Using numerology to calculate your number from your name involves converting the letters of your name into their numerical equivalents – set out by whatever numerology system you choose to use.

In this case, though, we’ll look at the most popular system, known as the “modern” system of numerology. But we’ll also briefly look at the more traditional “Hebrew” system.

The modern system revolves around the number nine and gives the number correspondences shown here.

Modern system of numerology

The Hebrew system, on the other hand, doesn’t include the number nine – simply because the Hebrew letters standing for nine lack equivalents in Western alphabets, and thus places the letters of the alphabet in a different order, as shown.

Hebrew system of numerology

But let’s stick with the modern system so you can calculate your number from your name.

Modern system of numerology

This is what you do: Convert each letter of your name into its number equivalent. So if your name is BEN SMITH, “B” will be 2, “E” will be 5, and “N” will be 5 too, and so on.

The full name BEN SMITH will look like this:

Ben Smith numerology correspondences

Do the same with your own name. And if you have a middle name, only include it if most people know you by your first, middle and last name – like say rock & roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis was known. Otherwise miss out your middle name.

The next thing to do is add all the digits together to find the sum of your name. So going back to the name BEN SMITH we had this:

Ben Smith numerology correspondences

We then add the numbers together, like this

Ben Smith in numerology numbers

Now you take the two digits of the resulting sum, which is thirty-six, and add them together to find your numerology number:

Ben Smith final sum in numerology

Thus using the modern system of numerology, BEN SMITH’S number is nine.

Do the same with your own name.

Naturally, if you choose to use the Hebrew system you will get a different result. Therefore, the process of numerology is somewhat arbitrary, and could justifiably be dismissed as a mere parlour game.

But that would be missing the point. Because like all forms of divination, and indeed magic, if it works for you – be it bringing some useful insight or guidance – then use it. After all these things are more an art than a cut-and-dried science.

OK. So now you’ve calculated the number of your name using numerology, what does that number mean?

1 People whose names add up to one have a strong sense of purpose and are focused on achieving a specific ambition. They are single minded, even one-track minded. They are strong characters and often a mix of positive, obstinate, self-reliant and self-assertive, besides being highly driven and sometimes aggressive. Typically they have great powers of concentration and good memories. Often leaders and pioneers, they can also be domineering. They are essentially people who look after “number one.”

2 People whose number is two tend to have more “feminine” qualities. Typically they have sweet and gentle natures, and are tactful, conciliatory and quiet. They are lovers of peace and harmony, and are generally even-tempered. Twos are more often followers rather than leaders. If they do get their own way, it is usually via persuasion and diplomacy, not by being assertive. They’re also prone to changing their minds a lot, and are often indecisive.

3 People whose number is three tend to be imaginative, versatile and energetic. They express themselves colourfully and boldly; they are extrovert and tend to be the “life and soul of the party”. In other words, witty, charming, and lively. Typically threes are very successful in life. People want to be associated with them, so they are never short of friends and lucrative opportunities. They have a lighthearted approach to life and tend to be lucky. But they are prone to spreading themselves too thinly and generally don’t take anything very seriously. Plus getting the approval of others is highly important to them.

4 People with the number four are typically solid and practical types but not terribly inspired or inspiring. They have little creative spark and tend to plod along. But they do make excellent organisers and administrators. Down-to-earth, steady and industrious, not to mention calm and respectable, they typically see themselves as pillars of society. Fours can have a tendency to be stern, grim and repressive, and are often suspicious of those who are not like them. They don’t stand out in life and aren’t usually all that successful. If they are, it’s more likely to be in a management job that doesn’t demand a sparkling personality. Numerologists tend to gloss over the fact that four is the number of poverty, misery and defeat. That said, if you’re a four, the key is to play to your strengths. Accept who you are and focus on organisation and being a solid and dependable character.

5 Five’s are clever, restless and impatient. They can’t sit still and often are fascinated by the bizarre. They love travel and meeting new people. Typically a “jack of all trades and master of none,” fives are attracted by everything, but stick to nothing. They enjoy gambling, speculation and taking risks. A career in sales is a good move for fives. They are adventurous, attractive people, but sometimes quick-tempered, conceited and sarcastic. They detest responsibility and avoid it wherever possible. They hate being tied down and being stuck in a rut. At worst, they can be inconsiderate and self-indulgent. But are typically resourceful, resilient, multi-faceted people, hard to pin down and analyse. Their love lives, however, are prone to being unstable.

6 Sixes are kindly, reliable and well-balanced. They favour harmony, domesticity and seek peace and happiness in life. They value friendship and home and family life. They are loyal, conscientious, idealistic and affectionate. While conventional in outlook, they make good teachers. Although capable and diligent workers, they tend to lack any flair for business ventures. They are at their happiest with a quiet circle of friends and being with close family. On a more negative level, they can be smug and self-satisfied, fussy and prone to gossiping. They can also be obstinate and conceited.

7 Sevens are scholarly and relish philosophy, along with being drawn to mysticism and the occult. Often recluses, they tend to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of the world, favouring meditation and reflection. They are typically dignified, reserved, self-controlled and serious. They have little patience for frivolity and don’t suffer fools lightly. They care nothing for money and have little concern for physical comfort. Their intellects are sharp and penetrating, but they have a dreamy side to their character, highly imaginative and somewhat “otherworldly”. They can, however, be aloof, superior and witheringly sarcastic.

8 Eights are often powerful, wealthy and highly involved in the world. Eight is the number of both material success and failure. So it can go either way. Eights tend to be tough, practical people and often are successful in business or politics. But success doesn’t necessarily come easy to them. Their careers are typically built on struggle, strain, and effort. They conduct their affairs cautiously and tenaciously, but without inspiration. They can be hard, materialistic, selfish, and sometimes even tyrannical and unscrupulous.. They have the capacity for great success, but constantly face the prospect of monumental failure. Beneath all this, eights sometimes have an element of eccentricity, waywardness and rebelliousness.

9 Nines are typically open-minded, visionary and idealistic. Romantic, passionate and impulsive, they are often people of great charm. They also have a strong desire to help others and even to serve humanity at large. Thus they make brilliant scientists, teachers and artists. Strong willed and determined people, inspired and inspiring, they are often condemned by their less gifted contemporaries as wild, unorthodox and impractical. They regularly fall in and out of love, and tend to eschew ugliness, poverty, old age and unhappiness. Their desire to do good works, however, can be expressed in a conceited and egocentric way.

So that’s how you calculate and interpret your number from your name in numerology. Let me know in the comments if you think your number fits your personality. And whether such an arbitrary system, which some deride as no more than a parlour game, can be of value to you.

One example of how such a number system could be used is in magic. You could construct a servitor or thoughtform – or even manikin doll – with a personality based on the above interpretations, and using numerical symbolism. And utilise all this in a ritual, based around results magic and making changes in the everyday world.

So like I say, let me know what you think in the comments.

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