Understanding the Meaning of Your Birth Number (Numerology)

Posted on October 03, 2016
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Previously we took a look at your life path number and what it means to you. But your life path number is not the only tool available in the numerology toolbox — you also have a birth number, which is based on the date of the month that you were born. Unlike your life path number, there′s no calculation involved in determining your birth number, and knowing what it means can take you deeper into realizing how numerology helps you make the most out of your life. It′s very simple: your actual date of birth is your birth number. There′s no math, no addition, you just work with the number of the day you were born. Here′s a quick look at the birth descriptions meanings, for easy reference.

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Main Traits of Each Birth Number

Birth Number 1: If you were born on the first of the month then you′re an instigator and a go-getter. You′re very independent, but you may get a little egotistical. Watch for selfishness, and make a conscious effort to consider others.

Birth Number 2: This date of birth brings you balance and diplomacy. You′re very sensitive when it comes to the feelings of others. Just make sure that you don′t lose your own self-confidence along the way, for self-doubt could lead to some sadness.

Birth Number 3: You′re very communicative if you were born on the third. Remember that not all communication is spoken. You could easily be incredibly creative, and express yourself in nonverbal ways.

Birth Number 4: Fours are very often the pillar of strength. You′re a hard worker, and very practical. Just don′t get too set in your ways, for there′s a bit of stubbornness associated with this birth number.

Birth Number 5: The 5th brings you inherent luck and an unwillingness to compromise. You know what you want and you can charm your way towards getting it. You live life large, but make sure that you don′t overindulge in the things that bring you pleasure.

Birth Number 6: If you were born on the 6th, you will lean towards traditions and family values. You′re conscious of your surroundings, but you may have a tendency to be too critical of others. Part of your life′s lesson is to learn to lighten up.

Birth Number 7: A life path number of 7 is considered to be lucky, and so is the birth number. You′re intuitive and maybe a bit psychic, but you have trouble fitting in. It can be hard for you to find a place — and a partner — where you feel truly comfortable.

Birth Number 8: You have infinite powers of motivation and leadership — but you can also be a bit bossy. This is the number for great potential, but your arrogance may let you down. Learn to cultivate patience with others — it will actually work in your favor.

Birth Number 9: This is the number of the artist and the dreamer. If this is your birth number, you′re probably very romantic. You just have to make sure that you′re not using your dreams and fantasies to escape reality.

Birth Number 10: All of the energies of the number 1 are amplified here. You′re a trailblazer, and not afraid to stand alone. Just don′t try to do it all, though, for it will be easy for you to stress yourself out if you over-commit yourself.

Birth Number 11: This is one of the master numbers, and it brings to you the idealism that the 11 life path number has. As a birth number though, this also brings nervous energy. Try not to worry so much about what others think about you.

Birth Number 12: A birth number of 12 brings you the independence of the 1 and the sensitivity of the 2. You′re artistic and communicative, but you need to pay attention to your feelings. You′re naturally prone to mood swings, and one of your life′s lessons is to keep your emotions balanced.

Birth Number 13: Don′t let people tell you that it′s unlucky to be born on the 13th, because it′s not! What it does do, though, is bring you a penchant for hard work. Others might try to take advantage of you, so don′t let them. Express yourself through a creative pursuit.

Birth Number 14: If this is your birth number, then you may struggle with commitment. You′re gregarious and likeable, and you hunger for a sense of adventure in order to feel alive. You need to be honest with others, though, or you′ll come off as being a bit superficial.

Birth Number 15: You′ve got a real flair for the creative arts. It doesn′t matter what field; whether it′s words, or music or painting, or something else. You′re a great friend, but you sometimes pay more attention to the needs of others than you do your own.

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Birth Number 16: Pursuing something detailed and involved will appeal to you if you were born on the 16th, for this is the number of intellect and understanding. You delve deep into what interests you, but you′ll have to apply yourself to finish what you start. Don′t get so absorbed in your pursuits that you shut others out.

