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Like most people, you’ve probably noticed certain numbers popping up throughout your life.
Whether it’s on license plates, house numbers, or digital clocks, do you keep seeing certain repeating or significant numbers revealing themselves to you? What if, instead of seeing these numbers as merely a coincidence, you open yourself up to the possibility that the Universe could be sending you a message…?
Introducing the Art of Numerology
Using the ancient art of Numerology, you will begin to see that numbers are much more than just digits; they are carriers of unique vibrational patterns and containers of the currents of universal life, in which we all flow.
In ancient times, Numbers were perceived to be ideal or perfect forms, and everything we experience would be regarded as a mere approximation of the ideal. The spiritual forces that numbers contained were seen to be synergistic and symbiotic. They are wholes, not an assemblage of parts, yet they work together with all other numbers to form the matrix around us.
What Can Numbers Reveal to You Beyond Math and Quantity?
These vibrational patterns, described by numbers, are all around us, wherever we go, in our daily waking and sleeping lives. Wherever you are, and whatever you do, numbers stand out as omens of the subtle spiritual forces which are at work. When we notice them, we often call them synchronicities or symbols through which the universe speaks to us, in direct response to our desires and our actions.
Even changes in nature over which we have no control can be understood and given personal meaning through Numerological analysis. This is because Numerology is the art of understanding the voice of the universe as it relates to you, and your personal Numerology chart serves as a consistent, dynamic and ongoing personal discourse that can help you navigate the mysterious sea of life.
Numbers can be used to describe everything from the DNA sequences that connect you to your ancestors, to the most ordinary of daily circumstances. In fact, many of these everyday circumstances were set into motion long before you were born, by people who may have no direct relationship to you in the present. But Numbers act as the golden thread, connecting these seemingly unrelated elements of life and making sense of them. They are clear and reliable indicators of change, in both personal and universal patterns, in the past, present and future. They are invaluable markers and signposts of the next steps to take, the best decisions to make. So getting to know their unique qualities can bring a huge amount of insight, reassurance and guidance whilst navigating these paths of life.
So let’s take a very basic look at what these vibrational patterns can tell us about ourselves and the world around us.
Numbers & Their Meanings
One is the beginning – the very first of all numbers.
The 1 can be recognized in almost any written language, even when all other numbers are written differently. It is said to be masculine in character and holds within it the traditionally masculine traits, such as ambition, confidence and bravery (though it’s important to note there is no gender bias in numerology).
1 is the number of ultimate creativity – from this comes, all other numbers (and everything else in the Universe!)
When this number shows up in your life, especially in multiples and/or repeating, it is an indicator of rapid-fire manifestation; its clean, vertical shape represents the channel it forms, connecting the Earthly and Spiritual planes, combining them to form life on Earth.
Bold, Straightforward, and Forceful
The 1 is bold, straightforward and can be forceful; it doesn’t hesitate or need to ask for second opinions. Its driving willpower and unceasing desire to “come first” can often send a person bearing an overabundance of 1 in their chart straight to the top, and very quickly. But too much of this vibration can lead to foolish, indiscreet and knee-jerk mistakes being made, which could cost them dearly. Usually, if problems do arise, these people find it easier to start over again from “square one” than to try again with a plan B.
An Ambitious Leader
Exceptionally strong motivation and goal orientation are the hallmarks of the typical 1 personality, but when under stress, the “me first” attitude can emerge as arrogance or a lack of concern for others’ feelings. If you are managed by, or in a partnership with a 1, expect to be pushed beyond your limits. There is very little that can stand in the way of the determination of this frequency. The constant desire to move forward and break new ground can cause problems in romantic relationships, too, if there are multiple 1s in the personal Numerology chart. As the 1 is closely connected to ego, those with an abundance of this number in their charts must learn to temper their most self-centred urges and show sensitivity and understanding to others
The number 1 also implies exclusivity, rarity and opportunity, as of course, it is unmatched! Think of how enticing “one day only” sales are, or how it might feel to beat the odds when they are “a million to one”!
When this number is dominant in your chart or your life, you’re not likely to slow down or let any opportunity pass you by!
