How to Find Your Angel Number: 2 Simple Steps (By an Expert)

Wondering how to find your angel number? Your angel number is deeply personal and can be used to reveal your soul’s unique and magnificent path in this lifetime, but it’s absolutely NOT what you think.

As a leading angel numbers expert and award-winning psycho-spiritual writer, I’m going to clear up some huge misconceptions surrounding this topic and show you what to calculate and do instead.

What Are Angel Numbers?

Angel numbers are repeating sequences or patterns of numbers that hold a beautiful and specific divine message from your angels.

They’re full of directionality, potential and ancient wisdom, and are sure signs that not only are you in alignment with the Universe but that your guides are constantly pushing you onto the path that fulfills your soul.

Angel numbers can take the form of single-digit numbers e.g. 1, 2, 9 etc, double digits e.g 23, 55, 77, or 3+ digits, e.g. 123, 1234, 5555, etc.

Whatever numbers you see frequently are likely the most important and significant angel numbers in your life. 

Now here’s where it gets interesting.

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Your Angel Number’

I know. You’ve likely read everywhere and even typed ‘how to find my angel number’ into Google only to find a heap of articles that claim this wonderful angel number exists. It doesn’t and it’s completely misleading.

Here are the main misconceptions and the real truth;

1. Firstly, notice how you spot lots of different angel numbers throughout your day. Notice how some even change hour by hour, minute by minute.

Trying to work out which one of those is YOUR angel number is impossible, and guess what? Your angels don’t communicate like this, nor expect you to decode such a cryptic message.

This is misconception number 1 floating around the internet.

2. Misconception #2 is that seeing one angel number repeatedly means that it’s your angel number because it seems to ‘follow you around everywhere you go’. Nope.

This is a sure sign that there’s a message or action that you’re missing or failing to take.

This is your guardian angel’s loving way of trying to grab your attention.

And funnily enough, when you do heed that advice or take that action, you’ll notice that the angel number stops following you, so therefore it can’t possibly be your angel number, right?

3. Misconception #3 is huge, and possibly the most misleading. There’s an undeniable lack of knowledge out there right now surrounding the principles of numerology.

When you calculate your supposed ‘angel number’ using the method other bloggers tell you to (as I’ve shown below), you’re actually calculating your life path number.

a blue background with two people on showing the difference between finding your angel numbers vs your life path

Your life path number is important and is what will guide you to understand your soul’s core mission, vibration, energy, unique traits, and even mission in this lifetime.

THIS is one of the main numbers you want to focus on, not some made-up angel number.

So for clarity, what other blogs are revealing as a way to find your angel number is actually the way to find your life path number.

There’s no such thing as a singular angel number that is ‘yours’.

You weren’t born with an angelic number at birth, nor does the angelic numerological system work like this.

Instead, you can think of any angel numbers and sequences you see as a universal language of messages.

These numbers are simply giving you advice at that very specific moment in time, whereas your life path number was pre-destined and given to you at birth.

The Life Path Caulcation AKA The ‘Fake Angel Number’

This is the calculation method I mentioned above that finds your life path number. This is the number you’ll want to take note of instead.

Why? Because it will help you understand why you came here and what you are here to do based on the beautiful energy you bring into the world.

Not only does it speak of your strengths and talents but also the challenges you’ll face in life. 

After you have your number you’ll want to look up the individual meaning of your life path. Trust me when I say it’s so incredibly revealing!

Step #1 Write out your full birth date in numerical format.

  • For example, let’s pretend your birthday is 20th July 1998. Numerical format would then look like this; 20/07/1998, or if you’re in the US, 07/20/1998. Either way is fine.

Step #2 Add up all the numbers individually.

  • Using the example above this would look like; 2 + 0 + 0 + 7 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 8 = 36. Then reduce the number further by adding the single digits together e.g. 3 + 6 = 9.
life path angel number calculation step by step

This person would therefore be a life path 9. This is what other blogs will tell you is your angel number. Again, not true.

Pro Tip: If your life path number ends up being an 11, 22, or 33, you should know these are master numbers and are exceptionally rare, and often signals a unique soul mission, a greater abundance on Earth, or a tie to lightworker, starseed, or Earth Angel origin! 

You’ll also likely experience heightened psychic and intuitive abilities as well as a feeling of being different all your life.

Step #3 Find the in-depth meaning of your numerological life path.

  • Now, I highly recommend looking up the meaning of your individual life path number.

The ‘Angelic Vibration’ of Your Name

This is another method I’ve commonly seen listed as a way to find your angel number, but this method actually finds your name’s unique numerological vibration or ‘name number’.

It’s not tied to anything the angels give you.

Instead, your name number or more commonly referred to as your expression number is derived from the numbers that correspond to the letters in your full name, and it reveals the talents and abilities instilled within your personality and soul.

I’ll still walk you through it because it’s an interesting thing to find out about yourself and can aid in greater self-discovery. 

a complete name number letter chart with letters A-Z corresponding to a number 0-9

Step #1 Using the chart I’ve created above, assign a number to each letter within your name.

  • I tend to look at the full name, including the middle name as it gives a more accurate picture. If you’re married, use your birth surname as this accurately reflects the energy you were born with

For example, I’ll use my name ‘Charlotte Kirsten’. The numbers assigned to my name therefore would be as follows, ‘3 + 8 + 1 + 9 + 3 + 6 + 2 + 2 + 5 + 2 + 9 + 9 + 1 + 2 + 5 + 5 = 72’.

Step #2 Reduce the number further by adding the single digits together.

  • In this example, we have 7 + 2 = 9. My name number is 9.

Step #3 Look up the individual meaning of your name number.

Pro Tip: Your name number is closely tied to your soul urge and pinnacle numbers too. 

