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Numerology has meandered through extremely long history, kicking off its journey in the cradle of civilization. With early life in Mesopotamia lived by the cycles of the moon, stars and other numerical patterns found in nature, numbers gradually became correlated with certain attributes. This resulted in a system of numerical study that many have used for centuries to better understand the relationship between themselves and their place in the grand scheme of existence.
Numerology rests on the tenet that numbers vibrate certain traits or qualities and an accurate profile of a person’s character, motivations, talents and path in life can be constructed from their name and birthdate. This requires applying numerical values to letters which are then (like the birthdate) added together and reduced to a single digit.
These days, the Pythagorean System (developed by the great mathematician Pythagoras) is the most commonly practiced form of numerology. This system assigns the numbers 1-9 to letters in the following way:
There are many forms of numerology, yet single digits are commonly ascribed with the following expressions:
1 – Individualism
2 – Duality
3 – Expression
4 – Practicality
5 – Adventure
6 – Emotion
7 – Thought
8 – Authority
9 – Completion
By using different methods of calculation, there are five single digits that emerge from a name and birthdate that are then used to make up a numerology chart. The life path number, attitude number, soul urge number, expression number and destiny number make up the backbone of a numerology chart. While numerology does not predict random, unforeseen events, it can show what to expect by highlighting how and why certain numerical vibrations work together the way they do.
Calculating Life Path Numbers
In numerology, the life path number is considered the most important number of all. It not only shows the theme of what person is here to do, it denotes inherent traits, abilities and what avenues will make for the most rewarding life. The clarity that comes from understanding a life path number and the expressions around it can promote a stronger feeling of security and the confidence to make life what it needs to be.
The life path number is calculated from the full birthdate which is added together and reduced to a single digit.
For example, a birthdate of August 14, 1972 would be calculated as:
8 + 1 + 4 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 2 = 32 / 3 + 2 = 5
The life path number is 5.
The Meaning of Numbers in Numerology
Once a life path number is calculated, it can be compared to those of friends, relatives and romantic partners to gauge the level of compatibility. In some cases, a birthdate will add up to the number 11, 22 or 33. These numbers are referred to as Master Numbers and denote a higher capacity for learning. Master Numbers 11, 22 and 33 carry the magnified traits of the 2, 4 and 6.
Life Path Number 1
The number 1 comes first in numerology and, unsurprisingly, many of the characteristics expressed in this life path have to do with leading the way in some capacity. There is a tendency for those with a 1 vibration to gravitate to opportunities and professions that allow them to work independently or bring innovative ideas into reality. If they do not own their own business, then they are likely in some position of management. The self-motivated 1 revels in taking on hard or challenging tasks and is always willing to put in the massive effort to be the absolute best at what they do.
The person with the 1 vibration also has the tendency to be their own worst enemy. There is an inner critic in the 1 that is always driving them to do and be more. They often have a hard time giving themselves a break for the smallest of missteps. The 1 can also struggle with asking for help and may even become so independent they inadvertently isolate themselves, making their life very lonely. The high level of mental energy in the 1 vibration makes it important for them to include regular physical activity such as jogging, yoga or even dancing to keep their health balanced.
Life Path Number 2
The number 2 is a number of duality and the vibration of this life path has much to do with establishing balance and harmony. The 2 vibration is extremely sensitive to the needs of others and is often in (or put in) a position of mediation or counseling. There is an enlightened energy to the 2. This makes others feel comfortable talking to them about their deepest feelings. The areas of family, friendship, love, parenting and marriage are all easy subjects for those in this life path because they enjoy being supportive and affectionate. The 2 is extremely loyal and genuinely enjoys seeing others succeed.
The hardest thing in the world for a 2 is dealing with conflict. They dislike it so much they will do nearly anything to avoid it. If they are not careful, they can become too compliant and end up being a doormat in relationships or at work. Love is extremely important to the 2 vibration. They dislike being alone and become overanxious if they feel ignored. The life path of the 2 comes into balance once they learn to set boundaries and settle in the fact that they do not need to solve everything for everyone all of the time.
Life Path Number 3
The energy of the 3 life path vibrates facets of expression and communication. In fact, it is a life path commonly found throughout the entertainment world, politics and sales-related professions. The 3 operates on the expectation to be out enjoying the thrills of life and likes to be part of anything that gets them noticed. A keen eye in the 3 gives them a gift for fashion, interior decorating, photography and other types of art. They make captivating writers, orators, singers and dancers. The 3 has an energy that makes them naturally entertaining, even when they aren’t trying to be.
