Numerology is based in the idea that numbers are significant and hold meaning. Much like astrology, understanding the numbers behind our birthdays and names can offer a deeper insight into what makes us unique.
Using numerology in your daily life can help you to:
- Understand your personal strengths and weaknesses
- Set clear goals for yourself
- Confidently face challenges in your life
- Make the most of your relationships
- Find signs and affirmations around you everyday
The study of numerology can be very complex, but using numerology to bring guidance and clarity to your life doesn’t have to be as complicated. In this article, I’ll show you a few simple ways to use numerology to get the most out of life.
Have you ever wondered what your life’s journey is meant to be, or how you appear to others? Numerology can be used to discover aspects of yourself that you might not fully understand yet. By connecting to the numbers that resonate with you, numerology can guide you into a deeper journey of self-realization.
To start this journey, let’s begin with the basics by looking at what the numbers can mean and how they relate to you.
In numerology, each number has distinct characteristics. As you learn more about your numbers, discovering the meaning behind each number in your chart will reveal different aspects of your personality and destiny.
To help you start your journey into numerology, here are a few traits associated with each number.
Each number will express their traits in different parts of your numerology chart, working together to create a complete portrait of your individual personality.
While the traits might feel too general, they will have different expressions depending on which part of your chart they are in. For example, you might not feel like you are a typical 4 because you also have a need for flexibility and adventure, like a 5. This could be from the influence of 5 in another part of your chart, working with your 4.
It’s important to view each number in numerology as colors in a painting. They each work together, complimenting and contrasting each other to create something beautiful. Just as there are endless combinations of colors, there are countless ways that numbers combine to shape each unique personality.
In numerology, there are a few numbers that make up the pillars of our personalities. These numbers are referred to as core numbers. By researching these numbers, you can learn more about yourself and how your personality can influence the world around you.
We’ll explore three core numbers:
- Life Path Number – Insight into your personal challenges
- Personality Number – Look at how others relate to you
- Soul’s Urge Number – Realize your inner motivations
Knowing these three numbers will give you a solid start to understanding yourself through numerology, while still leaving room for further exploration into the world of numerology.
This number is the keystone in numerology. Your life path number can be thought of as the map to your journey in this lifetime, offering a look into your inner character and the challenges you may face along the way.
While some numbers are calculated using your name and may be changed later, your life path is calculated using your birthdate, and will always remain the same. Therefore, it’s a good place to start and return to when you need a little guidance.
Your life path number is at the core of who you are and what you are meant to learn in this life. Finding your life path number will help you understand how to make the most of the intrinsic strengths and weaknesses you possess in this life.
To quickly calculate your life path number, write down your birthday numerically. As an example, let’s say your birthday was October 26, 2001, or 10/26/2001.
The first step is to add your month, day, and year together in groups until you have three separate numbers, like so:
10 = 1 + 0 = 1 | 26 = 2 + 6 = 8 | 2001 = 2 + 0 + 0 + 1 = 3
Now, add your three numbers together:
1 + 8 + 3 = 12
To reduce 12 down to a single number, add these numbers together:
1 + 2 = 3
In this case, your life path number would be 3.
Once you have your life path number calculated, you’ll be prepared to start your deep dive into numerology.
When researching your life path number, takes notes on what stands out for you. Ask yourself a few questions while reading:
- What strengths do I have?
- How can I make the most of my strengths?
- What challenges could prevent me from reaching my potential?
- How do my inner challenges influence my difficulties in life?
For a three, your notes might point out a great inner creativity that can be brought out through a focused work ethic. Your notes will give you an idea of where you can shine in life, and what you need to work on to get there. Honestly, understanding the good and bad parts of yourself is the first step in making the most of your one and only life.
Having your notes written out will also be a handy resource when difficulties arise. Remembering your inner challenges can help you to bring any problem area into perspective, letting you confidently set a plan to confront any issues.
The struggle to be seen and understood as unique individuals can be difficult. If knowing your life path number is the key to understanding your inner journey, knowing your personality number is the key to understanding your outer self. Your personality number will help you to better understand how others see you.
To find your personality number, a bit of math is involved. You’ll need to add together the values for each consonant in your full name together, using the chart below.
As an example, let’s use the name John Joe Smith.
The consonants in his name are J, H, N, J, S, M, T, H. Writing out these letters numerically would give us:
J + H + N + J + S + M + T + H
1 + 8 + 5 + 1 + 1 + 4 + 2 + 8 = 30
To get 30 to a single digit, add 3 + 0 together to get to 3.
When researching more about your personality number, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does my outer expression line up with how I see myself on the inside?
- How can I make my outer expression an asset for me?
Learning more about your personality number can be used as a tool to balance your inner and outer expressions, helping you to be better understood by those around you. If you feel misunderstood, reflect on how your outer expression is different from how you perceive yourself.
Knowing your personality number can also give you a new perspective on the role you likely fall into with those around you. It can help give you clarity as to why you usually end up as the leader in a group setting, or which aspects of your personality makes people gravitate towards you.
Finding your personality number will also give you insight into the kind of environment you would thrive in, where your personality and skills would flourish. Consider how the traits expressed in your personality number could be applied to your career or relationships.
