AstroThe Birth of Numerology

May 27, 2021by AstroGifts0

If only you would know the magnificence of the 3, 6, and 9, you would have a key to the Universe. If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.“

~Nikola Tesla


The resurgence of numerology in the 1970s lead many to believe that this is a relatively new age concept, the opposite is true however, Numerology is one of the most ancient mystic sciences for helping us understand and analyse the world around us, and to help us try and understand the deeper truth of the universe we’re a part of.

The most mainstream and current form of numerology we use today stems all the way back to the ancient city of Babylon, which is modern day Iraq and just a stones throw away from modern day Baghdad.

Ancient Babylon "The Walls of Babylon and the Temple of Bel (Or Babel)", by 19th-century illustrator William Simpson – influenced by early archaeological investigations.
Ancient Babylon “The Walls of Babylon and the Temple of Bel (Or Babel)”, by 19th-century illustrator William Simpson – influenced by early archaeological investigations.

From the beginning, Numerology was founded on the core concept that our human lives are fundamentally interconnected with everything in the universe, and that the universe is guided by energies that can be decoded though the power and study of numerology by the interpretation of the numbers that are discovered all arounds us, mathematical codes engrained in to every part of the observable universe.

Each number representing a unique kind of energy which we can then use to translate directly in to our own lives and help guide us and give us a deeper understanding of our true selves, our destiny and our role in the universe.

The First Numerologists

In the earliest days of numerology, very few understood the complexity involved in deciphering the laws of numbers. But it was those few people from ancient Babylonia, Egypt, and Athens who laid the basis for the ancient science.

It was studied by the brightest minds for thousands of years in these lands. Numerology was a major science in the most advanced of civilisations and they credited the prosperity and long success to the study of numerology and practice of numerology to predict and understand the deeper truths in the world around them.

Let’s dig deeper to find out how and when did it start.

The Babylonians created, studied and practiced astronomy and astrology. It was their wisdom and understanding of the cosmos and world around us that of it that led to the modern mode of numerology created by Pythagoras.

This fundamental form numerology, beginning in Babylon, passed through Hindu and Arabic teachings for millennia, it became an integral part of ancient civilisations, and was deeply integrated in Greek, Arab and Egyptian societies and traditions.

From thousands of years ago, from The Chaldeans, Mayans, Celts and Egyptians, and many more cultures since have all used numerology to some degree to help understand the their place in the universe and to try grasp an insight into what the future may hold for them.

The Birth of Numerology

Pythagoras is commonly given the title of the creator of numerology in ancient Greece in the years (500BC), and although he is the father of modern numerology and helped popularise it through the western world through his studies and teachings, he did not create numerology.

It’s origins are much deeper, further back several thousand years, and the source of this divine knowledge is much more mysterious.

The oldest historically recorded form of numerology is called Babylonian, or more commonly known in modern times by the term Chaldean Numerology due to it’s popularisation by the Chaldean rulers of Babylon. This is where the journey begins, approximately 5000 years ago with the ancient Babylonian empire, which is located along the Euphrates river in present-day Iraq.

The Foundation it was built on

It is understood that the concept of Chaldean numerology was created through the analysis of patterns in the world around us, movements of the planets and observable universe along with their highly advanced mathematical ingenuity.

It’s easy to consider people of 5000 years ago to be much less advanced academically. However, the Babylonians in the middle east were incredibly advanced with mathematics and science, much more than we can imagine, in fact, they were also the creators of the first system of astrology.

The babylonians basis for the creation of numerology came from their divine system of understanding and from their belief that the heavens and the earth were not separate, but were one, and that time was not linear but curved in a way that the future and past could impact the present,

The few surviving Babylonian texts show how they used the beauty of math, geometry and numbers found in the world around us to create a language we can use to decipher the divine. They assigned numbers for everything from the cosmos, physical objects in the world, to nature and beyond. These numbers would be assigned in relation the the specific vibration or frequency of the object.

