Expression Numbers Explained | A Definitive Guide

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Have you ever heard anyone talk about their expression number or destiny number before and wondered what it is? Would you like to know what your unique destiny is by discovering your expression number? Then you have landed on the perfect page.

In this post, I will go deep into the nitty-gritty of what an expression number is and the different meanings behind the numbers. We will also break down exactly how you can calculate your destiny number yourself and find out how it relates to your life.

In short, an expression number is one of the types of name numbers used in the practice of numerology. It is one of five core numbers used in numerology to make up an individual’s numerology chart. We will look at the other core numbers a bit later in this post.

But, first, we must understand what the practice of numerology is. Understanding numerology will help you interpret the meaning behind this name number, as well as any other numerological numbers you explore.

What Is Numerology?

Many of you, I am sure, have heard about numerology and have some idea about what it is. Let us clear things up for those who are a little unsure.

Numerology is the study of the relationship between numbers and the vibrational energy they emit. It is all about how this vibration energy relates to us and affects us as we navigate life.

Humans have believed for thousands of years that numbers carry some meaning. But it was not until about 400 BC that a slightly more formal version of the numerology we know today was born.

It was famed Greek mathematician Pythagoras who first noticed the correlation between the vibration of musical notes and numbers. A different kind of numerology existed in the East before Pythagoras. However, Pythagoras was dubbed the father of Western numerology.

We, as human beings, embody and radiate vibrational energy in a similar way to numbers. The specific numbers and vibrations linked to our identity influence how we give energy to the world around us. It also influences how we receive energy from the universe.

Each single-digit number from one to nine emits different vibrational energy and is linked to a specific meaning. When we examine the numbers and meanings relating to our birthdates and names in certain ways, we gain more insight into our lives.

In numerology, the numbers that make up your birthdate, including the day, month, and year, all play a part in determining your overall purpose and passion in life. Numerologists, therefore, analyze these numbers to assist people in understanding their direction in life. They also help individuals overcome challenges and make the most of the opportunities that present themselves during their lifetime.

Similarly, each letter in your name relates to a number that represents a specific meaning and energy. They are referred to as name numbers or numerology by name. These numbers and energy influence our life experiences and, ultimately, who we are at our core.

Therefore, many people make use of numerology by name to determine what they might name their child.

To deep dive into the question about What is Numerology?, you can read this detailed article.

What Is Numerology By Name?

All the vowels and consonants that make up our alphabet are associated with numbers one to nine, each of which gives off different vibrational energy.

Some of the most important core numbers are determined using the numerology by name calculation. Numerologists use different methods when analyzing letters of an individual’s name to determine these core numbers.

To obtain an accurate reading, an individual’s full birth name must be used. The reason for this is that your birth name is influenced by the vibrational energy you emit while you are in the womb, and at birth. So, the name you receive at the start of your life journey is no coincidence, and its deeper meaning sets the tone for your future.

Some core numbers relate only to the vowels in your name, and others are influenced by the consonants alone. Some, however, make use of all the letters in your full name to determine the core number. An expression number is one such number.

Before we dive into what your destiny number is and explore its deeper meaning, let us have a quick look at what the different core numbers are that make up your numerology chart.

What Are The Core Numbers in Numerology?

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We will investigate the fundamental meaning behind each expression number, one to nine, in the following section. But I feel it vital that you have a basic understanding of numerology to draw from as we dig deeper.

We have discussed the meaning of numerology, which should give you a good overview of what it is and why it is used. Next, I would like to go over a quick summary of what your numerology chart is and the five different core numbers that are the foundation of that chart.

The numbers that make up your numerology chart are derived from your full birth name and your date of birth. When we say “your full birth name” we mean your first name, your last/surname, and all of your middle names, if you have them.

The five core numbers on your numerology chart are your life path number, birthday number, expression/destiny number, personality number, and your soul urge/heart’s desire number.

A numerologist will take this personal information and calculate the various numbers for your numerology chart. The numerologist will also give you an insight into the deeper meaning behind the numbers and how they will impact your journey through life.

Life Path Number

This is the most important number in your numerology chart and is calculated using your full date of birth. The vibrational energy of your life path number will give you some insight into the path you should choose in life and the person you are intended to be.

Birthday Number

Your birthday number requires no calculation, as it is simply the day of the month you were born. This number, however, represents the unique and powerful skillset you were born with and which you are meant to offer the world. In other words, your birthday number tells you what you are inherently good at and what you should be doing with your life.

