History of Numerology goes back some 10,000 years. No one knows the exact origin of Numerology. Some claim that it originated in Egypt, while others claim that it originated in Babylon. Some scholars point out that there is evidence to suggest that numerology was practiced in China, Japan, India and Egypt long before it gained prominence in Greece.
Most numerologists recognize ancient Babylon as the earliest period of recorded history of numerology. The ancient Babylonians are credited with developing the Chaldean system of numerology. The Hebrews were responsible for birth of the Chaldean system.
Later on, numerology was reinvigorated by the Pythagorean system. The birth of modern numerology is often credited to the famous Greek philosopher, Pythagoras. He was born around 590 BC and is most famously known for the Pythagoras Theorem, which you must have been taught in school.
Pythagoras focused on understanding the principles and concepts behind mathematics. He believed that the entire universe could be expressed through numbers. According to Pythagoras, "The world is built upon the power of numbers". He created a system for this purpose and later on after his death other Greek philosophers expanded this system. It is true that Pythagoras did not invent Numerology; however, his theories took this science to a whole different level. And that is why he is called the father of modern Numerology.
Teachings of Pythagoras were adopted by Plato. Early Christian scholars such as St. Augustine also showed a keen interest in Numerology. According to St. Augustine, "Numbers are the Universal language offered by the deity to the humans as confirmation of the truth". The interest in numerology shown by Christian scholars led to its expansion during the Renaissance period. However, in 325 A.D., numerology lost favor with the Christian authorities.
Coming to the twentieth century, it was Dr Julia Seton who first coined the word Numerology. She was born in 1862. She gave numerous lectures all over the world explaining the ancient wisdom and physics behind numbers.
In the early twentieth century, Numerology was revived by a series of books written by L. Dow Balliett. The books were published between 1911 and 1917. She combined Pythagoras' work with Biblical references. Then in 1930s, Florence Campbell, a great mystic, explained in great details the science of Numerology. Most of the formulas that numerologists use today have been developed by these two writers.
If we look at the history of Numerology, we will see that there are three formal versions of Numerology in use today. The Chaldean, the Kabbalah, and the Pythagorean (Western) are the three numerological systems in use today. Each of these systems calculates numbers differently and obviously offers a different interpretation of one's life.
It is said that the Chaldean Number System is the most accurate one. The origin of Chaldean Numerology can be traced back to Ancient Babylon. The Chaldean system assigns a number value to the sound of every alphabet. Number 1-8 are assigned to the sounds of alphabet. In Chaldean Numerology number 9 is considered as holy and for this reason it is kept apart from other vibrations. Furthermore, Chaldean Numerology always uses compound numbers.
The Kabbalah Numerology originated in Hebrew mysticism. The Kabbalah number system only analyzes the name. This system has assigned 22 vibrations, ranging from 1 to 400. Since this system only analyzes the name and not the birth date, it is not considered so accurate by many numerologists.
So, whether you use the Chaldean, Kabbalah or the Pythgorean system, the numbers will surely reveal deep insights about your life.