Numbers have been vitally important in every society for as long as we understood what numbers were. Each one doubles as a symbol and a message to the individual. The practice of divining numbers was most famously used by gypsies who read playing cards, but the art of numerology does indeed go as far back as ancient Babylon. Numbers aren’t just important in magick and fortune telling though. In most fairy tales, including my favorite; The Brothers Grimm, numbers play a vital role in the telling of the story. In most fairy tales, the witch will ask a question three times, there will be three brothers, or three little bears. There were three billy goats gruff. There were seven dwarves. These numbers aren’t just a random choice, but a deliberate decision for the story to have a certain underlying meaning.

There are many ways to read your numbers and I am going to show you today a few of the ways I know, as well as what the numbers mean.

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. Simply add up the digits of your birth data, and keep “reducing”  to a single digit.


If your birthday is January 4, 1990, for example, note it as follows:

Birth Month is January, which is the 1st month = 1
Birth Day is 4 = 4
Birth Year is 1990= 1990.

Add up the digits of all of these numbers:
1+4+1+9+9+0= 24

Further “reduce” this number to a single digit by adding its digits:

The final digit, 6, is the Birth Path Number!


Name 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.


1= a, j, s;

2= b, k, t;

3= c, l, u;

4= d, m, v;

5= e, n, w;

6= f, o, x;

7= g, p, y;

8= h, q, z;

9= i, r


Number Definitions:

1.Being an individual, leadership, the aggressor, independent. One who needs no one, but can also be arrogant and stubborn.
2. Balance. Union. Receptive. Partnership. Love, completion. This is the mediator, the peace lover, and the social butterfly.
3. Communication/interaction. Self-expression. Innovative skills. This is a very magickal number as 3 is in everything we have and do. Earth, Sea, and Sky. Maiden, Mother, and Crone. This person is extroverted, and good hearted.
4. Creation, a full set. This person is trustworthy, self-disciplined, and practical.
5. Action. Restlessness. Life experience, though in some Chinese customs, this is the number of loss. These people are sporadic and the lovers. They are often breezy and airy.
6. Home/family. Responsibility. These people are family-oriented and peaceful.
7. Thought/consciousness. Spirit, observer. This is another magickal number. These people are naturally drawn to the occult and have a deeper understanding of life.
8. Power/sacrifice. These people are very strong, independent and well versed in business.
9. Highest level of changes. These people are the jack of all trades, the career builders, but can also be bullies.

There are other sacred numbers. To the Greeks, 12 is completion because there are 12 houses of the zodiac, 12 signs, 12 major Olympian gods. Dig deeper into your field of specialty and you will most definitely find a special translation of numbers suited to that system of belief.  This can be applied to everyday life as well. For example, my new dorm room number is 369, which translates into 9. This is a good number for me to have in the place I will be living and studying.

4 thoughts on “Numerology”

    1. I used to use it a lot in the past, but my mother is the one who really uses it for everything. She will only wear 7 bracelets, never five. She will eat 3 or 7 cookies, no other number. I think its really interesting.

  1. I came across you on PoDS and came to read your blog. I’d done my birth number years ago but pushed it to the back of my mind…I redid it just now and did my first name also…they came out to the be same number…7. I’m quite observant of it, always have been, I do things in increments of 7, 3 or 13 (the day I was born). Thanks for this post, numerology has come up again recently for me and this was a great kick start into researching it again 😉

    1. I’m so glad I could be of assistance. My mom originally introduced me to numerology because she knows I love Greek methods of divination and it was something easy we could share. I’ve even used basic numerology for dorm room numbers and apartment numbers to see what the room has in store for me.

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