By Sandra Weaver
Numerology meanings seem to have found their beginnings with Pythagoras, Greek philosopher and mathematician, born in 570 BC. But the idea of numbers and their spiritual significance was practiced heavily by our ancient ancestors in Mesoamerica during the same time period. The ancient Maya felt the universe, ages, cycles, or literally almost anything else could be broken down into numbers. Numbers were sacred and alive.
The magic of numerology takes your name or date of birth and reduces them down to single digits. Each digit from 1 to 9 has its own tendencies. The resultant number is said to reveal your key personality.
But the power of numerology meanings takes it a step further by considering the values of each number in your birthday. Most often your personality contains dominant and sub-dominant essences of several numbers. This shows you where you're in or out of balance.
Yet another step of refinement comes when you take both your name and birth date numbers. Your name has power and is not an accident. It reveals hidden clues you may not have been aware of. There could be a reason you don't like your name. This article will show you how to gain a better understand of yourself or another through numerology meanings.
Let's get started...
Key to Understanding Numerology Meanings
Odd numbers are masculine. Even numbers are feminine. When I say masculine and feminine, I’m not talking about a specific gender. I mean the "traits" of masculine and feminine energy within us all.
Masculine: active, creative, thrusting, and cold
Feminine: passive, receptive, yielding and warm
Masculine and feminine tendencies are visible in both sexes. In fact, many numerology numbers for women are very masculine (including mine) and vice versa. We all know men who are gentle and nurturing and we also know women who are aggressive and cold.
The very strong tendencies of the numbers in numerology towards the masculine indicates how the world is out of balance, even now. The shift to balance began over 100 years ago with the women's movement. A lot of the turmoil we're experiencing in the world right now is a universal attempt to bring the earth into sync with the new Aquarian Age. Numerology meanings will shift as our consciousness shifts. The nurturing power of the feminine will become revered again as it was before, during the time of the Goddess.
Numerology numbers range from 1 to 9. The numbers 11 and 22 result in numerology calculations also, and should be reduced to 2 (1 + 1) and 4 (2 + 2). Numerologists work with 1 to 9, 11 & 22. We're going to concentrate on 1 to 9 in this article.
What do the numbers in numerology meanings really indicate?
One (1): The numerology meaning of this number is unity, beginnings, God, masculine, creative, symbol of physical and mental activity. It’s a number that expresses leadership, spotlight type individuality. There’s a tendency to being organized, and ambitious. Ones go to the top in everything that peaks their interest, reflecting a natural leader. They are forerunners and original thinkers. Leadership or a position of power is where they’re happiest. Often, they are loners, and can be aggressive. The ambition to succeed can overshadow good judgment. The biggest lesson for ones is to dim that spotlight...sit back sometimes to recognize and appreciate the light in others.
Two (2): Dualist beliefs, Gnostic. This is a feminine numerology meanings number with traits like yielding, receptive, accepting, forgiving, passive, uncomplicated and stable. But, twos make things or groups function more efficiently. Devotion to truth and simplicity is of major importance. Twos are the opposite personality to "1s". They are followers, good subordinates and team members. Often too subservient, which others perceive as weak or shy because of their natural gentleness. Because of their natural tendencies towards peace and diplomacy, they can appreciate both sides of an argument, and are good mediators. Their path in life is to nurture, and make the ideas of others shine...make their systems work. Twos need for peaceful assertion makes their lives work extremely smooth, while others may have more bumps in the road.
Three (3): Masculine. The Holy Trinity, (father, son, and holy ghost). Threes are active, harmonious, pleasure–loving, and they bring joy to others as indicated by their numerology meaning. Many politicians are threes with excellent conversational skills, but they can often be superficial. They give hope to others who see the dark side of things. These shining lights work hard to stop negativity from entering into their lives. The good in something usurps the bad every time. They are born mediators between 1 and 2 to draw them together. Extreme versatility and highly sociable attitudes make them well liked. In partnerships, they are sexually interested and interesting both. Threes meet and live life head on.
