My investigations into Numerology (which Vivienne and the others frown upon) are just for a giggle. I am learning a tiny bit about Numerology for fun (I don't believe in it in the slightest).
I am a programmer, and was a low level programmer, which among other attributes means that I like numbers.
I have to say right from the outset that although I find numerology awesomely cool, it is to my mind pseudoscience. It makes no logical sense at all due to number systems (explained below), but is still kind of neat.
Numerology is often is introduced as a science.
Science is defined as 'the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment'.
Clearly, numerology doesn't fit within that definition. Whatever it is, it is not a science.
So, what exactly is numerology?
The (pseudo) science of numerology tells us that numbers have vibrations and metaphysical meanings.
Each number has a specific vibration.
Everything has a vibration. People, objects, colors and so on also vibrate.
If follows from this, that everything has a number, and according to numerologists, it is possible to calculate your number using your name or date of birth.
Using the numbers specific to each person (calculated using either your name or date of birth), numerology (claims) to be able to guide behavior, predict the compatability in relationships and otherwise divine the unknowable.
So, numerology provides us with knowledge and insight into our destiny.
It also enable us to make informed(?!) choices through checking for compatible vibrations.
You, me, everyone has a vibration and a number (from one to nine) describing that vibration. My number is four.
According to numerologists, I could choose what to eat, where to go and how to live based on making choices that a compatible vibration.
The central tenet of numerology is the translating of words to numbers (you can see why as a programmer I find this so cool).
You can either use you name or date of birth.
Numerology calculations does both, calculating your name and life path numbers.
You can then look up the number in a numerology chart.
Some practitioners believe that it is important to use your birth name - not a nickname, or new name if you have changed it, while others consider that you should use the name you respond to.
Your name is important because 'its vibrations become meshed with our own' in some way. I don't understand the logic behind this, but names often seem to dictate behaviour. Arty and creative types often called creative names like Zaphod, Beatrix and so on.
Your life path number is also known as your ruling numbers. This is obtained by adding up your complete birth date and reducing it to a single digit. You can also use the life path calculator.
Each number from one to nine has a meaning in numerology, with both positive and negative characteristics.
You can search for the meanings on the internet, which are roughly the same, but often with slightly different interpretations.
For example, the number four, is symbolised by the square, four sides to a cube, four elements, four directions, representing practicality, stability and orderliness.
This leads on to the biggest criticism of numerology. I don't think that this the problem for Vivienne (she is a white witch), but it is mine.
The biggest criticism of numerology is that it is based the system of counting designed to allow people to count objects in groups of ten.
However, this system, known as Base 10 system, is not the only system of counting. Binary is another system of counting (also known base 2). In the low level programming world both Binary (base 2), and hexadecimal (base 16) are commonly used.
When counting in binary, the numbers used are 0 and 1, but when counting in octal the numbers used are from 0-7, and with hexadecimal the digits 0-9 and a-f. (A-f are considered numbers in hexadecimal).
Numerology only works with base 10.
It only works if you count with the digits from 0-9.
How then can vibrations be matched with numbers?
The number system that we have chosen for common use is arbitrary, and could equally as well used less or more digits.