by Lady Bridget, 1998

Adding the Power of Numbers to Your Magick

Numerology is the study of the meanings behind numbers, and their special associations. There are many sources for a student to use, and there is more than one system available. To Chiero, in his book "Cheiro's Book of Numbers", the number 6 for example, is associated with Venus and with love. To many magicians, however, the number 6 is associated with money. This really isn't totally opposite when you consider that Venus loves luxury, and luxury is expensive. But as in most things, you will have to decide for yourself what the number means for you and how to interpret it.

This article is simply designed to help you determine the number most correctly asscociated with the spell working you have in mind. It is best to try to be consistent with the numbers for your spell; to pick one number and try to keep all the correspondences working within it.

Numerical Table of Associations
1 new beginnings, new happenings, new potentials, complete in oneself, the beginning, creative, individual, and positive
2 balances, balance of energy, gentle, natural, immaginative, romantic, couples, love
3 creativity, activity, results, ambitious, control and authority over others, moving forward
4 foundation, building, structure, stability, at rest, health
5 action, energies, conflicts, opposition,versatility, communications, quick, impulsive
6 kindness, luxury, love, friendship, money, artitisic, affection, also health
7 spiritual, mystical, imagination, psychic, secret, travel, change, intuition, clairvoyance
8 karma, stability, intense, strength, loneliness, hidden feelings, secrets, institutions, hospitals and health, long term illnesses
9 fruition, accomplishment, courage, completion, very spiritual number (as in 3 x 3) and a good number to use in all spells in some fashion

Other numbers of course are the "compund" numbers, which are a combination of the numbers 1 through 9. Whenever you have a compound number, you can add the digits together to reduce it down to a single digit number and thereby get its essence. This can come in handy, especially when figuring times to do circle. For example, if you plan to use 7's in your ritual, but you know that there's no way you can start the ritual at 7pm, then you can choose to use instead a number that will add up to 7, like 9:25, where 9 + 2 + 5 equals 16 and 1 + 6 equals 7.

The number of herbs, or candles, or incenses, or ingredients in your spell should also be figured numerologically to be in tune with what you want to accomplish. Let's say you are looking for a new home, well, you can go with the number 1 for newness. Or you can go with the number 4 for stability, or 8 if it's a home you want to keep for a long time. Then you would choose to use that number of candles, that number of herbs in the incense, that number of the hour of the ritual, that number of minutes in your ritual bath, etc. It's a good idea to stick with one main number, and not to try to combine more than one number in one spell. As you will see as you get into the planetary hours, and the colors, and all the other attributes you have to choose from, it can get confusing enough on it's own, without adding to it by picking more than one number!

Consistency is the key to good spellcrafting, pick one number for one idea and work with that. It will increase your focus, and keep you on track to your goal.

As stated above, there are many books on numerology and many other sources for imformation. I recommend that you research as many of these as possible, and formulate your own associations. Some of the above associations are linked to astrology, some to the Tarot, some to Chiero's system, and some to my own experience. They work for me, they may or may not work for you in the same way. The most important thing is that whatever you use, you use it for a reason that makes sense to you.

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