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An Introduction to Arithmancy

by David Haber

Arithmancy is one of Hermione's favorite subjects at Hogwarts, because it is a very precise, measurable and almost scientific method of predicting the future. Arithmancy is a method of divination by numbers first used by the ancient Greeks. Today, Wizards can use arithmancy to help predict trends in the future.

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When I typed my full name, Ra�l Miguel Llavaneras Baradlay, I got

Character: 9
Heart: 5
Social: 4

And, dude, it's really freaky! I'm a scientist (baby scientist, actually, I just started stu Chemistry in college) and I would like to teach too! I'm a very determined person, I work my @$$ off and, according to my girlfriend and friend, I'm their "rock and I always find a way to get to them to do things and make them feel better" (I'm blushing over here!). I also am arrogant and proud of myself, mind you, I have reasons to be so...

Heartwise, well... "Five is the number of instability and imbalance, indicating change and uncertainty." I am sort of unstable, in my relationships, although it's never my fault:S:S:S "They are adventurous, energetic and ing to take risks." Soooooooo true, I'm always going all in... "quick-tempered and impatient", I do get mad really fast (I am of the belief that stupidity should be punishable by law)...

Socialwise: "Like a table that rests solidly on four legs, four indicates stability and firmness. Fours enjoy hard work. They are practical, reliable and down to earth; they prefer logic and reason to flights of fancy. They are good at organization and getting things done. Like the cycle of the four seasons, they are also predictable. They can be stubborn, suspicious, overly practical and prone to angry outbursts. The conflicts possible in 'two' are doubled in four."

I am a true social four, there is no discussion about that. =)

Posted by Ra�l Llavaneras from San Antonio de Los Altos, Venezuela on October 10, 2006 3:05 PM

Sybil Trelawney is a 1, 2, 8. The descriptions seems to fit her pretty good. Since she's an 8, maybe she should leave Hogwarts and join the Department of Mysteries (politics) or start her own business....

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on October 13, 2006 08:44 AM

I'm thinking you guys didn't do Harry's character number right. You didn't include his full name. Just Harry and Potter. So it wouldn't equal 2.

Posted by Raven from USA on October 18, 2006 3:50 PM

When doing arithmancy, you can use either the person's full name, or the person's name as they most commonly use it. That's why, in the article, I used "Harry Potter" and "Ron Weasley". Sometimes you might not know a person's middle name, for example, but the magic still works.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 18, 2006 3:52 PM

This thing is so cool! My personality is on 5, heart on 6 and social on 8! believe it or not, my crush is also on 5 for personality! Do you think we'll get along?

Posted by Pranita from Dubai, U.A.E. on October 19, 2006 10:22 AM

Maybe I missed this in the article, but how did you come across this information?

Posted by Rebecca from Virgina on October 22, 2006 9:58 PM

Arithmancy is a widely documented, long established belief. I found all this information on various independent sources on the internet which verified each other.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 23, 2006 05:26 AM

my husband got heart:6 and social:4 and i got character:6 and heart:4 would that means something? or they have to be in the same place

Posted by darling polo from PA on November 3, 2006 09:44 AM

My name has changed in the past year and a half, since I got married. Which set of numbers apply to me: the ones from my maiden name (9, 6, 3) or my married name (7, 4, 3)? Also, the numbers for my maiden name are the same numbers as the complete alphabet, which the article says are "spooky." Why so? Should I be worried?

Posted by Anonymous on November 8, 2006 1:52 PM

It's all very metaphysical, so whatever you believe in your heart that your name is, that's what you should use.

Are you saying your name contains every letter of the alphabet? That's very rare!

(The spooky thing mentioned in the article is when you type "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz" into the arithmancy calculator... Do it for yourself to see...)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on November 8, 2006 1:56 PM

I typed in the whole alphabet and i don't see anything spooky about that. Maybe I'm missing something...

Posted by Katherine Lopez from Boerne, TX on November 10, 2006 7:01 PM

When you type the complete alphabet into the Arithmancy Calculator (or do the math on "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"), you get these results:

Character: 9
Heart: 6
Social: 3

9 is the "complete" number, so above you have a 9, and also a 6 and 3 which also adds up to 9, plus when you add up the whole thing you get 18, and when you reduce that (by adding the digits together) you get...


Does that qualify for spooky?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on November 10, 2006 7:06 PM

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