Understanding the Different Types of Numerology
Numerology in one form or another can be found all over the world. The systems range from Ki, which is an ancient Japanese system based upon numerology patterns in the birthdate, to the Hebrew Kabbalah, to a system in Africa that uses numbers for divination purposes, to the more prevelant Chaldean and Pythagorean systems commonly used in the west.
Five of the more common types of numerology will be discussed below. These types are Kabbalah, Chaldean, Pythagorean, Abracadabra, and New Kabbalah.
Kabbalah numerology originated in Hebrew mysticism and is based on the Hebrew alphabet. Because of the different alphabet Kabbalah numerology has only 22 vibrations. It also interprets only the meaning of a name.
Chaldean numerology, sometimes known as "Mystic Numerology", is probably the oldest system of numerology known. It originated in Babylonia at the mouth of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers near the Persian Gulf. In Chaldean numerology, the numbers assigned to the letters are not determined by alphabetical order, but instead by the vibration of each specific letter. It differs from Pythagorean numerology in that it does not assign the number 9 to any letter, although 9 can occur as the final sum. The number nine is thought to be holy and sacred and is therefore held apart from the rest of the numbers. Chaldean numerology analyzes both name and date of birth. Rather than analyzing your birth name, however, Chaldean numerology analyses the name you are most commonly known by. It is considered to be more accurate the the Pythagorean system, however, it is less popular becuase it is more difficult to master.
Pythagorean or Western Numerology
Pythagorean Numerology is by far the most commonly used system of numerology in the west. Part of its popularity arises from the fact that it is easy to learn how to translate numbers and master their meanings. It was created by the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who was born around 590 BC. Like Chaldean numerology, Pythagorean numerology analyzes both the name and date of birth, and the interaction between the two. However, unlike Chaldean numerology, the numerology numbers are assigned to letters in sequence. It uses the numbers 1-9. The numbers 11 and 22 are considered to be master vibrations and are not reduced.
Abracadabra is probably the least used form of numerology. It utilizes a series of pyramids to arrive and numerical values, and these values supply information regarding events and character. Its letters add up to 365, so it encompasses an entire year.
A newer form of Kabbalah was developed to account for the changes in the modern Roman alphabet over time.