Numerology in one form or another can be found all over the world. There are five types of numerology that we will discuss, Kabbalah, Chaldean, Pythagorean, Abracadabra and New Kabbalah.
Kabbalah (Hebrew Alphabet)
The Kabbalah numerology originated in Hebrew mysticism, is based on the Hebrew alphabet, and interprets only the meaning of the name. Because of the different alphabet Kabbalah numerology has only 22 vibrations. It was adapted for the Greek alphabet, then further adapted for the Roman alphabet.
Chaldean numerology, sometimes known as “Mystic Numerology”, is probably the oldest system of numerology known. Chaldean numerology was originally developed in Ancient Babylon (now Iraq), and combines Kabbalistic name interpretation with aspects of astrology. The numbers assigned to the letters are not determined by alphabetical order, but instead by the vibration of each specific letter. The 9 is considered holy and therefore is kept apart from other vibrations. Chaldean numerology analyzes both name and date of birth. Rather than analyzing your birth name, however, Chaldean numerology analyses the name you are most commonly known by. Single digits represent the outer aspects of a person, while double digits reveal inner influences. It is considered to be more accurate then the Pythagorean system, however, it is less popular because it is more difficult to master.
Pythagorean numerology is by far the most commonly used system of numerology in the west. Part of its popularity arises from the fact that it is easy to learn how to translate numbers and master their meanings. It was created by the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who was born around 590 BC. Like Chaldean numerology, Pythagorean numerology analyzes both name and date of birth, and the interaction between the two. The basic vibrations are 1 through 9, although the 11 (K) and 22 (V) are not reduced to a single digit because these are master vibrations.
Abracadabra numerology is probably the least used form of numerology. It is based on the subject’s name, and uses a series of triangles to arrive at numerical values that provide information about character and events. Its letters add up to 365, so it encompasses an entire year.
A New Kabbalah numerology has also been developed for use with the modern Roman alphabet. It, too, is based on name, and relies on Pythagorean methods to determine time periods. The New Kabbalah is concerned more with events than character.