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Sorry to be so late with this. Getting married is hard work. LOL. I told Florian that we’d better get it right this time because I’m not doing that again. I also decided to go ahead and post it before I finish all the support pages. There are as many interpretations for the numbers as you will find sites, and ours is coming, but as always, the ultimate interpretation will be personal. In the meantime, if numerology is something you find interesting, there are many sites and books that can help you get started. I've recommended a couple at the end of the post.
We come across all kinds of patterns in our lives. Have you ever been talking to a friend about something, and the next day, you see an article on the same subject, or talking about a movie, and then you notice that it’s on? Are you among those of us who remember it happening before our phones began listening to our conversations?
We run into these types of patterns every day, and often they will lead us to a new understanding if we let them. Not every pattern we find in our lives has a deep meaning for us personally, but some can show us the way to our spirit guides, or show us that they are around us and leading us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
In Numerology, numbers represent spiritual guides, whether we consider them angels, or some other type of being, who can give us messages through numbers. Numbers and the study of Numerology can give us insight into ourselves, and our patterns of behavior. When they do, it can give us the information and help we need to change patterns we need to change and enforce patterns we want to keep.
According to Michael McClain, “Numerology is the study of numbers, and the occult manner in which they reflect certain aptitudes and character tendencies, as an integral part of the cosmic plan. Each letter has a numeric value that provides a related cosmic vibration.”
However, I’ve found there is no single interpretation, and while people have used numerology since Ancient Greece, it is not believed to have been called Numerology until 1907. In that case, do we start with Sun numbers, life path numbers, karmic numbers, or birth numbers, and what is the difference?
Different belief systems will interpret the numbers in vastly different ways, and they will call the types of numbers by different names. However, it is a fascinating study, especially when you consider some of the implications of the study of numbers for our lives. We’ll start with the major kinds of numbers in our lives.
What are the differences between the types of numbers used in numerology? Once we sort out the types of numbers, it will be much easier to understand how the numbers interact, and how we can use them in our daily lives.
Some of the main types of numbers that we all interact with on some level, are Destiny/Expression Numbers, Karmic Numbers, Life Path Numbers, and Challenge Numbers.
Destiny Number/Expression Number: Found by adding the numerical value of all the letters in your full name. These numbers are added together to determine your Destiny or Expression number. Personal preference, or your source of study, will determine which name you choose to use.
This number describes the talents and attitudes available to you in this lifetime if you choose to use them. This is your potential, or destiny, number. Our goal should be to live up to what this number promises. This can help you determine your life's purpose and your spiritual destiny.
I’m sure we’ve all seen the basic grid:
Life Path Number: The Life Path is the sum of the birth date of an individual. This number represents who you are at birth and the native traits that you will carry with you through life. The Life Path describes the nature of your journey through life.
First, reduce the day, month of your birthday down into a single digit.
For example, if my birthday was April 21, 1953, it reduces to:
Year: 7 -- (9 + 7 = 16 = 1+6 = 7)
Be sure to reduce all numbers down to a single-digit
Master Numbers: Master numbers are the only exception to the rule of reducing to the single digit. The master numbers 11 and 22 are reputedly intensified versions of the single-digit numbers they replace, 2 and 4. These numbers suggest a potential for a high degree of learning and/or achievement, very often in a more stressful environment. Most of the time, master numbers operate at a more practical level, which means they function as the single digit parallel.
Challenge Numbers: Each of us is born with certain strengths and weaknesses in this life. The course of this life is a learning process where we get to know our talents and convert our drawbacks into positive responses.
We must face four Challenges during our lives. For some, the same challenge is repeated, while others have four different challenges to face. Knowing the challenges can help us learn important lessons during our lives. The challenges last from your birth until your death.
First Challenge: You face this challenge during your formative years, and it sticks with you until the middle of your life. The first challenge applies to years 0-35. Unless you come to Numerology early, by the time you realize it exists, it will have passed by.
Since there are no negative numbers in numerology, so we simply use the absolute value.
Second challenge: You face this challenge during the middle of your life. Years 36 – 44
Third challenge: You face this challenge your entire life, so it is the most important of the challenges. It is unique. Years 45 – 54
Fourth challenge: This challenge starts from mid-life and goes on until the end of your life. Years 54 on.
Learning how your challenge numbers relate to your life can help you handle the challenges of life more easily. Many
Numerology also looks at Sun numbers, relationship numbers, and personal numbers, but we’ll come back to those a bit later.
"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself."
Recommended Numerology Books
The Art of Numerology by Anna Southgate
Numerology Plain & Simple by Anne Christie