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Numerology Guide: Learn about Numbers and Their Meanings

What is Numerology?

Most people would be surprised to know that numerology is considered by many to be a science. It was first utilized in ancient Egypt and was believed to be made mainstream by Pythagoras the great mathematician.

Numerology has found modern-day applications in the military and human resources. It is commonly known that certain numbers are more agreeable to working in teams and other numbers prefer to work by themselves. Very few people are aware of the degree to which names and numbers influence everything we do. Look around you, almost everything is named and/or numbered. We really live in an orderly mathematical world; we just overlook it because it’s become second nature.

Numerology is based on the idea that everything has a vibrational frequency and decoding this frequency can reveal answers to tough questions. All beings and objects vibrate at different frequencies. Every frequency rate matches a number on a numerology chart. To define numerology in its simplest terms, you look at the qualities and energies associated with an object’s number in order to understand its characteristics, personality traits, and potential outcomes.

How Does Numerology Work?

There are many numbers in our daily life, for instance, there are 365 days in a year, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 28-31 days in a month, and so on. We also have identifying numbers such as social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, tax identification numbers, school identification numbers, employee numbers, etc. Then there are vehicle registration numbers, address numbers, banking and credit card numbers, and your favorite Psychic Source advisor extensions... the list is quite long when you stop to think about them all! But this list of numbers in our lives creates some of the most important energies that affect us and how we live.

Numerology begins with a numerical calculation based on letters and numbers. For every letter of the alphabet, there is a corresponding number. These numbers can be added up and simplified down to a single digit to provide the story of who you are. Numerology calculations always reduce numbers to single digits; for example, 16 would be reduced by adding 1 + 6 to make 7. All numbers, no matter how long, can be added up and reduced down to a single digit between 1 and 9, except for the master numbers 11, 22, and 33, which have special meanings. Each numerology number has a unique meaning, with nuances dictated by the type of analysis.

What Can a Numerology Reading Tell You?

Numerology can provide you with a blueprint that helps you to see where you're going and where you have been. When you get a reading, it's important to understand that while numerology number meanings reveal many things about your personality and paths that your life might take, you always have free will to make life choices. Use the information that you learn about yourself in your numerology reading to help you work through questions, make career decisions, choose a romantic partner, better understand your relationships, and learn how to pursue your life goals.

There are several types of numerology readings. A numerology life path number reading provides a blueprint of the opportunities and challenges available to you including your skills, talents, and personality traits. There are other types of numerology meanings that can be discerned based on your name and birthdate, including a numerology soul number, a numerology destiny number, and a numerology karmic number. Other calculations, such as your attitude number and power name number, layer in more information about how you interact with others and with whom you’re most compatible.

Numerology Types and Origins

The three types of numerology are Chaldean, Pythagorean, and Kabbalah numerology. They originate in different time periods and from different civilizations, but ancient scholars and mystics agreed that numbers have vibrational power and meaning. Let's take a look.

Chaldean Numerology

The most ancient form of numerology, the Chaldean system has its roots in ancient Babylon. Instead of logically linking letters to numbers as the other systems do, Chaldean numerology assigns numbers based on the vibration of the letter.

To determine your compound Chaldean number, match the letters of the name that you go by and add them together until you reach a double-digit. This number reveals information about the deeper meaning behind your name.

To determine your single Chaldean number, continue to add the digits together until you reach a single digit unless your double-digit is the master number 11. This number reveals information about your physical or outward appearance.

In Chaldean numerology, the date of your birth is also significant. A numerologist can tell you more about the meanings behind these numbers and what they mean for your life path.


Though it’s seen a recent resurgence in popularity thanks to celebrity devotees, Kabbalah numerology has its roots in Jewish mysticism. This system focuses not on physical experience but rather on internal knowledge. Essentially, followers of Kabbalah believe that elevated self-awareness leads to greater knowledge. Staying true to self-awareness, Kabbalah numerology relies on an analysis of your first and middle names.

To determine your Kabbalah number, reference the chart that matches letters with numeric values, and add up the values from the letters in your first and middle name. Divide the total value by nine and add one to the remainder.

