Question: Changing your name after marriage

Numerologist and author Hans Decoz

Ann asks how changing her name after marriage will affect her core name numbers.


Dear Hans,

I was born on July ..., 19... (day and year withheld) in New Zealand, and my birth name and my adopted name never changed my core numbers -- as far as I know, these have just stayed the same.

Apart from a brief marriage long ago (it didn’t count, as far as I was concerned), with my new marriage coming up, my numbers are about to change. I am wondering your take on this as far as one’s soul path and evolution goes.

Do you still have the core numbers from your birth name?



Dear Ann,

Your question will probably interest quite a few people as the notion that changing your name might in some way influences the course of your life is a popular and correct one. However, it is important to understand where it affects your life and where it doesn't.

Numerology considers three sources that reflect the energies and influences that impact your life. The first one is your date of birth. Almost all your cycles as well as certain other aspects come from your date of birth, including your Life Path which, as the name applies, is a bit like a roadmap for your life in that it sets the direction as well as the timing of major changes and events. This part of your chart never changes and is not affected by a name change.

The next source is your full name at birth. In your case, since you know the original name to have been Ann ..... (name withheld), you should probably use that in your numerology chart, as supposed to Ann .....

Both names offer the same core numbers, but the Spiritual Transit, and therefore also the Essence cycles, both of which are based on the last name, are different. But whichever you use, the issue is that this name also does not change, and it is your full name at birth that reveals "who" you are, what you are made off; your talents, strengths, weaknesses, etc. No matter how often you change the name you go by, this initial blueprint of your core traits and attributes does not change.

The third source is the name you go by, the way you introduce yourself, your every-day name. And this is what changes and it is a change that can make a huge difference in the course of your life, the quality of your life, and everything else in your life.

Here is why. The name you use every day expresses how you see yourself. It indicate 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.

In your case, your forthcoming name change could put a harder edge to your attitude and general temperament, due to the addition of two 8's. It will make you more practical, more goal-oriented, and perhaps more successful.

However, it will also bring more contradicting and conflicting energies into your life. Your chart is dominated by nines (and threes) and the 9 and 8 are inherently discordant.

You will find yourself getting angry quicker, rebel against expectations, and otherwise experience inharmonious feelings more often than you used to. The fact that you are in your late forties helps as your maturity will buffer those influences, however, you will not be able to avoid them completely.

My first impression, based in part on a quick look at your current cycles as well as other numbers in your chart (2 Essence, 6 Challenge, 6 Personal Year - all indicators that your heart will be a bit more exposed and vulnerable in the near future) is that I would not recommend taking on the name Cam ... unless you feel strong, confident, very stable, and secure. Think of it as choosing a path for the next several years that may have some added promise, but it is also more dangerous and difficult.

Hans Decoz



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