The Numerology of Superman

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Superman (born April 18, 1938, the publication date of Action Comics #1 and his first appearance) is probably the best-known superhero worldwide. Like most superheroes, he has a secret identity, which is his adopted earth name, Clark Joseph Kent. But he also has a name given to him by his birth parents, which is Kal-el.

This article will explore his numerology to see how he expresses his numbers.

Life Path Number

The Life Path is the total of a person’s birthday (mm/dd/yyyy). Superman’s birthday was April 18, 1938, so 04/18/1938, which totals 1960, which reduces to 16, which reduces to a 7. If the numbers are added sequentially, the total is 34, which reduces to a 7.

An individual that has life path number seven is spiritual and mysterious. Therefore, they have the passion and energy to find the truth, understand dreams, and study philosophies. Their personality develops through their efforts to learn about the world by studying large patterns and a human being’s need for purpose.

As spiritual people, they embrace honesty, philosophy, and the mysteries of life. So, they become successful through the guidance they offer others who are lost and in need of spiritual or psychological healing. Since they unlock the mysteries of life to succeed in life, they overcome challenges thrown in their way by experiencing failure, difficulty, and loss to learn how to overcome each experience and then teach others.

For a more complete understanding of this Life Path Number, visit the Life Path Number 7 page.

Superman certainly has mystical, and even god-like status and powers. He also presents as a messiah character, an embodiment of American ideals, and the prime heroic archetype.

Destiny Number

The Destiny Number is the total of the full birth name. In the case of a fictional character with a superhero name, a secret identity, and an alien name, we will look at all three. Superman totals 35, which reduces to 8. Clark Joseph Kent totals 60, which reduces to 6. And Kal-el totals 14, which reduces to 5.

Superman (8)

An individual that has a Destiny number eight attracts driven and high achieving people. Therefore, they encourage those people who want to succeed in the public eye, set and achieve high goals, and lead others.

They intuitively know how to bring out the power of another and put that power into the world. As goal-oriented people, they show others the merits of hard work, long-range planning, and leadership. Destiny wants them to lead the leaders!

For a more complete understanding of this Destiny Number, visit the Destiny Number 8 page.

Clark Joseph Kent (6)

An individual that has a Destiny number six attracts nurturing and caring people. Therefore, they learn how to help others find ways to support their community and share what they know that will help others. They understand the value of service and want others to know how to serve.

Their innate understanding of compassion, empathy, and attentiveness provides guidance to others who want to follow this life path. Destiny wants them to show people the power of serving and the grace of duty.

For a more complete understanding of this Destiny Number, visit the Destiny Number 6 page.

Kal-el (5)

An individual that has a Destiny number five attracts adventurous people and supports change agents. Therefore, they often find themselves in roles that support lives of adventure and activity. They enjoy exploration and will draw other explorers to themselves.

As a result, they help others master knowledge and enjoy wide-ranging experiences. Destiny wants them to be on the go and help others visit and learn about the wider world.

For a more complete understanding of this Destiny Number, visit the Destiny Number 5 page.

In short, Superman (8) is for power and leadership, Clark Joseph Kent (6) for service, and Kal-el (5) for change (a foreigner in a foreign land).

Active Number

You lead into life with your first name, which is why its numerical value is your Active Number. Some people use their given first name, some take on a nickname given to them by a family member or peer, and some people choose a nickname or even an alternative name.

The “true” active number is the given birth name. Even if you legally change your first name, the core Active Number is the birth name given to you by your parents. A legally changed name is more powerful than a nickname. And any name used to identify a person in the world is a variation of an Active Number. In Clark’s case, his active number is 18, which reduces to 9, the number for the Wise One.

An individual that has an Active Number 9 is often wise beyond their years, even their later years. Therefore, they tend to be patient, consider actions carefully, and see the “big picture”. A child with a 9 first name is an excellent observer and comfortable letting others lead and act until invited to participate. First name 9 people act with compassion and soak up the wisdom.

The number for Kal is 6. An individual that has an Active Number 6 wants to help and heal. Therefore, they understand and enjoy service, can teach what they learn, and tend to be highly sympathetic or empathic. A child with a 6 first name will make sure no other children are left out of a game and want to help with chores. First name 6 individuals spot needs and work to fill them.

