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In Numerology, your personal numbers and the course of your life are determined by three facets of you: your birth date, which cannot be changed, the name you were given at birth, which cannot be changed, and the name you use today -- which can absolutely be changed multiple times throughout life. And changing your name can actually change the course and quality of your life.

The name you use every day expresses how you see yourself. It indicates who you think you are, your understanding of yourself. Every time you put out your hand to introduce yourself and say "I am so-and-so," you actually communicate who and what you think you are. And as any psychologist or life coach will tell you, the way you feel about yourself makes all the difference in the world. Your self-confidence, your discipline, your ability and willingness to put forth effort, your acceptance and gratitude of what you recognize as blessings, all these things make a difference in the quality of your life and your happiness.

But in the majority of western culture, it's traditional for one partner to take the other's last name as their own when getting married. But is this wise? And if the marriage ends in divorce, should the married name be kept, or is another name change in order?

There are a couple ways to look at changing one's name due to marriage. First, the classic idea is that a woman who takes her husband's name is, possibly without realizing it, making a statement of belonging to him. Many Numerology experts even go a step further to suggest she is losing a part of herself and her numerological identity. Obviously, this is in keeping with the idea that your life naturally changes when you get married and begin to build the next stage of your life with a person. But most Numerology experts will also tell you that the woman is inheriting certain aspects and energy from her husband's family tree. Her husband's ancestors begin to impact her in similar ways to how they impact her husband ... so taking another's name in the proper spirit might not be inherently negative, depending on the name and the energy it carries.