The basic principles of numerology hold that numbers have a great deal of spiritual and magickal significance. Some numbers may be considered more potent and powerful than others, and combinations of numbers can be developed for complex magickal use.
- 0 Zero
Zero means nothing, and so it often symbolizes the potential we have to form something new out of what does not exist. In some cases, zero is seen as representative of the beginning.
- 1 One
Represents the universal power that binds all things. One is considered a source, and because any number multiplied by one equals itself, it's a grounding number.
- 2 Two
Related to polarity and duality. It is balancing; two represents an equal pair, side by side. Two connects to relationships – not just between people, but also relating to possessions, money, jobs, and so forth.
- 3 Three
Generally considered the most magical number. It forms the triangle of Nature over the baseline of Orb and Sky, just as the mind's eye sits above the physical eyes. In some contexts, three is a symbol of action and interaction, while at other times it means passiveness and neutrality.
- 4 Four
Corresponds to the four elements, the cardinal directions and the seasons. Four is a unifying or encompassing number. It relates to emotions and our compassion towards others, and is sometimes connected to creativity.
- 5 Five
Counts the points of the pentagram and the basic human senses. It is a multifaceted number representing diversity. While often seen as inclusive, five can sometimes be considered a bit chaotic.
- 6 Six
Considered a solar number, exuding power and strong masculine energy. Because of this, it's often connected to security and responsibility.
- 7 Seven
Tied to the lunar aspect, femininity, and workings related to intuition and wisdom. Thought forms and consciousness are also represented.
- 8 Eight
Counts the number of sabbats in the Wheel of the Year. Eight is connected to messages and communications from the planes of Nature. Rotated on its side, it becomes the symbol of infinity.
- 9 Nine
Equal to three times three, this is a triply powerful number. Nine indicates change and growth, and perhaps some kind of achievement. It is an endpoint representing the completion of a process.
The name number holds significant magickal importance. It is a translation of a name, usually a person's witch name, into a single digit.
To find the name number, first the letters of the name need to be converted into their equivalent numbers.
The numbers are then summed together. Keep adding the digits of the sum until a single digit remains.
As an example, the name Henry converts to:
H E N R Y = 8 + 5 + 5 + 9 + 7 = 34
The sum is then further reduced:
3 + 4 = 7
So the name number for Henry is 7.
Note: A space in a name should be given a value if it is deemed significant. (e.g. When a person regularly goes by two names, such as "Mary Francis".)
Like the name number, there is importance placed on the use of a birth number, which is calculated using a date of birth.
To find the birth number, begin by adding the digits of the birth date, and continuing the summation until there is a single digit.
For example, a birth date of 5 May 1960 becomes:
5 + 5 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 0 = 26
2 + 6 = 8
So the birth number is 8.
Note: If desired and known, the time of birth may also be included.