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Meaning and Importance of Birth Numbers 1 to 9 in Numerology

Thomas has helped many people achieve their goals using numerology, tarot, and astrology as tools for transformation and self-awareness.

Birth Numbers are powerful and carry a lot of meaning in numerology.

Birth Numbers are powerful and carry a lot of meaning in numerology.

Focus on the Birth Number

Forget all you have read or learned about numerology and adding this number to that number. Forget about master numbers, soul numbers, and missing numbers, and instead concentrate on just one number—your birth number.

I have written and published numerous books on numerology and the confusion surrounding the many systems of calculation. Most forget or underestimate the importance of the day or date on which we are born. Understanding this number will allow you to know your potential, character, destination (destiny), and possible pitfalls.

Why Is the Birth Number the Most Important Number?

Consider the following. I do not ask you to add or calculate your birth number with claims that it will help you to discover your life path—your life is unique to you and cannot be deduced from any simple addition. No one has the same background, socio-economic circumstances, education, or life experience as you. To put it simply, no one else has walked in your shoes.

They say your soul number reveals your inner self, subconscious desires, and ingrained approach to life, but what is the soul? Can it really be deduced by adding this number to that?

The personality number (which is calculated by various systems) supposedly reveals your outward self, appearance, and demeanour. I’m sure you’ll agree you no longer have the same personality you had when you were a teenager. Yet the facts used to calculate these numbers remain static—you still have the same date of birth and the same name. A personality number that does not change as you do seems questionable.

Forget the destiny number, which is revealed by either the letters in your name or the addition of numbers related to your date of birth (sometimes called your life path). To that, I ask: Are we pre-destined, or do we possess free will?

Missing numbers are often mentioned as areas of weakness or of underdevelopment in your character. They are sometimes found by the missing numbers in your date of birth. Other times, they are found by methods using the letters of your name (numerologists for centuries have given the letters of the alphabet numerical equivalents, forgetting the fundamental fact that there are many different languages and alphabets). The most popular method for calculating the numerological value of a word in the West is the Pythagorean system, though others are seldom mentioned.

I ask you to forget the letters of your name, and I ask you to put aside all you have read or studied on name numbers for the sake of argument. We are going to concentrate on getting back to basics, or what can be called "Naked Numerology."

Those with a Birth Number of one are often showy and ambitious.

Those with a Birth Number of one are often showy and ambitious.

Birth Number One

These individuals are born on the 1st, 10th, 19th, or 28th of any month.

“Look at me, look at me!”

Those with a Birth Number of one like to show off and to be the boss. They are very masculine and arrogant at times, and want to be the actor of whatever spectacle is taking place (whether that be on screen or in the workplace). They are ambitious, like to be on top, and possess a healthy ego—sometimes to the point of egocentricity. Those with a Birth Number of one can behave like a child to get their own way, even throwing tantrums to attract attention. They are generous to those they love and don’t mind picking up the tab when eating out (a bit of showmanship that creates a good impression), so order an expensive meal!

This number is protective of loved ones and will fight any threat or opposition. Sexually, they may be a little too serious at times, but once they let their hair down, there is no one more creative than a number one! They have a connection to those born under the astrological sign of Leo, and Sunday is their best day of the week.

Famous Number Ones

Justin Bieber (singer)

Lauren Conrad (actor)

Otto von Bismark (German politician)

Toshiro Mifune (actor)

Anne McCaffrey (writer)

Clark Gable (actor)

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Those with a Birth Number of two can be physical and moody.

Those with a Birth Number of two can be physical and moody.

Birth Number Two

Those born on the 2nd, 11th, 20th, or 29th of any month.

“If you know what’s good for you, don’t mess with my kids.”

Those with a Birth Number of two are not as assertive as number ones, but they get their own way nevertheless. Very tactile, they love to caress and be caressed. If male, a number two adores the female body; if female, a number two needs a masculine male to sweep her off her feet. Both sexes are a little shy until you get to know them, but they are worth getting to know, so make allowances for any initial bashfulness. Conversely, this number doesn’t mind a little domination, so don't be afraid of a little forcefulness.

