NUMEROLOGY 101: How your Soul Number is Just as Important as your Zodiac Sign.
A casual look into what your soul wishes it could tell you.
If you’re reading this, which I think you might be, then it’s quite possible you're unfamiliar with what a Soul Number is or what Numerology is all about. Get excited, because you’re about to discover something to post on your Instagram story that no one else has yet.
Numbers are everywhere. They’re found in the way we communicate and travel, in the way we tell time and dates, and in the way that state trooper pulled you over for speeding on your way home cause you had to go to bathroom SO bad.
How did this come to be?
Numerology can be traced back for centuries, the oldest recordings having been found in ancient Egypt. Pythagoras - the daddy responsible for math and confusion - was a master numerologist. He was a Greek philosopher who developed the Pythagorean Number System, which is his interpretation of the idea that every number is associated with meaning.
Pythagoras, along with many religious groups, believed anything in the universe can be explained through numbers. This is what modern numerology has its roots in, and also where YOU come into this whole thing.
Have you ever made a wish at 11:11, or looked at the barista a little too long when your total at Starbies is $6.66? Do you see a certain number, day in day out, that seems to follow you wherever you are? Every number has it’s own vibrational frequency, and so do we.
If you’re familiar with the Law of Attraction, you know that ‘like things’ are attracted to ‘like things’. If you've never heard of this concept, I highly highly recommend you read E-Squared by Pam Grout, ASAP. It changed my life along with many, many others. **But do it after this article, xo**
There are countless ways to interpret how numbers resonate with you and your path. But don’t get overwhelmed, I’ll be your resident spiritual philosophy professor for the next few paragraphs.
A great way to get started with numerology is to calculate your Soul Number, also known as your Soul Urge number. This can serve as a map suggesting what your purpose is, the things that matter to most to you, the ways you inspire others, and even suggest people you could be best compatible with, similar to the Zodiac.
Okay, what is mine?
Soul numbers summarize the qualities that already exist within you, each one being connected to its own unique meanings. The numbers we’ll cover today are 1-9, 11, 22, and 33.
To calculate what your number is, I’ll need your first, middle, last, and dog’s name. (The dog name doesn’t have to do with the calculation, I’m.. just curious.)
If you've changed your name, feel free to calculate both your birth name as well as the name you identify with. Your birth name, similar to your sun sign, will suggest the blueprint of your life. Using your nickname or chosen name will describe how you see yourself, and how others see you, much like your moon and rising signs in astrology. You will find that you resonate with them both, as they all combine to formulate the one of a kind being that is you.
How to calculate
For instructional purposes, I’ll be using THE, yes, THE Harry Edward Styles. **Disclaimer, Mr. Styles is not affiliated with our brand…...Yet**
1. Take each vowel from your full name:
H A R R Y E D W A R D S T Y L E S
2. Match each vowel with their number
A Y E A Y E (lol) = 1 + 7 + 5 + 1 + 7 + 5
1 + 7 + 5 + 1 + 7 + 5 = 26
4. Add again
2 + 6 = 8
Harry’s number is 8.
Ok before you scream at me, let me explain in detail.
I took the vowels from his full name, and matched them to a number using this:
A = 1 E=5 I = 9 O= 6 U = 3
Y = 7 (Sometimes, as the saying goes. I didn’t come up with it.)
Then, I added each digit individually. His number is 8, which happens to be exactly the number of days and nights I wept for when 1D announced their “hiatus.”
If your number is one of the master numbers - 11, 22, and 33 - you stop right there. If your name is something like, I don’t know, Jennifer Lynn Lopez, you’ll get something like 37.
You, my friend, have a second step: add these digits together until you get a single one or a master number.
So, Jennifer, 3+7 is 10. 1+0 is 1. Your soul number is 1, which is conveniently a perfect intro to our explanations for each one.
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1. DIRECTION - INDEPENDENCE - DRIVE
Your soul urges you to be the independent, leader type. You march to the beat of your own pa-rum-pum-pum-pum. You’re an intellectual. You set your standards for yourself pretty darn high and expect people to do the same for themselves. You aren’t willing to settle for anything less than what it is you desire and deserve. 1’s seem to work best in situations where they have both hands on the wheel, since it’s a surefire way to get to their desired destination.
2. COMFORT - GRACE - SENSITIVITY
Love is the battery back to the cutest little light that is your soul. When in alignment to your heart’s desires, you’re empathetic, loving, and patient. You’re maybe a little bit (or a lotta bit) indecisive, but it’s because deep down you want to make sure all parties are being accounted for and heard. You’re the ideal best friend and partner. Put THAT in your Tinder bio. You’re easily susceptible to people draining your energy, so protect yourself, especially when in large groups. 2’s thrive in areas where they’re making a positive impact on the world.
3. CREATIVITY - WHOLENESS - INTUITION
The talkers, the movers, the shakers, the… bakers? Sure. If you’re expressing your true self, you’re in alignment with your soul’s urge. You have always dreamt of becoming influential. A celeb, perhaps? Prez? An author? Maybe becoming the winner of that hot dog eating contest on the 4th of July floats your big ‘ol boat? Whatever it is, go for it with your whole beautiful heart. You bring excitement wherever you go, and we love you for that. Believe in yourself, and believe that whatever dreams you have are bound to find you. It’s inevitable, 3.
