Expression Numbers in Numerology

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What is your expression number and how is it different from your life path number? Numerology is actually based on several numbers.

Strictly speaking, all numbers in your life have some kind of meaning. The life path number is usually the best-known number because it gained popularity in recent years.

The expression number, also called destiny number, is lesser-known but equally important to understand yourself, your soul, and your life. Let’s have a closer look at the meaning of the expression number.

What does the Expression Number stand for?

The expression number is the second core number. The number stands for your potential and natural gifts.

Many people believe that our soul chooses our talents before we are born. So, all the gifts and talents you have – you have them for a reason. With the destiny number, you can find out more about your hidden talents.

It defines our unique abilities and shows us what type of work we are suited for. It’s nice because it takes out the guesswork.

How to calculate your Expression Number

Your expression number is derived from calculating all the letters in your full birth name. Keep in mind, if you have any middle names those letters count too. If you are married or changed your name for other reasons, you still calculate your expression number based on your birth name.

To calculate your personal life path number, you need to first calculate each name separately. You also need to know which letter in the alphabet stands for which number. Here is a quick overview:

A,J & S = 1

B,K & T = 2

C,L & U = 3

D,M & V = 4

E,N & W = 5

F,O & X = 6

G,P & Y = 7

H,Q & Z = 8

I & R = 9

Let’s look at an example. Let’s assume a person is called Mary Ann Smith.

Here is how we calculate her expression number:

First, we add up the numbers for each individual name. Add up the names until you receive a single-digit number – unless you receive 11, 22, or 33.

M + A + R + Y = 4 + 1 + 9 + 7 = 21  2+ 1 = 3

A + N + N = 1 + 5 +5 = 11 (11 does not get reduced to a single digit number)

S + M + I + T + H = 1 + 4 + 9 + 2 + 8 = 24  2 + 4 = 6

Now we add up the numbers of all names to reach one combined number. In the case of Mary Ann Smith, this means:

3 + 11 + 6 = 20

2 + 0  = 2

So. Mary Ann Smith’s expression number is 2.

What does each Expression Number mean?

The meaning of expression numbers goes deep. But here is a quick overview of what your number can mean:


You have talents in administration, leadership, and you are a self-starter.


You are a big team player, peacekeeper, diplomatic and sensitive.


You are a gifted communicator, artistic and imaginative.


As a four you are a great organizer, manager and you are practical.


You are quick-minded and versatile with talents in almost all areas.


You are responsible and a great nurturer and care-giver.


You are intuitive and analytical, with a spiritual side.


You are organized, competitive and money focused.


You are philanthropic, humanitarian, and a powerful healer.


You are inspirational, intuitive and a great counselor.

Twenty Two

You are capable, a master builder and have a big vision.

Your Expression Number supports your Life Path Number

Your life path and expression number work together and have a compound effect on your life. Both numbers are no coincidence. They are strategically chosen.

Your soul manifested your name because of the vibration. Imagine it like this: your soul wanted to have the talents you have. In order to get those talents, it had to manifest your name.


Your expression number, also known as the destiny number, is calculated based on your name at birth and gives you insights into your talents. Your life path number and expression number vibrate together, so make sure you know both.

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