The interpretations of Numerology is dependent upon the perceptions of the Numerologist. The word Numerology itself equals the master number 55/1, the number of new thought forms. Therefore, Numerology will always remain in some aspect or another a specialized science, mostly in the interpretation of the aspects themselves.
Despite this, the following calculations and procedures are considered standard practice in Numerology. This is done with the assumption that the meanings of the basic numbers are already known.
However, I plan on addressing the meanings and aspects of the single digit numbers in a later post.
The Life Path determines the path one must walk in life. It’s one one thing to keep in mind as we go about our daily experiences.
The Life Path is calculated using two different methods.
The first is by reducing all aspects of the birth date (minus any master numbers such as 11 or 22) to a single digit, which is adding any compound digits together i.e. 52 = 5+2 = 7.
For Example, let’s take May 18, 1968 as an example. Breaking this date down…
5 – 9 – 6 are the single digits, which are then added together to equal 20/2.
The Second method is to simply add all of the numerical digits together, then reducing the final result to a single digit. Taking May 18, 1968 again as an example…
5+1+8+1+9+6+8=38/11. 38 reduces to the 11/2 master number and is not reduced further.
See the difference? One reduces to a very sensitive number and the other reduces to a very charged master number. Unfortunately, Numerologists cannot seem to make up any sort of consensus on which system to use. They follow their own beliefs depending upon the accuracy they see in life circumstances. It is probably best to leave the reader this decision as well.
The Destiny/Expression/Full Name Number represents the main lessons we are to learn throughout life. This is found by using the translation of letters to numbers found below:
- A J S
- B K T
- C L U
- D M V
- E N W
- F O X
- G P Y
- H Q Z
- I R
All the letters on the first line equal 1, the letters on the second line equal 2, etc.
Here, let’s make up an imaginary person. I’ll call him Stephen Timothy Bergermeister. Each name within the full name is calculated seperately, then added up to one final result before being reduced to a single digit. So here…
Stephen=33/6 Timothy=38/11 Bergermeister=72/9
Stephen’s Destiny is a 143/8. He will have to learn all the lessons of power, money, management and good judgement.
The soul number represents the inner most desires of the individual and defines who we really are. This is calculated by taking the vowels from your name, adding them together, then reducing to a single digit.
Is Y a vowel? This is one of the biggest questions in Numerology. Traditionally, Y is only a vowel if it is the only vowel in a syllable. So in names like Cathy and Betty, the Y is most definitely a vowel. However, names like Roy have the Y act as a consonant because the Y shares the syllable with another vowel.
Some Numerologists follow this rule, others say that Y is always a vowel, and yet others say Y is never a vowel. A few advise to create profiles with both aspects and this is what I also advise, so that you can choose which profile is more accurate to your own self.
So, since Stephen has a Y in his middle name of Timothy, I will create two seperate calculations, one where the Y is counted as a vowel, and one where it is not.
ee=10/1 ioy=22/4 eeeie=29/11
Under this profile, Stephen’s soul is a 61/7. His deepest desires pertain to uncovering the secrets of the universe and trying to understand his inner self. He will most likely have urges to spend time alone.
Under the second calculation…
ee=10/1 io=15/6 eeeie=29/11
Here, his soul number is a 54/9. He will have inner urges to know the world and its people, not to mention an inner compassion for people that knows no bounds.
Which one is more accurate? I leave that to the reader.
The Personalty or Hidden Self number represents how you present yourself to others, as well as your material world desires. This is calculated adding all of the consonants of the name to a single number then reducing to a single digit.
Since we are creating two separate profiles due to Stephen having a Y in his name, both will be presented here like in the previous section.
stphn=23/5 tmth=16/7 brgrmstr=43/7
Stephen’s personality here is an 82/1. He will appear to be a leader, forceful and demanding in life.
And with the Y has a consonant…
stphn=23/5 tmthy=23/5 brgrmstr=43/7
Here, his personality is an 89/8. He will appear to have it all together and may look like a manipulating individual. He will look intelligent in the world of finance and/or business.
The Maturity or Power number traditionally represents the goal that individuals look and work for, usually past the age of 35. To calculate this number, simply add the Life Path number to the Destiny number.
20/2 + 143/8 = 163/1
38/11 + 143/8 = 181/1
This shows that Stephen’s later goal in life is to become independent, to be a leader in whatever field he chooses.
There is another interpretation of this number that was first thought of by Richard Andrew King. He equates the Maturity number as the “Performance” of the individual, or the energies that are expressed into the world. His formula is the Actor (Destiny) reading a script (Life Path) and giving a performance (Maturity). I mention this here because at least to me, this is a very interesting perspective of these three numbers. It’s definitely something to keep in mind.
That is the most basic numerology profile. There are of course other aspects to Numerology, such as Pinnacles and Challenges, the Birth Day number and more advanced techniques like the Essence chart. These may be addressed later.