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Modern Numerology

This article was written by David Allen Hulse on May 31, 2002
posted under Numerology

English Numerology

Modern numerology really came into vogue at the turn of the nineteenth century. Early attempts at making a Qabalah for English often paralleled the English alphabet to Hebrew and Greek. But the alpha-numeric code for numerology that is most common today is based not on Hebrew or Greek roots, but rather the simple serial order of the English alphabet.

Numerologists, in analyzing your personal name with these number values, typically use three divinatory calculations, those of:

1. Motives—ideals or one’s own deepest desires (Inner Life)

2. Appearances—one’s personality, influence and impression on others (Outer Life)

3. Methods—one’s true will, self-expression, conduct in the world (Path in Life)

These three calculations are obtained by adding together and reducing to one digit:

1. All the vowels of a name (Motives)

2. All the consonants of a name (Appearances)

3. Both the vowels and consonants of a name (Methods)

These terms produce the following formula, where the sum of the number for Motives and the number for Appearances is always equal to the sum of all the letters in the name:

(MOTIVES) + (APPEARANCES) = (METHODS)

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