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What is the difference between Chaldean (or Mystic) and Pythagorean (or Western) numerology? And which came first?

While both systems are thousands of years old, Chaldean predates Pythagorean and is generally considered by numerologists the world over to indeed be the original (and most accurate) template for measuring energies (numbers) and sounds (letters). 

Originating in the 'Cradle of Civilization' (Mesopotamia), Chaldean (Chaldea) was also tightly bound to the mysteries of spirit/cosmos and divinity/divination, and could be utilized to gain personal insight and inspiration on a deeply personal level.

 Chaldean provides an energetic imprint and the meaning/s thereof to any given group of symbols (letters/numbers), and also utilizes a completely different chart composition than Pythagorean numerology, one that cores to energetic sound vibrations and the impact they have on the self and others.

And since EVERYTHING is energy, including ourselves, and in view of this fact, the Chaldean method just makes more sense, it's as simple as that. I am not denigrating or maligning the Pythagorean system - not at all - both systems reflect the fundamental law of numbers (sacred geometry) and are thus identical to one another in vibrational terms. But Chaldean goes farther and widens the scope of knowledge, which, once accepted and integrated, offers the tool to understand and 'read' and understand our own selves, while also assisting us in understanding others - and any situation/thing as depicted in any word. So the true vibrations of people, places and/or things can be deciphered using Chaldean.

This cannot be said about Pythagorean numerology. 

All we need is knowledge, for knowledge gives us an 'edge' - or POWER - and your 'edge' lies in being able to ascertain what type of energy you want or choose to project and later, what the energies of others represent and how they affect you. And how YOU affect THEM! :-)

 I have spent many years using the Chaldean system with clients and was (and still am) amazed at the accuracy this oracle presents. It is complex in its original form, but one of the main goals I held in mind while writing about this system was to remove that intimidating factor: to make it accessible and easily understood, so that anyone might benefit from this mystical knowledge. 

The point here is to highlight the connection between the two systems and to dispense with 'which came first, the chicken or the egg' - there is no need to investigate an unanswerable question. The facts speak for themselves, as you will find upon discovering for yourself which system 'speaks to you'.

 Pythagoras agreed with the general number meanings, from 1-9, but he did not look at Masters (double numbers, as in 11, 22, 33 and so on), nor were the meanings of the letters, or how energies change when one marries or changes their name for any number of reasons, included.

No wonder it did not work for so many people.

Once one married or changed their name, they could not use the Pythagorean system with any accuracy, since it did not reflect their current energies. That is another key element to Chaldean: it measures your CURRENT energy, not the 'proper' name you were assigned upon entry to this Earth plane, as Pythagoras' system does. 

 And it looks much deeper than surface vibes - for instance, Chaldean looks at common 'nicknames', such as Bobby, Bob (Robert) - or Liz, or Lilly (Elizabeth), which would reflect the current energy of the name holder..it is, remember, the name you most commonly use and are known by that reflects who you are on a core level at the time of your analysis. 

This is not true of Pythagorean numerology, which only uses the name on your birth certificate.

 So while each system is numerically identical (the meanings of numbers), this is where the two methods part company, never to return.

And no matter if one system came first and the other later, each was suited to its time and gave the people a chance to study energy: to experience its accuracy and revelations in the form of numbers and letters. 

Chaldean is, in and of itself, a CHAL-lenge (is it a coincidence that the first four letters of these words are matching vibrations?), but one that is far more easily understood now than a few thousand years ago. 

There are other ancient systems, from which certain elements were incorporated into this system, like Hebrew mysticism (the chart for Hebrew teachings is the same as the Chaldean chart), Christian philosophy, Eastern/Indian/Asian/Kabbalah symbolism, and Babylonian teachings and beliefs...but the core of Chaldean teachings stands alone in terms of the information and messages dispensed and as it regains its popularity, more and more folks are recognising its accuracy.

And it is a welcome reappearance, indeed.



As you can see, the Pythagorean chart above runs through to number 9 and the alphabet is laid in sequential order under the numbers, while the Chaldean chart reflects no number 9, and the letters do not fall sequentially.

The system that Pythagoras came up with after studying the more complex Chaldean system holds true to number energies but falls short in many other areas...and what I kept hearing over and over from clients is that 'Pythagorean is just not as accurate as Chaldean' - this ancient system and its core structure spoke with a deeper and more personal voice - it was a blend of science and spiritualism that, once explored, was impossible to ignore. 

It was once said that to know a person's name was to have power over them. This seemingly archaic belief has resurfaced and is now very applicable to all of us: we all know about identity theft. Having said that...would you not take the time to steal a look into what your own name is saying about you?


Here is a little bit about the chart and system most commonly used in numerology analysis (until now, that is!). It is attributed to Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician (circa 570 BC as pictured here), who ran the alphabetical structure in sequence under a graph that ran from numbers 1 through to 9.

