibration. I just do not comprehend how all that works together, numbers and sound. Now when you start your numerology lessons, I want to pay close attention to your explanation of numbers. Having kept books for years, the thing I always looked for was the bottom line. But I’ve heard so many other people remark on numerology that I would like to see what they are looking at.
Sandi – I’ve found the accuracy in numerology to be uncanny! Math was never one of my favorite subjects. But when I discovered numerology (or perhaps it discovered me) I fell in love with the numbers. It’s waaaay different than math – but still working with numbers. I’ll let everyone know in advance when I’m going to present the online “class” here at Speaking from the Heart. I’m presenting it at HolEssence in late January, so perhaps the timing will coincide.
Hi, Laurie — I have a good excuse for being late to class and just as soon as I can make it sound believable, I will tell you what it is.
I think numerology is fascinating, but I don’t know enough about it so I will probably sign up for the class. I don’t know that I can wait to know my life path, though, so be checking your Web site in the next few days! I love the forecast report you did for me. I consult it often throughout the month to make sure I am on track.
Good morning, Barbara – your opening line made me crack up! 🙂 I think numerology is fascinating too. Many times I calculate charts for people I don’t know and it’s always interesting to hear a similar response: “How did you know that?!” But it’s like the song says, “The numbers don’t lie.”
“By applying simple mathematical formulas to the numbers representing a person’s name and birth date, a numerologist can derive four major core elements and some twenty or thirty modifiers.The core is the heart of any numerology analysis involving the personality portion of the reading. These four elements are the Life Path, Expression, Soul Urge, and Birthday.”
Absolutely fascinating! I can’t say I’ve had any previous exposure to this persuasive concepts, and I can only drool while watching those appreciate students in your enthralling seminar. I will certainly look ahead for the January presentation, and will plan on being an “active” participant. Seems like the “Life Path” is a telling barometer, and there is less room there for interpretaion, and a marked emphasis on experience. The more I read here the more I wanted to know even more.
Sam – I’m glad you stopped in today. I look forward to having you in the January class. It’ll be fun!
I am late for class, Teacher, but I have a good excuse. The dog ate my… no. What happened is that I tried to make a comment yesterday at the coffee shop but for some reason it wouldn’t go through. Better success today, we hope! Numerology is a subject I don’t know much about. Therefore, you have been very instructive. Thank you!
Kathy D. – Now if you’d told me you’d gotten snowed in… Stay tuned — we’ll take a much more indepth look at Numerology at the end of January.
This is most interesting. To summarize the lesson in one blog is remarkable. I love numerology and recommend your class. I will calendar in the date to let others know. I bet you have an 11 or 22 going as I see the illumination every time I see your blog and the huge achievements when I see your website. I can brag… “I know this magical being that can help you open doors to life.” It’s Laurie Buchanan. Gosh!!! I can’t wait for your books to come out too…thinking ahead!
Numerology is a very workable tech that aligns so much with who we really are and helps us focus even bigger on personal and group goals. Hugs!
Kathy S. – I’m so glad you popped in for the class. Actually, my Life Path number is 5 (11, or 22 would be nice – Master Numbers!) 🙂 Thank you for the high praise, you’ve made my day!
Very interestttinnngggg. I believe you did a chart for me a million and 5 years ago!
Beth – A million and five years ago, whew! you’ve got a great memory!
I only have one question Laurie – do you take credit cards and if not how do I pay you when I request all three reports?
I have been interested in the concept of numerology for years but have never had “a report.” I can’t think of a better person to crunch the number and figure out what they mean.
And I want to phone you to give you the information. It is a perfect excuse to actually hear your voice and have a wee bit of a conversation.
Terrill – We do, indeed, take credit cards. If you send me the information that I need for the numerology reports in an email and provide your telephone number, I’ll give you a jingle to get the rest of the information. Information needed:
Your full name as it appears on your birth certificate
The common name that you go by today (i.e., how you would be introduced)
Your full date of birth
And since you’re getting a relationship report done as well, the same information for David.
Sounds good Laurie. I will get on this tomorrow or over the weekend. Today is already tonight… and sipping along 🙂
Terrill – Happy ART SALE to you over on Creative Potager.
This is one area where we are definitely widely apart.
In so far as numerology does seem to work, it seems to me that it does so because we are all very similar to start with, and we all live in very complex environments, where we normally only actually notice a very small fraction of what happens around us.
Normally we are blind to most of what is going on, because our conscious awareness is too slow to deal with all that is there.
Thus, for the most part, we get to notice what we look for.
Thus any of us, can, when we look, find examples of most things in our lives, that we normally are not aware of.
For me, there is no basis in reality for numerology. When I have designed hard tests, it has failed (consistently).
We are certainly very complex beings, of many layers, with many layers of connection to each other and reality.
Mathematics is certainly a great tool for understanding most of those relationships.
And these things are very different from numerology.
Ted – As always, I nod with respect in your direction, and appreciate all views and opinions that are shared at Speaking from the Heart. That’s precisely what makes the forum fun and interesting. If we were all cookie-cutters of my thinking what an absolutely b-o-r-e that would be 🙂
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Hi holessence, I am agree with you.And Numerology still works.
James – I’m glad this post resonated with you 🙂