Twos can be a little moody. During such times, keep alcohol under lock and key—when people with this number get depressed or melancholic, it can be quite serious. Never ask a male number two about his mother—he’ll tell you! In the bedroom, it is better to keep the lights low for a night of imaginative passion. Number twos feel connected to those with the sign Cancer, and Monday is considered their best day of the week.

Famous Twos

Shakira (singer)

Rihanna (singer)

Chris Martin (singer)

Dr. Seuss (author)

Mikhail Gorbachev (politician)

Ron Grant (athlete)

Threes in numerology are often sexual and like to dress to impress.

Threes in numerology are often sexual and like to dress to impress.

Birth Number Three

These are those born on the 3rd, 12th, 21st, or 30th of any month.

“Trust me, the cheque's in the mail – would I lie to you?”

The "Smooth-Talker"—that’s our Birth Number three! Prone to exaggeration, embroidery, and a little embellishment, threes enjoy travel, foreign places, and different cultures and never tire of talking about exotic places. They enjoy the limelight, being the life and soul of any party, and performing for all and sundry—more so when they have had more than that third drink!

Considered highly sexual, flirtatious, and competitive (often creating enemies along the way with others jealous of their ‘so-called’ successes), this number strives for perfection. They do not handle defeat or humiliation easily! A typical person with a Birth Number of three possesses a good wardrobe (dressing to impress). They are witty and intelligent conversationalists, tellers of tales, and spinners of yarns. As for threes in the bedroom, just keep in mind what I have said about exaggeration—particularly if they have had too much alcohol! One redeeming feature about people with this number is their cute little bums! They have an affinity with Sagittarius, and Thursday is their lucky day of the week.

Famous Threes

Alexander Graham Bell (inventor)

Jessica Biel (actor)

Marlon Brando (actor)

J.B.M. Hertzog (South African Premier)

Eddie Murphy (actor)

Abraham Lincoln (U.S. president)

The Birth Number of four indicates that you value other people—an ideal quality in psychologists and revolutionaries.

The Birth Number of four indicates that you value other people—an ideal quality in psychologists and revolutionaries.

Birth Number Four

These are those born on the 4th, 13th, 22nd, or 31st of any month.

“I value my friends more than anything else in the world.”

If you have a Birth Number of four, you’re a good listener who understands the fears and phobias of all the people you attract. This makes you an ideal psychologist, counsellor, and companion. When fours are young and inexperienced, they often lack self-confidence and underestimate themselves; when they are older and wiser, they possess vision, insight, and intuition. Fours are a little ahead of their time and are something of revolutionaries.

They are excellent teachers, with others benefiting from their experience and know-how. People feel at ease in their company. This could be because of their magnetic charm or eccentric approach to matters in general. They attract people with problems and predicaments like flowers attract bees. In these predicaments, fours are often relied upon for a solution or resolution. Sunday is their best day of the week, and Aquarians enter or impact their lives every now and then.

Famous Fours

Muddy Waters (musician)

Robert Downey Jr. (actor)

Beyoncé Knowles (singer)

Barack Obama (U.S. president)

Heath Ledger (actor)

George Washington (U.S. president)

Fives in numerology value money and order, and feel a link with people who are born under Gemini or Virgo.

Fives in numerology value money and order, and feel a link with people who are born under Gemini or Virgo.

Birth Number Five

These are people born on the 5th, 14th, or 23rd of any month.

“Show me the money.”

What can I say? This number craves variety in work and play and doesn’t like to be tied to any one thing or person. They always come up with new ideas for ways to generate an income, some bordering on the downright fraudulent: “Let’s get rich as quick as we can.” Fives like to impress all who will listen and are witty and accomplished conversationalists, though something of con artists at times!

They say “cleanliness is next to godliness,” and people with a Birth Number of five take this to heart. They are "clean freaks" at times, with everything in place and a place for everything—including you! They are restless by nature—they travel here, there, and everywhere, and meet many people along the way. And while likely to make many lucrative acquaintances, long-term relationships are usually thin on the ground. They feel a link with people with the sign of Gemini or Virgo, and Wednesday is their best day of the week.