Expression Number

An expression number, also known as your destiny number, is one of the Name numbers in your numerology chart. The reason it is referred to as a name number is that you make use of your full birth name to calculate your expression number. In essence, this number reveals your strengths and weaknesses in life and how you will be inclined to approach them.

Personality Number

When calculating your personality number, you would utilize the numbers that relate only to the consonants present in your name. Again, this is your full birth name, including your last/surname and middle names. Your personality number, of course, represents your personality and gives you a better idea of how you present yourself to others.

Soul Urge Number

Your soul urge number also referred to as your Heart’s Desire Number is just that. It unveils your true desire and helps you to understand where you will find genuine fulfillment in life. The Soul Urge Number is calculated using only the vowels in your full birth name.

What Is An Expression Number?

Right. I feel that you probably have a fairly good idea about what numerology is and the core numbers that make up your numerology chart. Now we can fully immerse ourselves in everything there is to know about the core number known as your expression or destiny number.

As mentioned, your expression number is known as a name number because the letters that make up your name are used to determine the number. There is a specific calculation used to reach this number and it is based on a table that indicates the numerical values assigned to each letter of the alphabet. We will be taking a closer look at this numerology by name calculation shortly.

Bear in mind that your destiny number is a number you were born with. It is tied to the name(s) you were given at birth, along with the family name you were born into. You will, therefore, carry this name number with you throughout your life.

This name number holds the key to your inner character. The deeper meaning behind the number will give you the answers to who you are, why you excel in certain spheres, and where challenges lie for you. This number will also give you some clues regarding how you should approach life to ensure the most fulfilling experience possible.

What Does My Expression Number Say About My Life Purpose?

Discovering your expression number and the meaning behind it could prove life-changing for many. Not only will you discover more about your underlying strengths and weaknesses, but you will gain some insight into where you should be directing your energy in life.

This name number will give you an understanding of how you should approach life and the opportunities you will likely encounter. These opportunities represent milestones intended to be your chance at finding success in what you do. Ideally, these opportunities will be in line with your life purpose.

This Name number will also shed some light on the obstacles you are likely to face during your life as you search for your purpose. The meaning behind the number should provide some guidance on how to navigate these challenging situations and make the most of your journey through life.

As you can tell, this name number can provide you with some valuable information when it comes to discovering and following your life purpose. When combined with the other Core Numbers in your numerology chart, you should uncover a wealth of information that will set you on the path to living your true purpose.

Now that we know what an expression number is, as well as the kind of insight you are likely to gain through the meaning behind the number, we can delve into the process of calculating your destiny number.

How Do I Calculate My Expression Number?

Working out your expression number through numerology by name is not particularly difficult. However, you will need a Pythagorean Number Chart to work from, as below. This chart will help you to link the letters of the alphabet to their corresponding numbers.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
S T U V W X Y Z  

We will use the above chart and illustrate, using the following numerology by name example, how to calculate this name number. Let us use the Canadian actor, Dan Levy, for our example.

Step 1

First, we need to write down his full birth name. In other words, this is the name that would appear on his birth certificate. Therefore, it would be written as follows:


Step 2

Next, we will allocate the corresponding number, according to the Pythagorean Number Chart, to each letter of his name, as follows:

4 1 5 9 5 3 1 6 1 5 7 8 3 5 4 7

Step 3

Now we add all these numbers until we reach a single digit total, as follows:

4 + 1 + 5 + 9 + 5 + 3 + 1 + 6 + 1 + 5 + 7 + 8 + 3 + 5 + 4 + 7 = 74

7 + 4 = 11

1 + 1 = 2

Having completed the above numerology by name calculation, one would be inclined to say that Dan Levy’s expression number is 2. However, Dan happens to have a special kind of destiny number, known as a Master Number.

Master Numbers are the numbers 11, 22, and 33. People who have a Master Number in their numerology charts tend to be leaders and influencers in their field and are often rewarded with a great deal of opulence for their work in life. And, in the case of Dan Levy, I suppose this makes a ton of sense.

If, when calculating this name number, you end up with a Master Number, you should not reduce it further. Therefore, in this instance, Dan Levy’s expression number is 11.

So, now that we have gotten the dreaded mathematics out of the way and have calculated your expression number, what next? Well, we now need to determine what that special number means. So let us not waste another minute and find out the special meaning behind your destiny number.

