HISTORY AND UTILITY OF NUMEROLOGYadmin
The study of numerology is as old as history. Various systems of this study have evolved in different countries from times immemorial. Even though the study has a long history, it is still a matter of prolonged and bitter controversy whether it has any scientific basis. In this course, we propose to give some facts and explanations which prove that numerology is a natural science based on experience.
Discredit: The bur attached to numerology
It is necessary for every student of numerology to know why this subject has never been accepted as a worthwhile study. Many causes have contributed to the degeneration of numerology. The majority of the educated public are prejudiced; they regard numerology as mere superstition and condemn it on the ground that modern scientists reject it. But they should note that in this atomic age, what they consider trivial has been discovered to contain immense power. If, therefore, they consider numerology to be too trivial for their attention, I would like to point out this fact: the greatest truths known by the world, though once considered trivialities, have become sources of tremendous force. Another reason for the degeneration of this science is that inspite of numerous treatises been written on it, the modern authors have retained the dicta of old writers, accepting it as an absolute. As the modus operandi in building up this science was anything but scientific, these new theories have been incorporated upon that basic inherent flaw- its speculative approach. This aspect along with ignorant persons practicing the study of numerology has brought it into discredit. Thirdly, scientists have vigorously ignored the study regardless of the fact that occultism has often been the basis of scientific discovery: astronomy was developed from astrology, chemistry from alchemy. Furthermore, it was through occultism that the path of the thought initiated the development of the philosophy and psychology. The taboo which impelled scientists to exclude this study from their research has been mostly responsible for its fall into the hands of quacks.
Ancient India and numerology
The well known palmist and numerologist, Cheiro, has stated in his biography that on travelling to the East-especially India- he had the good fortune to come across a certain sect of Brahmins who had zealously guarded the studies and practices of an occult knowledge since prehistoric times; this wisdom was viewed as sacred as their own religious teachings. Among other things, these Brahmins permitted Chiero to learn certain theories on the occult significance of numbers, and their influence and relation to human life. (In subsequent years, on self- experimenting with this information, his manifold experiences confirmed the accuracy of numerology, which finally led him to simplify and share this practical knowledge with others to be used for their benefit.). These ancient Hindus- delving into the laws of Nature- were the masters of all such studies. But, in transmitting their knowledge to their descendants, they so endeavored to hide their secrets from the common people that in most cases the explanation to the problem was lost. The truth, on eventually being discovered, was shrouded in the dust of superstition. These ancient people, together with the Chaldeans and Egyptians, were the absolute masters of the occult or hidden meaning of numbers, especially in its application to time and relation to human life.
When examining such questions, we must not forget that it was the Indians who discovered what is known as the precession of the Equinoxes (the time when day & night are of equal length i.e 21st March & 23rd September) with their calculations. Our modern science, after labors of hundreds of years, has simply proved them to be correct. How or by what means they were able to arrive at such a calculation has never been discovered. Science has only been able to accept their statement first, and later acknowledge its accuracy; though such accurate calculation without instruments is scarcely conceivable.
The judgment of the Hindus together with that of the Chaldeans, as to the length of what is known as the cycle of years of the planets, has been handed down to us from the most remotest of ages. Modern science, too, has proved it to be correct. So when one comes to a study such as this- where the numbers 1 to 9 form an indispensable basis of all our calculations just as the seven harmonies of music are the basis of all music that have ever been conceived- it is then only logical to accept the decisions of those great students of the past and examine their deductions with an unbiased mind.
Apart from question of mystical associations, the numbers themselves have a very ancient origin. We shall, however, never know the genius who actually invented the numbers. According to Professor Max Muller, numbers were first invented by Arabs.
But it seems they had borrowed this knowledge from Hindus, who in turn, believe to have acquired it from God. Without a doubt, the subject of numerology had interested the most profound thinkers of bygone days; references to figures and numbers have been made in the Vedas and the Upanishads.
The Chinese thought
The Chinese considered odd numbers as denoting white, day, sun, heat, and fire. Even numbers, on the other hand, indicated dark, night, moon, cold, water, and earth. They incorporated into their culture the Phoenician alphabets and its sounds and letters as well. Gematria was the earliest form which revealed the hidden powers of numbers. It ascribed two values to every letter- one of sound and the other of number. The same system is followed in the modern form of numerology.