From stars, gods, plants, valuable objects, metals, and other objects. The assignment of numbers would be the energy or frequency they would feel from the vibrations of its essence. One important fact is the total disappearance of number 9. it is yet to be known since it doesn’t appear in Babylonian numerology.

But it was those few people who laid the basis of a science of which effects are everlasting till the existence of numbers. This may sound surprising to some, but numerology was actually a major science in the most advanced of civilisations, from the ancient babylonians, Egyptians and greeks, this could possibly be a reason for their rapid progress and prosperity. Let’s dig deeper to find out how and when did it start.

A lot of this ancient knowledge that was lost and suppressed through the ages due to religious dogmatism and the late roman empire, we have only recently recovered elements of what the Chaldeans understood about the universe and the role of numbers in our lives, however luckily it has just about survived the ages.

The Rise and Fall of Chaldeans

The Chaldeans of a land called Chaldea at the time were the ancient people who ruled Babylonia from 625 to 539 BC under what was to be known as the Neo-Babylonian Empire, they were known for their study and practical use of the ancient Babylonian numerology and astrology, it was fundamental to their society. Although Babylonian numerology was already practiced for a long time here, the Chaldean rulers were the first to use numerology as the basis for their rule and it was ingrained into every part of their society. It flourished under the Chaldean rule and took centre stage.

This is why Babylonian numerology is more commonly known, even today as Chaldean Numerology.

They only had a short spell in charge of Babylon, their rule over the land came to an end when the the first Persian empire (Achaemenid Empire) invaded and began the fall of the great and historical empire of Babylon. After the fall of Babylon, the term Chaldean and Chaldea lost meaning in relation to the people and the land that they once ruled.

Under the new Persian rule, the term Chaldean simply then referred to a class of people who were known to be experts in astrology, astronomy, numerology, incantations, sorcery, witchcraft, and the mystical arts. Although the their empire fell into the hands of the Persians, their people still held their beliefs and practiced, studied and spread numerology around neighbouring lands.

There are numerous myths and legends about the source of this wisdom that the ancient babylonians discovered and studied and the Chaldeans practiced.

One such myth involving the descendant of the new conqueror of Babylon, a Sumerian god, and a king to be.

The Legend of King & Gods

The legend begins with the Sumerian god by the name of Enki, who was the god of creation and intelligence, whom was also know as Poseidon is Greek mythology and one on the Anunnaki, he was a direct descendant of An and Ki, the god of the heavens and the goddess of earth.

In this myth, in 705 BC in modern day Iran, the son of a Persian king and Queen then known as Persus was visited in the dead of night by a wandering stranger, this stranger revealed himself to be the god Enki, he had come with an important message.

Enki the God of Creation, Intelligence, Crafts, Water, Seawater, Lakewater, Fertility, Semen, Magic, Mischief
Enki the God of Creation, Intelligence, Crafts, Water, Seawater, Lakewater, Fertility, Semen, Magic, Mischief

In this first meeting, Enki advised that the parents of the soon to be king change the name of their son, to the name to Achaemenes, the parents did not understand why, but they would not second guess the god Enki. What was unknown to them at this time is that the name meant that through the then unknown science of numerology, a changing of ones name would reconfigure the numerical frequency with the universe and forever alter the young princes destiny.

After this meeting, the newly named Achaemenes rapidly developed, he became a powerful speaker, highly respected at a very young age among the people and he attracted and created massive wealth for the empire, he quickly and ascended to the throne at 16 when his father stood down from the throne after seeing how powerful of a leader his son had become.

During the height of his rule and influence over his massively prosperous kingdom, the myth states that he was then believed to have once again met the god Enki, who this time, realising that the king had been fulfilling his destiny to become a great leader, imparted a fundamental knowledge of the universe, the kind discovered that numbers hold the secrets woven into the fabric of the universe and be be understood through the language of Chaldean Numerology.

The legend behind the king is that the knowledge and understanding of how numbers shape the world around us, and our destiny gave him and his descendants the knowledge and power they needed to create the seed for their vast and massively prosperous empire for centuries to come.

