Numerology – A Complete Beginners Guide To Numbers!


Numerology’s fundamental belief is that the universe is a system which can be broken down to its most basic elements – numbers. It believes that numbers are a universal language which we can learn to interpret.

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It is used as a form of divination which studies numbers as connections to personality traits of individuals, their destinies as well as circumstances and events in their lives.

There are a total of 11 number vibrations, that is, 1 through 9, 11 and 22. Each of these are associated with specific characteristics and can be used to understand individuals or predict outcomes in their lives.

Numerology is no doubt a complex topic. However, basic understanding can be achieved by;

Understanding each of the 11 number vibrations. Learning this enables you to interpret how each vibration affects us. Make a point to learn each of these numbers as though they were a group of your friends. Each with unique personality traits, quirks, strengths and shortcomings.

These traits come about as a result of the numbers’ inherent vibration.

Mastery of the basic arithmetic involved. This requires you to add numbers together. If you are not great at mental math, there is no shame in grabbing the nearest calculator.

According to numerologists, there is no such thing as a coincidence. Nothing ever just happens. Everything happens because of numbers.

History of Numerology

Numerological ideas have been used for centuries despite the fact that the word ‘numerology’ was not recognized as an English word until 1907. Some of the earliest records of the study were seen in ancient civilizations in Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome, China and Japan.

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It is Greek philosopher Pythagoras who is known as the father of numerology. There is not much recorded about the life of Pythagoras but we know he was a renowned mathematician, physicist and musician. He was well known for his fascination for numbers from an early age.

His claim was that the world is built on the power of numbers. He believed that absolutely everything can be translated into numerical form. His numerology takes into account both numbers and the alphabet. Each letter in the alphabet is assigned a specific number between 1 and 9.

Key Numerology Numbers

A numerology chart or numerology portrait is a personalized chart which reveals a person’s strengths, weaknesses and possible future. No two individuals can have identical information on their numerology chart.

Your numerology chart is your personalized guide to life… like a mystic cheat-sheet to help you pass the tests of life.

There are 4 key categories of numerology numbers, all of which form individualized information on your numerology chart. Each of them require specific calculation using either your birth date or your full name.

These are Your;

  • Life path number
  • Destiny number
  • Soul number
  • Personality number

Let’s look at each of them in more detail…

Life Path Number

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Your life path number is perhaps the most important part of your numerology chart. It tells you a lot about the path your life is supposed to take. The life path number  is reflective of who you are including your personality traits. It also gives you clues in regards to the opportunities you may get in the course of your life as well as challenges you may encounter along your path.

How to calculate your life path number:

All you need is your birth date and simple arithmetic skills. It is calculated by adding the digits of your full birth date. If the result is a double digit number, the digits are added together again until you end up with a single digit or 11 or 22.

For instance if your birth date is November 21st 1992 (11/ 21/1992). Here is how to calculate your life path number.

November …………………. 11 (11th month of the year)

21st (2+1=3)…………………   3

1991 (1+9+9+2 = 21)…… 21

Add 11+3+21 = 35

Then add 3 +5 = 8

This means your life path number is 8.

Destiny Number

Destiny numbers, also known as expression numbers reveal your abilities, personal goals and desires. It helps you draw a picture of who you are and what your existence in the universe is about.

Quite often destiny numbers make people aware of inherent traits they were not conscious about.

How to calculate your expression number

It is done using your full birth name, including any middle names. All the letters in these names are converted into numbers using the Pythagorean numerology chart. In this chart, each letter of the alphabet correlates with a specific single digit number. The total sum of the letters is then broken down into a single digit. Only master numbers 11 and 22 are not reduced to a single digit.

Pythagorean numerology chart

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

From this you can see that letters A, J and S correlate to number 1. Letters B, K and T correlate to number 2. Letters C, L and U correlate to number 3 and so on.

Add up the numbers of your first name until they are reduced to a single digit. Do the same with your second and last name. When you have a single digit number for each name, add all these until they are reduced to a single digit.

Let’s suppose your name is Amy Parker. Here is how to break it down.

A  M   Y

1+4+7 = 12

P  A   R   K   E   R

7+1 + =9 +2 + 5 + 9 =33

This gives you 12 + 33 = 45

Further reduce this to 4+5 = 9

Amy Parker’s destiny number is 9.

Soul Number

Soul Number
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The soul number can also be referred to as the soul urge number or the heart’s desire number. It sheds light on your inner self. It reveals your desires, motivations, likes and dislikes and needs.

With this information, you can better understand what your true intentions were when you made certain decisions. It helps you understand yourself better. If you are looking at another person’s soul number, it helps you understand why they are as they are.

How to calculate your soul number

Like your destiny number, your soul number is calculated using your full names and the Pythagorean numerology chart described above. The difference is that in the soul number, you add up the numbers correlating to vowels (A, E, I, O and U and sometimes Y) in your full name.

