Your Expression number is one of your core numbers -- the most important numbers in your Numerology chart. Based on the letters of your full name at birth, your Expression number reveals the talents, abilities and shortcomings you hold in this lifetime.
Why your name? Your name represents the inheritance of your personal history up to the moment of your birth. Whatever that history is, it has shaped you into what you are. Prior to meeting their child, parents use intuition as their guiding force, picking up on the child's personal vibrations and choosing a name accordingly. The name you were given at birth is the name you were meant to have.
To figure out your Expression number, write out the full name you were given at birth -- first, middle and last. Then, use our guide to the right and place the numerical value below each of the letters. Next, add the numbers of your first name and reduce them it to a single digit. Do the same for your middle and last names. Finally, add the three single-digit numbers together, then reduce them to another single-digit number to reveal your Expression number. If you encounter a Master number -- 11, 22 or 33 -- in any of your reductions, do not reduce it any further.
Expression number 1
You are a natural leader, independent and individualistic, ambitious and courageous. You also possess the ability to influence the opinions of those around you. Since the number 1 symbolizes the front-runner, pioneer, warrior and risk-taker, generals, top politicians, businessmen, self-made millionaires, religious leaders, inventors and activists are often born with a 1 Expression.
You may have a tendency to be self-centered, because you so powerfully identify with your goals and ambitions that you sometimes refuse to see a potential flaw or weakness in your plans. You can also be highly critical of others, which can alienate friends and family members -- you must learn to control this tendency if you want to maintain harmonious relationships.
Expression number 2
You are friendly and open-minded, with a highly developed intuition and a great talent for working with others. Your abilities are best expressed while working with others in a partnership, rather than in a leadership role. Since you tend to be the power behind the throne, you often do not get the credit and recognition you deserve, which can be frustrating.
The key to your personality is sensitivity, yet this can also make you vulnerable, thrown off balance by an unkind word or conflict. You are far more upset by these circumstances than people without your sensitivity. Close, harmonious relationships are essential to your happiness, and you make an excellent partner: giving, thoughtful, and conscious of meeting the needs of your loved one.
Expression number 3
You are optimistic, inspiring, outgoing and expressive. Your personality has a certain bounce and verve that so powerfully affects others that you can inspire people without effort. You are a social person, yet you have to learn to accept the involvement of others in your life. You have great potential in the arts and areas that require creative solutions to problems.
Yours is the number of creativity and self-expression, but you must be careful not to scatter your talents. Your bane is that you often lack discipline and order in your life -- learning to concentrate and focus is your key to success.
Expression number 4
You are the foundation of any enterprise. Your approach to life and problems is methodical and structured. Many accountants, bookkeepers, government officials, managers and lawyers are born under the 4 Expression. You can be attracted to the arts and music, but will likely bring your love of order to any artistic field as well.
In relationships, you tend to be somewhat moralistic. You have integrity and are trustworthy, but you can be rigid and stubborn, with your strong likes and dislikes overruling your common sense and compassion. You are driven by a contempt for all that is unstable, insecure and unpredictable, which may shut you off from shortcuts and creative solutions provided by more daring people. Your challenge is to be more imaginative and attract more creative people into your life who can advise and inspire you.
Expression number 5
You are a free spirit, loving change, adventure and excitement. Freedom is the nucleus around which your life revolves, and is needed for you to bring forth your many talents. You want to try everything at least once in life, which could lead to trouble in the form of unhealthy and dangerous indulges.
Your thought process, like the rest of your life, can be unorganized and scattered, yet you are gifted in communication and could be a successful salesman, politician, lawyer, public relations person or minister. Your youthful enthusiasm is something others find infectious and attractive. You fall in and out of love frequently, and must guard against shallow feelings and relationships. In fact, self-discipline and healthy limits are the keys to your success in virtually every area of your life.
Expression number 6
You are loving and caring, with a tendency to put the needs of others before those of yourself. You are responsible and trustworthy with a high regard for justice and honesty. You are creative in all areas of life, yet your talents may remain undeveloped or suppressed as a result of your tendency to sacrifice your time and pleasure to the service of others.
