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

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.

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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 silverapplequeen.wordpress.com. She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a novel about sex, drugs and recovery.