This is said to have been the invention of the sage Pythagorus, whose doctrine was that everything in the universe was represented and governed by certain figures or numbers, to which he ascribed mysterious properties and virtues.
According to him, everything, from the Supreme Being Himself down to the minutest atom, was distinguished by its own proper number; and his belief was shared by numberless other philosophers.
I will proceed to describe how these calculations are made so you may know the operation.
An alphabetical table must be first prepared with its corresponding numbers, thus:
This is accomplished by a list of numbers, with their various interpretations and significations, as follows :
|1||Passion, ambition, design|
|2||Destruction, death, catastrophe|
|3||Religion, destiny, the soul, charms
|4||Solidity, wisdom, power|
|5||The stars, happiness, graces, marriage|
|7||Course of life, repose, liberty, perfect happiness|
|9||Imperfection, diminution, grief, pain, expectation|
|10||Success, reason, future happiness
|11||Faults, punishment, discord, prevarication
|12||Good omen, a town or city|
|16||Love, happiness, voluptuousness|
|18||Hardening of the heart, misfortune|
|21||Mystery, wisdom, the creation
|22||A scourge, the divine vengeance|
|23||Ignorance of the doctrines of Christianity
|25||Intelligence, a birth|
|30||Fame, a wedding|
|31||Love of glory, virtue|
|34||Suffering, trouble of mind|
|36||Genius, vast conception
|37||Domestic virtues, conjugal love|
|38||Imperfection, avarice, envy
|42||A short and unhappy life, the tomb|
|43||Religious ceremonies, a priest|
|44||Power, pomp, monarchy|
|47||Long and happy life|
|48||Tribunal, judgment, judge|
|49||Love of money|
|70||Initiated, science, the graces|
|90||Blindness, error, affliction|
|300||Safety, belief, faith, philosophy|
|400||Long and wearisome voyage|
|666||A malicious person, machinations, plots, enemies|
|900||War, combats, struggles|
Now write down the name of the person whose character you wish to learn, and beneath each letter composing it place the corresponding number.
(Should the letter W be one of them, it must be represented by two V’s, which will give the number 1400.)
Add them all together, and by comparing the result with the table of significations, you will discover what you wish to know.
When the product exceeds the highest number given in the table, the first number is cut off, and the remainder alone used.
I will give an example, supposing the name to be Jean Jacques Rousseau : —
- Of this total of 2331, we cut off the 2,000, leaving 331
- 331 on reference to the table of significations, reads as follows :
- Belief, faith, and philosophy, for 300 ;
- love of glory, virtue, for, 31;
This gives no bad sketch of his character.
It may be as well to observe, that, when the total consists of a number not precisely marked on the table, the answer may be obtained by dividing it into hundreds, tens, and units ; thus, supposing the number obtained was 179, it could be divided into 100, 70, and 9.
Care must be taken to add up the lines of figures correctly, as the slightest mistake will, of course, entirely change the whole meaning.
My Name results in 1161
- Of this total of 1161 on reference to the table of significations, reads as:
- Mercy for 1000;
- Divine favor, for 100 ;
- Widowhood, for 60;
- Passion, ambition, design, for 1;
My Partner’s Name results in 669
- Of this total of 669 on reference to the table of significations, reads as:
- Perfection for 600;
- Widowhood, for 60;
- Imperfection, diminution, grief, pain, expectation, for 9;