Soul Purpose Number Explained

About Numerology

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.

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

Soul Purpose Number Meanings

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.

81 Combinations for 10 Outcomes

The majority of Soul Purpose outcomes will range from 1 to 11.  The chance of having a Life Path Number of 22 and Destiny Number of 22, which would give you Soul Purpose Master Number 44 is so rare that it would be special case worthy of a consultation with a professional numerologist.  Here we provide the most common combinations, noting the nuance between the same Soul Purpose Number and the various combinations that get the result.

As an example, a Life Path 1 and Destiny 2 yield a Soul Purpose 3, but so does a Life Path 2 and Destiny 1.  However, the resulting 3 is not identical, but still a 3 Soul Purpose. See how to calculate Your Soul Purpose Number.

Life Path #+Destiny #=Soul Purpose #Meaning
112To partner and be individual
123To create with the help of others
134To build with creativity
145To explore for a living
156To serve by exploring
167To understand through service
178To lead spiritually
189To share as a leader
19(10) 1To assert by sharing
213To create by helping others
224To build through partnerships
235To explore through creativity with others
246To serve by building with others
257To understand through exploration with others
268To lead through service with others
279To share spiritually with others
28(10) 1To assert through power with others
2911/2To stand out by sharing with others
314To build individually as an artist
325To explore through partners your creativity
336To serve through creativity and entertainment
347To understand by building creatively
358To lead by disrupting creatively
369To share through service creatively
37(10) 1To assert spiritually with creativity
3811/2To stand out through the power of creativity
39(12) 3To create and share your vision
415To explore on your own and build something
426To serve with partners to build something
437To understand by creating something that lasts
448To lead by establishing a legacy
459To share by disrupting the old for the new
46(10) 1To assert through service that builds something
4711/2To stand out spiritually to build something
48(12) 3To create through leading to build something
49(13) 4To build by sharing what the world needs
516To serve individually as a change agent
527To understand with partners to bring change
538To lead creatively to bring change
549To share by building things out of disruption
55(10) 1To assert change as a change agent
5611/2To stand out through service in chaos
57(12) 3To create spiritually as a disruptor
58(13) 4To build as the leader of revolution
59(14) 5To explore by sharing your discoveries
617To understand uniquely to teach others
628To lead with partners in service
639To share creatively as a service to others
64(10) 1To assert support through service
6511/2To stand out disruptively to teach others
66(12) 3To create a service and teach others
67(13) 4To build spiritually what others need to learn
68(14) 5To explore as a leader through service
69(15) 6To serve as the conscience for those in need
718To lead individually as a spiritual master
729To share through partnership spiritual wisdom
73(10) 1To assert creatively in a spiritual way
7411/2To stand out by building a spiritual message
75(12) 3To create disruptively with spiritual truth
76(13) 4To build a spiritual service or teaching for others
77(14) 5To explore spirituality thoroughly (monk/nun)
78(15) 6To serve as a spiritual leader powerfully
79(16) 7To understand the spiritual matrix of all life
819To share an individual vision through power
82(10) 1To assert with a partner your power
8311/2To stand out as a creative leader
84(12) 3To create a foundation through personal power
85(13) 4To build the new from the old as a leader
86(14) 5To explore your power through service
87(15) 6To serve as a powerful spiritual leader
88(16) 7To understand the power of power
89(17) 8To lead by sharing power
91(10) 1To assert your individuality by sharing
9211/2To stand out in partnership seeking wisdom
93(12) 3To create through art the understanding of life
94(13) 4To build worldly example of sharing
95(14) 5To explore where chaos needs order
96(15) 6To serve by teaching compassion for the world
97(16) 7To understand spiritually “oneness”
98(17) 8To lead with the power of love
99(18) 9To share fully and at all times

The Soul Purpose and Romance

As you can surmise from the variations above, some Soul Purposes, especially when the number 2 is part of the group or the Soul Purpose number, deal directly with romance and partnership while many others do not.  Knowing all six numbers between you and your romantic partner shows you the core dynamic of energy between the two of you.

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Consider a romance between a 4/3/7 and a 9/8/8.  The Soul Purpose of the first person is “to understand (life) by creating something that lasts” and the Soul Purpose of the second person is “to lead with the power of love”.  In a romance they would need to merge the need to build (Life Path 4) with the need to lead (Destiny and Soul Purpose 8).  Positively they can achieve a powerful and lasting life together. Negatively they conflict because the first is too practical and the second is too much of a dreamer.

The Soul Purpose and Career

Understanding your Soul Purpose helps you know how to fit into the career you choose.  Any number works in every field, but it is vital to work in your field in the way that best aligns with your Soul Purpose.  If you decide to work in aviation, law, health care, personal care service (hair stylist), government, and so on, you want to be the type of worker that matches with your Soul Purpose number.

Say you love travel, especially by air, and your Soul Purpose is 9/5/5, then you might find your best fit as a fighter pilot or a helicopter pilot for the Red Cross.  If you cannot meet the requirements to be a pilot, then you could work to be a mechanic on the aviation equipment used by these types of pilots.  If you have a love for aviation and you have this Soul Purpose combination, then you will need, “to explore where chaos (in the world) needs order”.

The Soul Purpose and Family

Finally, family dynamics define our earthly development and remain a constant vibration, both internally and externally in our lives.  Knowing the Soul Purpose of all family members is incredibly helpful.  Consider the two romantic people above and let’s give them a child that is a 5/7/3.  The child needs, “to create spiritually as a disruptor”, meaning he or she cannot go along with the crowd.  In fact, this child needs to challenge the crowd and upset norms that may be traditional, but are unfair or out of integrity with what the society needs.

The parent with the 4/3/7 Soul Purpose will focus on how to help the child use wisdom and creativity to bring change.  Both this parent and the child share 3 and 7 as numbers.  The parent with the 9/8/8 Soul Purpose will give the child worldly vision and encourage him or her to “think big” and find the greatest examples of injustice that he or she could help change.  In a problematic way, the child could consider the parents the ones that need disrupting because they are examples of the problem, not the solution.

About Author

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).