This is a major departure from the original Chaldean method, which was based in sound (numbers) and symbol meanings (letters) and the energies and patterns they produced when combined and reduced to single number energies, with the Main Sub number also holding an important place in the read. What appeared was essentially an energetic 'blueprint' of the energy groupings (words) being studied and could thus be applied to ascertain the vibrations of people, which in turn, offered a unique and revealing divination system.

Pythagorean numerology does not adhere to this system, nor does it consider the individual meanings of each letter important...this despite the fact that many of these 'symbols', can be considered on par with Egyptian hieroglyphics: each one carries it own meaning/s - letters began as symbols (Cuneiform) and represented physical actions, emotions, animals, nature, life events, and so on, so to ignore this essential and revealing element presents yet another major difference between systems.

The Chaldean system does not assign the number 9 to the graph: none of the letters are valued by this number although it can show as a final digit of a name or series of names (first, middle, last, Daily, Total). This vibration is the highest on the scale prior to encountering Master Numbers (11, 22, 33) and was considered sacred - which can be seen in the meaning and spiritual overtones of the number itself: those who carry the 9 as a final number (especially as Social or Daily Names and the Lifepath) carry an unusual burden (assuming they are spiritual or at least open), in that they theoretically have experienced the best and the worst of all previous number essences (1 through 8) and thus carry heavy life lessons and understand this reality/life in a way most don't, which can be a burden in and of itself. 

This number is also psychic, intuitive, 'sensitive', and connected to Universe or Spirit in a potent and sometimes unusual way, and as such, 9 is just...different. There are many trials and tests for this energy, but the ultimate rewards are worth the hardships...if the 9 in question can hold on to hope and faith. (Just as a point of interest - I am not religious by any means, but there is this gentleman from history whose name is a triple 9...his name was Jesus Christ).

It is said that hardships and trials are the price the 9 must pay in order to be genuinely able to relate to and therefore assist those who come to them for hope and healing and happiness. 

Number 9 is also the only number (that I know of) that can be multiplied by any other number and always reduces back down to its core number: 9. (Meaning 3x9=27/9 or 7x9=72/9 or 101x9=909/18/9). Suffice it to say that this is one special number.

However, Pythagorean numerology holds no special regard for number 9: it IS included in the chart and is assigned to the letters I and R.

Pythagorean numerology is about over-simplicity (as is my own modern look at Chaldean Numerology, but in an entirely different way) - the people of Rome were, in his day, hungry for a new oracle that they could use from memory (in fact, Pythagoras did not record, nor did he allow his students to record any of his teachings due to the Roman Catholic Church and its power of life and death over such things - everything had to be memorised as anyone caught with 'occult' [from the Latin: 'that which needs to be investigated in order to be understood' - or simply 'hidden'] writings could literally lose their head under the heading [sorry, had to] of 'treason' against the Church). 

A simple system that was based on numbers was fairly easy to remember - one merely counted through the alphabet in their mind and thus derived the 'number' of their names and birthdates. But it was a simplistic system indeed, for it did not investigate the link between the original alpha structure and the letter meanings.

Pythagoras was a fascinating man and brilliant mind who studied astrology and various other subjects...but here, it feels like he just wrote out the numbers and starting with A, simply followed through with B under 2 and C under 3 and D under 4 and so on: in other words, he sequentialized the letters under the numbers

And my final observation about this system is that after this brilliant man studied the Chaldean chart, he knew that it was indeed special - and that it was well ahead of its time, so he formulated his own version of numbers: to sum it up, the Chaldean system existed before Pythagoras created his system.

But I also believe he had something to do with protecting this treasure until it could be actively and openly appreciated and used.

While the absolute origin of our current alphabet is lost in time, it is a commonly accepted theory that the birthplace of numerology lies in Sumeria, which is also often recognized as the 'cradle of civilization'.

Closely tied to this time and area are Babylon and Chaldea - hence the name Chaldean numerology. The ancient Chaldeans were mysterious even their original 'birthplaces' were unknown - although they are believed to have lived among the lush lands around the mouths of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

They came from 'nowhere' to overthrow and claim the Babylonian throne, where they stayed for 75 years (Nebuchadnezzer was one of their better-known Kings), but the spiritual beliefs and practices of the people remained as it had always been: they yearned to rise above the 'dull state of man' via spiritualism and spending time in helping others while the remains of the day where spent meditating, divining, sharing...and their days and nights were tightly woven to the fabric of their lives. The Sun and the Moon were worshipped daily (and their symbol for this was the Moon snuggled into the Sun so they were seen as one).

The Chaldeans were known to have been immensely interested in astrology, mathematics, intuitive and spiritual guidance, oracles and predictions, the meanings of symbols and omens. They are generally credited with the creation of one of the first numerology systems and the original Alpha-Numerology system.

