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Pythagoras: The Father of Western Numerology

Pythagorean Numerology was organized by Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras. I have always been a fan of his.

Pythagoras was born on the island of Samos, in the 6th century BC. Little is known about the early part of his life. He traveled extensively throughout Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and probably lived and studied for some time in Egypt.

He later established a school on Kroton, in Southern Italy, where he taught mathematics, astronomy and music. He combined the mathematical disciplines of the Arabic, Druid, Phoenician, Egyptian and Essene sciences. As a teacher, he was respected and feared. Many people considered him dangerous. In an attempt to safeguard his school, his students were sworn to secrecy and were not allowed to write anything down.

Certainly, he is held in the highest regard as one of the preeminent mathematicians of all time. However, it was his passion for learning, for truth, and for the discovery of grace and harmony in all aspects of life that sets him apart from other philosophers.

It is believed that Pythagoras lived to be almost a hundred years old. He died when his school was attacked and burned to the ground.

The Pythagorean system of Numerology is among the most enduring and popular of all self-help methods ever created. The Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Hebrews, Egyptians, Phoenicians, early Christians, Mayans and Incas, all employed some form of Numerology to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the universe. Since then, it has continued to evolve. Today the Pythagorean system is the most commonly used system of numerology in the West.