"I literally live numerology 24/7," said Glynis McCants, the guest on Tuesday night's show. A professional numerologist, McCants uses numbers to analyze personal relationships and abilities. She outlined how a person's birth date will yield a digit between 1 and 9, and how each of these numbers has specific meanings and traits.
"There are no bad numbers," McCants said, explaining that each of the nine numbers have their positive and negative sides. A person's name also yields a number that holds significance, and sometimes by changing your name, you can affect or increase your energy, she said.
Our current year, 2003, is a "5" and McCants commented that this means time will speed by quickly, but she cautioned that people have an increased likelihood for car accidents, as they'll be somewhat distraction prone. "Things will calm down," in 2004, as that year will be a "6," she pointed out. And what's next for McCants? A new book titled Healing by the Numbers, and a possible TV show.
Glynis McCants explains how to compute your Lifepath Number and your Attitude Number on this page on her website. The use of numerology is actually one of the most ancient of divination tools. Some believe it began with the early Babylonians. According to the book, Divining the Future by Eva Shaw, the use of numerology was widespread in ancient Egypt, and continues to be used there today.
Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician who lived around 550 BC, is considered to be the father of numerology, as it's used today. He observed that the numbers 1 through 4 add up to 10, and that numbers larger than 9 could be reduced to a single digit by adding the numbers together. Pythagoras was quoted to say "the world is built upon the power of numbers." Indeed, he believed that the entire universe could be expressed by the principles and harmony of numerical systems, and "that they were the key to understanding the unknown," Shaw noted. The mystical Kabbalah also applies the use of numbers, correlating them with different letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Interestingly, both the Greeks and the Hebrews believed that 10 was the perfect number and they related it to creation.