"Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap"
This month we will discuss the role of Numerology within Symbolism.
Numerology can be
defined as the science of numbers, as it is composed of the Latin word "numerus," which means
number, and the Greek word logos, which means word, reflection, insight, and
While Webster's dictionary defines symbol as: "Something that represents
something else by
association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used
something invisible." Symbolism is: "The practice of representing things by
means of symbols."
Numerology, as well as Astrology, utilizes symbols that when understood,
or "pathways" for change, growth and personal transformation. In Numerology,
symbols are our own personal numbers. Symbols and images can be considered
the languages of
the unconscious mind. Authors and Behaviorists such as Joseph
Campbell, Robert A.
and Carl Jung see
symbols as universal archetypes that occur throughout all cultures, in
religion, writing and art. Symbolism can add power and meaning to your
understanding of numerology.
Numbers are everywhere in our world. Each of us has a birth date, age,
weight, and other numbers in our lives. Numbers are part of living. We all
like numbers. We ask questions like: "How old is he?" or "How many children
does she have?" Many of us may ask, "How much does she/he weigh?" or "How
much money does he make?" These numbers symbolically represent who we are.
Who among us, especially when we meet someone new, has not identified that
person by his salary, height, weight, or other numeric characteristic at
some time? Numbers have become powerful symbols in the modern world.
However, many people still may wonder where symbolism fits into their daily
lives. It may
seem that it doesn't fit into the complex world of today. Symbolism
is a seldom fully understood, fact of life. For many of us,
our first exposure to learning about symbolism was in school. We might have
thought, "What is this to me?" Well, symbolism is all around us. For
example, when you are driving and you come to a stop, because the traffic
signal was red, you have responded to a symbol: red means "stop."
For some traditions the significance of symbolism has not been lost at all.
In fact the
holiday of Norooz,
which is celebrated
in March, illustrates use of symbolism today. Norooz, which is a Persian holiday,
begins on the first day of spring. Norooz celebrations are symbolic
representations of the
"End" and the "Rebirth." Before Norooz, the people celebrating will clean
their homes, make
new clothes, bake and plant seeds as sign of renewal. This is one modern-day
of how symbolism is used in our daily lives. Perhaps you have similar
celebrations that you follow.
Within Numerology, your own name is a powerful symbol of your personality and
what you can
become. Your first name is the most influential part of your whole name. It
has a constant
effect on your daily life. For most of us, our names were given to us by our
they named you, what did they have in mind? Were you named for an ancestor,
saint, or world hero? Did they know what your name meant? Do you know what
your name means?
Are you happy with your name? Do you want to change your
According to some ancient beliefs, the name was a living part of the person.
It was alive and
as important as the spirit, personality, body and soul of that individual.
For them, the name
was a source of strength. The name for an individual was much more than a
and it was chosen with due consideration.
Your name can have a deep and powerful effect on your life. Children with odd or
names can be ridiculed. Your name can influence your self-esteem,
confidence, and sense of
power. Your name is like a top quality suit. Some people will grow into
their names, while
others will strain to fit. Does your name fit you? Have you grown into your
name? Do you
know the names of all the people that you encounter daily? Just knowing the
names of the
people you encounter can be the start of new relationships.
By using and understanding the meaning of your name, you can find ways to
develop pride, and
self-understanding. In the distant past, the symbolic meaning of a person's
name was an
understood and implicit part of its overall worth. How can you begin to
better understand the
symbolic meaning of your own name? The Runes,
Astrology and many other
divination systems are rich in symbolism. These systems, in conjunction with
help you to understand your name.
down symbols, especially those represented by your name, to their
religious, or mythological origins, can be enlightening and help you to
cultures, beliefs and traditions of the past. Your personal numbers can help
guide you to
the corresponding symbols. All of the information that you gather can help
to build a
detailed picture of a particular name. Understanding the information that
is all about the search for finding the deeper significance within
Numerology can help you to unearth the "raw material." You will have to
polish it and
utilize the information in your life. Hopefully this will provide new ways
for you to
better know yourself, and others.
Suppose you work with a young man, named Jason. How do you use Numerology to
understand him? Well, every name, middle name last name, and nickname can be
some number. You could do the Numerology
name analysis and
find out that his name works out
to a #5. Reading about the Tarot cards, like the 5 of cups
(or the others 5's), can help you
to uncover the symbolism of the five. Your research would let you know that
he is a curious
person who may enjoy travel. This is one layer of information. However,
suppose you go
deeper, talked with him, got to know him better, and found out that his
parents named him
because of "Jason & the
Argonauts". His parents were adventurous, and they wanted their
son to have that same spirit. In understanding this, you might get to truly
who Jason is and wants to be.
Our names distinguish us from the rest of the world. They are our "calling
cards." Knowing some small unique detail about individual names could be a
great icebreaker at your next party. It can help you to better connect with
others, and maybe even give them a quick glimpse into another aspect of their
personality. At the very least, it's a simple way to meet new people and to
take conversations to a level deeper than; "What do you do?"
By learning both the strengths and weaknesses of names, you will be able to
improve yourself by intentionally choosing to build skills that match the
influences of your name. By finding out all that you can about the symbolism
behind your own name, you will be better able to incorporate that qualities
that are represented by it into your life. You will then be more than
capable to wear your name with understanding, pride and dignity. Hopefully,
your work can lead to deeper levels of personal growth and development.
Today, with a little elbow work, we can utilize Numerology to understand the
characteristics, and traits that are symbolic of our names. Although the
names may not be fully understood today, the fact remains
continue to have significant power in our lives. Hopefully, you can begin to
develop an understanding of the significance of your own name.
Good luck in your journey into Soulful living and Numerology.
The etymology and history of first names:
Choose a name for your baby:
Your name in Chinese:
Egyptian myth and names:
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