Probably the coolest thing in numerology is its ability to reduce everything down to its smallest conception.
Your life path number is your birthdate calculated and reduced down to a single digit. Same with your love number, your career number, and so on and so forth.
When it comes to power numbers in numerology, however, it can get a bit more tricky.
First, let’s talk about power and what it means on different levels.
Power in humans is the ability to be strong and confident. People are powerful for many reasons, not all of them good.
We have powerful people around the world who misuse their power, their power is corrupted, and they abuse others with their power.
They wield their power like a weapon.
These people are powerful, yes, they are strong and confident, but that power is based in their ability to oppress and overpower others.
Here’s a very, very, very controversial concept: someone only has power over you because you let them.
No one, and I do mean no one, can take away your power. You can only fail to use your power.
For millennia, abusers of power have been abusing people, both on an individual level and on a collective level, by convincing those people they have no power.
But you always, always have power.
Even when we use the expressions “you gave away your power” or “take back your power” we are using metaphors for a power that is always inside of you.
There will be, inevitably, some who will argue that this is victim blaming.
But only because this is not a place for blame or shame.
If you have been abused, if someone has wielded power over you, it is not your fault. You are not to blame. But you are responsible for what you do now, what you do next, and for not allowing it to happen again.
You allowed it to happen the first time, second time, however many times, because you did not know any better.
You did not know you had power.
Now you know.
Do not let anyone come between you and your power again.
Power and Choice
We always have power, and we always have choices.
Remember, this is a site for witchy spiritual stuff, so you will hear over and over how much power you have.
A witch is a person who stands in her own power. She understands that the unstoppable energy of the universe is always flowing through her, and that positive power is one thousand times stronger than negative power.
One thousand times.
We all have power. It is a matter of how we choose to use it.
And look, every single choice you make exponentially leads you to the next choice and the next.
This exponential factor has been proven time and again by science.
The more you succeed, the more likely you are to succeed. The more you fail, the more likely you are to fail.
And here’s the thing: you only have to succeed, or fail, on a very tiny level to create the exponential shift.
This same scientific concept can be seen with choices.
Make good choices, reap the benefits, and watch as more good choices, and their benefits, present themselves to you.
You will be surprised and delighted at how quickly and apparently effortlessly you are able to make these experiences happen.
Some will watch you and whisper “witch.”
And you will smile and keep winning.
But… you ask, how do you know if the choice you make is a good one.
And this is where you learn to take back your power.
Take Back Your Power
You know you are standing in your full power, the awesome, showstopping, seemingly magical power of an infinitely loving, infinitely wise, mighty power of the universe, when you know a good choice when you see it, you know the path for you when you see it, you know the right people to have in your life when you meet them.
You just… know.
You can call it a gift. In the psychic world, it is called claircognizance.
But I usually just call it intuition.
Your intuition is your immediate connection to your higher self and the divine. Your gut instinct. Your crown chakra downloading information from the universe and your third chakra, your solar plexus chakra, telling you “yes, this way.”
But how can you tell if it’s intuition or ego or fear?
Intuition speaks in yes, in positivity, in truth.
Ego speaks in fear.
Fear speaks in the negative.
If you feel angry, frustrated, sad, depressed, irritated, or annoyed, your ego and fear are speaking to you.
This ego and fear speech is not always a bad thing. It will tell you what to walk away from and what to avoid. And that’s okay.
Don’t walk down that dark alley at midnight.
But intuition will not turn you away from anything. It will, instead, and much more productively, turn you toward something.
Intuition will tell you to stay home and get some freaking sleep so you never approach that dark alley at midnight in the first place.
The more you honor your intuition, the better you will get at recognizing when it is communicating with you, and the more you take back your power.
When you are fearless, truly fearless, not narcissistically fearless, and you can put your ego in its rightful place (“thank you for the advice, ego, but I’ve got this.”), you are in your full power.
Now your magic will flow effortlessly, and you can move through life making good choices, attracting good people, and expanding toward ever greater heights.
Power Numbers in Numerology
Numerology, then, is here to help you with some subtle hints at where to start on this journey into a magical life.
First, there is your personal power number. This number is your life path, or birth path, number, which you get by adding up all the numbers in your birthdate and reducing them to a single digit.
For example, if you’re born on December 12, 1989, your number would be:
1+2+1+2+1+9+8+9 = 33, 3+3 = 6 Your birth path number is 6
Then you add up all the letters in your full birth name, with each letter assigned a number, then reduce that number down to a single digit.
Letters are assigned as follows:
1 A J S
2 B K T
3 C L U
4 D M V
5 E N W
6 F O X
7 G P Y
8 H Q Z
9 I R
For example, if your name is Johnny Depp
Johnny 1+6+8+5+5+7 = 32, 3+2 = 5
Depp 4+5+7+7 = 26, 2+6 = 8
8+5 =13, 1+3 = 4
And finally, 4 + 6 = 10, and we drop the zero to get 1
In this case your power number would be 1.
There are, of course, 9 power numbers.
Power number 1 is action oriented and driven, highly focused on goals. Others count on you for counsel, guidance, and leadership. If 1 is your power number, look for opportunities to step up and lead from the front, take the responsibility of others’ faith in you.
You are a diplomatic empath. You bring people together and help them see each other’s point of view. You help people find common ground and you find people’s gifts and help bring them out. Be sure to take plenty of time for yourself as this work can be exhausting.
Power 3s are creative life bringers. You are a natural mother or father and nurturer, even if you never bear children. You are dedicated to nature and the bounty and beauty of our planet. You are reborn again and again in this life, in marvelous ways. Celebrate them.
You are the order in the necessary chaos, the structure, the builder. You have vision, and you can help others see it. You are practical and effective working with the materials of the world to serve yourself and others. Business and government are great avenues for 4s.
Quick witted and innovative, you shine among friend and family and bring unconventional approaches to problems and issues. Manage your talents and you will find great success.
You are a lover. Deeply devoted and caring of others, you are in personal and professional positions that allow you to care for others. Mother, father, nurse, doctor, healer, helper, all of these roles work well for you. Learn to let go, and you will find continual love throughout your life.
You are a creative and critical thinker, always bringing new ideas to the table. You may find your calling as a spiritual leader or other vocation known for higher thought. You help people see things in new ways.
The infinity symbol, 8 is one of the most powerful numbers across cultures. This is often the number of great leaders, and it can bring incredible joy to your life.
You are an enlightener of others through your own personal experiences. Everything you go through is an opportunity to learn and in learning, teach. Remember each time you find yourself in a storm, that it is an opportunity to grow, and that this too shall pass.
Now, take your number, meditate on it, and allow yourself to see, with your intuition, where your power lies now, and where it can take you.