Without a doubt, Two is the most relationship-oriented number. It cannot stand alone. All pairs, deals and exchanges carry the vibration of 2 in some way or another. Two is the first even number and defines the basic balanced and harmonizing quality of all other even numbers.
Polarity is a large part of the number 2s vibrational matrix, as it contains the pairing of opposites; for every front, there is a back, for every up there is a down, for every day there is a night (at least on our planet). 2 is the very essence of duality, and as such, it’s a vital part of our earthly experience.
Sensitive & Intuitive
The number 2 is said to be feminine in nature (though again, it’s important to note there is no gender bias in numerology) and it holds many of the traditionally feminine qualities, such as receptivity, creativity and intuition. It is a deeply sensitive number, often indicating psychic awareness. It also takes two of almost every species to reproduce, and even “one-celled” creatures reproduce by dividing themselves in two. It’s no surprise this is a number with a maternal undertone.
Compromise & Cooperation
Compromise is often an ongoing and dynamic challenge for a person with multiple 2s in their core numerology chart, despite it being at the root of their nature. Negotiation and diplomacy are often implied by this number, whether it involves business, philosophy or war. Luckily, those with a lot of the vibration of the 2 in their charts usually see both sides of an issue and tend toward being cooperative in their approach, rather than domineering. When under stress, the 2 can be indecisive and insecure and prone to looking to others for validation or support. In fact, 2s are also often willing to play “second fiddle” in order to keep the peace, and maintain the closeness is so necessary to their nature.
What are the first things you think of that come in pairs? Probably shoes, gloves, socks, glasses … things that are usually held close to you, and become intimately part of you. So it is with the number 2.
Often regarded as the number of creativity and communication, the Three is also the number of growth.
It symbolizes whatever magic comes from the combination of two other things; the metaphorical child brought forth from two parents, full of energy and possibility. It is the fruits of your labors, so much more than the sum of its parts.
The Three is often considered to be a lucky number. In fact, what many are sensing is the essential, almost intangible spark that this number brings, like the invisible thread that links cause and effect; it’s what makes a joke funny or a lecture interesting, it is what’s conveyed in a knowing look or a painted masterpiece. The number 3 gives depths, it gives an extra dimension, to experiences.
The tripod was considered by the ancients to be the simplest stable form that people could create. Past, present and future: birth, life and death: beginning, middle and end; these are but a few of the “trinities” that make the number 3 so important to hermetic and mystical philosophy.
Social & Creative
The 3 has rhythm, which gives it a flowing momentum, and the sense of being always aligned with the best possible outcomes! It’s also a busy energy; from the “on your mark, get set, go!” that begins a race, to the gold, silver and bronze medals at the end. From the unceasing activity of a growing child to the “three times’ a charm” reminder of luck, it almost always represents motion, social activity, and creative ways of enhancing life and experience.
People with a lot of the number 3 in their charts are almost always on the go, and need a high level of activity to coordinate body, mind and spirit into a cohesive whole. 3s, more than any other type of person, can tend to put too many irons in the fire, or be a little too risky in their undertakings. But on the flip side, this energy knows no limits, it’s potential knows no bounds!
Number 4 Meaning
Four is the number of foundations and stability. In general numerology, 4 represents buildings, doorways, and the earth itself, standing as a symbol of things that are solid and not prone to change easily. You won’t get far with square wheels on a vehicle, and common sense prevents you from trying to fit a square peg into a round hole! The number 4 is the very essence of form and durability; a cornerstone is marked to show just that.
Persistent & Grounded
As another of the fixed, masculine numbers, it represents commitment and obedience, strength and productivity. It is not a particularly artistic or visionary number and contains little desire to stand out, but it’s incredibly tenacious, persistent and purposeful.
A person who is dominant in the number 4 is usually well respected for their reliable, practical and methodical nature. They are grounded people who can be trusted, being both loyal and protective. But just as we humans tend to use four-footed animals as “beasts of burden”, in a similar fashion, 4s are often expected to take on the burdens of others. Their staunchly reliable nature can, at times, cause them to be taken advantage of.
Routine & Foundation
Those with an abundance of 4 energy in their charts can find it all too easy to get stuck in a rut – to them, spontaneity and difference feel like a foreign language. And whilst uniformity and order bring comfort and security to the number 4, the boredom and procrastination that comes with it can be their downfall.
