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There are three numbers which are relevant to working with dates in numerology:

  1. Date of Birth
  2. Date of the present day
  3. Number of days in your life so far

There are also various cycles of time through the life which provide another background to our interpretations.

Interpreting a date as a number works because large numbers of people have energised the day with that number by calling it by its date.

Date format

Dates are best seen in the format YYYYMMDD which is the year, followed by the month, followed by the day.  This is the format used in Japan, and universally within computers.  It has the advantages of (a) placing the largest lump of time in the priority position in the beginning, and (b) forcing all dates to be held in numerical order.  For example the 17th March 2005 would be written 20050317.

This number can also be extended to accommodate the time of day, putting the hours then the minutes on the end of it.  So eight minutes past three in the afternoon of our example date would be 200503771508.

There is no such thing as a bad day.

In the unlikely event of a date feeling uncomfortable, we simply take account of the numbers indicated by the time-of day as well as the date. So the worst influence we encounter would be a single minute receiving an uncomfortable number influence.

Date of Birth

For interpretation, the date of birth is seen as an influence on the environment in which the life progresses.  It relates to the whole way of life, and especially the career within that.  Its main influence is in the mundane world.  Most schools of modern numerology call it the " Life Path Number" .  Its equivalent within an Aura-Soma Bottle reading would be the positive aspect of the second bottle, with a secondary echo going towards to the top halves of the third and fourth bottles.  In palmistry it would relate to the fate line.

Within the date of birth:

This is logical as, in most cases, the effects of world affairs on single individuals change more slowly than their personal influences.

The digits of the date number are added to see an overview of the overall influence.  So for our example date:

20050317 is added 2+5+3+1+7 = 18

Many modern numerologists would then "reduce" this to a single digit by adding the 1 and the 8 to get 9.  However, we can get a far more specific picture if we use Aura-Soma Equilibrium Bottle 18 to interpret the influence within the number 18.  This 18 is the strongest influence of the date.

Looking inside that 18 we see lesser the influences of its parts:

On the rare occasions when we want to look at a specific time, perhaps examining a sudden event retrospectively, we would treat the time-number in the same way.  So our example 200503171508 would add to 32, and we could look at how the energies of Bottle 32 may have helped the event.

Returning to the date alone, we can see a more detailed picture by treating the individual digits as the actors in a play.  This is the same technique as shown in the archived article here on Higher Numbers.


The 2 is the star of the show - she is on the stage for the longest period - but notice how she is separated from the other actors by the space indicated by the two zeros.

[This situation accounts for why there was no precipitous change to feminine ascendancy at the turn of the millennium.  The male 1 had been the star of the show for 1,000 years.  The stage had been crowded with male digits in 1999.  So in 2000 the 2 was alone in a new environment, then the first person to join her was the (male) 1 in 2001.  She is becoming more self-confident and experienced as each year of her influence accumulates.  Even number years are particularly helpful to her - so imagine her power in the year 2222.]

By the start of March the 2 has had a two month dialogue with the 5 (of 2005) to establish the world vibration of 2+5 = 7.  This would not be intimately coordinated as they are standing so far apart, so we get a formal version of the 7 told in the script of the play.  During March the 3 changes the subject of the script to 2+5+3 = 10 in his relationship with the two established actors.  As the 3 brought his own space (zero) with him, the relationships between the actors are still somewhat distant.

From the 10th of March the actor who is the 1 stands next to the 3 in the first close relationship in the script, which now reveals an 11 (2+5+3+1) energy.

Finally on the 17th we have the full 18's overall picture revealed.  Notice how 317 are standing together in a group whereas 2 and 5 are isolated.  This grouping will affect how the story of 18 is told.  There will be a 3+1+7 = 11 "lump" in it.

So to visualise the influence of a birth date of 3rd March 2005 on the life path of an individual, we would see B18's yellow over violet with a small B11 clear/pink hiding within it.  Then we could look for another view by laying out bottles 2, 5, 3, 1, and 7 in a row with appropriate spaces as indicated by the zero's.  We would not use Bottle 0 in the zero-digit positions because that does not work in this technique  -  the spaces are more eloquent in their effect on the script.  However, we could benefit from seeing through those spaces to a large Bottle 0 being the important background provided by the set designer.

A pure number interpretation of the 18 would be "the tides of the inner Moon" - the reflective characteristic within us.  It is made up of 2x9 which is an intense relationship between the 2's receptiveness and the mystery of the 9.  It is intense because multiplication is a more powerful mathematical function than addition.

