Arithmancy is a subject that is often misunderstood.
First of all, it is not about alphabet-to-number conversion. That aspect of Numerology is properly called Isopsephy (Greek) or Gematria (Hebrew/Aramaic) – Wikipedia needs to be corrected.
Arithmancy is the use of numbers and arithmetic for Divination, much in the same way that crystals, cards and the I-Ching are used to gather information about people and situations. While Numerology techniques are based on the conversion of an alphabet to numbers, there are many techniques of Arithmancy that use numbers alone.
Since numbers are a universal language, we find Arithmantic methods all over the world. For instance, writing Chinese characters requires a certain number of brush strokes. Arithmancers would count the number of brush strokes it took to write a name or statement and base their answer on number symbolism, in a way not unlike the method we’re going to explore today. This technique is called The Pyramid. It is used to find answers to significant questions relating directly to a person’s life. It’s not only easy and fun, but can provide reliable and deeply meaningful answers when used correctly.
Before we begin, there are some rules about formulating the question that need to be followed.
The question should be meaningful; frivolous questions get frivolous responses.
The question should relate directly to the person asking it, since truth comes from within.
The question should be one that you do not already have an answer for; the universe does not like rhetorical questions.
Yes or No questions get the best results.
With that in mind, let’s begin the example with a simple question.
“Should I get a dog this year?”
First, count the number of words in the question, which is “7”. This 7 becomes the first number in the first row of the pyramid, and goes in the upper left-hand corner. Begin to build the rest of the row by counting the number of letters contained in each word, listing them from left to right.
The first row should look like this:
7+6=13, reduced to 1+3=4, so the first number of the second row will be 4. The next is 6+1=7, the second number will be 7. Keep going in the same direction, one row at a time, until you have completed the Pyramid.
7 6 1 3 1 3 4 4
4 7 4 4 4 7 8
2 2 8 8 2 6
4 1 7 1 8
5 8 8 9
4 7 8
The first row of numbers sums to 2. 2 and 8 are compliments, and 2 indicates that something must change before the result can be achieved. This information expanding method is useful for unclear answers.
Below is a brief description of the outcome numbers and their meanings.
1 is the number of the Sun, and typically means immediate success. This is especially true if it regards a new pursuit; at any rate, the results will come soon.
2 is the number of the Moon. It can show lack of concentration, uneasiness, or instability. At the same time, the Moon is associated with liquids, medicine, chemistry, women in general, and relationships. It gives positive answers, but something needs to change before they can happen.
3 is Jupiter’s number, which is positive when the question regards ambition or the pursuit of desires. It indicates social activities, entertainment, knowledge, and communication. 3 would be the most desirable result in a question regarding education or childbirth.
4 represents the dark side of the Sun – in India, this is Rahu, the northern eclipse point. It can mean interference, obstacles and stagnation. With 4 as a result there is no guarantee, especially regarding money. It could very well mean struggle.
5 is the number of Mercury, which can be indicative of success if the question regards education or relationship questions. You’ll need to use caution here, because 5’s tends toward freedom, not stability.
6 represents Venus, and favors art, beauty, friendship, peace and harmony. Any question regarding a treaty or agreement, or a party would want 6 as its final digit. 6 can also mean gifts from women.
7 is about the life of the mind. Anything requiring reason and forethought is favored, but business and relationships are not. It is associated with Ketu; the south node of the Moon, the other eclipse point.
8 is the number of Saturn, who brings delays, obstacles and difficulties of all sorts. If the concern is about long-term contracts, farming, manufacturing, or financial discipline, it might be favorable.
9 is the number of Mars, the planet of energy, courage and impulsiveness. Success comes through strength and ambition. Overcoming opposition and breaking through obstacles are favored.
The Pyramid is a reliable technique of Arithmancy, and fits in well with astro-Numerology methods. As you practice it, your knowledge of the numbers will grow, and your interpretations become much more subtle than you might currently imagine.
Try it and be amazed!
Your Master Numerologist,