Four (4): Feminine. The number of matter in numerology meanings. Represents 4 seasons, 4 elements, 4 directions, 4 sides to a cube. Fours mirror magical geometry and buildings. They are stable, rigid, sure-footed, determined to reach their goals in a straight line. When things come without effort, fours are uneasy, wondering if something is good if it comes without hard work. Often they are so focused on their goal they miss the small pleasures of life. These stable, security loving people are often unmoving and dull. They are hard working, good employees especially in planning, organization and administration. Fours biggest challenge is to find the “middle of the road”, so they have balance in their lives.
Five (5): Masculine. Number of the senses, four limbs and one head make five main projections from the torso. Stars. Also sexual, male (3), female (2). Fives are likely to be restless, lively, adventuresome, quick-thinking, and quick-tempered. They love change and challenge, but take too many risks. It's common for them to act first and think later, which causes stumbling along the path. Fives numerology meaning shows them to be progressive, free thinking, exciting, fun loving and sexual. Simple everyday life is unattractive to these types. Fives handle unexpected changes and challenges well. Five's goal is to be forever youthful and have a good sense of humor. These traits make them happy and pleasurable company. Freedom is important to them, so stability conscious types would do better to look somewhere else.
Six (6): Feminine. The combination of the upward male triangle and downward female triangle for the 6 pointed star. Sixes numerology meaning shows they possess the nurturing side of womanhood: safe, stable, warm, domestic, and motherly. Sixes are natural homemakers, giving love, warmth and security to their families even if they are a man. They are supportive, harmonious, companionable, responsible, good problem solvers who know life requires adjustments along the way. Sometimes smugness and a self-satisfying attitude can reveal an interfering know-it-all. Sixes major lesson in life is to adapt and adjust to lives changes in themselves and others.
Seven (7): Masculine. This is the holiest and most magical of all the numerology numbers, possessing strength and psychic ability. Creation and rest in 7 days, 7 pillars of wisdom, 7 chakras, 7 stars in the Big Dipper. Sevens are reflective and have a tendency towards mysticism or the occult. This is the number of an introspective individualists who is often a loner. They're highly intellectual, and not materialistic, but somehow money finds them. Not considered social butterflies, sevens are often perceived as cold and distant. It's immaterial, because they are unaffected by the opinions of others. Sevens are disciplined and work well without supervision, which they prefer to team efforts. Often they will escape into daydreaming, needing little rest, relaxation and sleep. Their challenge in life is to seek and understand the Truth. Sevens need to be gentle with themselves though, and learn that being alone is not the same as loneliness.
Eight (8): Feminine. This is the number of material matters and practicality. But, eights must learn how money can be used for the greater good. Through numerology meanings this is their challenge. They are a symbol of infinity, which leads to the next life...the eight-fold path away from materialism in Buddhism. Eights like to accumulate wealth. This number is worldly and hardworking, but often lacks patience and pliability. Eights are tough, being persistent till they accomplish a task. They make excellent business people, because they like order and making money. Often they lose what they make though. But, they can be ruthless in pursuit of their goals. On the other hand, they are very family oriented, protecting their loved ones. Learning that love, passion and marital commitment are just as much a part of success as material gain is another of their numerology meaning challenges.
Nine (9): Masculine. A product of 3 x 3 makes nine a powerful number. Nine represents achievement and completion. There are 9 months in pregnancy, 9 initiations during our advancing from a lower stage to a higher stage. In numerology meaning, nines are achievers, possessing bright ideas, high ideals, and innate abilities. They take the big picture into consideration with their broad visions, global thinking, and universal problem solving capabilities. Their goal is to culminate, complete and finish all endeavors. Nines are always looking for ways to improve on any situation or project. Traveling to distance places and possibly even having a foreign spouse is all part of a nines makeup. These high energy people are creative often artistic, but they can be self-centered when it comes to their achievements. Recognition is important, but they will never flaunt their achievements. Nines biggest challenge according to numerology meaning...is to let go! When something has reached completion...it has outlived its usefulness. Or, as in the case of a relationship, it may simply be time to end it, which means you have to let it go.
