Numerology is the study of the spiritual meaning of numbers. It 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 traits. When combined you derive your Soul Purpose number.
Numerology Numbers in Brief
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 in Brief
|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)|
Methods and Origins
Numerology existed in the earliest civilizations and has three primary systems in use in modern western society: Pythagorean, Gematria, and Chaldean.
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.
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.
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”.
Life Path Number Brief Definitions
The Life Path Number is the leading number in the life of an individual. It 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 Path Number on the pages linked from the basic meanings below:
|1||Master Doing Things Alone|
|2||Master Doing Things with a Partner|
|3||Master Creative Skills|
|4||Master the Use of Tools and Building Things|
|5||Master the Skill of Travel and Learning from Other Cultures|
|6||Master a Talent that Fills a Need in Society|
|7||Master a Spiritual Practice|
|8||Master Leadership Skills|
|9||Master the Connection between Wisdom and Action|
|22||Master Relationship Skills|
|33||Master a Creative Skill that Serves Others|
|44||Master Negotiation and Networking|
|55||Master Disrupting Systems at the Right Time and in the Right Way|
Calculate Your Life Path Number
It is rather easy to calculate your life path number; it is simply the total of your birthday reduced to a single digit. Follow the steps below.
If you were born on 11/13/1981, then your Life Path number would be 1+1+1+3+1+9+8+1=25. Then, reduce the total to a single digit, 25=2+5= 7. The life path Number in this example is 7.
Numerology Name Calculator
To calculate you destiny number enter your full birth name into the calculator field below. The calculator uses the Pythagorean method.
To get the full picture of your name it is necessary to calculate and look at the numerology of your first name, the surname of your parents (mother and father), the vowels total in you name, and the consonants total in your name. You Destiny Number is the numerical total of your full birth name.
Destiny (expression) 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.
You can read the full explanation of Destiny Numbers on the pages linked from the basic meanings below:
|1||Standing Out, Leading by Example|
|2||Fulfillment through Partnership|
|3||Need to Create for Others to Enjoy|
|4||Make Life Safe for Yourself and Others|
|5||Go Out and See the Wide World|
|6||Find a Way to Serve Where There is a Need|
|7||Achieve a Spiritual Path to Guide Other Spiritually|
|8||Lead Others to Success|
|9||Learn Deeply and Teach|
|11||Find Personal Enlightenment|
|22||Teach Others How to be Partners|
|33||Do Creativity to Heal Others|
|44||Be a Community Leader|
|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.
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.
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.
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. Numerology Compatibility: What Numbers are compatible?
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.
Repeating – Angel 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.
Angel numbers and messages are triples of the mundane numbers (111 to 999). There are also nine Orders, which are quadruples of the mundane numbers (1111 to 9999). When Angelic numbers appear in your life, you need to understand the divine message being offered to you and the Angel or Order sending the message.
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. Life Cycle Numbers.
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.
Philip Young, PhD, is a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. He provides spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing).