A numerology reading is still one of the least known, and certainly least understood, forms of fortune-telling. Knowledge from the mystical, spiritual world of astrology, I-ching, angel guidance, tea leaf reading and Runes is mostly unknown too. And, strictly in the neighborhood of numerology, there's even more misunderstanding between the different types of numerology. Each culture has its own version. Many feel one of the most understood is the Western version. Maybe not. If you are at all familiar with Feng Shui, you may think it's the Chinese Numerology that's more understood. It certainly has my lucky numbers.

The fact is, as a result of Feng Shui, Chinese Numerology is becoming more and more a part of the Western world. They are both guides to achieving harmony with your life in the environment and your path. A numerology reading from either the Western or Chinese version uses the same numbers 1 to 9 to understand where you are in your life and what your life path is. They each have double numbers too.

But the numbers in Chinese Numerology are extremely special to the Chinese society, and, more and more, to Western society. The number 8 is an extremely prosperous number to the Chinese to the point any number with an 8 has prosperity. In fact, if a street number for a house or a building has an 8, its sales price will be much more expensive than those without the 8.

The number 518 means "I will prosper," and the number 168 is known as the road to prosperity. The number 888 means it is three times as prosperous. For a lifetime of prosperity, just be sure to add 1314. Curiously, 4 isn't considered a good number because it's associated with death. But since it's a lifetime of prosperity, it ends in 4 with death. Makes sense.

The avoidance of the number 4 is referred to as "tetraphobia." That's why buildings rarely have a 4th or 14th floor (or 13th as in the west for that matter). But there are lucky numbers like 6, 8 and 9. To get these numbers as phone numbers, driver's license numbers, bank account numbers and vehicle license plates the Chinese will pay a great deal of money. It certainly made it easier to find my lucky numbers today!

Feng Shui has brought some of these numerological numbers to the forefront in the Western world. In the West, it would be hard to know if a number were anything auspicious or even lucky unless it was a highly touted winning number from a casino in Las Vegas.

I've never approached a numerology reading with knowledge of these numbers. Maybe it's time we begin paying more attention to them as well as numerology and how numbers may affect our lives. Numerology has certainly enticed the Chinese for 4000 years. Pythagoras first introduced the West to numerology in the first century B.C. It doesn't seem as if we've done much with it since then. Maybe we need another 3000 years to get it right.

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