We've scrutinized the content of many ancient and most
modern-day numerology sources since 1992. There's a lot
of information out there; some good, some questionable,
and the new student can easily be overwhelmed, or worse,
misguided. Through continuous experimentation, we've
gained strong convictions regarding which theories and
applications are valid and which aren't. Below we offer
our professional opinion and identify some information we
see as questionable. These are some common numerology
errors with beginners and if you avoid them, you'll be
ahead of the game.

Our research and experience has shown us the following:

*Numbers don't "make" things happen, nor do they
"influence" anything; they merely symbolize "what is."
For example, a celebrity changing his name at the peak
of his success does not cause his fall into obscurity, even
if a superficial name chart on the new name does symbolize
(albeit very tenuously without a comprehensive analysis)
a "downward spiral."

*Changing your name only changes your persona, it won't
change your life.

*Choosing to marry on a certain day, for example,
in hopes of good luck is secondary, and often futile,
compared to the charts relating to when the couple first
met, when they started dating, and their unique personal

*Pythagoras is not the founder of modern, Western
numerology. He is considered the father of a philosophy
of numbers that is the basis of modern, Western

*Personal Years (a very common modern numerology
yearly timing cycle) start on January 1st for everyone,
not on a person's birthday, and end on Dec 31st for
everyone. Peak Personal Year energy is reached in
September of each year for everyone. The energy of
the Universal Year (e.g., current Universal Year is
2007, which reduces to 9 by adding the 2, 0, 0, and 7)
also starts and ends at the same time and peaks each
September. Some cycles start on the subject's birthday,
some don't. The Personal Year doesn't and this becomes
absolutely clear through experience involving a
comprehensive approach, including many, many other
timing considerations.

*Any one numerology aspect's energy (negative or
positive, balanced, over-balanced, or under-balanced)
alone may be corroborated or even completely mitigated by
the energy of the rest of the aspects in the comprehensive
charts. Therefore, focusing on only one or even a handful
of aspects to delineate or predict is unwise. Many
"numerologists" make this mistake, especially the ones
we've heard on radio talk shows. Hundreds of predictive
indicators, including cycles within cycles, exist in the
comprehensive charts; to track only a few invites inaccurate
prediction. Surface interpretations are acceptable as an
introduction to a more comprehensive analysis, but
exclusively they serve as little more than entertainment,
and potentially worse, they do a disservice to the science
and open the door to critics (rightfully so).

*Fame, big money, life-long fulfilling, wonderful love,
or anything else that is desired is unobtainable (no
matter how much work you do on yourself, no matter how
much you "integrate" your challenges, and no matter how
inspired you get) if the comprehensive charts symbolically
deny it, as the comprehensive charts reflect "what is"
and "what will be" when interpreted correctly. Those
numerologists who reject this truth either A) use a
superficial approach involving numerology which disallows
them an understanding of the workings of fate, B) refuse
to acknowledge fate due to fear C) choose to paint flowery,
"sunshine and rainbows" picture hoping to appeal to a
wider audience, and therefore sell more books or services,
or D) refuse to acknowledge the cold hard realities of
life and that you can't have something just because you
want it if it contrasts with your true path in life.
Some people's lives are fated to include more challenge
and hardship than reward, some more reward than challenge,
and some a balance of both. At the same time, how you
choose to view and respond to your life circumstances
and events can help a lot.

*Being an "old soul" usually isn't exclusively about
successfully "integrating" many of life's challenges in
previous incarnations, and is much more about incarnating
with substantially more prior earthly experiences including
plenty of trials and tribulations. An "old soul" is identified
as such simply through their spiritual heritage, as symbolized
by many Master Numbers, 7s, or 9s, for example, in the basic
numerology charts, or a very spiritually inclined astrological
9th house, or many other possible indications. Many people
successfully overcome life challenges and continue on to live a
rewarding life, but that doesn't qualify them as being an "old
soul." Lots of "old souls" can be found among the drug addicts,
alcoholics, and homeless of society as the energies of an "old
soul" are most often a challenge with which to cope.

*Using anything but the full, legal birth name (exactly as
it is on the birth certificate) in a name numerology analysis
provides only a persona read. A persona, being a façade, is
not the true, fundamental energy of the subject. It's merely
an "image read," and is somewhat similar to assessing the
signature alone, compared to a good, lengthy sample of
script in handwriting analysis. Using abbreviated or
shortened names results in a supplemental read and is far
from a substitute using the full data. For example,
President Bill Clinton's full legal birth name is William
Jefferson Blythe IV. His full name, instead of "Bill
Clinton," "William Clinton," or "William Jefferson Clinton,"
must be used in name numerology calculations if one wants
to assess true personality (President Clinton was born
William Jefferson Blythe IV on August 19, 1946, in Hope,
Arkansas, three months after his father died in a traffic
accident. When he was four years old, his mother wed Roger
Clinton, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. In high school, he took
the family name). Using official names instead of
abbreviations, and full, legal birth names instead of
a name a person goes by is imperative to accurate
delineation and prediction.

