Changing your name can change your life
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. [pagebreak]
Numerology works from the premise that people and things are named exactly as they should be. You might dislike your parent's choice for you, but for some reason, your name is exactly as it was meant to be. This same sense of destiny underlies a "married" name -- if a woman is drawn to a man enough to make a lifelong commitment, then the name she creates in recognition of this commitment will also fit her personality. It may even be more beneficial!
Most Numerology experts would tell you to find out what your Core numbers will be if you do decide to change your name, and it's entirely possible that a person's married name will give numbers that increase their chances at success by making them more outgoing or more creative. It might be clear to this person that her new, married name is in some ways numerologically "superior" to her birth name. But most Numerologists agree: the numbers will work best in your favor when you take a step back, armed with all the facts at hand -- not only the numbers of all name options, but also your feelings about marriage and commitment, your feelings about your partner's family, your comfort level at changing your name and whether you even like this new name -- and make a decision from that point. Whatever you decide, the numbers will then work more in your favor because it's much more likely that the name you choose is the one you were meant to have.
For all the right reasons
It's important to look at two types of name changes: "organic" and "artificial." "Organic" name changes happen as a part of a person's personal growth -- nicknames, for example, or married names. A person's stage name or pen name (or any other kind of professional name) is also considered an organic name change, since it helps further them on their life's path. When people change their name in this way the change of moniker is organic, even though it is deliberate.
Meanwhile, an "artificial" name change is a bit more manipulative. For example, if a Numerology expert told you that changing your name (or even just the spelling of it) would bring you wealth or greater success, this is an artificial name change because it was not spurred by a greater, more concrete goal. (For example, the goal to become a recognizable musician or to have a harmonious-sounding author's name to put on your published novel).
But artificial name changes -- simply to get more 1s or 3s or 8s in your name, because you believe this might be beneficial to you -- indicate that you skipped a step or took an easy way out. In other words, they do not happen naturally as a part of your growth, and can bring more problems than solutions.