The result is your Kabbalah number. Your number may point toward progression, expansion, love, magic, success, or a number of other energies. Though this form of numerology can get much more complicated, most Kabbalah numerologists focus on this set of numbers and their meanings.

Pythagorean Numerology

The theory of numbers that the Greek philosopher Pythagoras developed centuries ago serves as the foundation for numerology as we know it today. What’s unique about his system is that he considered numbers to be symbols instead of digits. He viewed numbers in a cyclical way, linking each with two or more letters of the alphabet.

A Pythagorean number can reveal many things about you, but the destiny number is considered the most significant. To determine your destiny number, match the letters of your first name with the corresponding number and add all of the digits together. Do this until you reach a single digit unless your double-digit number is 11 or 22, one of the master numbers. This is your destiny number and reveals which positive and negative qualities you possess.

We'll be using Pythagorean Numerology calculations throughout this guide.

Basic Numerology Calculations

At this point, you’re probably wondering “What is my numerology number?” In the sections below, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide to calculating each type of numerology meaning. We also encourage you to take advantage of our free online name numerology calculator to quickly determine your life path number, destiny number, personality number, and soul urge number without doing the math. Numbers associated with you represent vibrations associated with you and around you. We think you’ll find that once you understand how easy it is to decode these vibrations, you’ll want to learn numerology and enjoy performing the calculations that answer “What’s my numerology” in various situations.

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Life Path Number

From the day you were born, there is a record of what you will like, what you depend on, and what will challenge you, as make your way in this world. Your talents, abilities, and character are outlined by the numbers of the month, day, and year of your birth. This is called the Life Path or Birth Force Number. It’s the single most important numerology number for you. Your Life Path Number represents which innate skills you were born with to use in creating your life. It will give you accurate insight into your personality, your achievements, and the opportunities, obstacles, and challenges you will face.

How to Calculate Your Life Path Number

It's a quick computation to do. First, write out your birthday. You simply assign numeric values to the month, date, and year you were born, and add them up. If your birthday is January 05, 1972, write "01051972." Next, add all the numbers together. In this example, you would add 0+1+0+5+1+9+7+2, and you would get a total of 25. From here, you need to further simplify your number. Add 2+5 to bring the number down to a single digit. Your life path number is 7. You can then look up its meaning. Most birth path numbers are single digits; however, if your number is 11, 22, or 33. Do not reduce it further. These are considered master numbers and carry a powerful force. Your life path number is the defining number that can direct you to your purpose for being here in this life.

Destiny Number

Your destiny number reveals the talents and potential that are your birthright. It is also known as your Expression Number because it provides clues as to how you will express your thoughts, feelings, and goals as you realize your full potential. Developing these talents will help you fulfill your deepest purpose in this lifetime.

How to Calculate Your Destiny Number

Write your full name exactly as it was given to you at birth on a piece of paper and refer to the chart below to note the corresponding number above each letter. To find your Destiny Number, calculate the root number of your full name by reducing each name (first, middle, last) to a single digit. Then add the total and reduce it to two digits, or 11, 22, or 33.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
S T U V W X Y Z  

Soul Number

Your soul number, also called your spiritual number, determines who you are on a spiritual level based on the vowels in the full name you were given at birth. It defines what or whom you value most and describes your inner desires or inner aspects of your life.

How to Calculate Your Soul Number

Write your name on a piece of paper and refer to the chart above to write the corresponding number above each vowel. Add all the numbers up and reduce them to a single digit or stop if your result is an 11, 22, or 33. Note that most of the time, the letter Y is considered a vowel, unless it makes a consonant sound, as in Yes, Yet, Young, etc.

Karmic Number

Your karmic number will provide insight into your shadow self. It can indicate areas of your past lives where you have some baggage to work out in this lifetime. It’s often hidden in numerological calculations, just like the lessons you need to learn. There are 4 karmic numbers and several ways to determine if karmic lessons are present in your life.

