One of the most frequent questions newcomers to numerology ask is “what are my main numerology numbers and what do they mean?”
Determining your key calculated numerology values provides the foundation to analyze your life path, personality traits, relationships, and more based on numerical meanings.
This beginner’s guide will walk through decoding your core numbers step-by-step.
Part 1 – Translating Letters to Numbers
The first step is using a numerology alphabet chart to convert the letters in your name and birthdate into numbers. The most common chart used is:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
So the name “Mark” becomes:
M = 4 A = 1 R = 9 K = 2
And a birthdate of October 24, 1981 translates to:
October = 10th month = 1 24 = 2 + 4 = 6 1981 = 1 + 9 + 8 + 1 = 19 => 1 + 9 = 10 => 1 + 0 = 1
Part 2 – Core Numbers from Your Name
Once name letters convert to numbers, core values revealing personality can be derived:
This pivotal number comes from adding up all the letters in your full name given at birth. It indicates life purpose.
Calculate: Add all name letters, reduce to single digit
Example name: MARK JOHNSON M = 4 A = 1 R = 9 K = 2 J = 1 O = 6 H = 8 N = 5 S = 1 O = 6 N = 5
4 + 1 + 9 + 2 + 1 + 6 + 8 + 5 + 1 + 6 + 5 = 48 => 4 + 8 = 12 => 1 + 2 = 3
Life Path Number
Offering life path insights, this comes from the consonants in your full birth name.
Calculate: Add consonants in name, reduce to single digit
Example name: MARK JOHNSON M = 4 R = 9 K = 2 J = 1 N = 5 S = 1 N = 5
4 + 9 + 2 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 5 = 27 => 2 + 7 = 9
There are also Expression, Soul Urge and other name numbers.
Part 3 – Core Numbers from Your Birthdate
Aside from name calculations, your date of birth provides crucial numerology values:
Life Path Number
Considered the most significant overall number, it comes just from your birth date.
Calculate: Add day + month + year, reduce to single digit
Example birthdate: October 24, 1981
1 (October) + 6 (day) + 1 (year 1981) = 8 Life Path Number is 8
Birth Day Number
Comes just from day born, has associated meanings.
Calculate: Use single digit for day born
Example birthdate: October 24 Birth Day Number is 2 + 4 = 6
Part 4 – Interpreting Your Numbers
Once calculated, how do you interpret your numbers’ significance?
- Research standard meanings – i.e. 3 is creative, 9 completion, 6 family, etc.
- Look for descriptions matching your personality, life events and timing.
- Notice illuminating patterns and synchronicities related to your numbers.
- Synthesize different techniques into an integrated life picture.
- Maintain perspective – consider numbers an introduction, not definitive prophecy.
With an open and discerning mindset, your numbers provide signposts to guide your journey of self-discovery.
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