What is Numerology?
It is a metaphysical science, which designates with numbers the surrounding energies to which the individual responds. Numerology deals with the practical application of the elementary laws of mathematics to the material existence of man.

Each number has a distinctive nature. Essentially, numerology deals with the nine major planets - Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, Mercury, Venus, Neptune, Saturn and Mars and their characteristic features. The planetary positions at the time of a person's birth ascertains the personality of that individual. Each one of these nine planets is assigned numbers ranging from 1 to 9, depending on which planet vibrates to which number. These nine planets influence the human life in a substantial way.

A primary and a secondary planet govern each individual at the time of birth. Hence, after birth, the individual starts radiating the vibrations of that number or planet by which he is governed. All the characteristics of this individual, ranging from his thinking, reasoning, emotions, philosophy, desires, aversions, health, career, etc. are all dominated by these numbers or their corresponding planets. When this number is in harmony with the number of any other person, he will experience a harmonious relationship with that person.

According to the numerological philosophy, only a name and number rule a person. He will encounter opportunities and difficulties in life according to the influence of numbers in his lives. In numerology there are no universally lucky or unlucky numbers, like the proverbially lucky number "7" or the black number "13."

Is it something new?
Numerology has provided an understanding of life for thousands of years. The origin is lost in prehistory. Pythagoras (c. 600 B.C.), a Greek mathematician, is considered the father of modern numerology.

Is it Fate?
Numerology shows the pattern of your life as determined at birth. Each individual has free will to make the choice to follow or oppose this pattern. Numerology is like a road map. It shows the smoothest or most direct route to your destination. You may choose to take a scenic detour or seek a totally different destination. There is no right or wrong in your choice. But if you want to fulfill the purpose set for your life in the easiest and most successful manner, numerology is a reliable guide. There are numbers and ratios all around us in the nature. How otherwise can we explain the ratio of phi (not pi)?

Can Numerology promise success and prosperity?
Numerology is accurate to the degree of expertise of your numerologist. You will make more productive decisions with knowledge of your path. You can avoid dead ends and wasted effort. You will understand why circumstances surround you and how best to deal with difficulties. Numerology does not relieve you of the need to think and to decide. You still need to plan and to work.

Can Numerology affect relationships?
An individual will gain an increased understanding of the motivations and the emotions of others. He is likely be more tolerant as he realizes that everything that feels personal is not necessarily directed at him. He will know himself better, which will free him to accept others more easily. He will see improvements in his intimate and family relationships as he learns the reactions to expect at any given time. He will know his own needs, as well as the needs of his partner and will work more effectively toward fulfillment.

Do a change in name as per Numerology affect me positively?
Well, apart from numerology there are many psychological considerations associated with name changes. Certain psychotherapies (notably "Transactional Analysis") regard a person's happiness with their name as a sign of optimum mental health. If you think about it a moment, it makes sense. Certain names have definite connotations in our society. They shape a person's personal view of the world. Whatever your name, you should feel good about it.

Making a positive change in your life can give you a boost of self-confidence. For you, this change might be as simple as dropping a vowel or adding a consonant. But it's important that you make such changes for the right reasons, with realistic expectations. If you think changing your name will magically make your life better, then you might be taking numerology way too seriously!

If you are thinking of changing your name, by all means consult a professional numerologist with years of experience in this area like Dhren Nishar.

Does Numerology affect business names?
Apart from numerology, most businesses probably don't give the matter of business name as much thought as they might. As you no doubt know, there are many considerations that go into the equation (ease of pronunciation, a clear association with a product or idea that describes you well to the general public, and other aspects). Having the right name can definitely give a business an edge in the marketplace. Or at the very least an edge in the yellow pages and other such listings.

Significance of numbers
Zero is a powerful number which brings great transformational change, sometimes occurring in a profound manner. It has much intensity, so caution is needed wherever it appears to ensure that extremes are not encountered.

One is the first number used when counting and therefore it is considered to have great power; without it there would be no numbering system as we know it. Every numerical system we are aware of has had one as its initial starting point. As one is common to all numbers, it is often seen as the origin of all things and represents perfection, absolute, and deity in monotheistic faiths. One can be happy, loving, romantic, dynamic and charismatic, but on the downside it can be egotistical, selfish and melodramatic.

