The 101 on Numerology

by Charlotte Newton
Taylor Magazine Minimalist guide to life

My interest in Numerology was born when I happened to mention to a friend at yoga that I always saw 11.11 on the clock. She knows I am a bit of a geek, so couldn?t believe that I hadn?t heard of the significance behind seeing repeated numbers, or what numbers can tell us about ourselves. Ever since then I?ve been hooked and despite it being a pretty ?woo woo? concept, the accuracy of Numerology readings are enough to convince even the most cynical of critics. There are a lot of different numbers that mean a lot of different things for your life. For example, the 919 angel number means that you will be starting a new chapter in your life. I find it all very interesting but I know that it can be a bit confusing.

What is Numerology?

Essentially, Numerology is the study of numbers to tell us more about our character, purpose, traits, motivations and life path ? a bit like a horoscope but using the numbers in our Date of Birth. While horoscopes typically span across 30 days, Numerology is specific to the exact date you were born, making the descriptions more accurate.

According to Numerologists, each number has a specific vibration. The idea is that your vibration matches that of your number, which can enable deeper enquiry into the self (which we will briefly cover in this article with the life path number). The vibrations in repeated numbers (like 11:11) can help guide us on our path, and specific combinations of numbers can help with decision making.

The Basics:

There are ten numbers used in constructing Numerology charts; 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 22. The most basic element of Numerology is your life path or ?ruling? number, which can be determined by adding together the numbers in your DOB, repeatedly, until you get to one of these numbers.

Let?s take a few examples:

28/5/1985: 2+8+5+1+9+8+5 = 38. Then 3 +8 = 11. So this person is a life path 11 (11 and 22 are the only double numbers you don?t add together as they are what?s called Master numbers)

1/3/1982: 1+3+1+9+8+2 = 24. Then 2+4 = 6. So this person is a life path 6.

Below is a very brief overview of the characteristics of each number, but if you Google ?Life Path x? you?ll find hundreds of websites with more detailed overviews, such as here –

2Sensitive, unassuming and supportive. Special ability to work under the guidance of dynamic leadership; providing loyal, intuitive support. They must be allowed to progress at their own pace or they can feel pressured. Very reliable, diligent and compassionate, often acting as peacemakers.
3Place much emphasis on thinking and reasoning. Primarily expressing themselves through thinking, planning and analyzing, they have acute mental alertness and a quick wit that makes them bright and intelligent company.
4Physical people who have an extensive spectrum of expression that includes most physical or organizational type work. They are the doers of the world and prefer doing things to discussing them. They rarely sit still, with a strong eye for detail and a trustworthy, reliable nature.
5Fives hate feeling restricted. They are sensitive souls who need freedom to express themselves. Many feel the strong desire for adventure and readily travel / change jobs. Their love of people is a primary motivation and can often be found in the entertainment industry.
6Six?s excel in creative endeavors, but have a tendency to worry unnecessarily. They have a loving nature, a sense of caring responsibility and a highly creative mind. They are exceptionally unselfish and tolerant people who must guard against people taking advantage of them.
7Ruling 7?s tend to learn a lot of lessons from the book of life. They have a limitless capacity for learning and make excellent teachers, however they must be allowed to learn in their own way. They are the most active in life and any losses they experience can help them grow immensely.
8Independence is very important for eights. Complex people who possess great wisdom and strength of character. They have an enormous capacity for compassion and empathy and take pride in their external appearance.
9Nine?s have the humanitarian qualities of ambition, responsibility and idealism and they tend to put people before things. More suited to art than science and non commercial jobs. Honesty and integrity are highly important to them.
10There is a great variety in the expression of ten?s, varying from highly likeable to highly insecure. They are very adaptable, with a happy disposition and content with more superficial pleasures like sport. Generally artistic with a sensitive touch.
11A high level of spirituality surrounds elevens and they are able to guide humanity to higher levels of awareness. They love refinement, beauty and cultural values of life, with high levels of morality, intuition and emotion. They have a deep love for family and friends and are dependable and honest
22This is the master number and these people have limitless potential. They often achieve seemingly impossible goals and possess outstanding leadership skills. They can come across as having a lack of emotion, but they are highly sensitive and intuitive people.

This Is Only The Beginning:

This article only scratches the surface of what Numerology can tell us. You can also work out the Numerology of your name (each letter corresponds to a number), as well as plotting your Date of Birth into a grid to reveal the ?arrows? of your personality and your areas for development (where there are no numbers). Take a look at this Numerology Name Calculator to get your numerology report.

If you always see a series of repeating numbers, e.g. on your phone, clocks, computer etc, then it?s really easy to Google what that could mean for you. Just simply type ?Significance of seeing xxx?.

If you want to find out more, then my Numerology bible is called ?The Complete book of Numerology? by David A Phillips. Oh and if you?re interested, I?m an 11.

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