Numerology: A theory exposes unseen and internal characters

The study of numerology, which is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “the branch of knowledge that deals with the occult significance of numbers,” can be a tool used for gaining a deeper understanding of your innate personality.

Have you ever wondered how the letters in your name and birthdate can explain some of your general personality traits? Here is a step-by-step guide to help you find your two most basic numerology numbers in your chart, and their corresponding characteristics.

According to Henry Decoz, the website Numerology’s resident numerologist, a complete numerology chart would consist of “your life path number, your expression number, your personality number, your heart’s desire number and your birth day number,” ( In addition, he states that numerology can be used for “better understanding (your) friends, family or acquaintances or to interpret various events on the universal, as well as the personal, plane.”

Decoz said that the number system most commonly used for numerology is “the western form of numerology, which is the Pythagorean system,” and that it is “among the most enduring and popular of all self-help methods ever created.” It is the most commonly used system “in the United States at this time.”

It was originally created by the “Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, who combined the mathematical disciplines of the Arabic, Druid, Phoenician, Egyptian and Essene sciences” together in order to give followers comprehensive knowledge of themselves and others.

Numerology can range from shallow to extremely in-depth explanations of human characteristics. However, it is always easier to start out simple, which in this case is your life path number.

According to Michael McClain, proprietor of The Sky Within web page, the life path number is simply the sum of your complete birth date ( It “represents who you are at birth,” as well as “the native traits that you will carry with you through life.”

In order to find your life path number you take the sum of your birthday, birth month and year of birth and add them together. Here is how to do this calculation in four easy steps, using the example birthdate of Nov. 8, 1990:

1990 = 1+9+9+0 = 19 = 1+9 = 10 = 1+0 = 1

For the month, use the number of the month. November = 11 (11 and 22 are called ‘master numbers’ because of their special 1/1 2/2 combination, and do not get broken down like all other double digit numbers)

The day is the 8th = 8

To get the final number, add the totals of steps one through three to get 1+11+8 = 20 = 2+0 = 2.

According to McClain, people with a life path number of two are “the peacemakers in society.” He says that, as a number two person, the characteristics of this individual are the “ability to listen and absorb. You are a fixer, a mediator, and a very diplomatic type of person using persuasive skills rather than forcefulness to make your way in the world.”

The next number used for basic numerology is the “expression number.” This number is more career-oriented rather than personality-oriented, and it’s calculation is more complex.

In order to find the expression number, a budding numerologist can take the full name and add up the numbers for each part of the name. To help do this more easily here is a chart from McClain’s website showing what numbers are attributed to which letters:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


For example, here is how an individual would find their expression number. Using the name of Harmon Hall founder Ernest Nason Harmon, the calculation would look like this:



5+9+5+5+1+2 = 27 = 2+7 = 9


5+1+1+6+5 = 18 = 1+8 = 9


8+1+9+4+6+5 = 33 = 3+3 = 6

Then total them all up, and the expression number is 9+9+6 = 24 = 2+4 = 6


According to Nancy Laine, a numerologist for the Token Rock online spiritual guidance center, people with an expression number of six are “responsible and trustworthy,” and they have “a high regard for justice and honesty. Duty will follow you all your life, and sometimes will feel a little too much of a burden, (but) harmony and beauty are high on your list of priorities,” ( 

In addition, people with expression numbers of six have a tendency to express “(upbeat) energy, which is a (result) of your tremendous creativity.” As a result, they are highly creative in “all areas of life, particularly the visual. You are also a talented business person and can work methodically toward the realization of your goals.”

In addition to the life path and expression numbers, an individual now has enough of a basic understanding of the two types of numerology calculations so that they can find the rest of the numbers in a chart. The mysteries of the human personality are now unlocked to them.

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