Because of your gift for harmonizing opposites, you are uniquely qualified to handle and integrate contradictions. This makes you a natural counselor and healer, creating peace between opposing points of view, or internal conflicts within the self. You also make an outstanding teacher, social worker, psychologist, artist, designer, gardener, florist or farmer. But you can be successful in business too, especially areas that involve dealing with people.
Expression number 7
You are driven by a desire for truth and knowledge, gifted with an analytical mind and an enormous appetite for answers. You have a strong interest in exploring scientific matters, philosophy and mysticism, and may be drawn to a career as a researcher, analyst, investigator, inventor, technician, lawyer, banker, priest or philosopher.
You tend to keep your thoughts to yourself and require time to be by yourself, but you must guard against completely cutting yourself off from others. You are sometimes surprised by the lack of understanding or depth of knowledge of others, which can cause you to be critical, distant, and cynical about life in general. Contemplation, meditation, and tuning in to the softer vibrations in life can steer you toward peace and balance.
Expression number 8
You have the power and potential to achieve great things. You are highly competitive -- whatever your enterprise, you strive to be the best and most successful in your field. Money and authority are available to you if you are willing to discipline yourself and persevere in the face of the considerable obstacles in your path. These obstacles are opportunities for you to learn how much power lies within you.
You are a great leader of people and an outstanding judge of character. When focused exclusively on your desire for results and success, though, you can become stubborn and intolerant. Yours is a path that requires balance between giving and taking, reward and punishment, action and reaction. It is crucial to your success that you balance the material and the spiritual.
Expression number 9
You are the humanitarian, filled with great compassion and idealism -- your deepest intention is to transform the world. You realize your greatest satisfaction when you are involved in an activity that directly benefits the public good. Politics, law, environmental protection, teaching, and healing are areas in which you would succeed.
You are not shackled with prejudice; in fact, a wide diversity of people and experiences brings forth qualities in you that would otherwise lay dormant. Despite the cool, distant personality you project, people are attracted to you. But while you are a loving and sincere person, you don't often express what you truly feel. You are not a very good judge of character, yet your basic belief in the goodness of humanity is unshakeable.
Expression number 11
You are a powerful presence, yet you aren't aware of your personal power. You are enormously sensitive and aware, and have always sensed that you are different. You possess a bridge between the unconscious and the conscious. In order to be emotionally and psychologically at peace, you must learn to control that flow of energy, lest you fall into emotional turmoil and nervous tension.
You are highly emotional and dependent upon relationships. Emotionally, you go up and down with the fortunes of your love life. You may find yourself hesitant and vulnerable throughout life, careful about sharing your feelings and choosing your friends. Your challenge is to ground yourself with strength. The more you are able to call upon your inherent human power, the greater your capacity to take advantage of your keen awareness.
Expression number 22
You dream big, and dream of making your mark on civilization. There is no limit to what you are capable of, nor to what you dream of doing. You have great leadership abilities, and borders and racial identities mean little to you.
The number 22 offers those who fully realize it a chance to jump into another dimension in which your day is expanded, your capacity to create and inspire is multiplied, and your ability to perform lasting service to mankind is extended beyond the normal limits of one's life. However, you may resist taking the great risks this number presents, which can cause frustration, because you feel called to greater things. Nevertheless, your chances to be successful are good, even when you limit your efforts.
Expression number 33
The 33 is the "Master Teacher," but not just any kind of teacher, one of intensely profound spiritual wisdom and enlightenment. It comes with incredibly high expectations, and is so demanding that very, very few people live up to its status. Therefore, for most people the 33 Expression number is similar to the 6 Expression: harmonious, loving, caring and sacrificing. However, the 33 Expression will emphasize all these qualities of the 6 -- and they can be influenced in a positive way or in a negative way. When the 33 takes on a negative influence, you could actually be emotionally and physically damaging to those around you. But when positive, your ability to heal, comfort and care for others becomes a very prominent part of your makeup. You draw people toward you like moths to a flame.