The History Of Numerology In Brief
History Of Numerology Overview
Civilisations have been mystified about the origins of numerology for thousands of years. There is quantifiable evidence showing that learning the secrets of numbers has a dynamic impact on the student. The history of Numerology is often assumed to be negatively connected to the Occult, and it is in many ways.
However, please let us first dispel with any negativity associated with the word Occult. Occult, in its literal meaning, means ‘hidden’ or hidden from. There is nothing evil, mysterious or negative about that.
The study of the secrets of numerology is, and always has been, to the initiated, a powerful and symbolic expression that affects all aspects of nature, technology and the divine.
History Of Numerology In Ancient Times
Babylon & Egypt are recognised by scholars to be the birthplace of numerology. That said, in modern times, more accreditation is given to the Greeks, in particular, the Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras.
Pythagoras was a man of renown. He was one of the most skilled mathematicians of his time. He is such a figure of historic value and stature, that his story is told in modern day educational institutions.
Philosophers of Pythagoras’ era believed, as he did, that mathematical concepts made more sense than physical reality, and thereby possessing greater authenticity.
The history of numerology cannot be discussed without the mention of Pythagoras’ efforts to promote its teachings.
Pythagoras’ Place In The History Of Numerology
Pythagoras opened a highly secret school when he reached his middle aged years. The school was dedicated to the understanding of numbers and the principles behind mathematics. Pythagoras felt that the numbers held very real secrets that could be interpreted by the initiated.
He believed that all things in the universe could be expressed in numbers, and subsequently into ‘letters’ and thereby offer and reveal the secrets of the universe, and life in general.
Pythagoras didn’t create numerology, but he went a long way to giving it more meaning and relevance than ever before. His teachings and interpretations are considered the modern day platform from which numerology became more widespread and respected.
Believing or seeking ideas and meanings in such ‘occult’ teachings as numerology, were considered civil violations against the Roman Empire, after the first council of Nicaea, in approximately 325AD.
Numerology and any belief in it was frowned upon by the Christian authorities. This type of authoritarianism pushed numerology ‘underground’ and its open ‘interest’ declined sharply.
Modern Day Numerology
Modern day numerology was given a major boost when arguably the most famous of all numerology students, L. Dow Balliett and Dr Juno Jordan, discovered that there were many different branches of numerology.
A collaboration between teacher (L. Dow Balliett) and student (Dr. Juno Jordan) changed numerology into what we know it as today. Balliet discovered a Biblical reference.
He combined biblical references to Pythagoras’ older works. Going a step further, Balliets student, Dr Jordan, pushed the envelope of understanding further, when he created a system of numerology best known today as, “Pythagorean”.
The book written by Dr Jordan, The Romance in Your Name, offered a unique insight into a system that provided the key to interpreting the numerological representation of your name, birth date and other significant and important times.
It correlated the letters to ones name to numbers and illustrated how they relate to all aspects of life. The foundation of Dr Jordan’s work is the very same that is used today.
Today’s Numerology & Influences
There have been, and are, many other numerologists, namely; Florence Campbell, David Stove, Lynn Buess, Kathleen Roquemore and Mark Gruner that have had a marked hand in the understanding of numerology as we know it.
Learning numerology, in terms of the basics, is very easy. However, when you become a scholar you see the different ways in which the secrets of numbers can be recognised and interpreted.
Numerology branches off into different schools of thought, some often conflicting, but they all create and expand upon their predecessor’s works and ideas.
We should give a special thanks to those mathematicians open minded enough to pursue the secrets of numbers and their symbolic interpretations. If it were not for their pursuit to the understanding of numbers, much of the history of numerology would be lost forever.