Getting Started with Numerology

The science of numbers, or numerology, is a window to the inner self. The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras is largely credited as the founding father of numerology. In practice today, numerologists often rely on your birth date to reveal key aspects of your inner self, shedding light on character traits that are present and lacking in an effort to help you better understand who you are and discover your full potential. This also illuminates how you communicate with and relate to others in the world, and can help you to improve those relationships through purer understanding of your innate character.

Numerologists can chart your birth date and show you in-depth what the numbers reveal about you. (They can also convert your given birth name to numbers and offer insights based on those calculations.)

Although there are varying approaches to finding your numbers, a common method used involves adding together the numbers in your birth date and reducing to one digit*, arriving at your "Ruling" number or "Life Path" number.

For example, if you were born on January 10, 1980, your Ruling number is 2. Using this example, you calculate the Ruling number as such:

1 + 1 + 0 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 0 = 20

2 + 0 = 2

Your Ruling number reveals details about your personality (both positive and negative), your life's purpose, and the vocations for which you are best suited. Many sources exist in print and online if you are curious about exploring the meaning behind your Ruling or Life Path number. 

(*Note that in different disciplines of numerology there may be some discrepancy. For example, in Pythagorean Numerology, the Ruling numbers are 2 through 9, as well as the compound numbers 10, 11, and 22/4.)

This is an excellent, user-friendly resource for anyone who wants to get started with numerology.

This is an excellent, user-friendly resource for anyone who wants to get started with numerology.

All of the numerological theory presented on this page is derived from the writings and research of David A. Phillips, Ph.D. Our source, and an excellent resource for learning more about numerology and calculating your numbers, is "The Complete Book of Numerology: Discovering the Inner Self," by Phillips.