NOT to be confused with the Life Path Number, the Destiny Number (also known as Expression Number) is one of the core components in your numerology chart.

This Number holds a powerful frequency, which reveals the way you “express” your gifts and talents in the world. So whilst the Life Path Number describes the direction of your journey through life (AKA your life purpose) the Destiny Number tells you what the journey is going to look like.

Destiny Number 1Destiny / Expression Number 1

The Destiny or Expression number is all about doing things first. The energy of the number 1 comes at the forefront of life, so whenever it appears in a Numerology chart, you can be sure that the person it describes is going to be a pioneer in some way.

People with a Destiny Number 1 will likely have a pretty high “fear” threshold and enjoy taking risks. As children, they’re the ones who put their hand up first, and give things ago without needing to be asked twice.

Because of this, they tend to instill confidence and trust in others. The people around them can sense the innate authority that the Destiny Number 1 person expresses, even when they aren’t necessarily “in charge” of a situation. They’re skilled at thinking on their feet, and making decisions fast.


This Destiny Number also reveals someone who expresses themselves best through their independence. They are original thinkers, drenched in self-confidence, and have that rare ability to launch plans into motion. They usually don’t need to ask for opinions or reassurance from others… And they definitely don’t need to wait for anybody else to catch up. These people are often miles ahead of the rest. And that’s the way they like it!

Just like Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac, Destiny Number 1s often express a competitive streak. They have the potential to become incredibly successful, not to mention prosperous if they can learn to effectively apply their self-starting skills to work and life.

Read on to discover more about this number or download your free repeating numbers handbook here.

Destiny Number One Work and Lifestyle

1 Expression Numbers make great entrepreneurs and often do best in life by striking out on their own. In fact, if they don’t have the freedom to take the lead, they often come unstuck, finding it difficult to function under the thumb of anybody else.

For this reason, if in employment, it’s vital that Number 1s have an exceptionally long leash.

Their highest potential is to become the leader of something great.

Shadow and Challenges.. Is there a “negative side” to the Destiny Number One?

When not expressing at their highest, the Destiny Number 1 can become over-confident and dismissive of others. Because of their ability to wield power, they may take this to the extreme, becoming bossy, boastful and self-centered.

Their competitive streak may also become a little too, hmmm… cutthroat? There’s also the danger of creating drama, just to have something to fight against, lest their combative skills go unused.

The independent streak of this Destiny Number may also go into overdrive, as they break away from any potential support network. But self-reliance isn’t infinite, even for the number 1. So it’s vital for such people to remember that even they need emotional support. Don’t turn your back on family and friends, 1 Expression Numbers!



Need to Calculate Your Expression / Destiny Number?

In Numerology, the Expression / Destiny Number is calculated using the corresponding numbers for each letter in your full birth name. Here at, we use the Pythagorean system.

These numbers are summed and reduced until a single digit (or master number) is revealed. Remember that this number can’t come from your nickname or your married name, but must be the name that’s written in full on your birth certificate.

Using the chart below, take the values assigned to each letter of your entire name and add them all together.
Add those numbers together, and reduce this to a single digit (or master number) Easy!


The Master Number Exception

11 and 22 (and sometimes 33) are Master Numbers, and they have unique meanings that require stand-alone readings. If you reach totals of 11 or 22, don’t continue reducing until you reach only one digit. So stop your calculation there.


But… if the math is a little too much for you, there’s an easier way to find out your Destiny / Expression Number: using our free Numerology Calculator! Just click the button below, enter your info and we’ll do the decoding for you!

Expression Number Calculator

Not Your Destiny Number?

Follow the links below to discover more about the other numbers…

Now share with us – what’s YOUR Expression Number? And what does it reveal about your skills, talents and gifts in life? Let us know n the comments below!

Ready to Discover More about your Numerology Chart?

Just pop in your birth name and birthday and your free numerology reading (containing Life Path Number and Soul Urge Number readings) will be ready!

Get Your Free Numerology Report Here

About Katherine Anne Lee

Katherine Anne Lee is a writer, truth-teller and edge walker. She specializes in reading, and guiding others through the energetic patterns and rhythms that spiral through our worlds. Katherine has spent almost a decade training in the lunar mysteries, and European Shamanic Practice, gathering extensive knowledge and experience in these esoteric arts. She offers practical tools and methods to help modern humans use and integrate this ancient wisdom, in a rapidly evolving world. Visit The Moon School

To Get Your Weekly Cosmic Update, Enter Your Details Below...

Each week, we'll send you your guide to the most remarkable and mystifying cosmic events of the week (& other goodies!)

Close this window

Thank You!

Keep an eye on your inbox for next week's guide to the most remarkable & mystifying cosmic events ahead (& other goodies)

Close this window

To Get Your Weekly Cosmic Update, Enter Your Details below...

Each week, we'll send you your guide to the most remarkable and mystifying cosmic events of the week (& other goodies!)

Close this window

Just 1 More Step...

Can we ask you something personal?

Your birth details help us personalize your experience and content. They will never be shared.

Close this window