Sometimes, the need for excitement is so strong in the 3 they become destructive if they don’t have a way to properly channel their energy. They’ll create a drama-filled life that becomes so emotionally draining for everyone around them, they end up alone. Since they also prefer to have fun first, it’s not uncommon for 3’s to find themselves in hot water for simple things like not paying the rent or bills on time. Unless something substantial happens, those with a 3 life path generally find their balance later in life when maturity and experience gives them the ability to be more conscious of their actions.
Life Path Number 4
The life path of the 4 vibrates with aspects of learning and education as well as logic and routine. Those in this life path seem like human computers, taking in data on a constant basis and processing it in their heads. Naturally, this makes them very good at breaking down complex ideas and putting them into practical use. Creating a feeling of security is utterly essential for the 4. As a result, they prefer sticking to routine and are always on top of their finances. They have a great appreciation for the simplicity of nature and often enjoy spending time in the outdoors.
Sometimes, a 4 can get so rooted in custom that any modicum of change sends them into a tailspin. Other times, they will get lost contemplating a marathon of ideas, leaving the people around them feeling neglected. With their penchant for logic and reason, the 4 has to be careful not to put a damper on romantic relationships. They simply have a hard time noticing when they are coming off as cold and unfeeling. To keep themselves grounded, it is recommended that those with a 4 life path take time to clear their mind by regularly jotting down their thoughts in a blog or journal.
Life Path Number 5
The life path of the 5 is built on free will, celebration, exploration and travel. Whereas others comfortably live life by the schedule, the 5 life path feels trapped trying to stick to one. They prefer variety and actually operate much better when they are allowed to “play it by ear” and go with the flow. Because they are inherently adaptable, they always land on their feet. If there is a new place or concept to be explored, the 5 will already be in the thick of it. They like to experience life and are drawn to innovative, rare and risky things.
The energy of the 5 life path can get backed up and go haywire if there is not enough going on to keep them busy. Their love, home and professional life becomes filled with calamity and they may find it hard to dump playing the role of the victim. There is also a risk of overindulgence for the 5. Whether it is drugs, food, sex, overspending or anything else, their bent for excess can land them in serious trouble. To keep the aspects of this life path in the positive, a 5 must consciously steer clear of unhealthy outlets for their energy.
Life Path Number 6
It is the inherent energies of the 6 life path that constantly drives them to provide care and nurturing to those around them. The aspects of compassion, domesticity, healing and matters of the heart emanate from this vibration, making them exceptional guardians and caretakers. It doesn’t matter if it’s in their personal or professional life, everything is done from a standpoint of kindhearted support. They make great marriage partners and home and family is everything to the 6. Their homes are always magnificently decorated. Their affinity for beauty and putting things together to create a visually stunning environment is outstanding.
A 6 life path often gets too wrapped up in taking care of everyone else and, more often than not, this leads to feeling overwhelmed and taken advantage of. There is also a tendency to operate on the assumption that because they’ve been so helpful, they have the right to expect constant, outright exaltation from those around them. However, what they perceive as “helpfulness” is just bulldozing everyone out of the way and taking over. A stable 6 life path rests on learning to set firm boundaries for themselves and others when it comes to giving their time and effort.
Life Path Number 7
The life path of the 7 is a cerebral number, strongly vibrating aspects of intellect and exploring intangible concepts, understanding and deep introspection. Their inquiring minds have them delving into an array of subjects. The 7 is more than happy to spend time sifting and sorting through many layers of complex philosophical topics. Because they are thinkers, time alone is essential to their wellbeing. Their investigative nature gives them a great appreciation for travel and they also enjoy being out in tranquil, natural settings. There is an intuitive air to the 7 and when they have something to say, people listen.
There are times when a 7 will spend so much time in their heads, their people skills suffer. They may become overly cynical of anyone’s beliefs but their own, making it hard for them to maintain friendships or accept and give love. Things become even more difficult when the 7 would rather work— something they love to do— than interact with people. If they are not careful, their acerbic tongue will cost them everything personally and professionally. The life path of the 7 is most stable when a base of faith is balanced with regularly exploring existence outside of the mind.