4. TRUSTWORTHY - PRECISE - GROUNDED
Soul number 4’s are the types of people you want on your emergency contact list. You’re on time, organized, and strive for a lasting feeling of security. You have a strong work ethic and can achieve anything you set your mind to. You have an innate desire to build structure and order in the world, however that may manifest. The only limitation 4’s have is their own mind. Be fearless and trust yourself. Be mindful of taking care of yourself as much as you take care of others.
5. VARIETY - FREEDOM - ADVENTURE
Your laughter and charisma are what draws people to you. Your wit and fearlessness is what keeps them around. Soul number 5’s have a tendency to be ferociously passionate about exploration, action, and thrills. It’s hard to nail you down, maybe even impossible. You move through life in a blur of bright color. You deeply enrich the lives of those around you without even realizing it. You’re always looking for what’s next, so try to remember to ground yourself in the perfection of the present moment.
6. SUPPORTIVE - HEALING - LOVING
6’s are the types of people who always put others’ best interests before their own. You feel most fulfilled when providing emotional nourishment and tangible support to friends, family, children, animals, and even strangers. Your home is your nest, and you spend a great deal of time tending to it and making it reflect the inner you. You are deeply empathetic, sometimes to a fault. When you enter a space, people are enamored by your poise, comfort, and natural beauty. Your authentic, selfless personality is what sets you apart from the rest of the world. You’re a gifted teacher and healer. Never doubt the fact that you are loved unconditionally. Your purpose is to simply be yourself. Give yourself as much love as you give others for a lifetime of abundance and miracles.
7. MYSTICAL - WISE - DIVINITY
You are deeply introspective, observant, and contemplative. You retreat to nature in times of inner and outer distress, and find the most comfort in alone time. 7’s are in a league of their own. You’re one of a kind, but also scared of being misunderstood, so you find yourself torn between wanting to fit in and dying to stand out. You dive deeper within yourself to discover who you truly are than anyone else on this list. The good news is - the answers you seek to life are already within you. You have the gift of not only knowledge, but wisdom - so trust yourself! You are a direct extension of the universe.
8. SUCCESS - STRENGTH - EXPERTISE
8 is the number of infinity and abundance. You’re the face of wealth, health, and success, whether or not that’s tangible yet. You’re destined to be financially free as your soul thrives from giving to others. Make note of what it is that makes your heart sing, and follow suit. People sense your natural authoritative energy as you walk into a room. Use that to your advantage and step into your power.
9.KIND - NOBLE - WORLDLY
As a number 9, you’re considered the old soul. People usually think you’ve got it all together, even if you yourself know you don’t. Even though you’re a fantastic friend, it’s often hard for you to ask them for help since giving to others is so ingrained in your DNA. There’s no need to feel guilty for asking for a hand with something. Take the pressure off yourself, give yourself permission to support people from a safe distance rather than feeling responsible for everyone’s well being. Your soul urges you to accept the love the universe wants to give you.
11. COMMUNICATIVE - BALANCED - INTUITIVE
The first of the master numbers. 11’s are profound creatives and feel most fulfilled in a balance between analytics and art. Your soul expresses both the qualities of 1’s (independence, drive) and 2’s (grace, love). You’ve been through so much in your life, which has shaped you to be the empathetic, noble leader you are. You’re sensitive and personable, enough to make friends with anyone. It might be hard for you to see how talented you are, so try not to doubt yourself. You’re sometimes torn between wanting to be on the court (1’s) and wanting to be on the bench (2’s) so you have a habit of dulling your sparkle. Let your true self shine and the rest will happen effortlessly.
22. BUILDER - DETAILED - VISIONARY
The second of the master numbers. Your soul possesses both the characteristics of 2’s (grace, love) and 4’s (precise, grounded). 22’s spiritual path includes learning to work smart, not hard, while creating a sustainable impact on the world. You are urged to utilize your ambition and creativity to bring your bright ideas to life. 22’s feel fulfilled when they are of service to the things that matter to them. Like the number 4, you chase the sense of security. Being a double 2 means you have double the 2 power, and are doubly susceptible to energy vampires. Protect your heart without watering down your light.
33. GENEROUS -TEACHER - COMPASSIONATE
The third master number. 33’s are a magnified soul number 3, and also possess characteristics of the 6. You feel everything so deeply with an intense urgency. You absorb whatever energy you encounter which can be detrimental to your well-being. Your soul urge is to help others see the beauty that life has to offer. You wish for everyone to experience unconditional love and do whatever it takes to put a smile on someone’s face. 33 is an intense number, one that may lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms. Practice self care through movement, art, and affirmations.
Wear your Soul Number as a reminder to embody your authentic self, and amplify your power by combining them into your personalized stack. What’s your Soul Number? Tag us @ALEXANDANI and use the hashtag #myALEXANDANI to be featured. XOXO.
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