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The procedure for determining the numerical value of the name starts with knowing which number corresponds to each letter of in the name. Below is the list of correspondences which helps you to construct your name chart.
123456789 ABCDEFGHI JKLMNOPQR STUVWXYZ
To start, write down the full name at birth (first, middle [one or more], and last). The usual rule of thumb is to use the name on the birth certificate. There can be some exceptions. If a mistake was made on the birth certificate and corrected immediately, I usually go with the corrected name. In cases of adoption, if there was a name established prior to the adopted name, I usually go with the original name depending upon the length of time before the change. There is no exact rule for how long that time may be. If it was a matter of days or weeks, that is enough time for the name to have been established.
The name at birth is similar to the natal chart in astrology. It is in effect your entire life. As you later change names (for marriage, career, nicknames, stage names, etc.) these can be given consideration for the vibrational change they create. They doe not replace the name at birth.
(NOTE) For any name other than the full name at birth you will find clarification and instructions in The Heart of Numerology.
Once you have the name written, you place the appropriate number under each letter using the above chart as a guideline. You then add across the line getting a total number for the full name (Integrated Self). This is called the pure number. Once you have a total, it is reduced to a single digit by simple addition unless it is a master number.
Next, on another line, place a number under the vowels only (A, E, I, O, U and Y). Then add across and get a total for the vowels (Soul Number) of the full name. This is the pure number. Now reduce it to a single digit by simple addition. (IMPORTANT NOTE) There is debate among some numerologists regarding the use of Y as a vowel or consonant. I struggled with the issue for some time in my early practice. After tens of thousands of charts and consultation with other intuitive professional practitioners, I consider that Y is always a vowel.
Finally, on another line, place the numbers under each of the consonants only (Personality Number). Then you add them across until you get a total. This is the pure number. Reduce it to a single digit by simple addition.
Below is an example chart to help give you assistance:
B A R T L E T T P E R R Y 2+1+9+2+3+5+2+2 +7+5+9+9+7=63=6+3=9 9 IS 1 +5 +5 +7=18=1+8=9 9 S 2 +9+2+3 +2+2 +7 +9+9 =45=4+5=9 9 P Here is another example with master numbers:
H A R D L E Y I Z A B E L 8+1+9+4+3+5+7 +9+8 +1+2+5+3=65=6+5=11=2(11)= 2(11) IS +1 +5+7 +9 +1 +5 =28=2+8=10=1+0=1 1 S 8 +9+4+3 +8 +2 +3=37=3+7=10=1+0=1 P P
The general rule of thumb when adding is not to reduce master numbers. In the above name some practitioners might indicate Hardley Abel’s IS number 2(11) because it is not the pure number. I have labeled it as an 2(11) because it is a pure 65 that becomes and 11, so it is not a pure 11 . This is a picky procedural point even for experienced practitioners. Just know for now that it is a potential (11 ) and the parenthesis is to note that.
Here is a little helpful hint to the beginner. Make a quick examination to be sure that the sum of the vowels and the sum of the consonants add up to the total of the whole name. It is just a quick check to catch possible errors in your addition.
What About Jr. (Junior) and Other Additions?
There has been a long time debate in numerology about what to do with Junior and other additions. Those who practiced numerology for years have questioned, discussed and debated this dilemma. There seemed to be no clear answer and or consensual agreement. Finally someone said, “Why don’t we just ignore it?” In essence, that is what happened.
I was one of the handful of professional numerologists in the 1970’s. Several of us discussed the issue of what to do with Jr. and other suffixes. No clear agreement was reached among the group. I have since found my truth.
The general rule of thumb for interpretation is to start with the full name at birth: that is, the full name on the birth certificate. Junior is part of the name and should be included. Then the question arises how do you calculate its numerical value? That is why many numerologists choose to ignore it, because they don’t know what to do with it?
Do you put Jr. as some numerologists have done? Then you would give the J a 1 value and the r a 9 value in the chart construction. What many beginners and novice numerologists fail to understand is that numerology comes from the sound of the name. In this case the name is junior, not Jr. For that reason I fully acknowledge the name in chart interpretation. Robert Jones Jr. would be written Robert Jones Junior.
There is some debate that additions like the 3rd, the 4th etc. are a title rather than a name and are not to be considered. Some novice practitioners who wanted to include these would put a 3 for the third or a 4 for the fourth. The general rule of interpretation says that you include the full name on the birth certificate.
