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 / Expression Number 8

The Destiny or Expression number 8 is all about learning about power dynamics. The energy of the number 8 strives for balance and flow – so when the odds appear to be stacked in anybody else’s favor, well, the 8 can have a hard time dealing with it.

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

People with a Destiny Number 8 are likely to make excellent business people.

They understand how power structures work and are highly skilled in managerial roles. These people are also often charismatic and charming – they know how to let their best sides shine!

8s often appear to other people to be money magnets. Prosperity, financial freedom and abundance are all within the sphere of influence for this Numerology – meaning these folks hold the skills for acquiring it, and how to share it with others too. Whether that’s what they choose to do, is another matter…


This Destiny Number also reveals someone who has a strong sense of ethics.

Number 8s have the skills to accumulate wealth and reach positions of power fairly easily (compared to the rest of us!) So in life, they’re often charged with making the judgments and decisions that will benefit many more people than just themselves.

They may be tested at times. And they will likely lose everything more than once in their life. But these scenarios are put there to strengthen the Destiny Number 8s character, and allow them to flex their ethical muscles. So as much as this Numerology is about gaining wealth, it’s also about how they deal with the other side of the coin, and building themselves back up from nothing.

Destiny Number Eight Work and Lifestyle

8 Expression Numbers make great business owners, entrepreneurs, and managers. They may also do well working in banking or finance.

Because they really seem to understand the way organizations, companies, even governments are structured, they’re often able to work their way up from the inside very quickly.

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

When not expressing at their highest, the Destiny Number 8 can become overbearing, controlling and even possessive and greedy.

Because understanding power is (one of their) missions in life, they will push boundaries to test themselves and others. From a young age, it’s highly likely that this Destiny Number will have issues with authority. As life continues, they may continue to struggle in situations where power-balances are either unclear, or where they feel someone else has more than they do. Yet learning how and when to let go, and to delegate responsibilities is vital if they are to get on in life and not alienate others.

It’s important to realize that this Destiny Number can come up against challenges – so facing these head-on, as growth opportunities is a must.

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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