Numerologist and author Hans Decoz

Kathleen wants to know about the connection between numbers and their location in a chart

She wants to be able read a chart and understand the meaning of the numbers in different locations in the chart.


Dear Hans,

I have your Numerology software and I think of all the Numerologists I have referenced, your interpretations of the numbers are the most accurate. You have excellent analogies!

My question is about interpreting the numbers 1-9 according to placement... For instance, I associate Heart's Desire with what a person "wants,” and the Personality or consonants are how people "SEE” one projects themselves? Am I on the right track here?

Thank you,


Dear Kathy,

As you correctly mentioned, in numerology, the placement of a number found in a personal chart makes all the difference as far as how that number should be interpreted.

Numerology; Key To Your Inner Self: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Using Your Numbers of Destiny, by Hans DecozIn my book "Numerology; Key To Your Inner Self," published by Penguin Putnam, I devoted a whole chapter to this important aspect.

First, it is important to understand the basic structure of a numerology chart. There are three sources of information. In order of importance:

1) All the numbers derived from the date of birth are dynamic and have to do with the path of your development, your growth, your personal evolution, whatever you want to call it. These numbers always affect you during a period of your life which can be anything from 1 day to several decades to, in the case of the Life Path, your whole life from birth to death.

2) The full name at birth. This is where we learn who you are, who is the person walking the aforementioned path; your personal makeup, your personality traits. Call it the blueprint of your personality.

3) Finally, there is the day-by-day name, the first and last name you use when you introduce yourself in a social setting. This tells us how you see yourself, who you think you are, and which of your characteristics have moved to the foreground.

To start from the top, the most strongly felt number in a numerology chart is the Life Path number which is derived from the date of birth.

Not only is it the most important number in the chart, it becomes more dominant as you grow older; you more clearly and obviously reflect the attributes of this number as the years go by.

This is due to its status as a cycle - running from birth to death - as opposed to a static number found in your personality. (Of the many numerologists I have met and/or worked with, this seems to be one of the more obscure facts. Many do not think of it as a cycle, which impedes the ability to properly understand its effect.)

The next number to consider is the Expression number. Based on the sum of the numerical values of all the letters in your full name, this number, more than any other, shows who you are. It is a static number, meaning it doesn't get stronger or weaker over time, although it does move to the foreground and back as cycles with similar or opposing numbers periodically influence its power.

The third most essential number is the Heart's Desire, a.k.a. the Soul Urge. As it is based on the vowels in your full name, this too is a static number. The Heart's Desire number shows what you want out of life, where you find your contentment, your happiness, your comfort zone. For example, are you a social animal or a quiet, homey person.

In fourth place comes the Personality number resulting from the sum of the consonants of your name. This number can be compared to the "face" you show the world. It represents the kind of person you appear to be to others, hence the name Personality or Outer Personality as it often called.

The Birth Day number is the fifth number in this hierarchy. The day of your birth reveals your approach to this life, to its challenges and opportunities. You could call it your attitude, and it too is dynamic.

And finally, although not really considered a core number: the Maturity number. This number is found by adding the Expression number to the Life Path number and does not play much of a role until we reach maturity - approximately the end of the First Pinnacle around age 30.

Its method of calculation merges the dynamic Life Path number with the static Expression number, thereby making it one of the more interesting and enlightening numbers as it reveals how the way we evolve (the Life Path) over the first three decades of life, adjusts our "personality."

Kathy, as a professional numerologist with well over 30 years of experience, I can admit that in my opinion understanding the "hierarchy" of a chart is the most important and the most difficult part of delineating a chart.

It only takes a few weeks or months to learn the meaning of the numbers and how to calculate them. It takes years of practice before you fully realize the affect of the placement of the numbers. And taking into account that this is an in-exact science, the importance of learning that aspect of numerology cannot be underestimated.

Hans Decoz



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