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.
We have the numbers of our birth day, 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 reduces to a number between 1 and 9, and each of those numbers has spiritual meaning.
What is a Numerology Reading
A numerology reading involves calculating numbers for your overall identity, circumstances, timing, and key events. In order to understand numerology in your daily life, in relationship to other people, and the world around you, it is necessary to have your core numerology calculated.
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Core Numerology (Birthday and Birth Name)
The essential numbers of your identity exist in your birthday (mm/dd/yyyy), which is your Life Path Number, and full birth name, which is your Destiny Number. Those two numbers combine to form your Soul Purpose Number. Within your birth name you have an Active Number (first name), Hereditary Numbers (parents last names), Soul Urge Number (the total of the vowels of your birth name), and Personality Number (the total of the consonants of your birth name).
A numerology reading can be as basic as just this core information or as complex as adding your number cycles, numbers for semi-permanent aspects of your life (like a living address or phone number), numbers for an event (the date of a wedding or opening a business), and numbers for relationships (romance, family, co-workers, and friends).
Let’s create an example and demonstrate the core numerology for:
Jessica Ann Smith (daughter of John Smith and Barbara Jones), born December 25, 1983.
Life Path Number
Starting with her birth date we calculate it using two methods. Method 1 adds up the sequence of numbers, so: 1+2+2+5+1+9+8+3, which equals 31, which reduces to a 4. Method 2 adds the month, day, year as 12+25+1983, which equals 2020, which reduces to 4 (2+0+2+0).
There are three well regarded numerology systems used for calculations: Pythagorean, Gematria, and Chaldean. You can see the letter assignment differences on the Discovering Numerology page. For purposes of this example, we will use the most common system, which is Pythagorean. If you get a reading from a numerologist, just know they may use one of these three systems.
Her Soul Purpose Number is her Life Path Number plus her Destiny Number, 4 + 11, which is 15, which reduces to a 6.
Jessica’s Soul Purpose is service and teaching, to serve with partners to build something (4/2/6). Visit our Soul Purpose page for a comprehensive list of combinations.
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Now that we know Jessica’s core numbers: 4, 11/2, and 6, she can get other numerology readings done and add other numerological information to her life.
Cycles of numbers can reduce to the minute, but really, knowing your daily number cycle, monthly number cycle, and yearly number cycle is plenty of information. Morris Goodman in his classic numerology book, Modern Numerology, provides the calculations for daily, monthly, and yearly numbers.
Individual Day Number
To find your individual day number you take the number of your birth month, plus the number of your day of birth, plus the current calendar year, plus the number of the current calendar month, and the number of the current calendar day. Choosing a date sometime after Jessica’s birth, like April 19, 2020, the calculation for her individual day number on April 19, 2020 would be:
12+25+2020+4+19 = 2080 = 10 = 1.
Jessica’s individual day number for April 19, 2020 is the number 1. For a reading, this number for the day is not all we want to know. We also want to know the universal (applies to everyone) number for the day. In this case: 4 + 19 + 2020, which totals 2043, which reduces to a 9. Thus, Jessica’s daily cycle, starting on April 19, 2020 would look something like this J1/U9, then on April 20, 2020 it would be J2/U1, April 21 2020 would be J3/U2, and so on.
Knowing her individual number (J#) and the universal number (U#) will help Jessica determine which days are best for which activities and interactions based on the meaning of the numbers in relation to each other. So, on April 19, 2020, Jessica needs to focus on herself (#1) while the “whole world” (herself included) works through a 9 day, which is about collective issues and reflection.
The way to find your individual month number is by adding up the following: number of the current month, plus the day of your birth, plus the month of your birth, plus the year of your birth, and the number of months back to your birthday. This calculation is trickier and does not create a sequential outcome.
In Jessica’s case, using April 19, 2020 as the “current” date”, the numbers would be:
4 + 25 + 12 + 1983 + 4 (April back to December would be 4 months) = 2028 = 12 = 3. Jessica’s monthly number for April 2020 is 3. Her monthly number for May would be 5 (the number for May) + 25 + 12 + 1983 + 5 (# of months back) = 2030 =5. As you can see the monthly number is not sequential.
