When we first introduce ourselves, it's the first thing we tell another person. So naturally, the secret numbers in names play a great role in our numerology portrait. The heart's desire number, the personality number, and the power number all come from the numbers found in your name. Names can influence your career, your personal life, and even your spiritual journey. It's part of the reason why Marilyn Monroe is famous and not Norma Jeane Mortenson, or why Lady Gaga is an Oscar-winning singer, not Stefani Germanotta—one simple name change finds them on the fast track to their destiny. If you are choosing the name of a pet, a business, or your newborn baby—do a quick numerology breakdown when deciding. If you are thinking of changing your name—for personal or professional reasons—take numerology into account and choose numbers that best support your life path numbers or the numbers that have the traits you wish to embody.

Pythagorean Number System

But how do we break down letters into numbers? We simply go back to our old friend Pythagoras and the Pythagorean Number System, which assigns a number to each letter of the alphabet from 1 to 9. So, A is 1, B is 2, C is 3, and so on.

Here's a handy chart to help you out:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

When trying to figure out your heart's desire (the sum of all the vowels in your name), your personality number (the sum of all the consonants in your name), and power number (the sum of hearts desire number and the personality number), use this chart to break down the letters of your name.

Sometimes Y: As you remember, vowels are a, e, o, u, and sometimes y. If you have a "y" in your name, you may be scratching your head trying to figure out if you should count it as a vowel or as a consonant. Thankfully, there's a simple way to decide.

If Y is next to a consonant (on both sides), it's a vowel. For example, the Y in Myron would be a vowel.

If Y is next to a vowel (on either side) it's a consonant. For example, the Y in Taylor would be a consonant.

What Name Do I Use?

All of us are given a name at birth, but that isn't always the name that we call ourselves as we journey through life. When doing your numerology portrait, don't get hung up on including the full name on your birth certificate—especially if you no longer identify or feel any connection with that name. Instead, use the name you most identify with. This could be your full name (including middle name), but it could be a nickname, your married name, or a name you picked for yourself. For example, if your full name is Elizabeth Ann Smith, but call yourself Lizzy Smith, use Lizzy Smith for your portrait. If you have one name you use professionally and one name you use in your personal life, do a numerology portrait for both—you might find an interesting difference between them.

Soul's Urge

The soul's urge number is simply that—what we want most in this life. It's what we need for our souls to be happy. Our inner desires may not be out in the open for the world to see, but we feel them and will not be happy until our inner needs our meet.

We find our soul's urge number but adding up all the vowels in our name. For example, to discover Reiki master Laurelle Shanti Gaia's soul urge number, we add up all the vowels in her name then, decoding them using the name chart above, turning them into 1+3+5+5+1+9+1+1=26, 2+6=8. Laurelle's soul urge number is 8.

Soul's Urge Definition

1 Soul

Your soul desires to be successful. Your happiness comes from a personal victory and having won a competition. You are driven to rise above the rest. Your heart is determined, bold, and individualistic. You feel the best when you have the courage to be yourself and feel completely accepted by loved ones.

2 Soul

Your soul desires to be loved above all else. Your soul needs to live in a harmonious environment because you cannot stand conflict. Your heart is compassionate, intuitive, and forgiving. Your happiness comes from doing kind and generous acts for your loved ones and feeling their love in return.

3 Soul

Your soul desires to be creative. For you, happiness comes from doing creative activities: performing, writing, creating new art. Your heart is imaginative, bubbly, and optimistic. Your soul enjoys to laugh and make others laugh. You feel good when you create or do something people really enjoy.

4 Soul

Your soul desires to feel secure. You can only relax when you have a solid plan for the future and everything is taken care of. Your soul is happiest when you are in a place you can call home. Your heart is disciplined, level-headed, and stable. Your happiness comes from sharing knowledge with others.

5 Soul

Your soul desires freedom. Your soul is a restless wanderer, never wanting to be caged in. Your heart is curious, charming, and daring. Traveling is important for your spiritual well-being. You feel the most yourself when you are celebrating life and living each day to the fullest.

6 Soul

Your soul desires to be a parent—either raising children or animals. You long to feel needed and appreciated by the people in your life. Whether running a company or household, a family unit is paramount to your inner well-being. Your heart is nurturing, responsible, and charismatic. Your soul is happiest when you are surrounded by loved ones.

7 Soul

Your soul desires solitude in nature. You long to be surrounded by the beauty and serenity of nature—especially near a body of water. Your heart is seeking, wise, and observant. Your soul needs a strong spiritual base in order to be content. Your heart is open to learning about the mysteries of the world.

8 Soul

Your soul desires financial freedom and independence. Your soul wants to be in control of any situation you are in—an authority. Your heart is strong, sincere, and energetic. Your wish is for money to come easily to you. You love to surround yourself with nice things and live in a beautiful home.

