Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Numerology is the study of numbers' essences, vibrations, interconnectivities, and expressions, depending on whom you ask. For some, it is a philosophy or guiding path. For others it is mere amusement. Whatever connotations numerology has to you, one thing is clear: it is wildly popular with people of all ages and cultures.

There are those who believe that numerology can impart wisdom and even make direct and highly specific recommendations for life choices. Those pondering major moves affecting their careers, their romantic lives, and other big decisions may look to their charts to tell them when conditions will be ideal to implement their plans. Others steadfastly refuse to continue on a particular course if and when they realize that it's simply not in the cards.

The History of Numerology

Numerology is often credited to the Greek mathematician Pythagoras, whose "A-squared times B-squared equals C-squared" theorem has earned a permanent place in the brains of high-school students the world around. It's unlikely, though, that numerology began with Pythagoras, as the practice of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, significantly predates the scholar. Kabbalah, like other ancient spiritual practices, is based largely on a system of numbers and their patterns.

In just the past century, numerology has undergone a renaissance, thanks to the efforts of authors and proponents such as L. Dow Balliett. Since his work in the early 1900s, a host of other metaphysicists have joined the cause and helped to popularize the movement. Today, its embrace is wider than ever, a consequence, no doubt, of the uncertain times in which we live and the subsequent need for new belief systems.

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