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Numerology - An Introduction to the Esoteric Mysteries of Divine Order

"Numerology began when life began, because ‘in the beginning there was 1.’ The vibrations then began and the 2 appeared, the first pair, and ushered in the real beginning of universal geometry. Numbers, by themselves, represent universal principles through which all things evolve, and continue to grow in cyclic fashion [spirals]. The digits, 1 through 9 symbolize the stages through which an idea must pass before it becomes a reality. All manifestation is a result of these nine stages.

Esoteric numerology is the art and science of understanding the spiritual significance and orderly progression of all manifestation. Every word or name vibrates to a number and every number has its inner meaning. The letter and number code, when rightly understood and applied, brings us into direct and close relationship with the underlying intelligence of the universe.

We owe much of our spiritual and scientific understanding of numbers to Pythagoras, the father of mathematics. Pythagoras is most commonly remembered for the Pythagorean theorem, which states that : ‘The square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.’ However, Pythagoras was primarily a mystic and a philosopher. He believed that ‘all things are numbers’, and that numbers represent spiritual entities who presence is felt in all existence. He discovered the mystical significance of numbers, noting that the numbers 1-9 stand, macrocosmically, for universal principles. On the personal level, microcosmically, they stand for characteristics, abilities and events. He saw in number patterns and geometrical ratios the explanations of all natural phenomena, musical harmony and tonal qualities [frequencies]. He knew that the stars and planets as vibrating bodies produced sound which became known as the ‘music of the spheres.’

Pythagoras was born around 582 B.C. on the Greek island of Samos, in the Aegean Sea. As a young man he left home and travelled to Egypt, where he was initiated into certain mathematical doctrines. He is also reported to have studied with Zoroaster, the Persian Sage, and to have learned the Kabbalah in Judea. The science of numbers he eventually taught was based on Kabbalistic principles. Pythagoras finally settled in Crotona in southern Italy and established a school of the mysteries. Before his students could proceed into the Pythagorean mysteries, they had to know the four sciences of arithmetic, music, astronomy and geometry. Plato was a follower of Pythagoras, and it is to him that we owe most of our knowledge of the Pythagorean school.

Pythagoras taught that, ‘Evolution is the law of life; Number is the law of the universe; Unity is the law of God.’ He believed that everything in the universe was subject to predictable progressive cycles [spirals]. His means of measuring these cycles were the numbers 1 through 9. He also taught that numbers have significance apart from the values denoted by the figures. Numbers are different from figures. Numbers represent qualities; figures represent quantities. Numbers operate on the spiritual plane, while figures are for measuring things on the material plane. A lucid understanding of these digits is essential in the study of numerology because every number over 9 ultimately reduces to one of these digits. With a comprehensive knowledge of the meaning of these numbers, one can understand the orderly progression of all life cycles. " - Numerology and the Divine Triangle, by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker. The descriptions below for numbers 1-9 are from this book. See resources for more info.

The Beginning

Science claims that in a vacuum where nothing exists, in time [and space] hydrogen ions spring into existence. 1, as the first digit in the series, represents the ion, the beginning, the genesis, the first spark of energy emerging from the original source. It stands alone and and isolated because it is the first; there is no other. It is independent of outside influences or assistance because it has chosen to seek its own self-expression. and cannot therefore be encumbered or swayed. It is decisive and independent and makes the choices necessary to ultimately determine its destiny.  


Represents the male principle, the yang. It is the pioneer, striking out alone, seeking the experiences which will establish its identity. It is in the process of discovering its own abilities. It is raw energy, positive , original and creative, in a state of perpetual motion. Since 1 is alone and is imbued with so much creative energy, it must decide how its energy will be used. It must take command and have the courage to maintain its direction without fear of opposition. 1 is the real I AM [presence] of humanity, the unity of all, the unity of vibrational measuring. It is self-consciousness. 

KEYWORDS: original, independent, aggressive, individualistic, creative, dominant; the first in a series, the start of any operation or activity, the leader, the pioneer, the boss who likes authority. "He who goes forth."


Is the pair, the duo, It is changeable and adaptable and can also be indecisive. It is the agent, the go-between, the diplomat and peacemaker, because unity can only be accomplished through a meeting of the minds, a compromise on each side. 2 represents the feminine principle of receptivity, the yin, which seeks a union of two distinct entities. It is the gestation period in which things begin to form. 2 collects and assimilates. It seeks a balance between opposing forces, and therefore represents cooperation, attachment and partnership. It is the peacemaker, with an avid attention to detail. Because 2 is so keenly aware of opposites, it has a pronounced set of rhythm and  harmony. Music appeals to its sympathetic and emotional nature. The maternal, patient and sensitive characteristics of 2 cause it to place others first, before itself. Union is its goal, not separateness; therefore, it is obedient to an understanding of others. It seeks harmony and assimilation above all.  The hydrogen atoms which sprang into existence under 1 are now hurtling through space. They will be drawn to one another by the law of mutual attraction, or the law of number 2. 

KEYWORDS: adaptable, tactful, understanding, gentle, cautious; a follower rather than a leader. 


