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Engrossing Information About the Hebrew Numerology System

Hebrew Numerology
The base of modern numerology lies in the ancient Hebrew numerology system. In the Hebrew numerology, the letters are related to numbers. It explores the relationship between various ideas and words.
Maya Pillai
Last Updated: Mar 29, 2018
"... I have been a word among letters." - The Book of Taliesyn, VIII

Numerology is the study of numbers. It is believed that every letter in the alphabet has an assigned number to it. According to numerologists, numbers give a perception about an individual's character and personality traits. Modern numerology draws inspiration from Hebrew numerology. The date of an individual's birth, month, and year helps numerologists make a report on the person. The numbers of his birth day, month, and year are summed up to get a single-digit number. Similarly, letters are also given numerical values, and the addition of the values in the person's name and that of his birth date helps numerologists read the past, present, and future of the individual.

Hebrew Numbers From 1 to 9

Number: Name Meaning Symbolization
1: Aleph an ox or bull strength, primacy, leader
2: Beth a tent, house, in, into household, family
3: Gimel a camel to be lifted up, pride
4: Dalet a door opening, entry, pathway
5: Hei a window behold, the, to reveal, inspiration, what comes from
6: Vav a nail, hook to fasten, join together, secure, add
7: Zayin a weapon cut, cut off
8: Chet enclosure inner room, heart, private, separate
9: Teth snake, serpent surround

Hebrew Numbers From 10 to 90

Number Name Meaning
10 Yud hand, law/responsibility
20 Kaph holding/reaching hand
30 Lamed ox-prodding stick
40 Mem water
50 Nun pictures a snake
60 Samech Satan/snake
70 Ayin eyes or spring
80 Pe mouth
90 Tsade fishhook

Hebrew Numbers From 100 to 900
Number Name Meaning
100 Qoph needle's eye
200 Reish emerging head
300 Shin tooth
400 Taw cross/sign
500 Kaph (Final form) -
600 Mem (Final form) -
700 Nun (Final form) -
800 Pe (Final form) -
900 Tsade (Final form) -

Hebrew Numerology Explained
In ancient Hebrew numerology, the number 9 was considered mystical and sacred; therefore, they did not have any letters corresponding to this number. The Hebrew letters Teth and Tsade did not have English representation, which was a cause for Jewish numerologists to argue on. Maybe that was the reason why 9 was not included in numerology.
In modern numerology, the letters have numerical values from 1 to 9, whereas in Hebrew numerology the values are from 1 to 8. Given below are the numbers and the corresponding letters of Hebrew numerology.
  • A, I, Q, J, Y = 1
  • B, K, R = 2
  • C, G, L, S = 3
  • D, M, T = 4
  • E, H, N = 5
  • U, V, W, X = 6
  • O, Z = 7
  • F, P = 8

E.g: For Jenie Smith, using the 'Hebrew' system, the numbers add up to 34. When we add 3 and 4, the total is 7. So, the number of the name Jenie Smith is 7.
J = 1; E = 5; N = 5; I = 1; E = 5; S = 3; M = 4; I = 1; T = 4; H = 5

ยป To find what number 7 stands for, have a look at the table given below. Similarly, you can calculate the value of your name, and refer to the table below to know the specific characteristics (what the number represents).

Meaning of the Numbers
Number Stands For
1 People coming under this number are willing to start afresh. They aren't afraid about starting and creating new things from scratch even though they may be left empty-handed -- have no tools to assist them. They are good managers, can handle responsibilities; in fact they are born leaders. On the flip side, they have a huge ego and so can get hurt easily.
2 This number mainly stands for arguments and detachment or separation. People under number 2 do not entertain arguments -- rather they don't like getting into one. They are very aesthetic, good listeners, and make for good comrades. However, they aren't capable of handling crisis-like situations, suffer extreme mood swings, and get too dependent on people.
3 Number three indicates space/freedom and success in work/tasks taken up. People tend to be childish and naive. They see the good things in life and bring cheer all around. They are also brimming with creativity. However, they could get bored easily.
4 Individuals under this number are religious and connect with the real world. They are great disciplinarians and consistent and practical at the same time. Instead of taking risks, they like to play safe.
5 People under this number seep like water into your souls. The number is equivalent to the Hebrew word "hearth". They get easily hurt as they tend to take things personally, and not with a pinch of salt.
6 This number stands for ethics/morality on one hand and family on the other. So number 6 people could be either selfish hedonists (pleasure/happiness is the goal of life), or they make for great family members.
7 Even though such people stay in the company of others, at the end of the day they like to have their own "quiet" time. These people are charismatic speakers too.
8 There is a lot in common between people under number 1 and 8; just that in the former category, the people are more ready to face the world. Number 8 people combine holiness as a part of their lives. They could be stubborn. They make good businessmen and are mostly at peace with themselves.
9 People are extremely generous and large-hearted (they can give/provide until almost nothing is left with them). They learn things quickly, are brave, and they always think (about the well-being) and help others. On the other hand, they get angry easily and are perfectionists as well.

