What Are The Numbers?

So, science or magic? I think Numerology sits firmly at the crossroads of both. Just as Pythagoras understood that numbers were part of the beauty and functionality of the universe, so to do we understand that numbers are part of the package that makes us human. 

Now, what do all these numbers mean?

Glad you asked!

In Numerology, there are several numbers that have significance but all combinations stem from the basic set of numbers: 0-9  (there is some debate about 0 but I am including it here).

These base numbers have a particular influence depending on whether they are the Day One number, Life (path) Purpose number, Essence (expression) number, Heart’s Desire (Soul Urge) number or Personality number.

Some of the numbers are derived from calculations based on your birthday. Others are derived from calculations based on your name at birth. All of them are significant to understanding your path in life. Let’s define each type of number:

Day One Number – The day you were born. The simplest of all the numbers in your chart and the one with the least influence. 

Life (Purpose) Path Number – Derived from your birth date, the LPN is the most important number in your numerological chart. Life Path Number describes the nature of your life journey, the road you are traveling. It describes your traits and who you are at birth, and outlines the opportunities, challenges, and lessons you will encounter in this lifetime.

Personality Number – Personality number often serves as a censoring device, both in terms of what you send out, as well as what you allow to approach. It lists the characteristics you project and indicates how others are most likely to perceive you before getting to know you well, and so by learning about your Personality Number you can get insight of how others view you. It discriminates in the kinds of people and information you let enter your heart and mind, and it is those aspects that you feel comfortable sharing with people at the outset of a relationship. Your Personality number is derived from only the consonants in your name.

Heart’s Desire (Soul Urge) Number – This number reveals the general intention behind many of your actions, and dramatically influences the choices you make in life. It is your core likes, dislikes, and speaks to your true motivation for behaving in certain ways and making certain decisions. Your Heart’s Desire number comes from just the vowels in your name — those soft sounds shed light on the inner workings of your more subconscious desires.

Essence (Expression/Destiny) Cycle Number – Derived from your full name at birth, it symbolizes the opportunities you have at your disposal, reveals your inner goal, the person you aim to be, and the talents, abilities, and shortcomings that were with you when you entered your human body. In numerology the essence cycle number is quite significant. It provides an insight into future happenings in the fullness of your life. There are particular traits and personality attributes connected to each of the essence numbers. 

These are the big 5 in numerology.

Knowledge is power and understanding how these numbers are influencing your choices, decisions, and life can enhance how you live.


If you have struggled with knowing what your purpose or why your life seems to follow certain patterns, numerology can help you find the answer.

Book a Discovery Session with me and learn more about how Numerology can help you. 


Dr. Sacheen