An Introduction to Numerology

Know the basics of numerology, the science of knowing good & bad effects of numbers on your life. Numerologists can analyze the characteristics of a person just by studying the date of birth and name.

What is Numerology?

Numerology is the easiest way to judge a person, just by knowing the full date of birth and name of the person.

Numerology has a very ancient history and it was practiced in ancient China, India and Europe. Pythagoras was one of the most famous numerologists in the ancient world. He is considered as the pioneer of Modern numerology.

Now numerology is practiced world over. Expert numerologists can predict many things going to happen in the life of a person.

Numbers in Numerology
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The Basic Number

The basic number, which is known also as Root Number, is a person's date of birth reduced to single digit number by adding the numbers within the date. If the date of birth is already in single digit, it is the basic number. For example, if your date of birth is 1, then your basic number is 1. But if your date of birth is 10, then also your basic number is 1, as 1+0=1.

In numerology, each basic number has its own characteristics. By knowing the basic number of a person, we can know his/her positive and negative characteristics.

The Life Path Number

The Life Path Number is derived from adding all the numbers in the full date of birth and reducing it to a single digit number. For example, your date of birth is 15.12.1984, by adding all the numbers in it, we get the total 31. Now again we have to add the numbers in 31 to reduce it in a single digit number. 3+1=4. So 4 is your Life Path Number.

Life Path Number is also known as Destiny Number and Fortune Number.

Like the basic numbers, each Life Path Number has its own characteristics. By knowing one's Life Path Number, we can know the way the person will live. The characteristics of the same basic number and Life Path Number are different. i.e. The characteristics of Basic Number 4 and Life Path Number 4 are not necessarily the same.

The Name Number

Like Basic Number and Life Path Number, the name number is also very important in numerology. The name number is calculated by adding alphabetical number of every character and reducing it to the single digit number. Every name number has some special positive and negative characteristics.

If the name number is not positive or not harmonious to your basic or Life Path Number, the numerologists suggest you to change spelling of the name to get a better name number.

In Indian numerology, the first letter of the name is most important to read a person.

The name of a person has deep influence on the life of that person.

Limitations of Numerology

We should know that numerology is better for reading a person, what are his positive or negative traits, what type of mindset he has etc. But exact predictions are not possible for by using numerology alone. So many numerologists take help of astrology and palmistry to predict.

Moreover, considering all the 3 factors, i.e. Basic Number, Life Path Number and Name Number is a must thing to read a person perfectly.

Even if a person has most positive things in his date of birth and name, if his spouse, partners have got bad characteristics, this will have a negative impact on the person.

However, we should know what Cheiro, one of the most famous numerologist, astrologist and palmist said about numerology. He said, "I have started believing in numerology more than in palmistry or astrology as the results obtained from numerology are cent percent true to the facts of life".

So if you want to judge a person by using numerology, do not just depend on it, unless you have a deep knowledge. And even if you have a better knowledge of numerology, always confirm what you read about the person by using other methods. After all, there are exceptional cases, and no person in the world is 100 percent bad or useless.

Video: The Numbers 1-9 in Numerology

© 2014 Mahaveer Sanglikar

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minababe 2 years ago

What a very informative hub! Years and years ago I used to be very skeptical about so-called "New Age" topics such as astrology, tarot, I Ching and numerology, but certain incidents (like striking coincidences and unusual premonitions) made me change my tune and take these a lot more seriously. It's been awhile since I've looked at all of this stuff, but I may revisit it again, particularly numerology.


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BeatsMe 2 years ago

Pretty interesting. It's quite easy to add the numbers but not that easy to understand numerology. You have to know a person well to do that, I guess. Just my humble opinion, though, I could be wrong. :)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

I had heard of it before, but never knew how it worked, so this was fascinating! voted up and shared, nell


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jainismus 2 years ago from Pune, India Author

MizBejabbers,

Thanks for your comment. Number 11 is one of the master numbers. It should be used as it is i.e. 11 when it is a compound number in name numerology and also while calculating in life path number. But when it while calculating basic number it becomes 2. That is what I and most numerologists do.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Janismus, do your numbers also use the number 11 as a basic number? In other words, the number 11 or its multiple 22 is not to be added together. One of my given names is an 11, and I was instructed to leave it at that. The funny thing is, my doctor misspelled that name on my birth certificate using double "r", and I spell it with a single "r". When I checked both spellings, each one totals 11 (coincidence?). The name is of Greek origin meaning "gift of god", so I may need to take it literally. Voted you up.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

That was helpful for those of us who had no knowledge of it at all..thank you!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

An Introduction to Numerology is a helpful and informative hub and presented with a useful video.

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