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An Introduction to Numerology

Updated on October 25, 2017
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Mahaveer Sanglikar is a famous Numerologist, Motivator and Author from Pune, India.

-Mahaveer Sanglikar

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 or read a person, just by knowing the full date of birth and the name of that person.

Numerology is very useful for self analysis.

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

Now numerology is being practiced world over.

The Numbers in Numerology

There are different types of numbers in numerology. The most important numbers are Birth Number, Life Path Number and Name Number. These numbers are used for basic reading of a person, so are known as basic numbers, or core number. Moreover, there are few other supportive numbers, which include Month Number and Year Number.

Numbers in Numerology
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The Birth Number

The Birth Number, which has many other names like Root Number, Mind Number etc., 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 Birth Number. For example, if your date of birth is 1, then your birth number is 1. But if your date of birth is 10, then also your Birth Number is 1, 10= 1+0=1.

In numerology, each Birth Number has its own characteristics. By knowing the Birth 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, suppose your date of birth is 15.12.1984. Now, by adding all the numbers in the date, we get the total of 31. (1+5+1+2+1+9+8+4 = 31). Now again we have to add the numbers in 31 to reduce it to a single digit number. 3+1=4. So 4 is your Life Path Number.

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

Like the Birth Number, 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 Birth Number and Life Path Number are not necessarily the same.

You may like to read more about this subject at: Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path Number

The Name Number

Like Birth Number and Life Path Number, the Name Number is also very important in numerology. The name number is calculated by adding the number value of each letter in the full name and then reducing it to a single digit number. Every name number has some special positive and negative characteristics.

If the name number is not harmonious to your Birth or Life Path Number, the numerologists suggest you to change the 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.

Numbers in Numerology and Their Meanings

Here is a short introduction to the meanings of the numbers. The traits given here are the basic qualities of the respective numbers.

Number 1
Leadership, Exploration, Initiative, Management

Number 2
Arts, Negotiation, Salesmanship, Knowledge Oriented

Number 3
Joy and Happiness, Enthusiastic, Charming, Helping, Attractive, Caring, Emotional

Number 4
Logical, Straight Forward, Planner, Analytical, Observation

Number 5
Quick Thinker, Multi talented, Genius, Depressed, Impulsive

Number 6
Family oriented, Caring, Artistic

Number 7
Introvert, Secretive, Restless

Number 8
This number is related to Money, Wealth, relationship problems

Number 9
Humanitarian, Struggle, Completion, High Temper

Numerology is Not Astrology

We should know that numerology is better for reading a person, to know what are his positive or negative traits, what type of mindset he has etc. This reading is done entirely with the help of the numbers derived from the person's birth of date and name. Numerology has nothing to do with planets and their situations, Zodiac Signs etc., because it is just about numbers.

To guide a person through numerology, the numerologists suggest Behavior Change, Precautions, Use of Lucky Numbers, Lucky Days and Lucky Colors. Few numerologists suggest signature change. But if an astrologer is practicing numerology, it is seen that he suggests gems and rituals.

Video: The Numbers 1-9 in Numerology

© 2014 Mahaveer Sanglikar


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    minababe 3 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 3 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 3 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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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India


    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 3 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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    Bill Holland 3 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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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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