Kabbalah numerology, in recent times, is popular thanks to the likes of A-list celebrities, such as Ashton Kutcher and most notably, Madonna, becoming self-proclaimed spokespeople for the spiritual science.
However, many are unfamiliar with this type of numerology and the concepts that lie within it primarily because of the depth of its history.
Kabbalah numerology is a form of numerology derived from the Hebrew culture. This numerical system stems from Kabbalah, a spiritual science that was often practiced in “mystic Judaism.” The concept of this form of numerology is to find one’s number based on their whole name.
Understanding this system of numerology can be hard for many at first, especially for those unfamiliar with numerology as a whole, regardless of the particular system. Kabbalah numerology is unique compared to other numerological systems because it only requires the name of a certain individual and not a birth date.
Kabbalah numerology is a numerical system that originated from the early Hebrew culture in which Kabbalah first originated. It takes much of its influence from the Hebrew alphabet and consists of over 400 possible variations, which include both numbers and letters.
Each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a specific numerical value. The foundation of numerology, as a whole, centers around the idea that meaning can be discovered about the world and individuals through the study of numbers.
This particular numerology takes on this idea, except unlike many forms of numerology, it uses the name of the individual instead of the birth date. Numerology is very much similar to astrology in many ways. If you’re unfamiliar with numerology and specifically, Kabbalah numerology, chances are you may be more familiar with astrology.
For instance, aspects of astrology such as your astrological or Zodiac sign and horoscopes may ring a bell if you’re still unsure. This spiritual science is also centered around numbers.
“Numerology is the idea that the universe is a system, and once broken down, we are left with basic elements, which is numbers. These numbers can then be used to help us to better understand the world and ourselves as individuals.”
Source: What Is Numerology?
The purpose of this numerology is to find honesty within yourself and an inner balance based on your number. Each number holds a meaning that is significant to you as an individual. Cool right? That means your number is solely unique to you, aside from the fact that those with the same name will also have the same number.
Kabbalah, as a doctrine, is one that has very early origins in Judaism and, more specifically, mystic Judaism. It is an ancient method that was used to find mystic interpretations within religious texts and Judaism itself.
The early Jewish Kabbalists, during as early as the 10th century BCE, began their own system of mystical interpretations of ancient Jewish texts. This system of beliefs today still serves as a means of defining deeper meanings within the Hebrew Bible for Judaism and its followers.
“The term ‘Kabbalah’ refers to a particular variety of Jewish mysticism, which first emerged in the 12th-century CE in Provence and Catalonia. It was concerned with the thinner structure and processes taking place within the divine realms, on whose metaphysical dynamics the Kabbalist tried to exert influence.”
Furthermore, early Kabbalists believed that the mystical science first began with the Oral Torah, given the suspected mystic elements within the Torah, such as the common mysteriousness that surrounds God in the Book of Genesis.
Although the early Kabbalists believed that certain aspects of the Book of Genesis and other chapters of the Bible held mystical elements, it should be noted that these were rather mystical speculations and not facts or concrete elements. For these reasons and others, Kabbalah is emphasized as a concept held by mystic Judaism, not traditional.
In many ways, mystic Judaism and traditional Judaism share some of the same aspects, such as incorporating the reading and studying of the Torah. However, mystic Judaism further incorporates mysticism into these aspects. Traditional Judaism still holds certain beliefs related to it, but much of it as a whole is still misunderstood.
While there is more than one form of Jewish mysticism that has existed previously, Kabbalah is the most well-known form. Many aspects of it are not understood, even today, but that could be due to its expansive history and the skepticism towards it, especially from some of the Jewish and non-Jewish populations.
Much of Kabbalah and mystic Judaism centers around the Zohar. As the Torah is to traditional Judaism, the Zohar is to the Kabbalah form of Jewish mysticism. The Zohar serves as the foundational piece of literature in Kabbalah and consists of a group of books in which the Torah, mysticism, and other interpretations are further explored.