There is not very much in terms of written records of these people and once their time on the throne was done, they disappeared as mysteriously as they had appeared. One wonders if the ancients were dispatched to the Cradle to deposit their knowledge? After all, where did their detailed and specific mathematical, astronomical, divinational, and many other 'ahead of their time' kinds of esoteric and functional abilities come from?

For example, in addition to the meanings of numbers, Chaldean numerology also focuses on the actual meanings of the letters or symbols which make up our alphabet - and what those symbols originally referred to: like hieroglyphics, each letter stood for a particular object, action or event: ambitions, physical traits/characteristics fell under the domain of letters while each number represented a particular kind of emotional energy (what really goes on under the surface - usually emotionally).

Long story short: we all carry those energies in our names, we embody and project those meanings and vibrations (whether we know it or not) and naturally attract those who either 'match' our own vibrations or those who 'challenge' our vibrations: have you ever said 'I just get a good vibe from him/her' or 'I don't like his/her vibe'?

That's because your energies were either in sync or contradictory, but you definitely 'picked up' this person's energy. Others also 'pick up' your energies which is where knowing your Chaldean numbers is the most valueable: practical vibrations ensure compatibility, lead to practical choices - but it is also spiritual in nature and also practical.  

Chaldean analysis does present (and reveal) the individual challenges we are here to face and hopefully, conquer, so that our time here is more fruitful and enjoyable and that we can 'move on' to higher things when we pass through the next incarnation door.

Chaldean numerology is the original and most accurate method by which you can find out what the letters in your name mean and what vibrational ENERGIES you are putting out there. How you affect others, to put it another way. And we all know how important that 'first impression' is, right?

The total number energy of any name reads almost like a description of a zodiac sign - in that a number 1 energy will have plenty in common with another number 1 energy - but their names and the letters therein form the individual. They set each of us apart and assign specific details to our personalities.

Names are not 'set in stone' and do tend to change for one reason or another over time...and this is yet another major difference in the accuracy of a name analysis: Pythagorean only looks at the birth name and nothing else: but we do not stay the same - many of us change our names through marriage or choice and/or are known by nick names rather than the name on our birth certificate...so this is an inflexible part of that system...whereas Chaldean only looks at the name you are currently using (which makes sense if you think about it: you vibrate to the energy you are currently 'connected to'). So if your name is 'Christian', but you are commonly known as 'Chris', then Chris is the name you will use for analysis.

Another huge difference between the two systems is how the Lifepath is calculated.

Pythagorean looks at the day, month and year total while Chaldean is more closely tied to the Earth and not to man-made 'years' (the only time the year is used is to calculate your Current Energy Phase).

Chaldean looks at the seasons: the natural energy shifts of our planet...so someone born in August, for example, will likely be someone who enjoys the heat of summer while someone born in March will not like the heat and will often prefer the cooler temperatures (absolutely true for me - I was born in March and despise heat and avoid the Sun [sounds strange? lol] and thrive in the cool rain). This most elemental of calculations is often cited as providing a more accurate Lifepath description than the other. 

The intent of Chaldean numerology is one of spiritual inspiration using sounds and symbols, however, it is not without its mysteries as well, which are undoubtedly the results of years of additions, changes and amalgamations. (The lower case alphabet was not even 'invented' until many years later to make business communications easier to write.)

The letters C and K, for example, are valued at 3 and 2, respectively, but both can be used for the 'hard' K sound...and the N can include a 'silent' K...there are some aspects of this system that cannot be explained: they just are...and since everything in this Universe has a reason, I expect there are a few that will remain mysteries...but after dealing with said mysteries, even silent letters have their place and explain themselves once read by the Chaldean system.

However, Chaldean numerology has, for thousands of years, retained much of its original essence and core rules. It is straight-forward, logical, factual, revealing, honest, informative -- and mystical, spiritual, inspiring and challenging.

As such, it has a voice of its own - the things I have 'read' during sessions have provoked everything from tears to laughter - essentially, Chaldean numerology is an oracle...it tells you what you need to know in order to improve your life.

Chaldean numerology allows you to see beyond the top layer of 'who' you think you are to the truth residing just below the surface. There you will find your 'hidden' talents, strengths and weaknesses.

You will understand the answer to 'Why am I here?' and come to understand what your Universal aim or goal is...what it is you are here to learn/be/do or become. In other words, Chaldean numerology analysis will tell you about you and your life and even your past. Cycles and phases you are currently in will expand on what you need to know/do NOW - like 'striking' when the iron's hot.

One might say that we are born with a hard drive that is programmed over time, particularly before age 7...sometimes, the 'programming' is helpful and little corrective work needs to be done, but more often, it is like we need to download all the programs from the past and re-program our hard drive with how WE want and need to see ourselves and our lives.