Hereditary Number

Essentially, you inherit numbers from your parents. Most often, the father’s surname is the one that dominates and is known out in the world. The mother’s surname often becomes the middle name for a woman after marriage, when she assumes the surname of her husband. In Clark’s case, his last name Kent totals 14, which reduces to 5, the Transformer.

An individual that has a Heredity Number 5 inherits adventurousness from one or both parents. The person must determine how to understand number 5 energy through the influence of the parent. That influence may manifest as support or suppression. In other words, the child gets encouragement to explore and embrace change or face constant restriction. Either way, the child learns the lesson of change from the parent or in spite of the parent with the last name that is the number 5.

An individual that has a Heredity Number 8 inherits leadership from one or both parents. The person must determine how to understand number 8 energy through the influence of the parent. That influence may manifest as support or suppression. In other words, the child gets encouragement to develop as a leader or suffers at the hands of an insecure parent. Either way, the child learns the lesson of power from the parent or despite the parent with the last name that is the number.

Soul Urge Number

The Soul Urge Number is the total of the vowels in a name, specifically the full birth name. The Soul Urge is like an energy charge within the numerology of a person. The number of the Soul Urge “powers” the Destiny Number. In Superman’s case, the number is 9.

An individual that has a Soul Urge Number 9 draws energy from a love of life. Therefore, they operate with a need to unlock wisdom to generate energy. These individuals are often patient, observant, and introverted. Accepting that you need to be open and generous to get what you want and to get things done will help you be more successful in your relationships and endeavors.

In Clark’s case, his number is 17, which reduces to 8. An individual that has a Soul Urge Number 8 draws energy from goals. Therefore, they operate with a need to achieve to generate energy. These individuals are often striving, forceful, and powerful. Accepting that you need to lead to get what you want and to get things done will help you be more successful in your relationships and endeavors.

The number for “Kal-el” is 6. An individual that has a Soul Urge Number 6 draws energy from service. Therefore, they operate with a need to help others to generate energy. These individuals are often compassionate, nurturing, and concerned. Accepting that you need to be serving others to get what you want and to get things done will help you be more successful in your relationships and endeavors.

Personality Number

The Personality Number is the total of consonants in the name, specifically the full birth name. The Personality Number is how people encounter someone and interpret them. It is like the clothing you choose when you plan to go out in public, which causes people to react to you a certain way. For Superman, the number is 26, which reduces to 8.

An individual that has a Soul Urge Number 8 draws energy from goals. Therefore, they operate with a need to achieve to generate energy. These individuals are often striving, forceful, and powerful. Accepting that you need to lead to get what you want and to get things done will help you be more successful in your relationships and endeavors.

For Clark, his number is 43, which reduces to 7. An individual that has a Personality Number 7 presents as mysterious to others. Therefore, others see them as either enlightened or delusional. People who like spiritual leaders will expect a Personality 7 to fulfill that role in life. Do not be surprised if people treat you as someone who can understand their purpose in life, even if you want to focus on your purpose in life.

The number for “Kal-el” is 8; the same as Superman!

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.

In Superman’s case, his Soul Purpose Number is the total of his Life Path Number 7 plus his Destiny Number 8, which totals 15, which reduces to 6. With a 7 + 8 combination, he is here to “serve as a spiritual leader powerfully”.

In Clark’s case, his Soul Purpose Number is the total of his Life Path Number 7 plus his Destiny Number 6, which totals 13, which reduces to 4. With a 7 + 6 combination, he is here to “build a spiritual service or teaching for others”. His Soul Purpose is to promote positive messages to others.

In Kal’s case, his Soul Purpose Number is the total of his Life Path Number 7 plus his Destiny Number 5, which totals 12, which reduces to 3. With a 7 + 5 combination, he is here to “create disruptively with spiritual truth”.

Superman’s total numerology is:

  • LPN = 7
  • DN = 8
  • SUN = 9
  • PN = 8
  • SPN = 6

Clark’s total numerology is:

  • LPN = 7
  • DN = 6
  • AN = 9
  • HN = 5
  • SUN = 8
  • PN = 7
  • SPN = 4

Kal’s total numerology is:

  • LPN = 7
  • DN = 5
  • AN = 6
  • HN = 8
  • SUN = 6
  • PN = 8
  • SPN = 3

It is most interesting to see the repeating numbers throughout all three names: 8 (five times), 6 (four times), 9 (two times), 7 (two times), and 5 (two times). The character’s most dominant numbers combine service (6) and power (8), fitting for Superman.

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. Philip Young, PhD Website