Famous Fives

Mark Whahlberg (actor)

Adele (singer)

William Shakespeare (writer)

Arthur Leonard Schawlow (physicist)

Karl Marx (philosopher)

Adam Smith (philosopher)

Those with a Birth Number of six are often flirtatious and attention-seeking.

Those with a Birth Number of six are often flirtatious and attention-seeking.

Birth Number Six

Birth Number six applies to those born on the 6th, 15th, or 24th of any month.

“If I offer you my body, what will you give me in return?”

If you have a Birth Number of six, you are similar to a rose—you’ll bloom in any environment as long as you’re given the attention you seek, and you require a lot. Some call you charming, and others call you a flirt! You are able to talk your way into and out of any situation. This number signifies security, balance, and harmony, and it is important to seek these out, because a secure job, secure relationship, and secure home life are all necessary for your well-being.

Sixes are sensual, sentimental, and romantic. However, issues of self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence plague this birth number. If financially secure, they can be the best of lovers; if in debt or financially struggling, there are no bigger winners! They can be considerate and kind, or the worst nightmare you have ever encountered! Friday is considered their best day of the week. They are associated with the morning and evening star of Venus and the signs of Taurus and Libra.

Famous Sixes

Thomas Mann (author)

Gabriel García Márquez (author)

Alan Greenspan (economist)

Robert Scott (explorer)

Shaquille O'Neal (athlete)

Paul Giamatti (actor)

Those with a Birth Number of seven are gentle, reflective, and imaginative.

Those with a Birth Number of seven are gentle, reflective, and imaginative.

Birth Number Seven

These are people born on the 7th, 16th, or 25th of any month.

“Your secrets are safe with me.”

If this is your number, you love debating the rights and wrongs of the world and seriously want to help those who are less fortunate. Spiritually, you are philosophical, musical, and artistic, which can take you to the spiritual heights or the depraved depths of your psyche. You are compassionate, sensitive, and perceptive, yet easily hurt by careless speech or thoughtless actions of others.

Those with a Birth Number of seven are refined, gentle, vague, and imaginative. They are dreamers of dreams and possess glamour, charisma, and magnetism. Unfortunately, a tendency toward alcoholism or drug addiction is not uncommon for those born with a number seven. When "balanced," a seven is an excellent analyst and seeker of truth; when not so "balanced," a seven can be skeptical and critical, often suffering from an inferiority complex. Pisceans are likely to enter or influence their lives at some time, and Monday is their best day of the week for meditation, contemplation, and reflection.

Famous Sevens

Ringo Starr (musician)

Shelley Duvall (actor)

Charlize Theron (actor)

Tiny Grimes (musician)

Camillo Golgi (Nobel Laureate)

Elizabeth Báthory (serial killer)

People with a Birth Number of eight may appear conservative, but they often live very sexual and ambitious private lives.

People with a Birth Number of eight may appear conservative, but they often live very sexual and ambitious private lives.

Birth Number Eight

Birth Number eights are those born on the 8th, 17th, or 26th of any month.

“Call me old fashioned if you will, but get to know me and I’ll surprise you.”

Don't be fooled by this number. Although conservative, prim, and proper in appearance (for people with a Birth Number of eight do not want to look out of place), there’s another face to this number. In youth, people with this number behave older than their age; when maturity endows them with more confidence, they look younger!

Sexually, they are all about lust and trust. When they have gained confidence, there is nothing to stop them from realizing any object of their desires. They are career- oriented, determined to succeed, and problem solvers who love a challenge. People with this number can either find themselves going around in circles because they fear change, or climbing ever higher in search of new horizons to conquer. They are adaptable, systematic, political, and logical thinkers. Yet too much head and not enough heart is often their downfall. Throughout the life of an eight, their parent of the same sex often creates problems, generates challenges, or creates issues for them. Capricorns are an eight's best friends or worst nightmares, and Saturday is their best day of the week.

