To skip directly to the meanings of the basic numbers in numerology, click on
a number in this grid:
In this article:
- How to Calculate the Birth Path Number
- The Name Number
- The Meanings of the Numbers in Numerology
- Master Numbers
- The Personal Year Numbers and their Meanings
Birth Path Number
The birth path number, which suggests your overall path in
life and place in the world, is based on your complete birth date. It is easy to
calculate. Simply add up the digits of your birth data, and keep "reducing"
(explained via the example here) to a single digit.
If your birthday is April 28, 1968, for example, note it
Birth Month is April, which is the 4th month = 4
Birth Day is 28 = 28
Birth Year is 1968 = 1968.
Add up the digits of all of these numbers:
4+2+8+1+9+6+8 = 38
Further "reduce" this number to a single digit by adding its
3+8 = 11
And then further reduce it, if necessary:
1+1 = 2
The final digit, 2, is the Birth Path Number!
Use the birth name--the name given a person at birth--to determine the Name
Number (also known as the Expression Number), which reveals the overall
personality. To calculate the name number, find the number that corresponds to
each letter in the name in the chart below, add the numerals up, and then
"reduce" the final number to a single digit, as you did with the birth path
Name given at birth: Mary Lynn Smith.
Find each letter and its corresponding numeral in the chart above, and then
add these digits together:
4+1+9+7+3+7+5+5+1+4+9+2+8 = 65
Reduce by adding the sum's digits together, and then further reduce to come
to a single digit, if necessary:
65 = 6+5 = 11
11 = 1+1 = 2
In this example, the Name Number is 2, representing the personality
The Meaning of Basic Numbers in Numerology:
One is the
leader. The number one indicates the ability to stand alone,
and is a strong vibration. Ruled by the Sun.
Keywords: independent, creative,
original, ambitious, determined, self-assured. If expressed
negatively: arrogant, stubborn, impatient, self-centered.
As lovers: Number ones take the lead in
love. Love and/or the chase is of utmost importance to these
lovers. There can be self-centeredness, however. These lovers
are willing to experiment, and they can be quite
exciting--they can also require a lot of excitement because
they can bore easily.
This is the mediator and peace-lover. The
number two indicates the desire for harmony. It is a gentle,
considerate, and sensitive vibration. Ruled by the Moon.
Keywords: diplomatic, warm, peaceful,
sensitive. If expressed negatively: too dependent,
As lovers: Number Twos will bend over
backwards to keep a relationship running smoothly. They offer
emotional security to their lovers. The number two is
associated with the Moon and, since the Moon rules Cancer in
astrology, is similar to the Cancer vibration.
Number Three is a sociable, friendly, and
outgoing vibration. Kind, positive, and optimistic, Three's
enjoy life and have a good sense of humor. Ruled by Jupiter.
Keywords: jovial, friendly, positive, adventurous,
self-expressive. If expressed negatively: extravagant,
As lovers: Number Threes are fun,
energetic, and willing to experiment. These lovers need space
and contact with others in order to feel content. If they feel
confined, they will be unhappy and restless. Allowed the
freedom to socialize and scatter their energies, they are
exciting and happy lovers.
is the worker. Practical, with a love of detail, Fours are
trustworthy, hard-working, and helpful. Ruled by Uranus.
Keywords: trustworthy, helpful, steady, logical,
self-disciplined, problem-solving. If expressed negatively:
contrary, stubborn, narrow.
As lovers: Although steady and
generally trustworthy, Fours can be quite emotional and
frustrated if they feel caged in. They tend to need some level
of confrontation in their love lives. A relationship that
stagnates will bring out their contrary nature. They love to
solve problems, and if allowed to "take on" and tackle
predicaments, they are very loyal lovers.
This is the freedom lover. The number
five is an intellectual vibration. These are "idea" people
with a love of variety and the ability to adapt to most
situations. Ruled by Mercury.
Keywords: adaptable, freedom-loving,
romantic, resourceful, witty, fun-loving, curious, flexible,
expressed negatively, non-committal, irresponsible,
As lovers: These lovers are generally
attractive to the opposite sex, as they are adaptable,
curious, and friendly. Their wit and love of fun is
unmistakable. In order to be happy in love, they need some
level of change and variety. They also require mental
stimulation. They are quick to adapt to ups and downs, but
when under-stimulated, they can be inconsistent and resisting
of making commitments.
