When you see a 13, 14, 16, or 19 in your numerology chart, these are called Karmic numbers. People usually cringe when they see one or more of these numbers in a chart. Yet here’s how you might look at it: In general, our charts indicate karma. One could dig deeper into numerology and assert that—as an example—the 5 Life Path lived a past life where they were intolerant, prejudice, and fearful and so they opted into this lifetime with the 5 Life Path in order to learn the valuable lessons of freedom, fearlessness, and tolerance as the course of study chosen as the focal point this time around. We could observe this as a pattern for each of the Life Path numbers. Yet the Karmic numbers give a specific indicator that there have been infractions in past life manifestations—so if you know what these infractions were, this knowledge can be amazingly powerful. This is a way to understand why you might have intensified issues in certain key areas. This is also a way to appreciate even more so if you have “paid” your debt. Meaning, if you can say: “Wow, I used to have a lot of problems in this area and yet I really don’t anymore. I’ve really come to terms with that aspect of my life or my behavior.” If numerology resonates with you, knowing that you’re paying off a specific Karmic debt can hold out a way to embrace the difficulties you’ve experienced—and perhaps continue to experience. Knowing the key elements to your Karmic lesson or debt offers specific points of reference for you to continue to work with the issues successfully and continue to balance your karma.

The Two Types of Karmic Numbers

In numerology, there are two types of Karmic numbers—Karmic Debts and Karmic Lessons.

Karmic lessons indicate what you must learn in this lifetime because you didn’t have the opportunity to experience or master the lessons before. Karmic Lessons are indicated by the numbers (derived from the letters) that are missing in your name. Karmic Debts hold more weight overall, while Karmic Lessons are less intense.

The Karmic Debt can also be referred to as a Testing Number, Warning Number, or Hidden Number. Basically, the Karmic Debt number indicates that you have a debt to pay in this lifetime for the actions you performed in a former lifetime. When you see one of these numbers show up as one of the core numbers in your chart, it’s a message that you’re working with issues or infractions from a past life.

When you see a Karmic number, it’s telling you that you’ll experience significant challenges or difficulties with a particular “topic” in your life. It’ll depend on where it lands in your chart as to what the over-all effect might be. So while this can be seen as a harsh “uh-oh!” it’s actually really good to know that the struggles you’re most likely experiencing over and over again can be given a name and a reason for being. It’s rather like having credit card debt. You have to decide to forgo that vacation, eating out or buying that expensive car because you have to—instead—use that money to incrementally pay off your credit card. If you don’t pay it off, the debt keeps accumulating, the interest rate goes up, and the debt consumes your life. The collections service starts calling. The Repo Man shows up. You get the picture. So when you see a Karmic number, it simply indicates that you have a debt to pay. Luckily, knowing the nature of the debt you’re paying is a bonus and a positive thing. When you can identify and name it, you can in some ways embrace it and do something about it.


The Karmic number 19/1 indicates that wisdom, power, and spiritual knowledge has been used and abused for selfish personal gain in a previous manifestation. Remember that the number 1 (in 19) always indicates selfishness. If you have a 19/1 as one of your core numbers, understand this: You are now paying back for past abuses where knowledge, lack of compassion, and higher-level abuse were your behaviors. The abuses you acted upon were infractions based in the number 9—meaning that compassion, integrity, and humanitarian concern were abused or distorted. The 19/1 indicates that there has been a hefty abuse of power and that the actions involved were extremely self-centered and the abuse wasn’t based in ignorance—it was calculated and you understood what you were doing.

If you have the 19/1 as one of your core numbers, you’ll most likely act upon the more destructive tendencies of the number 1 until the lessons have been understood, acknowledged, acted upon, and mastered. Understand that—overall—you’re being tested to really, truly, deeply master and embody the positive elements of the number 1. It’s like you’re being asked to become the “poster child” for the positive elements of the number 1—including empowered leadership, healthy independence, creative innovation, and resilient self-confidence.