I was a federal investigator in my earlier years and worked with hundreds of birth certificates. I never saw one that had a box for the name and another box for any title. A birth certificate asks for the name of the child. A name would be listed as John Doe 3rd, Boy Blue 4th.
Many novice practitioners do not realize that numerology is based upon the sound of the name, which would be written out as John Doe The Third, or Boy Blue The Fourth. You then place the appropriate number under each letter accordingly. As a numerologist you are interested in the vibration of the verbalization, not bureaucratic nomenclature.
Working With Foreign Names
Upon occasion, the student of numerology may be requested to construct a chart for someone born in another country where the name was in the native language. This can create some perplexities for the aspiring numerologist, considering texts written in our country deal with only the English alphabet.
To construct a natal chart in the native language set up the chart in the native alphabet using the numbering system one to nine. The first letter or character will be given a value of one, the next two, and so on, through the number nine. When you come to the tenth letter you will go back to number one just as calculating in our alphabet. With oriental characters and other languages this transition is not easy to perform. This author and other practitioners are exploring efficient and accurate methods of converting for these different cultures.
Many cultures have an alphabet that does not lend itself easily to the numbering of one to nine. Oriental, Arabic and other cultures have their own systems of determining numerical value. In such situations one choice is to do the chart in the numerical system of that culture. The Pythagorean numerologist may also want to apply that method by placing values under letters or characters as described in the earlier paragraph above.
The next alternative is to do the chart using the anglicized name given at immigration, or that the person is using. In that case you are working with the numbers identified as the accomplished you, outer you and inner you mentioned in section of this chapter 6 about the change of name. This will not provide the depth and nuance of the natal chart, but it can still be of assistance in dealing with the vibrational lessons of the moment.
Calculating the Life Number
To calculate the life number you take the month and day and then the year of birth and add them together similarly to doing your name. Following are two examples:
With the birth date of 7 21 1931 you simply add the numbers across to get the pure number.
Calculating it this way results in the pure number. I have come to accept the pure number as the most appropriate to work with. A secondary method of calculating that some people use would be:
7 21 1931=24=6 LN (7) (3) (5)=15=6 LN Also: 7 21 1931 1959 =1+9+5+9=24=6 LN
As you will notice the total number is reduced to a single digit. The exception to this being with master numbers as described above with the explanation for doing the numbers of the name. Next is a good example of a master number.
December 11, 1934 would be:
12 11 1934=1+2+1+1+1+9+3+4=22(4)
Some practitioners calculate in other manners. For example, they would first add 1+2 and get 3. Then they would go to the day which is an 11 and may or may not consider that a 2 (depending upon their position about master numbers). Finally they would add 1+9+3+4=8. In this instance 3+11+8=22(4), so the results are the same. Here’s a tricky one 11 22 1984. The pure number would be
The master number calculation would be
11 22 1984=55(1) LN
As previously mentioned, in my practice I sometimes do not reduce the numbers 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. 70, 80, and 90 and almost consider them like a master number.I have stopped doing it with 10 since all of the double digit combinations of 1 are a 10.
(Author’s Note) You will notice that there are interpretations presented in this book for life numbers and personal years that go all the way through the master numbers to 99. This has been done even though by calculating the pure number the highest possible master number would be 44. By following the method above the highest possible master number would be 55.
There are some practitioners who calculate the numbers breaking down the four numbers in the year of birth into pairs for detailed analysis. For example,
6 15 1945 would be 6+6+1+9=22(4) or even 3 14 1978=3+5+10+15=33(6)
Another example 1 1 1866=1+1+9+66=77(5)
If you play with such calculations, virtually anyone can have a master number! This is kind of fuzzy logic, but in a sense one can argue that a master number is there in potential. If an individual chooses to honor this method of logic, then it can be said the individual has the potential to bring out the master number into manifestation. I have provided interpretations for those who might like to follow that line of reasoning.
What Does it Mean if I have the same Numbers Repeat?
Frequently there will be the repetition of numbers when considering the Big Four calculations; i. e. a 4 life number and 4 soul number. When it occurs that there is a repeat of numbers, this usually means that you have chosen to place emphasis upon learning a particular lesson during this life time.
Often times there will be a karmic number missing and one of the Big Four numbers will be the same as the missing number. In some instances there have been three missing karmic numbers in a chart and those three numbers were the same as the soul, personality and life number. It such an instance the person has chosen to really try and get things done right during this life experience. It also serves as a reminder of how the balance and flow of cycles and numbers so marvelously weaves its way through the universal and personal dance of life.