Numerology

Calculating Your Soul Purpose Number

Numerology is the study of numbers as meaningful constructs related to human consciousness.  Numbers occupy our lives in many ways, starting with number values associated with the letters of words, especially our names, and dates of birth, for people, events, and businesses.

We have the numbers for our birthday, month, and year. Most countries have a number sequence for citizens (in the United States, it is the 9-digit Social Security Number or SSN). Most of us have a phone number; if we drive a car, we have a number plate. Each word and sequence of numbers reduce to a number between 1 and 9, and each of those numbers has spiritual meaning.

The Soul Purpose Number is the single, reduced digit of your Life Path Number plus your Destiny Number.

What is the Life Path Number?

The Life Path Number is the single, reduced digit of your birth month, birthday, and birth year.

How to Calculate your Life Path Number?

Calculating the Life Path Number is rather simple; you can use two methods which will get you to the same result.  We will use the birth date 06/25/2007

Method 1

Simply add the numbers up one-by-one: 6+2+5+2+7, which equals 22 (a master number), which reduces to 4.

Method 2

Add the numbers as groups: 2007 + 25 + 6, which equals 2038.  Add those numbers up one-by-one: 2+3+8, which equals 13, which reduces to 4.

The outcome is the same, but it is significant that the first method comes up to 22, which is a number that stands on its own AND reduces.

The single-digit number of your birth reveals the best energetic direction for your soul in this lifetime.  Knowing your Life Path Number helps you succeed when you apply yourself according to the meaning of the number.

Visit the Ask Astrology Life Path Number page for greater detail and links to pages about each number.

What is the Destiny Number?

The Destiny Number is the single, reduced digit of your full, given birth name, as it would be recorded on a birth certificate or official public document.

How to Calculate your Destiny Number?

Calculating the Destiny Number depends on which numerology system you choose to use.  There are three systems in common use at this time: Pythagorean, Gematria, and Chaldean.  While each one assigns number values to letters, they vary with some letters.  For example, A is 1 in all systems. Q is 8 in the Pythagorean system, 4 in the Gematria system, and 1 in the Chaldean system.

Therefore, the Destiny number of a man named Quincy would add up from the following numbers:

Pythagorean

QUINCY
839537= 35= 8

Gematria

QUINCY
465132= 21= 3

Chaldean

QUINCY
161531= 17= 8

As it happens, the Pythagorean and Chaldean Destiny is 8, while the Gematria Destiny is 3.

The single-digit number of your name reveals the energy you attract from others and the world.  Knowing your Destiny Number helps you understand why people want you to play a certain role in life.

The Soul Purpose Number

Your Life Path Number reveals your numerical engine; it is the energy that drives you.  Your Destiny Number reveals the numerical energy the world wants from you.  When you combine them, you get your Soul Purpose Number, which reveals the “why” of your existence in this lifetime.

These numbers align with the three most significant points in your astrology chart: the Sun, which would be your Life Path Number; the Ascendant, which would be your Destiny Number; and the Moon, which would be your Soul Purpose Number.  In astrological terminology, the Sun is how you shine in the world; the Ascendant is how you present and are perceived by the world, and the Moon is how you feel in this existence.

Knowing your Soul Purpose Number is crucial for understanding the core of your numerological design. Most Soul Purpose Numbers will range from 1 to 9 and 11.  Ask Astrology provides a comprehensive table of 81 combinations.

What makes the Soul Purpose number interesting is the fact that there can be at least 9 different variations that make a single number.  Let’s consider individuals with a Soul Purpose Number 3.  They can be one of the following:

Life Path #+Destiny #=Soul Purpose #Meaning
123To create with the help of others
213To create by helping others
39(12) 3To create and share your vision
48(12) 3To create through leading to build something
57(12) 3To create spiritually as a disruptor
66(12) 3To create a service and teach others
75(12) 3To create disruptively with spiritual truth
84(12) 3To create a foundation through personal power
93(12) 3To create through art the understanding of life

All of them have a Soul Purpose to create, but how they will create and what others will want them to create will be influenced by their Life Path Number and their Destiny Number.  All 3s are not created equal! Interesting paradox, no?!

Soul Purpose Numbers and Relationships

Now that you know what Life Path Numbers, Destiny Numbers, and Soul Purpose Numbers are, you can see how matching yourself with someone else, numerologically, requires you to consider a triple combination and not just the single digits.  You may be a 3 and meet another 3 and wonder why you struggle to get along.

It might be that one of you has an 8 making up your Soul Purpose 3, which will want to “get paid” for creative efforts, while the other person has a 9 making up the Soul Purpose 3 and they want to “give away” their creative work.

Just remember, you are NOT as simple as a single number!

Philip Young, PhD

I am a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. I earned my PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996 and had a career in academics until 2007, when I retired to become a stay-at-home father. In 2013 I “hung out my shingle” starting my business Black Unykorn Enterprises, LLC. I provide spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing). With a home office, Zoom, WeChat, and WhatsApp, I work with local clients in person and distance clients from around the world. You can read about my practice and contact me through my website: https://www.blackunykorn.com.

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