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The history of Numerology

Numerology is an ancient system that has been used for thousands of years, spanning across the globe. Historical records of numerology have been found in Babylon and Egypt, and there is evidence of its existence many thousands of years ago in Greece, Rome, Japan, and China. 

The Chaldeans – often referred to as the Babylonians – studied both astrology and numerology in depth and were actually the first ones to correlate numbers with the universe’s vibrations. This is what is sometimes referred to as Chaldean Numerology. 

Through the ages numerology has evolved. Perhaps you’re familiar with Pythagoras Numerology? Pythagoras was a famous Greek philosopher who studied Chaldean Numerology in Babylon, while he was a prisoner of the Persians. There he also studied with the Magi and eventually established a secret society, which revolved around the Chaldean Numerology and philosophy. 

His research took numerology to a new level of understanding, hence the attachment of his name. One of the key differences was that the Pythagoras version related letters to numbers whereas the Chaldeans associated the sounds of letters to numbers. 

Pythagoras Numerology, which is most familiar to us today, is comprised mainly of single digit numbers 1-9, and every letter of the alphabet relates to one of those numbers. In this unique language of numerology, you can start to decode the letters of your name to discover the numbers that are important in your life. 

Pythagoras Numerology: Then and Now

Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher and mathematician who lived during the 590 BC era, learned of the Chaldean Numerology in Babylon and built upon it, adding his own philosophies and mathematical research, thus forming Pythagoras Numerology. 

Pythagoras had a passion for the principles of math more so than solving mathematical problems. This passion inspired him to create a system that used numbers to represent everything within the universe. 

While philosophers and mathematicians used Pythagoras’ system, numerology was still not well researched and for the most part remained an unrecognized metaphysical science.

However, during the early 1900s, Dr. Julian Stenton documented the various elements of numerology and popularized it, coining the term “Numerology.” Prior to that, the method has been referred to as “Science of Names and Numbers.” 

Since the 1970s, numerology has been used by people of all walks of life as a personalized self-help tool. 

Today Numerology is practiced across the world and followed by millions of people.  Never has the belief in that link between the numerical and spiritual world been stronger and practitioner numbers are subsequently on the increase.   We would encourage you to read widely on the subject and to try to understand all views.  On its own this journey can help with your own journey of self-discovery and the deeper understanding of others.