# Numerology Systems

###### An overview of of the numerical systems used by numerologists

In numerology, calculating life path numbers and other numbers based on words or names requires the use of a chart linking numbers to each individual letter. However, which numerical system you choose to use will have an effect upon the outcome of a numerological interpretation. Below, we explore the various numerical systems you can use to match letters to numbers and their meanings.

###### Basic System

The system used most commonly links each letter in the English alphabet (A-Z) to their numerical position within the alpabet. For example, A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, F=6 and G=7, and so on. In numerology, it is useful to link each letter with a single-digit number, so letters J and later in the alphabet, which have a two digit numerical position, must be reduced to single digit values. We do this by taking the 2 numbers of the letter's position in the alphabet and add them together. For example, the letter K is the 11th letter of the alphabet, so we take 1+1 and the number 2 becomes associated with K.

Below, you'll see these single-digit values in a table:

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

###### Chaldean Method

The second method, the Chaldean system, works in a similar way to the first, but assigns different values to each letter. The number 9 is considered holy by the Babylonian civilization from which it originates, so the Chaldean method assigns letters a number between 1 and 8, except where, in name numerology, 9 is the sum of letters' values. Numerologists consider that single-digit numbers under the Chaldean method offer insight into outer influences, while double-digit outcomes tell us about the inner influences of a person.

Below, you'll find a table with the Chaldean values of letters:

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A, J, I, Y B, R, K C, G, L, S D, M, T E, H, N, X U, V, W O, Z F, P

You'll notice that letters phonetically similar are often grouped together, such as C and G, and given the same numeric value.

###### Which System to Use?

The system you choose to use when interpreting names in numerology depends on your view. The basic system is much easier to calculate on a piece of paper than the Chaldean method, as it's more logical. However, if you're looking to add a culturally different approach to add to your numerological calculations, or are looking to widen your skills in terms of numerology, give the Chaldean method a go.

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