The story behind the numbers

March 19, 2011 – If you believe there are hidden messages behind groups of numbers, you’re not alone.

Followers of numerology, a belief in a mystical relationship between numbers and physical objects or living things, place a great deal of faith in numerical patterns and claim they reveal messages to us.

In the middle ages, mathematicians believed numerology to be a science; however, today’s scholars tend to see it as paranormal, similar to the historical relationship between astrology and astronomy.

Whether you’re a believer or think it’s a bunch of hog wash, there is something telling about numbers. We’ve all gotten the emails that ask you to add numbers together, or substitute numbers with letters to decode a secret message.

Here’s one I received recently: Think of a number. Double that number. Add 8. Subtract half of that number. Subtract the number you started with. Is that number 4? It usually is, and it’s probably not as freaky as it seems if you’re familiar mathematics. At least that’s what I am told by those in the know. I am missing the math gene.

The latest numerical email making the rounds is this: Take 09-11-01, the day the terrorists attacked the United States, and add 03-10-11, the day of the earthquake in Japan, and it will equal 12-21-12, the end of the Mayan calendar. I’m not sure there is a mathematical formula to explain this eerie conclusion.

Numerology is a fascinating subject, and there’s plenty of information available if you want to learn more. Here is a site that provides a detailed numerology birth chart if you enter your full name (the one on your birth certificate) and birth date.

It’s a good place to start.

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