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Your Balance Number, your Maturity Number, your Minor Expression, Heart's Desire & Personality Numbers

Balance Number

People experience different internal responses to life's challenges.  Some withdraw from difficult situations to think them through; others withdraw from their emotions, to try and keep themselves from feeling anything.  Some explode with emotions, but allow the explosion to pass quickly.  Others linger with their feelings, holding on to them well past the time they should have let them go.

Very often, these are conditioned or emotional responses that emerge without thought or analysis.  We have been influenced to respond in this way.  Maturity and self-development help us to learn new and more effective methods of handling our world and the problems we confront.  Your Balance number provides you with the guidance on how best to deal with difficult or threatening situations.

The Balance number is found by adding the numerical value of the initials of the full name at birth and reducing it to a single-digit or until a Master number is encountered.
Example: In John Peter Hancock, the initials of J, P, and H, translate to 1, 7, and 8, which add to 16, which adds to 7 (the 16 being a Karmic Debt number, is written as 16/7).

Maturity Number

Your Maturity number indicates an underlying wish or desire that gradually surfaces around age thirty to thirty-five.  This underlying goal begins to emerge as you gain a better understanding of yourself.  With self-knowledge comes a greater awareness of who you are, what your true goals in life are, and what direction you want to set for your life.  This, in a nutshell, is the gift of maturity: You no longer waste time and energy on things that are not within your own special identity.

No matter what your age is at present, you life is being channeled in a specific direction, toward a very specific goal.  That goal can be seen as a reward or the fulfillment of a promise that is implicit in your current efforts, often without your knowing it consciously.  While the characteristics of this number are usually visible during childhood, we tend to lose sight of these aspects until later in life.  But our lives are always being affected by this influence, nonetheless.

Your Maturity number begins to have a more profound impact on your life after the age of 35.  The influence of the number increases steadily as you grow older.

The Maturity number is the sum of the Life Path and the Expression number reduced to a single-digit or a Master number.

Minor Expression Number

The Minor Expression number is based on the current (or short) name, the name you now use to introduce yourself including your last name.

The influence of the short name is minor in comparison to your full name.  Interestingly, the short name often compensates in some way for numbers (and their related characteristics) that are missing or out of balance in the full name.

For instance, a number missing in the full name may show up prominently in the short name; or a number (or numbers) that appears in excess in the full name can be compensated for in the short name.  If a name change takes place later in life through marriage or for professional reasons, it adds or subtracts certain qualities.  It can also focus and intensify existing characteristics or talents that may be latent.

As a rule, I recommend that you don't change your name on impulse.  Marriage, of course, does not leave much room for choice, although more and more women are hyphenating their names or staying with their maiden names.  However, if you must change your name (for professional reasons, for example), try to choose a name already in your family, and thus connected to you through your ancestors.  Those characteristics are already present in your lineage, which makes the new name easier to assimilate into your personality.

In answer to some commonly asked questions when it comes to short names:

  • The short name is the name you feel closest to in relaxed and social settings.
  • The short name is the name you would use when thinking about yourself, including your last name.
  • When figuring out the Minor Expression number, never use the middle initial, unless you introduce yourself with that initial, such as: "Hi, I'm Tom J. Hancock."
  • Names you have used in the past reveal inner feelings and characteristics that were prominent during that period in your life.  If you are no longer using that name, it bears no resemblance to your current identity.

To find your Minor Expression number, use the same formula used to find the Expression number, but apply this formula to the name you now use to introduce yourself, including your last name.

Minor Heart's Desire Number

The Minor Heart's Desire number is derived from the vowels of your short name.  The short name is a refinement of the more complex qualities of your longer name (the full name at birth).  It sharpens and bundles the energies that are reflected by your full name.  It intensifies certain aspects of your being, and de-emphasizes others.  For this reason, the short name often provides insight into what you truly want in life.  It also often reveals the extent of your understanding of what you want from this life.  It reveals both your strong desires, and the limits you place upon your potential.

To find your Minor Heart's Desire number, add the sum total of the vowels of your short or current name in the same manner as that described under Heart's Desire.

Minor Personality Number

The Minor Personality number is based on the consonants of your short or current name, and it gives additional information about how you present yourself to the outer world.  This number reveals in particular those aspects of your personality that your are, or have become, most comfortable with.

A name change that occurs later in life, such as through marriage or for professional reasons, can have a significant impact on your approach and your attitude in dealing with others, and this is reflected in your Minor Personality number.  For this reason, name changes should be considered carefully, perhaps with the guidance of a numerologist.  With a marriage, for instance, a hyphenated name is suggested, to add traits without changing your attitude entirely.

Learn more about name changes and how they affect you.

To find your Minor Personality number, add the numerical value of the consonants of your short name, and reduce to a single digit, just like you did for the Personality number.