Book Review – The Numerology Handbook: Uncover your Destiny and Manifest Your Future with the Power of Numbers by Tania Gabrielle

May, 2019

Book Review
The Numerology Handbook
Uncover your Destiny and Manifest Your Future with the Power of Numbers
by Tania Gabrielle

I tend to forget about numerology. I’m not sure why – it’s a main component of such divination methods such as the Tarot and certain Oracle card systems and divining by Dominoes and playing cards – but perhaps that’s why I do forget about it. And although I have divination books that have a chapter about numerology in them and I have notes on numerology in my personal Book of Shadows, this little book, titled The Numerology Handbook: Uncover your Destiny and Manifest Your Future with the Power of Numbers, by Tanis Gabrielle, published by Fair Winds Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group, is the first book about numerology to ever grace my bookshelves. I have to say that I am quite happy to have it there!

Numerology is of course about numbers. Many people shy away from numbers because of math anxiety but all you need is the calculator on your cell phone to make these easy calculations. The most three important numbers are the day of your birth number, your life purpose number and your destiny number (10-11).

Your day of birth number is fairly simple. It corresponds to the day that you were born. If you were born on the 3rd of the month, then your day of birth number is 3. If it’s a double-digit number, then you add the two numbers. Sometimes you have to add twice; for instance, I was born on the 19th of May; therefore, 1+9=10/ 1+0=1. So my birth number is 1.

Your life purpose number is obtained by adding all the numbers in your day of birth. For instance, I was born May 19, 1960 (yeah, I know, I’m ancient). That’s 5 + (1+9) + (1+9+6+0) = 22

22 is my Compound Life Purpose Number and 4 is my Root Life Purpose Number.

The other most important number is your Destiny Number and that is figured by using the name on your birth certificate. Gabrielle is adamant about this: if your name was changed after you were six months old, you must use your original name! However, you can use your adopted or chosen name as a “secondary” influence (21).

People tend to separate letters and numbers as if they were two different ways of knowing but as Gabrielle points out, “Each letter resonates to a specific number.” (21) The system she uses is the Western system or the Pythagorean system, after Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician who is credited with the discovery of the “Pythagorean Theorem” – which if you took geometry you know that’s “a square plus b square equals c square” – I had it memorized but I could never quite explain it. I hated theorems!

Anyway, there’s the chart so you can figure out your Destiny Number. Using my the name on my own birth certificate, I added up the letters in my full given name. The result was 99, which of course “reduces” to 18 and again to 9. So 99, 18 and 9 are my Destiny Numbers.

OK – so what do all these numbers mean? The next three chapters explain everything you need to know. Gabrielle reminds us to “Make a note of intensifications – when the same number repeats.” and to “Pay attention to which numerology triad your Three Important Birth Code numbers belong to…” explaining that it makes a difference if the numbers all belong to the same triad or to a different triad (39).

Looking at my own numbers, I am reading things about myself that I already know – of course I do, I’m fifty-nine years old! – but also things that I do not particularly like to admit about myself. But that is the beauty of a book like this. And isn’t that why we read these books? To gain the knowledge to learn more about ourselves? And our loved ones?

I have the Master Number 22 within my collection of numbers – as Gabrielle writes, “Master Numbers ask more of you – they also give you the tools to accomplish more!” (77) I have always thought that the number 22 corresponded to the Number 0 but maybe that’s just in the Tarot.

I also have the Master Number 99. According to Gabrielle, “When your Destiny Number resonates to 99, your life embodies the qualities of Fulfillment through Unconditional Love. All answers and wisdom are contained within you. You are accomplished and have the answer for pretty much anything.” (87). HA! “…have the answer for pretty much anything.” I know plenty of people who would agree with that. Or that I think I have the answer for pretty much anything!

After Gabrielle covers the meaning of Root Numbers, Master Numbers, and Double-Digit Numbers, she covers Personal Years, Personal Months and Personal Days. Each year, month and day carries “a specific personal vibration” that is yours alone, based on your personal birth numbers (130).

Your personal year starts on your birthday, not January 1. My birthday (again) is May 19, so this year is 5+19+2019=2043/9, so I am having a 9 year this year.

The way you figure your personal month is quite brilliant. There’s a chart in the book which makes the whole idea quite easy to understand. I’m in a 9 year, which kind of messes up the entire system but it still works if you understand basic math.