Life Path Number 8
The 8 life path revolves around aspects and experiences having to do with careers, finance, leadership, success and power. The drive to achieve goals is remarkably strong and there are many wealthy individuals within this life path. However, the number 8 is a number of balance and it is not unheard of for 8’s to take on faith-based careers. Ambition, courage, organization and the ability to bring ideas into reality are strong. If a project or concept falls through, the 8 will be right back up on the horse to try again. They have the type of discipline that others envy.
An 8 will focus on work or their career to the point of letting their home and/or romantic life suffer. It’s not really on purpose— it’s simply hard for them to “turn it off” sometimes. Since they have a strong energy that occasionally tips them into aggression, insomnia or chronic restlessness, regular physical exercise is an absolute must for this vibration. Most 8’s will experience a fall from grace (or multiple falls) because of their unwillingness to listen or take advice. For the 8 life path to be truly successful, a balance must be struck between all the aspects of their material and spiritual sides.
Life Path Number 9
As the last single digit number in numerology, the life path of the 9 expresses aspects of completion, accomplishment and the higher self. Those in this vibration tend to attract all kinds of people and situations to them because, in essence, they are the sum of all the numerical vibrations. Since they are often concerned for the world and all who live in it, 9’s are usually involved (or at least interested) in social causes. The 9 is a giving soul and they like to take care of others. Having a family and being good parents is important to them.
The sensitive 9 must be careful to not stretch themselves too thin. This often happens when they worry more about everyone else and fail to let those around them know when they need a break. They are so good at holding things together, it can be hard to tell when they are struggling. Yet, once a 9 feels disregarded, they become sullen and passive-aggressive and will shut the world out as punishment. They must learn to voice their needs. The 9 life path achieves equilibrium once they are in the habit of being as good to themselves as they are to others.
How Numerology can be used
Numerology is both a technique and a belief system in the value and significance of numbers. Some psychics use numerology in order to come up with their reading. They believe in the relationship between living things, objects and the value of certain numbers.
Numerology was once the substance of mathematicians who believed that certain series of numbers had specific meaning. They included numerology in some of their theorems. Over time, this belief system passed and mathematics was made separate from numerology. It was not unlike the relationship between chemistry and alchemy or the relationship between astronomy and astrology in times long passed.
Numerology was found as early as the days of ancient Babylonia and in the works of Pythagoras in the Sixth Century BCE in Greece. The Chinese, the Egyptians, the Hebrews and even early Christian mystics believed in a relationship between numbers and objects or events.
Understanding the Numbers
In some numerology series, the numbers 0 through 10 have a mystical significance. For example, the number 1 means the “individual or the aggressor”. In Chinese philosophy, it is the Yang. The number 2, on the other hand, stands for “balance, union and receptivity”. It is the Yin in Chinese philosophy. The number ten means “rebirth”. Each number has a certain significance that can be used to identify the direction a psychic reading should go. Exactly which numbers are picked to arrive at the above numbers depends on the psychic and his or her belief system. It could be your birth date or how old you are. Different manipulations can be done on the numbers in order to gain a number that is between one and ten.
Psychics and Numerology
Some psychics use an alphabetic system that matches letters with certain numbers. The letters can be the letters of your whole name or other significant letters that are then given a numerical value. The end result is a significant number, which could direct a psychic reading or could define a person’s lucky number. For example, you could add up the numbers of your whole name as defined by a grid that matches the number with the letter and then you can get a whole number which is your lucky number. The numbers of letters in a person’s whole name are also sometimes used to guide a psychic reading or to find a person’s lucky number.
Believe it or not, the decimal or base 10 system is not the only base system used. Sometimes, numerology can be based on the binary system, the octal system or the hexadecimal system. You get different results and the readings are completely different, depending on what base you use.
Besides your name and your birth date, numerologists often use the name of your lover, your address and other important dates in your life, such as the dates of your children’s birthdays, your wedding date, etc. All of these numbers are said to have direct significance on areas of your life and can be used to predict the future.
Those who practice numerology have a strong belief in the significance of the “lucky number” and have techniques for determining what your lucky number is. A good numerologist can not only tell you your lucky number but can help determine when in your life are good dates for things like future weddings and when you’ll find your ultimate lover. Numbers can also give the numerologist insights into exactly what your personality style is, just by using the correct numbers and manipulating them in significant ways. Numbers are said to have certain vibrations that can be picked up by the psychic who practices numerology. The vibrations have certain meanings and can help determine the future and other aspects of your life.