Chinese Numerology – Introduction

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As we discussed in our section on the history of numerology, the exact origins of the study of numerology are unknown. Chinese numerology is believed to be one of the earliest forms with its origins dating back nearly 4000 years to the banks of the Yellow River.


The Lo Shu Grid     

The story goes that the first of the five mythical emperors of China, Wu of Hsai was working on the Yellow River to find a way to prevent the flooding that regularly devastated the communities along the river.

During the course of this work Wu discovered a tortoise shell. At that time tortoise shells were considered to be a very good omen; however, this one, in particular, was extremely special because it had fascinating markings on it.

The shell contained a magic 3×3 square on its back that became known as the Lo Shu Grid (see left.) What makes the Lo Shu Grid so special is that every row, column and diagonal in the grid add up to the number 15. The Lo Shu Grid is still used in the Far East. However, in the West things are done a bit differently.

Over time Chinese numerology evolved into three different systems that are used today. These systems are the western version of Chinese numerology, traditional Chinese numerology, and the Ki system.

Very little is known about the origins of the western version of Chinese numerology. Credit for its popularization is given to Hettie Templeton who taught classes and gave numerous public lectures and broadcasts throughout Australia during the 1930’s and 40’s. Because of the popularity that this form of numerology gained from her teachings, most of the current information regarding western Chinese numerology comes from Australia and New Zealand.

Ready to learn how it works? Start here with instructions for the western version of Chinese numerology.