A numerologist is somebody who studies the significance of numbers in order to make predictions on future outcomes or interpret the meaning of past or current events or circumstances.
The practice of using numerological divination systems to apply meaning to an integer dates back thousands of years. Early mathematicians, such as Pythagoras, often used isopsephy (the allocation of a numerical value to a letter of the alphabet), and the concept and its methods have remained popular since then. The actual study of modern-day numerology is thought to have therapeutic benefits to those who embrace its value structure, and numerologists will often earn their living by organising seminars or “road shows” to explain to others the significance of its principles. The main income of a numerologist is derived directly from the client, who pays for a “reading”. Other numerologists earn money by writing regular magazine or newspaper columns similar to the more common (and very popular) astrological horoscope.
Due to the flexible nature of the work and the fact that a numerologist is free to manage their own client diary, seminar schedule and submission of magazine and newspaper editorial content, the freelance pay scale can range from `zero' to `exceptional'. Individual numerology readings often cost upwards of £20. Seminars will often cost around £50 per entrant for a well-recognised numerologist, so a sold-out hall of 1500 attendees is obviously a fruitful endeavour. It can be tough to become established, but the long-term prospects for numerologists who can manage their own time well and market themselves effectively are very good.
- To understand the basic meaning behind each of the nine `common' integers.
- To understand the mathematical principles behind the isopsephy conversion of letters to numbers and vice versa.
- Be able to obtain information from the client in a calming, persuasive and non-intrusive way.
- Be able to illustrate findings to the client in a logical and “story-driven” manner that is easy for the person having the reading done to understand.
- Be comfortable addressing a large audience if giving seminars
- Be confident with numerological practices and able to explain fully if teaching others.
There are no formal academic barriers to entry, although numerologists who wish to practise professionally will find clients are perturbed by a lack of paperwork, denoting practitioners' credentials. There are various study-at-home courses and foundation-by-mail type courses which provide a reasonable insight, and are backed by some form of certificate on completion. Holistic colleges are a relatively recent innovation in education, and can furnish would-be practitioners with a certificate of completion also.
Numerologists wishing to give seminars are usually expected to have completed training in-house with the organisation which they will be representing, and some demand quite an intensive input in terms of time, effort and responsibilities.
- Reasonable aptitude for mathematics. Whilst a degree in quantum dynamics is unlikely to be necessary for the simple 2+2 equations, a feel for maths is important to project confidence.
- People skills are crucial because so much of the work relies on interpretation and analysis.
- Excellent communication skills are paramount. Even if the numerologist is not to give seminars, they should feel comfortable talking in detail in a face-to-face environment.
- A good analytical mind is helpful in quickly transposing the formulaic results into meaningful rhetoric.
Most numerological readings take place in a one-to-one environment; some people find this much easier than speaking to a large group, whilst others may find the intimacy challenging. Numerology is unlikely to place the candidate in harm's way in terms of health and safety risk, and is generally assumed to be one of the safer classifications of jobs. Numerologists will often travel to see a client, and a quick, mental hazard awareness test should be completed by the numerologist when entering an unfamiliar site.
The challenging conditions really begin if the numerologist decides to provide seminars. Many people have a fear of speaking in public, and it takes a lot of experience to overcome the nerves. Many people begin the presentation well and quickly hit the “dry mouth, can't think” stage. Improvements come with time and repetition, and a good understanding of the principal mechanics of numerological theory will help the presenter overcome any unwelcome moments of nervous anxiety during the seminar.
Perhaps the real benefit of choosing to study numerology is that it is easy to begin as a hobbyist with a single book and build one's knowledge from there. After the initial familiarisation period, the numerologist will find that their interpretive skills increase as their knowledge base swells too.
It is often at this point that the person may consider going into business for themselves. Numerologists who have made similar decisions before often warn about the passion becoming a job and the enjoyment subsequently disappearing, but it depends on the person's particular mindset and what they hope to accomplish within numerology. Some successful numerologists give seminars all over the world and become well recognised in their field.
Wanda Wang is a respected numerologist who lives in Bangkok, Thailand, and presents seminars throughout Thailand and China.
What made you decide to choose to get into this sort of career?
The importance of communication made me decide to get into this career. I noticed that there are so many misunderstandings, problems or even tragedies that are caused by miscommunication. Through Numerology, people get to know themselves and their partner very well; therefore the communication quality is increased, so that the quality of life and potential for success in business are improved.
Do you have a standard day or a standard type of `project'?
Yes, we do. All of our seminars follow a structure which we know works well with our audience, and makes the topic easy to understand.
What do you like most about the job?
I got my Ph.D. in microbiology, and as part of that, I studied about 50-60 (component) subjects. There is not any other subject that I know of that can attract so many different people. We have people of various ages, different races and differing career backgrounds all come to the seminars. They can sit and learn for 4 hours and still not feel tired! From that, we can see the subject really can help people solve their problems, which is definitely my favourite aspect.
What do you like least about the job?
Right now, I cannot think of anything that is truly negative about numerology. Numerology teaches us to have a positive mindset, and this transcends every aspect of life. It helps us in the same way that it helps the people who study and learn from us.
What are the key responsibilities?
I am one of the managing directors, and specifically, I am in charge of Thailand. My key responsibility is to make sure the courses run well and everyone gets good value from the tuition fee that they have paid.
What about academic requirements? Any formal demands, eg- HND?
The trainers should be trained and be certified from the Numerology Masters. Some colleges now are starting to offer this course, as numerology becomes more widely understood. Anyone can get into numerology and experience its positive benefits.
What is the next step in your career?
Numerology has been applied by many big companies like Coca Cola, Nokia, etc., and it can be used to create solutions to all kinds of problems. The next step of my career is to promote the subject worldwide, and help more and more people.
What is the starting salary and how does this increase over time with promotion?
It depends on the level of commitment from the individual and how they are able to apply themselves. People who are involved in this subject can comfortably achieve a generous income, but people need to be flexible with their expectations and understand that results take some time to deliver.
If you left this profession, what else would you consider/prefer doing?
I have a Ph.D in microbiology and used to be a researcher and lecturer in university, and a teacher in international schools. I was also a simultaneous translator and a science products trainer for a health product company! On top of this, I was also a volunteer for a charity organization. Numerology is my ideal career though, so I am not going to leave this profession. I have no plans to leave now or in the future.
What advice do you have for someone who is looking to get into this as a career?
I would advise those people to get a decent level of training just like with any other career, and, perhaps most importantly for this job, we need to have an honest integrity and positive attitude towards people. The culture of our company is always to place the needs of others first.
What are the most important qualities an applicant must/should possess?
If someone is interested in numerology, for us, that means they are a potential teacher. So anybody who is interested in the subject can apply for a training course. We welcome all types of people, and we attract a real mix, just as we do with the people who attend our seminars.