Abby Knight is an events planner who often reminisces over the moment she first met her husband. However, Abby doesn’t dwell too much on the romantic details such as what flowers he purchased for her, how she dressed, and the time they had a drink at a bar.

Instead, Abby, 55, recalls the uncanny fact it happened on November 9, 1999 — because nine, she believes, is her lucky number.

‘When a friend set me up on a blind date on that night, I was over the moon — a numerology expert had told me the number nine would always bring me love and luck. Sure enough, we had a great evening and met again for another date — this time on December 9!

‘Our relationship progressed from strength to strength. So when, in September 2000 — the ninth month, of course — Chris proposed on the London Eye, I immediately said yes.’

UK-based women reveal how they've benefitted from numerology - including Abbey Knight, 55, (pictured), who met her now husband Chris on November 9, 1999 - because nine, she believes, is her lucky number

UK-based females reveal how numerology helped them. Abbey Knight, 55 (pictured), married Chris Knight on November 9, 1999. She believes nine is her lucky number.

Abby knows that the success of their marriage comes as no surprise. Abby lives happily with Chris, 60.

‘Two years before Chris and I met, I’d consulted a feng shui expert, who also specialised in numerology — the study of numbers and the mystical impact they can have.

‘She was able to explain, based on Chinese calculations around when I was born, that nine would bring me lasting happiness.’

While sceptics may scoff at the idea of placing one’s future on a number, more and more women see numbers as a sign or path to a happier, more romantic or professionally fulfilling life. Many women are confident in making business decisions and organising their relationships.

Susan Horwell is a Holistic Therapist and Author. She says numbers provide a refuge for many in times of uncertainty. She warns that they need to be understood in context.

‘I’ve seen number trends come and go. One example: Everyone believed that the 12th of December 2012 would usher in a new, miraculous world.

‘But when the date came, it was just another day in winter. That didn’t stop unscrupulous “teachers” making money by offering advice about the day’s significance to gullible people.’

Sharon Crowley, a former bank manager, retrained in numerology a year back and has witnessed a tsunami of women searching for answers to the numbers world during the pandemic.

Abbey (pictured) read a feature about feng shui and links to numerology after the relationship with her son Dan's dad ended in 1997

Abbey (pictured), read a story about feng shui, and its links to numerology following the breakup with Dan her father in 1997 

‘The past two years have been catastrophic for how we feel,’ she says. ‘That, combined with the uncertainty of our futures, has meant women have turned inwards to look for hope and inspiration. Numerology, a Chinese practice that has been around for 4,000 years, can identify strengths, great career choices and life purpose.’

Many cultures place importance on numbers. We consider 13 to be unlucky in the West. The Chinese, however, avoid four.

Abby believes she was attracted to numerology because she’s from a long line of ‘spooky’ women.

‘My mother and grandmother were both gifted; Mum could read tarot cards and we were both a bit obsessed with astrology and Chinese horoscopes.

‘After the relationship with my son Dan’s dad ended in 1997, I read a feature about feng shui and links to numerology and decided that, now I was in my new house (coincidentally number nine!I was determined to ensure that my next relationship would be for the long-term.

We were lucky to get married on the ninth day of our lives. 

‘The feng shui expert I hired wanted to know all about my life before she explained the numbers that would be significant to me and my future.’

‘Eight has always been unlucky for me, whereas 13 is usually good. That’s why something clicked when she mentioned nine. It became my obsession and I even asked her for help in choosing Chris’ wedding date.

“It has to be November 9, 2001, for long and lasting happiness,” she said. And she was right — we celebrated 20 years together this year and are still blissfully happy.’

Celebrities are convinced that numbers are crucial to their success. Socialite Paris Hilton believes in the ‘power number’ 11:11.

She said ‘I do’ on November 11 this year, and regularly posts on social media when the time is 11:11, encouraging her followers to make a wish.

Shirley-Ann O’Neill, 46, is a fellow believer, but admits her approach to lucky numbers may be ‘a bit woo woo’. She still believes the number 3 has been luck for her.

Dr Lizzy Bernthal, 59, (pictured) says that since she discovered that eight is associated with luck, prosperity and wealth, she has sought to include it in her life

Dr Lizzy Bernthal, 59, (pictured) says that since she discovered that eight is associated with luck, prosperity and wealth, she has sought to include it in her life

She explains: ‘I grew up as one of three children and our nickname was the three musketeers. The number is in my date of birth, my mother’s birthday, and the date of my first house purchase.

‘More recently I found a retirement bungalow for my father which had number three in the address.’

Shirley-Ann, a divorcee who lives in Liverpool with her daughter, Mollie, three, says she has even received mystical confirmation that her ‘life path number’ is three.

‘Many years ago I saw a medium. I was a sceptic, yet when she explained that the number three reflects a person who is creative and optimistic, I realised that’s me.’

Now, get to work! 


The Western world’s most well-known version of numerology, Pythagorean is the best known. It was based on Pythagoras, an Ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher. It says everyone has a special ‘life path’ number that determines their fate and governs personality traits.

