Why did Elton John change his name?
With the movie “Rocket Man” playing in theaters this month, I thought I would write an Elton John numerology perspective.
We all know Elton is a charismatic entertainer, musician and writer. He has created his own unique and ever-changing persona which is different from any other. We see this in his appearance, dress, glasses and music.
Born, March 25, 1947 as Reginald Dwight, Elton’s destiny is a 4. The 4 destiny is one of the builder and the entrepreneur. (Similar to the destiny of Oprah Winfrey, born 1/29/1954.) You saw this quality of ‘builder” from a young age, as “Reggie” was able to listen to music and play the same tune on the piano without reading the music.
His inspiration number (add month plus day of birth) is a 1 (the leader). But his early childhood did not allow him to soar, until his later years.
When he became Elton, everything changed to his real destiny — a unique creator of music — with songs of meaning and vision. He has been a leader and inspirer to his audience for decades.
Destiny (your life’s journey)
3 + 2 + 5 + 1 + 9 + 4 + 7 = 31 (3 + 1 =4)
Inspiration (what inspires you in your journey)
3 + 2 + 5 = 10 (1+0=1)
“If you write great songs with meaning and emotion, they will last forever because songs are the key to everything. Songs will outlast the artist and they will go on forever if they are good.” — Elton John
What changed when Elton John changed his name?
Elton John used the name Reginald Dwight until his early 20s. As he set out into his musical career, a more upbeat name was essential. The name Elton John helped a young boy, insecure and just wanting to be loved, become an outgoing and flamboyant entertainer.
In a numerology chart, your soul essence (the sum of the vowels) represents your inner knowing and being. The value or personality number (the sum of the consonants in your name) represents what you are attracted to and who/what is attracted to you. The “expression” number (the sum of all the letters in your name) is the way you share your voice to the world.
Below are the numerology charts for Reginald Kenneth Dwight.
As Reginald Dwight, his soul’s essence number is the master 11. This represents his inner being, (or heart’s desire) without influence of environment or family dynamics or education. The soul number of 11 is the master number of inspiration, brilliant ideas and psychic ability. It is seeing truth at a high level. You can hear it in his songs. People who use their 11s can change the world or at least people who come in contact with you.
However, Reginald’s expression numbers (how one expresses their voice to the world) were quiet. The “2” and the “6” are about relationships, love and compassion, but often are quiet, reserved and insecure. If you watched the movie, you could see the struggle in his youth to be loved and to want approval. His birth name did not help him to be on stage as the brilliant star he is now. To truly be the “Rocket Man” he needed to be out there in dress and performance as well as name.
As you can see from the Elton John numerology chart above, Elton’s soul’s essence number is an 8. The eight is the charismatic leader who is free-spirited on stage and so very connected to abundance and power.
With this name, Elton has a 5 expression number. The 5 is flamboyant, energetic and a lively entertainer and songwriter. The new name is more fun, and less stiff, and assists in cranking up the energy for timeless dynamic performances and ever-changing outfits on stage. Elton needed, however, to learn to turn down the switch a bit from the flamboyant life of drugs and alcohol. Now he is living his truth as he feeds his heart with a loving husband and children.
“I’ve always wanted to smash a guitar over someone’s head. You just can’t do that with a piano.”
— Elton John
Enjoy a young Elton John singing Rocket Man
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