The Personal Day number is also easy to calculate. You just take your Personal Month number and add it to the Day in question. I can see this being very handy if you are looking forward in time – if you are wondering what kind of day you might be having on a certain date in a few weeks or months. This is a new idea for me and one I plan to start using.

All these numbers comprising your Personal Year, Month and Days are important when you consider your Power Cycles. As Gabrielle explains, “There are certain Personal Years, Months and Days that activate one of the numbers in your Three important Birth numbers. When this happens you will feel an intensification of energy. You’ll experience profound growth…” (138)

Not only does she say to “make a note” of these upcoming Power Cycles but that you will have several of these Power Cycle Personal Days “each and every month” – so “you are never without this surge of energy.” (138). Isn’t that great to know? Now all we have to do is learn how to use our Numbers to harness these Power Cycles – which is what the next chapter is all about!

The last chapter in the book is about addresses – where you live. She stresses that it’s only the numbers in the address that matter, not the name of the street. The only time a letter will matter is if it’s part of your address, as in an apartment number, i.e. #3B.

I was a bit alarmed because Gabrielle writes to avoid “addresses that initially add up to 11, 29, 38, or 47” (160) and my new apartment falls into that category! Also it’s not recommended for Birth Code Number 1! Maybe that’s why I’ve locked myself out of my apartment three times already and I haven’t even been here a full two months! I love it here but I’m beginning to think that this apartment doesn’t want me here. I signed a year’s lease so I’m going to be here for a while but this is something to remember the next time I’m looking.

All in all, I think this is a fabulous little book and one that I will refer to for years to come. If you are looking for an easy-to-read book with clear charts and major concepts set out with bullet points, this is for you. I cannot recommend it enough. Go to your favorite bookseller and buy it today!


Gabrielle, Tania. The Numerology Handbook: Uncover your Destiny and Manifest Your Future with the Power of Numbers. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2019.

The Numerology Handbook: Uncover your Destiny and Manifest Your Future with the Power of Numbers on Amazon


About the Author:

Polly MacDavid lives in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change, since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan and she is solitary.

She blogs at She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a novel about sex, drugs and recovery.

Book Review – Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time by Elen Sentier

April, 2019

Book Review
Dancing the Spirals of Time
by Elen Sentier

I do quite a bit of numerology as an enhancement to my magickal disciplines and I am always looking for a fresh perspective to inform and find the bridges of connection between multiple esoteric disciplines. Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time does just that in decoding the patterns and vibrations that are present universally.

The author uses a very tactile approach to learning and “feeling” the numbers and the geometric patterns they create. This process engages the reader from the onset and provides Ms. Sentier as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and British Shaman. I have had the opportunity to read two of her other books, Elen of the Ways and Following the Deer Trods (both from her Shamanic Pathways series) and much of the way in which she approaches numerology, reflects her work in the setting of the natural world, the Fibonacci patterning and the cycles that are vibrational and number based universally.

As Ms. Sentier states in her prologue…“ What I’m offering you here are the results of my sixty-odd years of work and play with numerology, what the numbers have shown me.”… So, from the start you know that the information provided has been tested and tried for some time of longevity and not just a hasty inquiry of minimum duration.

She approaches the systems of numbers as points of correlates within a framework of defining and reshaping the self. The push here is for the reader to recognize the connections that numbers have in telling the story of our role as part and parcel of a system that encompasses the Universal and Cosmic energies of which we are a part. According to Ms. Sentier…”Numbers are amazing, they make wonderful patterns and the work in pairs. Like the DNA double helix, they spiral in and spiral out showing us both evolution and involution… the patterns of life, and of time.”

Each chapter is organized in pairs of numbers, giving the characteristics and correlates for each providing the balance of theory and integration into your own style of learning and understanding the concepts. The author has you scribe the number, using that as a very tactile way of sensing the energy in the creation of that number. Very cool, idea! Ms. Sentier says to….”draw the 1 as a straight line…let the feeling flow into your body through your hand and arm. Don’t try to translate the feeling, just experience it.”

I particularly enjoyed the Working with your Numbers section. Samples and explanations of the numbers that are important in your own patterning are given enabling the reader to do the work of numerological reading for themselves. The grids are a bit complex but clear directions guide the way. In keeping with this highly experiential style, there are several exercises provided to allow you to kinesthetically connect with the numbers.

