What Is Numerology? How It Affects Your Daily Life

    What Is Numerology? How It Affects Your Daily Life

    Numbers are everywhere, in obvious areas and less obvious ways in our lives. When we’re born, we’re assigned a social security number, and one of the things that we memorize is our phone number. We celebrate a certain number as we age, too - 16, 18, 21, 30, 50. It’s no wonder that they have become so important to us; it’s just part of the culture. 

    Some people take that focus on numbers even further, learning more about a decades-old art known as numerology. You may have seen it done before, but it’s so much deeper and amazing than most people know. Here at Birthdate Co., we celebrate the universe and what it has to tell us. So, with that in mind, what is numerology, and how can it affect your daily life? 

    Who Is Pythagoras and What Does He Have to Do With Numerology?

    The history of numerology is deep and fascinating. Although the actual term “numerology” didn’t make its way to the English language until 1907 (not all that long ago, if you think about it), the basic concept has been around since the dawn of history. It’s believed that almost every culture practiced some form of numerology - from Babylon and the ancient Egyptians to Rome, China, and Japan. 

    The real numerology OG came from Greece, though… a man named Pythagoras. You’ve probably heard of him before, as he is the naming inspiration behind the Pythagorean Theorem that we’re commonly taught in school.

    Unfortunately, we don’t know too much about the man (that’s what happens when you’re born in 570 BC). Pythagoras was considered both a philosopher and a mathematician, and his near-obsession with numbers led him to travel out of Greece and study a concept known as Chaldean numerology for 22 years. This was unheard of at the time, and he took that knowledge and developed it even further. 

    Pythagoras believed that everything in the world was built on the power that numbers hold and that all of them could be broken down and assigned a specific numerical value (mostly as a single digit). It’s this system, now known as the Pythagorean Number System, that earned him the title of the father of numerology. Without Pythagoras, we probably wouldn’t have modern numerology as we know and love it. 

    Numerology And Religion

    Although you don’t have to be religious, or even spiritual, to practice and appreciate numerology, there is some tie-in, especially historically. Certain religious concepts that really do revolve around numbers, even if they don’t specifically recognize it as being “numerology.” 

    A good example of this is the Christian idea of the “number of the beast.” Is there anything that is more closely tied with the concept of Satan than the number 666? This number holds power for people who subscribe to Christian beliefs, and even non-religious people recognize this number as being related to the devil. 

    Lesser known is the number 888, which is the numerical value of Jesus’s name in Greek (which is Iesous). 888 is also frequently referred to as an angel number. And really, think about the Holy Trinity. Without the Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost, there really would be no Christianity. 

    But it isn’t just Christianity that puts value on numbers. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days, no more and no less, while Ramadan is either 29 or 30 (depending on the lunar calendar that year). The power in celebrating for that specific amount of time is essential to the fundamentals of that religion. Things have been done that way since the religions were first started. 

    What Is Numerology? The Basics

    While numerology is complex, at its core, it’s just a study of the numbers in your life and what they can tell you about yourself and your future. That same information can also be used to gain insight into the people around you and even the world as a whole. More than most anything in life, numbers are universal, even though they may look slightly different from culture to culture. 

    There are plenty of different types of numerology out there, like Pythagorean numerology, Kabbalah (famously practiced by Madonna), Chaldean, and Vedic, which each vary in their interpretations of the numbers and what they mean. Regardless, the basic concept really remains the same, and you don’t have to subscribe to any specific belief system to be able to start using numerology in your own life. 

    It can help to think of numerology as similar to astrology. It’s a guide to life, revealing your strengths and weaknesses and who or what you may become. It’s also a lot simpler than astrology because it doesn’t require you to know the exact time and place you were born for accuracy. Think of it as a form of self-care, which is so important. When you know more about yourself and who you are, you can love and support yourself better. 

    Finding Your Life Path Number

    To really build a complete portrait of yourself, it comes down to calculating a few numbers. Each tells you something different but important about your life. However, no matter what type of numerology that you use, no number in your numerology chart is more important than your life path number. 

    Your Life Path Number

    When you calculate your life path number, it tells you who you really are at your core and gives you a hint at what you may deal with in the future. Think of this number as similar to your sun sign.

    To get your life path number, all you need is your birthday. You’ll add it up until you get a single number, which is far less complicated than it sounds! 

    Here’s an example: 

    • If your birthday is 11/7/1994, you’d start adding it together by 1+1 to make 2 and 1 + 9 + 9 + 4 to make 23. 
    • You can add the 23 up even further by combining 2 + 3 to make 5. 
    • Then, add those numbers together - 2 + 7 + 5 which equals 14. 
    • And finally, add 1 + 4 to get your final life path number of 5. 

    That might sound a little confusing, but it will start to come naturally with a little practice. 

    The only exception to this rule is if you get a “master” number at the end, which is considered to be any number that is doubled, like 11, 22, etc. Those numbers have power on their own, so you wouldn’t add them up any further. Make sense?

    Each number has a specific set of qualities and characteristics (both positive and negative) attached to it. Here’s a brief breakdown. Calculate yours and see if it relates to you (it should!):

    • One: Independence, innovation, leadership, dedication, creativity, dependence on others
    • Two: Balance, cooperation, sensitivity, genuine, feeling hopeless, self-criticism
    • Three: Self-expression, charm, optimism, social magnetism, difficulty with commitment
    • Four: Honesty, hard work, organization, strong-willed, practicality, rigidity
    • Five: Freedom, change, adventure, flexibility, open-mindedness, self-indulgence
    • Six: Harmony, responsibility, nurturing, warmth, lack of self-care 
    • Seven: Introversion, learning, observation, peace, reflection, difficulty appreciating things
    • Eight: Strength, authority, success, determination, confidence, difficulty expressing emotions
    • Nine: Healing, compassion, idealism, charisma, obsession with success
    • Eleven: Spiritual awareness, insight, intensity, dreamer, moodiness, internal criticism
    • Twenty-Two: Inner power, positivity, change, insincerity, self-censoring, overbearing

    Using Your Life Path Number

    Once you’ve calculated your life path number, how can you use it in your daily life?

    We’d like to suggest that you honor yourself by purchasing a Birthdate Candle. Each candle features a scent designed specifically for the month and date of your birth, customized to who you are on an astrological and numerological level. 

    This is an incredible form of self-care, too, because there really isn’t much that is more relaxing than taking a nice, warm, undisturbed bath as a time out. And trust us, you deserve it. If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly worrying about and doing things for other people, and it’s time you took a step back and took care of yourself, too.

    Ultimate Insight

    Birthdate Co. believes in the power of numerology to open up a sense of insight into who you really are. You can use this power to develop your sense of self and bring out the positive characteristics that make up who you are. Numerology can also help you cope with your less positive qualities (we all have them, so no judgment from us). It gives you a guidebook to yourself, and all it takes is a little basic math. 


    Pythagorean Theorem...Interactive | NASA 

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