This is the peace lover. The number
six is a loving, stable, and harmonious vibration. Ruled by
Keywords: compassionate, stable, family-loving,
trustworthy, domesticated. If expressed negatively,
superficial, jealous, possessive, unwilling to change.
As lovers: Number Sixes have a deep dislike of discord and
will generally work hard at keeping the peace. They are very
attached to their homes and their families. At their best,
they are devoted and stable partners who do whatever they can
to maintain balance and harmony. At their worst, they take
their peace-loving natures too far, and become lethargic,
diplomatic to the point of superficiality, and jealous.
is the deep thinker. The number seven is a spiritual
vibration. These people are not very attached to material
things, are introspective, and generally quiet. Ruled by
Keywords: unusual, introspective, intuitive, psychic, wise,
reserved. If expressed negatively: melancholic, odd, leaves
too much to chance, hard to reach.
As lovers: These lovers are a little spaced out, and
sometimes hard to reach and to understand. However, their
disinterest in material things and focus on spirituality makes
for interesting, if a little kooky, bed partners and mates.
They are intuitive, some are psychic, and although they can be
loners at different times in their lives, they are often
devoted partners. They can reach levels of intimacy and
romance beyond many people's imaginations. However, their
goals in love may be too lofty and thus they can be prone to
disappointment when relationships inevitably fall short of
is the manager. Number Eight is a strong, successful, and
material vibration. Ruled by Saturn.
Keywords: ambitious, business-minded, practical, leading,
authoritative, successful, courageous, accomplished,
organized. If expressed negatively: tense, narrow,
As lovers: These lovers take a commitment with
responsibility and bravery. When they treat relationships like
business deals, however, they can easily alienate partners and
fall short of creating a tolerant and romantic atmosphere.
Eights are generally practical and secure, and offer their
mates stability and security.
is the teacher. Number Nine is a tolerant, somewhat
impractical, and sympathetic vibration. Ruled by Mars.
Keywords: jack of all trades, humanitarian, sympathetic,
helpful, emotional, tolerant, active, determined. If expressed
negatively: financially careless, moody, bullying, overly
emotional, sullen, restless.
As lovers: These lovers are involved and helpful. Because
they are sympathetic, they can easily be doormats. They show
their love by helping their partners, and assuming their
lovers' problems. If triggered, their emotions can be
volcanic, and a seemingly meek personality can resort to
bullying tactics when unhappy.
Is your love meant to be? Find out with a FREE Sample Romantic Compatibility Report from
In the first example above, in which the calculations for the Birth Path
Number were demonstrated, the final number was reduced from an 11 to a 2. In
Numerology, there are such things as Master Numbers that are noted, and these
are the numbers 11 and 22. Essentially, the number 11 is a 2, but
it is considered a higher vibration of the number 2. Similarly, the number 22 is
a 4, but it is a higher vibration of the number 4.
is the giver. Number Eleven is an innovator with an
unmistakable streak of humanitarianism.
Keywords: idealistic, intuitive, considerate, tolerant,
accepting, steadfast. If expressed negatively: too
dependent, over-sensitive, manipulative.
As lovers: These lovers are romantic in the idealistic
sense of the word. They want to see good in people, and they
find it. Elevens are the least selfish lovers, and they are
extremely considerate. They won't push you to do anything.
They hold onto their partners (and their friends) and they are
the masters of compromise. Elevens are tolerant and accepting.
is the master builder. Although Number Twenty-twos are
idealists and visionaries, they still manage to keep their
feet on the ground.
Keywords: achiever, wise, intense, idealistic, resourceful,
passionate. If expressed
emotional, destructive, dramatic.
As lovers: It's all or nothing with these lovers. They
don't seem capable of doing things halfway, and that includes
their relationships. They are generally bent on achieving in
life, and their sheer intensity is something people either
love or hate.
Important Difference Between the Birth Path and the Name Numbers
The Birth Path Number is less about personality than it is about career or
"life path". The Name Number, however, reveals the overall personality of an
Timing with Numerology
We show you how to peek into the future and examine the past with Numerology
on the next page. Determine your Personal Year Numbers, Personal Month Numbers,
and Universal Day Numbers in order to determine ideal dates for events, and to
understand the vibrations of specific months and years.
Timing with Numerology
We offer a completely free, printable Numerology
Report on our site. Simply enter your name and birth date, and find out your
personal numbers, including your lucky number and your karmic debts and lessons.
Be the best you can be with a free sample The Real You Reading from Astrology.com!