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Pythagoras The Ancestor of Numerology

Updated on March 9, 2012

Article discussing the influence of Pythagoras on the birth and Science of Numerology

An article that discusses and looks at the beginning of the significant science we now know as Numerology. I cannot deny that Pythagoras was indeed instrumental in its beginning, back in 530 B.C. in Croton, Southern Italy.

As many of you know my main work studying the various works of Master of Cartomancy. I am well versed in the magic and divinity of playing card readings. I can from the different spreads make an association and then give the querent (the one whom I am reading for) an truthful prediction of what is coming up in their lives.

More recently I have been researching and studying the great capacity of numbers and in particular numerology. It is proving more and more fascinating. The results have been thrilling and have put me on a new and entrancing path. I have therefore decided to go right back to basics, by studying the Forebearer of Numerology - Pythagoras. I trust that this will be as intriguing and interesting as it was for me, in writing and publishing this.

I soon found that the history of numerology is not exactly clear and no one can give a conclusive answer as to how and where it first originated. Most Numerologists accept that Numerology probably first originated in Babylon and Egypt. Under the influence of the Hebrews this is where the Chaldean System was born. We do have evidence that numerology was used in Greece, Rome, Japan and China thousands of years ago. Most of the credit for numerology in recent time is nevertheless given to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras of Samos the Greek island in the eastern Aegean born about 570 BC. He was born on the island of Samos, was an Ionian Greek philosopher and mathematician and attributed as the founder of the religious order called Pythagoreanism.

He was without of one of the best known and most extraordinary philosophers of his day. During his youth he travelled widely visiting many places including Egypt. His father was a wholesaler called Mnesarchus. A whole host of teachers were put at the disposal of Pythagoras, many taught him in Greek others in Oriental and Egyptian. Egyptians are thought to have taught him geometry. A Delphic priestess taught him and introduced him to natural law; her name was Themistoclea. He learnt mathematics from the Phoenicians. Astronomy was taught to him by the Chaldeans. Mythology and the order of ones life were taught to him by the Magians. When you study about his apprenticeship the one teacher that is mentioned over and over is Pherecydes, one of his Greek teachers. We know that Pythagoras travelled extensively just to collect information and doctrine. He visited Arabia, Egypt, Judaea, Babylon, India and Phoenicia. He was explicitly intrigued in any knowledge he could gather on cults, mystic and secrets. Plutarch writes in his book that whilst he was in Egypt, he took advice from a priest know as Oenuphis of Heliopolis. Sadly we cannot identify any traces of evidence of what, if anything he assimilated from this priest. Whatever secret rites that he showed could well have been taken from the Greek religion itself. His ideology could have well come from a Greek mindset developed and shaped by the expected influence of that time. The authorities of ancient times also notice the similarities between the religious mindset of Pythagoras and the Orphic or Cretan mysteries. We just cannot acquire any really strong proof as to the where he found he facts and knowledge or even his actual philosophical views. Lots of the things discussed and written by Aristotle and Plato is not actually attributed by the to Pythagoras but in actually fact to the Pythagoreans. Xenophanes did say that Pythagoras did believe in the trans migration of the Soul. Heraclitus did say that he was a man of great knowledge. Some say that Pythagoras said he was the Son of Panthus and that he has been many other characters such as courtesan, tradesman etc. In a book written by Philostratus he says that Pythagoras knew who he had been in previous lives. Lots of mathematical discoveries were attributed to him of course this includes his very famous theorem. He made other discoveries in astronomy, medicine and music. One of the biggest impressions he made some feel it was on the theological front. It is claimed by some that the Cotonians identified him as the Hyperborean Apollo and was well versed in prophecy and horoscopy. In many of his visits throughout Greece; Sparta, Phlius, Delos and Crete quite often he is seen as a priest or in religious guise.

He was feeling at odds in Samos quite possible because the tyranny of Polycrates it would have made it difficult for him to put into action his projects there. He had so much responsibility in Samos with public duties that it thought he felt very overburdened. So he decided to move to Croton in Italy. He moved there around 530 B.C.

Quickly he became followed by many. We are led to believe that he made a most dramatic speech, which encouraged the people of Croton to leave their lives of corruption and luxury and follow him and pledge their lives to a much purer way of life which he would lead them in.
Pythagoras opened and established a mystic society as a school - his own doctrinal order. Called the semi circle he taught mathematics, music and astronomy. He allowed both men and woman to attend. All students were expected to stick to a code of high secrecy and could not write his teachings down. Some say that his pupils had to endure a five year long period of silence to give them great powers of meditation and contemplation as well as develop their faith.