Numbers of Creation and Eternity
For ages, number 7 has been regarded as the number of mystery, relating to the spiritual side of things and number 9 as the finality or end of the series on which all our materialistic calculations are built. We know that beyond number 9, all ordinary numbers become but a mere repetition of the first nine. For example:
10 = 1+ 0= 1
11 = 1+ 1= 2
Similarly, number 7 has been considered as the mystic number: the seven Devas of the Hindus; the seven Heavens; the seven footsteps at the time of marriage (Sapta-padi); the seven days of the week; the seven angels of the Chaldeans; the seven Sephiroth of the Hebrew Kaballah; the seven thrones; the seven seals; the seven churches.
In the most ancient rules of occult philosophy- whether Hindu or Chinese or Egyption or Greek, or Hebrew- we find that number 7 is the only number capable of dividing the number of Eternity. Let this be explained by an example. Number 1 is the first number; it represents the first cause, Creator, God or Spirit. Zero (0) has always been taken as the symbol of endlessness- otherwise Eternity. By placing 1 and 0 (zero) by its side, we get the significant number of Eternity-1+0, i.e.10. Then add as many of these emblems of eternity (0) till you get a figure such as 1,000,000. Divide this figure by the mystic number 7 and you get the number 142857.
7) 1,000,000 (142857.
Add as many zeros as you like and keep on dividing by 7; you will always get repetitions of the same number – 142857- which from time immemorial has been called the Sacred Number. Now if you add this figure, you get 27, which when added comes up to 9.
The Pythagorean thought
The landmark is the history of numerology is Pythagoras. The discoveries of the Pythagoreans were numerous. They postulated the ten fundamental oppositions:
It was their contention that the Universe is the realization of, and rests on the equilibrium of these opposites. Even numbers were considered soluble, and consequently ephemeral, feminine, and pertaining to the earth. Odd numbers were considered insoluble, masculine, and of a celestial nature. A whole science of number interpretation was developed by Pythagoras. The basic idea of Pythagorean philosophy was that man could grasp the nature of the Universe only through number and form. The four elements, fire, earth, air, and water, comprised the holy four- foldness to which Pythagoreans addressed their prayer: “Bless us, divine number, thou who generates gods and men! 0 holy, holy tetraktys, thou that containest the root and the source of eternally flowing creation! For the divine number begins with the profound pure unity until it comes to the holy four; then it begets the mother of all, the all- comprising, the all- abounding, the first- born, the never swerving, the never tiring holy ten, the key holder of all.”
Pythagoras established a study centre at Crotona where this subject was taught under oaths of secrecy. Later on, Plato accepted the qualities assigned to numbers by Pythagoras.
Numerology in Kabbalah
According to the wisdom of ancient sages, the world came into being through “sound, harmony, vibration and the spoken word”. Kabbalah is one of the oldest forms of knowledge. It means “received from God”. Kabbalah deals with numerology, which is but one of its subjects. The teaching of Kabbalah has been referred to as “the inner teaching of the Mosaic law”. Tradition says that God taught it to a school of angels, who in turn taught it to Adam and to Noah.
The importance placed on the sound and vibrations of the name can be noticed in an old custom followed by the Jews: the name of an ailing person was often changed at the point of death so as to create better conditions and aid the suffer on the road to recovery. In order to annual destiny’s evil decree, it was believed that prayer, charity, change of name, and changes in action were necessary.
Utility of the study of numerology
Every experience is knowledge and therefore, useful in everyday life. We have seen above that for thousands of years this subject has been practiced in all countries and at all times; scientists and educated people have also been taking valuable tips from the scholars of this subject at critical moments in their lives. Even Political leaders who mould the destiny of their nations take advice from astrologers and numerologists to enquire about their own destiny. It is a matter of great interest that during the Second World War, the great dictator, Hitler, used to consult his astrologer on many occasions.
However, when the astrologer found that after repeated successes in battles Hitler had started to ignore his hints, he stopped serving him. He afterwards approached the then British Prime Minister, Mr.Winston Churchill, who consulted the astrologer till the end of the war. It is said that the great emperor, Napolean, Bonaparte, used to spell his name as Napoleaone Buonapart. But on the advice of a numerologist, he omitted the letters ‘e” and ‘u’from his name and heightened the power of his personality, thus becoming Emperor.