9 Soul

Your soul urges you to live in the moment. Your soul needs to let go of old family pain and embrace the bright future. Your heart is compassionate, idealistic, and generous. You feel most satisfied when you are fighting for your ideals, being an activist, and helping others.

Personality Number

The personality number is the aspects of your character that you show to others. How people see you and understand your personality. Unlike the soul number, which is about your secret world, the personality number is your public persona. If you feel like you are often being misunderstood by others, check your personality number—if it is wildly different than your life path number, that might be the culprit. The personality number is calculated by adding up all the consonants in your name. For example, to figure out the personality number of Laurelle Shanti Gaia, you would add up the consonants of her name, 3+9+3+3+1+8+5+2+7+9=50, 5+0=5. Her personality number is 5.

Personality Number Definition

1 Personality

You come across as a natural leader. You command the attention of others with ease. People see you as ambitious, strong-willed, and determined—though you can come across as having a bit of an ego. When you start a trend, people instantly follow.

2 Personality

You come across as someone people can trust. Strangers often up to you for help because the can sense your compassionate nature. People see you as lovable, caring, and fair—though others can get annoyed by your indecisive natural. Still, most think you are a sweetheart.

3 Personality

You come across as a deeply creative person. You have a knack for drawing a crowd with your engaging storytelling abilities. People see you as talented, hilarious, and interesting—though some think you exaggerate a bit for the drama. Many believe that you enjoy the spotlight.

4 Personality

You come across as someone who is reliable. A pillar of strength in any situation. People see you as steady, organized, and incredibly knowledgeable—though some think you are a little too serious. People come to you because they believe you have all the answers.

5 Personality

You come across as the life of the party. Others are drawn to your charisma and stimulating energy. People see you as adventurous, passionate, and fun—though they may not think of you as very reliable. You have a jet-set vibe and are always on the move.

6 Personality

You come across as a helper. You are probably known as the "mom" friend of your group, whether you want to be or not. People see you as caring, responsible, and easy-going—though you tend to be overly giving to your loved ones. You are seen as the peacemaker.

7 Personality

You come across as an introvert. You seem like you prefer solitude over social interaction and can easily read others. People see you as intelligent, opinionated, and deep—though some find you a little too blunt and distant. You are seen as the seeker of knowledge and truth.

8 Personality

You come across as a high-achiever. Someone who knows what they want and will do whatever it takes to get it. People see you as ambitious, confident, and resourceful—someone in charge. You manifest an aura of style and success that others can be very intimidated by.

9 Personality

You come across as an old soul, someone much wiser beyond their years. Others tend to gravitate towards your strong, positive vibe. People see you as charming, idealistic, and inspiring—though can seem like a bit of a know-it-all. You have a profound ability to influence others.

Power Number

Your power number represents all the strengths of your character—who you are when you're at your best. While the life path number is how to go on the journey of life, the power number gives you a glimpse of what the end goal is. If you power number and life path number are similar, you will be able to reach your goal faster. If your power number and life path number are opposites, it will take you longer to reach your goal.

Finding your power number is simple: add your heart's desire number to your personality number. Let's say we wanted to know Freddie Mercury's power number. We simply take his heart's desire number (7) and his personality number (3). 7+3=1. Freddie Mercury's power number is 1.

Power Number Definitions

1 Power

Your strength comes from your drive to be the best. You work hard and play harder. Your best traits are your ambition, originality, and independence. Your goal is to be "number one" in your chosen profession.

2 Power

Your strength comes from your ability to love. You bring people together and create strong relationships. Your best traits are diplomacy, kindness, and understanding. Your goal is to be surrounded by love.

3 Power

Your strength comes from your creativity. You are a natural showman. Your best traits are your optimism, passion, and ability to communicate. Your goal is to create something that inspires others.

4 Power

Your strength comes from your stability. Your level-headed wisdom is a point of pride for you. Your best traits are your reliability, being organized, and your emotional strength. Your goal is to build a life you can be proud of.

5 Power

Your strength comes from your boundless energy. You celebrate life each day for all of its gifts. Your best traits are your charm, curiosity, and adventurous spirit. Your goal is to experience everything, learn as much as you can, and gain many talents.

6 Power

Your strength comes from your natural magnetism. People are drawn to your loving, nurturing nature. Your best traits are caring, sincerity, and selflessness. Your goal is to live in a beautiful home with the people you love and care for.

7 Power

Your strength comes from your intuition. You are constantly seeking out knowledge and the mysteries of the universe. Your best traits are understanding, intelligent, and observant. Your goal is to find a strong, spiritual base.

8 Power

Your strength comes from your determination to be financially successful. You love to surround yourself with nice things and work hard to get them. Your best traits are disciple, practicality, and drive. Your goal is to gain financial security in a position of power.

9 Power

Your strength comes from your need to save the world. You are true humanitarian with a well developed social conscious. Your best traits are your compassion, tolerance, and open-mindedness. Your goal is to find a personal sense of purpose in the world.

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