The numbers were significant wherever reigned civilization, religion, arts and science (the Old Testament provides, for example, the precise dimensions of Noah’s Ark and various parts of the Temple of Solomon). They were used for calculation, construction, and for mystical pratices. Numerology is the study of the esoteric meaning of numbers and all that can be converted into numbers, especially birth dates and names.
Kabbalists are at the origin of modern numerology. Mystical elements of Judaism, they were also full of Christian and Islamic thought. Kabbalists were great scholars who had a significant influence, which began in the twelfth century, in the south of France, Spain and Portugal, where it lasted until their expulsion by the Inquisition in 1492. At the same time that the Kabbalists, many medieval cathedrals were designed and built according to geometric patterns with high esoteric significance (Freemasons and Rosicrucians today still hold the secrets of magic in architecture).
In Western Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Hermetic philosophers studied and practiced astrology, alchemy, magic and the mystical significance of numbers. This movement included Henry Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535), John Dee (1527-1608), Robert Fludd (1574-1637) and Elias Ashmole (1617-1692). Somehow, they can be regarded as the Christian equivalent of the Kabbalists.
In nineteenth century and early twentieth century, numerology only became little more than a pleasant parlor game, but ended up being formalized in scientific manner. Many numerological contemporary systems take their source from lessons by an American numerologist, L. Dow Balliett (1847-1929), and the Institute for Digital Research of California, founded by Dr. Juno Jordan, a student of Balliett. In recent years, the resurgence of the New Age movement has helped to bring numerology to its symbolic and mystical roots especially by studing firstnames.
They have religious and magic significance, and each of them has an original meaning. Anna, for example, is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Hannah, meaning
God has preferred; Christine, Christian and all variants of this name simply means
Christian, David comes from the Hebrew word
Friend; Theodore, Thierry and Didier all come from the name Theodoric, the
leader of the people.
The names are also endowed with significant power. In many societies, it was considered dangerous to disclose his name to a stranger, in case he wants to cast a spell on you. One way to avoid this was to have a secret name, known only to you, any other
known name was only a public name.
The names can also be converted into numbers. In numerology, this is not the original meaning of a name that is important, but the sum of the numeric equivalents of each of its letters.
Numerologists say the number that your firstname can be reduced contains vital information about your personality and goals that you pursue in life. However, while the numerology reduces your name and date of birth to a single digit number to reveal the essence of yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the goals that you should continue in your life, but, very few people are likely to be reduced to a single number. Your personality will tend to contain elements from several different numbers.
In numerological terms, it is the combination of these numbers that reflects the complexity of your individual personality. However, many people have a number prevailing widely over others.
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