This empire prospered until it was visited by the god Enlil who sought destruction of mankind, and who in the Epic of Gilgamesh, is recorded as the god who caused the great flood that sought to destroy every living thing on earth.

Enlil visited the descendant of Darius the great in 320 BC, this new king of the empire Darius III. Here Enlil told the new king that if he changed his name, his empire would prosper even more, and he would impart more knowledge about how to improve their numerology system. So Darius III obliged and changed his name.

Within 6 months of changing his name, and therefor destiny. A young king by the name of Alexander of Macedonia marched upon the kingdom, commonly known as Alexander the Great. Although Alexander was massively outnumbered, He flooded in like the deluge and piece by piece destroyed the last remnants of the last of the Achaemenid Kingdom, through massive misfortune in battle for King Darius III, who was then hunted down and met a grizzly fate at the hands of his cousin who handed his body over to Alexander as an offering.

This trickery from the god Enlil is thought to be the cause of the end of the Achaemenen empire.

The Fact in the Fiction

This is a interesting myth based on some elements of historical fact, one of the descendants of Achaemenes, Cyrus the Great II would go on to be the conqueror of the Chaldeans in 539BC and take Babylon into the Achaemenen kingdom.

Another and as far as numerology is concerned, the most important descendant or the Persian king Achaemenes in this story, is Darius the great, he ruled the kingdom when it was the greatest empire that ever existed and covered the from the lands of Egypt to Greece, all the way to the borders of China

At the height of his power, Darius the great integrated Chaldean numerology into the constitution and fabric of the empire and it prospered for centuries, their people practiced Chaldean numerology freely and it was understood that it gave people access to their destiny, he allowed it to prosper and spread through the lands. They also built monuments to gods of many beliefs, such as Egyptians , who also believed that the name held the key to the numbers and vibrations of destiny which could be revealed through numerology.

The hard truth of the matter and a fact we know today is that a large part of the Babylonian knowledge and scripture of Chaldean numerology was now lost, as Alexander the great and his army destroyed and burned down temples and libraries that held the keys and scripture to this ancient Babylonian knowledge.

Gérard Audran after Charles LeBrun, &vid=01NGA_INST:IMAGE 'Alexander Entering Babylon,' original print first published 1675
Gérard Audran after Charles LeBrun, &vid=01NGA_INST:IMAGE ‘Alexander Entering Babylon,’ original print first published 1675

However, of this ancient knowledge, luckily it had spread far enough, and all was not lost as many of the fallen Persian empire fled into India and took their knowledge of Chaldean Numerology with them. The Persians who fled are in modern times called the Parsis, for centuries they continued to keep their traditions and knowledge of Chaldean Numerology alive.

Exodus of Numerology Knowledge Exchange & the Vedas

Chaldean Numerology left the land of its creation it began to spread to every corner of the world and evolve over the coming centuries. This original form of that Numerology lead to the Pythagorean system of Numerology that we know and use today.

This only came about after the greeks got access to the ancient knowledge of the Babylonians,,after Alexander the great conquered the land and archaminean empire and although lots of the Chaldean scripture was destroyed in the destruction of the civilisation, the influence and knowledge that was freely practiced and shared had spread far enough.

The greek scholars began to spread this knowledge throughout the world. They entered India via the Indus river via modern-day northeast Afghanistan to where the displaced Chaldean people fled to safety after their defeat.

The the greeks began to study the ancient science directly from the Chaldean people and from what little was left in their land, now ruled by Alexander. The Greeks then began to study and practice numerology, and of course eventually popularise it for the western world.

In India, the knowledge exchange between the, Chaldeans, Vedic scholars and greeks took place, Vedic scholars were those who studied the vedas scripture, which are the writings that form the basis for the Hindu religion began teaching the greeks about their beliefs and understanding of the universe, in turn the greeks shared their new found Babylonian knowledge of Chaldean Numerology with the Vedic scholars in India.

At the peak of their empire, Alexander the great ruled over 44% of the worlds population, this allowed the ancient astrology and numerology to spread like wildfire, all the way from Babylon (Chaldean) to Egypt (Egyptian Numerals) and finally onto Greece where the most used system was created, the Pythagorean system.