What Does My Expression Number Mean?

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Before we take a closer look at the deeper meaning behind each of these name numbers, it is important to highlight that this number is one of five core numbers in your numerology chart. I say that because it is crucial to remember that it is only a part of the puzzle.

Each number in your numerology chart compliments the other and all are essential in formulating a well-rounded reading to determine your true life purpose and self.

Therefore, the meaning you are about to discover may not make complete sense to you right now. However, when combined with the meaning associated with each of the numbers present in your numerology chart you will see the bigger picture and it should make far more sense to you.

The following is a breakdown of the meaning associated with each expression number. I hope that these will give you a deep insight into your true self and the way you are walking your path in life.

Expression Number 1

Individuals with the expression number 1 embody qualities of power and leadership. You are an independent person who excels when working alone and you strive for perfectionism in everything you do. You are a self-reliant self-starter and are all about action.

You set the bar extremely high for yourself and expect the same level of input from others. It is for this reason that you may often be irritated and less than impressed with the performance of others.

It is, therefore, important for those with destiny number 1 to learn to let go of the expectation of others to avoid disappointment. You also need to be careful about how you manage and deal with others, as you may be inclined to boss others around.

Destiny number 1 relates to people who are confident, self-assured, and driven to achieve the goals they set for themselves in life.

Expression Number 2

This expression number correlates with people who approach life with kindness and an open heart. You feel most fulfilled when you are being of service to others and work in perfect harmony with those around you.

If your destiny number is 2, you will likely embody compassion and unconditional love when interacting with others. As a result, people will naturally gravitate towards your humble and gentle nature.

While you hold a great deal of inner strength, you may find that you can be a bit more sensitive than most when challenged. In these situations, you must remain calm and kind rather than retaliating in anger. Confrontational behavior will result in an inner imbalance with your true nature and could attract negative energy into your life.

Those with destiny number 2 should be mindful when dedicating their time to others and must remember to take time for themselves. Help others only when you can realistically spare the time for it. Do not overdo it.

You may be inclined to want to please everyone in search of self-validation but you must understand that you will never get the level of validation you crave. It is impossible because most people are only focused on their own needs. Only you can give yourself the love and appreciation you need.

Expression Number 3

This name number holds the traits of creativity, positivity, and seemingly boundless energy. You are full of ideas and easily direct your energy to wherever your heart leads you. Others find your enthusiasm and inspirational nature infectious and are drawn to you as a result.

You love to tell your story and share your ideas and do so in a way that encourages people to listen to you. As you hold the attention of your family and your wide circle of friends, understand that this is ability offers a tremendous opportunity to motivate and inspire others.

Because you have so many ideas, you may sometimes find that you spread yourself too thin and take on too many things at once. This might lead you to become overwhelmed and unsure of which direction to take in life, which could result in a lack of action altogether.

It is, however, crucial that you prioritize the discovery of your life purpose to find the fulfillment and sense of self-achievement you desire. You have inherent talents that must be expressed. Your success is going to motivate those around you to follow their dreams, which is what you were born to do in this life.

Expression Number 4

If your destiny is associated with expression number 4, you should be the personification of diligence and organization. When it comes to overseeing people and processes, you are in your element and at the top of your game. You are the one that others lean on to ensure that tasks are done, and important projects are completed.

You are a master at developing effective systems and when you find a method of doing things that work for you, you tend to stick with it. This can, however, would against you, as you may find yourself unwilling to adapt or change your approach when needed.

When led by this name number it is unlikely that you will be comfortable with stepping outside your comfort zone. You like things to be stable and predictable, which correlates with your core values of honesty, trust, and loyalty.

People guided by destiny number 4 are likely to believe in life-long learning, and enjoy gaining as much knowledge as possible when it comes to the topics they are interested in. This could, however, be linked to the fact that they worry about looking stupid in front of others.

You need to start building something, whether it is a business or family. It is your destiny to lay the foundation and create something that leaves a legacy and gives back to others in the long run.

Expression Number 5

A person with expression number 5 in their numerology chart is an adventure-hungry go-getter at heart. Freedom and new experiences are at the top of your to-do list, and you tend to tackle each day with renewed excitement and energy.

You are destined to be the embodiment of a free spirit who embraces all that life has to offer and easily leaves fear by the wayside.