Sticking with the same name – Amy Parker, let’s see what her soul number is.

AMY – vowel taken is A

PARKER – vowels taken are A and E.

Letter A in Amy correlates with number 1. Letter A in Parker correlates with number 1 and letter E with number 5. These 3 numbers add up to 7.

We can conclude that Amy Parker’s soul number is 7.

Personality Number

Your personality can be defines as all the characteristics and traits you display to the world in everyday living. What is interesting in this context is a recognition that personality is a side of yourself which you allow others to see. It may be different from the true you. Some people deliberately and consciously display a different persona from their true self while others do it subconsciously.

Whether it is different or not, it is quite enlightening to learn what other people see in you.

How to calculate your personality number

Like the soul number, the personality is calculated using your full name. In this case, we use only the consonants in a name to add up the correlating numbers. These are then added up to come up with a single digit number.

What is Amy Parker’s personality number?

AMY – consonants are M and Y which correlate with numbers 4 and 7 respectively. Add these up to get 11.

PARKER – the consonants are P, R, K and R. These give you numbers 7, 9, 2 and 9. Sum these to get 27. Then add up 11 and 27 to get 38. Reduce this further by adding 3 and 8 to get 11.

We shall not reduce this one further because 11 is a master number.

Interpreting Numerology Numbers

Now that you have calculated your numerology numbers for the four key categories, what does it mean? What can you learn about yourself?

The numbers you get for your life path, destiny, soul and personality tell you the energies attached to those numbers influence that aspect of your life.

It is important to note that there are 2 types of numbers- cardinal numbers and master numbers. Cardinal numbers are 1 through 9 and master numbers are 11 and 22. Master numbers have stronger energies and are considered the highest numbers in numerology.

Here is a guide on energies and meanings to derive from cardinal numbers.

Numerology No. 1

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If there is a 1 in any of the four categories, you will exhibit traits of number 1’s. Life path number 1 carries strong masculine energy. People with number 1 traits have strong leadership qualities, are self-driven, independent and creative.

On the downside, these people can be highly critical of others and very demanding. On the inside they sometimes struggle with feelings of self-doubt.

Number 1 traits:

  • Strong willed
  • Passionate
  • Independent
  • Visionary
  • Perfectionist

Number 1’s make great entrepreneurs, CEOs, managers and inventors.

Numerology no. 2

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Number 2 is linked to harmony, sensitivity and balance. It exudes feminine energy meaning that number 2 people are often highly attuned to other people’s emotions. They are also very persuasive and influential.

Their weakness is that they can be overly sensitive and sometimes dramatic.  Although it is said to exude feminine energy, it doesn’t mean that only women can be number 2’s. Some men have calm, nurturing spirits.

In terms of career, number 2’s make good caregivers, therapists, negotiators and diplomats.

Number 2 traits

  • Intuitive
  • Deep thinkers
  • Trustworthy
  • Social

Numerology no. 3

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Number 3s appear to exhibit traits of both number and 2. They are lively, social people who will often be the life of the party at social gatherings. They see the glass as half full rather than half empty.

Number 3’s don’t do well with strict rules and regulations and often appreciate flexible work hours or ability to set their own rules. Their weakness is a lack of self-discipline and can sometimes get moody.

Number 3 traits

  • Fun loving
  • Extroverted
  • Charming
  • Talkative

Numerology no.4

Number 4’s are quite the opposite of number 3’s when it comes to rules. Number 4’s tend to see the world as absolutes, as black or white. This is why they thrive under strict authority or rules and regulations.

4’s are responsible, hardworking and practical. Their minds focus strongly on creating logical systems which support growth and achievement of goals. They are solid in their ways but this can develop into excessive rigidity. 4’s weakness is that they struggle to let loose or think outside the box.

Professionally, number 4’s thrive in the sciences such as scientists. They also do well in roles where they uphold laws such as in government or in the military.

Number 4 traits

  • Organized
  • Disciplined
  • Systematic
  • Keen on details
  • Dependable and loyal

Numerology no. 5

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People with number 5 traits are free-spirited and adventurous. They can be described as impulsive and playful. Number 5’s  are not quick to judge others and are generally very friendly. They love spontaneity and rarely shy away from a challenge. Number 5’s want to experience the world by engaging their 5 senses…to the full.

They thrive in careers where they get to socialize and interact often. These could be sales, marketing, hospitality or any area where they get to engage others.

Number 5’s weakness is that they easily get restless and impatient. Mainly because they enjoy discovery and novelty. They struggle with every-day responsibilities and commitments.

