What is numerology? Finding your life path number

what is numerology, and how do you calculate your number
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We all have a number. And nope, I'm not talking about that number. I'm talking about the practice of Numerology. The ancient Hindus believed that every heavenly body is associated with a number, which shares its qualities. Nowadays, Numerology focuses on the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, names and ideas.

You can do your own Numerology reading, which delivers your Life Path number, as it’s simply a case of adding together the letters of your name or numbers from your birthdate (different numerological angles use different calculations). The significance of it for you is the discovery of your innate, born-with-it traits, strengths and potential. Numerology seeks to explore who you are and the best life you could lead. Who doesn’t want that insight? Right?

How do you work out your own Life Path number using numerology?

Firstly, everyone has a number derived from their date of birth. Simply add together the day, month and year numbers until you get to a single digit. Bingo.

Start with your full birth date. EG: 31st June, 1989.

Get the month, day and year down to a single digit by adding them. EG. for June the number is 6, but for November you would add the 1 + 1 = 2.

Now add the other digits together. EG for 31st June, 1989:

Month = 6.

Day = 3 + 1 = 4.

Year = 1 + 9 + 8 + 9 = 99, 9 + 9 = 18, 1 + 8 = 9.

So your number is 6 + 4 + 9 = 19, 1 + 9 = 10, 1 + 0 = 1.

Your number is 1.

Secondly, everyone has a number derived from their name. This is the name you are commonly known as, rather than the full ‘Sunday’ version, so typically just the name people call you and your surname. Your name number is thought to be even more revealing than your date of birth (and if the two numbers are the same then this number has a HUGE influence over you and your life).

Each letter of the alphabet is associated with a number, as follows:

A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, F=8, G=3, H=5, I=1, J=1, K=2, L=3, M=4, N=5, O=7, P=8, Q=1, R=2, S=3, T=4, U=6, V=6, W=6, X=5, Y=1, Z=7

Simply add together your name's numbers until you reach a single digit, as with your birth date.

EG. Kerry Ward:

2 + 5 + 2 + 2 + 6 + 1 + 2 + 4 = 60

6 + 0 = 6

What does your Life Path number mean?

One (The Sun)

Key words: Positive, determined, ambitious. Dislikes restraints and tend to look after ‘number one’.

Lucky days: Monday and Sunday.

Get on best with: Twos, Fours and Sevens.

What it means: You might be drawn to careers in and around innovation, sports, technology, engineering, politics, management, entrepreneurial ventures, life coaching, property development, leadership, and business.

You enjoy making decisions for yourself and are more than comfortable with accepting the risks or consequences.

Your purpose in life is to lead, whether that's because you are breaking new ground or helping guide others through turmoil, trouble or danger.

Two (The Moon)

Key words: Imaginative, romantic, habitually take back seat vs lead.

Lucky days: Sunday, Monday and Friday.

Get on best with: Ones and Sevens.

What it means: You might be drawn to careers in and around therapy, healing, teaching, esoteric practices, administration, social work, diplomacy, and mediation, writing and the arts.

You are an understanding individual who values harmonious relationships and helps others willingly. You are strongly drawn towards roles which allow you to have a partner or to collaborate closely with others.

Your purpose in life is to bring harmony, peace, and positivity to your circle of influence and help others, as well as yourself, to feel good.

Three (Jupiter)

Key words: Trustworthy, conscientious and proud.

Lucky days: Thursday, Friday and Tuesday.

Get on best with: Sixes and Nines.

What it means: You might be drawn to careers in and around acting, writing, poetry, photography, music, travel, hospitality, events, public relations, journalism, retail, advertising, and sales.

The ability to express yourself, communicate, be around people, and have an audience of sorts is important. Some people are drained by company, whereas you refuel and thrive on it.

Your purpose in life is to express and communicate universal truths and narratives, to connect with others at a deep level, and create.

Four (Uranus)

Key words: born rebels, sensitive, lonely.