Famous Eights

Diego Rivera (painter)

Dustin Hoffman (actor)

Roger Federer (athlete)

Patsy Cline (singer)

Jimmie Rodgers (singer)

Paul Dirac (Nobel Laureate)

A Birth Number of nine in numerology can signal a combative and larger-than-life persona.

A Birth Number of nine in numerology can signal a combative and larger-than-life persona.

Birth Number Nine

People with a Birth Number of nine were born on the 9th, 18th, or 27th of any month.

“It’s my way or the highway.”

If this is your number, you love to debate, discuss, and dispute almost everything. You never like to admit to being wrong or misinformed. This makes you a little unapproachable, yet stimulating company nevertheless! A born fighter, reformer, and combatant, you are your own worst enemy at times.

The life you live appears somewhat "larger than life" to others, and they may ask you how you manage it. A survivor in the game of life, you possess knowledge, experience, and wisdom, and you have "returned" to teach what you know. Therefore, develop your communication skills so that you can be inspiring and inspirational. Nines are connected to the signs of Aries and Scorpio and the first and eighth houses of astrology. Nines do well to study the ancient art/science of astrology. Tuesday is considered their best day, and Mars is their significant planet.

Famous Nines

Tom Fogerty (musician)

Sylvia Plath (writer)

Hedy Lamarr (actor/inventor)

Hermann Emil Fischer (Nobel Laureate)

Sharon Osbourne (music manager)

Imre Kertész (Nobel Laureate)

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Ghasiram on March 06, 2020:

I believe that Author has given accurate information

Kokila on May 13, 2019:

My daguther twins baby

17.5.2019 best numerlogy

Surya Prakash on February 08, 2019:

Respected Sir

Yasin on September 27, 2018:

Hey my number is 7 but in reality all number 6's charactericts are the same with mine. How that happend?

Michael on June 25, 2018:

William Shakespeare, born on 1564/04/23, not a Gemini, get your facts right!, Adele also a Taurus

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 04, 2018:

Absolutely amazing! I was born on the 22nd and excited to learn what numerology revealed: "If you have a Birth Number of four, you’re a good listener, understanding the fears and phobias of all the people you attract. This makes you an ideal psychologist, counselor, and companion."

As it turns out, I did get a degree in counseling though I did not go into this field professionally. Thanks for this interesting article.

GOPAL RAI MANGLUNIA on May 12, 2018:

Is my name is okay or do I have to add or subtract any letter

Chris Carstairs-Prott on April 01, 2018:

Yes I am a real number 3.

Vedant anand on February 14, 2018:

My number is 4 but it does not match. I am in air force base.

G.swetha on September 09, 2017:

Sir My date of birth 14.06.1990.i got government job r not

K NAGARAJU on July 13, 2017:


Selvi on July 10, 2017:

Hai sir my daughter dob 4.6.2017sunday please say the good number for new name

August A. on June 21, 2017:

Am I jinxed? My birthday (without the zero's) is 71724. And my name translated in numerology is 137312. Both sound creepy honesty. Also bad things have happened on July 17...

Rangaiah on June 17, 2017:

Hi sir, My daughter date of birth on 02 Jun 2017,could you please say the good number for new name.

kb on December 16, 2016:

I am number 5 and I agree with this "show me the money. but name also plays a role in the person life. If your date of birth is very auspicious then it id good for you, but if your name is composed of an enemy planet or bad numerology then even if your birth date is auspicious you are a big loser in all ways.

The path to a good destiny is a good name which protects the person even if he was born in a bad birth date.

