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1 LEADER, original, independent, courageous

The number 1 symbolizes the principle of BEGINNING or initiation. It signifies that a person must learn to stand alone, be assertive, and achieve recognition for his or her talents. Therefore, the 1 is ambitious, an achiever, and fares best when it is allowed to demonstrate its own ideas. It is self-sufficient, inventive, willful, and dominant. Its energy is masculine, focused, and rational.

Gifts:  Self-sufficiency, invention, mastery

Challenges:  Stubbornness, egotism, bluntness, ambition, dominance, willfulness, impulsiveness

Personal Goal:  Establishing individuality; making a name

Fears:  Being overlooked; not using talents

Succeeds as:  Writer, director, inventor, president, public figure, business owner, designer
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2 PARTNER, diplomat, friend, artist, enduring

The number 2 symbolizes the principle of coming together with another, and is interested in partnership. It signifies that a person is generally supportive, and that issues of intimacy and diplomacy are at work. The 2 is very aware of others' needs as well as its own, and strives to demonstrate friendliness, understanding and tact. It is artistic, shy, thorough, and analytical. Its energy is feminine and magnetic.

Gifts:  Charm, understanding, supportiveness, loving

Challenges:  Self-consciousness, fear, hesitation, over-conscientiousness, details

Personal Goal:  Reciprocal relationships; security

Fears:  Unknown, unplanned change, being alone, making a mistake

Succeeds as:  Artist, technician, psychologist, spouse, healer, bookkeeper, coordinator
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3 OPTIMIST, creative, social, easygoing

The number 3 symbolizes the principle of growth. When the initiating force of 1 unites with the germinating energy of 2 there is fruitfulness -- 3. It signifies that there is a synthesis present -- that imagination and an outpouring of energy is in action. The 3 is optimistic and fun-loving, and strives to uplift and color its surroundings. Its energy is enlivening, youthful, and enthusiastic.

Gifts:  Enthusiasm, imagination, versatility

Challenges:  Exaggeration, lack of direction, unfinished projects, sensitivity to criticism, laziness

Personal Goal:  Enjoy life, stay young, play

Fears:  Loss of youth, restriction, boredom

Succeeds as:  Motivator, coach, writer, musician, artist, parent, salesperson, communicator/all media
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4 PRACTICAL, application, determination, serious

The number 4 symbolizes the principle of putting ideas into form. It signifies work and productivity. The 4 is constructive, realistic, traditional and cautious. It is the number of system, order, and management.

Gifts:  Concentration, realistic values, system

Challenges:  Rigidity, too cautious, limited viewpoint

Personal Goal:  Accomplishment, security

Fears:  Sudden change, deprivation, loss

Succeeds as:  Earth scientist, business owner, developer, lawyer, administrator, office worker, body worker
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5 PROGRESS, freedom, activity, influence

The number 5 symbolizes the principle of multiplicity, progression, and passion. It signifies the need for change, variety, and new growth. It is the broadcaster -- disseminating information and asking questions. It is a public number -- outgoing, fast-moving, and mercurial. The 5 is active, daring, non-conventional, unpredictable, and attracted by the physical senses and indulgences. It is pragmatic and opportunistic and very persuasive. It may be undependable.

Gifts:  Resourceful, magnetic, motivated, competitive

Challenges:  Restlessness, procrastination or activity with no direction, lack of follow through

Personal Goal:  To win, to experience life to the maximum

Fears:  Growing old, not seeing the world, boredom

Succeeds as:  Public figure, developer, speculator, designer, news work, performer, change agent
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6 SERVICE, domestic, responsible, careful

The number 6 symbolizes the principle of nurturing, caring, and harmony. It signifies the need for stability and a solid home-base with comfort. It is the teacher, trainer, and parent. It is happiest in conventional or familiar surroundings opinionated and frugal or anxious when insecure. The 6 is rarely selfish, and may take on the burdens of others unnecessarily. It loves tradition, and is health-oriented.

Gifts:  Caring, ability to compromise, reliability

Challenges:  Anxiety, being overcontrolled, codependency, guilt

Personal Goal:  To provide for others' well-being, to create security and harmony, to love and be loved

Fears:  Lack of resources and love; world going to hell

Succeeds as:  Parent, educator, caterer/ restranteur, nurse, body worker/health consultant, traditional professional, counselor, coach
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7 INVESTIGATOR, specialist, inventor, loner, eccentric, thoughtful, spiritual

The number 7 symbolizes humanity's deep inner need to find depth, meaning, and spiritual connection. When the creature needs of food, self-expression, material and domestic achievements have been met, we turn to the deeper levels of life -- to learn, to educate ourselves and to find purpose. The 7 is an investigator, an inventor, and must have solitude in which to find the inner voice. Sevens tend to be different, eccentric, or loners and are very discriminating in all areas.

Gifts:  Mental understanding, analysis, perfection

Challenges:  Pride, narrowness, distance, rigidity, connection to the past, argumentative, temper, silence

Personal Goal:  To maintain control over life; to understand

Fears:  Failure to achieve standards, making a mistake

Succeeds as:  Consultant, professor, analyst, earth/maritime occupations, individualist, observer, occultist
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8 POWER, executive, professional, strength, money
PROBLEM SOLVER, organizer, achiever, judgment

The number 8 symbolizes the principle of domination, control, and achievement. It is the executive decision-maker. The 8 tends to be rather formal, stern, and hard-headed. More comfortable in the realm of material, tangible facts, the 8 will be truly exceptional as soon as it develops its spiritual connection and intuition. A natural leader with a good grasp of how to accomplish any goal, it must learn compassion.