Birth Number 17: You can be a bit of a perfectionist, because you′ve got high standards and an ambition to live up to them. One of your life′s lessons is to learn to delegate. Your way is not the only way of doing things; let someone else explore their skills and talents, too!

Birth Number 18: A birth number of 18 indicates that you can communicate with people from many different backgrounds and belief systems. You′ve got superior leadership abilities. Just watch your judgement, though. It′s easy for you to find fault with others.

Birth Number 19: You like to live life on the cutting edge, being active, being in the middle of things in order to feel alive. You′re fiercely independent, and that can make it difficult for you to form emotional relationships with others. You need to find a balance between independence and companionship.

Birth Number 20: You′ve all the energies of the 2 birth number, amplified and then some! You′re so involved with your surroundings and easily influenced by them that you should take extra care that they′re harmonious and soothing. It′s easy for your emotions to get the better of you.

Birth Number 21: You′re charming and talented — and a bit lazy! You have everything that it takes to create a very successful life, but you may not have the motivation to make that happen. Your charisma can open many doors for you, but will you do the work that will lead you to your highest rewards?

Birth Number 22: This is one of the life path master numbers, and you have the intuition and inspiration that goes with it. However, as a birth number, it brings some challenges. You′ve got big dreams, and you′re not afraid of failing. You′re afraid of succeeding — and that′s what you need to work on.

Birth Number 23: If this is you, then you need to watch your over-indulgence. You truly believe that life is for living, but it′s so seductive with all of its wonders! You′re amiable and goal oriented, but you may get too easily distracted on your way to success.

Birth Number 24: You′re a great listener, but you seem to get effortlessly drawn into the drama that other people create. Remember that listening and counseling is one thing, but you can′t let their problems become your problems. Others will take advantage of you if you let them.

Birth Number 25: You′re intelligent and intellectual, but are you using that to your advantage, or are you using it to shut others out? It′s not hard for you to get absorbed in your studies and pursuits. Just don′t use that dedication as an excuse for avoiding emotional connections.

Birth Number 26: It′s easy for you to see the entirety of a situation, but harder for you to focus on the details that are needed to make that bigger picture manifest. Let others help you. If you allow your ego to get in the way you can come off as conceited, and no one likes a showoff.

Birth Number 27: You understand human nature more than most, but you won′t always like what you perceive. It can be hard for you to forgive others for being human and making the mistakes that people make. You have to pause and remember that you′re not perfect, either.

Birth Number 28: Yours is the path of originality. You′re not one to conform, and you′re better at starting things than you are at finishing them. Use that entrepreneurial charm to instigate things, and then leave them to others to get completed — just don′t throw a tantrum when things don′t go your way!

Birth Number 29: It may take you awhile to find your niche in the world, but once you do, you′ll fill it with creativity. You′re intuitive yet practical. You just need to have patience with yourself, and find out who you truly are, not who someone else says you need to be.

Birth Number 30: You′re so creative that an artistic profession could come naturally to you. If you′re not doing this for a living, then at least find a creative hobby into which you can pour yourself. You′ll feel incomplete without some kind of imaginative activity.

Birth Number 31: Reliability and dependability are just two of your strengths. You′re very hardworking, and others rely on you. Because you don′t want to let anyone down, there′s the potential that you could overstretch yourself, so make sure you have at least some time alone to relax.

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You now know how your birth number works with your life path number. This will also help you to understand how someone with the same life path number might have different traits than you, for that number — while the most important — is not the only factor that makes you who you are. Your birth number, as well as calculations based on your name, factor into things, too. Working with numerology can help you make the most out of your life, and the deeper you delve into its secrets, the more you can understand about your soul′s purpose in this incarnation.

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Charla Stone

Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I've spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to bring light and guidance to others. I’m just an old hippie at heart who has traveled the world to learn of its cultures. I’ve been published online and in print—which still rather surprises me, as this isn’t something I do, it’s just who I am! When I’m not writing or doing readings, I’m spending time in my garden or the art studio, or with my beloved dogs. Read More by Charla Stone