In my healing practice, I almost always look at a person's Life Lesson number which comes from the birthdate. I look at it out of my own insatiable curiosity but also because there have been innumerable times I have discussed it with a person and they have had some sort of new clarity about their lives that they had not had before our discussion.
Recently I was working with a client and we were delving further into some aspects of numerology in regard to how it can help us gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. This is a question she emailed me, which I reprint here with permission:
"I had some questions on the number of my name....Is this how it is done?"
Yes, to get your Soul Number write down your full birth name. Then write down the corresponding numbers, add them straight across, and reduce them to a single digit. (Count A-B-C 1-2-3 up to 9 then begin at 1 when you get to J. Count up from there to 9 and so on.)
This person's destiny number is 3.
This number shows what you are here to do in this lifetime, your aim in life, what you came to accomplish. It can change slightly with a name change, but your basic birthname will still carry the dominant vibration.
For example, a 3 vibration gets to be inspirational to others. Those with this vibration get to show the rest of us that life can and should be fun! Due to early training, 3's often don't realize that life is meant to be joyful until later in life, at which time they break free of painful bonds and become the playful spirits they were meant to be.
If you have changed your name in any way, get the number for that name too, but use it as an overlay of sorts. Both vibrations will be influential in your life.