No matter how you apply numerology — whether analyzing your name, discovering your destiny/life path or mapping out your personal timing — the essential nature of each number remains the same. And once you understand their distinct meanings, especially the ones that pop up most frequently in your life, you have at your fingertips a simple, straightforward forecasting and divination system that really works.
1 (Courage, Independence) – Celebrating the individual, the tasks of 1 are self-actualization and self-realization through original thought and pioneering action. 1s are leaders simply because they’re usually so far down the road, ahead of everyone else. Compatible: 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 11 & 22. Challenging: none.
2 (Peacemaking, Balance) – 2 is about relationships. Its focus is on emotions, sympathy, understanding, sensitivity, receptivity, tact and diplomacy. 2s place loved ones first and self last, and value cooperation and companionship above all else. Compatible: 1, 4, 8, 11& 22. Challenging: 2, 3 & 5.
3 (Joy, Communication) – The secret to 3’s famous charm is delight with life. A master communicator, 3 uses its creative imagination in everything from art, literature and the performing arts to everyday social interaction. For 3, life is an art form, and extroverted 3’s bring beauty to all of its aspects. Compatible: 1, 5, 6, 9, 11 & 22. Challenging: 2.
4 (Foundation, Discipline) – Practical, hard-working, patient and exacting, 4 values order, home and respectability. Its purpose is to organize and to bring plans into concrete form, making them useful and applicable to daily life. 4 understands patterns and can create workable, long-lasting systems. Compatible: 2, 6, 7, 8 & 22. Challenging: 5.
5 (Freedom, Progress) – Versatile, resourceful, adaptable and adventurous, 5 is curious, has keen insight into human nature, and can motivate and inspire the masses. Although charismatic, sexy and sensual, 5’s love of freedom and variety holds as true in romance as in the rest of life. Compatible: 1, 3 & 9. Challenging: 2, 4, 6 & 7.
6 (Service, Family) – Social consciousness and a deep sense of responsibility for others motivate 6. Its purpose is to serve truth and justice and to educate, counsel and heal individuals, society and the environment. 6 loves home and community, and serves them tenaciously. Compatible: 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11 & 22. Challenging: 5.
7 (Perfection, Understanding) – 7 conducts its search for wisdom and perfection in the silence and solitude of the mind, which 7 sees as the bridge between the known and unknown. Analytical, reserved and often introverted, 7 is both psychic and scientific, a philosophical explorer of life’s mysteries. Compatible: 4. Challenging: 5 & 8.
8 (Judgment, Mastery) – Renowned for success in big business and high finance, the challenge of 8 is to balance its outer world success with higher energies or spirituality. This balance gives 8 its strategic gifts and remarkable sense of timing and trends. 8 is an authority figure with great integrity and responsibility. Compatible: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 11 & 22. Challenging: 7.
9 (Forgiveness, Universality) – 9 combines the accumulated wisdom of 1 through 8 and commits it to service to humanity and the environment, local and global. Compassionate, tolerant and just, 9s are often renowned artists and thinkers who reveal universal truths. Compatible: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11 & 22. Challenging: none.
11 (Revelation, Inspiration) – Spiritual, mystical and often highly clairvoyant, the visionary abilities of 11 can produce controversial genius in the areas of music, art, poetry and literature. 11’s penetrating intellect and intuitive insight open the door to the future for the rest of humanity. Compatible: 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9 & 22. Challenging: none.
22 (Master Builder) – The practical idealist, 22 has the power to use the dreams and visions of all other numbers to create humanity’s future. With genius-level mastery of the material realm powered by a sizzling spiritual connection, 22 often operates globally in business and government. Compatible: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 & 11. Challenging: none.
For more nifty ways to apply this information to understanding yourself, your lovers, friends and coworkers, and to plot your life cycles, look for future articles, which will include numerology for relationships and career, how to calculate your timing and major life cycles, how to understand your personal karma and life challenges, and numerology versus the mysteries of the Tarot.