How to Calculate Your Karmic Number

The easiest way to find your karmic number is to look at your date of birth. If the day of the month falls on the numbers 13, 14, 16, or 19, you have a direct hit on a karmic number. The next method is to add your day of birth to your birth month, but this time, reduce it to two digits instead of a single digit. For example, if you were born on December 7, you would add 12+7=19. 19 is a karmic number, as are 13, 14, and 16. A third way is to look at the calculation for your life path number. If the next to last reduction before a single digit was a karmic 13, 14, 16, or 19, your karmic number is hidden within your life path.

  • The karmic number 13 will require discipline, hard work, and perseverance in order to transform and adapt to new circumstances. There may be a karmic debt to repay for slacking in a past life.
  • The karmic number 14 will push you to challenge your limits to find freedom and independence. There may be a karmic debt to pay for controlling others in a past life.
  • The karmic number 16 will challenge you with personal relationships that push you to develop humility as you spiritually evolve. There may be a karmic debt to pay for an over-inflated ego in a past life.
  • The karmic number 19 will present you with opportunities to display courage, inner strength, and service by forming deep connections with others. There may be a karmic debt to repay for selfishness and self-advancement at the expense of others in a past life.

To drill down even further, you can look for karmic lessons you are meant to learn by writing down the numbers in your full birth name and noting which numbers are missing. Just as the letters in your name represent a part of you that is present in this lifetime, the letters missing from your name represent that which is absent.

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What Are the Cardinal Numbers in Numerology?

In numerology, single-digit numbers (1-9) are known as cardinal numbers. There are no good or bad numbers. The very qualities that make a cardinal number vibrate at a high vibration can also work in reverse to lower its vibration.

Cardinal Numbers

Your numerology profile is made up of several cardinal numbers, each lending its unique energy to create your personal vibration. Once you understand the energy of a cardinal number in personal terms, you can begin to extrapolate its meaning when applied to objects or other numerical sequences.

Numerology Number 1

Numerology Number: 1

When numerology number 1 appears in your profile, it conveys the energy of executive leadership and individualism. It can also bring an energy that is overly critical, stubborn, and demanding. If there’s one in your profile, you likely excel at everything you try your hand at but take care not to neglect your relationships and your body in the quest for success.

Read more about the qualities of numerology number 1.

Numerology Number 2

Numerology Number: 2

The numerology of number 2 has a responsive, emotional quality that supports relationships and healing. Number 2’s make excellent mediators, counselors, therapists, teachers, negotiators, and healers; however, number 2 energy can also be highly sensitive, overly dramatic, and emotionally unhealthy.

Read more about the qualities of numerology number 2.

Numerology Number 3

Numerology Number: 3

The energy of 3 is sociable and creative. The life of the party, 3’s make excellent communicators and often excel at careers where they can inspire others. On the negative side, if there’s a 3 in your profile, it may bring an energy that is superficial, scattered, or excessive.

Read more about the qualities of numerology number 3.

Numerology Number 4

Numerology Number: 4

The number 4 speaks of your life purpose to build valuable and long-lasting bonds. The energy of 4 is all about stability, security, hard work, and honest values. 4’s tend to be rule followers who like to be in control of their environment and emotions and can thus get stressed easily.

Read more about the qualities of numerology number 4.

Numerology Number 5

Numerology Number: 5

The numerology of the number 5 is engaging and adventure-seeking. If there’s a 5 influencing your profile, you’re likely to be friendly, non-judgmental, and good in sales, marketing, hospitality, and anything that involves travel. However, 5 energy can lead you to feel trapped and behave in unreliable ways, so you need a lot of freedom to set your own terms and to come and go as you please.

Read more about the qualities of numerology number 5.

Numerology Number 6

Numerology Number: 6

When the numerology number 6 appears in your profile, you feel called to nurture and protect others. Loving and trustworthy, those with a number of six are humanitarians with a drive towards harmonious vibration influencing their lives. Born with a highly responsible attitude, be careful not to enable bad behavior by being over-responsible for others.

Read more about the qualities of numerology number 6.

