Types of Numerology – Explained

While there are thousands of languages all over the world, the language of numbers is one that remains a constant globally.

You might already be familiar with the concept of numerology – the study of numbers and their Universal meaning in our lives – but did you know that there are several forms of numerology?

Numerology looks at the meaning behind numbers, and using calculations, determines what the core numbers in our lives are trying to tell us. The earliest systems of numerology where created by mathematicians, however, the practice is now considered far more mystical and spiritual.

Learning more about the varying systems of numerology can help you determine which branch resonates most with you and speaks to your spirit.

The 5 most common branches of numerology – and the forms we will be discussing in this guide – are Chaldean, Kabbalah, Pythagorean, New Kabbalah and Abracadabra.

Chaldean Numerology

This form of numerology is also called “Mystic Numerology,” and it is likely the oldest of form of numerology there is. Chaldean numerology hails from ancient Babylonia and is closely related to astrological teachings and Kabbalistic numerology.

Chaldean numerology assigned numbers to letters of the alphabet based on their individual energy, rather than alphabetical order.

Additionally, this form of numerology neglects to assign the number 9 to any letters, although this number can exist as the final sum of a calculation. The reason for this is the spiritual nature thought to be associated with this number – it is held in a higher regard than other numbers in Chaldean numerology, and therefore is set apart from other numbers.

In other forms of numerology, the name analyzed to find core numbers is your birth name – the exact name given to you at birth. However, Chaldean numerology utilizes the name you prefer to go by most frequently, suggesting that you yourself play a part in determining your fate.

This system is thought to be more accurate than the more popular Pythagorean system, however it is harder to fully comprehend and therefore remains more mysterious.

Pythagorean (Western) Numerology

Pythagorean or Western numerology is named after Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher who is considered to be the father of numerology himself. This system might be the most popular form of numerology because it is easy to master and fun to use.

Pythagoras did not separate mathematics from spirituality and was fascinated by metaphysics.

Pythagorean numerology conducts its analysis using the numbers 1-9, while the numbers 11 and 12 are considered “Master Vibrations,” and are not reduced like they are in other systems. This system looks at the name and date of birth to find core numbers.

You can calculate your Pythagorean numerology Life Path number right here!

Abracadabra Numerology

This is one of the lesser used forms of numerology which looks at the subject’s name to discover core numbers using a series of pyramids, or triangles. The letters involved in Abracadabra numerology add up to 365, suggesting its connection with the days of the year.

This form of numerology is less straightforward and easy to use than other practices – and therefore less approachable.

Kabbalah Numerology

Kabbalah numerology is based on Judaic mysticism and posits that the world and its contents are all comprised of energy. This energy is thought to be the ultimate source of life and strength.

Like the energy that resides within people, this system proposes that our names contain energy. In fact, Kabbalah numerology is more interested in the power of names rather than numbers, such as dates. It was created utilizing the Hebrew alphabet and analyses an individual using their birth name to discover core numbers.

It is thought that, through the analysis of the birth name, certain information about an individual’s future and life path can be revealed.

New Kabbalah Numerology

New Kabbalah numerology is similar to Kabbalah numerology; however, it was changed to utilize the Roman rather than the Hebrew alphabet. This system is also based on an individual’s name and uses the Pythagorean system to determine the meaning behind numbers and dates.

New Kabbalah is concerned with enhancing the previously held philosophical and psychological ideas of Kabbalah numerology and Hebrew mysticism, while introducing the mystical teachings of such schools of thought as Hinduism, Buddhism and Gnosticism.

Which System Is Right for Me?

Like many systems of divination and mystical practice, numerology analysis is an extremely personal process. No one could tell you with any certainty what Tarot deck you should use, and no one other than you can understand what form of numerology speaks to your spirit.

The Pythagorean method of numerology might be the easiest to start with, as it is understandable and popular – leading to many sources of information on how to use the system. However, the best way to find out which system you prefer is to experiment.

No matter which branch you choose to dive into, you’ll soon find that numerology is yet another exciting way to learn more about yourself and the world around you.

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About The Author

Rhiannon Liselle

Rhiannon Liselle is a nomadic Sagittarius with a passion for writing and trying to help others grow. She’s studied astrology for about 10 years, and has been writing about metaphysical, spiritual, and esoteric subjects for 3 years. Rhiannon lives in the mountains of Colorado, and loves drinking coffee and spending time with her coloring books.
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