The Art and Ancient Practice of Arithmancy and Numbers
For over 2000 years, many people, including the ancient Greeks have practiced arithmancy as a way of not only predicting future events, but of defeating obstacles and coping with various problems. This system of fortune telling is based on numbers and names and the name itself is Greek in origin; arithmo is greek for number, and the word for prophecy is mancy.
An arithmancer is one who practices arithmancy, and the technique places an importance on the magical properties of numbers and is considered to be a branch of magic divination. It also assigns each letter of the alphabet with a number corresponding to it.
The Greeks relied on the signs that they were given by arithmancy to make various important decisions, such as whether the king should continue to rule, and what their prospects in war might be. Other civilizations also used the magical properties of numbers, including the Chaldeans who used the seven known planets of the time to devise a number chart. The chart still in use today is based on their chart which divided the alphabet into three groups of seven letters.
The three important numbers are the social number, the heart number and character number. The social number reflects the personality that the world sees and is arrived at by adding the consonants. The heart number is a description of your deep and often hidden desires, and is obtained by adding the vowels. Adding all the letters gives you the character number and it reflects your overall personality and character. Adding the letters together and then reducing them to single digits will give you the numbers.
Numerology, like divination, was devised some time after arithmancy, and there are various codes around the world that use elements of both branches of magic, such as Persian, Hebrew and Egyptian. Numerology focuses on numbers and their significance, based on a birth date or other event.