Numerology - The Destiny Number

 Numerology - The Destiny Number

The Destiny Number is one of the most important Core Numbers in numerology. Known by a fair number of numerologists as the Name Number, the Destiny Number is derived from the name you were given at birth. It provides guidelines for describing your character, traits, goals, and impediments and reveals what you need to do to reach your ultimate success.

What Is the Destiny Number?

 As the name implies, the Destiny Number foretells your purpose in life—what you must do to fulfill your destiny, not what you are.

The Destiny Number is a Core Number that describes your character, talents, and goals, and reveals what you need to do to reach your ultimate success in life. It’s derived by adding the numeric values of the letters in the given name you received at birth and then reducing to a single digit.

Knowing your Destiny Number indicates not only how you can, but also should, proceed in your field to be successful and to attain what destiny holds for you. It describes how you react to the stimuli and situations you encounter: Are you to be an active or passive participant? Do you make things happen, or do you take whatever comes? Do you want to play the starring role, or are you happy as an understudy? Additionally, your Destiny Number describes what kind of people you work well with and how you relate to others.

Your Destiny Number isn’t always easy to implement, because sometimes what you think you want to do isn’t what your Destiny Number says you must do. The Destiny Number truly embodies the union of your inner self and the persona you project to the rest of the world. (In Chapters 4 and 5, you’ll learn about the separate inner and outer self with the Soul and Personality Numbers.)

What Name Should You Use?

To get the most accurate interpretation of your Destiny Number, you need to use your name exactly as it appears on your birth certificate, birth registration, or whatever document officially records the name you received at birth, even if you’ve never used or been known by that name. That also means even if your name is misspelled, it says “Baby Boy” or “Baby Girl” where your name should be, or your mother’s maiden name is included with a hyphen after your father’s name, you still use it! The following are some other special situations that might arise:

Lost or misplaced birth certificate:

What should you do if your birth certificate has been lost or misplaced? What if you were born at home and the midwife neglected to report your birth? Not to worry! Birth certificates can be ordered from the Office of Vital Statistics or Registrar in the county or state where you were born in the United States, and similar resources exist in other developed nations. So go online and search for the appropriate government office. If all else fails, use the name that was listed on your school records as a child.

Taking an additional name later:

Per the customs of some countries and religions, you may have been given an additional name when you were baptized or the equivalent. Or perhaps Aunt Tilly promised to leave you her entire estate if you took her name. As much as you might want Tilly’s treasure trove by assuming her moniker, revert to the full name on your birth certificate when you calculate your Destiny Number.


Many times adoption records are sealed and adoptees have difficulty obtaining their original birth certificate. If this is the case for you, search online for agencies that specialize in researching adoption records. Ideally, it’s best to use the name you were given at birth, even if it was only used temporarily until your adoption. If all else fails, use the name your adoptive parents gave you.

Born in a foreign country:

 Perhaps your parents were living in Japan at the time of your birth—lo and behold, when you look at your birth certificate, you see Kanji characters instead of the name your parents intended. Or maybe your mother was on a trip to the Middle East when you were born and there are Arabic or Hebrew symbols on your birth certificate. If you confront this issue, use the name your parents intended and the full name you used as a child.

 Junior, II, or III:

Do you have a generational suffix, such as “Jr.” or a Roman numeral, as part of your name? If so, numerology experts agree that using your full name without the added letters or Roman numerals provides the most accurate interpretation of your Destiny Number. This is because it’s considered an add-on rather than a true part of your name.

Name changed due to marriage or legally:

I believe that the exact name on your birth certificate, even if there was a misspelling, is the name you carry with you for life on a numerological level. Even if you changed your name for professional reasons (due to marriage or simply because you don’t like your given name), or you have a nickname and no one has ever heard your given name, you should only use your complete birth certificate name when calculating your Destiny Number and other various Core Numbers. .