Numerology is a spiritual tool that can aid us in our understanding of ourselves and others, much like astrology, the Myers-Briggs test and the study of introversion and extroversion.
According to numerology, the numerical value of your name can influence everything from your personal relationships to your own professional development.
But first, you have to know how it works.
The following step-by-step guide will help you discover the numerical value of your name, the meaning behind that number and the key to your future.
Step one: assigning numbers to the letters in your name
Write your name on a sheet of paper, and use the guide below to reference the number that corresponds to each letter.
You'll notice that multiple letters may have the same numerical value. For instance, the letters "A" "J" and "S" are all represented by the number 1.
This is because the study of numerology only uses numbers 1 to 9.
Write the numerical value of each letter underneath the letters in your name, and be sure the full name that was given to you at birth.
Once you have everything written out, get ready for your next step.
Step 2: add the sum of the numbers and then reduce sum to a single digit
Grab a pen and paper, or a calculator if you hate math, and add each individual number in your name together.
You should end up with a two-digit sum after adding everything together.
When you have the total sum of the individual numbers in your name, take that number and reduce it to a single digit by adding the individual numbers of the sum together.
That single digit sum is your personal numerology number!
So, my numerology number is 3.
Step 3: the meaning of your number
Now for the fun part: looking up the meaning of your number.
Numerology also views 11, 22 and 33 as "master numbers." So, if you add up the numbers of your name and reach 11, 22 or 33, you can leave them as so without reducing to a single digit.
While there are slight differences in the interpretation of each basic number in numerology, the general theme of every number is as follows:
1's are initiators, full of action and a pioneering spirit. They are leaders, fairly independent, concerned with attaining material wealth and security for themselves.
They are truly individualistic.
2's symbolism is the union of and peace between different entities. It seeks to end separateness and unite all for the greater good whether it be music, food or humanity.
They are concerned with cooperation, adaptability, consideration of others, partnering and mediating.
3's symbolism is the exuberance of life, the spiritual being having a human experience.
They are gifted communicators who are concerned with expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts and the joy of living.
With four sides of the same size, a square has no weak points. It is organized, solid and enduring.
Number 4's value foundation, order, service, struggle against limits and steady growth. These people are built to last, and they push through everything.
The number 5 is a living dynamo.
Symbolically, most experts on the meaning of numbers feel that 5's have a strong feminine side with masculine undertones.
They are adventurous, expansive visionaries, and the theme of their life path is the constructive use of freedom.
As the sixth of all numbers, 6's symbolism is that of home and hearth, loving relationships of every kind and deep compassion bordering on empathy.
They are concerned with responsibility, protection, nurturing, community, balance and sympathy for others.
The number 7 is the seeker, the thinker and the searcher of truth.
The 7 doesn't take anything at face value, knows nothing is exactly as it seems and understands reality is often hidden behind illusions.
They are gifted analytical thinkers, seeking understanding, knowledge and awareness.
People under the number 8 are born with natural leadership skills. They are very ambitious and goal-oriented.
They have strong organizational skills and broad vision, which makes them successful in business. The number 8 also represents practicality, logistical endeavors, status, power and material goals.
Number 9 is the number of universal love, eternity, faith, universal spiritual laws, the concept of karma, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual awakening and service to humanity.
These people are true humanitarians, gifted with a giving nature and a selflessness that allows them to meet their obligations.
People under the number 11 are the most spiritual of the bunch, living out their days dreaming and meditating. They operate on a higher spiritual plain than most, and their intuition is very strong.
They're idealists who have no problem trusting their gut when it comes to life's most pressing questions.
The number 22 is symbolized by high self-esteem, a great level of intelligence and general success.
Most people born under 22 are great builders capable of creating anything they desire. They often work in high positions within companies.
Those symbolized by the number 33 are natural go-getters who will try to achieve anything they set their minds to, no matter how impractical or difficult the task.
They have boundless energy and are also extremely emotional, experiencing many highs and lows.
So, there you have it! Enjoy all the answers to life's burning questions in one easy-to-read article.