Lucky & Unlucky Numbers – What is Numerology?

Numerology studies the divine, mystical, and relationships between a number and an observed event.

Numbers have always been significant, and viewing the history of many civilizations showed some numbers that are important to others based on their significance on that particular civilization.

Why is a particular number thought lucky?

  • Lucky because it is based on its mathematical properties.
  • Lucky because it relates to something important or an event a person believes.
  • Lucky because it repeatedly occurs in nature.
  • Some people choose their lucky number and own it because it is important to them (e.g., the shirt number of their favorite sports player). There are many different views in which a number can be extraordinary.


The numbers that have a relatively good impact on one’s life are the lucky numbers (concerning that person’s belief). The random lucky numbers are suggested based on one’s name, date of birth, etc.

The most common lucky numbers are ODD numbers:

1, 3, 7, 9, 13, 15, 21, 25, 31, 33, 37, 43, 49, 51, 63, 67, 69, 73, 75, 79, 87, 93, 99, …

  • The exception of the number 8 is lucky in Chinese culture because the Chinese word for “eight” sounds like “wealth.”
  • Five is an interesting number because it occurs a lot in nature. We humans have five senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing) and five fingers on each hand. Some creatures like starfishes have five-fold symmetry, which means you can rotate them five times, and they will still look the same.
  • Seven is also a fascinating number. The seven wonders of the ancient world, impressive manufactured structures of which only one survives today – the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. In music, there are seven different notes in a harmonic octave. Seven natural colors are present in light, seven skies, seven seas, seven days a week.
  • Nine is also considered a good number in Chinese culture because it sounds the same as “long-lasting.” The sum of every digit in the group is number 9.


The numbers that negatively impact one’s life are called unlucky numbers. Unlucky numbers depend on someone’s belief or experience.

Most common unlucky numbers:

  • Number 13 – The hysteria surrounding unlucky 13 in Western culture has become so commonplace that an actual sickness is called triskaidekaphobia; the fear of the number 13. The origin of this superstition is mainly unknown. In the famous painting of Jesus at the Last Supper, the 13th person at the table, reading left to right, was Judas, who betrayed Jesus.
  • Other people believed it is because of the tie-in with 13 and the lunar cycle. 13 is the exact number of full moons in a calendar year, and since people have thought that the moon controls emotion and makes people a bit crazy, 13 is bad luck. And, of course, Friday the 13th is considered horrible luck. In Persian cultures, 13 is unlucky, showing that this superstition crosses cultural borders.
  • 4 is bad luck in some Asian countries. The number four pronunciation in Japanese is very similar to the word death, and because of this, four has been considered bad luck in countries such as Japan, Korea, and China. 
  • It is deemed terrible luck to give a gift made up of four pieces to someone. Many buildings in heavily Asian areas do not have the fourth floor, much like how North American cultures treat the number 13.
  • In Western culture, four isn’t necessarily considered lucky or unlucky. However, there are a few unlucky fours. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Christian bible, and most swear words are called “four-letter words.”

Know more what is your lucky number, stay tuned!

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