Numerology is the study of the spiritual meaning of numbers. Numerology assigns a number to each letter of the alphabet in order to derive a single number for your name. This number is your Destiny number. The total of your birthday numbers reduced to a single number is your Life Path number. These two numbers form the foundation of your personal numerology. When combined you derive your Soul Purpose number.
What the Numbers Mean in Numerology
The standard numerology numbers are 1 to 9.
Number 1 = Individualism (I am)
Number 2 = Partnership (we are)
Number 3 = Creativity (I create)
Number 4 = Work (I/we build)
Number 5 = Adventure (I explore)
Number 6 = Service (I support)
Number 7 = Mysticism (I believe)
Number 8 = Power (I lead)
Number 9 = Wisdom (I teach)
Master numbers are duplicate numbers: 11, 22, 33, 44, and 55.
Number 11 = Brilliance (I shine)
Number 22 = Community (We network)
Number 33 = Artistry (I make truth)
Number 44 = Leadership (I protect)
Number 55 = Individuation (I authenticate)
Origins of Numerology
Numerology existed in the earliest civilizations and has three primary systems in use in modern western society: Pythagorean, Gematria, and Chaldean.
Origins of Numerology: Pythagorean Method
Pythagoras the Greek (580 BCE – 495 BCE) developed the system of numerology most used today. Below are the Pythagorean system number assignments for the letters of the alphabet.
Origins of Numerology: Gematria Method
Gematria is from the ancient Jewish tradition of the mystical interpretation of the Holy Bible. It assigns numbers to the Jewish alphabet. When translated into the English alphabet, the numbering is done 1 to 7 back to 1 twice, as shown below.
Origins of Numerology: Chaldean Method
Chaldean numerology is the oldest form, developed by the Babylonians between 4000 and 3000 BC. Calculations focus on numbers 1 to 8, which are mundane numbers, while the number 9 is a holy number, and not used in calculations.
Ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Hindi civilizations used numerology. All these brilliant cultures developed their own kind of numerology, following similar numerological principles, but using different methods of calculation.
In general, numerology interprets numbers as a manifestation of and explanation for universal order. It lets you find a relationship between microcosm and macrocosm. In other words, it can explain what happens in the material world through the application of cosmic laws of the universe.
Numbers, therefore, show us the universal law, “As Above, so Below; As Below, so Above”.
Know your Personality with Numerology
Numerology is a method to know your destiny, personality, and the path you must follow to improve and understand your way through life. Your numbers are easy to define, because you determine them based on objective calculations used to derive specific numbers that lead to meaningful answers.
Indeed, numerology, as an explanation of the world around us, as a discovery of your true abilities and the ways to express them, comes from the interpretation of numbers studied for thousands of years. Mastering numerology depends on the simple addition of individual numbers reduced a single number and the intense study of the scholarship of the numbers.
If you do the work yourself or hire a professional, you will have one of the most effective and quickly applicable processes to understand and learn your nature and the world around you in your everyday life. Then if you practice numerology on a regular basis, by calculating daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly numbers, you will steadily further your own mastery and grow in confidence as you reap concrete results.
You will most likely be surprised when you read the interpretations of your numbers because you will discover how helpful numerology is to your spiritual and practical journey through life.
Your Destiny (expression) Path Number
Your Destiny Number is your full birth certificate name letters added up and reduced to a single number or master number. This numerology applies to any “named” entity, so not just people, but businesses and countries. Your full birth name indicates your destiny. The full name of a business indicates its destiny. And as you might correctly assume, changing your name can modify your destiny. Having nicknames or shortening your name for practical purposes shapes your destiny in subtle ways.
In any system of numerology each letter gets a numerical correspondence. For example, in Pythagorean numerology, A is 1, B is 2 until you get to I, which is 9, then J is one. The pattern repeats until you get to Z. Sarah is 1+1+9+1+8, which equals 20, which reduces to 2. The Pythagorean Destiny of “Sarah” is partnership.
Pythagorean calculation method
If you use Gematria numerology to calculate Sarah, the numbers are: 6+1+5+1+6, which equals 19, which reduces to 1. The Destiny of “Sarah” in Gematria numerology is individualism.