Numerology Number 7

Numerology Number: 7

Numerology 7 is a sign of introversion and truth-seeking. The energy of 7 can be scientific and rational or introspective and mystic. Sevens often need to be alone and love nature. If there’s a 7 in your profile, you probably don’t care much about what people think and like to work alone. You may need your space and privacy – but be careful not to overuse it to escape from uncomfortable circumstances which require that you stand up for yourself.

Read more about the qualities of numerology number 7.

Numerology Number 8

Numerology Number: 8

Eights are strong, successful, and ambitious people who like to like to organize, supervise and manage. 8 numerology is a high energy, driven and forceful. On the flip side, 8 energy can be tense and materialistic; make certain you balance your drive to succeed at all costs with integrity.

Read more about the qualities of numerology number 8.

Numerology Number 9

Numerology Number: 9

Numerology number 9 conveys a humanitarian spirit expressed in grassroots, down-to-earth ways. If the energy of 9 is activated, you’re drawn to social justice causes and work where you can use your compassion, generosity, and empathy to help people as an activist or philanthropist. Nine numerology meaning makes it hard to ask for help, so take care not to carry the weight of the world on your back.

Read more about the qualities of numerology number 9.

What Are the Master Numbers in Numerology?

In addition to the cardinal numbers, there are three Master Numbers, 11, 22, and 33, which are very powerful and interpreted without being reduced down to a single digit. When they appear in your numerology chart, they hold special significance. Some numerology experts refer to them as "difficult little blessings" to acknowledge the duality of their good and bad attributes. But taken together, they're also considered a trio of enlightenment.

These three Master Numbers indicate that anything worth having is going to take work. There may be obstacles and difficulties ahead, but with the power of 11, 22, and 33 on your side and some patience on your part, you can achieve great things.

Numerology Number 11

Numerology Master Number: 11

The numerology number 11 is considered the most intuitive of all numbers because it connects to your subconscious. To be of any help to you, however, its power has to be connected to a specific goal, whether that's a career project or a concern related to your love life. By tapping into the message that 11 holds for you in psychic readings, you must listen to your inner voice as it tries to guide you to make the most of your personal and spiritual power.

Read more about the qualities of numerology master number 11.

Numerology Number 22

Numerology Master Number: 22

The numerology number 22 has been called the Master Builder because it's the most powerful of all numbers. 22 is the pragmatic doer of the master number triad, which helps turn dreams into reality. There's great potential for success when 22 numerology comes up in readings because it draws upon your intuition as well as your confidence and down-to-earth leadership abilities. The problem is that it also puts a lot of pressure on you to "perform," so the advice from live psychics is often to relax and let your opportunities unfold.

Read more about the qualities of numerology master number 22.

Numerology Number 33

Numerology Master Number: 33

Nicknamed the Master Teacher, the numerology number 33 brings together the attributes of 11 and 22, allowing you to work on projects that go beyond practicality and reach heights that you may have thought were unlikely. The areas of your life in which the number 33 has great influence are your life's path, personal expression, personality and what your heart truly desires.

Read more about the qualities of numerology master number 33.

Get a Numerology Reading

Getting a numerology reading through a psychic chat can help you understand yourself better in many ways. Numerology can be a great tool for navigating relationship compatibility. For example, if you and a partner have opposing numerology profiles, you may have problems that are predictable and therefore can be anticipated and worked through. On the other hand, two people with the same birthdate number will have to work around the same conflicts and personality traits in their lives, which can either strain or strengthen the relationship. A numerologist can flag key areas and then delve deeper and guide you using clairvoyance or another psychic gift.

What about if you change your name perhaps due to marriage, divorce, or professional reasons? Despite why, when you change your name, you also impact your name numerology. Psychic Selene will help you discover the good and bad experiences that may result from your new name. 

Numerology is fun and there’s no limit to how it can be applied. There are also fascinating ways numerology and astrology can be combined to fill in the missing pieces of a story. Understanding the vibration of numbers can further enhance a tarot reading as well. Get a numerology reading for help interpreting the numbers that shape you to help you move forward in your life.

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