If by our study of numbers we are able to find out the laws of nature that affect our lives, we shall be more happy, healthy, and successful in our endeavours; our life will be harmonious and move with such laws. If we can increase the power of our number by constantly repeating it and making use of that number in each and every action, we can absorb the cosmic energy and benefit by that energy; it will add to our personality. We have several self-improvement courses such as, improving our personality, improving our speech, improving our prospects in business, etc. ; similarly, practicing numerology will improve our lives by increasing the vibration force of our personality and lessening the intensity of our difficulties and obstructions.
We take the liberty to narrate one or two instances from our experience which will convince the readers of the practical utility of the study of numerology.
A few years ago a businessman manufacturing electronic goods approached us and told that he was trying to collaborate with another big industry, but somehow, the actual documentation was being postponed and the contract could not be finalized. After working out his birth date and name, our Numerologist suggested that he make a small change in his name by adding one more ‘a’. In order to get quick results, he suggested that the client should go on writing his name with the new addition at least 43 times upto 43 days continuously. He could do so by writing it on a piece of paper every day. Surprisingly enough, his long awaited contract was finalized within three weeks.
On another occasion, another client in Toronto had complained about her two-year old daughter, who was extremely hot-tempered and would cry for hours together. The daughter’s behavior posed a problem for the parent; they had to divert all their attention to her. One of our experts studied the birth date and name of their daughter and found that there was a disparity in the vibrations created by her birth date and the name. We suggested that she change her name and repeat it at least twenty to thirty thousand times. After about five weeks, there was a remarkable change in their daughter’s temper, and she showed considerable improvement in her behaviors.
Specific Numbers of the Months
Each single and compound number has its specific meaning in human life. Every month has its particular number.
The earth rotates once on its own axis every twenty-four hours. The revolving of the earth around the sun causes the formulation of the twelve zodiac signs. In a lunar month the moon revolves around the earth in 28 days. This is a wonderful mechanism of nature which is exactly like the hour hand, minute hand and the second hand in a clock.
- Aries (21st March -19th April): It is the first sign of the zodiac. According to Numerology, Aries covers the ‘period of number 9’. This Zodiac sign is ruled by the planet Mars in a positive sense. 9 is the number for this sign.
- Taurus (20th April – 20th May): It is the Second sign of the zodiac. It covers the ‘period of the number 6’. It is ruled by the planet Venus and its number 6.
- Gemini (21st May – 20th June): It is the third sign of the zodiac which covers the period of the number 5. It is ruled by the planet Mercury and its number is 5.
- Cancer (21st June – 20th July): It is the fourth sign of the zodiac and covers the period of numbers 2 and 7. It is ruled by the Moon and has the double figure of 2-7 as its number.
- Leo (21st July – 20th August): It is the fifth sign of the zodiac. It covers the period of numbers 1 and 4. It is ruled by the sun and has double figure 1-4 for its numbers.
- Virgo (21st August – 20th September): It is the sixth sign of the zodiac and covers the period of the number 5. It is ruled by planet Mercury which has a negative effect. The number is 5.
- Libra (21st September – 20th October): It is the seventh sign of the zodiac and covers the period of number 6. It is rules by planet Venus and has 6 for its number.
- Scorpio (21st October – 20th November): It is the eighth sign of the zodiac and covers the period of number 9. It is ruled by the planet Mars with a negative influence on it. 9 is the number for Scorpio.
- Sagittarius (21st November – 20th December): This is the ninth sign of the zodiac which covers the period of the number 3. It is ruled by the planet Jupiter and has 3 for its number.
- Capricorn (21st December – 20th January): It is the tenth sign of the zodiac. This covers the period of the number 8. It is ruled by planet Saturn and has 8 as its number.
- Aquarius (21st January – 18th February): It is the eleventh zodiac sign. It covers the period of the number 8. It is ruled by planet Saturn which has negative influence. It has 8 as its number.
- Pisces (19th February – 20th March): It is the twelfth sign of the zodiac and covers the period of number 3. It is ruled by planet Jupiter which has negative effect. The number for Pisces is 3.