heart's desireI have to admit. Dealing with the calculation of the Soul Urge number gives me fits.

If you continue to learn about Numerology, you’ll see that – like every other “ology” – there are different ways to go about it.  Numerologist’s believe in various ways to calculate the numbers.  There are different ways to calculate the core numbers in your chart.

Yet the bottom line that I find is that – despite the discrepancies in how to arrive at certain numbers – the meaning of the numbers themselves remains the same.

This goes for Chaldean Numerology.  And other systems of Numerology (Kabbalistic, Indian, Chinese).  The type of Numerology we’re discussing here is Pythagorean, which is the most widespread system used in the Western world.

The Core Numbers in your chart vary by Numerologist, yet I feel that the most vital are:

  • Life Path
  • Expression/Destiny
  • Soul Urge/Heart’s Desire
  • Personality
  • Birthday
  • Maturity

Your Soul Urge number – also called your Heart’s Desire or Soul Desire – indicates what motivates you down deep into your core.  This is the number that reveals to you what drives you from a soul-level.

This is a great number to know because it might explain some of those “irrational” thoughts and feelings you come up against – those feelings you just can’t explain, yet you feel with great intensity.  How “surprising” they are to you will depend on how in alignment your Soul Urge number is with the rest of your Core Numbers.

So here’s the complicating factor.

Numerologist’s don’t necessarily agree on how to arrive at this number.

The calculation is based on adding together ALL THE VOWELS in your full name.

Vowels are  A,  E,  I,  O,  U    (and here’s where it gets sticky) and sometimes Y.  And sometimes W.

Different Numerologist’s believe different things.

Dr. Juno Jordan (and others) will tell you that the “y” never enters into the calculation (see Dr. Juno Jordan, Numerology:  The Romance In Your Name).

Lynn Buess (and others) contends that the “y” is always used in calculating the Soul Urge number (see Lynn Buess, MA, EdS, The Heart of Numerology).

Hans Decoz (and others) will show you that the calculation rests on the “y” being considered a vowel by the way it sounds.  This is the most accepted way to calculate the Soul Urge number.  Numerology, after all, is really all about vibration and frequency, so discerning the sound that the vowel brings to the name is key to this formulation.

When using the “y” to calculate the Soul Urge, understand that the “y” is considered a vowel when it’s the only vowel sound in the syllable.

Hans Decoz states:  “When the letter serves as a vowel, and in fact sounds like one, it is a vowel.  … Examples of both of these cases are such names as Lynn, Yvonne, Mary, Betty, Ely, and Bryan.  However, if the Y does not provide a separate vowel sound, as when it is coupled with another vowel, it is considered a consonant.  In names such as Maloney or Murray, the Y is a consonant, because the vowel sound depends upon the long E in Maloney and the long A in Murray.  In general, the Y is a consonant when the syllable already has a vowel.  Also, the Y is considered a consonant when it is used int he place of the soft J sound, as in the name Yolanda or Yoda.”   (see decoz.com)

So what’s a person to do???

All you can do is choose a way of calculation that feels right to you.  Sorry to say it, yet it’s true.  I’ve grappled with this personally with great angst.  Yet you must choose resonates with you.

And if you’re getting your calculations through a Numerology calculator that’s a computerized program or App, then you definitely must choose whether or not the “y” is or is not included in your calculation.  Otherwise, you must do it by hand each time.  Doing it by hand is great if that’s what you want to do.

The obvious point to make here is that the whole “y” issue isn’t an issue when calculating everyone’s Soul Urge number – it’s only an issue when a person has the letter “y” in their name (that kinda’ falls into the “no duh” category, yet I’ll observe it anyway).

An observation:  You’ll notice that when you know the defining qualities of each of the numbers one through nine (and the Master Numbers), you’re at a huge advantage because the meaning and influence of each of the numbers remains the same no matter where it appears on your chart or within your Cycles.  Then it simply becomes a matter of mastering your interpretive skills as to how the numbers interact with each other.

Calculate Your Soul Urge Number

soul urge numberWrite down the name you were given at birth, just as it is written on your birth certificate.

Use the chart and apply a number to each letter of your name;  first, middle, last.  If you have more than one middle name, please use all of the names as they appear on your birth certificate.  If you’re a Jr., Second or Third, please leave that out of the equation.

Let’s use Stephen (Tyrone) Colbert as an example. 

You calculate this much in the same way you calculate your Life Path number.  It’s a simple addition problem once you assign a number value to the letter in the name (as indicated by the chart below).  Like always, you must digit down to a one-digit number for each part of the calculation:


S   T   E   P   H   E   N

=  E + E = 5 + 5   =  10 = 1 + 0 = 1

T    Y    R  O   N   E

= (Y) + O + E = (7)  +  6   + 5 =  18;   1 + 8 = 9

[OR 6 + 5  =  11;  1 + 1 = 2 if you don’t use the “y” as a vowel in Tyrone]

C   O   L   B   E   R   T

= O + E = 6  +  5  = 11;  1 + 1 = 2

Now add up all the digits:

1 + 9 + 2 = 12; 1 + 2 = 3


1 + 2 + 2 (if you didn’t use the y) = 5

While only Stephen would know, what number do you feel would be more fitting for his Soul Urge?  The 3 or the 5?  

Rest to follow! We’ll be releasing one Soul Urge number every week :)

Over To You – The Soul Urge 1

1 soul urgeThis week, we will focus just on Soul Urge 1. But don’t fret. Your number will come up soon!

1 Soul Urge

You have a deep need to become #1 at everything you do in your life.

When you look deep into your core, you have an underlying and pressing need to be independent, exert your individuality, and take the lead and achieve in whatever you set your mind to.  Your task is to develop your true, authentic self and to become in leader in whatever field you find you’re the most passionate and skilled.

You want to be the best at everything you do. You expect very high standards of performance from yourself and, in turn, also expect the same from others.  Your purpose is to take the lead and take initiative—the 1 Soul number is not lack-luster or low-key! You’re meant to have courage, act independently on your unique and original ideas, be innovative, and take charge.

You have amazing insights and are highly creative and innovative.  Underneath it all, you want to be the trailblazer, the pioneer, the original thinker – the one who pushes the envelope.

A 1 Soul Urge number sets you up for the development of your sense of self, your willpower, and setting out with courage and determination without allowing the naysayers or glitches along the road weigh you down or demolish your vision. You work hard and play hard.

Some of your internal struggles might include a battle with low self esteem or lack of self-confidence. You need to demonstrate your originality and leadership.  The 1 Soul Urge number demands that you evolve from feeling dependent to independence – into individuation, and (ultimately) achievement and leadership.

Beware of defaulting into defeat and staying there.  That’s when you resort to self-absorption, cynicism, bullying, and battles with addiction.  You’re meant to march to the beat of your own weird and innovative drummer.  You’re life lesson:  Fail forward!

About Felicia Bender, Ph.D

Felicia Bender Ph.D – The Practical Numerologist is the author of Redesign Your Life: Using Numerology To Create the Wildly Optimal You. She’s passionate about helping people use numerology as a tool to improve their everyday lives. She’s a contributor for The Elephant Journal, The Numinous, and is resident numerologist for AstroStyle.com. See her at FeliciaBender.com.



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