Gematria calculation method
If you use Chaldean numerology to calculate Sarah, the numbers are: 3+1+2+1+5, which equals 12, which reduces to 3. The Destiny of “Sarah” in Chaldean numerology is creativity.
Chaldean calculation method
Each system reveals different layers to the name, while sometimes the numbers overlap, reinforcing a number for the Destiny of that person.
You can read the full explanation of each Destiny Number on the pages linked from the basic meanings below:
Destiny of 1 = Standing Out, Leading by Example
Destiny of 2 = Fulfillment through Partnership
Destiny of 3 = Need to Create for Others to Enjoy
Destiny of 4 = Make Life Safe for Yourself and Others
Destiny of 5 = Go Out and See the Wide World
Destiny of 6 = Find a Way to Serve Where There is a Need
Destiny of 7 = Achieve a Spiritual Path to Guide Other Spiritually
Destiny of 8 = Lead Others to Success
Destiny of 9 = Learn Deeply and Teach
Destiny of 11 = Find Personal Enlightenment
Destiny of 22 = Teach Others How to be Partners
Destiny of 33 = Do Creativity to Heal Others
Destiny of 44 = Be a Community Leader
Destiny of 55 = Be a Community Disruptor
Active Number – First Name
Additional special calculations reveal more depth in your personality. Since most people have first, middle, and last names, the calculation of the first name is your Active number. This number, and the energy it represents, is the first energy people most often feel when they greet you and you greet them.
Heredity Number – Last Name
Your last name calculation represents your Heredity number and the power of your family lineage. There are two heredity numbers to calculate, the surname of your father and the surname of your mother. The father’s surname number generally represents the public energy of your family line and the mother’s surname generally represents your private family energy since most people share the father’s surname out in the world.
Soul Urge Number – the Vowels in Your Name
Hidden within a name is the Soul Urge number, which is the number of the total of all the vowels in the name. Sarah’s Soul Urge is A+A or 1+1, which equal 2, meaning partnership. The Soul Urge for Sarah is the same through all three common Western systems. The Soul Urge represents your deepest desire, what you most want and need emotionally.
Personality Number – the Consonants in Your Name
Also hidden within a name is the Personality number, which is the number of the total of all the consonants in the name. Sarah’s Personality is S+R+H. In Pythagorean numerology the number is 1+9+8, which equals 18, which reduces to 9. In Gematria numerology the number is 6+5+6, which equals 17, which reduces to 8. And in Chaldean numerology the number is 3+2+5, which equals 10, which reduces to 1. The Personality number represents social status and the connection to the material world.
The Life Path Number – Your Birth Date
It is rather easy to calculate your life path number; it is simply the total of your birthday reduced to a single digit. If you were born on 11/13/1981, then your Life Path number would be 1+1+1+3+1+9+8+1=25=7.
The Life Path Number is the leading number in the life of an individual. Your Life Path Number determines the skill sets and the natural talents a person will excel in, gravitate towards, and attempt to master.
You can read the full explanation of each Life Number on the pages linked from the basic meanings below:
Life Path 1 = Master Doing Things Alone
Life Path 2 = Master Doing Things with a Partner
Life Path 3 = Master Creative Skills
Life Path 4 = Master the Use of Tools and Building Things
Life Path 5 = Master the Skill of Travel and Learning from Other Cultures
Life Path 6 = Master a Talent that Fills a Need in Society
Life Path 7 = Master a Spiritual Practice
Life Path 8 = Master Leadership Skills
Life Path 9 = Master the Connection between Wisdom and Action
Life Path 11 = Master Yourself
Life Path 22 = Master Relationship Skills
Life Path 33 = Master a Creative Skill that Serves Others
Life Path 44 = Master Negotiation and Networking
Life Path 55 = Master Disrupting Systems at the Right Time and in the Right Way
The Soul Purpose Number – Life path + Destiny number
The Soul Purpose number is the final number of your birth date and full birth name total reduced to a single number. Using Pythagorean numerology, Sarah Jane Smith, born November 3, 1979, would have a Destiny number of:
Her Destiny Path number 55 is a master number, which does not reduce.
