There are a number of different numerology types each of which may have its beginnings in the very earliest forms of numerology as developed several thousand years ago in Ancient Babylon, but which have been filtered through various cultural traditions.
The people of the Indian subcontinent have a system of numerology that is believed to be based on the ancient Chaldean form of numerology; considered to be one of the most accurate numerology types. Indian numerology goes by several names, including Vedic numerology, Hindu numerology, and there are also language group specific forms, numerology in Hindi (Indo-European language group), Tamil (Dravidian language group) numerology as well as numerology in Telugu (south-central Dravidian language group).
The various forms of Indian numerology share a similar approach which is based on the idea that numbers each have a particular “vibrational resonance” which imbues them with certain cosmic powers and properties. They also believe that each numerologically derived number has a mental/spiritual plane component as well as a material/worldly affairs aspect.
In Indian numerology the most important numbers are the Psychic and Destiny numbers. The Psychic number rules the first 35 years of life, the Destiny number influences the balance of life after age 35. The Psychic number is involved in personal character development and how we view ourselves. The Destiny number relates to how an individual is perceived by others.
As these two numbers indicate, Indian numerology is less concerned with predicting the future than it is about unlocking the mysteries of human behavior. Living in accordance with one’s Karma is central to Indian numerology. Destiny and future events are important only in the sense that they offer the opportunity to change and live according to the vibrational resonance we were born with.
Name numerology is central to Indian numerological belief. A well-chosen name, one that is in line with one’s Destiny and Psychic numbers is seen as the best realization of individual destiny. A name that has the wrong resonance can set an individual back on the road of life. It is often necessary to change a name to repair this damage. Tamil and Telugu numerological belief also share the governing principle that name numerology is the most vital and important.
Another form of numerology that stresses the importance of birth name is the Kabbalah numerology system. This type of numerology has its roots in ancient Hebrew mystical beliefs and traditions. The name is all important in Kabbalah numerology, the birth date is considered irrelevant.
Kabbalah numerology judges names as mathematically balanced or unbalanced. Changing an unbalanced name to a balanced one often results in an improvement of one’s destiny. Kabbalah numerology holds that each name has particular vibrational resonance, twenty two in all because of basis in the Hebrew alphabet.
Good fortune or luck is very central to Chinese belief—both in words and numbers.
Chinese numerology is largely based on the sounds of numbers when they are said aloud. If the name of a number sounds similar to a word that is considered unlucky, the number will also have a negative connotation.
A prime example of this is the number four in Chinese. When spoken aloud, four sounds identical to the word for death. As a result four is considered a wildly unfortunate number to be avoided at all costs.
Lucky numbers rule everything in most areas of China. When purchasing a home, the street and house numbers must be lucky numbers; when licensing a new car, the number of the license must also have lucky connotations. In the absence of available lucky numbers in both, the least unfortunate numbers would be sought. The numerological values of names are also considered of vital importance, numerologists in China are often consulted for choosing an auspicious name for a new baby.
It is interesting to note how much each culture has adapted numerology to put slightly different emphasis on numbers and their influences. This in turn tells us a great deal about what is culturally important to each.