Numerologies influence on Egyptian society

The Egyptians had their own cultural interpretation of numerology, although the fundamentals always stay the same, frequencies and vibrations of the world around us, translated into the language of numbers, and then used in a practical way.

The ancient Egyptian people focussed numerology around the concept that everything in the natural world in animated by unseen forces, which we now know to be true today, the movement of every atom and particle was driven by this unseen force.

What seems like an impossible engineering feat, even by todays standard, the Egyptians used their understanding of to create the ultimate tribute to the power of numbers and their relation to the cosmos, the construction of the pyramids was created using the principles of numerology, in fact, the calculation of the angle of the slopes of the pyramid is that of a quadrangular triangle.

Which is now credited as the Pythagorean theorem, however, strangely the pyramids were build many over 1000 years before Pythagoras was born. Leading us to believe that he also learned this knowledge when he was studying numerology in ancient Egypt and it was credited to the greeks.

Discovered on Egyptian papyrus was the focus of the studies of Pythagoras’ time in Egypt as he studied their knowledge. of numbers, his goal mentioned on the Papyrus was the following

“Rules for inquiring into nature and for knowing all that exists, every mystery, every secret.”

The importance of numerology in every corner of Egyptian society can bee see in all their buildings and art works, there is numerological symbolism in everything the did, they were another civilisation of understood the power and truth of the numbers.

Expand on each system and divide into timeline, cool graphics linking each.

Enter Pythagoras

It was between the years 570 – c. 495 BC, the famous Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras studied the Chaldean numerology system deeply in Egypt for over 20 years, which was the intellectual capital of the world in those times. Although Pythagoras has no written documents that survived to this day and age, his work on the study and practice of Numerology still lives on.

The core belief that he held was that the numbers are given by the universe and create order by means of a numerical formula. The numbers woven into the fabric of all things they understood held the key to pure and divine truth and described the world more accurately than any other observation of study made.

From Pythagoras’ twenty study and interpretation of the Babylonian scripture on Chaldean numerology, he believed that the world was build on the laws, language and power of numbers. This would mean that everything in the universe can be translated and understood through the language of numbers and math. Something that science has since proven to some degree with the study of geometrical patterns and mathematical laws observed throughout the entire universe.

Pythagoras’ most inspired period came when he created a school in Crotone, Italy. Which thought the study of numbers and how it could unlock the deeper truths of the universe and help guide our individual and collective destiny. This is where he refined the Chaldean model of numerology and made it more practical in our daily lives for understanding what the universe has in store for us.

Illustration from 1913 showing Pythagoras teaching a class of women. Many prominent members of his school were women
Illustration from 1913 showing Pythagoras teaching a class of women. Many prominent members of his school were women

He did make some technical changes to the Chaldean numerology system. For example, the Pythagorean number system, which was the idea of using his interoperation to assign a numerical system to letters is commonly used in modern day numerology.

Another influential greek philosopher who studied how numbers explain the world around us was Plato, who believed the relationship between numbers could reveal things like the perfect harmony in nature, this is evident in music as the ration of 2 to 1 produces the perfect audio harmonies, called the octave.

He describes how combining ratios from the first 7 numbers would express the harmony and balance of the universe. This powerful knowledge and its study was beginning to cause some upset to groups who sought more control over this divine knowledge and the study of numbers.

The death of Numbers, the trail runs cold

The ancient people of Babylon who fled and carried the knowledge of Chaldean numerology with them trough out the world and into India are known today as the Parsis, they continued teaching and practicing centuries, but it became less and less popular over time, this was in a large part due to the suppression of the state church and disapproval from the late Roman empire. This suppression almost managed to eradicate the knowledge into the dark corners of the earth.

After the golden age of numerology and the incredible work the greeks and Pythagoras had done to refine the ancient knowledge from both Babylon and Egypt, there was a group of powerful and influential people who seen this study of divine knowledge a threat to everything they held dear.

