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Numerology is the study of the vibrational frequencies of numbers and letters and how they relate to a person. Like many of the esoteric studies, Numerology states that a person’s date of birth, and their birth name, are not coincidence and can be used to understand a person’s behavior, desires, and motivations.

These numerology numbers are easily calculated by hand, but can also be done using one of our calculators, like our Life Path Number Calculator.

History of Numerology

Numerology dates back thousands of years with variations of it in most cultures throughout history, and is has been taught and studied by some of the most respected mathematicians throughout history even though it is usually dismissed is as a pseudoscience.

Many of the ancient cultures: China, Japan, India, Babylon, and Egypt, were familiar with numerology long before the Greeks and Romans started using it.

Pythagoras [], a Greek mathematician and philosopher (569-470 B.C.) and generally considered the originator of the popular Pythagorean system, believed that reality is mathematical. He viewed the entire universe as being composed of mathematical patterns and was adamant that all things can be expressed in numbers that correspond to energy patterns of vibrations.

The teachings of Pythagoras were adopted by the notable Socrates and Plato and studied by early Christian scholars, including St. Augustine. This ultimately led to its expansion during the Renaissance, and it continues to be studied and practiced today.

Let’s look at how to calculate 2 of the main Numerology numbers.

Life Path Number

In Numerology, The Life Path Number, the most influential number in a person’s Numerology Chart, will set the stage for the person’s life. Unlike other parts of the Numerology Chart like the Expression or Heart’s Desire numbers, the Life Path number can not change because it is based on the person’s birth date.

The Life Path number is calculated by adding the numbers of the birth date together in a specific order. We start by taking the groups of the numbers in the birth day, birth month, and birth year and add them together in a specific order.

Here we show a few examples to make this more clear:

Example 1:

August, 13, 1980

August = 8

13 = (3 + 1) = 4

1980 = (1 + 9 + 8 + 0) = 18 = (1 + 8) = 9

(8 + 4 + 9) = 21 = (2 + 1) = 3

Life Path = 3

Example 2:

In our second example we introduce the Master Numbers.

The Master Numbers are the numbers 11 & 22, and they are handled a little different than normal numbers like 12 or 18. In a situation where one of the groupings adds up to either 11 or 22, we will not reduce it to (1 + 1) = 2, or (2 + 2) = 4, Before the final calculation.

For example:

April 14, 1975

April = 4

14 = (4 + 1) = 5

1975 = (1 + 9 + 7 + 5) = 22

(4 + 5 + 22) = 31 = (3 + 1) = 4

Life Path = 4

Example 3:

In this final example we have a situation where the person has a Master Number as their birth day or birth month.

For example:

November 11, 1980

November = 11

11 = 11

1980 = (1 + 9 + 8 + 0) = 18 = (1 + 8) = 9

(11 + 11 + 9) = 31 = (3 + 1) = 4

Life Path = 4

Expression Number

The Expression Number represents the person’s natural abilities in addition to the person’s interests. The Expression Number is calculated by converting the letters of the person’s name to a number value, and then adding the numbers together to provide a final number.There are a 3 different ways to convert the letters to numbers:

  • Chaldean
  • Kabbalah
  • Pythagorean

Pythagorean Method

The Pythagorean Numerology Method is the most popular method, and the method we use here on Token Rock. This system assigns a number value to the letters using a sequence.

Numerology Pythagorean

Chaldean Method

The Chaldean Numerology Method is the oldest, and reaches back to Ancient Babylon. Unlike the Pythagorean Method, the Chaldean Method assigns a number value to letter based on the letters vibrational frequency and only uses the numbers 1 – 8. In the Chaldean Numerology, the number 9 is considered to be a holy number and does not have any letter assigned to it.

Numerology Chaldean

Kabbalah Method

The Kabbalah Numerology Method comes from the Hebrew mystics and assigns a number to a letter based on its vibrational frequency. There are 22 numbers in the Kabbalah Method ranging from 1 to 400. It is interesting to note that Kabbalah Numerology only focuses on the person’s name, and the birth date has no significance.

Calculating the Expression Number

To calculate the Expression number, we give each letter in the name the correct number value from the Pythagorean chart listed above. We then add up the numbers to get the final Expression number. This can also be calculated using our Expression Calculator.

Here is an example of the Expression number being calculated:

Numerology Expression Example

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