The number four also provides the foundation for many of our earthly cycles – the seasons and the phases of the Moon come in 4s. So do the elements – Air, Fire, Water and Earth – which form the building blocks of matter, and make up the structure of our core issues and experiences.
In the end, it seems very much as though 4 is the number that out Earth experience depends on, more than any other.
The essence of Five is often hard to grasp.
It’s the number of freedom in all its forms but sometimes tends toward rebelliousness. It’s not a grounded number like the 4, but it is not unstable, it simply earns for adventure and experience.
When a person is dominated by 5’s in their chart, they find routine difficult to adhere to, and their attention may be scattered in many directions at once. It’s likely they will struggle with commitment, and self-discipline will remain a lifelong challenge.
Transformation & Adaptation
When the vibration of the 5 is in abundance in the environment, a lot of sudden and unexpected change manifests very quickly and this can be hard to keep up with. Much like the mutable signs in astrology, this number requires quick thinking and an adaptable approach.
Some people say that 5 is the number of humanity, because of the body’s head and four limbs, the 5 fingers and toes on each hand and foot and the 5 senses we all have. But any Yogi will tell you that the desire for stimulation of these senses is what draws the mind away from its natural state, resulting in a inner restlessness. In fact, the search for stimulation is typical of the vibrational pattern of the 5, and for this number, inner peace very often remains elusive.
Excitement & Movement
5 is the central number of the single digits. Many of those who have an overabundance of this energy often end up in middling positions of administration, coordination or middle-management. And whilst perhaps not exciting or especially satisfying for the individual, their roles are often pivotal. No number is better at keeping centred and strong in the face of change, than the 5, and if you’re in a crisis, you need a 5 by your side!
If the 4 contains the building blocks of life, the 5 contains the Spirit that breathes through them, animating and exciting us!
We are all explorers at heart, and the frequency of this number lives deep in our collective human psyche.
Six is often called “the love number”.
It represents home and family: a place of safety where acceptance and trust flow. It is stable, nurturing and safe, and in the Latin script we are using here, the digit even appears to resemble the pregnant female form.
Loving & Protective
As the most domestic of numbers, the 6 gives an energetic vibration that all homes need in order to function and provide true warmth and sanctuary to those who live there. It is caring, protective and selfless, but too much of the 6 may lead to sacrificial tendencies. Those with an abundance of this number in their numerology charts may put others needs ahead of their own, to their detriment. But in its balanced form, this number produces loveable, sensitive and reliable people.
As a deeply creative number (the 6 ultimately provides the fertile ground from which life can be born) it strives to make things better. But if this perfectionism is left unchecked, the 6 can become too controlling, forcing others to live up to unrealistic expectations, being unable to see the potential harm done to others in the name of love and loyalty.
Challenges of the 6
Under such stress, the maternal instinct of the 6 can become intrusive and interfering and its vibrational pattern may tend towards self-righteousness and insecurity. But it usually takes a major betrayal to bring that side of its nature to the foreground.
In nature, the number 6 creates a highly efficient form – bees build their honeycomb hexagonally, and tortoiseshells, fish scales and the skin of reptiles are all based on the same hexagonal form, born from the number 6. Even human cells tessellate closely using this pattern of sixes.
Clearly the safe, secure and protective energy of this number flows through the very fabric of our living world!
Seven may be the most spiritual of all numbers.
Throughout ancient mysticism, mythology and magic, the 7 has dominated for its lucky (or unlucky) traits. It often takes a central position in superstitions and ceremonies – pilgrims walk 7 times around the Kaaba at Mecca – and it has more mentions than any other number in the Bible (7 lions were in the Den with Daniel, 7 locks of Samson’s hair were cut, etc.…) There are 7 days in a week (and that 7th is the day of rest, or Sabbath in many religions) and in farming the seventh year is traditional the fallow year, when fields are allowed to rest.
Spiritual & Introspective
The 7 runs through almost every aspect of our lives and history, holding a special place for rest and reflection.
Energetically, this number holds the vibration of the intellect and ideas, of a higher truth than what first appears.
The number 7 encourages the utilization of thought, but not just in a logical and systematic way; the goal of the 7 vibrational pattern is to move from rational decision-making to intuition and wisdom. It represents that which is hidden beneath the surface of all of life.