The Zohar is basically a commentary on the Torah and other mystical and mythical aspects of the sacred religious text.
Kabbalah Jewish mysticism consists of three core concepts:
- Meditative/Ecstatic—focused on achieving a mystical relationship with God
- Theosophical/Speculative—focused on the divine realm and how to understand it better
- Practical/Magical—incorporates theurgy to alter the divine realm
Each of these three aims serves as methods or traditions of this form of Jewish mysticism focused on seeking the doctrine at hand. This doctrine or intellectual belief is focused on better understanding God and the world in order to change the divine realm.
This also happens to be the goal of one of the three aims, theosophical or speculative.
In this unique mystic science, God is often referred to as Ein Sof, also known as the Infinite. Kabbalistic belief holds that humans can never fully comprehend God because of His transcendence and infinite presence. This infinite presence is so strong, the Ein Sof is believed to be unable to have any kind of interaction with the human form.
“According to Kabbalah, the true essence of G-d is so transcendent that it cannot be described, except with reference to what it is not. This true essence of G-d is known as Ein Sof, which literally means ‘without end,’ which encompasses the idea of His lack of boundaries in both time and space.”
Source: Judaism 101
In the previous reference, God is referred to or written as G-d. This is simply another way of writing God in order to avoid defacing or taking significance from the name.
Not having any interaction with the human form, the Ein Sof interacts instead through the Ten Sefirot. Also referred to as the tree of life, the Ten Sefirot consists of ten archetypes that each symbolize an aspect of God, existence as a whole, and the human mind. Through this tree of life, all qualities of God each hold symbolic meaning in some way, shape, or form.
The Ten Sefirot holds these 10 aspects or qualities of God. In descending order, they are with their English translations:
- Keter “Crown”
- Chokhmah “Wisdom”
- Binah “Understanding”
- Chesed “Mercy”
- Gevurah “Strength”
- Tiferet “Glory”
- Netzach “Victory”
- Hod “Majesty”
- Yesod “Foundation”
- Malkut “Sovereignty”
Typically, each of the ten archetypes is represented as spheres that are all interconnected through different paths. While the spheres are representative of God and human existence, the paths symbolize the relationship between each of the archetypes.
To clarify, the Ten Sefirot refers to the ten spheres or archetypes that represent the qualities of God. The tree of life, however, refers to both the Ten Sefirot and the paths that connect the archetypes as a whole unit.
According to Hasidic philosophy, also known as Chassidism, the tree of life and the Ten Sefirot represents each of the emanations of God’s from the creation of Its own existence to the birth of man and the path of life and death that follows after that.
Though human existence is referred to as “man” in this instance, this realm of mystic Judaism emphasizes the feminine aspects of Ein Sof. For more information on God as Ein Sof and the Ten Sefirot, visit here.
Although this type of numerology did not exist when the doctrine first originated, it is important to consider the early historical context behind it in order to get a better idea of numerology’s role in it. If you’re still wondering to yourself what any of this has to do with Kabbalah numerology, don’t worry, you’re not the only one!
Remember, there are over 400 different variations one can come up in this form of numerology, so it takes time to understand it fully. Likewise, having some knowledge behind it should help in understanding the significance of certain numbers as well as the Hebrew alphabet, which are both involved in this form of numerology.
For instance, the shape of Hebrew letters holds significance in that it symbolizes the unification of the human mind and God, the Creator. The dots and lines that make up each of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet represent the Kabbalist or human individual, while the white background they are commonly written on represents the Creator.
Much of mystic Judaism explores the mysticism within the Torah as well as the relationships between God, existence, and the human mind, to name a few.
When combined with numerology, this relationship is further enhanced, as it now pertains to the connection between the individual self (you) and all other aspects beyond that, including God, the universe, and more.
The correlation between Hebrew letters and numbers is known as Gematria.
Gematria is the main numerological system that Kabbalah numerology surrounds. It was, in fact, created by the early Kabbalists in order to transcribe early ancient texts. The relationship between Gematria and Kabbalah is what, in fact, came together to create the unique form of numerology.
