In today’s AtoZChallenge, the letter “N” is for Numerology
Today, we continue exploring character development, using Numerology as our base.
Numerology traces its origins to the ancient Greece mathematician, Pythagoras, one of the founders of geometry (Yuck!). He discovered the relationship between mind and energy and the almost uncanny match of personality traits based on one’s birth date.
In recent times, author Dan Millman’s book, The Life You Were Born to Live, has renewed the study of numerology.
A quick overview of each life path number
- Creative, confidence, self-motivated
- cooperation, balance, peacemakers
- expressive, sensitive, optimistic
- stable, practical, hardworking
- freedom, discipline, adventurous
- acceptance, nurturing, compassionate
- trusting, intuitive, pessimistic
- ambitious, goal-oriented, blunt
- humanitarian, compassionate, generous
How can I use numerology to define my character’s personality?
First, start with their birthday. I know, fictional characters don’t usually have birthdays. Look at your era, at astrological signs, and at numerology traits to determine a date.
Let me give you an example. Annie Faraday, the main character in the book I’ll write later this year (it’s a WWII story), was born on January 20, 1920. Adding her birth date together 0+1+2+0+1+9+2+0, we arrive at 15. Taking this one step further, add 1+5 to arrive at Annie’s life path number of 6. We express this as 15/6, as the “1” and “5” are minor influencers.
Turning to Mr. Millman’s book, we see the characteristics of a “6” personality are:
“6’s” are often called caretakers.
Each characteristic has a negative side to it. “6’s” can become anxious, suspicious, jealous or unstable.
The “1” minor influence in Annie’s numbers gives her focus, strong-will, courage, and possibly makes her stubborn and selfish.
The “5” minor influence can make her adventurous, flexible, social, or unstable and careless.
As you can see, Annie can be a complex character, but isn’t that what you want for the characters you write?
And remember, not all “6” are alike, as not all Geminis are alike. There is no monopoly on a trait.
Writing characters is a complex task
Many factors should be taken into consideration when creating a character. Take me, for example.
- Astrology (I’m a Leo, bossy and confident).
- I’m also the first born (responsible, driven, confident).
- I’m a 31/4 (imaginative and optimistic from the “3”, independent and stongwilled from the “1”, and the “4 life path number is characteristic of a step-by-step approach. “4’s” are often called the builder.)
- On the Myers-Briggs test, I come out as either an INTJ (imaginative and strategic thinkers) or an ENTJ, (bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders). My classification depends on how introverted (I) or extroverted (E) I’m feeling when I take the test.
Numerology can create friction between your characters
I’m a “4”. The builder. Step-by-step. Start at A and end at Z.
My husband is a “2”. The balancer. Considers all contingencies before making a decision.
I want to start. He wants to know if the possibility of rain will influence the decision. Or a full moon. Or if it’s a Tuesday.
Life has been easier once I discovered his vacillation is the perfect character trait of a “2”. He can’t help himself.
I found this chart online that will tell you the compatibility of people with two different life numbers. I’ll be using it in the future.
Numerology is one way to create your fictional characters. What method do you use?
Tomorrow’s #AtoZChallenge* will focus on the letter “O”.
Blessings until then,
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These are wonderful suggestions for creating characters. Happy to have stumbled across your wonderful blog.
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Kalpanaa, I’m glad I can help. There’s so much to know about writing, and I love to share. Good luck with your project.