Pinnacles are advanced numerology and extend far beyond the scope of this post.

The soul urge number, however, is the inner you; it shows your underlying urges, your true motivation, and it dramatically influences the choices you make in life.

Think of your life path, name (or expression), and your soul urge number as part of a wider puzzle. 

Using Your Lucky Number as Your Angel Number

If I had to use any number that was closest to being a true personal angel number, it would be the lucky number. Your lucky number isn’t something that’s calculated though. It’s felt, intuitively. 

  • Have you always had a love for a particular number? 
  • Does it bring you luck, abundance, success, or wealth? 
  • Do you just connect with it on an intuitive level? 

It’s possible this was a number gifted to you by the heavens. In my case, my lucky numbers are 7 and 23.

I’ve always felt a divine spiritual connection to them. If you have a similar number, I would highly recommend looking up the individual angel number meaning of it.

It’s likely it carries some specific messages you were meant to hear.

a breakdown of the life path, name number and intuitive number

Help! What Does It Mean if My Life Path, Name, and Lucky Numbers are Different?

This is actually common and to be expected in most cases. Remember, we’re not looking for just one number here, but instead trying to understand all of the numbers that make up your energetic DNA.

So all 3 numbers are YOUR numbers.

What Does It Mean if My Life Path, Name, and Lucky Numbers are the Same?

This is a very strong message from the Universe, and if I were you, I’d look up that number as soon as possible.

Whilst it could be a sign that this lifetime has a much greater chance of success on all levels, it could also indicate psychic abilities, a heightened intuition as well as strong past life connections.

During readings, I’ve found that those with the same numbers across many different areas of their numerological chart tend to be leaders, pioneers and forward thinkers. 

how to find your angel numbers diagram

The Most Common Number Meanings

I’ve broken down the most common number you might have in your life path and name number below. This includes the number’s core vibration and traits you might carry because of it.

Number 1: The opportunist. Trailblazing your own path, independence, bright new beginnings, early success, taking a giant leap of faith, new relationships, focusing on yourself, setting intentions and goals, and working through previous unhealed cycles.

Number 2: The compassionate soul. Emotional, empathic, diplomatic, duality, embracing opposite sides of ourselves, great partnerships, the divine feminine, flow, balance, boosting confidence and self-esteem, the shadow self, thanking the old self for how far it’s taken you, whilst building the new

Number 3: The divine creator. Effortless manifestation, inspiring, artist, abundance, wishes coming true, joy, happiness, inner child healing, creativity, enthusiasm, energy, motivation, will, determination, having a zest for life, making quick heart-centered decisions, things suddenly taking off

Number 4: The master builder. Stability, sensible, down to earth, secure foundation, worldly authority, power, rule, practical systems, material possessions, slow and steady growth, progress, discipline, willpower, drive, overcoming hard and difficult obstacles, consistency, getting things done.

Number 5: The freedom seeker. Lots of change on the horizon, exciting experiences, travel, freedom, fast-paced aligned action, outgoing, inner curiosity, trying lots of new things, learning new skills, going back to school, adventure, relocation, changing careers, resourceful, dedicated, adaptable.

Number 6: The master teacher. Carer, nurturer, harmony, domestic bliss, mentorship, consciousness, self-awareness, imagination, empathy, social skills, health, destiny, and life path, unconditional love, support, nurturing, healing, the embodiment of the heart.

Number 7: The inner mystic. Highly intuitive, deep spiritual awakenings, mysticism, occult, dark night of the soul, your true potential, deep thinking, philosophy, finding answers to solutions, visionary soul purpose, inner wisdom, following your intuition, working with the power of the cosmos.

Number 8: The successful leader. Achieve success, entrepreneurial, infinity, growth, progress, materialistic gains, uncovering cycles that have been stuck for generations, trauma healing, authority, efficiency, abundance, wealth, ultimate stability, management, organization

Number 9: The humanitarian. Generosity, empath, sensitive, humble, magnetic energy, affectionate, completion, endings and beginnings, the humanitarian within, doing things for the greater good of yourself and others, finding answers within, a deeper connection with the divine, signature hallmark of the old soul, conscious living.

Are Any of These Numbers Bad or Warnings?

No, not at all. None of the angel numbers above serve as a bad omen or warning, and it doesn’t matter what position they sit in, be it your life path, name number, soul urge, or intuitive number.

Collectively, all of these numbers are a part of you – they’re the finest expression of your cosmic DNA. They look at how you vibrate within the fabric of the Universe and what energy you incarnated with.

These numbers are only ever a beautiful discovery!

What’s the Purpose of Finding These Angel Numbers? How Can I Use Them in My Life?

These numbers all form part of a much wider picture of who you are, and who you decided to become in this lifetime. 

Your Life Path Number is similar to your Sun Sign in astrology: it reveals your identity, including strengths, weaknesses, talents, and ambitions.

Your Life Path Number also exposes the tone of your experiences, and why events occur past, present, and future. It’s the root or foundation of your entire existence and creates a lens that reflects and often helps create your lived experiences.

Your Name Number describes your character, reveals your individual goals and how to achieve them, and also outlines any potential obstacles along the way.

If you’re familiar with astrology, you can think of this as similar to your North Node destiny.

What numbers did you come up with? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Charlotte Kirsten

Charlotte is a renowned Trauma Psychotherapist, Astrologer, and Founder of Typically Topical. With a background in psychology, astrology, and esoteric practice, her soulful guides are read by over 300,000 people every month.

For her work, she's been named UK Womenspire Woman of the Year, awarded the title of Yale Young Global Scholar, and featured as an expert across major networks such as, Best Life, Oprah Winfrey Network, BBC, Soul & Spirit, Psychology Today, Pop Sugar, Well & Good and Cosmopolitan. You can find her on Twitter.

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