The idea of a magical nature of each number is probably as old as the concept of numbers. The fact that they have a number of mathematical properties (for example, they can be simple or compound, odd and even, positive and negative, and so on), is well known to all. But what is meant by the magical properties of numbers? According to the ancient sages, the numbers have a special relationship with the objects around us and the events of real life. In addition, in certain combinations they are able to bring good luck. Such a doctrine of “magic” number is called numerology.
Practically, all culture’s “magic” and what tooday we mean by “science” existed as a single science. Many centuries past before chemistry separated from alchemy, astronomy – from astrology, and mathematics – from numerology. However, such a clear separation was only for Western civilization. Path of magic and science divided with the Reformation: is was “green light” given to the academic disciplines, and the “magic” was banned and gradually became obscured.
That’s why today’s scientists are studying the history of the great Pythagoras separately from mathematics.
However, the eastern civilization has chosen a different path: numerology has become an important part of many esoteric systems, for example, feng shui, Kabbala, Vedic astrology and some others.
The end of the nineteenth century was kind of “occult renaissance” – in the Old and New Worlds was reminded of the “magical” sciences: alchemy, astrology, numerology. Several schools of numerology were established (Cairo, L. Balliett, Sefarial, K. Zain), among which the most popular “Western numerology” dealing with the analysis of names and calendar dates.
The main differences between the schools are meaning of the Latin alphabet and the numbers. Why Latin? Astrologers of that time considered Latin “heir” of the sacred Hebrew alphabet (ie, who had connections with the teachings of Kabbalah).
As for the American Balliet, founder of the school of “Western numerology” (also called classic), she chose a different approach to “the science of vibrations of numbers.” In her view, there is nothing accidental in this world, and hence the letters in the Latin alphabet are in special order. So we should just number them in order. The first letter should match the number “1”, the second letter – the number “2”, the tenth letter again should be equal to one, and so on.
This approach of interpreting the values of the letters has become well known around the world and even in the East, where there is its own methodology, “Western numerology”.