April is about her creativity and May is about exploration.
The yearly number is very easy to calculate and is sequential. It is just the month of birth, plus the day of birth, plus the current year. So, in the example we are using the total would be 12 + 25 +2020, which totals 2057, which adds up to 14, which reduces to 5.
Jessica is currently in her 5 year and next year will be her 6 year. Keep in mind that a year, numerically, is from the birth date to the birth date. Therefore, Jessica is in a 5 year from 12/25/2020 until 12/25/2021. This will be a year of change and new experiences for her.
The Complete Cycle
On April 19, 2020 Jessica’s individual day number is 1, while the universal day number is a 9. Her monthly number is a 3, and her yearly number is a 5. The current year is about transformation, travel, and change. In the month of April, she will want to experience her 5 year through creativity and imagination. On the day of April 19 in 2020, she will need to understand and act according to what is best for her while trying to navigate what is best for the people around her.
Other Numbers of Significance
A numerology reading can extend well past your core numbers and your cycle numbers. We will continue to look at Jessica through some of these additional numbers.
The Month, the Day, and the Year of Birth
The actual date of birth is significant according to Morris Goodman and he does not reduce the numbers. According to him a person born on the 25th of any month is, “a seeker of truth. Your life is a search for the grail of sincerity, loyalty, honesty, and all the finer things. In character you are intellectually superior and emotionally well-developed” (39).
While Goodman does not reduce the two-digit days, it is still a good numerology reading practice to do so. In this case, Jessica has a 7 as her day of birth number. She also has 3 as her month of birth number (12), and her year number is 21, and also a 3. Everyone born in 1983 is part of the 3 cohort for that year.
When people marry it is still most common to assume the surname of the man in a heterosexual marriage. Matrilineal name changes do happen. But hyphenation is more likely. Regardless, if you are the person who changes the last name, then you definitely want your numerology reading to include that information even if you are just getting a basic reading.
Social Security Number
Essentially a permanent number, the Social Security number is the numerical identification assigned to every citizen in the United States. It is a nine-digit number one must have in order to get a driver’s license, passport, and other legal documents, and for legal transactions. Giving Jessica an imaginary number of 243-37-1295, the total is 36, which reduces to a 9.
Since this number functions mostly as a legal tool it has a quasi-public energy. While it is not a number you share as commonly as your phone number or address, it is not as hidden as you Soul Urge or Personality numbers. Some numerologist may choose to ask for this number as part of your core reading, just be thoughtful about who you share this number with.
Your phone number is likely to stay more consistent than your living address, and is certainly a number worth knowing since it represents our most important communication technology. If Jessica had the phone number 919.628.7413, her numerology for her phone would be 50, which reduces to a 5. So, her phone number brings more travel and maverick energy into her numerology design.
The location we live is full of all kinds of numbers. There is the street number or apartment number. There is the street name, and the name of the city and state, or country, and the zip code. Each one is a number and the total address is also a number. Do you spell out the state or use the abbreviation – North Carolina or NC? Generally, the most important address number (single digit) comes from the way the address would appear if you mailed something to the address.
With Jessica it would be:
21 Main Street, Cary NC 27513, so
2+1+4+1+9+5+1+2+9+5+5+2+3+1+9+7+5+3+2+7+5+1+3 = 92 = 11/2. Jessica’s address is pretty special!
You Can Keep Going!
A reading can extend to any consistent names or numbers in your life. You could use your license plate, driver’s license number, and the name of the company that makes your car as well as the make of the car.
Numbers and Relationships
Besides the core number and reading numbers for your identity, the next most important information people seek out in a reading is nature of numbers in relation to the people in your life. How do your numbers interact with your parents, a friend, or a romantic partner? Certain combinations may feel wonderful while others a very challenging. You can apply this relationship numerology to your job and the business you work for, as well as the country you live in, and so on.
If you follow your numerical cycles and those of another person, you would be able to know the best days or months to engage in certain issues, and which days or months to leave circumstances alone. Numerology has many, many applications. Numbers are, literally, everywhere!
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