Western Vs. Eastern Influence in Numerology
Numerology often takes on different forms around the world. For instance, while the Pythagorean method is the most often used method in the West, other systems are also popular and widely used, including Chinese Numerology.
Chinese Numerology is actually quite different from Pythagorean Numerology. One of the main differences that exists is that Chinese Numerology does not associate each number with a personality but instead is based on the sounds made by the numbers when they are pronounced. In the event that a number has a similar sound to a word that has a negative connotation, that number is considered to be unlucky, as well.
It should be pointed out; however, that luck does not play a role within western numerology. In this system, each number is associated with negative as well as positive qualities. Each person carries the responsibility of manifesting the best possible energy from each individual number.
Therefore, it is important to view each single-digit number on a one-on-one basis in order to see how that number aligns around the world.
In the Chinese language, the word for 'one' has a sound that is similar to the word for 'honor.' This number is also associated with independence, but this may not always have a positive connotation as it can also indicate isolation or loneliness. The number 1 is also the only number that has an association with the water element. This element is a symbol of the ability to achieve a path to something better or even break through barriers.
In the West, the number 1 is considered to be a masculine number and is associated with creation. This is a primal number that is also believed to set change into motion. In a positive manner, the number 1 is also associated with courage, energy, and leadership. Conversely; however, the number 1 may also be associated with being confrontational, impulsive, and impatient.
In the East, the word for 'two' has a sound that is similar to the Chinese words for 'easy' and 'sure.' The number 2 is also considered to be a lucky number due to the belief within the Chinese culture that good things often come in pairs. This number can also serve as a symbol for steadfastness and symmetry. In addition, this number is linked with the Earth element, which is symbolic of determination and stability.
In the West, the number 2 is considered to be a sensitive number that represents a gentle personality. It is also often associated with understanding and forgiveness. On the positive end of the spectrum, the number 2 is linked with diplomacy, care, cooperation, and friendliness. This number is also considered to be feminine and may sometimes be somewhat timid, self-conscious, and even melodramatic.
In the East, the word for the number 3 has a sound in Chinese that is similar to the words for 'birth' and 'growth.' As such, it sometimes symbolizes abundance and life. This number is considered to be lucky and may be linked with the Wood element, symbolizing sunrise and creativity.
In the West, the number 3 is also considered to be creative and is associated with enthusiasm and happiness. Positive traits of this number include expression, imagination, and optimism. On the negative side, the number 3 can also be considered moody, egotistical, and even vain. The positive elements of the number 3 can be channeled through discipline.
In the East, the number 4 is considered to be extremely unlucky. This is because the word for 'four' in Chinese sounds similar to the word for 'death'. Consequently, this number is associated with misfortune. In many regions of China, this number is avoided at all costs. This number is also linked with the Wood element, which can also represent rebirth and death.
In the West, this number is associated with hard work and solid foundations. It is also considered to be stable and strong without any room for silliness. While the number 4 can be determined and practical, it can also sometimes represent frustration, close-mindedness, and rigidity.
It should be noted that although western numerology does not feature luck, it is interesting that in the western world the number that is most commonly associated with being unlucky is the number 13, a number that reduces to 4. Furthermore, in Chinese Numerology the number 13 is often considered to be unlucky.
In the East, the number 5 can be associated with both positive and negative traits. For instance, this number is linked with the five elements of nature and thus is considered to represent balance in a positive manner. On the other hand, in some dialects in China, the word for 'five' has a sound that is similar to the words 'no' or 'not.' Both words can have negative associations. When the word is combined with other negative words, such as 'death'; however, the word can actually have a positive connotation. The number 5 is also linked with the Earth elements, which makes it possible to achieve stability through balance.
In the West, the number 5 is considered to be highly energy and dynamic. It is also considered to be very social in western numerology. Although this number is considered adaptable and original, it can also be associated with a lack of focus and can be considered unreliable.
In the East, the word for 'six' in Chinese has a sound that is similar to the words for 'profitable,' 'wealth,' and 'smooth.' As a result, this number is considered to be highly auspicious in the East and is often associated with fortune. Although the number 666 is dreaded in the East, in Chinese culture it is considered to be very positive. This number is also associated with the Metal element and is symbolic of conviction and money.
In the West, this number is representative of sacrifice and support. Of all of the cardinal numbers, the number 6 is considered the most harmonious. This number also has other positive traits, including romance, compassion, and domesticity. It should also be noted that the number 6 can represent selfishness and an unstable personality.
In the East, the number 7 is considered positive as the word for this number sounds similar to words that are associated with connectivity and togetherness. This number is also linked with the Metal element and represents abundance in relationships.
In the West, the number is 7 is considered to be a spiritual number that can be contemplative, charming, and aware. This number can also be withdrawn and possessive in western numerology.
In the East, the number 8 is considered quite prosperous as the word for this number sounds similar to the word for wealth. In Chinese culture, the number 8 is often integrated into daily life to the highest degree possible. This number is also linked with the Earth element and is associated with determination and the realization of goals.
In the West, the number 8 is associated with balance and often represents prosperity and success when one gives generously. Although this number is representative of prosperity, it can also be dishonest, aggressive, and even greedy.
In the East, the number 9 is considered to be positive. Traditionally, this number was linked with the emperor of China. This is the only number in Chinese numerology that is linked with the Fire element, representing truth and motivation.
In the West, the number 9 is considered sophisticated and worldly. This number is also linked with idealism in Western numerology and represents compassion and sympathy. The number 9 is also linked with everything that is artistic; however, it can also be viewed as being arrogant and aloof.
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