Challenges of the 7
Most people with an abundance of the number 7 in their charts are deep thinkers, possibly introverted and constantly seeking to understand the world. This can cause them to become detached from their surroundings, struggling to keep their feet on the ground and move forward with their lives in a practical way. It is a vibration that tends toward industriousness and self-control, but when under stress, a 7 person can become judgmental, withdrawn and emotionally distant.
Imagination and creativity are important aspects of this number, in fact, they need to practice for their visionary gifts to come to the fore. But once the powerful intuition of the 7 is activated with trust, those who work this number will find answers before others are even asking the questions.
In almost all systems of Numerology, Eight is the number of renewal.
Many will discuss this number symbolizing money and power, but its vibration carries so much more. It’s true the power of the 8 is almost always instrumental in building great empires … but it will just as soon destroy them. Because of this, in its highest iteration, this number represents balance.
In the Hindu religion, eightfold geometry is used in the form of yantras, to represent the Great Mother Goddess. She is formed of the four elements – Air, Fire, Water and Earth – and the four qualities used to describe them – Wet, Cold, Dry and Hot. She is also often depicted in Native American art and myth as (the eight-legged) Grandmother Spider, weaving her web of life. All across the world’s cultures, She is revered as the bringer of life but also it’s destroyer so she must be kept in balance, her two sides equal, just as the symmetry of the 8 describes.
People with a lot of prominent 8 energy often have a need to run their lives in a very systematic and business-like way. In large organizations, 8s will seldom remain at the bottom of the ladder for long because of their innate understanding of how to succeed within systems.
It is the Number of Ambition and Advancement
In music, 8 notes make up an octave and we refer to “octaves” as measurements for spiritual and dimensional evolution too. It’s a number which resonates strongly with leaps of progress.
The major difficulties faced by people with an abundance 8s in their charts, have to do with control issues. They often take on more than they should simply because they want to make sure things are done the right way. It’s a number that tends to be rational and adverse to risk: You’ll seldom find an 8 dependent on luck or waiting for a miracle!
But in fact, much of the ambition of the 8 personality is driven by a fear of failure, of poverty or of the loss of control, which they usually view as being all the same thing.
It is no coincident that turned on its side, the 8 becomes the infinity symbol. In China, 8 is an especially lucky number, so this 8 seems to carry with it a vibration of positivity, abundance and unending prosperity! It is something we can all tap into, but not without the supporting of each other number – a lesson that those with an abundance of the 8 in their charts would do well to remember!
Nine is the last (and greatest) of the single-digit numbers and represents the summation and end of a cycle.
Ancient mathematical philosophers called it the “finishing post”. It is unsurpassable, the uppermost limit of what can be expressed through this single-digit numerological system.
Completion & Letting Go
A cat has 9 lives – its living limit. We talk about being “on cloud 9” when expressing the height of our excitement and we are “dressed to the nines” when our outfit is perfected … even today our language the use of 9 seems to describe the extremes of human experience.
People born with an abundance of 9 in their charts often seem to have lived many lives and gained many experiences. In the same way, it’s said that this number contains all of the lessons and challenges of the numbers 1 through 8. This can make it very hard for these people to let go and move on – they often feel like they must stay connected with every thread of their lives, however far into the past it goes.
The 9 is an exceptionally wise number. As well as being the container for all worldly experiences, it is made up of the sacred trinity, thrice (3 x 3) which gives it an additional sacred power. When something is repeated 3 times, its potency is increased. When it’s repeated three times three, it’s power is ultimate!
The 9 it widely tolerant, loving, compassionate and spiritual, though the love that it offers tends to be expressed as universal, rather than romantic – this number has a widely humanitarian edge.
Challenges of the 9
People with this vibrational pattern in their lives usually experience some difficult lessons: sometimes their sympathetic and generous natures lead them into situations in which their trust in others is severely compromised. Nevertheless, it is very rare to experience anger or judgement where this number is present.
People with the 9 in their charts are seldom concerned with material success. Their sights tend to be set higher, so whilst they rarely run into difficulties, they don’t tend to be particularly financially stable.