Chaldean is designed to assist you with this revelation and in the transition from living a life someone else taught you or expected from you to the one you know it the right one for you - and this is usually connected to something you have always truly wanted to try or do -Universe has your back if you choose to follow your dream.

No one said it would be easy (it took 20 years of study and working with the system with clients) for my book to evolve and grow into the lovely reality it is today - (in Polish, French and English!).

So nothing is impossible if you need it badly enough and want it just as much. 

There are obviously many more aspects to this analysis...one of which is the ability to 'see' the number energies or vibrations of locations, people, things...for example, let's say you are thinking about buying a house and it is down to two different ones.

Do the numbers.

What is the 'energy' surrounding the houses you are thinking of buying?

An example: let's say that you are ruled by the loving, domestic and peace-loving 6 and are considering moving into an 8 ruled house. Since the 8 is primarily known as being attached to control, authority, power, ambition, logic, and material focus and gain, this may not be a good match for the gentle spirit of the 6.

This rule applies to everything you do in your life -- does your mate match or compliment your numbers? Is your job a match for you or does it hold contradictory messages? Do you see and hear the options? Are you following the guidelines set out in your Lifepath? Do you feel like something is wrong or missing in your life, aside from the usual worries over daily issues...something deeper, something you have always wanted to try but never have?

Do you have Master Numbers in your name? Do you use those elevated energies? Here is where you will discover the magick and mystery of both the alphabet and the number scale - they are not just something you learn in school and use when calculating taxes and such...they come in all manner of forms and meanings and all you need to do to come to the truth of who you really are and what you are really here to do or learn or even to warn you of certain propensities you may carry.

Knowledge is power.

Or perhaps you (like almost everyone else), have noticed at one time or another that certain numbers keep reappearing...like seeing 11:11 (or triple numbers) once or twice a day, for example.

Knowing what the numbers mean will allow you to figure out what these messages concern, energy wise (and are easy to learn - 1 through 9 are the basics)...and even allow cosmic 'messages' to reach you. Whatever you do, don't brush these things off as coincidences, for there are no coincidences - there is only synchronicity. Those numbers are trying to tell you something.

Numbers are the central nervous system of us and our Universe and you are part of it...so here is an opportunity to learn more about your own level of energies and how to work with them or allow them to work for you.

While you will certainly have a good idea of what your essences are after counting your numbers, the best way to tie it together to create the fabric of who you are and where you are headed is to either have a name analysis done, either by myself or by someone who specializes in CHALDEAN numerology.

(Do check out the system used by numerologists before ordering a report as many still use the Pythagorean system. I have also been fortunate enough to have seen examples of some such reports and they are seriously lacking in the explanation department, so be sure to find out which points are covered and to what degree - other readers will use both systems, which to my way of thinking is like trying to blend oil and water). 


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A mysterious book that included information on the long-lost oracle from Mesapotamia known as Chaldean Numerology came to me over 30 years ago and I was immediately hooked. The message therein spoke directly to me (or so I believed then and now) and went something like this: "if you think you have found this book, you are mistaken: this book has found you. If you study and absorb this ancient knowledge, you are then obliged to share this knowledge with mankind".

Quite intimidating at the time, to be sure...but all these years later, I have kept my end of the bargain and have transcribed all of the knowledge gained during those years of using and studying the system...which I then simplified in my book. And after hundreds of readings, I can say without equivocation that this is the most accurate, inspiring, amazing, spiritual, and fascinating method of Alpha-Numerology I have ever seen. Not only do my clients agree, they often marvel at how long this method has been 'lost': well over two thousand years. Minimum.

However, due to pioneers like Leeya Brooke Thompson and a handful of others, myself mystifyingly included, the original system; in all its guises and depths, is still alive. And growing stronger with every reader and with every chart ever created and translated. 

Curiosity around this system has grown and continues to as its accuracy is re-established...and it also offers mystical/spiritual messages which inadvertently flow from me to my client during the process. This 'conduit' kind of feeling has happened before: when I was writing about the system. Almost as though 'someone' was there with me, assisting my work.

I believe Universe is trying to send humanity a message...consider that Chaldean is all about individual personal growth, guidance, goodness and the soul.

It is about laying out a picture of who we really are and accepting what we see as we are exactly as intended. And developing caring and ultimately love for your own 'self' and then, for others.

Just imagine what the world would feel like if everyone shared this outlook. 

I have learned so much in the almost 30 years of working with this sacred knowledge and am just plain honoured to have been gifted with it in the first place. To see it grow through the response of the reads I have done warms my heart, it truly does. The Chaldean oracle speaks for itself: I just transcribe and document it.   

Chaldean Numerology is a mystical 'tool' which divines different levels and elements of our lives and reflects the magickal flow and forms energies can take in terms of providing answers to our questions - of which most of us have many.

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