“Gematria is a numerological system by which Hebrew letters correspond to numbers. This system, developed by practitioners of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), derived from Greek influence and became a tool for interpreting biblical texts.”
Furthermore, when combined with the act of finding a mystical context in ancient biblical texts such as the Torah and Gematria, was born. Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is represented by a specific number in Gematria, all the way up to the last letter, which is represented by 900.
If you remember correctly, there are only 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, but rests assured, the last letter of the alphabet is indeed represented by the number 900. This is due to the pattern of the correlation between each letter of the alphabet and the number it correlates too. The first ten letters of the alphabet correlate with the numbers 1 to 10.
The next eight letters then correlate to numbers 20 to 90, counting by ten. Lastly, the next nine letters correlate to the numbers 100 to 900, counting by 100. To serve as a better example, the English alphabet, which consists of 26 letters, would look like this if it followed Gematria:
Be noted though, the letters of the English alphabet are not identified by name as those of the Hebrew alphabet.
As mentioned before, the Hebrew alphabet traditionally consists of 22 letters, and each of these letters correlates to a specific number. The Hebrew alphabet in numerology, however, consists of 27 letters. The relationship between letters and numbers allowed modern Kabbalists to describe themselves more accurately.
In Gematria, this would involve adding together the value of each letter of a word and calculating the value. The Hebrew alphabet in numerology is written like this, with the order starting from left to right:
|1. Aleph||2. Bet||3. Gimel||4. Daleth||6. Vav||7. Zayim||8. Het||9. Tet||10. Yud|
|20. Kaf||30. Lamed||40. Mem||50. Nun||70. Ayin||80. Peh||90. Tzady||100. Koof||200. Reish|
|300. Shin||400. Taf||500. Kaf||600. Mem||800. Peh||900. Tzady|
Only in the standard version of Gematria are the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet represented. This standard version is also known as the Mispar Hechrechi version. In the Mispar Gadol version of Gematria, the last five letters are counted and given their own special value.
The letters of the Hebrew alphabet hold many significant meanings and values, especially pertaining to spiritualism and mysticism. This is mainly due to the way that Hebrew letters are written. Because each letter is written as a symbol, there are considered to be multiple meanings that can be found in it.
Once more, this aspect serves as another relation to the early beliefs and traditions of Kabbalah. It’s quite common for people reading Hebrew to try to find some spiritual or deeper meaning behind a particular letter. This meaning is often considered spiritual or mystic because it has no way of being understood directly.
This particular numerology is one of the most popular forms of numerology. With praise from prominent celebrities such as Madonna and Britney Spears, its popularity grew even more, as both women made a point to promote the spiritual science.
Given that numbers play a largely prominent role in some areas of Judaism, it’s no surprise the role of numbers made their way into mystic Judaism and, more specifically, Kabbalah. The word itself means “intellectual work” and focuses mostly on the human psyche rather the human body and everything else that lies outside of that.
The purpose of this form of numerology surrounds the idea that one can gain a deeper understanding of themself through their number. This understanding can be directed towards honesty, balance, love, and impulse, to name a few.
It is different from other popular forms of numerology in that is uses an individual’s whole name instead of a birth date or similar significant number.
The significance of using your name to find your number can be attributed to the belief that a name holds great significance when it comes to an individual’s soul and existence.
This type of numerology is based on the Hebrew alphabet in which every letter correlates to a specific number. Although it takes much of its influence from the Hebrew alphabet, the way in which the letters and numbers correlate to each other does differ.
The chart used in Kabbalah numerology is:
Finding your number works by taking the numerical value of each letter in your first name and adding those values together to get a sum. Typically, your first and middle name, if applicable, are counted, as well as any last names.
To find your number, all you simply have to do is take each letter of your name and find the number that correlates to that specific letter. Once you’ve found the numerical value of each letter, add the values together, and you should get a double-digit number as the sum. If you have a triple-digit number, that’s fine as well.
