What is Numerology? A Basic Guide for Beginners


For a lot of people who know nothing about numerology, their first question is, what is numerology?  Did you know that as much as 85% of elevator panels skip the number 13?  That’s a direct result of the superstition surrounding that particular number. At the heart of that superstition is the belief that numbers are meaningful in relation to human life – and that belief is also at the heart of numerology.

But what is numerology?

Numerology is a system for understanding the numbers that impact you, your life, and your future. If you’re looking for a new way to understand yourself and the world around you, a numerology reading might give you the insight you’ve been missing.  Keep reading to learn more about this ancient science and what it has to teach you.

What Is Numerology?

Evidence of numerological systems and beliefs can be found in some of the earliest cultures we know of. For example, the ancient Babylonians recorded the movement of the planets in numbers and then used these numbers to predict astronomical phenomenon. In ancient Egypt, the priesthood used a numerical system for predicting when the Nile would flood.

Nobody is sure of the origins of numerology as we know it today. But, in some for another, numerological systems have been used across civilizations for thousands of years.

For a numerology reading in the modern Western tradition, numerologists use three personal details: the full name you’re given at birth, the name you go by now, and your full date of birth. Each of those can be broken down into numbers. Then, the numerology system and the meanings assigned to calculated numbers provide insight into who you are.

Numerology can tell you about your personality, such as inherent traits. It can also reveal the obstacles that you need to overcome or the joy you will experience. A reading might also reveal karmic attributes that can either hinder or help you throughout your life.

The Roots of Numerology

Numerology is a metaphysical science like astrology. At the root of all of these metaphysical sciences is the belief that everything in the universe is connected. Particular to numerology is the belief that numbers are a universal language – understanding that language is to understand those universal connections.

Numerology proposes that the universe is a system, of which the basic elements are numbers. If we can equate everything in the world to numbers, then we can get a deeper look into how it works.

The very same goes for people. We can take the elements that make up a person, such as their name and date of birth and equate them to numbers. Those numbers can then tell us more about that person and their life’s path.

What Is Numerology Used For?

Numerology is a tool for self-help. Knowing important numerology items such as your life number, expression number, personality number, etc., tells you about your inherent traits as well as things that might come up in your life.  Of course, the way you handle opportunities and challenges ultimately comes down to your own personal choices. But knowing your numerology cycle may help you to be better prepared to navigate them as they arise from

Below, we’ll explain some of the most important aspects of numerology in more detail.

Life Path Number

Your life path number is considered the most important part of your numerology chart. It’s calculated by reducing your full birthday, including month, day, and year, into a numerical value. Your life path number reveals everything about who you are and what path your life might take. It tells you about what challenges, opportunities, and lessons you will have throughout your life. Importantly, it not only tells you about who you are, but who you should or could be.

Expression Number

The expression number is also called the destiny number. It’s calculated using your full birth name. Each letter of your birth name represents a number, and those numbers are added together and then reduced to one single digit.

The expression number tells you about your abilities, your personal goals, as well as your desires. It can also tell you about inherent traits that you didn’t even know you had, allowing you to tap into parts of yourself you didn’t know were there.

Soul Urge Number

This number is sometimes called the Heart’s Desire number. It’s calculated using your birth name, similar to the expression name. However, with this calculation, only the vowels are used and reduced to a single digit.

Your soul urge number is a reflection of who you really are. It tells you about your inner self. Oftentimes, people aren’t aware of these truths until after they’ve been revealed through a reading.

Personality Number

The personality number is calculated using only the consonants in your full name. These consonants are again reduced down to a single digit.  Unlike your true, inner self that comes from your soul urge number, this number tells you about the side of yourself that you allow people to see – i.e. your personality. It can also provide insight into how other people see you.

How Does Numerology Work?


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Numerology involves a lot of calculations. Because different numbers and combinations of numbers have their own particular meanings, the calculations can go into a lot of depth.

The calculations themselves only require simple addition and subtraction. It’s relatively easy to determine what your soul urge, expression, personality, and life numbers are.

However, the sheer layers of numbers and their complex meanings requires the help of a numerologist. To really understand what numbers are compatible in numerology, how the different numbers work together, and how they impact your life, you need an accurate reading from someone who has studied numerology charts.

More Helpful Information

There’s no simple answer to the question “what is numerology?” This complex numerological system has thousands of years of history behind it and requires the assistance of an experienced numerologist to understand.

In all of its complexity, one thing is clear: your numerology chart can give you insights into your life that you didn’t know you needed. With this new information, you might be better equipped to overcome obstacles and challenges in your life.  Information really is the key to empowerment. Which is why we keep you informed on everything from fashion to numerology. Check back daily for the latest news on

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