I thought Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time offered an opportunity to work with numbers in a very organic and universal way, but I would not consider this as an introductory book at all. That being said, I don’t believe that was the intention of Ms. Sentier in the least. Despite this, I do believe that this is a wonderful resource and exercise in being able to draw deeper conclusions beyond the superficial information we are usually privy to. Moving through the pages and information of this book requires that you look and feel with all of your being and not simply accept at face value what is being written. And, in this Ms. Sentier scores a home run!

Numerology: Dancing the Spirals of Time on Amazon


About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s Written in the Stars


The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon


The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths on Amazon


A Year With Gaia on Amazon

The Eternal Cord

Temple of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous Devotions

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning the Parts of SELF

The Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings for the Year

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

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Seeing the Signs

May, 2017

A Great Little Book About Numerology

One of my first articles for Pagan Pages was a little essay about numerology. I wrote it on my fifty-third birthday, since I generally check my “numbers” for the coming year on my birthday. (I also do it on New Year’s Day, but that’s a more generalized reading). This year is a 7 year for me – which to a Tarot person like me says the Chariot – which says to me that I’ll be on the move, in one way or another – either a physical move to another place or some kind of esoteric move that rocks my world. Or maybe both!


Recently, our wonderful editor, Jennifer Sacasa-Wright, sent me a bunch of books about various divination methods – over the next few months, I’ll be reading them and reviewing them. Since the timing is so perfect, I decided to read Numerology: Plain & Simple, by Anne Christie, which is part of the “Plain & Simple Series” published by Hampton Roads. The book boasts on both the cover and the title page that it’s “The Only Book You’ll Ever Need” – which can always be debated, especially among those of us who live to collect books – but I must say if you had to have only one book about Numerology, this would be the book to have.

Many years ago, when I was first learning about the Tarot, I naturally read books about numerology, since the Tarot is a numbered system of divination – as well as a pictorial one – and I wanted to know the way numbers worked. Most of the books I read on numerology were very superficial and stupid. I think one was subtitled, “Love is in the numbers!” or maybe that was its actual title. But I read everything. I took notes and I tried to apply my knowledge when I could.

It wasn’t until I read Mary K. Greer’s Tarot for Yourself: A Workbook for Personal Transformation that I started using numerology on a regular basis. And it was only using birth numbers. But her method gave me a way of seeing myself, my friends and family, and the world around me. I learned how to chart my life using numerology and Tarot cards – it’s interesting to see how the same lessons need to be learned over and over again.

Anne Christie uses the letter-number method. She provides a chart which goes from 1 to 9 and the letters are arranged in order underneath the numbers. Thus, A is 1 and I is 9 and M is 4 and Z is 8.


One of the main questions is what name do you use? I’m the kind of person who uses all of my names, because I firmly believe that I am represented by all of those identities. Plus, it’s fun! So here’s my everyday name of Polly MacDavid (7+6+3+3+7+4+1+3+4+1+4+9+4=65/11/2)

All the numbers add up to 65, which reduces to 11, which is a power number. 11’s are always coming up in my life, anyway. 11’s and therefore, 2’s. 2 refers to personal feeling and are feminine. Their aura is dark green and their vibrational energy are the emotions. 2 is the number of the Moon. Its energy is caring and its sign is Cancer. Its keyword is feelings.

But if I use the name on my birth certificate – which adds a middle name – that changes the numbers so that they add up to 69 and reduce to 15 and then to 6. Which is Taurus, imagination, harmony, home, the planet Venus.

Plain old Polly adds up to 26, which reduces to 8. Plain old Polly is practical and persistent. Her vibration is the planet Pluto (brrr!). But she is self-sufficient and ambitious.

Anne Christie also has methods for choosing your personality number and your heart number. For your personality number, you use only the consonants in your first name; for your heart number, you use only the vowels. Imagine my surprise when I saw that the consonants and the vowel in my first name both added up to 13! Of course, that reduces to 4 but I was dumbfounded. I just love playing with letters and numbers like this.

She also has a way of checking your year number, using your birth numbers. According to her, the 7 year that I am going to be experiencing this coming year is going to be about relaxation and rest. Although I will be traveling – she said short trips – and not to “spend too much time worrying about the material aspects of my life this year” (95) – HA! That’s really funny. Well I guess I don’t need to worry about what I don’t have anyway, right?

