A Comprehensive Glossary of Numerology Terms

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Angel Number: An angel number is a specific number sequence that appears to you repeatedly either in person or through such means as television, radio, internet, etc. It is believed that your guardian angel(s) is/are sending you a message through these number sequences.

Aura: An energy field that surrounds and is emitted by all living things. It can often be seen as a colorful halo of light around the head of an enlightened being.

Auspicious Number: A number that is considered to be lucky or favorable.

Arithmancy: Also known as Numerology, is the ancient art and science of using numbers to decipher the hidden meaning behind words.

Alphanumeric System: A system of writing that uses both letters and numbers.

Alchemist: A person who practices alchemy, which is the ancient art of transforming one element into another.

Alchemical Theories: Theories used in the ancient art of alchemy focused on the transmutation of matter.

Astrology: Often used in conjunction with numerology, astrology studies the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies to interpret their influence on human affairs. It’s a form of divinatory practice that dates back thousands of years.

Assyrian Inscription: One of the earliest known examples of numerology, this ancient text includes a numerical code that has yet to be fully deciphered.

Arab Numerology: A system of numerology that uses a different set of symbols than the western world.

Abjad Numerals: A system of writing numbers that use a limited number of symbols. It is used in many Middle Eastern countries. ilm-ul-cipher, the Science of Cipher, and ilm-ul-huroof, the Science of Alphabet, are founded on this system.

Armenian Numerals: A system of writing numbers that uses letters of the Armenian alphabet.

Agrippan Method: A system of numerology that uses a person’s full name and date of birth to calculate their life path number.

Aleister Crowley: Edward Alexander Crowley was a prolific writer and founder of the religion of Thelema. Crowley was also a practicing magician who popularized many numerological theories.

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Bibliomancy: Also known as stichomancy, is a form of divination that uses books, usually the Bible, to answer questions.

Birth Path Number: A number calculated based on a person’s date of birth that is said to reveal their life purpose.

Biblical Numerology: A system of numerology that uses numbers found in the Bible to interpret their hidden meaning.

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Calculations: In numerology, calculations are used to find a person’s life path number, birth path number, and other important numbers.

Concept of Arithmancy: The concept that numbers have special meaning and can be used to decipher the hidden meaning behind words.

Coinciding Events: Two or more events that occur simultaneously and are said to be related.

Compatibility: The idea that certain numbers are more compatible with each other than others.

Compatibility Number: A number that is used to determine how compatible two people are, based on their numerology charts.

Chaldean Numerology: An ancient system of numerology from Mesopotamia that uses a different set of symbols than the western world.

Challenge Numbers: The difficult numbers in a person’s numerology chart that represent areas of life where they may struggle.

Cheiro’s Book of Numbers: A book written by Cheiro, a popular palm reader and numerologist from the early 20th century.

Chinese Numerology: The Chinese have their own system of numerology, which assigns different connotations to numbers, and certain number combinations are deemed more auspicious than others. Even numbers are considered fortunate since it is thought that good luck comes in twos.

Cycles: A repeating pattern of events that are said to influence a person’s life. There are various types of cycles in numerology, such as the personal year cycle and the universal year cycle.

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Destiny Number: A number that is calculated based on a person’s full name and date of birth and is said to reveal their destiny or fate.

Divination: The practice of using tools, such as tarot cards or numerology, to gain insight into the future.

Doreen Virtue: A popular New Age author and teacher specializing in the angelic realm. Virtue has written several books on numerology, including “Angel Numbers.”

Divine: Of or relating to God or a god. Used in reference to the divine nature of numbers.

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Elliott Wave Principle: A theory that suggests that financial markets move in cycles, which some numerologists believe can be predicted using Fibonacci numbers.

English Qaballa (EQ): A system of numerology in the West that uses the English alphabet created by James Lees in 1976.