The people that followed him set up a sect or brotherhood with the main purpose in following the religious practises as taught by him. Most accounts agree that all that was taught was kept a highly secretive. One thing we can conclude is that his teachings concerning his secret creed were prominent in his system. There is some belief that fundamental to his teachings was connected to the worshipping of Apollo. He requested discipline and pure hearts. Some say that he forbid his followers to eat any animal food. It linked philosophical, religious and political doctrines.
As time went on this very exclusive club certainly contributed in people in Croton becoming quite hostile and grudging. This could have led to its eventual downfall. Nothing however is certain. A lot is assumed. We do believe that there was conflict between Croton and Sybaris. It is quite probable that the sect of the Pythagorean took a major part as the forces of Croton. They achieved a success and then The Crotians trying to work for a more democrative constitution whilst it was resisted by the Pythagoreans. They did after all have enemies included some that had been banned from the religious sect. These encouraged the population to rise in opposition to them. They were besieged when they were all together in one of their meeting houses. They set fire to the domicile and many of the group were wiped out. In other cities where the Pythagorean sect had grown to, had to accept similar fates. The Pythagorean faith was destroyed and never allowed to rise again. They did carry on to exist and their members did continue with their doctrine both scientific and religious. When we look at what happened to Pythagoras there are many differing reports. Some say that he died in his sanctuary with his supporters. Others say that he made his way to Metapontum where he died by starving himself to death. Some say that he married a woman called Theona a lady from Croton. They had children a son by the name of Telauges and three daughters named Arignote, Damo and Myia. Pythagoras is considered as the creator of the Pythagorean system believing that facts of existence is mathematical. Viewing the entire universe as being made up of mathematical patterns. He was convinced that everything could be described and expressed as numbers and that number held their very own pattern of energy and vibration.

There can be no doubt that in the late 6th century he did make serious contributions to theological teachings and philosophy. Even though is is remembered as the Great Mathematical, scientist and mystic, he is best remembered for his Pythagorean Theorem. Because there is much debate do to lack of evidence and because he worked so closely with a lot of the other pre Socratic philosophers, some examine how much was attributable to him, some do question as to how much he did contributed to natural philosophy and mathematics. So some of the recorded accomplishments of Pythagoras could well have been in truth accomplishments of some of his colleagues and later successors. We do not know if his people believed everything was related to mathematics and that if the highest reality was in fact numbers numbers is not known. Many say that he loved intelligence and that he classed himself as the first philosopher and many of his ideas had a great influence on Plato and at the end of the day all of Western philosophy. Because there was so little real information by the writers, along with all the secrecy around him and his religion lots was made up taking the place of hard facts. Real accuracy about his life is hard to discover and the details that did come through, came about so late and of such undependable sources we can only get a rough outline about his life. Stories about his life were always in demand by the Neoplatonist writers who have provided most of the information. They did not criticise anything at all that referred to the Gods or in fact anything that could be classed as sacred. So because of this we do get many myths. This include stories such as he was the son of Apollo. They also hinted at that he had mythical abilities; such as being able to be in two places at exactly the same time. We only get a few remarks and comments by Herodotus, Plato, Isocrates and Aristotle. The main biographical information comes from Diogenes, Porphyry and Laertius. A work was penned by Aristotle but did not survive. Even though these writers were later on they were probably the best origin from whom Lamblichus and Porphyry got there foundation apart from their own inventions.
We only know not much about what he coached during this time, this being finally written down and recorded after his death. His main interest it seemed was having to do with concepts and principles about mathematics rather that merely solving mathematical problems. He was of the opinion that all things in the universe could be explained via the power of numbers. This is why he made-up his own ideology for this, this was later developed further by other Greek philosophers.

Whilst he did not absolutely create numerology he does take alot of credit for the concept of it because many of his theories took his understanding and theories of numbers to a higher level. Many call him as well as myself "The Sire of Numerology". I am interested in any comments and anymore information especially regarding the relationship that he had with regards to Numerology and urge you to leave comments via Count Marco's Blog or if you prefer visit my blog and obtain your very own Free numerology reading. I would be happy to show you the significance of own numbers and the along with the power and vibration that they bring to your very own life!

Pythagoras & Numerology


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