As many of us know by now, considering we now make incredible technological advancements daily, that data is made up of 1’s and 0’s. Did you know, however, that the human genome works in a very similar fashion? Numbers are essential for our interpretation of information from data.
Remember that show, Numbers? The characters in the show believed anything and everything could be solved with math; even mysterious murders. Where would a writer or a television producer get such an idea? The simple answer is that everything is energy. Essentially, data is really nothing more than numbers and, of course, energy.
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Numerology can be traced back to the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. The earliest evidence of numerological practices was recorded as far back as 3000 BCE. Certain Mesopotamian groups containing Numerologists of that time had the belief that numbers held divine significance. The ancient Egyptians used numerology to understand the mysteries of life and death, as well as to predict the outcome of battles and natural disasters.
It’s possible that Numerology goes back even further. Obviously, it’s difficult to know where it truly began because there are no known records that have been found to clarify the origin. We do know, however, that many other cultures and faiths practiced Numerology and were likely influenced by Mesopotamia and Egypt.
Chaldean numerology is also known as “Mystic Numerology.” It originated in ancient Chaldea, which was an empire located in present-day Iraq. During the reign of the Chaldean Empire, approximately between 1000 BCE to 600 BCE, Chaldean Numerology flourished.
The Chaldeans believed that each number possessed unique vibrations and energies, which impacted all things. This numerological system was deeply ingrained in their religious and spiritual practices, where numbers were seen as divine messages from the gods. At that time, Chaldean priests and astrologers played a significant role in society, utilizing numerology to advise rulers, predict future events, and provide guidance to individuals seeking spiritual enlightenment.
Based on Jewish mystics’ understanding of the Kabbalah, this is the origin of Kabbalistic Numerology. The Kabbalah is a mystical tradition that emerged in the 12th century, focusing on the esoteric interpretation of religious texts. Kabbalists believed that the universe was constructed based on divine numerical patterns, and through numerology, they sought to uncover hidden meanings and gain spiritual insights
Kabbalistic numerology gained prominence during the Middle Ages when it was an integral part of certain sects in Jewish practices. Scholars and philosophers delved into the study of numbers, drawing connections between them, letters, and the divine. Numerology was seen as a means to understand the mysteries of creation, the nature of God, and the spiritual journey of each individual.
This type of Numerology was based on the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, which could all be translated into a number. This way, Numerologists could visually see the communication from the higher realms by studying their vibrations. Later, the same teaching would be translated into the Greek and then Roman alphabets as well. During the 20th century, it became even more popularized by Hermetic teachings, related to Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism.
These same Kabbalistic and Hermetic principles were applied to the traditional tarot deck we use today. This is especially apparent in the Major Arcana, which is the first twenty-two cards in the deck.
Pythagorean Theorem and Mysticism
One of the most influential figures in the history of Mathematics is Pythagoras. Interestingly, he traveled to both Mesopotamia and Egypt, where Numerology was used, to study with them. Later, their teachings helped him to become one of the greatest mathematicians of human history.
Pythagoras is best known for his work in Geometry, particularly the discovery of the Pythagorean Theorem. An ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras was believed to have been born around 570 BCE on the island of Samos. He later settled in Croton, a Greek colony in southern Italy, where he established an exclusive, divine mathematical school known as the ‘Pythagorean Brotherhood‘.
Although Pythagoras was renowned for the Pythagorean Theorem, he also delved into the realm of mysticism and even founded Pythagorean Numerology, which is what many Numerologists use today. Pythagoras and his followers made significant contributions to the understanding of numbers along with their symbolic undertones. They believed that numbers held a mystical and divine significance, with each number possessing unique properties and vibrations.
Over somewhere around two thousand years later, we still study the Pythagorean Theorem in school. Those teachings come from the same guy who founded Pythagorean Numerology. Even more shocking is to realize that Numerology dates so far back that it predates the time of Jesus Christ on Earth! 🤯🤭🙃
Pythagorean Numerology, also known as Pythagoreanism, is a system that assigns numerical values to letters of the alphabet. By converting words and names into numbers, practitioners can analyze and interpret their symbolic meanings. This system is based on the belief that everything in the universe can be reduced to numbers in which the cosmos naturally communicate.
Pythagorean numerology has found its way into modern-day practices, such as astrology, tarot, and even marketing. Many individuals and businesses consult numerologists to gain insights into their personalities, relationships, and future prospects. The influence of Pythagoras’ numerological teachings continues to be felt in contemporary society.
In Pythagorean Numerology, each letter is assigned a numerical value from 1 to 9. The values are then added together to obtain a single-digit number, which is believed to represent the essence and characteristics of the word or name.
For example, the name “John” would be converted to 1 + 6 + 8 + 5 = 20, which further reduces to 2 + 0 = 2. Thus, the number 2 would represent the qualities associated with the name John, such as diplomacy, cooperation, and harmony.
Numerology has been influenced by an amalgamation of cultures, beliefs, and throughout thousands of years. From Egypt to Greece to a worldwide practice that many of us still use today. Perhaps numbers truly are a language of the gods, among many languages they may speak.
From Within the Labyrinth,
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