Even Numbers: Numbers that are divisible by two. Even numbers are considered fortunate in Chinese numerology because it is thought that good luck comes in twos.

Expression Number: A number calculated based on a person’s full name and date of birth and said to reveal their talents and abilities.

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Faith: Belief in something without evidence. In numerology, faith is required to believe in the divine nature of numbers.

Fibonacci Numbers: A sequence of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous two. The Fibonacci sequence is often used in numerology to calculate cycles.

First Council of Nicaea: A council of Christian leaders in the early fourth century that resulted in the Nicene Creed, a statement of belief used by many Christians today.

Fortunetelling: The practice of predicting someone’s future, often using tools such as tarot cards or numerology.

Frequency: The number of times something occurs. In numerology, certain numbers are said to have a higher frequency than others and thus are thought to be more powerful.

Futhark: The earliest known alphabet used by the Germanic people. The Futhark alphabet is still used in rune divination today.

Futhork: A variation of the Futhark alphabet that was used by the Anglo-Saxons.

Fate: The idea that a predetermined course of events will happen to a person. In numerology, fate is represented by the destiny number.

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Gematria: A system of numerology where each letter in an alphabet is assigned a numeric value, and words are said to have special meanings based on their numerical counterparts.

Good Numbers: Numbers that are considered auspicious in Chinese numerology. 7 is considered a good number because it sounds like the word “arise” in Mandarin.

Greek Orthodox: The branch of Christianity that uses the Greek alphabet and is predominant in Greece, Cyprus, and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Greek Numerals: The system of numerology used in Greece that assigns different values to letters in the Greek alphabet.

Goddess: A female deity. In numerology, the goddess is represented by the number 3.

Guru: A spiritual teacher. In numerology, gurus are often consulted for their expertise in understanding the divine nature of numbers.

Gemini: The third astrological sign in the zodiac. Gemini is represented by the number 5 in numerology. The number 5 is significant in numerology since it symbolizes balance and the road we must travel to attain it.

Golden Dawn: An organization founded in the late 19th century that influenced Western occultism’s development. The Golden Dawn used gematria to assign numeric values to letters to calculate the vibrational frequencies of words and phrases.

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Hebrew Alphabet: An alphabet used in Judaism that is also used in some systems of numerology.

Hebrew Bible: The central text of Judaism that includes the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings. The Hebrew Bible is also known as the Tanakh.

Hebrew Numerals: The system of numerology used in Judaism that assigns different values to letters in the Hebrew alphabet.

Hebraic: Of or relating to the Hebrew language, culture, or people. In numerology, Hebraic refers to the system of assigning numeric values to letters in the Hebrew alphabet.

Hexagram: A six-pointed star. In Chinese numerology, hexagrams are used for divination (卦 “guà”).

Helyn Hitchcock’s Method: A system of numerology created by Helyn Hitchcock in the 1970s that uses a person’s name and birth date to calculate their destiny number.

Higher Self: The part of a person that is connected to the divine. In numerology, the higher self is represented by the number 11.

Horoscope: A prediction of someone’s future based on their astrological sign. In Chinese numerology, horoscopes are also used to predict a person’s future.

Hermetic Qabalah: Hermetic Qabalah is a Western tradition that deals with mysticism and the occult. It provides the philosophical foundation and framework for magical societies such as the Golden Dawn, Thelema, and Wicca.

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I Ching: A Chinese divination text that uses a system of 64 hexagrams. The I Ching is also known as the Book of Changes.

Initiation: A ritual or ceremony that marks the beginning of a new phase in someone’s life. In numerology, initiations are often marked by changes in a person’s name or birth date.

Intuition: The ability to understand something without conscious reasoning. In numerology, intuition is represented by the number 22.

Insight: A sudden understanding of a situation. In numerology, insight is represented by the number 33.

Isopsephy: Also known as isopsephism, is the practice of adding up the numeric values of the letters in a word to find a hidden meaning.