The Life Path number of Sarah’s birth day is 1+1+3+1+9+7+9, which equals 30 and reduces to a 3. 55+3 equals 58, which totals 13, which reduces to a 4. Thus, the Soul Purpose Number for this person means that if she follows her Destiny to be a disruptor of the community and norms using her Life Path Number 3 skills as a creative individual, she will achieve the Soul Purpose Number 4 and make something that lasts into the future.
There are, thus, a finite number of Soul Purpose Number combinations. Each of us has 1 of 81 possible Soul Purposes. Visit our Soul Purpose Numerology Page to see all 81.
Numerology and Compatibility
Not only do we want to understand ourselves as individuals, we also want to know how compatible we are with others. Taking your Destiny number, your Life Path number, and your Soul Purpose number and matching them with another person’s Destiny, Life Path, and Soul Purpose numbers is a powerful use of this tool. You can use numbers to improve and fully understand all your relationships.
All numbers can work together, but some combinations require more effort than others. Even numbers resonate with even numbers and odd numbers with odd numbers. Some even and odd numbers more easily complement each other depending on the nature of the numbers. In order to know whether you and your lover will truly stand the test of time through numerology, be sure to explore our numerology section thoroughly.
The complete picture of any relationship requires looking at the Destiny, Life Path, and Soul Purpose numbers of both people. This comparison can even be done with a company, which will have a birth date (when it was founded) or a home you live in, where the address is the name and the recording of the deed is the birth date.
Numbers in Every Day Life
Daily life is full of numbers, which can be calculated and explored in relation to the three prime numbers of a person (Destiny, Life Path, and Soul Purpose). There are Lucky Numbers, Repeating Numbers, Life Cycle Numbers, and Semi-Permanent Numbers.
Your most basic lucky numbers are your 3 main numbers: Destiny, Life Path, and Soul Purpose. But your luckiest number is the total for all three! In the example above, Sarah’s luckiest number is 55 + 3 + 4, which equals 62, which reduces to 8. Sarah wants to be on the lookout for the number 8 or chose to pursue opportunities on the number 8 days in her Life Cycle Numbers.
Numbers also “appear” when we need a certain meaningful message. A person might start seeing and noting a specific number in a day or over the course of a day or even throughout the life. The appearance of a repeating number in the visual and cognitive field is a message from the universe or spirit asking the individual to “pay attention” and figure out why the number repeats and persists.
Life Cycle Numbers
There are also number calculations to determine the many numbers of each day, starting with the actual day number, but also include the month plus day number, and the month plus day plus year number. Each month is a number and each year is a number.
There is also the number for each year of a person’s life, calculated by using the birth month and day and the current year. In the case of Sarah Jane Smith, born November 3, 1979, her current year number would run from November 3 to November 3 every year. In the year 2020, her number would be November 3, 2020 or 11+3+2020, which equals 9. The following year would be 11+3+2021, which equals 10, which reduces to 1. And the year after that would be a number 2 year.
Some examples of Semi-Permanent Numbers in daily life include: a phone number, an address, a plate number on the car or truck someone drives, and so on. Semi-Permanent Numbers are important when matched with the three primary numbers. If you have an address that reduces to a 2 and your Soul Purpose is an 8, then you need partnership to life up your power or beware that partnership can restrict your power, at that address.
Building Complexity from Simplicity
Everyone is a complex of many different numbers interacting with a wide variety of numbers in life, some are fixed and others are fluid. The Social Security Number is fixed for a lifetime, phone numbers can change, but very infrequently (addresses as well). Daily, monthly, and yearly numbers follow a cyclic pattern going from 1 to 9 and back to 1 again.
Doing extensive research on your numerology or hiring a numerology professional to “run your numbers” is a worthwhile process for self-understanding, use in decision-making, and supporting all relationships. The more individuals drill down into the many numbers of life, the more knowledge gained. More knowledge improves choices, relationships, and purpose in life.
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