Coming at the end of the numerical cycle, the 9 is often through to indicate death. And whilst it does often coincide with the closure or ending of a project of phase of life, it indicated a valuable stage of release and surrender, which must come before the birth of something new. So with the 9, always comes hope.
The Fadic Numbers: 1 – 9
The numbers from One to Nine are sometimes called the “Fadic” numbers, or fate numbers, and are the basis of most numerological analysis. The next key numbers are those in which digits are doubled, and are usually known as Master Numbers. Some people carry them up through 99, but most consider 11 and 22 to be the most important and relevant to the times we are currently living in.
If you’re curious as to which numbers (single digit or Master) show up in your numerology chart, head here to get your free Numerology Report. It analyzes your 3 core numbers (Life Path, Soul Urge, and Expression). The reading is not a general reading, it is specific to YOUR birth chart.
The Master Numbers
In numerology, Eleven contains all of the traits of the 1, amplified, as well as those of the 2.
In a chart, the 11 should not be reduced to 2, but written as 11/2 in order for the presence of the master number to be recognized.
11 is often regarded as a gateway. Just as the number 1 represents a vertical channel connecting the Spirit world with the Earth plane, the 11 creates two pillars for this same energy to move through. As such, it is often associated with rapid manifestation – the potential to give form to ideas, very quickly. It is also a number which is often associated with ascension and spiritual awakening, and a clear sign that Spirit is connecting and communicating with matter.
Yin & Yang; Masculine & Feminine
Containing qualities of both the 1 and the 2, this number represents the unity of masculine and feminine energy and the higher evolution of humanity.
11 is the number of inspiration, and those who have this number in their personal numerology charts often think in an unusual or unique way, such as philosophers, innovative doctors, researchers or motivational speakers. They often have unusual pursuits and are very adaptable and creative people. It’s a number that symbolizes the progression from logical thinking to intuitive knowing, so it holds an exceptionally visionary and progressive energy.
Under stress, the 11 resolves to the basic characteristics of the 2 vibration which is good; the powerful vibration of 11 cannot be sustained for long. This also helps people with a lot of the 11 in their charts find loyal friends and supporters easily and helps them learn the practical arts of cooperation and compromise.
Because of the high-frequency nature of this master number, it’s often necessary for those who carry this vibration to transmute a large amount of negative energy in their lives. This can appear as a disproportionate amount of hardship and trouble for them, but in fact, these lessons are vital and are what will enable the transformative potential of this number to be realized.
In numerology Twenty Two contains all of the traits of the 2, amplified, as well as those of the 4.
In a chart, the 22 should not be reduced to 4, but written as 22/4 in order for the presence of the master number to be recognized.
Its common nickname is the “Master Builder” and while the 11 is the visionary, 22 is all about practical action, and the ability to bring these ideals down to earth.
It’s an inherently practical number, grounded and results-oriented, often pointing to changes and improvements on a huge scale, affecting the lives of many. It is a number of great potentials but remains rooted in the stability of the 4, so also contains all of the stable reliability of this number.
Balance & Harmony
As an amplified expression of the 2, 22 is balanced and harmonizing. It holds a deeply sensitive vibration, and is highly perceptive, in many cases even psychically attuned. Those people who have this number in their charts are often highly empathic, and instinctively know what other people are thinking and feeling in almost all situations. This is an incredible gift, but it must be managed carefully so that they do not become too easily distracted from their true path.
4 is the foundation number of human experience, which means that 22 is also physically-focused and sensual number. In fact, it is the lynchpin upon which great changes rely, and holds an energy which is almost always present when paradigm shifts finally ground into reality. After times of great turmoil and change, when life begins to steady into feeling good again, it is a sign that the vibration of the 22 is re-appearing.
It Doesn’t End Here…
There are many other types of Numbers that “stand out” in certain practices, such as compound, repeating and “Karmic” Numbers. Many articles and resources explaining these numbers, and how they affect your life are contained in this website.
For now, it’s important to remember that the single digit Numbers are the foundation of all schools of Numerology, but this is just the beginning!
To get a full understanding of how numbers affect your personality, life, and career, get your free Numerology Report. It analyzes your 3 core numbers (Life Path, Expression, and Soul Urge), and gives you an in-depth reading on how they influence your life.