History of Numerology

It’s a little likely that you’ve noticed that you are somehow seeing a particular number again and again. It’s either that, or you could perhaps find yourself inexplicably ‘drawn’ to a number. Then you’ll want to read on and find out about something called ‘numerology,’ because that is no coincidence!

Numerology is what we call the study of the presence of numbers in a person’s life. It’s a universal language made up of, you guessed it, numbers. A lot of people throughout the world use numerology to make sense of the universe around them and the one within.

It’s a tool of divination, introspection, and observation, the belief that the universe itself is actually a system that can be broken down into mathematical patterns and, even finer still, into numbers. These numbers then are aligned with universal vibrations. We can then find meaning in and use these numbers to interpret everything, from unique personalities to the future and fortunes of individual persons. It is often used hand-in-hand with practices of the divine, such as astrology, geomancy, and dream interpretation.

The very origin of numerology itself is not very concrete. Theories about where it was first used differ, but it looks like the constants are Egypt, Rome, Babylon, China, Japan, and Greece. And indeed, many cultures on top of the aforementioned, including the Greek, the Mayans, Incas, Phoenicians, and Hebrews continue to use numerology to further understand both themselves and the world around them. Take for example, in ancient Greece it was believed that the number 888 expresses the “Higher Mind” and the number “666” represents the Mortal Mind. And in Christianity, the same numbers are used to represent both Jesus and the Beast, respectively.

On the other hand, numerology, as we know it in modern terms, is usually credited to the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, who is also known for the Pythagorean theorem. As for the term ‘numerology’ itself, we can credit Dr. Julian Steton for both coining it and bringing awareness to it in modern times.

Let’s go back to Pythagoras for a bit. He is known to have said, “The world is built upon the power of numbers.” This mathematician famously showed the cycle of numbers and broke down the musical intervals in his era into numbers: 1, 2, 3, and 4. As such, he stated that the whole universe itself can be expressed through numbers, too. His belief was used to establish a number of more mystical systems and societies, like the Masons, Rosicrucians, and more. Numerology has since survived over the years to come into use today.

In the 19th century, the world saw many discoveries about light, electricity, and magnetism from bright minds. Of course it come as no surprise that this age also saw a boost in popularity of the belief that vibrations’ energy patterns are linked with numbers.

In fact, you’ll still see numerology at work today. In fact, it’s gaining a ton of traction now more than ever, in an era of uncertainty. People who are feeling a little lost about their station in life or about decisions they have to make can consult numerologists or even the local paper.

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