"If you were to encounter an extraterrestrial being, it would be unlikely that the two of you would have any other form of communication other than the language of numbers. The shape of the number symbols might not be useful, but if the two of you sat down with a pocketful of pebbles, you'd be able to demonstrate a certain amount of intelligence ... and even share information.
The point is that numbers are a universal means of understanding and communication. Numbers transcend the limits of our world.
On one hand, numbers are free of subjective realities, such as emotions and personal preferences. In their purest sense, numbers possess objectivity, which is why they are the language of science. They are the most reliable means of communicating abstract ideas, and of quantifying physical realities. On the other hand, numbers can be used to reveal the 'soul' of words. Words evolve with an underlying feeling for the objects they describe.
Each word has a specific definition, as well as a connecting emotional and spiritual feeling. Numerology can be used to reveal that underlying feeling."
-- Numerology: Key to Your Inner Self, by Hans Decoz
The personalities of numbers
Using Numerology to analyze words in the English language is an excellent way to get an intuitive and in-depth understanding of the personalities of numbers. Like reverse engineering, we learn what something is made of by taking the end product and studying its parts.
For example, the number 6 is considered the most loving, protective and harmonious of all numbers. To understand how that influences our language, one only needs to look at the fact that the letter "O" is found as the first vowel in many words that represent those qualities in some form or another. Words like "love," "home," "roof," "mother," "house," "food," "book," "dog," "God," and so forth.
Another example of how a language evolves in synchronicity with the essential nature of a people is to look at the most common vowel in their language's alphabet. In the Germanic languages (English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, etc.) the "E" is the most commonly found vowel. This reflects the Germanic people's obsession with freedom (look, two Es in "freedom"), as the number 5, the numerical value of the letter "E," is all about freedom. On the other hand, the most common vowel found in the Roman languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) is the letter "A," which demonstrates that the people in those countries consider individualism and independence -- the main attributes of the number 1, the numerical value of the letter "A" -- to be the most essential in their lives.
Methods of learning
If you are a student of Numerology, there are two ways to "practice" this science. You can do charts on all your friends, family members and anyone else you can lay your hands on, and try to understand how their charts reflect their personalities. This is an absolute must and very effective, especially when you get to their progressive charts -- look at cycles they went through, then get feedback on how they experienced the corresponding periods of their lives. I was lucky to find a gig as one of the "house psychics" in a rather exclusive club in Houston in the late 1980s and early 1990s. By that time, I had already been a practicing Numerologist for a number of years; however, doing sometimes as many as 20 or 30 charts each night, then sitting across the table from usually rather skeptical clients, gave me the kind of training you can only dream of.
The other way to learn the true essence and personality of numbers is by analyzing words. And you will find this to be a fun method, as it repeatedly blows your mind how accurate the numerical value of the numbers found in a word reflect the core of that word. Compare, for example, the words "love" and "hate." Not only does the sound reflect the meaning of those words -- the warm, embracing sound of the word love, versus the biting, short, almost angry sound of the word hate -- but the numbers also reflect their essence. Similarly, you can look at words like "happy" and "sad," "water" and "land," and so forth.
Here is a list of a few words, sometimes opposites, sometimes otherwise connected, that I consider excellent exercises in numerology. You should be able to think up a lot of other words you can use for this exercise, too.: "god" and "devil," "poor" and "rich," "warm" and "cold," "short" and "tall," "good" and "bad," "light" and "dark," "life" and "death..."
And a somewhat related question for you to consider: why is Bob the most common name in the home building industry?