Your soul’s urge number can also be known as the heart’s desire. It encompasses your inner soul, those parts of you that are important and sacred.
The soul’s urge is behind what matters to you in life. It can be found in what you strive for, what motivates you, and what lights a fire in you. In short, your inner wants and needs.
Understanding your soul’s urge number will bring clarity to your actions and desires, guiding you towards what is most authentic and true for you.
Calculating your soul’s urge number uses the same process outlined in the personality number section but will only use the vowels.
For our example John Joe Smith, there are three vowels (O, O, and I), which means there will be a simple three number addition:
6 + 6 + 9 = 21
2 + 1 = 3
John Joe Smith has a soul’s urge number of 3.
As before, keep a few questions in mind as you learn more about your soul’s urge number:
- What am I seeking in life?
- Are the decisions I make in my life working to reach my inner needs?
- How can I balance my needs and wants?
Understanding your soul’s urge number will unlock the innermost desires that motivate your decisions and reactions. Your soul’s urge is what you most need to feel fulfilled and safe in life.
Knowing what you are subconsciously working toward can offer deep realizations for your life. Often, working toward an unknown need will be a tiring, fruitless endeavor. But if you know what your soul needs, you can clearly set goals for yourself that would make your life more fulfilling.
Numerology, much like astrology, breaks personalities down into broader categories with their own distinct personality traits. While numerology deals in generalities, it can still be a fun way to know more about another person.
If you’re curious about what someone else’s life path is, it’s as easy as knowing their birthdate. Reading about their number can offer a new perspective, or hint at what might be their inner motivation. Numerology can help you to know more about your
- Family member
- Work colleague
Numerology is the framework for our personality, but each person is unique in their experiences and individual paths. Think of numerology as a conversation starter. Try calculating numbers with a friend and talk about the results with them. Ask them a few questions, like:
- Does their number resonate with them?
- What motivates them?
- Do they have goals they are working toward?
- What do they dream of for their future?
Sharing numerology discoveries with a loved one can help you connect with them on a deeper level. This understanding and compassion from these conversations can lead to relationships that are more supportive and enriching.
In life, certain personalities are simply better suited for each other. Because numerology gets to the core of a person, it is often used as a tool to quickly assess compatibility between two personalities.
For finding general compatibility, life path numbers are the most important factor. Say your life path number is a 5, and you’re interested in someone with a life path number of 3. What would the numbers have to say? According to numerology, a 3’s easygoing nature would likely get along well with your adventurous side.
Using numerology to find your match isn’t a perfect science, and won’t tell you whether or not your new partner is your soul mate. However, testing the waters of compatibility with a quick search can help give you an idea of which broad traits in the other person would be most suited for your personality.
Most people are familiar with 11:11 as a lucky time to make a wish. But did you know that this is because 11 holds special meaning in numerology?
Repeating numbers, like 11, 22, and 33, are also known as master numbers in numerology. When you see these numbers repeating throughout the day, it’s a sign to pay attention to the message that you are meant to hear.
Do You See 1’s Everywhere?
1’s signify creation and possibility. Let this repeated number serve as a reminder that what you’re thinking or dreaming for in your world is possible.
Seeing 1’s can also serve as a sign to be open to the moment. What is happening around you in this moment that inspires you?
Are You Seeing Doubles of 2’s?
The number 2 is all about balance and connection. When you see 2’s around you, it could mean that a relationship in your life needs your attention.
If it is an outer relationship, try to have an honest talk with the other person. If it is your relationship with yourself, take some time to listen to your intuition.
Are 3’s Repeating?
3 is a very spiritual number in numerology. It can also be known as the “holy trinity” number, representing mind, body, and soul.
Seeing 3’s could be interpreted as an affirming sign from your higher power in that moment. If you see 3’s in a moment of happiness, consider it a sign that what you’re doing and feeling in this moment is exactly right for you.
Alternatively, seeing a 3 at a less than optimal moment could mean to check in on yourself. Remember to take care of the three vital parts of your being:
Do You See 4’s More?
4’s can represent stability and focus. If you’re seeing 4’s, it could be a nudge to keep working hard at your current task or overall goal.
Alternatively, this number can serve as a call to tend to what brings stability to your life. Typically, there are three main areas in life where we find stability:
Seeing a 4 could be a sign that one of these areas needs your attention and care.
Finding 5’s All the Time?
The number 5 is a sign that change is on its way. If you’re seeing 5’s repeatedly, you might already sense that a change is coming soon.
Wherever the change is meant to happen, trust that it will be for the best.
The beauty in numerology is that it presents an opportunity to examine the details of our lives. What you are experiencing in each moment is a part of your life path, what you are feeling is led by your soul’s urge, and how you express yourself around others can be revealed through the study of numerology.
When we understand ourselves deeply, we are less likely to doubt our decisions or bow to influence. We can trust ourselves to know what we need in this life. Numerology can help us in this effort to know ourselves and live the best life we can.
Numerology will not have all of the answers to your daily struggles. Instead, numerology can be used as one of many tools in your arsenal to help you gain self-understanding and confidence in your own personal journey.