There’s also a way to figure out what a particular month or day is going to be like. For instance, my personal number this coming year is going to 7. If I want to know what July is going to be like, I add 7 and 7 (since July is the seventh month), and get 14 and reduce it to 5. So what are 5’s like? They’re ruled by Jupiter, they’re about tolerance and expansion, their symbol is the Archer, and keywords are education, travel and creativity. You can do this for the day of the week or even the hour of the day. You have to use the 24-hour clock for predicting the hour of the day but it’s interesting to think in those terms. Each hour having its own personality and vibration.

The last thing she talks about is the Pythagorean number grid. I remember Pythagoras from high school mathematics and even number grids but this is something completely different. Christie says that this is “the simplest method” (138) but often the simplest methods are the best ones.


After reading what she writes about the grid – the meanings of the numbers and their placement on the grid – I studied the grid itself. It seemed to me that it was a handy little meditation tool in and of itself. The numbers in each square and the lines of the grid work together in a very magical way.

This is really a fabulous little book. I highly recommend it. It says $14.95 on the back cover but there’s so many discount places on the internet nowadays, I am sure if you look around, you can probably find it for much less. And who knows? Maybe your local library can locate it for you. Check it out!

Until next month, Brightest Blessings!

Works Cited

Christie, Anna. Numerology: Plain & Simple. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc. 2005, 2016.

Greer, Mary K. Tarot For Yourself: A Workbook for Personal Transformation. North Hollywood, Ca.: Newcastle Publishing Co., Inc. 1984

Seeing the Signs

June, 2013

It is my birthday today!  On my birthday, I have several rituals I perform.  One, I bake myself a cake.  This year it’s a yellow cake with a cocoa fudge frosting.  I also cook myself a special meal.  Even if I go out, I like to cook myself something special to eat.  I am going to roast a chicken later on, stuffed with lemons and rosemary and garlic.  I have fresh asparagus for a side, and I am going to make a rice pilaf.


One thing I always do is check my numbers for the upcoming year.  This is a combination of numerology and tarot.  I started doing this when I read Tarot for Yourself: A Workbook for Personal Transformation, by Mary K. Greer.  Greer herself credits Angeles Arrien’s The Tarot Handbook for the ideas she sets forth in the chapter about life numbers, personality numbers, and soul numbers, and either book is a good guide when learning how to figure out your numbers and using the tarot for deeper analysis.


It is easy to figure out your numbers.  Take the year, the month and the day of your birth and add them together.  In my case, that’s 1960 + 5 + 19 = 1984.  Then add 1 + 9 + 8  + 4 = 22/4.  In most cases, you’ll get one number, but if you get two numbers, the first (larger) number is your personality number and the second number is your soul number.  Both Greer and Angeles go into this much more deeply than I am able to here and I highly recommend both books.

My personality number is 4 and my soul number is 22/0.  In Tarot terms, that is The Emperor and the Fool.  If those two seem to be at cross-purposes, at times I confuse myself!  My Fool self wants to play and laugh and party, but my Emperor self says to work.  My Emperor self is a hard-ass!  I try to placate the two of them by working hard every morning and playing in the afternoon.


This year, I am on the path of 3, which in Tarot terms is the Empress.  Even though I am past being able to bear children, I am fertile with ideas and projects.  I am writing more poems than I ever thought possible.  I feel like I am becoming large with life, fecund and full.  According to Kari Samuels, a three year is a “potently creative time” so instead of worrying about one’s future, do “what feeds your spirit and makes you happy.”  That’s what my Fool self likes to hear!


I make notes in my spiritual journal about this year’s path.  Last year was the start of a new cycle.  It was a two year, the year of The High Priestess.  This year, I am working hard to continue the lessons I learned last year.  I said goodbye to people that were toxic and opened myself to new opportunities.  I became more disciplined spiritually.


I am excited about this year!  All the signs say it is going to be a fruitful and successful year.  All I can do is work as hard as I can to help manifest the sign I am seeing.  Blessings to all!



Angeles, Arrien.  The Tarot Handbook: Practical Applications of Ancient Visual Symbols. New York:  Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam Inc., 1997

Greer, Mary K. Tarot for Yourself: A Workbook for Personal Transformation.  North Hollywood, Ca.:  Newcastle Publishing Co., Inc. 1984

“Newsletter”. accessed 05/19/2013