Eleven (11): Masculine/Feminine. This is the numerology meanings number of revelation and spiritual insight. Elevens are intuitive, practical, unconventional but sensible. Eleven reduces to 1 + 1. This number has many 2-type attributes, as well as 1s because of the 1 and 1. These personality qualities make them more balanced between the masculine and feminine. We should start to see more "11s" in people's numerology meaning numbers as the feminine finds itself within us all.
Twenty-two (22): Feminine. This numerology meanings number has particular importance in the Kabbalah. The Tree of Life is joined by 22 paths. There are 22 letters in Hebrew alphabet, and 22 cards in the Major Arcana of Tarot their lives and environment is important to a twenty-two. This number reduces to 2 + 2. They have the more positive aspects of the number four. Notice how the numerology meaning of this number stays very feminine. This will be another number to watch for as we leave the Age of Pisces behind completely.
Numerology meaning and your birth date
Now that you understand what the different numbers represent...we’re ready to figure out what this all means to you.
First of all, the numerological meaning of your birth date is based on the entire group of numbers. This important number is often referred to as your destiny number, because it’s constant...never changing. To calculate this numerology meanings number just add all the numbers together. (eg. July 17, 1959, would be 7 + 1 + 7 +1 + 9 + 5 +9 = 39. So this birth date, Susan's, would look like this 3 + 9 = 12, 1 + 2 = 3)
Since 39 and 12 are not single digit number, you add the first and second digits together to make a single digit number. Keep adding the sums of the numbers till you get one of the one digit numerology numbers. In Pythagorean numerology meanings, the 9s in your birth date would be dropped. I feel this came about, because every person would have a nine in their birthday if they were born in the twentieth century. In this example we’ll include them. So Susan's final number is "three".
Next, go back to "3" to see its numerology meaning and personality traits. You now have what is considered in this case, Susan's tendencies.
Now let’s look at just her birthday number. In the above example it’s 17 , which would be 1 + 7 = 8. Eight would also play a significant part in Susan's personality. Specifically, how she thinks and behaves in numerology meanings would be revealed by this number. This number also indicates her lucky days, lucky months, and compatible people. (No included in this article)
It’s interesting what comes out when this person, Susan Jenkins starts to develop a pattern of numbers and numerology meanings, which refines and pinpoints her destiny and personality traits. So Susan has a full birthday number of 3 and a personality number vibration of 8. Each number would affect or complement the other, so both have to be taken into consideration. A person is rarely just one number.
To learn more about numerology meanings, follow this link to see how the Arrows of Phythagoras refines readings even farther.
Compare your numerology chart to other personality charts like astrology
An interesting scenario also unfolds when you take your numerology meanings information and compare it to your astrology chart. I was amazed to see my tendencies and traits were reinforced by different ancient personality indicators.
Even more curious?...consider looking into Mayan Astrology. for yet another indicator. There's much more to the ancient cultures and their superior numerology and cosmic knowledge then meets the eye.
Traditional Astrology and to an extent Mayan Astrology are based on precession of the equinoxes. With the beginning of the next Great Cycle and the Age of Aquarius since 2012, our souls journey takes on much greater significance. The Maya predict the earth as a whole has the greatest opportunity for spiritually growth during this time in recorded history.
What they didn't say was doomsday would befall the earth and humanity. They predicted the upheavals economically, socially and environmentally, which we’re experiencing right now. It's happening to clear the old values to make room for the new values of love, brotherhood, unity and integrity for the new Great Age.
Different numerology meanings combined pinpoint your attributes and your short-comings. Maybe you’re really heavy in one area and very light in another. Take note of these situations and use your strengths to achieve your goals, and use the information on your light areas to work on creating some balance in your life. After all happiness, peace and love are all that matters when the day is done.
When you consider the values of the new Great Cycle which officially began December 21, 2012, this balance between the masculine and feminine energies within us becomes more important now then ever before.
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