Hebrew Alphabets
  • Teit - T
  • Cheit - Ch
  • Zayin - Z
  • Vav - V/O/U
  • Hei - H
  • Dalet - D
  • Gimel - G
  • Beit - B/V
  • Alef (silent)
  • Samekh - S
  • Nun - N
  • Mem - M
  • Lamed - L
  • Khaf - Kh
  • Kaf - K/Kh
  • Yod - Y
  • Tav - T/S
  • Shin - Sh/S
  • Reish - R
  • Qof - Q
  • Tzadei - Tz
  • Fe - F
  • Pei - P/F
  • Ayin - Silent

Four Basic Methods of Gematria
Remember that each Hebrew letter has an equivalent numerical value. The calculation of the numerical equivalents of letters in Hebrew is called ''Gematria'' -- better known as the Hebrew Numerology Calculation. Gematria was used to gain an insight into different concepts, ideas, phrases, words, and the personality traits of an individual.
There are several methods that gematria uses to calculate the numerical value for words, phrases, or whole sentences. Out of them the four basic methods used are:

1 - Absolute or Standard Value - In this method of calculation -- also called Mispar Hechrachi -- the first 10 letters are given values from 1 to 10. After the tenth letter, the successive letters are given values 20, 30, 40, and so on. The last Hebrew letter equals 400.
Here, Aleph = 1, Bet = 2, ... Yud = 10, ... Qoph = 100, ... Taw = 400
Example: The value for the name YHVH is [Yud (=10) + He (=5) + Vav (=6) + He (=5)] = 26

2 - Ordinal Value - In this form of gematria calculation -- also called Mispar Siduri in Hebrew -- twenty-two Hebrew letters are given values from 1 to 22. The last letter takes the value 27.
Here, Aleph = 1, Bet = 2, ... Taw = 27
Example: The value for the name "shalom" is [Shin (=21) + Lamed (=12) + Vav (=6) + Mem (=24)] = 63

3 - Reduced Value - Also called Mispar Katan method, the numerical values of the Hebrew letter that have double, triple, or quadruple digits are reduced to single digits by summing up the individual digits.
Here, Chet = 8, Teth = 9, Yud = 1 (not 10), Pe = 8, Tsade = 9, Qoph = 1, etc.
Example: The value for the name YHVH is [Yud (=1) + He (=5) + Vav (=6) + He (=5)] = 17

4 - Integral Reduced Value - Also called Mispar Katan Mispari in Hebrew, the numerical value of a word is reduced to a single digit. In this method of Hebrew calculation, the integer values of the total are added to derive a single digit.

Modern Numerology System
In modern numerology, there is no connection between the number and the alphabet. Many contemporary numerologists prefer the Hebrew system as there is a connection between letters and numbers in ancient Hebrew numerology. Modern numerologists have converted the Hebrew letters to English.
The two problems faced by the contemporary numerologists, who practice Hebrew numerology are: (1) a few of the Hebrew letters do not have the English equivalents; and (2) all the letters are arranged in a different order. Take a look at the modern number system given below.
  • A, J, S = 1
  • B, K, T = 2
  • C, L, U = 3
  • D, M, V = 4
  • E, N, W = 5
  • F, O, X = 6
  • G, P, Y = 7
  • H, Q, Z = 8
  • I, R = 9
To obtain the numerical value of your name, sum up the corresponding numerical value of all the letters of your name. If the result is a two-digit number, you have to add the two digits to get a single-digit number. A numerologist deciphers the personality traits and characteristics of an individual using this single-digit number.

Note: If you wish to obtain a more personalized report, you can seek the consultation of a professional Hebrew numerologist.

Greek letters and their values were borrowed by modern Hebrew numerology practitioners to compensate the missing letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Hebrews believed that the world was created by the speech of God. Hence, each Hebrew letter represents a creative force. Modern numerology follows the integral reduced-value method of Hebrew numerology to predict the personality traits of an individual.