Indian Numerology: The system of numerology used in India that assigns different values to letters in the Devanagari alphabet.

Infinity: The concept of something that has no end. In numerology, infinity is represented by the number 0.

Ilm-ul-cipher: The Science of Cipher, a system of numerology used in the Muslim world that assigns different values to letters in the Arabic alphabet.

Ilm-ul-huroof: The Science of Alphabet, a system of numerology used in the Muslim world that assigns different values to letters in the Arabic alphabet.

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Jabir ibn Hayyan: A Muslim scientist who developed the system of numerology known as ilm-ul-cipher.

James Lees (August 22, 1939 – 2015): An English Magician and creator of the system of numerology known as English Qaballa.

Johannes Trithemius: A German scholar who developed the system of numerology known as the Trithemius cipher.

Jewish Numerology: The system of numerology used in Judaism that assigns different values to letters in the Hebrew alphabet.

Jainism: Jainism, originally known as Jain Dharma, is an ancient Indian religion. Jainism’s spiritual ideas and history are traced through the lives of twenty-four Tirthankaras. In numerology, Jainism is represented by the number 24.

Jyotish: The Vedic system of astrology that uses a person’s birth date and time to calculate their horoscope. Jyotish is also used in numerology to determine a person’s destiny number.

Judaism: Judaism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic faiths, with a history dating back nearly 4,000 years. According to followers of Judaism, God revealed himself to ancient prophets. The history of Judaism offers important context for understanding Jewish religion, which has a strong heritage of law, culture, and custom.

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Kabbalah: A mystical tradition within Judaism that teaches about the nature of God and the universe. In numerology, Kabbalah is often used to interpret the hidden meanings of numbers.

Kabbalah Numerology: In Kabbalah Numerology, each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is assigned a numeric value, which is then used to calculate someone’s destiny number. The system consists of 22 vibrations with values ranging from 1-400.

Karma: The belief that a person’s actions in this life will determine their fate in future lives.

Karmic Debt: The belief that a person must repay their karmic debts from previous lives in this life.

Karmic Number: A Karmic Number reveals your personality and how you interact with others. To calculate it, simply add the digits of your birth day and month together.

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Latin Alphabet: The alphabet used in the Romance languages includes 26 letters.

Life Path Number: A number representing who you are at your core and your life’s purpose. Your Life Path Number is calculated by adding together all the digits in your birth date.

Liber AL vel Legis: Also known as The Book of the Law, is the central text of Thelema, written by Aleister Crowley in 1904.

Logos: The divine principle of reason and creation. Logos is often represented as a divine being or God’s creative power.

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Magical Alphabet: An alphabet used in magic and witchcraft that assigns numeric values to letters.

Master Number: A number with special significance that is often used in numerology. Master numbers are 11, 22, and 33.

Maya: In Hinduism and Buddhism, Maya is the principle of illusion that causes people to believe that the material world is real.

Mayan Numerology: A system of numerology used by the Maya civilization.

Manifest: To make something real or visible. Based on the belief that our thoughts create our reality.

Masculine Principle: The principle of active energy, often associated with the sun, fire, and masculinity.

Metaphysics: A branch of philosophy that explores the nature of reality. Metaphysics often deals with topics such as the existence of God and the soul.

Meanings of Numbers: The study of the symbolic value of numbers.

Meditation: A practice of mindfulness and concentration that is used to achieve a state of mental stillness.

Mercury: The planet Mercury is associated with communication, travel, and commerce. In astrology, Mercury is considered the ruler of Gemini and Virgo.

Moon: The Moon is a celestial body associated with emotions, intuition, and creativity. In astrology, the Moon is considered the ruler of Cancer.

Mysticism: A spiritual practice that emphasizes the experience of divine reality.

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Natal Chart: A birth chart or natal chart is a map of the sky at the time of your birth. It shows the planets’ positions in the zodiac signs at that time.

