Welcome to the Numbers and Astrology forum. This is the place for a discussion of ways to incorporate numbers, numerology and/or number theory into astrological systems.
A recent Google search on "Astro-numerology" produced 18,800 hits. Many of these are redundant and some are somewhat puzzling. For instance, the Astro Numerology page on Madam Lichtenstein's Cosmic World (really!) begins with "My cousin is very involved in astronumerology which uses both numerology and tarot cards to form the basis of the reading." Good luck, cousin!
What this forum would like to see are panelists who actually incorporate numbers as apart of their astrological techniques. For example, the following three astrologers have incorporated numbers in entirely different ways yet, if every case, have demonstrated the effectiveness of the merger:
1. Sydney Omarr
Although famous as the Astrologer to the Stars and the author of annual sun sign books, His first love was numerology and even wrote and sold a numerology correspondence course at the age of 15. He became famous for his appearances on talk shows like Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin, and it's believed that Sydney Omarr has sold more books on the topic of astrology (over 40 million) than any other individual and his debates with critics such as astronomers Roy Marshall, George Abell and Carl Sagan became legendary.
Omarr eventually combined psychology, numerology and astrology into a remarkable system in which he would ask someone to quickly give him three numbers, any three numbers that came immediately to mind and, based on those numbers, delineate the person's emotional state, what was of immediate concern, the probable birth days of the person they were involved with, and on and on and on. He did this as follows:
If the person gave him 5, 23, 41 Omarr would sum them 5 + 23 + 41 = 69 = 6 + 9 = 15 = 1 + 5 = 6
So, the total of the three numbers equals 6 which, based on his system, would describe the current state and concerns of the individual. Aside from the his understanding of the number 6, he would incorporate the meaning of Virgo (6th sign) and Mercury (the ruler), the 6th House, and Venus which he assigns as the ruler of the number 6. He would blend all of these together in an analysis which would simply astound the person he was analyzing.
He eventually published his system in a book titled "The Thought Dial Way to a Health and Successful Life". Well worth having in your library.
2. Charles O. Carter
Considered by some the greatest British astrologer of the Twentieth Century. In 1922, aged 35, he became President of the Astrological Lodge of London (founded by Alan Leo in 1915) and introduced and edited its quarterly magazine for over thirty years from 1926 to 1959. His other published books include:
'The Encyclopaedia of Psychological Astrology' (1924)
'The Principles of Astrology' (1925)
'The Seven Great Problems of Astrology' (1927)
'The Zodiac and the Soul' (1928)
'Symbolic Directions in Modern Astrology' (1929)
'The Astrological Aspects' (1930)
'The Astrology of Accidents' (1932)
'Some Principles of Horoscopic Delineation' (1934)
'Essays on the Foundations of Astrology' (1947)
'An Introduction to Political Astrology' (1951)
Carter had a deep interest in using numbers with astrology and in his book The Zodiac and the Soul, wrote "I have devoted mush time to numerology, used in conjunction with astrology, and ...I am completely convinced that a field of the utmost value lies here, explaining among other things why people with very similar nativities may have different lives and, to some extent, divergent dispositions". One technique that he innovated is as follows:
1. He set up the following table, based on a mod12 system:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
A B C D E F G H I J K L
M N O P Q R S T U V W X
2. He then found the numerical equivalent of the natives name, using the above table.
3. He used that number as an "Arc of Direction" and directed each planet in the chart by this arc.
4. He would note and interpret the new aspects thus formed. These "hidden" aspects were often extremely accurate in pointing out facets of the personality missed in the natal chart alone.
3. John Addey
JOHN ADDEY was an pioneer in the effort to establish a general theory of astrology through advanced modern harmonics and intensive investigation of the symbolic basis of numbers. His research and studies resulted in a system of astrological analysis known as Harmonics which, it was hoped, would finally establish an unified field theory of astrology.
His method seems paradoxical in that,
1. On the one hand, he examined large sets of data and recorded the fluctuations found. These fluctuations resembled a wave. He then subjected these waves to rigorous cyclic analysis which showed these waves to be comprised of a series of harmonics.
2. Having found the harmonics, he interpreted the meaning of these harmonics through number symbolism!
A Harmonics option has found its way into virtually all astrological software packages although the approach is to enter a specific harmonic and the software will compute and display that harmonic chart. The significance of that chart, and its associative number, is determined by the number of conjunctions in that chart. A chart with many conjunctions shows that harmonic to be significant. The only software that I'm aware of that will perform a true harmonic analysis on large data sets is Jigsaw by Esoteric Technologies.
Given above are three ways numbers have been successfully used with astrology. Hopefully we can get a discussion here on the methods of Omarr, Carter and Addey as well as other ways to incorporate numbers into astrology.
Also of interest is which set of number symbols to use? There are many different sets of meanings for the numbers used by different numerologists, astrologers, psychologists, philosophers, etc. Which set do you use or recommend.
Finally, are there any other astrologers or numerologists whose work you know of and find interesting? If so, we'd like to know about them.
Looking forward to some good discussions...