However, the need to explore and seek out new and exciting life experiences could have a detrimental effect on your relationships. Because of your need for limitless freedom and different encounters, you may find it difficult to settle down. Many may view your behavior as erratic, and many not feel that they can depend on you as a result.

You are destined to explore the world and touch the hearts of many with your enthusiasm for life. If, however, you fight the urge to be free or fail to recognize it at all, you could find yourself pulling back from the world and distancing yourself from others.

Expression Number 6

If you have this name number in your chart, your purpose is to be the consummate caretaker and protector of those near and dear to you. Serving and caring for those around you will be your sole mission in life, and it will bring you a great deal of joy.

As an innate nurturer, however, you must be careful not to dedicate every ounce of your energy to others and none to yourself. People are inclined to come to you with their problems because you listen, care, and genuinely want to help. But remember that you cannot help everyone and that you need to strike a balance between helping others and taking care of yourself.

Most people guided through expression number 6 with be destined for parenthood while others might focus on serving their community and others in need. You feel a sense of responsibility toward others, which is often because of taking on a significant amount of responsibility at an early age.

Be wary of entering into a relationship with someone that needs rescuing or displays a cycle of needing constant emotional care and need. You will only end up feeding the problem instead of resolving it and might end up being hurt in the process.

That said, you will find that you prefer to be the architect of your destiny and do not like taking orders from others. As a result, most individuals aligned with destiny number 6 are likely to start their businesses rather than work for someone else.

Expression Number 7

When looking at the character traits associated with expression number 7, we find that these are individuals in search of answers to the deep questions in life. They have a deep-set need to uncover the truth about the meaning of life and who they truly are.

If your destiny number is 7, you will probably find that you are led by your intuition and tend to gravitate away from the material world and social situations. You prefer to focus on uncovering the deeper facts about life and adopt a spiritual approach to the way you perceive your role in this world.

You are considered different and are quite happy to spend time alone with your thoughts. But be careful not to isolate yourself to the point that you detach from bonding with others and the world around you.

Your natural ability to analyze information will complement your intuition well and lead you to turn your knowledge into something practical.

Understanding the world and your purpose in life is your fundamental duty while on earth. Others may struggle to appreciate your objectives but will begin to see your light as you walk your spiritual path. This path will lead you to the knowledge and fulfillment you seek.

Expression Number 8

This name number is linked to immense financial rewards and is associated with individuals who attain phenomenal success in life. These people are driven to be the best at what they do and will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.

With expression number 8 present in your numerology chart, you could be destined for great things. Fame and fortune are within your reach, but there will be obstacles to navigate along the way. That said, when aligned with name number 8, you are blessed with great power and strength to overcome these challenges.

While there is nothing wrong with setting out to attain material wealth, you must take care not to let the power and success go to your head. It is important to remain grounded and surround yourself with people who remind you of what is important in life.

As the saying goes, “With great power comes great responsibility”. This could not be truer when talking about destiny number 8. Although it is part of your purpose to attain great power and wealth, it is also your mission to give back to your community.

Maintaining a positive and humble outlook, and exercising your philanthropic muscles, will see you happy and in alignment with your life purpose.

Expression Number 9

When it comes to expression number 9 we see energies associated with compassion and loving-kindness. Those with this name number in their chart will believe in the good in others and feel most a peace when they are actively helping their community.

Most often, your compassion will be channeled through humanitarian work and will align with a cause that you are extremely passionate about. When you embrace this role of selflessness, others see the kindness and unconditional love that emanates from your soul.

You have a strong spiritual focus in life and will discover that you are meant to work towards achieving spiritual awakening. The intention is that, through this awakening, you will be able to help others achieve the same. Your life purpose is to give of yourself, unconditionally, for the betterment of mankind. Your mission is vital to our world.

You will be responsible for helping others but will have the opportunity to heal yourself at the same time. You will work through past traumas as you walk your spiritual path and will learn to let go of emotions that no longer serve you.

Bear in mind, though, that if you are not careful you could be perceived as being egotistical. You might even find yourself lecturing people on certain matters you a passionate about, which could seem condescending to them.

Try to approach every situation with as much compassion, openness, and kindness as possible. Others are more included to view you as an inspirational leader this way and you will be in a better position to make a meaningful impact in their lives.

Expression Number 11

As mentioned before, the numbers 11, 22, and 33 are considered Master Numbers. They carry significance because they embody twice the power of the single-digit they represent. In the case of expression numbers, they also represent the single digit that would have been, had you added these digits together (as one would normally do with numerology by name calculations).

