Part II : Translating Letters into Numbers: The Chaldean Number Values
Chaldean Numerology
The Chaldean system of numerology is considered by many to be more accurate than the Pythagorean system, however it is not nearly as widely used. This most likely is due to the fact that the Chaldean chart for translating letters into numbers is not as intuitive or easy to learn as the Pythagorean chart.
Before we get started, be sure you have read Part I of this guide and have a full understanding of the mathematics behind numerology.
In Part I of this guide, we discussed how two or more digit numbers are reduced to a single digit. Chaldean numerology differs from Pythagorean numerology because it also considers the last two digit number before you reduce to a single digit (called a compound or double number) to hold some significance.
When you are practicing the following exercise you should take note not only of the final number you arrive at, but also of the two digit number immediately preceding that number in your calculations. If this is confusing, please refer back to the bottom of the page in Part 1 for a more detailed explanation.
The Chaldean Number Values
The following chart shows the numbers assigned to each letter in Chaldean numerology and is the basis for many numerology readings. To read the chart, find the letter you are looking for and look at the corresponding number at the top of the column containing the letter. For example, the letter A would be 1, the letter B would be 2, the letter C would be 3, etc.
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

A

B

C

D

E

U

O

F

I

K

G

M

H

V

Z

P

J

R

L

T

N

W


Q

S

X


Y

In looking at the chart you may have noticed that the numbers only go from 18. This is because in Chaldean numerology the number 9 is considered sacred and is not included with the rest. If, however, when doing your calculations you arrive at an answer of 9 that is fine and it should stay.
The following exercise will teach you to translate letters into numbers. This is one of the most basic components of numerology, so be sure you have a full understanding of it before moving on.
One big difference between Chaldean and Pythagorean numerology is that while in Pythagorean numerology you use the name that is on your birth certificate, in Chaldean numerology you use the name that you are most known by. This could be a nickname, a married name, or just your regular name if that is what you are known by.
To begin with, write down the name you are known by. Then assign a number to each letter in your name. To do that, locate the letter in the above chart, and then look at the number at the top of the column containing that letter. That number is the number you would assign to that letter. Do that for each of the letters in your full name. For our example, we will use a fictional character named John Alan Smith. Since everyone knows our character just as John Smith, that is the name we will use for our calculations.
J  O  H  N  S  M  I  T  H 
1  7  5  5  3  4  1  4  5 
The next step is to add up all these numbers and then reduce the result to a single digit. Be sure to add each name separately, then add together those sums to get a total for the whole name.
John = 1+7+5+5 = 18 = 1+8 = 9
Smith = 3+4+1+4+5 = 17 = 1+7 = 8
to get our total:
9+8 = 17
This number would then be further reduced to wind up with a single digit number:
17 = 1 + 7 = 8
This means that in our Chaldean example, John’s name reduces to an 8. However, it is important to note that the numbers 18 and 17 also hold significance since they are the compound numbers for this name.
Exercise
Translate the following names into both a compound and single digit number using the Chaldean chart:
a. Lucy Anderson
b. Bob Lewis
c. Dana Johnson
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I’d like to stress again that it is vitally important that you understand how to translate letters into numbers in order to use numerology. Please review this section carefully and try doing calculations with the names of your friends or family to practice.
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