GOPALAKRISHNAN on November 24, 2016:

what you said all is correct but i need the lucky numbers for all the numbers like 1,10,19,28 for this what is the lucky numbers and unlucky numbers in common and in which numbers i can have my names.this is my question for all the numerology numbers. if 1 is birth number life number is 9 in which number i should have my name.only for this for all numbers.should i keep the name number in birth number or life number.if so what are all numbers.will you explain.for example 10,20,42,56,57,58,59,60,etc

Ankita Ghosh on November 22, 2016:


I am number 7 my birth day is 16th September 1989. I am going to start a business could you please help me and suggest me the alphabet or any number which I should use in the name as it will be a restaurant. Please reply me soon. my mail address Thank you

Melanie on October 26, 2016:

23rd ? clean freak? not even close

Darin on August 23, 2016:

which is the best number among 1,10,19 and 28 ? I guess 19-the prince of heaven-the sun tarot card

most to least favourable: 19-28-1-10

Meera on July 10, 2016:

I am born on 4th april..Can you please tell me about my astrology? on June 23, 2016:

Thank u and i believe it.

Jamie on May 22, 2016:

and for number 2 caressed becareful because some artist are not even careing and also i got a drunkin personality. I mean it!

Ebony on February 23, 2016:

I was told I was a month early.I was suppose to be born in July 1983 but was born June 15,1983 at 838am.please give me suitable real advice, thankz

Steve on November 18, 2015:

I compared the list of personality traits of the different character types against myself and two other family members and I have to say the descriptions are bang on. Very interesting

HeidiD on September 27, 2015:

I'm sorry, but I call bullshit on this. I am supposedly #3, my birthday is the 21st. And, there was only One (maybe two) thing stated that was anything close to accurate in the description of me & that was "They have an affinity with Sagittarius"...I've dated two in my life and they both remained my best friends for years after ending the relationship. My "lucky" day is Thursday you say? My pup was killed by another vicious dog on a Thursday. I understand a lot of this is exaggerated. But, as you stated, we are all different due to our background & experiences and I certainly do Not fit the description you have listed. Except maybe the "cute bum". I won best butt in high school and at age 50 it still remains a pretty nice one! on April 11, 2015:

My name is kummara of birth is 14-08-1990 . pls tell me correction of name for my best future.

kummara venkateswarlu on April 11, 2015:

My dob is 14-08-1990.pls tell me correction of name for best future.

joydeepp on March 03, 2015:

13/9/1983 need advice for growth. Staying in bangalore North on January 10, 2015:

My name sivanagaraju don't. No date both some mebars siva & Nagaraju calling

Aman Thakur from India on November 17, 2014:

Really an awesome hub. My birth number is 7 and found most of the things very true about the traits of mine personality.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 17, 2014:

This is interesting. I looked for my number, 22, but could not find the interpretation. Still, I think this is fun. Thank you and will share.

sandhya rajesh on October 13, 2014:

We want to do pooja for house.which number is the birth number is 3 &my birth num is 4

chakrika 18/january/2013 on September 08, 2014:

my daughter born on this date of birth pls tell her numerogical numer and her name correction for best leading life

venkatesh on August 12, 2014:

My son born on 18/September/2013 his name is abhiram is good or not pls

ganapathi on August 12, 2014:

good namber

vaibhav singh on August 10, 2014:

can you help ,me i am just broken out

Valerie Richter on July 29, 2014:

How did you know Thursday is my lucky day of the week and I'm a Sagittarius? on July 29, 2014:

sir my son dob is 18/07/2014 thursday please say the good number for new name

rohitgupta on May 20, 2014:

Sir please help me my dob 4/11/1983. Sir my name is correct or not tell me

john connor on October 04, 2013:

i want some help about bad spirit in my home.

Thomas Muldoon (author) from Sydney Australia on August 04, 2013:

I'm a Sagittarian and thanks for your comments - keeping things 'tongue in cheek' is my motto-

mts1098 on August 04, 2013:

I am a number 3 but disagree with most of the characteristics when comparing them to myself. Nonetheless this is a good summary...cheers

Thomas Muldoon (author) from Sydney Australia on August 03, 2013:

Thanks Cyber Shelley - watch out for my next piece on House Numbers

Shelley Watson on August 03, 2013:

I am a number 8 and so much of what you say is true. Thank you for this very interesting article on birth numerology. Up, interesting, useful and shared.

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