Numerology is a symbolic study of rhythm, cycles, and vibration. The exact origin of numerology is discretely buried in the mists of time. If one were to be exact, it could be said the numerology has its origin before the beginning of time! In its most esoteric form numerology simply reflects the tides and cycles of creation as set in motion by the Creator.
It is related to astrology, a better known cousin of symbolic investigation. They are both concerned with the relationship of angles and vibrations resulting from the activities of celestial movements and the cycles of time, space and the ongoing process of evolution.
The study of numerology began with mans earliest attempt to understand the relationship between self and the cosmos. In recorded history, it is known that numbers were significant in the Sanskrit of the ancient Hindu culture, as well as in ancient China. Modern numerology, in its evolution, was also influenced by the Arabic system of numbers. Yet another important branch is in the tradition and symbolism of the Kaballa. The Orient also has a rich tradition of giving value to numbers. The Bible is similarly laden with a profound history of symbolism based upon numbers. Within the history of these cultures is a wealth of yet undiscovered wisdom based upon the esoteric teachings of their numerical traditions.
The individual most responsible for influencing the method of numerology in use today was Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher born between approximately 600 and 590 BC. Pythagoras founded a school where the instruction of mathematics, music, astronomy, and philosophy was conducted in conjunction with esoteric wisdom. He taught the relationship between man and the divine laws as reflected in the mathematics of numbers. Upon his philosophical strength and mathematical contributions the study of numerology, as it is today, has been established.
There was said to have been two levels of teachings within the school: the exoteric and the esoteric. Today many of those students of old still exercise their interest in numbers. The exoteric students incline toward mathematics and science and often have little or no regard for the intuitive side of numbers (numerology). The esoteric students in today’s world can be found working with numerology and sometimes very advanced and theoretical mathematics. These former esoteric students for the most part have trouble learning standard mathematical teaching. Curiously, you find accountants and bookkeepers who have worked with numbers for years and suddenly become fascinated with numerology.
Today’s scientists and technologists are paying ever-increasing attention to the use of vibrations and frequencies. The advent of electricity introduced whole new applications of working with natural cycles. Radio, television, x-rays, and sub-atomic cycles, are some facets of modern technology that have opened the door to greater study and application of the principles of cyclical oscillations. New knowledge of the biorhythm cycles has made the public more knowledgeable about just how important it is to be aware of the cyclical patterns in our daily life.
Physicists have learned that materials previously defined as inert, also have their own consciousness, which is established by their rate of vibration or frequency. The advances in quantum physics and astrophysics abound with escalating discoveries about our universe and our relationship to it. More understanding of the GUT (Grand Unified Theory) is published daily. The study of numerology has from its conception held the key to understanding the GUT. Perhaps more important numerology holds a key to experiencing it first hand. The study of numerology can take you from an observer of the event of evolution to a conscious participant in it.
Numerology as it is more commonly practiced provides a means of understanding cyclical patterns or qualities related specifically to the individual’s personal life. By understanding one’s own particular rhythm, it becomes easier to flow with life. With such understanding one can become the master of fate, rather than a victim of destiny’s circumstances. Its application may be more meaningful today in an age of rampart materialism and existential crisis, than it was with the ancient seeker.
The historical portrait provided herein is admittedly short and succinct. Other previous writers on the subject have provided more details for the historically minded. The emphasis of this volume is upon the application of numerical knowledge in the here and now.
A More Personal Introduction to Numerology
Numerology in the whole scheme of things is a relatively unknown subdivision among a category of studies generally known as the occult, metaphysics, New Age, self-awareness, arcane, and/or esoteric philosophies. To the general public it is a bunch of unsubstantiated nonsense (although the general person, who after saying that, can frequently be found turning the page of the newspaper to check their daily horoscope). The dogmatic religious person is likely to deem numerology to be blasphemous, pagan, heathen, profane, and perhaps sinful. A scientifically oriented individual might think of it as misleading, pseudo scientific, ridiculous, and unworthy of attention. As a practitioner of over fifty years, I have listened to all of those comments and criticisms.
Numerology is even a relatively obscure part of the intuitive arts (astrology, numerology, tarot, kaballa, and I-Ching), and has absorbed much skepticism, refute and even ridicule from numerous sources. I have been asked many times why a one time psychotherapist with three degrees in psychology would end up dedicating so much of his life to such a socially debated and considered by many to be such a questionable art?
Good question. I guess at this point in my life it is easy to say, because properly applied, it works! It is far from being a flawless source of reference, and our knowledge of the true secret of numbers is scant. However, even with our limited human scope, there are some beautiful gems of insight that come from this source of symbolic study.
I have laughed at an occasional skeptic when the numbers reveal more about the person that perhaps they are aware of them self. I have been flushed with confirmation when I read the latest findings of the astrophysicist and cosmologist, only to find that information was revealed to me years ago. I have been pleased that the study of numbers has been an aid in revealing some of the deepest and darkest hidden secrets of the soul, while revealing some of the greatest spiritual and mystical moments of manifestation.
And so I carry on after 50 years of investigation and application of numbers.
Numerology is the study of vibration, cycle and rhythm. As the seeker works deeply and intimately with numbers, that seeker extends their range of sensitivity to increasingly expanded levels of consciousness and awareness. This leads to the dance with the true cycles, rhythms and vibrations of creation. It can open the door to a direct experiential immersion into the nature and dynamics of color, sound, music, quantum physics, cosmology, the double helix DNA strand, dance, theology and psychology just to mention a few areas of exploration.
It is the intuitive partner of mathematics. Mathematicians perform endless calculations in an attempt to confirm minute truths within the greater whole. The enlightened numerologist lives in contact with the whole, but may have trouble trying to convey the magnitude of such an experience. It can also be uninspiring to dabble with the parts once you have connected to the totality. Mathematicians could often benefit by trusting the intuitive expansion that comes from working with numbers. Numerologist could often benefit by having the mathematical skills to better measure and quantify their experiential knowing.
If you allow consciousness to follow the vibratory path through the multiple levels of consciousness, you come to the original vibration and cycles of creation. From this vantage point of awareness one experiences first hand the very essences of man (divine and human). And at this point of awareness the deepest lessons of psychology, theology and cosmology all come together.
The academic cosmologists look outward from this level and try to put together the secrets of how creation began. The experienced and attuned numerologist experiences first hand from memory the process of creation and resonates to the experiential event from within. Having experienced that connection to the oneness, it can be difficult at times to focus upon the distractions of lesser planes (particularly the material). On the other side of the paradox, one realizes the lesser planes and laws are but mere reflections of the greater glory set in motion at the beginning by the creator.
As one learns to resonate with his/her own personal numbers, that person can then expand focus to resonating with other brothers and sister of humanity. Then one can learn to resonate with nature and all of her kingdoms. From there comes planetary attunement, systemic attunement, galactic attunement and connectedness to the Source.
One can follow the progression of growing attunement to the most inner core of Self. At the central core comes the awareness of all creation and the opportunity to interact with creation from a central point of being. Such is the path of the awakening mystic who wafts with the rhythms of the cosmos and delights in the true dance of life.