There are many occult practices, most of them obscure and out of the public eye. Numerology is one that gained widespread attention in the 80s. Christian churches and other religious organizations oppose it and teach members of their organizations to avoid it. Teens dabble in numerology the same way they experiment with Ouija boards, thinking it’s all a lot of fun. Even if you don’t want to follow this art, you might wish to know why there has been so much interest in the subject and recognize a few key facts in order to be aware of what its proponents are talking about.
As far as numerologists are concerned, two details are all you require to reveal mysteries; to learn facts about someone’s personality, history, and even future. Take their date of birth and full name and the answers are there. In other words, two unchanging facts are the basis for knowing anyone in the world in at least a superficial sense.
Numbers are thematically significant in many religions and cultures. The Bible refers to the number 12 frequently (12 tribes of Israel and 12 disciples of Jesus, for example). Secular society values “7” as “lucky” and “13” as “unlucky.” The Japanese people consider the number “4” to be unlucky because “shi” sounds a lot like the word for “death.”
Numerologists, however, base their entire practice on numbers, 11 of them to be exact: 1 to 9, 11, and 22. After completing some intricate math, a person’s character is supposedly revealed. Believers know the formula for finding a “master number” from which all other figures are established. Letters of the alphabet correspond with numbers one to 9. There is some controversy among numerologists, however, as to whether one’s true birth name is the only name to consider. Perhaps pet names, one’s married name, and other monikers count too?
Key Words in Numerology
This art, associated by some members of the public with dark arts, connects key words to numbers as a means of understanding their significance; thus, numbers and words contain a lot of importance. Numbers are both negative and positive. “One’s” positives, for instance, relate to invention, leadership, and courage. Negatives include aggression and egotism. “Two’s” traits, like sensitivity and modesty, compete with fear and depression. Here’s what numerologists believe about 3: this number pertains to insightfulness and optimism but also being disorganized and moody.
Basically, human beings are reduced to mathematical formulae. According to this method of understanding the world, numbers are masters and people cannot get away from their significance. If one’s date of birth and name are used to find knowledge, then these are unchanging features, so personality is set in stone and unchanging. Opponents of numerology believe this is a cold and inaccurate way to view the world.