Lucky days: Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Get on best with: Ones.

What it means: You might be drawn to careers in and around accountancy, auditing, editing, property and its related disciplines in construction, law enforcement, engineering, science, IT and software, agriculture, retail, the military, operations, or healthcare.

Your exacting nature enables you to perform well in industries which have blueprints and models of behaviour or expectations.

Your purpose in life is to build things of value which will last, to leave your corner of the Earth better than when you entered it, and create a positive legacy.

Five (Mercury)

Key words: Quick thinking, highly strung, commercially minded.

Lucky days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Get on best with: ANY number.

What it means: You might be drawn to careers in and around travel, marketing, filmmaking, entertainment, journalism, touring or excursions, coaching, research, events and PR, innovation, business consulting and sales.

You are a multi-talented individual who craves freedom, adventure and excitement, and your role/s in life (you will always span at least 2 or 3 careers for sure) need to deliver that in order to capture your attention, and therefore efforts.

Your purpose in life is to discover, to explore, to walk untrodden pathways and find new space (mentally, emotionally and physically). You are our pioneering adventurer.

Six (Venus)

Key words: Artistic, generous, determined.

Lucky days: Tuesday, Friday.

Get on best with: Threes and Nines.

What it means: You might be drawn to careers in and around therapy, childcare, healing, vet services, nutrition, charity, fashion, interior styling, humanitarian causes, social care, environmentalism, law enforcement, teaching, counselling and politics.

You enjoy working in areas which allow you to have full-on contact with other people, ideally to help them overcome issues and live a better life. You are a good team player, a strong leader, and an advocate for healthy, positive workplaces.

Your purpose in life is to provide care, support and service to others in order to build positive, proud communities (be that a family, social circle, community or team) achieving great things.

Seven (Neptune)

Key words: Restless, independent, innovative.

Lucky days: Sunday and Monday.

Get on best with: Twos.

What it means: You might be drawn to careers in and around innovation, research, engineering, technology, psychology, esoteric or spirituality, digital invention, strategy, and journalism.

You are a truth-seeking individual who has a natural instinct for untangling big problems and seeking answers to life’s big questions. You enjoy working alone, creating your own brief and parameters, but you can struggle with traditional work practices like deadlines, hierarchies, and administration. If you can work for yourself or in a freelance capacity, this will suit you better.

Your purpose in life is to reveal truths and push the boundaries of knowledge in whatever field you choose to expose, learn inside-out, and improve.

Eight (Saturn)

Key words: intense, lonely, often misunderstood.

Lucky days: Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Friday.

Gets on best with: You don't particularly get on well with any particular number (sorry!)

What it means: You might be drawn to careers in and around business, property development, leadership, the law, project management, banking, finance, medicine and sports. Being your own boss and operating on a solo basis is almost a ~must~ as you thirst for authority and control. You are incredibly disciplined and self-motivated when it comes to work.

Your purpose in life is to dedicate your incredible drive and energy to a delivering a goal which has spiritual or altruistic benefits for the greater good, to take the markers of success beyond the material.

Nine (Mars)

Key words: Impulsive, courageous, quick-tempered.

Lucky days: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Get on best with: Threes and Sixes.

What it means: You might be drawn to careers in and around interior design, art, photography, sculpture, writing, floristry etc due to your passionate creativity. However, you are also a great humanitarian and wish to make the world a better place, so you could also sit very happily in roles like a politician, teacher, lawyer, librarian, teacher, fitness coach, therapist, social worker too.

Your purpose in life is to experience as much as you can in the world in order to figure out where there is most need which you can uniquely serve and address, to find a niche of good service.

This information helps you know your innate personality and the days of the week to take a chance or push yourself out of your comfort zone to make progress (because the cosmos is backing you on those days).

It also helps you understand who you can partner up with successfully in life - friendship, work, or romance. This knowledge can help you know what, when, and with whom you can fulfil your potential!

* For more professional tarot readings, visit Kerry's TarotBella page

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