Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Have you ever read the book, “The Bible Code” in which it turns out the Bible is filled with matching numbers that inexplicably appear in amazing patterns that not only spell out messages of love but also predict future (from the point of view of 0 AD) events? And that this proves the Bible is accurate (nevermind the huge chunks removed and other editing done by the patriarchal, medieval church).
This numerology book reminds me of that book; in that amazing patterns are coded in all of life and that some ancient people sat down with an abacus and figured it all out. And now Michelle Buchanan has created a handy book to explain it all. I only wish it came with a fill-in-the-blanks workbook!
As I worked through The Numerology Guidebook: Uncover Your Destiny and the Blueprint of Your Life I was delighted to find that my husband and I had the same Life Path number, and that numerology said that our life path numbers are compatible.
When I announced this to Jeremy, he said, “Oh, that’s a relief! I don’t know what we would have done if the numbers said we weren’t!” Then we laughed because we find ourselves to be incredibly compatible; if the book had told us otherwise, I wouldn’t have been as interested in the results of the number readings. This book was quite affirming for information that we already knew about each other, so I feel more comfortable trusting the new information and suggestions provided.
I completed calculations for 80% of this numerology book, working out everything that pertained to us personally, except the Essence number, which Buchanan suggested was easier to calculate with software (I wish she’d mentioned if she offered some such software or vouched for one). Overall, calculating the numbers only required simple addition or subtraction, and a second grader would be able to follow the instructions easily. I feel happy that I have learned to calculate my own numerology numbers, instead of relying on someone else’s intuition. In fact, Buchanan also mentions that a good numerology reading is as much calculating the numbers as it is intuition and insight.
One of the things I like about Hay House books is the practical common sense approach to spiritual and not-(yet?)-scientifically-proven modalities. And don’t judge this book by its cover; while it is about numbers and calculations, it isn’t just about numbers. This is an excellent workbook, not only for calculating personality and life paths, but also to consult when making decisions and choices pertaining to homes, businesses, adventures, pets, and really, anything involving names and dates.
Of course, any time you are giving attention to your future, your plans, and listening to your inner guidance, you are guaranteed to improve your outlook and clarify your goals and plans. I believe this book provides an excellent framework for visualizing, gaining insight about yourself (and others) and getting some clarity about your own thoughts.
It took me about six hours to put together charts for Jeremy and I — and if you are doing yours, I would recommend first calculating your seven core numbers, than going in and copying and pasting the descriptions that apply to you under each number. Then, after you’ve calculated all your numbers and descriptions, you have one complete profile of yourself, instead of reading about yourself in short sections, than spending another five or six minutes adding numbers. I also found that while she gave different options for calculating each number, it usually resulted in the same answer, so just pick a method and stick with it. If you’re already on a spiritual journey, keep your 11’s 22’s and 33’s as whole numbers, and if you’re just beginning, then reduce it down to 2. When you get your answers, it’s easy enough to read for both.
This is the best introduction to numerology I have read, and it also provides enough in depth information to be useful ongoing. I would recommend getting the digital edition so that you can copy and paste and flip back and forth – I always prefer reading physical books, but since this required so much pen and paper work, it was handy to have up on my desktop while I added up my numbers. The interaction between calculating and consulting the book necessitated a more in depth interaction which I thought was neat.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.