*Using name numerology for the months (or days, etc.) of
the year (e.g., May = m/13/4 + a/1 + y/25/7 = 12/3) as they
relate to delineation or timing, will provide only minor
insight, and holds relatively little importance in relation
to other monthly cycles and the other contents of the
comprehensive charts. In fact, we've found this aspect to
be relatively useless. Universal Months (e.g., January, the
1st month of the year, is a 1 Universal Month in 2007; 1 +
2007 = 2008/10 = 1), which are the foundation to find one's
Personal Months, among other aspects, are a much more
relative and revealing monthly cycle. To find your Personal
Month, click on http://www.scottpetullo.com , then click on
"Free Introductory Mini-Reading."

*Although universal vibrations, such as the Universal
Month (see above) are vitally important and are used to
calculate personal vibrations like the Personal Month, if
applied by themselves to an individual's life (e.g., "since
this month is a 7 Universal Month, it is unwise to change
jobs now..."), the result is erroneous forecasting. The
personal vibrations (personal days, months, years, etc.)
are always more important to the individual as it relates
to timing. A 3 Universal Year vibration that is very
rewarding for one person, for instance, can alternatively
be a year full of heavy life challenges for the next person.

*Karmic Debt Numbers (13, 14, 16, 19) don't necessarily
always symbolize what one hasn't experienced, they
symbolize what one must balance due to misapplication
or avoidance of related energy in prior lives. The energy
associated with Karmic Debt Numbers isn't benefic, it is
malefic. But it can be equalized in time, through balancing
the associated karma. Also, it's those who avoid long-term
assessment of Karmic Debt Numbers (and Master Numbers)
who usually happen to deny their symbolic representation
in people's lives.

*In order to accurately determine Master Numbers (11, 22,
33, 44, etc.) and Karmic Debt Numbers (13, 14, 16, and 19),
the following method of addition must be avoided as the
only method of calculation:

Janis Mayal Farrao

In this method, adding up all the numbers results in a
Master Number (11). We agree that it's a quick way to find
the single digit total (in this case, 2), but it's unreliable
as a way to find Master Numbers and Karmic Debt Numbers.

Each part of the full, legal birth name must be treated as
a single entity first as below, just as each individual is
unique as reflected by their full, legal birth name.

1+1+5+9+1 =17/8
4+1+7+1+3 =16/7

The single digits of each part of the full birth name are
then added together as follows:

8+7+5=20. Since the total with this method is 20 instead
of 11, we would say that the person is more often than
not operating on a non-Master Number vibration (20).
However, adding the double digits of each part of the
name together to yield 65, which reduces to 11, is worth
considering and should not be absolutely ignored.
Corroborating and mitigating considerations throughout
the comprehensive charts must be weighed to determine
just how much emphasis that 65/11 should be allowed,
and in what form (balanced, under-balanced, or

*When calculating the Life Path, there are three main
methods to consider in order to correctly find Master
and Karmic Debt Numbers.

The first, being the most accurate in our view, is as

January 25, 1950
1+25+1950 = 1976 = 23/5

This method allows for the individuality of each day, month,
and year number to be represented. After all, each day of
the year is different, as is each month, and each year.

The second most accurate method (simply adding the single
digits of each part of the reduced numbers of the full birth
date) is as follows, and it reveals a Karmic Debt Number:

1 + 25/7 + 1950/6

1+ 7 + 6 = 14/5

The least accurate, and least personal method, is as

1+2+5+1+9+5+0= 23/5

It's best to have two of the three methods result in
a Master Number or Karmic Debt Number before considering
the Life Path energy to be aligned with such energy. In
the case of January 25, 1950, the person, in our opinion,
would not exhibit the Karmic Debt number energy of the
14/5 as much as if we would have seen at least two of the
above methods resulting in the Karmic Debt Number of 14.

Of course, each method results in the single digit 5, and
the base number is enough for a interpretive start.

You could use our Numerology Decoder Software to correctly
calculate the basic charts, including those positions with
Master Numbers and Karmic Debt numbers, as it offers up to
three calculation methods per calculation.

Through dedicated study and observation, you'll begin to
see distinct patterns and be able to use numerology as a
valuable supplement to astrology. The two sciences together
provide greater accuracy than found through exclusive use
of either one.

Copyright © 2007 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo

Author's Bio: 

Scott Petullo and Stephen Petullo are identical twins and have
been exploring metaphysics since the early 1980’s. They are
experts in the fields of prediction, personal fate, love life,
and past life regression, and are natural psychics and mediums.
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