Numerology is any study of the purported divine, mystical or other special relationship between a number and some coinciding observed (or perceived) events.
Numbers have always been important, but viewing the history of many ages many civilization have given some numbers importance on others on the basis of their significance on that particular civilization.
Why a particular number is thought as lucky?
A particular number is thought to be lucky:
- based on its mathematical properties
- because it happens to relate to something else that people think is important
- because it occurs a lot in nature
- Some people choose their lucky number because it is the shirt number of their favorite sports player. There are many different ways in which a number can be special.
The numbers which have relatively good impact on one’s life is said to be the lucky numbers (with respect to the belief of that person). The lucky numbers are suggested on the basis of one’s name, date of birth etc.
Most common lucky numbers:
1, 3, 7, 9, 13, 15, 21, 25, 31, 33, 37, 43, 49, 51, 63, 67, 69, 73, 75, 79, 87, 93, 99, …
- Number 8 is lucky in Chinese culture because the Chinese word for “eight” sounds like the word for “wealth”.
- Five is an interesting number because it occurs a lot in nature. Humans have five senses (sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing) and five fingers on each hand. There are some fascinating creatures like starfish that have five-fold symmetry, that means you can rotate them five times and they will still look the same.
- Seven is another fascinating number. There were seven wonders of the ancient world, amazing man-made structures of which only one survives today – the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. In music there are seven different notes in a harmonic octave. There are seven natural colors present in light, seven skies, Seven Seas, seven days in a week.
- In many far eastern cultures, 8 is considered a lucky number to the point of obsession. Number 8 is lucky in Chinese culture because the Chinese word for “eight” sounds like the word for “wealth”.
- Nine is considered a good number in Chinese culture because it sounds the same as the word “long-lasting”. The sum of every digit either in group, is number 9.
- 666 Six hundred and sixty-six is an interesting number. It is both extremely bad luck in Western culture but very good luck in many Asian cultures. As everyone knows, according to the Christian bible, 666 is the number of the beast and is synonymous with Satan.
- 666 might actually be the most avoided number in Western culture, followed closely by the number 13. But in cultures in Asia, the pronunciation of 666 sounds very much like the phrase, “things going smoothly,” and it is considered to be very lucky.
The numbers which exert a bad impact on one’s life are called unlucky numbers. Unlucky numbers depend on someone’s belief or experience with that particular number.
Most common unlucky numbers:
- 13 – The hysteria surrounding unlucky 13 in Western culture has become so commonplace that an actual sickness called triskaidekaphobia; the fear of the number 13. You would be hard pressed to find a building with a 13th floor in North America. The origin of this superstition is mainly unknown. In the famous painting of Jesus at the Last Supper, the 13th person at the table, reading left to right, was Judas, who betrayed Jesus.
- Others believe it is because of the tie-in with 13 and the lunar cycle. 13 is the exact number of full moons in a calendar year, and since people have thought that the moon controls emotion and makes people a bit crazy, then 13 is bad luck. In many Persian cultures, 13 is unlucky as well, showing that this superstition crosses cultural borders. And of course, Friday the 13th is considered very bad luck.
- 4 number is bad luck in the Far East. The pronunciation of the number four in Japanese is very similar to the word death, and because of this, four has been considered bad luck in Japan, Korea and China. It is considered very bad luck to give a gift that is made up of four pieces to someone. Many buildings in heavily Asian areas do not have a fourth floor, much like the way North American cultures treat the number 13.
- In Western culture, four isn’t necessarily considered lucky or unlucky, however, there are a few unlucky fours. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Christian bible, and most swear words are called “four letter words.
Department store – no fourth floor
You might find a hotel without a 4th floor or a product line without a series 4.
For example, Nokia mobiles went from a series 3 to a series 5 product range.
In fact many numbers symbolize something good or bad. Product numbers, telephones numbers and license plates sometimes are created with specific numbers to bring good luck.
The number 8 is a lucky number.
It sounds like the word “prosper”. Also, turned on its side it represents the infinity symbol – which means “forever”. The Beijing Olympics opened on the 8/8/08 at 8.08 pm – not a coincidence!