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Numerology & Master Numbers: Why They Often Symbolize More Challenge Than Reward

Updated on March 27, 2013

Master numbers include double digit numbers 11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, and 99. They are called Master Numbers because there is inherent masterful, or extraordinary promise symbolized by them. This energy is far from mundane and instead largely other-dimensional.

Therein resides the catch: These numbers represent energy that is not of this every-day plane of existence. It's very spiritual and therefore, unpredictable and hard to handle. More often than not, those with many Master Numbers in key positions in the comprehensive charts experience deeper life challenges than other people.

They usually have more charisma and are more likely to gain recognition and honor relating to their area of focus due to regularly accessing unusual wavelengths and naturally thinking outside of the box, yet so often they gain infamy, notoriety and suffer major set-backs.

The more Master Numbers a person has, the more likely they are to be seen as outsiders, outcasts, and even insane. They frequently isolate themselves from ordinary people and they are miserable if they try to fit into society and live a "normal" life. They must have tolerance, strength of mind to follow their heart, and compassion for the many who reject them due to their atypical viewpoints and other-worldly way of viewing reality. Also, an at least somewhat holistic way of living (especially diet) helps them cope with their unusual sensitivity.

Everyone has key lessons with which their souls have chosen to challenge them in order to learn while incarnated on Earth. Those with more Master Numbers than others usually encounter more burdens and challenges. Most people have at least one Master Number in the hundreds of positions in their comprehensive charts, either as a natal consideration, or a cycle of time. Our Numerology Decoder Software correctly calculates Master Numbers, can tell you where in your basic charts you have them and what they mean in those positions.

Master Numbers are more appropriately called "Double Trouble Numbers," as they are rarely easy to live up to; there is usually more to accomplish, and more karma to balance. But there is ultimately more reward, even though it's often more spiritual (on a soul level) instead of mundane (personality level). Those with a higher than average number of Master Numbers must strive for purity in thought, intent, and action, as anything less will take them down.

Often, those with heavy Master Number energy are shunned and rejected because they are so different and rub the wrong way those who don't like change and progressive ideas.

As with any number, there is a balanced, under-balanced, and over-balanced side to each Master Number. For example, excessive over-balanced 22 energy can indicate someone operating from a base of dark energy, such as an uncompromising, violent, international criminal, like Giuseppe Antonio Doto (otherwise known as Joe Adonis, mob Boss and a leader in the U.S. Underworld before he was deported to Italy in the early 1950s). An extreme example of a person with over-balanced Master Number energy is Kenneth Bianchi (known as the Hillside Strangler; he murdered 10 women in 1977/1978 and was sentenced to life in prison). Neurosis is par for the course with out of control 22 energy.

Under-balanced 22 energy often represents insanity, an entirely impractical viewpoint, and total inefficiency. Balanced 22 energy is tremendously materially rewarding, is far-reaching, and benefits the masses. There is also the reduced, earthbound form of each Master Number (4 in the case of 22: 2+2=4), which is most often lived within when the person lacks the supportive energy to maintain the Master Number energy. Many switch back and forth between mundane and Master Number energy, and some live on the higher level more often than others.

Rarely does a person with many Master Numbers incarnate and, from the beginning, live the balanced side of the numbers. It's standard to ride the full spectrum of experiences, even risking their lives and bringing great trouble to their loved ones and themselves, before settling into a productive, healthy mode of action. Experience is why people incarnate, and "bad" experiences will forever exist, as long as people are here on Earth to balance karma. Furthermore, one must understand the full continuum of energy associated with any particular Master Number before they can live within its highest form.

Just as those with much Master Number energy will offer unusual ideas and solutions (realistic and productive, or half-baked depending on the rest of the patterns in the comprehensive charts), it's also common for them to see and accurately interpret the signs in everyday life that surround each one of us since they have a natural, dual connection to the here and now and the indefinable dimensions. They are in two places (sometimes more than two) at once. This is what frequently makes life so difficult for them. They are surprisingly free of limitations in mind and spirit, yet the reality of this Earth pins them down. Part of their struggle on Earth is because they are very much "from elsewhere" and have a tough time becoming acclimated to fundamental Earth dimension energy. They are not used to being burdened with the laws of this dimension, or perhaps the memory of the energy of the unseen planes is still too real for them.

Extremes are built into Master Numbers, for better or worse, often touching many individuals. They reflect non-earthly inspiration and ideas, either bringing great light, or immeasurable darkness. Instability, unpredictability, idealism, restlessness, acute sensitivity, non-traditional behavior, volatility (think Jack Nicholson in some of his more dramatic roles), intense creativity and charisma, leadership ability, and nervous tension are hallmarks of those with an above average number of Master Numbers (in potent chart positions).

