“Each person’s numerological chart is a blueprint of who they really are. The numbers in your chart describe the essence of you—how you behave in certain situations, what your strengths and weaknesses are, what hurdles you must overcome to achieve happiness, and how you can improve the quality of your life. Once you understand the basic principles of how to read your chart, the power of the numbers is in your hands.” – From the book
Pythagoras once said, "All things can be expressed in numerical terms, because all things are ultimately reduced to numbers." There are several systems within numerology, but the Western tradition is that of Pythagoras, a man known as the "father of Numerology". The basic premise of Numerology is that everything in the universe has its own vibrational signature, including letters. When the vibrational combinations of letters join in a name, the name itself has its own vibration.
Numbers are everywhere—house numbers, phone numbers, credit card numbers, clocks, license plates, and so on. Because letters have a corresponding numerical vibration, names, streets, and even countries have a particular vibe to them. In her book Glynis Has Your Number, numerologist Glynis McCants breaks down a potentially complex subject into a lucid system for understanding yourself and others.
According to the author, there are six main components to an individual’s Numerology chart:
Life Path – The most important number in personal Numerology, this is what you need to fulfill in order to be happy. This number is derived from the sum of the digits in a person’s birth date.
Soul Number – This is what you feel inside, and is not necessarily what people see. This number is derived from the numeric value of all the vowels in the name we go by.
Personality Number – The face you show the world. This number is derived from the numeric value of all the consonants added together in the name we go by.
Power Name Number – The most important number in your name, this is the number that shows the strength of your name.
Birth Day Number – The way you appear to people. This is the number of the day on which you were born.
Attitude Number – The first impression people have when talking to you. This number is the sum of the digits in the day and month of your birth date,
In addition to describing the core components of numbers one through nine, Glynis Has Your Number also delves into Destiny Number (based on the name on your birth certificate) and Intensity Number (based on the number that comes up the most in your name).
Through personal anecdotes and Numerological snapshots of celebrities, McCants explains:
• Healing by the numbers
• Natural Match, Compatible, Neutral, and Challenge Numbers
• Relationship descriptions of how each Life Path Number gets along with each Life Path Number
• Soul Mate Matches
• World Numbers and the Role of the Century
• Personal Years, Months, and Days (and the characteristics of each one)
• Naming by the Numbers (including children, pets, and businesses)
• Repeating Numbers
• Numbers that “follow” us around (including 11:11)
• Special Number Patterns (such as A/J/S and the 1-8-9 pattern)
I found all of this information fascinating, reading the entire 233-page book in one sitting and taking notes. For example, her description of the first vowel in a person’s name and what it reflects was spot-on. Her explanation of the A/J/S pattern—when two or more letters of this series shows up in a name—was also eerily accurate. (My first name is Janet, so I know this pattern all too well…)
Glynis Has Your Number is especially valuable for individuals seeking to improve their relationships or find a compatible partner. I wasn’t surprised to find that my husband and were Natural Matches in Numerology since we have such a great relationship. We also share a Soul Number (8), which means that what fulfills us in our heart is the same for us both. My son’s Life Path Number (8) is supposedly a Challenge (Toxic) Number for me as a 7 Life path, but since we share three numbers (all 8’s!), we’re considered a “Soul Mate” relationship. Likewise, my husband and son share three numbers (4, 8, 9), which means their relationship is also a “Soul Mate” match. Needless to say, we have quite a harmonious and loving home!
McCants explains that Challenge Numbers, even within our chart, can be remedied with the use of Numerology. For example, although I have two 7’s in my chart, I also have three 8’s—a number that is supposedly “toxic” to my 7 Life Path Number. However, I have learned (and am continuing to learn!) how to blend these vibrations in a harmonious manner.
While my numbers were accurate, the description of my husband’s numbers was mostly inaccurate. His Life Path number, 1, was way off base on most counts, his Soul number was mostly accurate, but Personality, Attitude, Power Name and so on were not him. So while the jacket of the book says that McCants has counseled well over 9,000 people and “does not miss”, it wouldn’t appear that everyone can be pegged using this system.
The surprising anecdotes found in Glynis Has Your Number demonstrate the power of numbers. I was intrigued by the author’s story of putting numbers inside her office door to offset the ones on the outside (and what happened when the 1 fell off!), as well as stories of individuals pasting 8 in their office or putting a paper with the number 8 on it in a wallet for financial abundance.
One issue I have with this book is the celebrity examples. Although the book was published in 2005, McCants speaks as if Christopher Reeve were alive, Brad Pitt was still married to “one of the most beloved actresses in Hollywood”, Dick Clark continues to host America’s Top 40 and “is thriving”, and so on. These bits of information gives the book a dated feel.
If you’re interested in Numerology for self-understanding, relationship compatibility, or deciphering repeating numerical patterns, Glynis Has Your Number is an excellent book for decoding life by the numbers. The author provides a wealth of information and once you get used to reducing numbers, her method is a breeze to learn and apply. If you’re looking for spiritual depth, however, I recommend The Life You Were Born to Live by Dan Millman, which addresses Life Path numbers from a “why am I here?” standpoint, as well as the spiritual laws that can help align yourself with your unique purpose. For naming babies according to Numerology, I recommend Numerolgy for Baby Names by Phyllis Vega in addition to McCant's book.
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