Often associated with astrology, numerology is the belief in the divine, mystical, and special relationship between numbers and events in the real world. Those that study numerology study the symbolism of numbers. It is often used to determine particular characteristics about a certain person including their personality, strengths, talents, inner needs, and emotional reactions.

## History of Numerology

Numerology is not a new phenomenon. The relationship between numbers and coinciding events has been noted for thousands of years. Indeed, numerology’s history stretches all the way back to ancient Egypt and Babylonia. The field was first formally organized by well-known mathematician Pythagoras about 2,6000 years ago in ancient Greece. Since its beginnings, numerology has constantly evolved, slowly becoming the modern field of study that it is today.

## How Numerology Works

To the outside observer, numerology can at first seem quite strange and difficult to understand. Yet it is based on fairly simple principles. These include the fact that the universe vibrates at its own particular frequency. You can use the principles of numerology to find the vibration rate of any given object, including people. This is how numerology works to ascertain significant information about an individual’s personality and overall character.

In essence, all numbers are first reduced to the single digits of 1 through 9 except for the special numbers 11 and 22. Each of these numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 22) represent one of the major vibration rates that everything in the universe vibrates at. Each of these is, in turn, associated with a certain personal characteristic.

Each of the numbers in numerology is reduced by addition. For instance, the number 23 is reduced by adding 2+3. This equals out to 5. Larger numbers with more digits, such as 193, are reduced by adding 1+9+3 to get 13. This number is then reduced by adding 1+3 to get 4.

Letters in an individual’s name are given numerological equivalents in much the same way. These numbers are then reduced with the same method as above. The table below shows the letters of the alphabet broken down into number form.

At the end of the day, the simple mathematical formula discussed above allows a numerologist to derive a number of characteristics about a person. The evaluation of these characteristics will then provide an accurate character analysis. When all is said and done, about half of the analysis comes from the birth date while the other half comes from the name.

## Final Thoughts on Numerology

Numerology has been refined through centuries of study. When practiced by a skilled and experienced numerologist, a numerological evaluation can explain a lot about a person’s characters. The discussion above breaks down the specific process that a numerologist uses to read the numbers that make up a person’s birthdate and name.