Numerology
A popular interpretive and prediction system deriving from
the mystic values ascribed to numbers. In Jewish mysticism, for
example, gematria refers to the traditional association of numbers
with Hebrew letters, and the practice of seeking hidden
meanings in words by systematically converting them into
numbers.
Modern numerology was popularized by the palmist and
fortune-teller ‘‘Cheiro’’ (Count Louis Hamon), who developed
a system of what he called ‘‘fadic’’ numbers. These were arrived
at by adding together all the digits in the subject’s birth date
to produce a number of destiny to which special planetary and
other significance was then attached.
In general, numerology systems assign numerical values to
the letters of one’s name andor birthplace. These are added
together to ascertain a basic number, which has a special symbolic
interpretation, much as astrological types are traditionally
assigned particular characteristics of helpful and harmful influences.
Sometimes lucky or unlucky numbers are also related to
the 22 symbols of the major arcana of the Tarot pack.
Sources
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Jenkins, 1978.
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