The 7 Wonders of the ancient world (such as the Great Pyramid) are symbolic of the type of magnificence built into Master Number energy. But remember, there is just as much downside as upside in any Master Number as it's a bridge to a potent energy foreign to this dimension.

Some great examples of known individuals with heavy Master Number energy applied in a positive way (in various, prominent positions in the comprehensive charts) include the following:

*Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine

*Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones, arguably the greatest (and most profitable) Rock andRoll band of all time.

*Keith Richards, guitarist of the Rolling Stones.

*Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, one of the greatest Rock and Roll bands of all time.

*Bill Blass, one of the most celebrated and influential American clothing designers.

*Ray Bradbury, American writer of over 50 books and known as the a master of sci-fi and fantasy; awarded Grand Master Nebula Award and Writer's Guild Award.

*Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish writer and creator of the modern detective story and the characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

*Doris Duke, American Heiress, one of the wealthiest people in the U.S. in the early 1990s and a notable philanthropist.

*Sir Laurence Olivier, British actor, director, and producer; considered by many to be the greatest actor of the 20th century.

*Meryl Streep, American actress, considered to be one of the best actors of her generation (11 Oscar nominations).

Copyright © Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo


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      landon 5 years ago

      that's crazy the person above me has the opposite numbers as I do!!

      could someone also tell me what makes us different because of that?

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      landon 5 years ago

      my expression number is 11, and my life path number is a 22. can you give me a little info on what that means?

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      Andrew Lopez 5 years ago

      I have an 11 life path and a 22 expression.... I want to bring light to the world, I'm afraid of being insane and collecting bad karma... I'm always put in crazy situations and under a lot of pressure all the time. I'm afraid that if my life keeps getting crazy like this I wont be able to keep balance.

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      Sandra 5 years ago

      Hi Scott My name totals to 77 in Pythagorean. I have always been heavily interested in spiritual things, but recently realized that I don't agree with the doctrine of the church I belong to. However I finished the requirements to be a pastor. I have a lot of spiritual power and energy but I'm not sure what to do with it, what spiritual path to apply it to. Also not sure how to make a difference in the world on a large scale as a large portion of entertainment pays homage to dark forces, and I refuse to deal with that as I know it's real.

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      unknow 6 years ago

      hi my name vibration is 22 my last name is 38 so 3+8=11

      together there 33 how do i know witch number is my life path or soul or expression ? :)

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      oliver cooper 6 years ago from UK

      Very well written and it explains a lot of the challenges that are faced by people who are faced with these aspects.


      Oliver J R Cooper

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      Ardalan Shirinkar 6 years ago

      Scott thanks for your response

      Well I am not a pro at this, Could you help me calculate this correctly please

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      Ardalan Shirinkar 6 years ago

      Hi Scott, Just wanted to thank you for the article

      and I am 7 life path 77 destiny 22 souls urge(i read this article about 77 master number"The synthesis of the vibratory messages of "twenty-two" and our Mother Earth and Father Sky brings the correspondence to consummation of all within each dimension. The concept of wholeness in entirety is reflected in the "seventy seven" vibration."which i found very interesting how I posses both number in my chart) I also have 55 Quiet Self(Personality) which comes from the consonants of the name which im sure you already know. Just wanted to know if this all relates with each other

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      zeli 6 years ago

      hey, i have a life path 11 destiny 11 soul urge 1 maturity 22 personality 22 and birthday number 1- i feel like in my life i am meant to accomplish something great and that the universe needs to know who i am .. sometimes i feel like i am in a world of dreams so lost and don't understand why its taking me so long to get my finger out and othertmes i am so convinced of myself and my beliefs.. recently ive felt that im ready to take charge of my life and go after my dreams..and don't want to sit around anymore wondering in 10 years time what i could of done, but rather what i have done. is there any advise or guidence you could give me? Thanks.

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      Helen 6 years ago

      Hi Scott This has explained a lot to me, I don't know much about numerology.

      I am a Master number 44. I also have Borderline Personality Disorder, Avoidant personality Disorder OCD and Bulimia.

      My Mother told me that If I don't complete the tasks set out for me in this life, I have to do it all over in my next life :( Obviously I'm desperate for advice

      Thank you

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      Cailyn 6 years ago

      I'm young and my life path Buber us a 22 and expression number is 11 and Ive always asked myself questions and this article answered them.-thank you

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      Pixienot 6 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      I have often been distracted by numbers. I have not a clue what mine are, although I should, I had them read about 20 years ago.

      Life is not easy, but it is wonderful and any information that helps to improve that life...I say bring it on!

