500 years before the birth of Christ, a Greek philosopher and
mathematician, Pythagoras, discovered the dependence of the musical
intervals on certain arithmetical ratios of lengths of strings at the
same tension. This contributed to the idea "that all things are
numbers", the philosophical kernel of Pythagorean thought, and the
astrologers and astronomers of ancient Egypt, Babylon and India, gave
us the theory that the vibrations of certain numbers govern individual
numerology is based on two principles; that numbers provide the clues
to the structure of the universe, and that a person’s name or birthdate
when analysed will reveal all about that person’s character, potential,
and course through life.
is the most important yet simplest number to calculate. It is obtained
by adding the digits of your birth-date together, then reducing the
answer to one integer number. Thus: If you were born on 21st July 1965
or (21.07.1965) you add and reduce as follows:–
2+1+0+7+1+9+6+5 = 31 = 3+1 = 4 Your birth number is:– 4
General characteristics of birth numbers.
are the characteristics generally attributed to the nine birth numbers
which when applied to the human character, are alleged to represent the
inner qualities with which you were born.
Those born under the number One are very positive in their outlook but
sometimes tend to be obstinate or dogmatic. They have pride in their
creative ability, and in many cases this pride serves to foster
independence and a reluctance to depend on others. Having an
independent nature, number Ones are loath to serve in a subordinate
capacity, and react strongly to any form of constraint. Leadership and
the exercise of authority comes naturally to them, and when these
positions are unavailable, their talents are best employed in
independent undertakings. Luck features strongly in their lives,
although realistically "luck" is something they tend to create rather
than just wait around for. Compatibility can be found with numbers Two,
Five and Eight.
While endowed with similar creative talents as the number One, number
Two people tend to manifest these in a spiritual rather than a physical
way. Unlike number Ones, they lack confidence and are inclined to seek
the strength and protection of others. This lack of confidence will
sometimes lead to a poor self-image and over sensitive reaction to some
situations. Environment plays an important part in their lives, and if
their surroundings are not to their taste the tendency is to look for
greener pastures elsewhere. Two people appreciate the support of
stronger willed people and usually seek it in number Ones, Fours and
Like number One people, Three people are ambitious, strong and
conscientious in whatever they undertake. A place for everything and
everything in its place is the order of the day, and they are just as
much at home taking orders as giving them. Their love of discipline
often finds them in the Armed Forces or government positions that
require the implementation of firm decisions. Some Three people are
exceptions to the rule however, and their biggest failing is to abuse
those in authority to the extent of making enemies. The general
tendency is to be attracted to number Eight people, with Sixes and Twos
trailing close behind.
Number Fours are often individualistic to the point of
unconventionalism. Radicals, they rebel against any form of constraint
whether it be in the form of regulations or authoritarianism. Leaders
in many fields, they are inventive, and aspire to positions of power
whereby they can help others less fortunate than themselves. Financial
status is rarely important to them, yet they have the ability to
acquire wealth if they so desire. Inclined to be introspective at
times, their moods can vary enormously swinging from deep depression to
elation. Number Fours need the love, understanding and compassion that
can be found in the nature of Six people, although they could learn a
lot from a Five person.
Resilient would probably be the best word to describe a number Five
person. They have the happy knack of being able to adapt to most
situations and experiences. Change in particular appeals to them, and
they feel more comfortable with travel and excitement than a routine
existence. Very perceptive, they do not suffer fools gladly and have
little patience with the plodder. They are adept at communication and
usually excel in the written and spoken word. Money comes easy, but
value for money is their watchword when it comes to spending. They are
compatible with those numbers who are prepared to respect the
worthwhile attributes of a Five person.
Number Six people are usually very friendly and have a happy knack of
keeping relationships on an even keel. If crossed however, they can
also become formidable enemies. They are attracted to the arts, keen on
nature and music, and abhor discord of any kind. Security and comfort
play an important part in their lives, and pursuing these desires can
at times cause conflict. Their nature generally allows them to
harmonize with most other numbers, particularly Sevens and Nines, but
they have to watch out that they don’t smother their partners with the
affection they give so freely.
Like Five people, Sevens are travellers and communicators. Their
knowledge of the world and of the arts contributes to their
philosophical outlook on life, and their versatility enables them to
engage in a wide variety of money-making occupations. While original
ideas come to them frequently, they lack the concentration needed to
see them through. Their love of travel often sees them engaged in
businesses connected with overseas. Seven people harmonize with most
Single minded and ambitious, Eight people often take on the
responsibility of public life, in which their endeavours are much like
number Fours — to help the underdog. Deep thinkers, they tend towards
the extremes in professions and callings; successful politicians to
clergymen, labourers to entrepreneurs. Their motives are sometimes
misunderstood because a warm head is difficult to discern under a cold
exterior, this inclines them towards isolationism. Eight people are
compatible with those who appreciate intellect.