Number 5 traits

  • Non-judgmental
  • Free spirited
  • Fun and Adventurous
  • Can be restless

Numerology number 6

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Number 6’s have nurturing spirits. They are supportive and empathetic. 6’s are strong problem solvers in both physical and emotional realms. They have a strong but gentle approach and a high sense of responsibility. Other traits are a deep love for family and friends and even lovers.

Have you ever wondered why some people are better at communicating and connecting with children? Number 6 is linked to this special trait. They have a soft tenderness which children feel safe to be around.

Number 6’s weakness lies in the fact that not everything and everyone needs to be parented. They can come off as controlling and domineering.

Number 6’s make good counselors, teachers, therapists, nurses or doctors. Stay-at-home parents are an ideal for number 6’s.

Number 6 traits

  • Kind
  • Supportive
  • Good listener
  • Peaceful
  • Nurturing

Numerology number 7

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7s are known as the detectives of numerology because of their investigative skills and ability to analyze just about anything. They are introverted deep thinkers with a keen eye for detail. They couldn’t care less about what other people think of them. Their drive comes more from inner wisdom than tangible truths and realities.

Their weaknesses that they tend to be perfectionists, finding flaws in every system they come across. Number 7 traits do well in careers involving science or academia. Those in science tend to gravitate towards solitary research because of their introverted nature.

Number 7 traits

  • Critical thinkers
  • Analytical
  • Introverted
  • Problem solver

Numerology number 8

In the world of numbers, number 8 is linked to material wealth and all the trappings of financial abundance.

Number 8’s are go-getters out to succeed, willing to do anything it takes to achieve their goals. Their ambitious, goal- oriented nature makes them fit into leadership positions without a struggle. They are fulfilled by money and luxury. They often become workaholics.

Their weakness is that their intense enthusiasm can make them come off as blunt and uncaring of others. When in leadership positions, the may have unrealistically high expectations of subordinates.

Number 8 traits

  • Self-driven
  • Ambitious
  • Hard working
  • Risk taker

Numerology number 9

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We all know of personalities who went above and beyond to fight for the rights of a downtrodden person or people. These are number 9’s. They are rallying to fight global warming one day and agitating for women’s’ rights the next. They are deeply passionate about what they do.

Professionally, number 9‘s would thrive in areas of civil society, activism or law. The downside about 9s is that they often seem unapproachable because of their fierce sense of right and wrong.

Number 9 traits

  • Fighter for justice
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Loyal

Master Numbers

The concept of master numbers is one of the least understood ideas in numerology. There are 2 main master numbers that is 1 and 22. Number 33 is also considered a master number.

They are called as such because experts believe these numbers are powerful and have added potential. This added potential comes from the pairing of the same digit.

However, 44, 55, 66, 77, and so on are not considered master number despite having 2 repeated digits. Only repetition of 1, 2 and 3 are considered because they create a triangle of enlightenment.

Numbers with repeated digits are known as power numbers. They do have more influence than single numbers but not quite the same as master numbers.

Master number 11

Number 11’s are unique individuals. They draw energy from number 1 and 2 only that it comes with greater intensity and magnification. Master number 11 are exceptionally insightful though this has the capacity to make them introverted.

They sometimes struggle to achieve balance because of their love for solitude and deep insights. Professionally, number 11s do well in creative fields. They cannot stand boredom or jobs which require mindless tasks day after day.

Master number 11 traits

  • Introverted
  • Free-thinker
  • Spiritual and inspiring
  • Empathic

Master number 22

Number 22 is the highest and strongest numerology number. 22s are often trying to help humanity in one way or another. They have a deep sense of the higher self. They generally radiate energy which rubs off on the people around them. That is how some individuals find others forming crowds just to listen to them.

On the positive side, they are selfless and grounded. Their weakness is that 22s have a tendency to pay so much attention to others that they forget basic self-care practices.

Number 22 traits

  • Selfless
  • Peaceful
  • Visionary
  • Inspiring

Benefits of Numerology

With all this information about numerology, you may be wondering what use it is to your every day life. This is a common question posed by scholars of numerology. These are some ways in which understanding this study could be beneficial to you.

It is a self-help tool. Understanding your numerology reading gives you a much deeper understanding of who you are. It helps you understand why you are drawn to the people you are and why they are drawn to you. Sometimes you make decisions and can’t explain why. Numerology helps you understand why you are as you are.

Numerology gives you a whole new perspective on yourself. When it comes to relationships, it helps you figure out what value you add to a relationship.

You can use numerology to gain insights on your partner. Understanding them better, along with a better understanding of yourself is a great recipe for a long lasting, happy relationship.

Final Thought

If you are like many people who are still trying to figure out who they are and what their purpose is, numerology will guide you down the right path.

It may seem difficult initially, but all you need is calculator a and a few minutes to jot the numbers down. Take the challenge to create your personalized numerology chart and see if what you come up with is in line with your life so far.

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