If you think about it, numbers are pretty trippy, and the numerals closest to what we use now were only created relatively recently—between the 1st and 4th centuries in India. Their arrival changed everything: the world could now be organized, counted, added, and subtracted, and the results, magically, were the same each time.
No wonder they were considered mystical and divine: as St. Augustine put it, "Numbers are the universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth." Beliefs about numbers' magical powers popped up around the world, and with them, systems of interpreting them—which remain today in the form of numerology.
So, Who Are You Then?
Every person has two important numbers that are easy to calculate. Your Birth Path Number is based on your date of birth and describes your path in life and your place in the world; your Name Number (or your Expression Number) is derived from your name and describes your personality.
Your Birth Path Number
To get your Birth Path Number, add up all the digits in your birthdate. So, if you were born on February 25, 1994 (or 2/25/1994):
2 + 2 + 5 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 4 = 32
Then add up the digits in that number (if you get a double-digit number again, add up those digits, too; keep going till you have a single-digit number):
3 + 2 = 5
Your Birth Path Number is 5!
Your Name Number
Write down your full name and figure out the corresponding number for each letter using this chart.
Let's say your name is Solange Piaget Knowles.
Add all the numbers up…
28 + 31 + 27 = 86
8 + 6 = 14
1 + 4 = 5
Solange's Name Number is 5!
What the Numbers Mean for You and Your Path in Life
The leader. Determined, aggressive, and powerful. Number one gets things done and doesn't shy away from conflict. They're pragmatic and straight-shooting, and don't spend time dreaming or pondering the meaning of life. They're independent and individualistic, and they derive happiness from work and success.
The peacemaker. Flexible, harmonious, gentle, forgiving, and diplomatic. Number two is that person who doesn't seem at first glance to be "strong" or "powerful," but with their quiet resilience, they can beat out any aggressive number ones out there. They're likable and fun (but anyone who gets on their bad side should look out!).
The fun lover. Friendly, creative, and expressive, with a great sense of humor. Number threes have a lot of charisma, and people are drawn to them (they have to be careful not to slip into narcissism!). They're optimistic, popular, and successful in the arts, but can be superficial. Threes have to develop their spiritual strength to round out all that surface awesomeness.
The worker. Stable, productive, punctual, and dependable. Number fours aren't the life of the party or the poetic dreamers, but they're trustworthy and helpful and devoted. They're disciplined and steady, and they like to work with their hands. They're all about the details and can sometimes freak out if things aren't under control, so they tend to be drawn to places and jobs with lots of order.
The adventurer. Freedom-loving, intellectual, dynamic and resourceful. They like to shake things up and keep them shaking; they thrive on trying different things and coming up with new ideas. If it's not new, they're not interested. They're fun-loving, curious, and make others feel comfortable. Their love of freedom is so strong that they can sometimes be unreliable or flaky.
The mother. Harmonious, caring, compassionate, and healing. Number sixes work hard to keep the peace and are devoted to their loved ones. They love to help out and guide others, especially children, elders, and the less fortunate, and they'll fight for justice when they see anyone wronged. They're the shoulder to cry on and the wise counsel—as long as they don't get all self-righteous about it.
The thinker. Introspective, intellectual, poetic, truth-seeking. Number sevens always look to understand the deeper meaning of things and have a poetic intelligence. They're usually introverted and maybe quiet—they're too busy with profound spiritual matters to bother with chitchat. they can be aloof, out of touch, or even melancholic on a bad day; on good days, their way of connecting with others is the deepest and most sincere of all the numbers.
The manager. Ambitious, authoritative, business-minded, and organized. Number eights know how to get results, and they're good with money. But that's not because they're greedy; rather, they're practical, focused, and know how to maintain a good life balance, which is why they do so well in business. They tend to be self-confident, generous, and honest. They're open to commitment, but in a relationship they're more stable and pragmatic than romantic.
The teacher. Humanitarian, empathetic, helpful, and tolerant. They have a global consciousness and feel connected to all, which is why you're so good at fighting injustice and suffering. You can be aloof and judgmental of matters that are smaller than the high philosophical and humanitarian goals that you focus on. But in the end, you're a leader and a helper, giving a lot to others without taking any of the credit.