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|
|1||1||2||To partner and be individual|
|1||2||3||To create with the help of others|
|1||3||4||To build with creativity|
|1||4||5||To explore for a living|
|1||5||6||To serve by exploring|
|1||6||7||To understand through service|
|1||7||8||To lead spiritually|
|1||8||9||To share as a leader|
|1||9||(10) 1||To assert by sharing|
|2||1||3||To create by helping others|
|2||2||4||To build through partnerships|
|2||3||5||To explore through creativity with others|
|2||4||6||To serve by building with others|
|2||5||7||To understand through exploration with others|
|2||6||8||To lead through service with others|
|2||7||9||To share spiritually with others|
|2||8||(10) 1||To assert through power with others|
|2||9||11/2||To stand out by sharing with others|
|3||1||4||To build individually as an artist|
|3||2||5||To explore through partners your creativity|
|3||3||6||To serve through creativity and entertainment|
|3||4||7||To understand by building creatively|
|3||5||8||To lead by disrupting creatively|
|3||6||9||To share through service creatively|
|3||7||(10) 1||To assert spiritually with creativity|
|3||8||11/2||To stand out through the power of creativity|
|3||9||(12) 3||To create and share your vision|
|4||1||5||To explore on your own and build something|
|4||2||6||To serve with partners to build something|
|4||3||7||To understand by creating something that lasts|
|4||4||8||To lead by establishing a legacy|
|4||5||9||To share by disrupting the old for the new|
|4||6||(10) 1||To assert through service that builds something|
|4||7||11/2||To stand out spiritually to build something|
|4||8||(12) 3||To create through leading to build something|
|4||9||(13) 4||To build by sharing what the world needs|
|5||1||6||To serve individually as a change agent|
|5||2||7||To understand with partners to bring change|
|5||3||8||To lead creatively to bring change|
|5||4||9||To share by building things out of disruption|
|5||5||(10) 1||To assert change as a change agent|
|5||6||11/2||To stand out through service in chaos|
|5||7||(12) 3||To create spiritually as a disruptor|
|5||8||(13) 4||To build as the leader of revolution|
|5||9||(14) 5||To explore by sharing your discoveries|
|6||1||7||To understand uniquely to teach others|
|6||2||8||To lead with partners in service|
|6||3||9||To share creatively as a service to others|
|6||4||(10) 1||To assert support through service|
|6||5||11/2||To stand out disruptively to teach others|
|6||6||(12) 3||To create a service and teach others|
|6||7||(13) 4||To build spiritually what others need to learn|
|6||8||(14) 5||To explore as a leader through service|
|6||9||(15) 6||To serve as the conscience for those in need|
|7||1||8||To lead individually as a spiritual master|
|7||2||9||To share through partnership spiritual wisdom|
|7||3||(10) 1||To assert creatively in a spiritual way|
|7||4||11/2||To stand out by building a spiritual message|
|7||5||(12) 3||To create disruptively with spiritual truth|
|7||6||(13) 4||To build a spiritual service or teaching for others|
|7||7||(14) 5||To explore spirituality thoroughly (monk/nun)|
|7||8||(15) 6||To serve as a spiritual leader powerfully|
|7||9||(16) 7||To understand the spiritual matrix of all life|
|8||1||9||To share an individual vision through power|
|8||2||(10) 1||To assert with a partner your power|
|8||3||11/2||To stand out as a creative leader|
|8||4||(12) 3||To create a foundation through personal power|
|8||5||(13) 4||To build the new from the old as a leader|
|8||6||(14) 5||To explore your power through service|
|8||7||(15) 6||To serve as a powerful spiritual leader|
|8||8||(16) 7||To understand the power of power|
|8||9||(17) 8||To lead by sharing power|
|9||1||(10) 1||To assert your individuality by sharing|
|9||2||11/2||To stand out in partnership seeking wisdom|
|9||3||(12) 3||To create through art the understanding of life|
|9||4||(13) 4||To build worldly example of sharing|
|9||5||(14) 5||To explore where chaos needs order|
|9||6||(15) 6||To serve by teaching compassion for the world|
|9||7||(16) 7||To understand spiritually “oneness”|
|9||8||(17) 8||To lead with the power of love|
|9||9||(18) 9||To 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.
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).