Numerology: An ancient practice that uses numbers to understand life’s divine, mystical, or hidden meaning.

Numerologist: A person who studies numerology. Numerologists use numbers to interpret a person’s life path, destiny, and karma.

Numeracy: The ability to understand and work with numbers.

Numerical Symbolism: The belief that numbers have special meanings and can be used to represent concepts or ideas.

Numerology, or, What Pythagoras Wrought: A book by numbers expert Underwood Dudley is a fascinating look at the history and evolution of numerology.

Numerorum Mysteria: A book by Pietro Bongo. His work has been highly influential in Europe due to his comprehensive treatise on numerology.

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Occult: Occult is esoteric or hidden knowledge. It is a study of supernatural, paranormal, and psychic phenomena. It means “hidden” or “secret.” It includes practices such as astrology, numerology, and tarot.

Occultism: A belief in the existence of hidden knowledge or powers. Occultists believe that these powers can be used for good or evil.

Ogham: An ancient Celtic alphabet consisting of 20 letters. Each letter is associated with a tree or plant.

Onomancy: A form of divination that uses names. Onomancy is also known as name magic.

Oracle: A person who is believed to have the power to foresee the future. Oracles are often consulted for guidance in important decisions.

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Parapsychology: The study of paranormal and psychic phenomena. Parapsychologists use scientific methods to study ESP, clairvoyance, and other supernatural abilities.

Paranormal: Anything that is outside the scope of normal experience or scientific explanation.

Past Life Regression: A technique used to access memories of past lives. Past life regression is often done through hypnosis or meditation.

Pentacle: A five-pointed star that is used as a symbol in magic and witchcraft. Pentacles are often used in spells and rituals.

Pentagram: A five-pointed star that is used as a symbol of protection. The pentagram is also known as the “evil eye.”

Pythagoras: A Greek philosopher and mathematician who is considered the father of numerology. Pythagoras believed that numbers were the key to understanding the universe.

Pythagorean Method: A method of divination that uses numbers to interpret a person’s life path assigning numeric values 1 through 9 to the letters of someone’s name.

Pseudoscientific: A belief or theory that is not based on scientific evidence. Pseudoscience includes astrology, numerology, and other supernatural beliefs.

Planchette: A small, heart-shaped board used as a divination tool. Planchettes are often used in Ouija boards.

Pietro Bongo (Petrus Bungus): An Italian mathematician, astronomer, and physician who wrote a treatise – Numerorum Mysteria (1591) on numerology.

Phonetic: Of or relating to the sounds of speech. The phonetic alphabet is an alphabet that uses symbols to represent the sounds of speech.

Personality Number: A number that represents your personality. The personality number is calculated by adding the numbers of your birth date.

Personal Year Number: A number representing what you can expect in the coming year. The personal year number is calculated by adding the numbers of your birth date and the current year.

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Qabalah: A mystical tradition that originated in Judaism. Qabalah is also known as Kabala, Kabbalah, and Cabala.

Qliphoth: The dark side of the Tree of Life. The Qliphoth are regarded as evil spirits or demons in some traditions of Qabalah.

Quantum Mechanics: The branch of physics that studies the behavior of matter and energy at the atomic and subatomic levels. Quantum mechanics is used to explain the strange behavior of particles at very small scales.

Quincunx Pattern: An arrangement of five objects in which four objects are arranged around a fifth object at the four corners of a square or rectangle. The quincunx pattern is often used in magic and witchcraft.

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Radiesthesia: The ability to detect and interpret subtle energy fields. Radiesthesia is also known as “radionics” or “radiæsthetics.”

Rabbinic Literature: The body of Jewish religious writings that were compiled between 200 BCE and 200 CE. Rabbinic literature includes the Mishnah and Talmud.

Roman Empire: The period of time when Rome was an empire. The Roman Empire began in 27 BCE and ended in 395 CE.

