A Brief History of the Prophetic Arts: Numerology

From Selecting Your Psychic, from Main Street to Wall Street by Victoria lynn Weston and Mark Woodhouse, Ph.D

Like astrology, numerology can be used as a blueprint for life. An individual’s birthday and name translate into numbers, which can reveal individual potential and challenges to be experienced.

Much of the spiritual and scientific understanding of numbers is owed to Pythagoras, the father of mathematics. Pythagoras was born around 582 B.C. on the Greek Island of Samoa, in the Aegean Sea As a young man, Pythagoras left home and traveled to Egypt, where he was initiated into esoteric mathematical doctrines. Pythagoras is most famous for his geometric theory, “the square of the Hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the two sides.”

Pythagoras believed that numbers, on a personal level, represent characteristics, abilities and events. He saw that number patterns and geometrical ratios explained all natural phenomena, such as musical harmony and tonal qualities. Pythagoras taught that: “Evolution is the law of life; Number is the law of the universe; Unity is the law of God.” He also taught that numbers represent qualities; figures represent quantities. Numbers operate on the spiritual plane, while figures are for measuring things on the material plane. Plato was a follower of Pythagoras, and most of our knowledge of the Pythagorean school stems from his writings.