A method of finding meanings in numbers or words by equivalence. It works by reducing a whole number or set of letters to a number between one and nine, inclusive (or possibly eleven and twenty-two as well). The methodology is rather simple: Take the number, add all the digits together. Continue until the resulting sum is in the range of one to nine (or, if you're doing the thing with eleven and twenty-two, one of those). This will produce your value, which is then consulted against a set of properties that number. It is believed that one's name and birthdate in particular can be analyzed to produce information on one's path in life.

To redo a set of letters, consult this handy table to produce a number whose digits should be added up:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

The number meanings:

1
Initiating action, pioneering, leading, independent, attaining, individual.
2
Cooperation, adaptability, consideration of others, partnering, mediating.
3
Expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, the joy of living.
4
A foundation, order, service, struggle against limits, steady growth.
5
Expansiveness, visionary, adventure, the constructive use of freedom.
6
Responsibility, protection, nurturing, community, balance, sympathy.
7
Analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness, studious, meditating.
8
Practical endeavors, status oriented, power-seeking, high-material goals.
9
Humanitarian, giving nature, selflessness, obligations, creative expression.
11
Higher spiritual plane, intuitive, illumination, idealist, a dreamer. Obviously, eleven is a higher form of two.
22
The Master Builder, large endeavors, powerful force, leadership. Obviously, eleven is a higher form of four.

Does this sound too much like work? Fortunately, I have a quickly banged-together perl script which will take words or numbers and compute the appropriate value for you.

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
#
# theosoph.pl - Do Q&D Theosophical Arithmetic
#
# I have not a clue where I found the number meanings.
#
use strict;

my @legalvalues = ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 22 );
my %is_legal_value;

for (@legalvalues) { $is_legal_value{$_} = 1 }

my %numbermeanings = (
1 => "Initiating action, pioneering, leading, independent, attaining, individual.",
2 => "Cooperation, adaptability, consideration  of others, partnering, mediating.",
3 => "Expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, the joy of living.",
4 => "A foundation, order, service, struggle against limits, steady growth.",
5 => "Expansiveness, visionary, adventure, the constructive use of freedom.",
6 => "Responsibility, protection, nurturing, community, balance, sympathy.",
7 => "Analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness, studious, meditating.",
8 => "Practical endeavors, status oriented, power-seeking, high-material goals.",
9 => "Humanitarian, giving nature, selflessness, obligations, creative expression.",
11 => "Higher spiritual plane, intuitive, illumination, idealist, a dreamer.",
22 => "The Master Builder, large endeavors, powerful force, leadership.",
);


if ($#ARGV < 0) {
print "
usage: $0 <word>  
\n";
exit(1);}

my $procstring = uc($ARGV[0]);

# AJS=1  BKT=2   CLU=3 DMV=4  ENW=5  FOX=6  GPY=7  HQZ=8  IR=9
my $numstring = $procstring;
$numstring =~ tr/A-Z/1-91-91-8/;
$numstring =~ s/[^1-9]//g;
my $valueofword = reducio($numstring);

print "The value is $valueofword: $numbermeanings{$valueofword}\n";

sub reducio 
{
    my $result = shift;

    until ($is_legal_value{$result})
        { $result = summate($result); }

    return $result;
}

sub summate
{
    my $input = shift;
    my $pulled;
    my $result = 0;

    while (($pulled = chop($input)) ne "") 
    {
        $result += $pulled;
    }

    if ($result == 0) {die "Aiieee! Got Zero while adding!\n"};

    return $result;
}

Personal Opinion: I wrote this script to let me play with it, and in my opinion, it is utterly useless. I computed life path numbers, soul path numbers, etc., and received results that were utterly unlike me. I'd sooner go with TheSpark than this for analyzing myself. At the same time, it was creepy that both Everything2 and edev come out as 9, while EDB and Klaproth come out as 11...

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