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 3Destiny / Expression Number 3

In Numerology, the Destiny or Expression Number 3 is all about creativity. The energy of the number 3 needs avenues for self-expression the way the rest of us needs fresh air! So whenever it appears in a Numerology chart, you can be sure that the person it describes is an artist, crafter, performer or creator of some kind.

People with a Destiny Number 3 have naturally uplifting personalities.

Their unique perception of the world inspires others greatly, so they’re often popular, and surrounded by a swarm of adoring fans! (Sure, not all folks with this Destiny Number will end up on stage, but they will all enjoy being the center of attention at various points in their lives!)

Perhaps it’s their eccentricity we love? Or their oozing self-confidence? Or maybe it’s because they know how to make everyone feel like they’re the only other person in the room? Who knows… what we do know, is that this Destiny Number is magnetic!


This Destiny Number also expresses humor and the lighter side of life!

These folks are often very funny. They don’t get stuck in a bad mood for long, and won’t let the rest of us stay brooding in one for long either. They’re skilled at elevating others, often by simply being their own cheery selves.

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

Destiny Number Three Work and Lifestyle

It goes without saying that 3 Expression Numbers perform best when they have an audience to entertain. But this doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be “performers”. Working in marketing and sales could be a great fit, as could any position where communication (both written or spoken) is required.

The creative industries can ideal places for those with this Expression Number to thrive: Theatre, film or music, and even journalism could be ideal, depending on the rest of the Numerology chart.

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

When not expressing at their highest, the Destiny Number 3 can be fake, and people-pleasing. Their need for recognition means that these creative people may actually lose touch with their own inner truth, instead “performing” for the crowd. Yet inauthentic creativity can be a death-knell for this Destiny Number.

The breadth of creative talents that the Destiny Number 3 can turn their hand to means that they may struggle with sticking power. Flitting from talent to talent, yet never fully developing a single one, means they may fail to really succeed in life. For this reason, developing discipline early on in life will really serve them.

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?

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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

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