“Numerology is the esoteric science of numbers. It is often called the magic of numbers, although its concept is close to astrology and other sciences of antiquity.
Numerology originated several millennia ago in Ancient Egypt. It was the Egyptian priests who created a unique numerical system that allows one to compare specific qualities of a person with a specific number.
Ancient Egyptians expressed knowledge of the magic of numbers and harmony of proportions in their art and architecture. Indirect evidence that Egypt possessed this knowledge are the numerical proportions of the pyramids, which still boggle our imaginations.
The Egyptian concept of number symbolism was later popularized by the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who introduced a mathematical aspect to this system based on the harmony of the square. Pythagoras was the first to understand: numbers are not abstract at all. The system of the Egyptians, complementing the meanings of individual numbers with the values of the target lines of the square of Pythagoras, stating that numbers are the basis of all things.
According to Pythagoras, any number has its own characteristic; it vibrates in the same way, emits vibrations, like any note of a musical row. Some numbers have stronger vibration, others weaker.
Pythagoras viewed number as an expression of the physical, mental and spiritual qualities of a person. He believed that numerology affects all areas of life. It is the key to hidden talents, to the past and the future, it is a practical discipline that develops a person as a person.
“All things can be represented in the form of numbers,” Pythagoras argued, and letters, like numbers, have their own secret code. Pythagoras and his followers reduced all numbers to single digits – from 1 to 9 European societies such as Rosicrucians, Freemasons, Anthroposophists and others. Numerology gained particular importance in the teachings of Kabbalah – a mystical interpretation of the Old Testament, which is based on the symbolism of numbers. The Kabbalists expanded the Pythagorean concept by using numbers in magic squares for various purposes. They looked for new knowledge in sacred texts, reducing words and letters into numbers. This kabbalistic method of reduction serves as the basis for modern numerology. The main attention in it is paid to the knowledge of the character of a person through the study of the numerical expressions of a person’s name.
In ancient times, each developed culture had its own numerological tradition. There were number systems in Babylon, Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Palestine, India, Phenicia, Chaldea, China.
Numerology has found recognition in Russia as well. Thus, Count Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian writer, was a staunch supporter of numerology. Born on August 28, 1828, Tolstoy believed that the number 28 played a very important role in his fate and until the end of his life believed in its mystical power: it was on October 28, shortly before his death, that he left his home in Yasnaya Polyana forever. He attached great importance to this number not only in life situations, but also in his literary work. It is curious that the hero of the novel “Resurrection”, Prince Nekhlyudov, is experiencing a spiritual rebirth on April 28. In the epic “War and Peace”, when describing the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, there are also elements of numerological prophecy. Pierre Bezukhov, who was preparing for the assassination of Napoleon, associates with Satan the apocalyptic “number of the beast” – 666 (which is mentioned in chapter thirteen, verse eighteen of the “Revelation of St. John the Theologian”) and goes to it, reducing the French letters of the expression “l’empereur Napoleon” using the Hebrew Kabbalistic system.
Numerology was of great interest to most of the famous thinkers of the past. O. Balzac, G. Flaubert and A. Einstein showed interest in it.
With the opening in the XIX at the beginning of the 20th century. Florence Campbell and other scholars have tackled the problem of modern adaptation of Pythagorean symbolism. At the end of 20th and beginning of 21st century. the science of numbers is experiencing a renaissance. Using the long-forgotten discoveries of Egyptian priests, Chinese sages, and Pythagoreans, scientists recreate, supplement and try to lead to a single logical reunification of knowledge scattered in centuries and countries.
Modern scientists say that everything in the universe vibrates and has energy, and all energies are interconnected. Your character is determined by the vibration that was set at your birth. Your thoughts are vibrations that make you do certain things and give energy to your actions. The vibrations of the personality interact with the vibrations of time and space, and you are faced with certain events in life, with certain circumstances.
Hardly anyone knows why predictions based on the interpretation of number combinations are made. We only know that they come true, that’s all. But precisely because it is so, you can find answers to many questions.
(Translated from Russian to English, Excerpt from Big Book of Numerology, Natalia Olshevskaya)