Rosicrucianism: A secret society that was founded in the early 17th century. Rosicrucians believe in the existence of a spiritual realm that can be accessed through esoteric knowledge.

Runes: An ancient alphabet used by the Germanic peoples. Runes were often used for divination and magic.

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Sacred Geometry: The study of geometric shapes and patterns that are found in nature. Sacred geometry is often used in magic and witchcraft.

Samhain: A Pagan festival that is celebrated on October 31st. Samhain is also known as the “Witches’ New Year.”

Satanism: A belief system that worships Satan. Satanism is also known as the “left-hand path.”

Sargon II: The Sargonid dynasty was a line of Neo-Assyrian kings that began with Sargon II, who overthrew Shalmaneser V to gain the throne in 722 BC. He ruled until his death in battle in 705 BC.

Scepter: A staff or rod that is held by a ruler as a symbol of power. Scepters are often used in magic and ritual.

Scrying: A divination technique that involves gazing into a crystal ball, mirror, or another reflective surface. Scrying is often used to gain insight into the future.

Seance: A meeting in which people attempt to communicate with the dead. Seances are often led by a medium.

Sigil: A magical symbol that is used to represent the desired outcome. Sigils are often used in spells and rituals.

Solstice: The time of year when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky. The winter solstice occurs on December 21st or 22nd.

Soul Urge Number: The number that represents your inner desires. Soul urge numbers are often used in numerology.

Spirit Guide: A spirit that is believed to guide and protect you. Spirit guides are often associated with animals.

Spell: A magical incantation that is used to achieve the desired outcome. Spells are often written in a book of shadows.

State Church: The church that is endorsed by the government. State churches are often supported by taxes.

Sir Thomas Browne: An English polymath who wrote a treatise on alchemy – Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646). He is also known for his work in medicine and botany.

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Tarot Cards: A deck of 78 cards that is used for divination. Tarot cards are divided into the Major and Minor Arcana.

Thelema: A belief system that was founded by Aleister Crowley. Thelema teaches that each individual has the right to choose their own destiny.

Third Eye: The sixth chakra is located in the center of the forehead. The third eye is associated with intuition and psychic ability.

Traditions of Qabalah: A group of mystical teachings that were popularized in the West by Aleister Crowley. Traditions of Qabalah include the Tree of Life and the Sephiroth.

The Garden of Cyrus: An essay written by Sir Thomas Browne. The Garden of Cyrus is a treatise on the nature of gardens.

Three Books of Occult Philosophy: A treatise on magic and alchemy written by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. The Three Books of Occult Philosophy was first published in 1531.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): A system of medicine that has been used in China for over 2000 years. TCM is based on the principle of balance and harmony.

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Universal Life Force: The life force that is believed to connect all living things. The Universal Life Force is called “chi” or “qi.”

Underwood Dudley: An English mathematician who wrote a treatise on numerology – Numerology: Or, What Pythagoras Wrought.

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Vibrations: The frequency of energy that is emitted by all living things. Vibrations can be measured with a pendulum.

Vedic: A type of astrology that is based on the Vedas, a sacred text of Hinduism. Vedic astrology is also known as “Jyotish.”

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Water: The element of water is associated with emotion and intuition. Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Western Astrology: A type of astrology based on the planets’ movements. Western astrology is also known as “tropical astrology.”

Wheel of Fortune: The tenth card in the Major Arcana. The Wheel of Fortune represents good luck, fortune, and change.

White Magic: Magic that is used for good purposes. White magic is also known as ” benevolence magic.”

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Yang: The masculine principle in Chinese philosophy. Yang is associated with light, heat, and active energy.

Yin: The feminine principle in Chinese philosophy. Yin is associated with darkness, cold, and passive energy.

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Zenith: The highest point in the sky. The Zenith is directly overhead.

Zodiac: The 12-year cycle of the sun’s path through the constellations. The zodiac begins with Aries on March 21st and ends with Pisces on February 18th.