Combines the qualities of 1 and 2. It is a fascinating and diversified vibration, carrying he qualities of manifestation and self expression. The ion, which sprang into existence from 0, sought to assert its individuality under 1 and flt the attraction of others under 2, now awakens to its need for social interaction. 3 is the need to communicate and become involved in the pure joy of living. Through it's exhuberant reponse to life, 3 bestows sunny radiance and enthusiasm upon all. 3 is the extrovert whose personal magnetism draws others and inspires them to expand and grow. It is the performer who possesses an inate appreciation of pleasure, romance, art and beauty. Its creative imagination allows all things to be possible; it therefore becomes involved in many emotions and experiences. 3 is friendly, and expansive, thriving on sociability and variety. If any of the numbers could be called happy-go-lucky, it would be the effervescent 3. 

KEYWORDS: expansive, creative, sociable, dramatic, communicative, diversified, creative. 


Is stability, a 4-square consciousness, the symbol of law, system and order. It is firmness, security, stability and conservatism. It is the builder who must submit to earthly things where form and substance are the predominant elements. 4 is nature and relates to earth. The formation of the earth took place on the fourth day in the biblical story of creation. The attraction ions felt under 2 led to interaction under three. Now under 4, the inevitable concentration of energies occurs. Formation takes place.  The ions realize that they can no longer scatter their energies, nut must now begin to place them in a productive, orderly system. 4 therefore develops a practical nature, and through self-discipline , binds itself to a conventional routine exercise of its energy. 

KEYWORDS:  form, work, order, practicality, construction, stability, endurance, discipline. 


is freedom, change and adventure. Curiosity and constant activity produce a resourceful, adaptable and versatile entity always ready to take a chance. Since 5 is the mid-point in the cycle 1 through 9, it allows for decision-making. It might be called the pivotal point in which the ions, now encased in flesh and form, must decide upon their future in the rest of the cycle 6 through 9. It now meets with many opportunities and varieties of experiences through which it will be given the information it needs to make that decision. 5 is involved in much superficial interaction with groups and crowds. Because of its past varied experiences, it is the natural promoter and advertiser, fluent in communications, with a little information about a lot of things, and a desire to travel here and there to communicate it. 5 attracts the opposite sex because of an irresistible magnetism, and this attraction sets the stage for the domestic responsibilities which naturally follow under 6.  

KEYWORDS:  versatility, resourcefulness, adaptability, change, activity, travel, adventure, promotion, speculation. 


Is conscientious. It desires to bring harmony, truth, justice and a sense of balance into its environment. Love and compassion are uppermost in its mind, and can therefore be an effective teacher, counselor or healer. Others are drawn to it because of the understanding which emanates from within it. The ions, under 5, had the opportunity to experience many events and emotional encounters. They are now ready to take on social and family responsibilities, or the 6 vibration. 6 is a domestic and artistic vibration and, under this number, the ions must adjust to the needs of others. The 6 desires a close companion, marriage and a home and family where beauty and harmony prevail. A need for group harmony and service to the community follows naturally.  6 settles down, blending into the conservative element of the community, where it can create better standards of living. Gifted in the arts, it can also express its creative potential through its developed sense of balance and become a fine artist in its own unique field. 

KEYWORDS: family and social responsibility, service, love, compassion, counseling, healing, creativity. 


Seeks answers.  It tries to establish a philosophy by which to live and attempts to penetrate the mystery behind its existence which it has never questioned to this point. Because solitude is necessary for analysis, the 7 feels the need to spend time alone, away from crowds, in touch with nature. It looks for friendship with those of an elevated consciousness that can match its own.   'And on the 7th day God rested.' All things rest under the 7 because time is needed in which to think.    The ions under 7 feel poised and calm; they realize that they now need to be still and to know. They have established a routine for their energy, and now analysis begins. 7 ushers into the cycle a physical completion without apparent effort. Goals that have been long sought are now magically attained. Spare time is available in which philosophical and metaphysical interests can be pursued. Perfected thinking is the goal of 7, which is why it is called the sacred number. It is also why scientists, philosophers, teachers, mystics and the clergy come under this influence. The physical facet of 7 also relates to the health of the body which is highly sensitized through this vibration. 

KEYWORDS: quiet, introspective, intuitive, analytical, inspirational, reclusive, philosophical, mystical.                                                                                                                                                           


Will assume power. for it now has achieved control and responsibility in its chosen field. Recognition and financial rewards are bestowed, and expansion and growth in the business world take place. Under 8, karma is king, and the ions will reap what they have sown. Power is the quality associated with 8. Ardor, zeal, steadfastness and the ability to see in broad terms give it the ambition and added qualities needed to achieve material goals. 8 has the drive to overcome all obstacles and eventually to succeed through ability and perseverance. 8 can now go to the very top with the ideas and plans that have been formulated gradually during the last 7 cycles.  Though fair and ethical standards, good judgement and organizational abilities, it will achieve recognition, power and financial remuneration. 

KEYWORDS: power, responsibility, financial rewards, good judgement, recognition. 


Is selflessness and compassion. Encompassing a love for all, it desires to apply its energy to universal service. It bestows an impersonal but just view of life, one that is generous, benevolent and patient. This is the artist and thinker who has developed skills through the preceding cycles and is now ready to share his or her knowledge with the rest of the world. The ions are in their final state of completion. They have traveled the entire cycle of 9 parts, ingesting experiences along the way. Now, in the closing cycle, they reach a total understanding and tolerance of others' views and prejudices. 9 is ready to give back to the universe some measure of what it has learned through the eight previous steps of the cycle. The law of cyclicality allows for no waste, and demands input for output. When this is done willingly, the completion experience under 9 brings only joy at the gift of life and the freedom with which to enter the next cycle unencumbered. 

KEYWORDS: love, compassion, patience, universality, tolerance, service, endings.  

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