Two can have many different meanings, representing partnerships and interaction with others on one hand, and disunion and polarities on the other. In symbolizing partnership, two implies that individual achievements are not realistic because accomplishments are best realized through co-operation and teamwork. While duality is required for the formation of life in sexually reproducing species, it is also seen negatively when contrasted with the perfect, unified number one. Two represents polarities such as good and evil, black and white, male and female, left and right. One pole cannot exist without the other; this idea of complementary relationships is best symbolized with the Yin-Yang symbol. Polarity, though, can also create strife and discord. Two may be considered feminine, intuitive, and corresponds with our protective instincts. Negatively, two can be grasping, overprotective and cranky. The cranky aspect of the number two is derived from the disappointment and dissatisfaction of the human spirit when denied first place in anything.

Three solves the discord created in the polarity of two, resulting in a new integration and wholeness. This can be seen in the divisions of a human: mind, body, and spirit makes us whole. Three can also relate to expansiveness and learning through life experiences. It is considered to be lucky, and is often associated with money and good fortune. Three can depict several people joining together to achieve a common goal, whether through a social or professional affiliation. Three also represents communication of all kinds, expression, drama, acting, and humor. Although three possesses attributes of wisdom, understanding and knowledge, negatively it can exhibit pessimism, foolhardiness and unnecessary risk taking. Three is seen as a very magical number. In some cases, the number three can take on some negative aspects and is seen as demonic or unnatural, as there are no creatures in our world who walk upon three legs.

Four derives its significance from various sources. It is the first "composite" number; that is to say, the first number that can be created from multiplying numbers other than itself and 1, in that 2 X 2 = 4. Four denotes solid matter in general and the Earth in particular, as the Earth is a solid object bounded by four cardinal points (North, South, East and West). Time is another concept strongly associated with four, on the grounds that the year has four seasons and the month has (roughly) four weeks; The association with Earth means that four symbolizes being practical and "down-to-earth," while the fact that four is the first composite number is linked to the idea of an other-directed, "composite personality" that takes cues from different and often conflicting sources, leading to fiercely independent, "out-of-the-box" thinking.

Five is connected to sensual awareness in the form of the five senses as well as protection. It is also a number which represents service to others. It is highly analytical and has the ability to think critically, but can over-ponder an issue to the point that its significance is no longer relevant. This number governs our ability to think clearly and our intellectual capacity. Five represents openness to new experiences as well as new ideas. Seeking freedom, it is often the adventurer. Five is about pushing life to its limits. It is a multifaceted number with links to our state of physical and mental health.

Six relates to tact, beauty and harmony. It is very much a relationship builder which corresponds to one-to-one encounters. It deals with that which we are attracted to and those things we find great pleasure in. Six possesses charm, grace and the ability to make small talk on any stratum, and is therefore much of a diplomat. Six is very nurturing, and is considered the mother/father number. It is considered to be a minor money number, so a little extra income will be available wherever this number is found. Negatively, six can be unfaithful, jealous, bitter and vengeful.

Seven is considered to be a spiritual number because it is illusive and contains veils which must first be uncovered, one after another, before illumination will ultimately be found. Seven is said to be sacred, and this is evidenced by the fact that there are seven days in the week. While seven possesses qualities of dreaminess, spirituality and psychic awareness, negatively it can be dubious, deceptive and insincere.

Eight is considered to be the number of karmic influences where we are called upon to pay debts incurred in this and previous lives. It represents hard work and lessons learned through experience, and can therefore be a difficult number for some because of the very restrictiveness of its nature. More than any other number, eight seeks money and material success. However, the hardships eight faces in pursuit of its rewards are extreme. Huge reversals in life are common for the eight. Because reputation and community standing are of paramount importance, those who have it figured prominently would be wise to lead honest lives, otherwise any indiscretions will more than likely be uncovered in a most unflattering manner.

Nine was considered to be a sacred number by the ancients and was consequently not assigned a numerical equivalent to any letter in the Chaldean alphabet. It represents change, invention and growth which springs forth from inspiration. Nine is the humanitarian. Nine has traditionally held esoteric significance which is evidenced by the fact that it takes nine calendar months to bring a baby into the world from its initial conception.