For those unaware, numerology buffs like to line up the letters of the alphabet like so:
Thus, if you're doing a numerological hand-waving over the name PERKY SKEPTIC, you would get 7+5+9+2+7 + 1+2+5+7+2+9+3 = 30 + 29 = 59, which you further would reduce to 5+9 = 14, and even further until you get a single-digit answer, 1+4 = 5. Five! The number of strife! YAY, my skepticism brings strife to numerology!!!
What kills me, looking back on all this, is how utterly arbitrary the whole system is-- yet there have been SELF-HELP BOOKS written on this, most notably Change Your Life With Numerology by Karen David, which I used to own a copy of before I sent it to the recycling bin. Even a quick Google search shows thousands of hits for changing your destiny by re-naming yourself to something more numerologically fortunate! An example of this which gets touted by many woo sources is when obscure people change their names, then go on to become famous under their new name-- like Elda Furry, who languished until her name-change to Hedda Hopper, who reportedly paid a numerologist ten dollars to tell her the name she should use. Well, jeez, it couldn't possibly be because the old name wasn't as catchy or memorable, it HAD to be the numbers, DUHhhhhhh... woo fail!
Even as a practicing Wiccan I never gave numerology much credence.
"So, Perky, if you never gave it much credence, how in the world did you become proficient enough at the system that you were able to remember it accurately and do it in your sleep???"
Well, you see...
*COUGH*I used to do numerological calculations on the names of all my roleplaying characters, and I've been playing RPGs for a really, reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally long time.