Your Destiny Number Knows Where You’re Going
Numerology is an ancient metaphysical practice that studies the relationship that numbers and letters have with our personality and life events. It’s based on the belief that everything ~vibrates~ with energy that can be interpreted, and it aims to describe the blueprint of your personality and life. Pretty interesting, right?
Numerology is a tool for insight. It uncovers your potential and natural strengths, helping you to plan your life’s course in alignment with your talents. Like astrology, your date of birth is important—but unlike astrology, so are the letters in your name. There are various interpretations of these numbers and letters, and right now, we’re talking about your destiny number.
Also known as your expression number or name number, your Destiny Number is an extremely important element of your numerology chart. This number explores what you are destined to do in your lifetime and who you are destined to become. It points to the strengths you should use and develop to lead a fulfilling life.
Your destiny number is calculated by getting to the root number of your full name (first, middle, and last) by reducing each name to a single digit, then adding up the total and reducing that to a single digit.
1: A, J, S
2: B, K, T
3: C, L, U
4: D, M, V
5: E, N, W
6: F, O, X
7: G, P, Y
8: H, Q, Z
9: I, R
If your destiny number is 11, 22, or 33, don’t reduce it down to 2, 4, or 6. Instead, list it as 11/2, 22/4, or 33/6. These are called master destiny numbers, and they’re powerful numbers in their own right.
Don’t get it? Here’s an example: Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
Robyn = 9 + 6 + 2 + 7 + 5 = 29 = 2 + 9 = 11 = 1 + 1 = 2
Rihanna = 9 + 9 + 8 + 1 + 5 + 5 + 1 = 38 = 3 + 8 = 11 = 1 + 1 = 2
Fenty = 6 + 5 + 5 + 2 + 7 = 25 = 2 + 5 = 7
Then, add each number together to get 2 + 2 + 7 = 11. This makes Rihanna’s destiny number the master destiny number of 11/2.
When calculating your number, it’s important that you use your birth name (the full name printed on your birth certificate), even if you no longer use that name. Many numerologists are pretty hard-core on that requirement because the energy of this name and its influence doesn’t disappear if you change it. Its impact remains throughout your life.
However, there are plenty of good reasons some people no longer want any association with their birth name. In these instances, many numerologists have softened their stance, saying that your birth name reveals your overall destiny, the blueprint of your life, and who you are within. But your chosen name represents how you see yourself and how others see you, which has the potential to develop dramatically as you mature. Looking at the destiny number of your chosen name could reflect an evolution from one destiny to another.
Once you’ve found your destiny number, you can read up on what it means in the interpretation below. Now you know what you’re all about and destined to do in your lifetime. Excited?
You’re all about leadership: high standards, perfectionism, passion, drive, ambition, confidence, and a thirst for power. You are a go-getter, and your destiny is to rise to the top of your field. You’re a natural leader, innovator, and boss.
You live life to the fullest, burn the candle at both ends, and work hard and play hard. Excess stress and pressure can be issues for you—you take on so much and ask so much of yourself.
Your life path will take you from dependency through to self-sufficiency and on to leadership and originality. You are determined to achieve your full potential.
You’re all about bringing people together. Relationships make your whole world go around, and your mission is to collaborate and bring people together in harmony. You are wise, compassionate, nonjudgmental, self-aware, and extremely kind. You’re a natural team player.
To you, life is all about serving a higher purpose and working for a cause. Sometimes you may struggle with codependency or neediness, so you need to learn to cope on your own.
Your life path will take you from independence to collaboration and cooperation. Your fulfillment comes from achieving something powerful as part of a collective.
You’re all about finding your own calling and helping others find theirs. You’re working to find your niche in the world by living authentically and passionately and doing what you’re good at. You are healing, wise, inspiring, honest, witty, and positive. Your destiny sees you becoming well known, maybe even famous. Others see you as unique, even eccentric. But people always listen to what you have to say—you’re charismatic.
Life is all about finding your true purpose and giving yourself fully to it. If you can’t tune in to a genuine passion or talent, you can become self-destructive, depressed, or listless. Focusing your efforts and pursuing self-expression is the absolute key to a happy life for you, and finding this balance can be a lifelong journey.
Your life path will take you from the ordinary to the extraordinary. You’re destined to walk a unique path and to help others do the same.
You’re all about being of service to others and creating a valuable, useful legacy. You feel a need to create a strong foundation and security that lasts for life, whether that relates to family, friends, love, home, money, health, or work. Stability, order, security, practicality, and usefulness are your benchmarks of success. You are stoic, systematic, hardworking, trustworthy, and self-sacrificing (sometimes too much).
You seek to build empires, homes, businesses, legacies, and families. This level of drive can lead you into rigidity, perfectionism, and controlling behaviors, but none of it is malicious—you’re purely driven by wanting to create something strong. Focusing your powerful drive into a genuinely inspiring project (instead of what society tells you that you ought to do) is the absolute key to a happy life for you.
Your life path will take you from conforming to storming and then performing! Your fulfillment comes from contributing something authentic, lasting, and valuable to the world.
You’re all about adventure. You’re naturally adaptable, progressive, independent, fearless, liberated, and original. You live life at 100 mph, trying to see and do everything you possibly can. You march to the beat of your own drum, resisting conformity or restriction at every turn.
You’re smart, philosophical, and often very spiritual. You know there’s more to this world than just the physical. You can feel energy vibrating around you. Sometimes your independence can tip over into self-centeredness or demanding behaviors. You might tend to switch in and out of relationships quickly, as your mood changes.
Your life path will take you from safety into danger and finally into leading a free-wheeling life that inspires others. Once you know your boundaries, you can have all the adventure you wish without spiraling into needless risk-taking. Living your life fully and well is the greatest adventure.