      Voted up and interesting! Thank you for this fine article.

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      i am nothing 6 years ago

      i have a lot of zero's like 70,30,40,110

      What's the effect of having a lot of 0's? oh and is 110 an eleven amplified with a '0'? Great description on masternumbers btw :p

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      joe bacon 7 years ago

      i do not fully understand all the mastery numbers but i do understand it at the same time if you know what i mean and i see many numbers but mainly 11 22 and my favorite and also my number 33 i don't know why i see them all the time but i do,even when i don't want to see them and in my case people think im crazy but im not the isolated kind of crazy you find easly i can be the most outspoken when i want to but only if i feel like it and if i want something to happen deeply it will happen i just have to learn to control the numbers and i am doing that it just takes a lot of time. i also have the power to make people listen to me i use this emotion that captivates their attention and i know how and when to do it. I am 18 years old i can rap better than most but choose to stay unknown for now but my name is joe bacon so will see.

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      Philippe 7 years ago

      I am 16 years old. I do sense a great deal of energy in my surroundings and I do feel very similar traits of the master numbers mentioned above. My public name is 77, my full name 95, my birth/lifepath 33; which in turn adds up to either an 11 amplified by zero or 128 which is 20 or 11. I am an Aquarius born in 1994. What does all of this mean?

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      scott nugent 7 years ago

      i am a 99 master soul. 9 life path .3 pers .6 soul .a little mixed up right now .can you help

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      Karen De Nóbrega 7 years ago

      Wow! Amazing. My complete name give me 66; my first name is 22 and the last one is 44. It's really heavy to deal with both, I just can say I'm trying.

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      Marcus 7 years ago

      Thanks so much Scott. I shall check out all you recommended and let you know how I get on.

      Keep up the good work! Marcus

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      Marcus 7 years ago

      Hi Scott, Thank you for sharing your knowledge. This certainly explains a lot about my personality. My birthday is 22/11/66! Is this a very unusual combination of master numbers? Any tips on how to make this harness this into positive power and not destructive?

      Thanks again.

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      Meenu 7 years ago

      This is a beautiful, accurate, knowledgeable writing I have ever read, You seem to be one of the few, . thank you for sharing!

      it is most unfortunate that this knowledge in being clouded by misrepresentation of those who just want to cashin without any real knowlede of it.

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      Colen 7 years ago

      So I just found out recently that I have an 11 master number in my birthday chart as well as an 11 master number in my birth name and I am a Scorpio, my everyday life is pretty normal and I fit in quite well. I do have strong emotions though! Is there any benefit that you see for me having double 11 master numbers in my name and bday?



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      Sandy 7 years ago

      I'm a master number 33 your not kidding its hard to live life from a different perpective from the majority!

      I feel like I'm trying so hard to be like the others so I am not suffering but its not working at all! I need help living with this kind of "sency" nature

      its looked at as a deterrant or handicap in my current environment. This none nuturing environment and its so harsh I am reduced to a dry wilted flower but when in right conditions I am very powerful but now my powers seems to have disappeared.......

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      eye 7 years ago

      How do i determine my double number?

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      Eric Gary Gross 7 years ago

      Dear Scott,

      Thanks so much for your perspective on the benefit/challenge of having master numbers in your profile. I especially related to being on other wavelengths than most people and appreciated your advice to strive for purity in thought, intent and action. I have a destiny# of 11, my life path# is 33, and my maturity# is 44, and boy-oh-boy do I have a challenge in trying to fulfill what I perceive as my purpose in this world. I have found comfort and strength in gems/crystals and through spirituality. But what I'd like the most is to be understood and appreciated when I am trying to help instead of being assaulted by the defenseive aspect of another's ego. Maybe I am asking too much, maybe not. Are there any words of wisdom that you could offer, they would be greatly appreciated.


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      Lance Anthony Hicks 7 years ago

      Many numerologists despise master numbers. They think were too prideful. They have no idea how hard it is to maintain your sanity when you have a crapload of masters. It's a constant and rather lonely effort and an ostracized life. Attain enlightenment? HOW!!!!

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      Lucy MacDonald 8 years ago

      Amazingly acurate info on master numbers! Now I know why I never fit into society and why my family all thinks I am crazy! I am an 11 in my name, an 11 in my birthdate, the consonants in my name hold the 11 influence, I am 5 ft, '11' inches tall, my shoe size is 11 wide and my souls journey number is 22.

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      nic adin osswallt jackson 9 years ago

      I recently discovered that I have a 77 expression 33 soul urge and 44 personality. This explains a lot. I don't know what God has in store for the world, but I do know one thing. IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AFTER I LEAVE...Can you tell us more about these numbers? Thanks


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