If you have a fairly long name or one that contains letters of high numerical value, it’s common to get a triple-digit number as the sum. The next step involves taking this number and dividing it by 9. If you find that you have a remainder after diving the sum by 9, simply add one to the remainder.
This resulting number is your Kabbalah number. Finding your number isn’t that hard at all, especially compared to fully understanding the mystic science as a whole!
You’ve gathered all of the letters of your name, added up their numerical values, and figured out your Kabbalah number. Now what? The next steps will involve finding the significance behind your number. This part can be fun and enjoyable or the complete opposite depending on the meaning behind your significant number.
Each number as meaning or energy that is related to it. They are as follows:
- Beginnings and development
- Harmony and expansion
- Creativity, love, and affection
- Lack of fortune, unlucky, practicality
- Creation, formation, change
- Fulfillment and caring
- Mystic and enlightenment
- Impulse, abundance, success
- Fortune, luck, and completion
Now, suppose your number is 4 and not so promising compared to numbers like 9 or 2. Kabbalah numbers are meant to best serve as lifepaths or a means of guidance through life. If your number is 4, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be unsuccessful in your journey through life.
Instead, you may just experience bumps in the road. At the end of the day, who doesn’t experience bumps in the road? This is something that is completely unavoidable in life regardless of the number you end up with.
Because each number has multiple energetic qualities and meanings, there are multiple ways in which the number can influence your path of life. A Kabbalah number is great for helping you understand what courses of action are best for your life amid success and trying obstacles.
Once you calculate and identify your number, it’s important to understand the significance of the number is not to determine the outcome of your life but rather what could potentially be your life’s path. Similar to astrology, this information is not exactly factual but gives the spiritual and mystical aspects of life more meaning.
Those with 1 as their number are believed to possess strong creative powers as well as leadership qualities. The number 1 in this type of numerology represents new beginnings and solid fortitude. The number 2 is associated with expansion and development. Those with this particular number are believed to be caring.
The number 3, in this case, serves as the holy trinity, which represents primarily, the mind, body, and spirit. If you have 3 as your number, you are considered to be a highly creative and optimistic individual. The number 4 acts as the number of limitations, meaning life for you may present itself as stagnant.
Those with the number 5 are considered creative individuals with a free spirit. Success from following one’s passions is also strongly associated with this specific number. The lifepath of the number 6 is considered nurturing and compassionate. Individuals with this number are multi-talented and work best by helping others.
If Kabbalah and other forms of mysticism pique your interest, then you must be a lucky number 7! Individuals with this number are on the path of mystery, spirituality, and finding enlightenment. The number 8, in this case, represents abundance, and those with this number are on the path of success and achievement.
Last, but certainly not least, the number 9 represents the path of life concerned with serving others and being selfless. Individuals with this number have a strong sense of self and are great at defining their own happiness.
If you think about it, there’s not much of a difference between this numerology and other types of numerology out there. After all, they all have to do with numbers in one aspect or another. To someone who may be less familiar with numerology as a whole, the differences may not seem very noticeable at all.
However, there are slight key differences that set different types of numerology apart from each other. For instance, this particular type of numerology uses the name of the individual and not the birth date. This aspect of it is the most significant difference that sets it apart from other traditional forms of numerology.
Many other traditional forms of numerology may use either one of those aspects, such as an individual’s name or birth date, but not assign a certain meaning or energy. Another difference lies in the correlation between certain letters and numbers. As mentioned before, Gematria is basically Hebrew numerology.
While this form of numerology is based on the Hebrew alphabet and Gematria, it does not follow the same correlation between certain letters and numbers. Furthermore, while one particular letter may have the same values in certain forms of numerology, it may not hold that same value in another form.
Overall, this numerology can be almost as extensive as Kabbalah itself! With so many possible variations, many life paths can be found. Once you’ve found your special number, consider trying a different form of numerology and comparing it to the results you first received from your Kabbalah number.