What is Numerology?

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Numerology is an ancient method of analyzing ourselves and our life direction, gaining guidance on the basis of numbers and their vibrations.

Modern numerology often contains aspects of a variety of ancient cultures and teachers, including Babylonia, Pythagoras and his followers, astrological philosophy from Hellenistic Alexandria, early Christian mysticism, the occultism of the early Gnostics, the Hebrew system of the Kabbalah, The Indian Vedas, the Chinese "Circle of the Dead", and the Egyptian "Book of the Master of the Secret House" or Ritual of the Dead.

Pythagoras and other philosophers of the time believed that because mathematical concepts were more "practical" and therefore easier to regulate and classify than physical ones, they had greater actuality.

St. Augustine of Hippo wrote in the fourth century A.D. "Numbers are the Universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth." Similar to Pythagoras, he believed everything had numerical relationships and it was up to the human mind to seek and investigate the secrets of these relationships or have them revealed by divine grace.

In 325 A.D., following the First Council of Nicaea, departures from the beliefs of the state Church were classified as civil violations within the Roman Empire. Numerology did not find favor with the Christian authorities and was described as an unpproven belief, along with astrology and other forms of divination and "magic". Despite religious purging, the spiritual significance assigned to sacred numbers had not disappeared. In fact several numbers, such as the Jesus Number have been analyzed by Dorotheus of Gaza. Numerology still is used in Greek Orthodox circles.

An early example of the influence of numerology in English literature is Sir Thomas Browne's 1658 discorse The Garden of Cyrus. In it, the author playfully uses Pythagorean numerology to demonstrate the number five and the related Quincunx pattern can be found throughout art, design, and in nature - particularly in botany.

Modern numerology has various sources. Ruth A. Drayer's book, Numerology, The Power in Numbers was one of the first of the 20th century. Later, Mrs. L. Dow Balliett combined Pythagoras with Biblical references. More recently, during the 1970s, Balliett's student, Dr. Juno Jordan, changed Numerology further and helped it to become the system known today under the title Pythagorean.

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