We’ve got your number: The ancient practice of Numerology

This month’s edition of DTLA Life Magazine is all about the numbers! We are marking the historic 10-year anniversary of the publication, so it seemed fitting to focus on the ancient practice of Numerology. If you think about, life revolves around numbers: your weight on the scale, medical numbers for how healthy you are from BMI to cholesterol, your fit bit tells you the numbers, you wake up to a number on a clock, your rent payment on the first of the month, dollars you earn, dollars you spend, years you mark every birthday watching as those numbers go higher and higher and you wonder where the time went, to keeping score on just about everything in life. Even grades in school have gone from letters to numbers! Getting into college is about the numbers on the SAT and that, oh so elusive, 4.0 plus that can get you in or out of your targeted university.

Football scores, baseball, basketball, the Olympics, Dancing with the Stars, your credit score and on and on. Every day we measure ourselves with a number. We decide if it’s a good number or a “bad one”, like negative numbers in our checkbook are “bad” and positive bank balances are “good”. Our Doctor tells us we dropped two pounds on the scale and immediately it’s a “good day”; conversely, if the scale isn’t our friend that day because of the numbers, it’s a “bad” day. We give out our phone number on a piece of paper to that cute guy at the bar, hoping he will call and our emotions rise and fall depending upon the outcome. We coin phrases like “I’ve got your number” and “When my number is up…”, “catch 22”, “behind the eight ball”, on “cloud nine”, “Fifteen minutes of fame”, “seven year itch”, “ménage a trois” and many others.



It seems we measure everything in life by the numbers. Let’s take a look at why!

Numerology dates back thousands of years with some variations to be found in most cultures throughout history. The science of the numbers has been taught by some of the most respected mathematicians in history, even though many have dismissed it as a “pseudoscience”.

Many ancient cultures including China, Japan, India, Babylon and Egypt were familiar with numerology long before the Greeks and Romans adopted the practice.

Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician and philosopher circa 569-470 B. C. and generally the one considered the originator of the still popular Pythagorean system, believed that all reality is mathematical. He viewed the vast universe as being comprised of various mathematical patterns and was a vehement proponent that all things can be expressed in numbers, that all corresponded to energy patterns of vibrations, each with specific meaning.

The vast teachings of Pythagoras were adopted by the scholars Socrates and Plato, and studied by early Christian scholars, including St. Augustine. This ultimately led to its expansion during the Renaissance, and numerology continues to be studied and practiced today.

Numerology can be simply defined as the historic study of the relationship between names, birthdates, and numbers. In fact, the word numerology is derived from the Latin word “numerous” meaning number, and the Greek word “logos”, meaning thought and word. The Greeks today might be well served in revisiting this ancient practice. Perhaps it might aid them in shedding light on their present financial situation and help them find a way out!

In Numerology, unlike Astrology and Tarot, a person’s birth name, as well as their
birthdate, have significant influence on their life path and personality. Calculating these significant indicators is a simple and straightforward process.

To calculate the Life Path number, which is based upon an individual’s birth-date, you would use basic math to add up the numbers in the date and then reduce it down. For example: January 23, 1973 looks like this: Jan = 1 + 25 = 2 + 5= 7 + 1 + 9 +7 +3 + 2 + 0 + 2 , 1 + 7 + 2 + 10, reduced 1 + 0 = 1 . The person with this birth-date has a Numerology # of 1. Number 1’s have a mind of their own, demand complete freedom and have powerful drive and determination. They don’t let anyone or anything get in their way once they make up their mind and set their sights on a goal. They are great providers for their loved ones while demanding great respect and attention.

Our great magazine is celebrating 10 years, which in numerology is the vibration of a One! Happy Anniversary to the publisher, Alex Limandri, and all the wonderful contributors of this great publication. Indeed it is #1 in Downtown LA news and lifestyle views!

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