Date of the present day or a selected day

This is not as personal as somebody's date of birth as it affects all the cultures which use the same calendar.  So the number influence of " now"  affects large parts of the world's population.  Its relevance to personal matters lies in its numeric relationship with a person's date of birth.  Here is an example of somebody born on 28th April 1952 when they reach 4th May 2001:

So we are looking for the relationship between 31 and 12 to see the person's vibrational relationship with the selected day.  We can use the technique illustrated in last month's article on relationships (see archive).

31+12 = 43 shows the accumulated positive aspects.

31-12 = 19 shows the influence of the journey of how they got to the selected day as it examines "from 31 to 12".

So we use bottles 42 and 19 to see the temporary one-day influence on the persons life-path, mundane affairs, and work.  More fully we would use B31 (birth) and B12 (now) as fixed influences, with B42 and B19 as relational influences.

However, there is something else which will give us a deeper insight into the accumulated influence on a selected day.  That is the count of days since the person is born.  Using the same example dates, for a person born on 28th April 1952 the 4th May 2001 is the 17,904th day of their life.  The day count is not widely used in numerology as it involves a complex calculation.  (See ahead here for how to calculate any "day count" like this.) This is a very personal influence derived from the accumulation of the person's whole life so far.

The digits of 17904 add to 21, so we would use Bottle 21 to interpret the influence.  In pure number 21 is 3x7, so shows a strong relationship between the 3's creativity and the 7's triumph of spirit over matter.  Most significantly, 21 is all the numbers up to 6 added together: it is traditionally referred to as the key to the 6 because it is the blossoming of six-ness.  For more detail we could use the "actors in the play" technique on the 17904 itself.

Whilst that "Day Count" is the strongest influence, we can get more from it by seeing it with the numbers related to the dates from which it is derived:

Now see those three bottles together to get a complete picture of the harmonised vibrations.

Cycles of time in the life

These come in four categories:

  1. Cycles of years
  2. Cycles in the day count
  3. Bio-rhythms
  4. Astrological cycles (outside our scope here)

Cycles of years:

Most people's cycles fit in this classic seven year pattern. The table shows ages.

Table of ages

There are four categories of year in the table A, B, C, and D.

Look back on the important events and phases of you (or your client's) life so far and group them into types such as achievements, preparations, learnings, transitions, and inactive periods.  Then relate the grouped events and phases to what age you were at the time.  You could also group them as personal, work, etc.  There is no standard way of doing this.  It has to be a uniquely personal examination of the patterns in the life, but you will find that features will fall into the pattern of the A, B, C, and D years shown above.

There are a very few people for whom the seven year pattern does not work.  In these rare cases we use an eleven year pattern with A, B, C, D, E, and F years.

Lay these out in an 11 line grid as shown for the 7, then go through the life events and phases to identify the pattern as before.

Cycles in the Day Count:

Each 1,000 day phase of the life offers the opportunity for a new start, and in retrospect each 1,000 day period will have its own theme.  The 1,000 days is not a precise measure  -  there seems to be a preparation period before the exact thousand-days and a settling in period during each period's early part.  A thousand days is 2 years and 9 months less 3 or 4 days.


These are well researched and published cycles of:

There is no scientifically "official" researched spiritual cycle, but it would seem logical that it would be 38 days.  Personal experience of a number of people confirms this unofficially.

Each cycle starts with a strong day, a quarter way through there is a high day, half way through there is a "critical" (vulnerable) day and three-quarters through there is a low energy day.

How to calculate a Day Count:

We calculate a year-part, a month-part, and a day-part, then add these together.

The year-part is age x 365¼ then round up any fraction in the result to get a whole number.

To get the month-part find the month of birth in the first column on the left of the table below, then find the month of the selected day in the top line, then find the month-part number in the line of the birth month and the column of the selected month.

Month number chart

For the day-part subtract the day-of-the-month of the birth date from the day-of-the-month of the of the selected day.  This may result in a minus number.

Finally calculate

year-part + month-part + day-part + 1

which will get the Day Count since birth.

The "+1" is there because the first day of the life is day one rather than day zero.  If the day-part is a minus number the calculation will effectively be

year-part + month-part - day-part + 1

Note that in the year-part the 365¼ rounded up automatically corrects for leap years after the first 29th February (leap year day) after birth. So it is correct for anybody more than 4 years old.

Examples of Day Count calculations

In these examples

Born 14 Oct 1944
Day number for 6 June 2004

Born 14 Oct 1944
Day number for 20 Nov 2004

Born 15th Jan 1964
Day number for 20 Sept 2003

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This month's question is:
The year 2006 is a very feminine year because traditionally the number 2 is associated with the Moon and the number 6 is associated with Venus. So we have a year called by the number 2006 which invites the energies of the two great female archetypes.
What is your reaction to the idea that "The destructive forces and events we are seeing in the news this year show the reaction of a few extreme elements of several patriarchal cultures against the femininity which is alien to them."

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