As I promised, we’re going to start a series on numerology, which is a fascinating field of study. One of the hardest parts in starting a series on numerology is deciding where to start. Okay, it’s easy enough to start with a definition, so 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.”
Great! Now we know what Numerology is, but I have 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? Then you come to things like the relationship of numbers to gemstones, and relationship compatibility numbers, and numbers that form patterns in daily life such as phone numbers and addresses. That answered my question. 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.
I will not pretend this series will suddenly, or ever, make you an expert on Numerology. 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.
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: is derived from all of the letters in your full birth date. These numbers are added together to determine your Destiny or Expression. Personal preference, or perhaps your source of study, will determine which 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. 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.
Karmic Number: is based on the idea that each of us is a spiritual being that is reincarnated repeatedly, and each time we reincarnate we reach higher states of awareness.
Karma numbers evolve from the idea that we live several lived lifetimes as we accumulate wisdom. During these lifetimes, we are given gifts, which free will determines whether we will use or abuse. To rectify mistakes from past lives, we might take on an additional burden in our life to learn a lesson that we may not have learned in an earlier life. In numerology this is referred to as a karmic debt.
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.
Master Numbers: Master numbers are the only exception to 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 like 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 shall help you to learn important lesson en-route. 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. By the time you had realized that it exists it will have passed by.
Second challenge: You face this challenge during the middle of your life.
Third challenge: You face this challenge your entire life, so it is the most important of the challenges. It is unique.
Fourth challenge: This challenge starts from mid-life and goes on until the end of your life.
Learning what how your challenge numbers relate to your life can help you to handle the challenges of life more easily.
Next time, we’ll talk about Sun numbers, relationship numbers, and personal numbers. Once we have a basic understanding of the types, we can begin talking about the types in depth, and looking at how each one relates to our lives.