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Numerology

By Michelle Buchanan

What Is Numerology?

Numerology is the ancient science of numbers, with each number contributing a unique vibration to the story of your life. One of the benefits of numerology is that it can uncover your destiny and life purpose and the life lessons you’ll face along the way, which is valuable information if you want to make the most of your journey. Even though this is one of the most accurate and powerful self-help tools available today, it originally dates back thousands of years to the ancient civilizations of Atlantis, Babylon, China, Egypt, India, and Greece.

The History Of Numerology

These days, Western (aka modern) numerology is the most popular system used around the world. It is said to have been created by Pythagoras, the Greek mystic and mathematician, more than 2,500 years ago; however, some believe that the Western system wasn’t actually developed until after his death.

Even though Pythagoras is considered the father of modern numerology, the Chaldean system of numerology (developed by the Chaldeans of ancient Babylon) dates back even further. Besides Western and Chaldean, other numerology systems currently being used around the world today include the Kabbalistic, Chinese, and Tamil/Indian.


Numerology is based on the premise that we are timeless souls who have lived, and will continue to live, many lives for the purpose of wisdom and growth. We numerologists believe that every one of us, in our quest for self-mastery, has a preset agenda consisting of the specific lessons we’d like to learn and the destiny we endeavor to fulfill while we’re here—the details of which are found in our numbers. In other words, we have prechosen our numbers prior to this incarnation to provide the necessary tools and experiences to assist us in our quest.


The Western numerology system will help you uncover the prechosen blueprint of your life using the numbers corresponding to your date of birth, birth-certificate name, and the name you currently use today. As you read The Numerology Guidebook, you’ll discover that your life’s mission is written in your numbers. The beauty of numerology is that it focuses on two main areas: personality profiling and forecasting. So not only will you determine your personality strengths and weaknesses, life lessons, destiny, and purpose, but you’ll also uncover your future potential, the environment around you, and the direction in which your life is leading you.

Which Numerology System Is Best—Western or Chaldean?

I adore both, but one is not better or more accurate than the other—they’re just two completely different systems. There are many major differences between the two; however, the main ones are that Chaldean is an older system based on a letters-and-numbers chart where the numbers range from 1 to 8. Because the Chaldeans considered 9 a holy number, it isn’t included in their letters-and-numbers chart.


In Chaldean numerology, the numerical value of each letter is based upon its sound frequency and vibrational pattern, whereas the value of each letter in the Western letters-and-numbers chart is based upon its position in the alphabet. In Western numerology the numbers in the letters-and-numbers chart range from 1 to 9.

Another point of difference is that the letter Y is always considered a vowel in Chaldean numerology, but it can either be a consonant or a vowel in Western. Some Chaldean numerologists also place a greater significance on the name currently used today if it differs from the original birth-certificate name due to marriage, adoption, or other means, whereas Western often focuses predominantly on the original birth-certificate name.

Even though the definitions of the numbers themselves are the same for both systems, the chart positions in a numerology profile have different titles and meanings. For example, the total of the birth date is called the Life Path Number in Western but is called the Destiny Number in Chaldean, and each has a different meaning. I suggest you explore both systems (along with the many variations therein) to determine which is the most suitable for you.

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Is It Necessary To Know The Time And Place Of Birth To Calculate A Numerology Chart?

No, this is only a requirement for astrology. In numerology, all you need is the date of birth; the full, original birth-certificate name; and the first and last name you currently go by today. It’s essential that this information be 100 percent correct; otherwise the entire reading will be wrong. Therefore, it is wise to double-check the spelling on your birth certificate before calculating your numbers. It also pays to confirm the details of others before taking the time to calculate their numbers. Guesswork doesn’t cut it in the world of numerology.

Should The Birth-Certificate Name Or Current Name Be Used To Calculate A Chart?

Both must be used to uncover a complete and accurate story of one’s life; however, Western numerology places a greater emphasis on the original birth-certificate name, because it reveals the prechosen destiny that cannot be replaced by a new name. Most Chaldean numerologists believe the name currently used today (if it differs from the original birth-certificate name) carries the strongest vibration of all. 

If My Numbers Are Incompatible With My Partner’s, Will The Relationship Fail?

Not necessarily, so try not to get caught up in a “numbers compatibility” thing. There are so many components to take into consideration that it’s impossible for any relationship to tick all the boxes. Other things to consider are:

  • The “complete” numerology chart. For example, if the Life Path Numbers are considered incompatible, other numbers in the chart (such as the Soul and Destiny Numbers) may be compatible—or one person’s Life Path Number may be compatible with the other person’s Destiny Number.
  • The two individuals’ astrology profiles. While a couple’s numbers may be considered incompatible, their astrology profiles may be compatible.
  • Soul contracts (that is, prechosen agreements, made between souls prior to incarnation, to share specific life experiences together for the purpose of soul growth).
  • The fact that opposites often attract when partners have specific lessons to learn from each other or need to adopt opposing personality traits.

I have clients with so-called incompatible numbers who’ve been happily married for years. Besides, numerologists have conflicting opinions about compatible numbers anyway. This is why I use the phrase are said to be most compatible with when providing the so-called most compatible numbers.

Can Numerology Predict Winning Lottery Numbers And A Person’s Day Of Passing?

No, but it would be handy if it could! However, nothing can predict either of those things.

Is There Such A Thing As A Lucky Number?

No. It’s your power of belief that makes a number—or anything else, for that matter—lucky. Since what you believe to be will be, if you believe a number is lucky or unlucky, then it will be.

When it comes to numerology, I suggest that you explore every option and evaluate your findings through personal experience before deciding which system and methods you prefer. By testing the calculations out on yourself, you can determine which theories suit you best.


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