Gifts:  Decisiveness, courage, focus, delegation

Challenges:  Belligerence, manipulation, anger, judgment

Personal Goal:  To exercise control over environment, to achieve power and status

Fears:  Loss of prestige, being at the mercy of circumstances or of others less capable

Succeeds as:  Any type of professional, business owner, publisher, contractor, engineer, financial analyst, judge
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9 UNIVERSAL, generalist, multi-talented, teacher

The number 9 symbolizes the principle of a universal philosophy or consciousness. It is the dreamer, and feels at home in the realm of the arts, medicine, religion, drama, and philosophy and metaphysics. It is a healer and educator, acting always for the benefit of others. The 9 looks for solutions from the inspirational, intuitive, and creative worlds. Its energy is loving, compassionate, diffuse, and global.

Gifts:  Understanding, communicating, influencing

Challenges:  Drifting, tolerance, losing focus, bad habits

Personal Goal:  To make an impact in a big way; expansion

Fears:  Restriction of any kind, losing control of emotions

Succeeds as:  Minister, occultist, health/body worker, counselor, artist/craftsperson, world/community leader
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11 IDEALIST, artist, celebrity, highly energized

The number 11 symbolizes the principle of enlightenment. It colors everything with drama, a visionary outlook, artistic sensitivity, and a sparkling quality. It is not truly practical, but its contribution is its unique perspective and philosophy which instigates new consciousness. Its energy is very high-strung, intense, mercurial, polarized (off an on), and subtle.

Gifts:  Revealing higher truths, transformation, poetic interpretation, romance

Challenges:  Illusion, isolation, allergies, over-stimulation

Personal Goal:  Living the dream

Fears:  Drudgery, restriction, ugliness, boredom

Succeeds as:  Media star, poet, inventor, psychologist, minister, designer, society figure, beauty queen, occultist
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13 REBIRTH, transformation, re-patterning

Number 13 is associated with death and rebirth. It signifies that in a past life you may have been constrained by outer circumstances (for example, poverty, disease, lack of freedom, or ignorance). You are learning now to persevere through difficulties to achieve a better life. You learn to apply yourself and your talents -- to manage your life so that it is productive. You also learn to break out of attitudes of stubbornness, rigidity, and pettiness. This number may surface in the life as workaholism and the tendency to see problems in everything. You may also be very critical of yourself and hard to live with because you expect so much from yourself and others. You are learning not to waste your time or your gifts through healthy self-discipline.
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14 ADDICTION, freedom, passion

Number 14 is associated with the constructive use of freedom. Since it focuses on each one of the five senses, there is a tendency to over-eat, over-drink, and cross the "normal" boundaries of sexual exploration. This number learns how to be in the earthly, sensual world without losing touch with the spiritual connection. It learns to enjoy life and the challenges of freedom of choice without getting stuck in overindulgence and wastefulness. It learns to follow through on promises without feeling it is giving away its time or power. There is much passion, conflict, and resistance to control.
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16 UPHEAVAL, unusual occurrences, difficult relationships

Number 16 brings sudden, disruptive change into the life in order to awaken the soul to its path. This number encourages the person to be true to the authentic self -- the whole self and its aspirations. Mysteries are revealed, and emotions are stirred at the deepest level. Intense lessons such as betrayal, abandonment, and loss of property are not unusual. Often the passage of this influence clears the way for increased attainment. Personal connections are often at a deep level and feel "karmic."
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19 IDENTITY, courage, independence

Number 19 is associated with painful past-life experiences in connection with leadership, self-esteem, courage or new ideas. When this number appears in a chart there is a tendency to either be too dominant and aggressive or weak-willed and fearful. There may be an inner drive to prove oneself or an ambition to be self-employed. However, subconscious fears held over from past life events may make a person afraid to be too visible. For instance, if in a previous life a person showed cowardice or endangered the lives of others through poor judgment, he or she will be likely to recoil from such challenges again. On the other hand, those same subconscious hold-overs may drive the person into proving their courage and self-sufficiency. A positive use of this number would be striving to develop a talent, being an inventor-explorer, or running for president. A negative reaction to this unfinished karma may result in bad choices or even a criminal life.
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22 MASTER BUILDER, producer, manager, abundance

The number 22 symbolizes the principle of applying higher consciousness to practical problems. Affecting a large area or group of the population, the 22 puts into effect changes in the material standard of living. The natural ability to plan, direct, and maintain at a high level of competency is increased with the double digit because the person is working with inspiration from a higher source. Its energy is goal-oriented, inexhaustible, and powerful.

Gifts:  Vision, strategy, enthusiasm and perseverance

Challenges:  Workaholic, overcommitting, failure through minor details, being ahead of one's time

Personal Goal:  To raise standards everywhere; follow a mission

Fears:  Limitation, struggle, not being able to achieve ideal

Succeeds as:  Global planner, public policy/development, leader
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33 MASTER HEALER, inspired teacher

The number 33 symbolizes the principle of self-sacrificing love and commitment. It is very concerned for family traditions, the welfare of large numbers of people, and is extremely responsible. The number is often called the Christ number because of its ability to love completely and without condition (and because Christ died at this age). Its energy is explosive if not understood and channeled, and is used best if there is a spiritual profession.

Gifts:  Sacrifice, nurturance, harmonizing conflicts

Challenges:  Setting aside personal ambition, health

Personal Goal:  Bringing change to all levels of society

Fears:  Losing faith or commitment

Succeeds as:  World leader in all areas of service
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Last modified: December 10, 2010
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