Opinionated and tending to be conceited, Nine people can sometimes make
enemies quicker than friends. Their attitude probably stems from the
fact that many have struggled early in life to make a success of
themselves. Independence is bred in them, and for most of the time they
like to be in full control. Absolute power however, can corrupt. Always
looking for affection, their conceit can sometimes spoil what may have
been a worthwhile relationship. They are efficient, loyal and
dependable, and compatible with most other numbers, in particular
Threes and Sixes.
numerologists consider the most important number to be your name
number, and this can be arrived at by using the Pythagorean system
2 3 4
5 6 7
B C D E
F G H I
K L M N
O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
Substitute the figures for the letters of your name, then add and reduce to the lowest integer as before.
Example: Betty Smith = 2+5+2+2+7+1+4+9+2+8 = 42 4+2 = 6
using this method it is alleged to have the advantage of obtaining more
desirable characteristics simply by changing your name to a diminutive
or a nickname.
the sceptical viewpoint Numerology is not a science as some of its
proponents claim but simply entertainment. As only one of the ten
digits is used to arrive at an assessment, it means in effect, that
each individual shares the same characteristics as 500 million others
on this planet, hardly indicative of a person's individuality.
name Pythagoras is usually invoked by numerologists, who seek to give
credibility to their art by an association with ancient scholarship,
hardly a likely association as Pythagoras wrote in ancient Greek with
no knowledge of Latin.
then, are held by numerologists to be a language in themselves, and
with a simple transposition of letters for figures and simple addition,
they claim that one’s destiny can be foretold; but with its fixed rules
and prophecy, any divination must necessarily depend on the innate
talent and inadequacies of the diviner as in palmistry and card
hold that the birthdate, which is unalterable, is the more accurate.
This can easily be tested, try the following:
a friend for their birthdate, calculate their numerological number,
then read them one of the character assessments listed above under a
number which is not theirs. You will find that they will agree that
much of it was a fair assessment. Then apologize, saying that you have
read the wrong one and pick another, not the correct one — again they
will agree that it was a fairly close assessment! Why is this? It is
because we subconsciously seek to make it fit, a subliminal desire in
all of us to find a formula by which we can foretell the future, or at
least support the claims of those who profess the ability to do so.
up, numerology is another attempt to reduce human complexity to a set
of pre-conceived and general units, to analyse character, and to
further the pursuit of future knowledge. The best that can be said for
the art is that it is entertainment, to have any faith in it,
particularly as a method of prediction, could be disastrous, as many
who have purchased "lucky number" schemes promoted by numerologists,
have found to their cost.
(Investigator 58, 1998 January)
(From: Skeptoon, 1994, Harry Edwards. Harry Edwards Publications)
NUMEROLOGY AND FORTUNE TELLING
Congratulations on another fine issue of Investigator.
The diversity of subject matter and the range of opinions (in No. 58)
are exceptional, and contribute to the magazine's interest. The
articles on Numerology and Fortune Telling were of special interest.
Harry Edwards makes some important points about the ambiguity of number
symbolism (especially the arbitrary interpretive mechanism of Name
letter substitution), I hasten to add that the Pythagoreans were
attempting to establish a qualitative approach to number as a means of complementing the already obsessive, quantitative idolatry of number which has come to be associated with the sciences (statistics, physics, mathematics, etc).
qualitative approach is aimed at establishing the meaningfulness behind
numbers, and the interconnections and relationships between numbers and
the phenomenal world. Qualitative approaches to any of our most popular
disciplines (especially in the Universities) still have a long way to
go before they win the respect that quantitative approaches have won in
an overly-rational Western world.
article on Fortune Telling reinforces the well known fact that there is
no shortage of parasites out there ready, and able to fleece a gullible
public. However, my personal experience has shown that there are
individuals among us with uncanny skills which would shock the socks
off the most ardent skeptic. I hope or wish that your skeptical readers
may have, as a didactic exercise, such an experience in order to
appreciate that the world is not comprised of only charlatans, but
genuine and sincere, and truly 'talented' individuals with skills that
do surpass the average person.
(Investigator 59, 1998 March)
In the conclusion of a debate about Dowsing [Water Divining] Edwards referred back to Mr Storm's above comments and responded:
#59 Mr. Storm wrote: "... my personal experience has shown that there
are individuals among us with uncanny intuitive skills which would
knock the socks off the most ardent skeptic."
I challenged Mr. Storm to provide examples. No examples have been forthcoming. Just a lot of wind – Storm?