Numerology is based on the idea that everything in the universe is both made up of and affected by numbers. Numerology uses both the letters in your name (which are first translated into numbers) and the numbers in your birthdate to give indications of your true nature, your desires and your destiny. In numerology, the numbers both in your name and in your birthdate are added together to arrive at a single digit that is then analyzed to reveal a meaning. By using your full name, the separate parts of your name and your birthdate in various combinations much can be revealed about who you are and who you are meant to become.
Numerology is probably the simplest of all the forms of mathematics because it only involves addition. The method of addition used in numerology, however, is a bit different than the addition you are most likely used to.
Numerology uses the “Fadic System” (sometimes referred to as natural addition) to reduce multipledigit numbers to a single digit. With this style of addition, you continue to add together two digits until you arrive at a single number. So for example, rather than seeing the number 23 as twentythree, it is seen as its separate parts of a 2 and a 3. With natural addition, you would add together the two numbers to come up with a single digit:
23 = 2 + 3 = 5
Here is another example using the number 15 (or broken into its individual digits, 1 and 5):
15 = 1 + 5 = 6
This same principal holds true for larger numbers too. Let’s take the year 1967 (or 1, 9, 6, & 7):
1967 = 1 + 9 + 6 + 7 = 23
This example is a little more complex, because your answer is a two digit number. This means that it must be reduced further until you wind up with a single digit number. So, you would take your answer of 23 (or 2 & 3 ) and get:
2 + 3 = 5
So the whole equation would look like:
1967 = 1 + 9 + 6 + 7 = 23 = 2 + 3 = 5
The two main types of numerology, Chaldean and Pythagorean, both rely on the single digit number. The last two digit number you calculate before reducing to a single digit also holds importance in Chaldean numerology and is what is known as a double or compound number. The idea is that if you take two people who’s numbers come out to 5, but one has a compound number of 16 and the other has a compound number of 23, there will be slight differences between the two.
As an example of the compound number, lets look at the number 97.
97 = 9 + 7 = 16 = 1 + 6 = 7
In this example, the 16 is the compound number, and the 7 is the completely reduced number.
Pythagorean Numerology
The Pythagorean system of numerology is the most widely used form of numerology. This is most likely due to the fact that it is very straightforward and easy to learn.
The Pythagorean Number Values
The following chart shows the numbers assigned to each letter in Pythagorean numerology and is the basis for many numerology readings. To read the chart, find the letter you are looking for and look at the corresponding number at the top of the column containing the letter. For example, the letter A would be 1, the letter B would be 2, the letter C would be 3, etc.
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The following excercise will teach you to translate letters into numbers. This is one of the most basic components of numerology, so be sure you have a full understanding of it before moving on.
To begin with, write down your full name (first, middle and last). In Pythagorean numerology it is important that you use your name as it appears on your birth certificate. Then assign a number to each letter in your name. To do that, locate the letter in the above chart, and then look at the number at the top of the column containing that letter. That number is the number you would assign to that letter. Do that for each of the letters in your full name. For our example, we will use a fictional character named John Alan Smith.
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1  6  8  5  1  3  1  5  1  4  9  2  8 
The next step is to add up all these numbers and then reduce the result to a single digit. You will want to be sure to add each name separately, then add those sums together to get the total for the whole name, then if necessary reduce to a single digit. We add the parts of the name separately instead of adding the whole name straight across because not only does the total number for the name have meaning, but each part of the name also has some bearing on who we are.
John = 1+6+8+5 = 20 = 2+0 = 2
Alan = 1+3+1+5 = 10 = 1+0 = 1
Smith = 1+4+9+2+8 = 24 = 2+4 = 6
Adding those totals together we get:
2+1+6 = 9
This means that in our example, John’s birthname reduces to a 9.
Chaldean Numerology
The Chaldean system of numerology is considered by many to be more accurate than the Pythagorean system, however it is not nearly as widely used. This most likely is due to the fact that the Chaldean chart for translating letters into numbers is not as intuitive or easy to learn as the Pythagorean chart.
The Chaldean Number Values
The following chart shows the numbers assigned to each letter in Chaldean numerology and is the basis for many numerology readings. To read the chart, find the letter you are looking for and look at the corresponding number at the top of the column containing the letter. For example, the letter A would be 1, the letter B would be 2, the letter C would be 3, etc.
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In looking at the chart you may have noticed that the numbers only go from 18. This is because in Chaldean numerology the number 9 is considered sacred and is not included with the rest. If, however, when doing your calculations you arrive at an answer of 9 that is fine and it should stay.
The following excercise will teach you to translate letters into numbers. This is one of the most basic components of numerology, so be sure you have a full understanding of it before moving on.
One big differnce between Chaldean and Pythagorean numerology is that while in Pythagorean numerology you use the name that is on your birth certificate, in Chaldean numerology you use the name that you are most known by. This could be a nickname, a married name, or just your regular name if that is what you are known by.
To begin with, write down the name you are known by. Then assign a number to each letter in your name. To do that, locate the letter in the above chart, and then look at the number at the top of the column containing that letter. That number is the number you would assign to that letter. Do that for each of the letters in your full name. For our example, we will use a fictional character named John Alan Smith. Since everyone knows our character just as John Smith, that is the name we will use for our calculations.
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1  7  5  5  3  4  1  4  5 
The next step is to add up all these numbers and then reduce the result to a single digit. Be sure to add each name separately, then add together those sums to get a total for the whole name.
John = 1+7+5+5 = 18 = 1+8 = 9
Smith = 3+4+1+4+5 = 17 = 1+7 = 8
to get our total:
9=8 = 17
This number would then be further reduced to wind up with a single digit number:
17 = 1 + 7 = 8
This means that in our Chaldean example, John’s name reduces to an 8. However, it is important to note that the numbers 18 and 17 also hold significance since they are the compound numbers for this name.