Numerology is the mystical study of how digits influence our destiny. When viewed through the lens of this ancient practice, numbers can open up a whole new world for us. They speak to our subconscious mind and bring to the surface infinite potential for change. Numerology enables us to reflect on the past and let things go. We can also change our perception and alter our future. In short, it can help us to make the most of life!
When you add up all the digits in your full date of birth you arrive at your life purpose (or life path) number, which influences your deeper soul aspiration. This calculation involves you first taking your day of birth (linked to your personality and behaviour), then your month of birth (associated with broadening horizons), then your year of birth (your overall group energy). For example, if you were born on 14/11/1974, you would add: 14 + 11 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 4 = 46, 4 + 6 = 10, 1 + 0 = 1, so your Life Purpose number is 1.
LIFE PURPOSE 1
Soul lesson: Listen to your inner self
Listen to your inner self You’re ace at inspiring courage in others, but your path is to find it within yourself. It takes great strength to look at your mistakes and be prepared to change. Life Purpose 1 is about independence, an ability to see a new vision and a willingness to take responsibility for your mind, body and spirit. You may fear getting hurt in a relationship, even though you appear strong on the surface. Perhaps you’re always telling friends, “I don’t need anybody,” but this is an empty pretence. Your soul aspiration is to follow your inner spiritual focus and drive and, when you do, you’ll become a natural leader.
LIFE PURPOSE 2
Soul lesson: Relate on a deeper level
You actively seek out people you can connect with on a spiritual plane, and want someone to hold hands with as you journey through life. Paradoxically, sharing may not feel natural, but you need to accept that two pairs of hands can make life easier. Compromise is often frowned upon as a sign of weakness. However, it takes incredible inner soul, vision and sensitivity to be able to see a situation from both sides and then to reach a mutual agreement. Your soul is filled with wisdom learned from past experiences; your goal is to let inner wisdom blossom and to bring love wherever you go/
LIFE PURPOSE 3
Soul lesson: Discover what’s important
Happiness can breed spiritual inertia, because when you’re cocooned in your own little bubble, you’re not going to want to stop and examine how you can make life better for others. The drive of Life Purpose 3 is to be able to recognise the greater plan as opposed to lots of little distractions. You need to express the feelings and gifts that you have inside; others will be inspired by your creative flair and capabilities. Your soul wants to explore the mind and the way people think so it can be used to expand people’s visions.
LIFE PURPOSE 4
Soul lesson: Relate on a deeper level
Bringing order out of chaos is your soul’s goal, and this process gives you many important lessons about responsibility. You know that sometimes structures need to crumble and be rebuilt after falling apart. You’re passionate about change and embrace hard work, so you get incredibly irritated by ‘slackers’ (perhaps they’ve earned a rest). You can be impatient for change, but this only compounds your frustration about life. Remember that our soul is ultimately in charge and knows what’s for the best. Give up, give in and give over trying to control everything because your soul knows where your destiny lies.
LIFE PURPOSE 5
Soul lesson: Experiment with life
Your inner self is searching for freedom in order to grow. You may be a homebody who lives in the same house all of your life, which makes you feel secure, but there’s a big wide world out there waiting to be explored. Through awareness you will know when it’s time to slow things down, so that you come back to yourself, or when you need to accelerate and start running with the wind. You’re incredibly sensitive underneath the cool, magnetic and charming exterior, and you aspire to clear out emotional debris so you can live soulfully.
LIFE PURPOSE 6
Soul lesson: To empower others
Your soul aspiration is to be of service, which sometimes means you will have to give up your personal needs. This can be as simple as offering a smile instead of being miserable, as your mood influences others in a powerful way. A big part of your soul work (your deeper connection to life), is to work through the glamour of your emotions, which can colour situations and give you mixed messages. You feel life so deeply and sometimes take people’s comments to heart. Ultimately, you feel at your happiest when you know everyone else is getting their needs met, too.
LIFE PURPOSE 7
Soul lesson: Speak your truth
You are able to reach the stars through inner reflection and soul awareness, and you soon realise how incredibly lucky you are as life offers opportunities for you to shine. You can be blunt on occasion, but others like you to point out things that need addressing. Sometimes people find your directness tough, because they don’t want to look at the issues, or prefer to run away from facts! Your life purpose is to speak the truth when it’s for the highest good.
LIFE PURPOSE 8
Soul lesson: Trust the universe
Freeing yourself of outer illusions is your path. This is easier said than done, because as soon as you’ve cracked one issue, another mysteriously appears. At times, you do hit a brick wall, but this drives you to find strength. You know there is a higher power governing the whole of life and you aspire to follow the highest spiritual principles possible. When life is difficult, you do not fuss and fight – you simply surrender with humility and take the lesson as a gift. You may possess business flair and that brings many lessons around responsibility, too.
LIFE PURPOSE 9
Soul lesson: See the world as one
Your inner self is only fulfilled when you’re giving to others and doing your very best in life. You can be selfless at times and you may carry out tasks for no personal gain whatsoever, which is a wonderful trait. You have a way of expressing yourself that uplifts and inspires others because your soul has an incredibly expansive view of life. It’s important for you to fight to protect the underdog, because you know we’ve all been there, and they deserve your empathy. Try to see the potential in others but don’t interfere – live and let live.
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This feature is adapted from #WhatIs Numerology, by Sonia Ducie (£7.99, Watkins). Out now.