The trick is that it won’t be easy. No, not at all. You’ll get a throw-down in the realm of the lessons of the number 1 and you’ll be called upon to really work it in a conscious and consistent manner. The path of the number 1 is the “school of hard knocks” anyway. Add the 19 on top of it and it might then become apparent why you might feel as though you don’t get much of a break or that you get the “short end of the stick” in your life, no matter now much effort you exert. Often the Karmic 19/1 brings heightened levels of oppositional pull of the number 1 and yet the caveat is always this: You won’t even know it. Or understand it. Meaning, the negative pull might not be as apparent to you as your traverse your path.

Challenges For Those With A 19/1 Karmic Number As A Core Number

Some of the traits that must be grappled with might include the following:


The number 1 is all about . . . # 1. This is a lifetime where you’re being called upon to step into the “self” in a very real way. It’s a lifetime of individuation, individuality, independence, initiation, leadership, and innovation. Sounds easy, right? (not!) And when you have the added energy of the Karmic 19, you’ll find more distinct challenges in controlling and modulating the ego and can continue to operate in the world with a very self-interested focus—without even realizing it. You assert yourself to the point of intimidation—again, without realizing the extent to which you present this energy to others.


Part of the over-all challenge with the 1 is in a healthy balance of self-confidence that allows you to be the pioneer you’re meant to be while not being a bully and dictator in the process. Often the 1 struggles with that “devil on the shoulder” —the negative tape that plays in your head over and over again. This can be a deafening roar when you add the 19 to the mix, causing behaviors based in a lack of self-esteem to take precedence. This can include aggressive behaviors and stubbornness to the point of not accepting help or support. In relationship, this can manifest as an inability to choose “equal” and healthy relationships. Often the 19 struggles with co-dependent relationships or the need to be the boss in relationship. Or on the other end of the spectrum, you can be the one who is dominated by your partner. The ultimate expression of the challenged elements of the number 1 is to be alone—to be unavailable for others to be in relationship with you because of the intensity of your own sense of self-importance and lack of empathy.

The Anti-1

The oppositional pull presents itself with great strength when you’re working with the Karmic 19. Therefore you can be met with issues related to the opposite of your purpose. So rather than forging ahead with healthy independence, you can succumb to heightened levels of dependence in your life. Rather than being the leader and the initiator, you lack the confidence to step into yourself and opt instead for cynicism, judgment, and victimization. Instead of taking the path of the leader, you default into “laziness” and in many ways just can’t stand on your own two feet. You can lack initiative and follow-through and find it baffling and frustrating that you aren’t feeling a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Often alcohol or other drugs can come into play as band-aids for your feelings of frustration or inadequacy. Certainly certain substances work for a while to numb out the creative energies that aren’t being full utilized.

If you’re willing to meet your challenge, you can shift your perspective and look at your obstacles as detours—if you can see that your goal is actually to embody the most optimal and positive potential of the number 1, then you’re operating at your highest and best. Just know at the get-go that you’ll have to work harder to get there. You won’t think it’s fair. And it probably isn’t fair—yet if the Karmic 19 is present, remember that you have this debt to pay and part of the payment resides in a rockier and more difficult path.

If This Doesn’t Sound Anything Like You…

Also understand that if this description just doesn’t sound anything like you (or who you think you are), then potentially you’re at a stage of development and maturity in your life—and have been working diligently on your own personal growth and evolution—where you’re more in alignment with the constructive elements of the number 1. If that describes you, then hats off! You’ve been doing your work. It never hurts to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. The gift you’re given by knowing that you have a Karmic Debt to pay is this: Rather than feeling victimized, you can see that this is something that you brought on yourself—despite the fact that you can’t remember it. Not in a shameful way, rather in a mindful way where you simply take responsibility for yourself. If you exert the energy and commitment to working in the positive realm of the number 1, then you’ll reap the benefits. The Karmic Debt can feel like you’re the Phoenix—you must go through an intense reconstruction or regeneration process in order to come to terms and clear your Karmic slate.

Working with the Karmic Number 19 intensifies the issues that relate to the number 1. It’s not easy. It requires concerted effort and focused commitment. It’s testing you and requiring that you rewire the way you work with leadership, “the self,” ego, achievement, and independence. The destructive path might feel more “comfortable” since you’ve been there, done that. This time, you’re being asked to extract yourself from riding in that same rut in the road—you’re required to create a new way of working with these themes that have positive results for you and everyone around you.

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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