All About Numerology
Everything in the universe can be measured with numbers. Numbers can describe every force, every object, every element and every person. Where science and math use numbers to measure our physical world, the study of numerology uses numbers to understand the divine and spiritual worlds.
We live in vast, dynamic multiverse of numbers. These numbers have powerful effects on our lives, and in the hidden complexity of these numbers there are deep insights which can help us understand every facet of our being.
The study of numerology dates back to ancient times. Pythagoras and St. Augustine both made careful studies of numerology, which went far beyond basic mathematics and delved deeply into the spiritual dimensions of numbers.
Numerologists see numbers everywhere, and more importantly, they see relationships between those numbers. By understanding the numerical basis of things, numerologists draw connections between people and events, across space and time.
The spiritual use of numbers is encoded in design and architecture as well. We are surrounded on all sides by numbers that hold spiritual significance. A good example is the Chartes Cathedral in France: The cathedral was intentionally built around the numerological number 306, which in turn is a reference to the fish caught by Simon Peter.
How does numerology affect us personally?
So what does numerology have to do with any of us individually? How can we unlock the mathematical riddle of our lives? What is the numerological key which opens the doors to greater understanding? The answer starts on the day we are born: Our birthdate is the first set of important numbers which influence our lives.
Then, shortly after we are born we are all given a name. This simple act of our naming is one of the most powerful forces in our lives.
Numerology and your name
Most of us don't often think about our own names. We learn to take them for granted. But the effect they have on our personalities and the people around us is profound. Did you know that you subconsiously treat a "Jen" different from an "Angela"? Or that you subconscioulsy treat a "Christopher" differently from a "Seth"?
These micro-differences in human interaction add up over a lifetime, and cause amazing shifts in our personalities and our outlook on the world. Numerology has many different sub-disciplines, but the most basic and most common numerological analyses start with our names. While every aspect of the universe can be studied with numerology, the most popular numerology reading is name numerology.
"What numerology numbers am I?"
Your numerology report (which you can create using the tool above) will create 4 important numbers based on your birth date and the numerical values of your name. These numbers are your "Life Path number", "Destiny number", "Soul Urge number" and "Inner Dream number".
NOTE: You may also see the "Destiny number" referred to as the "Expression number" in some texts. Some numerologists may also refer to the "Soul urge number" as the "Heart's desire number".
No matter what names you assign to these four vital numerological numbers, the meanings are the same. We'll walk you through those meanings when you create your report (above).
These four numbers have been with you for your entire life. They affect your mood, your outlook, your abilities and the way you think about life. Most people read their report and say they 'always knew that about themselves, but never had it explained so clearly'. In that sense, numerology is a fast way to see the things you've always known about yourself -- but it also frequently opens up new pathways of understanding too.
It's important to understand that iFate Numerology uses the numbers one through nine as well as the special "Master Numbers" eleven and twenty-two. (Some numerologists refer to these special double numbers as "mastery numbers").
There are some asian schools of numerology that use only one through eight. Other numerologists do not use the master numbers 11 and 22. iFate's system of the nine basic numbers and the special master numbers is the most widely accepted numerological system.
The master numbers (also called "mastery numbers" by some numerologists) are much rarer than standard numbers. You won't come across them nearly as often in a numerological profile. When numerologists come across a master number in a numerology reading, they typically pay close attention and carefully study its implications.
Use your "birth name" for numerology readings
Remember that to get an accurate numerology reading, it's important to enter your "birth name", which is the name that was given to you on your date of birth. If you changed your name at some point in your life, or if you have a married-name, don't use this name for your primary reading.
Your original birth name is the one that affects your early developmental years, and has the greatest bearing on your life in its entirety.
Numerology readings and middle names
It's important to use your middle name(s) in any numerology reading even if you keep your middle name a deep secret. As numerologist Marcus Shaw points out, "A middle name that someone hides can be more telling than ones that people use."
For your numerology reading to be most accurate, you'll want to use your entire name including middle names
Numerology readings and married names
If you changed your last name in marriage, you can still try a numerology reading with your married name. A reading with a changed name will somewhat reflect your life -- especially if you have been married for many years already. But readings based on "changed names" should be considered "secondary readings" and less important than the primary reading which involves your original birth name.
Numerology readings and nicknames
You can also try using a nickname to build your numerology report if you have used it for your whole life. If you started using your nickname in your teenage or adult years, it will likely not have as much bearing on your profile. But if your nickname arose in the early years of your childhood, it will have more of a numerological influence on your mindset, emotional profile and character traits. It's certainly worth trying a report based on your nickname.
Numerology readings and name suffixes
Lastly, there's a lot of debate surrounding name suffixes like "Jr", "Sr", "III", etc. Should they be included as part of your reading? We lean towards to the "no" side of that debate but iFate is here to build the tools, not make the rules. You're free to try your numerological reading with, and without your name suffix and see which reading more accuately describes your personality.
What about "zero" in numerology?
Zero has significance in numerology, but it's not a number you'll see nearly as often as the others in most numerological readings.
The basic technique of most numerological methods is to "reduce" multi-digit numbers by adding them together. For example, the number "12" becomes the number "3" because 1 + 2 = 3. Likewise the number 1024 becomes 7.
When the sum of a multi-digit number results in another multi-digit number, we repeat the process and add the remaining digits together again. For example: If we take the number "67" and add "6 + 7" we get 13. Then we add "1 + 3" and reduce the number again and we get 4.
So as you can see, zero is impossible to produce when adding two non-zero numbers together. Any number ending in zero, would be further reduced to a non-zero number using most common numerological techniques.
There are some numerology techniques that are designed to preserve zeroes, and numerologists study zeroes when they occur in nature. In the above numerology calculator though, we stick with the basic system of reducing numbers until they're single digit numbers -- or the common master numbers. So you won't come across zeroes here.