Who Invented Angel Numbers? The Truth Behind Numerology Origins!

Angel numbers have taken the metaphysical world by storm. Used as a means of guidance and inspiration, they offer hope and comfort to those who receive them.

The true origins of angel numbers are shrouded in mystery, but there are a few ancient texts and books that offer tantalizing clues.

As you’ll come to discover, there’s not just one person who can be tied to these mystical numbers, but rather an eclectic mix of teachings, scriptures, and even new age gurus.

So who invented angel numbers? Some believe it was the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who first identified the vibrational frequencies of numbers and realized their potential for helping to connect us with the angelic realm and the world around us.

Other leading experts believe that the angelic beings themselves created this system as a way to communicate with us.

There’s also a religious tie to angel numbers too, although these numbers were said to carry foreboding warnings.

In the Book of Enoch, an ancient Christian text, number 111 was sent by God to warn the people of Earth of an impending flood.

Number 222 was sent as a warning of a great earthquake, and the number 333 was sent to signify the end of days. While the veracity of these claims is impossible to verify, it is clear that angel numbers have been used for centuries as a way to communicate messages from the divine.

Let’s dig a little deeper.


Numerology is the study of the divine, mystical connection between numbers and the cosmos.

It is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to help understand the hidden meaning behind numerological sequences.

  • In 4,500 BC: Sumerian civilizations invented what’s believed to be the world’s first numerical system
  • 3,000 BC: Egyptians developed numbers for counting, measuring, and invented number hieroglyphs
  • 1500BC: Mayans used numbers as a way of tracking time and creating sacred calendars
  • 600 BC: Pythagoras explored the link between numbers and invented numerology

Under new age teachings, numerology can be used to uncover your life purpose, find your ideal partner, or even understand your karma. It can also be used as a tool for self-discovery and personal growth.

Related: Angel Numbers Meaning 101 – Why You’re Really Seeing Them

The most basic principle of numerology is that everything in the universe vibrates at its own unique frequency.

By understanding the vibrational frequency of each number, we can gain insights into the hidden energies at work in our lives.


Angel numbers and numerology are often used interchangeably, but there is a subtle difference between the two.

Numerology is the broader study of the energy and meaning behind numbers, while angel numbers specifically refer to messages that are thought to be delivered by angels.

It’s believed that the New age culture lead to the coining of the term ‘angel numbers’.


Pythagoras, a famous Greek philosopher, and mathematician is credited with being the founding father of western numerology.

He had an intense fascination with numbers and how they connected us to the building blocks of the universe. So much so that he founded a Pythagorean Academy where he and his students would attempt to decode the ‘language of the universe’.

He believed that everything in time and space could be expressed through numbers and that these numbers held extraordinary power and meaning.

His findings were astonishing, to say the least;

  • Number 2 was said to be symbolic of female energy (what we now call the divine feminine)
  • Number 3 was represented by the male energy (the divine masculine)
  • When the two were added (2 + 3 = 5), this was said to symbolize marriage or holy matrimony. Of course, this isn’t accounting for modern-day advancements and the wider acceptance of all couples.
  • The most perfect number was 10 because of the sequence that led to it (1 + 2 + 3 +4)
  • The nine heavenly bodies (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars etc) were said to represent the most complete sequence and so were called ‘the Central Fire’.

After Pythagoras’ death, this theory lay dormant for many centuries. His teachings weren’t mainstream and some considered them to be the workings of the ‘dark forces’ or ‘the devil’.

This probably wasn’t helped by Pythagorus’ claiming that he was the incarnated son of Greek God Hermes, who gifted him the power to see and remember his past lives.

Plus, did you know his academy was seen as a cult? They prayed to the number 8 for the riches it could bring them, and when they solved a mathematical theorem, they would celebrate by sacrificing an ox to the gods.

It’s easy to see why his teachings were dropped. Until…


It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that Pythagorus’ teachings were brought to light again by a woman named L Dow Balliett.

L. Dow Balliet was a renowned scholar of numerology who believed that numbers held unique vibrations, colors, and even sounds.

By understanding the vibrational energies of numbers, Balliet believed that it was possible to gain insight into a person’s character and destiny.

Her ideas about numerology were highly influential in the early twentieth century, and her book ‘The Message of Numbers’ remains a classic text on the subject.

Although her system of numerology is no longer widely used, Balliet’s work continues to be respected by those who are interested in the magic and mystery of numbers.

Now, combined with the help of Pythagoras’ findings and Bailliet’s work, each number from 1-9 has its own characteristics and energies.

For example, the number 1 is associated with new beginnings, while the number 8 is associated with abundance and success.

By understanding the vibrational energy of numbers, modern-day numerologists believe that we can gain insights into our lives, relationships, and destiny by deciphering angel numbers.


Doreen Virtue was once an internationally renowned psychic and author who claimed to work with the angelic realm for over two decades.

Doreen Virtue was perhaps one of the most influential figures in the 21st century as far as angel numbers went.

She wrote numerous books sharing their meanings with the world, gave international seminars, and even created one of the most popular angel oracle decks.

Doreen claimed that she studied under Pythagoras in a past life, and so this supposedly gave her the credibility to back up her life’s work.

For many years, Doreen was credited with being the modern-day reviver of numerology and angel numbers…until she renounced all of her previous New Age activities, converted to Christianity, and started posting some rather weird stuff on her socials.

At one point, she even went as far as to say that ‘those who follow angel numbers are sinners and need to repent’.

Needless to say, Doreen was subsequently dropped from major publications, lost her credibility in the numerology world, and lost a lot of long-time followers.


Absolutely not. This is just one person who decided to change their faith based on personal experiences.

Whilst I don’t agree with her current teachings calling those who still look to angel numbers for guidance, ‘sinners’, everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Whether you follow it or not is entirely up to you.


Critics argue that numerology is not biblical. Although numerology has been around for thousands of years, it is not mentioned in the Bible.

In many forms of Christianity, numerology is actually considered an ‘abomination’.

Why? Well, numerology is based on the idea that numbers have inherent meaning. However, the Bible teaches that only God has inherent meaning and that numbers are neutral, and so, therefore, carry no meaning.

Many devout Christians believe that God never speaks through numbers or through angels. If you were to receive a message from God, it would come directly to you either through a vision, a dream, or some other form of clear communication.

Also, some branches of numerology often include pagan practices such as astrology. The Bible clearly condemns astrology as a form of divination.

So in answer to the question, no, angel numbers and numerology aren’t biblical. That’s not to say that some followers don’t use angel numbers as guidance though.


There is a mysterious beauty behind studying numerology and applying it to our lives. Just as the planets and stars are said to influence our destiny, so too do the numbers 1-9.

Each number has its own unique vibration and meaning, which can be used to unlock the secrets of our past, present, and future.

By understanding the vibrational energy of numbers, we can gain insights into all areas of our lives including relationships, careers, and even life paths.

Angel numbers not only can help us to attract abundance into our life but they also allow us to create lasting positive change.

By harnessing the power of numbers, we can bring greater clarity and understanding to our journey through life.

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Charlotte Kirsten

Charlotte is a renowned Trauma Psychotherapist, Astrologer, and Founder of Typically Topical. With a background in psychology, astrology, and esoteric practice, her soulful guides are read by over 300,000 people every month.

For her work, she's been named UK Womenspire Woman of the Year, awarded the title of Yale Young Global Scholar, and featured as an expert across major networks such as Today.com, Best Life, Oprah Winfrey Network, BBC, Soul & Spirit, Psychology Today, Pop Sugar, Well & Good and Cosmopolitan. You can find her on Twitter.

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