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The Theory Behind Numerology

It's been said that numbers are the closest thing we have to a universal language. They are what they are, and as a rule, aren't subjective or emotional in nature, which is why they are also the language of science.

Numbers by themselves are fairly interesting, but when you use them to build a system to help you understand yourself and the universe around you, you have a subject that is fascinating and has held our attention for thousands of years.

In a nutshell, numerology is based on the belief that the name you were given at birth AND the day, month and year you were born influence who you are and what potentials lie before you over the course of your lifetime.

Pythagoras (who is most commonly - and mistakenly - credited as the "Father of Numerology") believed that the entire universe is composed of mathematical patterns, and that all things can be expressed in numbers that correspond to universal vibrations.

This is another approach to what quantum physicists have been saying for quite some time now, and that is that when you get right down to the most basic level, the universe is made up of fluctuations of energy - vibrations, in other words. And as we know from our high school science classes, vibrations can be expressed mathematically in terms of frequency and amplitude. Which is just another way of saying that the universe can be expressed as a (very large) series of numbers.

A (Very) Brief History of Numerology

Historically, we run into the same problem that we encounter when we try to examine the origins of palmistry, and that is that there doesn't appear to be any solid proof as to when numerology was first developed.

It's generally accepted that the ancient cultures of China, India and Egypt were familiar with numerology long before the Greeks began using it, but most books still credit Pythagoras as being the father of numerology.

You probably remember Pythagoras from your high school geometry class - you know, for any right-angled triangle, the square of the long side is equal to the sum of the square of the short sides.

To make a long story short, the teachings of Pythagoras were adopted by Plato and studied by early Christian scholars, including such notables as St. Augustine. This in turn led to the expansion of numerology during the Renaissance, and it continues to be studied and practiced today.

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