To find yours, first write down your date of birth in numbers (for example, if you were born on August 10, 1977, write ‘8’, ‘10’, and ‘1977’). Then add together each single digit — in our example you’d add 8+1+0+1+9+7+7, which is 33. Continue this process until you get a number between 1 to 9. So in our example, you’d add 3+3 to get 6 — this would be your life path number.


This belief system views some numbers as positive and other as negative. The Cantonese number for death four is considered unlucky. However, eight numbers are believed to bring good luck and prosperity to people who have that number in their number plates or live in homes with them.


According to this theory, ‘angel numbers’ are repeating numbers, such as 11:11, 222 or 444. These numbers are considered lucky and indicate that your angels may be trying to get your attention.

Shirley-Ann states that this was confirmed by John Edward, a U.S. medium who has over 1.1million Facebook fans. John Edward provided numerous examples for Shirley-Ann of how three are important in her life, including important dates from her family’s birthdays and anniversaries. John also knew her parents’ wedding anniversary fell on the third of a month.

This is why throughout her career in senior positions for arts organisations she has always used ‘the power of three.’

‘In business, admitting that you use numerology isn’t a good idea, because not everyone believes in it. But I’ll always ask clients three questions: where are they today, where do they want to be and how do they want to get there?

‘I set myself three daily goals. To stop myself procrastinating, I’ll send just three emails — knowing that once I start, I’ll get my work finished. I extend this to my home life, too: I’ll wash three dishes, put away three pieces of laundry. I’ll also do three minutes of artwork with my daughter every day. I find that this approach breaks the habits of self-doubt and of putting things off.’

Dr Lizzy Bernthal, an ex-midwife and worker in Hong Kong during 1980s, is fascinated also by the notion of lucky numbers.

‘Soon after I arrived it was August 8 (the eighth month of the year), 1988. I couldn’t understand why so many women were booking in for an induction or an elective Caesarean section on this particular date. I discovered the reverence the Chinese have for the number eight.’

Lizzy is 59 and lives with Paul (a retired Army scientist) in Bromsgrove. Rodena is their daughter. Lizzy claims that she found out that the number eight was associated with wealth, luck and prosperity.

‘I was deployed to Afghanistan on March 18, where I was going to spend four months in charge of healthcare for personnel.

‘I was aware as I left that I might not see my daughter and husband again. But leaving on a date ending with eight felt like a good omen — and it was, because I came home.’ Nowadays, Lizzy works as a resilience and empowerment specialist and confidence coach.

In her work she employs the eighteen figure as a metaphor to describe the transformative journey clients undertake to return to their true selves.

Yet while she says the practice doesn’t extend completely to her business, she has noticed the number crop up on more than one occasion. ‘My business phone has an eight at the end and my credit card has, too. In fact, I have sent back credit cards if they didn’t have an eight at the end.

‘I’ve even been known to change hotel rooms if the energy of the number doesn’t feel right — a room that contains a number eight is always on my wishlist. It bodes well for a great holiday.’

Hayley Ku’unani, 28, (pictured), who lives in London, said she's comforted when 22 pops up in phone numbers, receipts, number plates and text messages

Hayley Ku’unani, 28, (pictured), who lives in London, said she’s comforted when 22 pops up in phone numbers, receipts, number plates and text messages

Artist and sound healing practitioner Hayley Ku’unani, believes the number 22 is one that ‘follows her everywhere’ because it is her ‘soul number’ — identified by adding together the numerology numbers assigned to the vowels in your full name.

Hayley, 28, who lives in London, explains that ‘power numbers’ in the spiritual world are those containing double digits.

Numerologists have long believed that the more you increase the number of a particular number, the greater its impact. ‘The number 22 is considered to be “the architect” or “master builder” and reminds me to pay attention to my life,’ says Hayley. ‘During my darkest times, 22 would always be there. 22 is there for me, even on my best days.

‘I decided to have the alchemy cube, which represents 22, tattooed on my fingertips while on a trip to Romania in 2016. That way, the vibration of the number makes me more creative when I work with my hands, such as when I’m creating music while hosting my monthly sound baths.’

Hayley refers to Pythagoras, a philosopher and mathematician who believes that all things in the universe are able to be explained using numbers. Others who work with numbers refer to the preference of Nikola Tesla — the inventor and electrical engineer who helped design the system by which our homes are powered by electricity — for the ‘energy numbers’ of three, six and nine as ‘the keys to the universe’.

‘In everyday life, 22 pops up everywhere in phone numbers, receipts, number plates and text messages,’ Hayley says. ‘It brings me so much comfort.

‘Ask anyone for their favourite number and they will always have one. In a less spiritual way, they are the building blocks of our world today: we wouldn’t have buildings, our phones or even the internet without them!’

Abby is positive that her influence will not be diminished by the presence of her close friends.

‘People may think I’m a bit obsessed when I say number nine is my talisman, but my life is always positive when there is a number nine in it,’ she says.