Therefore, in the case of destiny number 11, we need to look at the vibrational energy of the number 1, as well as that of the number 2. This is where things become interesting.

When we examine the energy associated with the number 1, we find that individuals linked to destiny number 11 are intuitive, strong, and confident. However, the energy relating to the number 2 indicates kindness and love towards others.

If you find that this name number is in your chart, you are likely to be someone who has big dreams and is bursting with creativity. The problem is that you do not always know exactly how to make those dreams a reality.

It is important to understand that the intention is for you to make use of your immense creativity and inherent compassion to inspire and help others. This will usually be in the form of creative expressions such as the arts, entertainment, or the like. However, some effective people guided by this name number have been known to become teachers.

While the presence of the number 2 is usually associated with someone who prefers serving in the background, the presence of number 1 tends to create an internal conflict. The reason is that the number 1 brings with it the need to be in the limelight.

This conflict can prove a real struggle for those with this name number in the numerology chart. However, if you focus on the spiritual, follow your heart, and cultivate ways to release emotional stress, you will become an inspirational leader and healer.

Expression Number 22

As mentioned above, the number 22 is a Master Number. But it is also considered to be the most powerful of all Master Numbers and is often referred to as the Master Builder Number. As is the case with all Master Numbers, 22 represents a vast amount of spiritual growth and undertaking.

This Master Builder Number corresponds with the ultimate achievement of success in life but comes with a great deal of responsibility. If the expression number 22 is present in your chart, you are destined to dream up ambitious goals and turn them into an awe-inspiring reality. What you create is intended to have an enormous impact on mankind.

But you are not meant to take on this journey alone. The idea is for you to inspire and lead others to join your cause and work together with them to affect positive change. Be mindful, however, of the potential for you to come across as if you know better than anyone else. It is important to tap into the energies of the number 2 here to bring about collaboration and harmony while working with your team.

This name number, of course, also embodies the vibrational energy of the number 4 when you add the two digits together. Through the number 4, you will draw upon your ability to think logically. The number 4 will also bring with it the need to build a solid foundation for everything you do in life.

That said, with the vibrational energy of 4, you might find it difficult to step out of your comfort zone and take the risks needed to bring your revolutionary vision to fruition. It is, however, important that you persist in chasing your dreams. It will be uncomfortable at first, but you will eventually find your groove as you move forward.

Expression Number 33

Again, this particular Name number is seen as one of three Master Numbers and, therefore, holds great significance when it comes to your overall mission in life. Destiny number 33 comprises the vibrational energy of the number 3, two-fold. It also holds the energies associated with the number 6 when you add 3 and 3 together.

If expression number 33 is in your numerology chart, the overall intention is for you to follow your heart and affect the lives of others through healing and inspiration. You are destined to bring hope and encouragement to those who need it through your wealth of experience and compassion.

If we take a closer look, we find that the presence of the number 3 enables the ability to communicate well with others and to understand people on a deeper emotional level. With the number 6 also present, your tendency to nurture and make others feel loved is what is required as you fulfill your life purpose.

Most often, individuals led by Destiny number 33 will find themselves in a leadership role, which allows them to impart their knowledge, guide, and inspire those around them. They must find it within themselves to express this in the most joyful and heart-felt manner possible.

With this Name number guiding you, you must remain focused and ensure that you gain fulfillment and happiness in your day-to-day life. While healing and inspiring others can potentially become a burden, you should remember that it is your spiritual calling and try to find the joy in doing it.

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What Do I Do With My Expression Number Meaning?

I hope that this post has provided you with the information you need to better understand your expression number. The meaning behind each of these name numbers explained above should give you some sense of the path you were destined to follow. However, discovering the specifics of your life purpose is up to you.

As mentioned, you may not feel as though what is described above relates to how you see yourself. It is important to understand that this is the vibrational energy and resultant energy you were born with. Your experiences in life up to this point have shaped how you see yourself today, but that is not necessarily who you were meant to be.

Practice some introspection. Take the time to reflect and search within yourself for your true voice and inner consciousness. Take the above meaning into consideration and listen to your heart. You may find that your ideals on the surface do not represent your true inner desires, which means that you will need to change the way you view your life.

Meditate regularly and try to remain mindful of your thoughts and emotions as much as possible. Your true desires and inner spirit will reveal themselves with time.

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