Numerology - Calculate the Meaning of Your Name

How to Calculate the Meaning of Your English Name According to Numerology

I ran across this exercise in the book Write Your Own Magic by Richard Webster. I can't recall who the original author of this English Numerical system IS -- I'm recreating the following Table and Examples from my own notebooks.

This system was adapted from older written languages to work with the English alphabet. The process works like other Basic Numerology -- individual letters and characters in a word are expressed as a number; the numbers are added together, then reduced to single digits 1 - 9.

There are two exceptions: you do NOT reduce double digits -- 11 and 22. In Numerology, 11 and 22 are considered to be Master Numbers.

Numerical English Alphabet Table


Soul Urge and Expression - Two Levels of Meaning

  • Vowels : reveal the soul urge of a name

  • Consonants + Vowels : reveal the expression of a name

You calculate the Vowels and Consonants separately. The reduced number corresponding to the total of the Vowels -- alone -- is the soul urge; the soul urge added to the consonant reduction gives the full expression of the name.

Easier to grasp with examples:

Here's the system applied to my name SLADE


Using the Table above, write the corresponding number for each vowel in your name on a line above the letters. Now, write the number for each consonant on a line below the letters.

Add the vowel numbers together in top line: example: 1 + 5 (the vowels in my name A and E) = 6

Add the consonant numbers together in the bottom line: example: 1 + 3 + 4 (the S, L, and D in my name) = 8

The Soul Urge of my name is the one digit vowel total -- 6

To get the Expression of my name, I have to add the vowels and the consonants together, and reduce to one digit.

In this case, 8 (vowels) + 6 (consonants) = 14. Reduce the 14 (1+4=5). So, my name's Expression -- 5

Meanings of The Numbers

1 -- independence/attainment

2 -- tact, diplomacy, intuition

3 -- creative self-expression, joys of life

4 -- limitations/restrictions, system, order

5 -- freedom/variety

6 -- service to others, responsibility

7 -- introspection, analysis, spirituality

8 -- material freedom, power

9 -- humanitarian, concern for others

11 - illumination and inspiration

22 - master builder, unlimited potential

According to this system and these interpretations, my name Slade, has a soul urge of 6 - service to others, responsibility; the expression of my name is 5 - freedom and variety.

I thought the name meanings were very basic, but I spent hours one afternoon last year calculating the soul urge and expression of the names of everyone and everything of significance in my life -- I was actually surprised by how accurate, even if simplistic, the meanings were.

*Note: I calculated variations, such as my full name, by treating all three names as one. I also applied other meanings I already associate with the numbers, and with various meanings I found in online research -- to add some nuance, or depth to the meaning layers.