In the very early years of Christianity, the founders who were called the church fathers of the christian church tried to suppress the study, acknowledgement of numerology and constantly condemned the study, practice and rise of numerology that came from Babylon to Pythagoras and beyond.

Although they believed in the power of the numbers to be fundamental to our understanding up the world around us, which is evident as the role of numbers plays a significant part in the christian bible, they sought to undermine any belief system that relied solely on numbers. For this reason, in the early centuries AD they would not fully commit to the belief that numerology played a role in the world around us.

This reluctance of the now dominating roman church to accept or allow the practice of numerology came to a head, and the trail on the study of numbers was about to go cold for several centuries. In the new home of the roman empire, Constantinople, modern day Istanbul., the Roman Emperor Constantine sought to finally put and end to any line of thought that did not fit in with the beliefs of christianity. This was to be decide at the now famous Council of Nicea

16th-century fresco depicting the Council of Nicaea
16th-century fresco depicting the Council of Nicaea

It was in the year 325 A.D that Constantine, called a council to unify the beliefs of christianity and to make sure that they were all singing from the same hymn sheet so to speak, the top bishops joined the council and they decided there and then the future beliefs of the church and to ensure that any belief that was not approved by the state church would be a civil violation.

It was decided that anything that did not fit in with the christian story and was agreed upon by the church authority would be outlawed in the Roman empire. The created a field of unapproved beliefs within the empire, this included the study and pursuit of knowledge of astrology, divination and of course numerology. However, in some of the Greek orthodox church continued to pursue this ancient knowledge.

Once again religious dogmatism tried to suppress the pursuit of a universal truth in numbers. Pythagoras was not the only prestigious philosopher believe in the power of mathematics and to study numerology, almost 1000 years after his death.

However, it was still being studied scientifically and understood on the fringes, in spite of the potential for persecution form the church state. It is apparent that even though the church said one things, they believed in numerology deeply, in the 3rd century, a Christian saint by the name of St. Augustine of Hippo believed that everything had numerical relationships and they could be revealed by divine grace

“Numbers are the Universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth.” – St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430)

The Rebirth of Numerology

When science and the arts began to prosper again during the renaissance and with the creation of the Gutenberg printing press in 1440, this allowed ideas to spread through books which could be hidden and passed down through generations, helping to keep the knowledge alive and with so many copies of books on the subjects spreading through the world, it became impossible to suppress the knowledge forever.

Along with the work done on the advancement of numerology by Pythagoras, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s (1486–1535) who was a famous polymath, physician, legal scholar, theologian, and occult writer. Created his master work  called Occult Philosophy (1533) this book detailed the power of numerology and its practical uses once again, it also helped lay the foundation on which modern numerology is based.

During this time in the Renaissance, many people including artists like Leonardo da Vinci used the divine power of numbers to guide his art work, by using the golden ration and fibonacci mathematics found throughout the world around us and greater universe.

Artists and writers used and connected symbolic meanings to different numbers. Such as writers using certain and repeating a certain amount of sentences, phrases and words in their works, all to represent the true meaning of the text, the readers who seen these patterns could understand the true meanings intended by the author of the works.


It was in the 1800s a mystic from Dublin, Ireland was born named William John Warner, or more commonly known as Cheiro. In his later years he became a renowned and very popular Astrologer, Clairvoyant, Palm Reader and Numerologist.

As a young man, Chiero travelled to find and visit the Parsis in India and to gather as much of the ancient Chaldean Numerology wisdom as he could. He met with gurus who still practiced it and carried the traditions and knowledge through their bloodline tracing all the way back to the ancient babylonians.

Chiero Born 1866 - Cheiro's Book of Numbers
Chiero Born 1866 – Cheiro’s Book of Numbers

Upon his return from the journey to India, he came back with a deep understanding of Chaldean numerology and the skills and intuition to practice it, it was in this time that he created his seminal work, Cheiros Book of Numbers”.

This covers the basic principles of Chaldean numerology and helped to spread the knowledge of the ancient art throughout the western world, and once again, sparking to life the study and practice of modern day numerology.


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