You’re all about ~nesting~. You’re naturally nurturing, caring, moral, diplomatic, and thoughtful. People see you as a tactful, comforting presence. Your destiny is to find a balanced role where you can give your gifts freely but be amply rewarded for your innate kindness too.
Your life is heavily dependent on your relationships, and you often find yourself responsible for others, which can sometimes make you feel like a martyr. You have to work hard on avoiding codependency or feeling pressured to resolve other people’s problems. Moderate yourself so that you don’t end up feeling resentful or used.
You love to be of service, create harmony and beauty in environments, heal people and relationships, and give your time and energy to the vulnerable. Your life path will take you from self-doubt to self-confidence as you learn to value and share your strengths. You are the sort of person who people want in their life.
You’re all about knowledge. You’re naturally analytical, curious, wise, contemplative, and spiritual. You are the ultimate researcher and truth seeker, and your destiny is to explore, question, and understand the meaning of life.
You tread a careful balance between needing a lot of solitude but also time to connect and bond with others. Sometimes you get a little too lost in your own head. After all, what use is all your knowledge if you can’t share it with others? You’re perceptive, enigmatic, and knowing, but sometimes your wealth of knowledge can tip you over into cynicism or a world-weary mood. Finding reasons to be optimistic is important. Hope is vital.
Your life path will take you from unconscious ignorance to conscious ignorance to knowledge and wisdom. You are meant to teach, guide, counsel, and analyze.
It’s all about power for you. True power is a burden, not a shield, and must be used to help others, not just yourself. This is your destiny: to use power well and make a difference in the world. You are relentless, direct, opinionated, charismatic, confident, hardworking. You’re destined for success and wealth, but the real trick is knowing that wealth is as much about sharing as it is receiving. You must resist greed, corruption, and selfishness at all costs because they will be constant temptations as you rise to higher levels of power. This is your life lesson.
You are a natural leader, and you’re at your best when you’re giving your all to a worthy cause and improving the lives of others. Material success is just the beginning of your destiny, and you soon learn to realize that it can only provide so much happiness or reward. Creating a lasting life-changing legacy becomes the ultimate goal.
Your life path will take you from knowing you’re going to make it to proving it to believing it and then helping others do the same.
You’re all about living in tune with a higher consciousness. You’re creative, spiritual, romantic, idealistic, selfless, and opinionated. You have a powerful presence—some may even say you’re a little overbearing—and passionately believe in your ideals. You want to help everyone see what you see and understand what you know to be true.
You can struggle with feeling that others don’t listen or understand you, and this can lead to resentment or isolation. Yours is a difficult path of learning to love yourself and appreciate others as they are without trying to change them. This is a process of disconnecting and reconnecting with empathy and love, and it’s hard. You have to always strive to keep an open mind and accept there is still much more to know and learn. Your journey of discovery will never end, so don’t get dogmatic about what you already know—there’s always more to learn!
Your life path will take you from confusion and chaos to clarity and purpose. You are here to become your highest and best self.
You’re all about healing through creativity. You’re imaginative, empathetic, nurturing, shy, healing, and artistic. Your master number is made up of a double 1 (representing leadership and power) and a 2 (representing collaboration and healing). You will often feel conflicted or torn about your purpose, like you want to lead but also follow or like you want to step into the spotlight but also hide in the shadows. Overcoming your inner turmoil is a major part of your life story.
Your life is sometimes a struggle because you feel drawn to lead and be at the center of things, but your ego is vulnerable and you feel like an impostor sometimes. You have to appreciate that your gifts are unique and need to be shared.
Your life path is to recognize and use your creativity, intuition, and healing abilities for the benefit of humanity as a whole—be it through healing, teaching, writing, or the arts. Through it all, you are always destined for success and achievement. Your resilience grows exponentially as you push yourself toward this fate.
You are all about making spirituality accessible. Conscientious, pragmatic, humble, and stubborn, you are drawn toward the spiritual side of life. At the same time, you also seek material projects, clarity, and everyday progress. As a master number, you have a humanitarian mission in life: to build projects that will benefit everyone.
You have all the attributes of a number 4 (you’re practical, steady, hardworking), but you’re destined to use them for something much bigger. You wrestle with this responsibility and the degree of exposure and even ~fame~ it brings. Part of you yearns to live a quieter life.
Your life path will take you from using your practicality for your own enterprises into building amazing tools, services, products, and platforms for others.
You’re meant to heal and save the world—no pressure! Visionary, truthful, loving, inspiring, articulate, and compassionate, you are destined for greatness. Your destiny is to become a powerful healer and bring love and unity to your corner of the planet. You truly are here to make a difference.
You can achieve this great mission through persuasion, love, and compassion. You need to focus on bringing people together rather than picking sides or amplifying divisions. You’re naturally giving and caring, and you always want to see the best in others. When you do so, other people want to impress you. They want to earn your good opinion. You will struggle with the burdens you place upon yourself, but this is your path.
Your life path will take you from being popular and well liked to helping and healing to leading and inspiring, all for a greater good.
Kerry Ward has been reading and teaching tarot for over 25 years, and alongside her work as Horoscope contributor for Cosmopolitan UK, has worked for Cosmopolitan US, too. You can book a personal, written tarot reading with her, which comes as a beautifully illustrated brochure, while she is also the published author of Power Purpose Practice, Card of the Day Tarot and The Good Karma Tarot. She also created the Crystal Magic Tarot deck. Follow her on Instagram @mytarotbella for weekly forecasts, insights, and tarot teachings, or find her on LinkedIn.