The influence of numbers on our lives dates back as far as around 500 B.C., with focus attributed to Pythagoras, a philosopher and mathematician during those times.
In numerology the numbers 1-9 are assigned to letters in the alphabet, and a persons name can be deciphered into numbers by adding the vowels consonants, and the total of both.
It has been speculated that the names of horses, when calculated into their numeric number, can predict the outcome of the race.
Many cultures hold value in certain numbers, meaning that no one number is greater than another, they all hold meaning and value for a particular energy vibration or purpose.
- Romans thought the number three to be mystic
- Egyptians valued the number 12
- Greeks found the number 9 sacred, with nine deities, nine oracles, and nine muses
- Jewish culture holds the number seven as significant, and the Biblical references are numerous
- Kabala focuses greatly on the mystical powers of numbers
- The Maya culture held the number 13 as magical
Some depend on signs and symbols to provide numbers for betting or the lottery. Superstition plays a powerful role in this unsubstantiated means of obtaining the winning numbers. Some of the concepts some have believed:
- Odd numbers are more likely to be winners
- Numbers ending in 3, 7, 9, or 12 are more apt to win
- Lottery tickets should not be bought consecutively, but with intervals between each purchase.
Let’s go back to Pythagoras. It was believed that odd and even numbers held distinction. “An even number is that which admits of being divided, by one and the same operation, into the greatest and the least (parts), greatest in size but least in quantity (i.e. two lots each half size) … while an odd number is that which cannot be so treated, but is divided into two unequal parts”.
Even numbers were considered feminine, odd numbers masculine. Marriage or union was the combination of these two to create five, with creation being 5 + 1 or Six. The universe held the number 10, holding a multi-dimensional property (which may be linked to our multi-dimensional world of time and space).
The teachings of Pythagoreans also included perfect, deficient, and abundant numbers. A perfect number is equal to the sum of its proper divisor (1+2+3). A deficient number such as 8 has a sum that falls short (1+2+4), and an abundant number exceeds the number (1+2+3+4+6).
This summary only begins to tap into the power and influence of numbers in our lives.