How Your Expression Number Shapes Your Destiny

Posted on March 01, 2017

Did you know that your name can hold the key to understanding more about yourself? You might already have calculated our Life Path Number, (if you haven’t, you can learn how to do that here.) Numerology can also the key to your self-expression.

Your name can show how you portray yourself to the world. Although this isn’t just a matter of how others see you, it also reflects the goals in your life, and what you set out to achieve.Your expression number reveals your innate potential.

That’s why it is sometimes called the ‘destiny number.’ It can provide clues to your talents and skills, as well as your challenges. A careful analysis of your name can point you toward your career, personal goals, and any other aspirations you may have.

Your expression number is based on your full name at birth. Don’t add any prefixes or suffixes that you might use (such as Dr., Sr., Jr., Rev., for example). If you have more than one middle name, use all of them in your analysis. Calculating your expression number isn’t hard, but it does take a bit of math.

You’ll need to write out your name in its entirety, assigning a number to each letter of the alphabet. Add the numbers of your first name together to get a single digit. Do the same for your middle name (if you have more than one middle name, then do it for each name). Finally, repeat the process for your last name.

The only exceptions here will be if one of your names adds up to a master number of 11 or 22. In that instance, do not reduce this to a single digit. 11 and 22 are considered to be master numbers.

Related Article: How Your Birth Number Helps You Make the Most of Your Life

How to Calculate Your Expression Number

Once you have converted each of your names into a number, then add all of those numbers together to reveal your expression number. Here’s a chart, to show you how.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z


Name Numbers Total
JENNIFER 1 5 5 5 9 6 5 9 45 = 4 + 5 = 9
MARIE 4 1 9 9 5 28 = 2 + 8 = 10 = 1
SMITH 1 4 9 2 8 24 = 2 + 4 = 6


Using this formula, the name Jennifer converts to the number 9, Marie converts to the number 1, and Smith converts to the number 6. We add those together (9 + 1 + 6 = 16 = 1 + 6 = 7 ). Jennifer Marie Smith’s expression number ends up being a 7.

What Does Your Expression Number Mean?

How do you use this in your daily life? The first step is to understand what the different numbers mean. Read on for a brief description of all of the expression numbers below. Do you recognize yourself in any of them?

1:You’re extremely capable of managing others and can lead effortlessly and successfully. Even though you’re a great leader, you are still quite capable of working independently.

You enjoy new ideas, and things that are mundane irritate you. They’re simply not exciting enough! Your style is as individual as you are. You present yourself in a unique, yet classical, way.

2:Your congeniality makes it easy for you to work with others. You like harmony and strive to avoid discord whenever possible. Preventing conflict is easy for you to bring out the best in people.

You have an intuition that enables you to understand others, and you can stay one step ahead of most people. Your style might be a bit plain, don’t be afraid to experiment!

3:People seek your company because you’re fun! You ooze charisma, and you bring life to any social gathering. You’re optimistic, bright, and a skilled conversationalist. You’re able to talk about nearly any subject.

Be careful that you don’t come over as being superficial because your natural exuberance often makes you a bit restless. Your personal style reflects the finer things in life.

4:You bring a strong foundation to anything plan or project. You’re conservative; you prefer the tried and true methods of doing things. People feel that you’re reliable and you have a way of reassuring people, no matter what the situation.

You’re so poised and calm that you possibly come across as very serious to others. You might try adding the odd quirk into your surroundings. Above all, don’t forget how to have fun!

5: You’re energetic, fashionable, and love to be the center of attention, sometimes you don’t realize that you’re doing it. Others warm to your creativity and your spontaneity, and possibly you’re a bit luckier than most people.


Do keep an eye on your energy levels, because they fluctuate and your nerves might get the better of you. Bright and bold things suit you, but don’t get too brash or immodest with them.

6:You ooze warmth and compassion, and people like to talk to you because they know you’re a good listener. You prefer comfort over style, and this is reflected in your home decor and your clothing choices.

You’re so sincere and genuine, and you need to make sure others don’t take advantage of it. Remember to take time for yourself. You don’t have to be everything for everyone. If you try, then you risk stifling your own talents.

7: People find you a bit of an enigma, aloof, and slightly detached. It could be because you are indeed mysterious—or maybe you’re daydreaming! You’re drawn to research, philosophy, and possibly the paranormal.

You’re very sure of yourself most of the time, but be careful that you don’t come across as arrogant. Your sense of style can be a bit haphazard; a bit more attention to detail wouldn’t hurt in this area.

8:You’re confident and self-reliant and don’t usually care what others think about you. You find the human psyche intriguing and will probe others minds to see what makes them tick.

You prefer quality over quantity, but might be a bit vain about your appearance and possessions. Although, you’re usually willing to share what you have with others. Keep your ego in check so people don’t think you vain.

9:Your grace and poise is reflected in your surroundings and the way that you present yourself. You love to entertain. In fact, that may even be your chosen profession, either as a performer or in the hospitality industry.

You’re idealistic, and you feel genuine compassion for humanity, but on a one-to-one level, you often find some people annoying. That works both ways; you have people that really like you, or really don’t!


11: As one of the master numbers, 11 marks the presence of both integrity and naivety. Patience and understanding flow from you, and people are drawn to you because of it. You could be psychic or a healer, you must learn how to use these gifts, or they’ll overwhelm you.

Your style is reserved since you don’t like to be the center of attention. People might mistake you for being aloof or standoffish because of your reserved demeanor and calm personality.

22: The number 22 is another master number, and it gives you big dreams and the ability to achieve them. You’re reliable and consistent, and it’s easy for people to admire you.

You’re patient and fair and put people at ease when they are with you. You’re a good mediator and diplomat because you tend to err on the side of conservatism. Don’t’ be afraid to add some color to your surroundings.

Related Article: Calculating and Reading Your Life Path Number

Your expression number is only one of many aspects of numerology that you can calculate. Use your expression number to develop more self-awareness and knowledge of yourself and other people.

We hope that you’re able to use this information to guide you and improve your life. Stay connected with us because we will be posting more intriguing articles on numerology in the coming weeks!

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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… Read More »

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