life path oppositesDo you ever look at your Life Path number and say to yourself:

Right. I really don’t get part of this! I’m not like [fill in the blank] at all – in fact, I think I’m just the opposite most of the time!

Or perhaps, more likely, you might observe this about other people in your circle when you discover their Life Path number.

If you ever feel this way, it’s good to know some of the nuances – or not-so-subtle aspects – that the numbers bring to the table.

It’s revealing to understand that the numbers are both our destiny AND our teachers, therefore we can experience certain dualities presented by each number – either in our personality profile or cycles.

See if you can identify with any of these oppositions:

Life Path #1

The number 1 teaches individuality, independence, leadership, innovation, creativity, and achievement. Here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 1.

  • Instead of confidence there is a lack of self-esteem.
  • Instead of creativity there is extreme doubt.
  • Instead of independence there is dependence.
  • Instead of innovation there is a tendency to be afraid of risk.
  • Instead of taking the lead there is a tendency to be a (frustrated) follower.

Life Path #2

The number 2 teaches diplomacy, relationship, patience, serving group dynamics, and emotional sensitivity. Here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 2.

  • Instead of mediation and diplomacy there is lack of ability to compromise.
  • Instead of healthy love relationships there are ongoing issues with unhealthy or unsatisfying love relationships.
  • Instead of serving group dynamics there is a tendency to isolate.
  • Instead of emotional sensitivity there is a tendency to be governed by undisciplined emotions.
  • Instead of being patient there is a tendency to be impatient.

Life Path #3

The number 3 teaches communication, creativity, self-expression, emotional sensitivity, and joyful optimism. Here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 3.

  • Instead of open communication (including locating and speaking your truth) there is a lack of healthy communication.
  • Instead of creativity there is extreme self-doubt.
  • Instead of emotional sensitivity there is emotional detachment or emotional manipulation.
  • Instead of seeking the spotlight there is a tendency to fear being in front of people.
  • Instead of acting with optimism there is a tendency to be depressive or cynical.

Life Path #4

The number 4 teaches structure, knowledge, security, stability, step-by-step processes, and hard work. Here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 4.

  • Instead of working diligently there is lack of direction and application.
  • Instead of creating stability and security there is a tendency to avoid commitment or putting down roots.
  • Instead of embracing systematic processes there is a tendency to avoid planning, organizing, and setting realistic goals.
  • Instead of seeking knowledge there is a tendency to avoid learning.
  • Instead of healthy identification with your career there is a tendency to be a “job nomad.”

life path numbersLife Path #5

The number 5 teaches freedom through self-discipline, adventurousness, fearlessness, progressive change, tactile experience, and fun. Here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 5.

  • Instead of freedom there is restriction.
  • Instead of fearlessness there is limiting fear.
  • Instead of change there is rigidity.
  • Instead of progressive thought there is a tendency to limit your scope of thinking.
  • Instead of a focused use of freedom there is a tendency to escape through excess or retraction from life.

Life Path #6

The number 6 teaches nurturing, love, service, duty, justice, and beauty. Here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 6.

  • Instead of nurturing there is a tendency to give only conditional love.
  • Instead of balanced responsibility there is irresponsibility.
  • Instead of a focus on home and family there is an avoidance of domestic responsibility.
  • Instead of loving partnership there is a tendency to have unrealistic expectations and be hard on those closest to you.
  • Instead of a exhibiting visionary capabilities and loving service there is a tendency for myopia and self-absorption.

Life Path #7

The number 7 teaches trust, openness, wisdom, intuition, spirituality, and self-discovery. Here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 7.

  • Instead of spirituality there is superficiality.
  • Instead of data analysis there is an avoidance of intellectual pursuits.
  • Instead of pursuing personal growth there is a tendency to bypass it.
  • Instead of using your intuitive gifts there is a tendency to block it out.
  • Instead of cultivating wisdom there is a tendency to remain “on the surface.”

Life Path #8

The number 8 teaches material abundance, personal empowerment, personal and professional control, authority, and achievement. Here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 8.

  • Instead of financial abundance there is financial scarcity.
  • Instead of self-empowerment there is self-disempowerment.
  • Instead of becoming a positive authority there is rebellion against authority.
  • Instead of embodying personal control there is a tendency to be out of control.
  • Instead of achievement there is a tendency to be an under-achiever.

Life Path #9

The number 9 teaches compassion, humanitarianism, creativity, giving without need for reward, giving and receiving. Here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 9.

  • Instead of compassion there is self-absorption.
  • Instead of giving and receiving there is enabling.
  • Instead of humanitarianism there is a lack of caring for others.
  • Instead of creativity there is a tendency to be uncreative.
  • Instead of letting go there is a tendency to hang on to what is no longer serving us.

Life Path #11/2

The number 11/2 teaches leadership, achievement, independence and love, patience, diplomacy. The Master 11/2 is “The Spiritual Messenger.” So here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 11/2.

  • Instead of love and compassion there is self-absorption and egocentrism.
  • Instead of inspiring and healing there are tendencies for ill health and emotional volatility.
  • Instead of healthy relationships there is a tendency to be unable to sustain relationships.
  • Instead of artistic creativity there is a tendency to avoid creative pursuits.
  • Instead of stepping into the spotlight there is a tendency to be anxious and stay in the background.

Life Path #22/4

The number 22/4 teaches love, patience, diplomacy and knowledge, hard work, stability. The Master 22/4 is “The Master Builder.” So here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 22/4.

  • Instead of love and service there is self-absorption and egocentrism.
  • Instead of manifesting bigger enterprises there are tendencies to think small.
  • Instead of going about things systematically there is a tendency to lack organization and structure.
  • Instead of working hard to achieve goals there is a tendency to avoid responsibility and lack initiative and follow-through.
  • Instead of manifesting products or services that help people live more “spiritual” lives on a day-to-day basis there is a tendency to be self-limiting and bullying.

Lif Path #33/6

The number 33/6 teaches joy, communication, emotional self-expression and nurturance, love, service. The Master 33/6 is “The Loving Healer.” So here are some of the “opposites” that can be highlighted when working with the 33/6.

  • Instead of love and service there is self-absorption and egocentrism.
  • Instead of manifesting a higher form of love into the world there are tendencies to become enmeshed in the despair of others.
  • Instead of acting with balanced responsibility and love there are tendencies for co-dependence.
  • Instead of using love and optimism to help others there are tendencies to be overwhelmed by these demands and become hostile and cynical.
  • Instead of using expressive gifts there are tendencies to be judgmental and non-expressive.

About Felicia Bender, Ph.D

Felicia Bender Ph.D – The Practical Numerologist is the author of Redesign Your Life: Using Numerology To Create the Wildly Optimal You. She’s passionate about helping people use numerology as a tool to improve their everyday lives. She’s a contributor for The Elephant Journal, The Numinous, and is resident numerologist for AstroStyle.com. See her at FeliciaBender.com.

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