Numerology - An Aid to Personal Development

Numerology has its entertainment uses, yet a chart and analysis can be a valuable complement to psychometric assessments, acting as confirmation of findings, while offering additional insights into character traits and tendencies; strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities. I say this based on having created numerous charts, including those of some fraudsters which interestingly had some common number patterns. I've obviously done my own, many times, and some years back I had my astrological chart created, and both offer additional insights into what drives and motivates me, and in what environments I thrive best. I also completed the 16PF and OPQ psychometric questionnaires. Understanding human behaviour and in particular the process of change has been a lifelong passion, hence why I am now a coach, and why I've spent the last 25 years working in fields relating to personal development designed to improve self-awareness. There is much more to each one of us than our personality. Try as we might to be robots and fit in, there's invariably what can feel like self-sabotage tendencies at work. Properly understood these are wonderful pointers to something better. Knowing our core self, and what makes us tick helps us identify that 'something better' and work out how to experience it for real. There is no one system or methodology that can accurately and fully reveal a person's core character, and how to make the most of their time here. In my view we are fourfold beings; emotional, mental, physical and spiritual (whatever that may mean to a person), and each aspect needs to be integrated for us to feel whole. For that to occur we have know all these sides of ourselves. Any system based on science and art and logic and reason that helps with this endeavour, is to me worthy of consideration. Numerology has its place, and has earned its right to be taken more seriously than it is at present, but computer generated one-size fits all interpretations, which are similar to horoscopes, have given it a bad name. Bespoke Chaldean charts, especially IMHO those based on phonetics, can be a treasure trove of information.  As a framework for self analysis and improved self awareness such charts are in my view as good as anything else out there in business fields designed to optimize a person's output. 


Numerology is thousands of years old and dates back to the Chaldeans (pronounced Kaldayans). From Wikipedia: “…The short-lived 11th dynasty of the Kings of Babylon (6th century BC) is conventionally known to historians as the Chaldean Dynasty, although only the first four rulers of this dynasty were known to be Chaldeans... The region in which the Chaldeans settled was in the southern portion of Babylonia, lying chiefly on the right bank of the Euphrates.” The ancient Chaldeans are known for advanced astrology, mathematics, and spiritual understanding. They recognized that all things are energy, and connected sounds to vibrations, vibrations to numbers, and numbers to letters. In the West, what is known as Pythagorean Numerology is the most popular, partly because it assigns fixed numerical values (between 1 and 9) to the alphabet, making it relatively easy – via software programmes - to generate charts. Chaldean Numerology is similar, but numerical values run from 1 to 8. The number 9 is not used, because it is considered sacred. Phonetic Chaldean Numerology takes this art-cum-science to another level, and returns it to its roots; how a name is pronounced, assigning numerical values according to sound. A Phonetic chart must therefore be constructed by hand.


When people hear the term Pythagorean numerology they naturally think it is closely tied to Pythagoras’ teachings, but the Pythagorean system has less in common with Pythagoras, than the Chaldean system. From The Secret Science of Numerology, by Shirley Blackwell Lawrence:  It is impossible to trace the roots of numerology without becoming entwined in a fascinating web of the Kabbalah, the Hebrew alphabet, biblical writings, the ancient wisdoms, and the background of the most famous proponent of numbers, Pythagoras… According to legend… Pythagoras was born in Syria… He was named Pythagoras in honour of Pythasis, the oracle who foretold his birth. As a youth [he] studied in the temple of Melchizedek… Six centuries later Jesus of Nazareth studied in the same temple because his sect, the Essenes, embraced the teachings of Pythagoras… As a young man Pythagoras left his native Samos, and for the next 30 years he travelled and studied with various masters in surrounding countries. Rabbis taught him the secret traditions of Moses that had led to the laws of Israel. In Egypt he was given instruction by the priests of Thebes in the mysteries of Isis, and studied there for 22 years… In Phoenicia and Syria, Pythagoras learned the mysteries of Adonis… [He] learned all he could from the Greek philosophers. He was initiated into the Babylonian and Chaldean mysteries… In the Euphrates, Pythagoras learned the secret lore of the Chaldeans. He studied for several years in Hindustan with Brahman priests who were the only ones allowed to interpret the sacred Hindustani texts, the Vedas… In 536 B.C. at age 56, he journeyed to Crotona, the Greek-speaking region of southern Italy, and established a school that combined religious ritual with scientific study. This was the first university in history. Here, among esoteric lessons, the secrets of number vibration were revealed in personal discourse by Pythagoras to a select few; the discourse was so secret, it was never written… Children with a 7 birth path were readily taken into the school, since Pythagoras felt they were meant to learn the mysteries… In his lectures, Pythagoras stressed the value of wisdom above all else: you can continually give it away and still have more to spare. It is what makes the difference between a real man and a beast… Academically, the students were given what Pythagoras considered the triangular foundation of all arts and sciences: occult mathematics, music and astronomy… Astrology had originated in Babylon in the fifth century B.C. where it was first called ‘Babylonian Numbers.’ So mathematics developed from astrology… Since “number” was the underlying principle of all three sciences; math, music, and astrology, great importance was attached to it. The science of Numbers was considered to be the origin of all things, and it was believed that greater knowledge of God could be gained by understanding numbers. So Pythagoras’ Science of Numbers was built on Kabbalistic principles. Where we have been taught that a number depicts a quantity or an amount, Pythagoras taught it to be a living qualitative reality…”

Say 123 out loud and pay attention to the sound generated, and from which part of the throat it comes. Now alter the sequence to 312, and then 213, and 321. The sound will be different in each case. Put another way, the energy or vibration will be different. Although a basic test, this does illustrate the basis of numerology. The combination of a person's birth name and date of birth equals a unique series of numbers, which are constantly interacting and generating vibrations.  

Phonetic Chart Example:  Here's Christopher, M.P. Huhne's chart. As you will see it is only partially complete, in terms of numbers, but I think it is better than the previous one, with all the xxxx's!

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