Within the Pagan and magical community, there are a couple of approaches to using numerology to choose a spiritual name. The same methods can be used to name a child. Of course, if you are using the child's Life Path number, you may need to have several different names in your pocket since you never know exactly when a little one is going to decide to make an appearance. (The Life Path and Destiny numbers are explained below.)
You should choose the method that makes the most sense to you or use the method prescribed by your Coven or teacher. I also welcome and encourage comments on the various methods in the comments section below.
Once you've decided how you're going to proceed, visit our names by number list to find names listed by their destiny number.
1. Find your life path number using your birth date. Choose a name that has the same number.
There are quite a few Covens and Pagan groups that I know of that use this method strictly and it is a popular method. You just find out your Life Path Number (more info on this below) using your birth date and choose a name that matches. Although this method is popular, I do not feel that it is the best. Your Life Path number gives clues about who you are, the number we find when we add up the letters of your name is your Destiny number. It illustrates your potential. One is what you are and one is what you can be. Where you come from and where you are going. I personally don't want these to be the same.
2. Find your Your Life Path Number (method below) and use the letters that match up to the number on the Destiny Number chart below to choose a name with those letters in it.
Frankly, I can't see the efficacy of this method. (In fact, I am confused just typing it.) After all, once you've added up those numbers and the numbers associated with any additional letters, you get a whole new number. However, if you're really stuck, you can use this as a starting point.
3. Find your life path number using your birthdate and choose a name whose Destiny number complements that number.
For this one you will need to do some research and use your imagination and decide what goal someone with your (or your child's) Life Path number would be best suited for, or choose a Destiny number that will balance some of the negative aspects of the Life Path number and find a name that matches that Destiny Number.
4. Research the qualities associated with the different numbers and choose a name with a destiny number that corresponds to your spiritual goals (or the aspirations you have for your child).
Once again, it's all about research and imagination. This is a very good method provided the Destiny number attached to the spiritual name you choose does not conflict with or overshadow your original Destiny number.
5. Find your destiny number (based on your full birth name) and choose a spiritual name with the same number.
This is a very good method for choosing a Spiritual name as it reflects who you are and were born to be while allowing you to also carry a name that reflects who you are now. However, the whole point of choosing a new name is to mark the beginning of a new phase of your life. Unless you hope to keep going in the same direction (nothing wrong with that) you may wish to choose a method that reflects change, rather than continuation.
To Find Your Life Path Number
The life path number represents your personal nature; the traits you were born with and that you will carry with you through your life. All of the experiences and decisions that make you who you are were built upon this foundation.
Your Life Path Number is found by adding together the sum of the numbers that make up your complete birth date and then adding whatever digits you come up with together to get a final single digit. For example, June 16, 1964 can be added thusly:
June - 0+6= 6
16th - 1+6=7
1964 - 1+9+6+4= 20 | 2+0=2
Now add the digits 6+7 = 13 | 1+3= 4 then add 4+2=6
So my life path number is 6
For more information check out http://astrology-numerology.com/num-lifepath.html
The Destiny Number
Your destiny number is based on your name. It illustrates your potential or your spiritual mission in this lifetime. To find your destiny number, use the chart below and add all the numbers associated with each letter of the full name, first, middle and last, given to you at your birth. Once you've added them together, add any digits together to reduce it to a single digit. Then visit http://astrology-numerology.com/num-birthname.html to learn what your destiny number means for you.
So if my name is Dawn Ruby Black, I can use the chart above to match the corresponding numbers to the letters of my name thusly- DAWN 4+1+5+5=15=6 RUBY 9+3+2+7=21=3 BLACK=2+3+1+3+2=11=2. Combining the three numbers together 6+3+2=11=2. So my Destiny Number is 2.
A handy tool to help you is the Wicca Name Iphone App also available on Amazon for Android. It will calculate both your Life Path and your Destiny Number and help you search for names that match whichever number you like, online or off.
A Few More Things to Keep In Mind
The number of your name is calculated using your full name. So if you already know part of the name (for example if you are seeking a first name and already know the surname and middle name) calculate the number of the parts of the name that you know and look for a name that makes up the difference, keeping in mind that there are several ways to do this.
Using an extremely mundane example: You are naming a child and know that the child's last name will be Smith and that you would like to give the child a middle name to honor her paternal grandmother, Louise. Smith = 2+4=6 and Louise= 2+7= 9, both names combined = 6+9=1+5=6. Depending on which number you were aiming for, you will need to do a little math.
For number 1, you would look for a 4 as 6+4=10=1+0=1
For number 2, you would look for a 5 as 6+5=11=1+1=2
For number 3, you would look for a 6 as 6+6=12=1+2=3
and so on.
Some covens assign a portion of a name to all of their members. For example, all members of the Coven of the Twisted Oak, may assign all of their initiates the surname Oakward (Meaning guardian/keeper of the oak). In this case, you would use the same method described above to choose a name using numerology.
Once you've got the number you're looking for, you can search our database of Names by Number