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Numerology reduces all multi-digit numbers to the single-digit numbers 1 through 9 with the exception of the three Master numbers 11, 22 and 33. These three Master numbers in many cases are not reduced and have a specific set of attributes that sets them apart from all other numbers. Numerology enthusiasts and practitioners have always been especially excited about Master numbers because, as the name implies, they represent something above and beyond the mundane.

However, in the last couple of decades, some numerologists have adopted all double-digit numbers with identical digits (44, 55, 66 …) as Master numbers, probably because the mysterious nature of Master numbers tickles our sensationalist nature. This is truly unfortunate, not only because it is incorrect, but also because it diminishes our understanding of the true Master numbers. Yes, it is correct to state that all double-digit numbers with identical digits are powerful for the simple reason that a combination of duplicate numbers, more or less doubles, the influence of the single digit. For example, the number 44 would have double the influence of a single 4, the number 55 doubles the influence of a single 5 and so forth.

However, with the three true Master numbers, their power is not just based on the simple fact that they consist of identical digits, but because those digits are the 1, the 2, and the 3, respectively. In the case of the 11 (a double 1), it has the traits and personality of the 1 twice, and when added (11 = 1+1 = 2) becomes a 2, thereby combining the most powerful male energy (the 1, Zeus) with the equally potent female energy (the 2, Hera). Considering that the 1 and the 2 are on opposite ends of the spectrum and the sum of their combined attributes pretty much overshadows all other attributes assigned to the numbers 3 through 9 you can perhaps imagine a merging of the strongest, most driven and aggressive warrior, an unstoppable masculine energy, with the supremacy of the most intuitive, feminine, and cunning goddess. And even that does not reveal the true essence of the 11 Master number: The 11 symbolizes the potential to push the limitations of the human experience into the stratosphere of the highest spiritual perception; the link between the mortal and the immortal; between man and spirit; between darkness and light; ignorance and enlightenment. This is the ultimate symbolic power of the 11.

Similarly, the Master number 22 combines a double dose of feminine intuitive power as represented by the 2, with the ultimate capacity to make dreams into reality; the domain of the 4. And again, the result is not just a range of attributes stacked to impressive potential, but the true essence of the 22: The ability to experience all that the 11 has to offer and apply it to the material world.

Finally, the Master number 33 combines the most proficient powers of expression (the 3) with the teacher and caregiver par excellence; the 6. Its true essence is the final word in spiritual evolution; the Master Teacher.

This, the ability to reach spiritual enlightenment (the 11), makes it a reality in the material world (the 22), then uses it to lift others into enlightenment (the 33), reflecting the enormity of the gift of human life as symbolized by the three Master numbers. Which brings me to the heart of this article: the secret lesson of the 11, a revelation you will not find in any Numerology book or article. Just as Numerology uses adding numbers, it also subtracts numbers looking for the difference between them -- generally revealing what are called challenges or obstacles, and shortcomings you have to overcome. They represent the gaps between the stepping stones, bridges we have to build in order to continue on our path. In the case of the three Master numbers, the gap between 11 and 22 is 11 and the gap between 22 and 33 is also 11. This tells us that in order to move from the height of spiritual understanding as symbolized by the 11, we need to reach an even higher and more rounded experience of divine insight before we can apply our spiritual maturity in the material world, as reflected by the 22. And the final step, the ultimate divine reality of reaching the level of a true Master requires another superhuman boost of divine realization, this one symbolized by the number 33.

As you may have guessed, I am no longer talking within the realm of mundane human religious exercise but rather about those who have reached permanent prince hood in the world of spirit. And this too is mirrored in the nature of Master numbers. Quite a few of us have an 11 among our core numbers. Does that mean that they have a better chance of reaching enlightenment? No, they do not. They have potential access to the attributes of the 11 such as intuition, but the story of the Master numbers as told above belongs in a different realm. There are those among us who do not have a single Master number in their chart yet can - and have - reached the ultimate spiritual heights symbolized by the 11. There are some with and without Master numbers who truly experience with every breath the reality of living up to the promises of the 22. And, if you are not just extremely lucky, but also incredibly perceptive, you may, in this lifetime, have an opportunity to meet that most precious of human beings; the Master Teacher. And recognize him for what he is.

The story of the Master numbers plays on different levels. On a more commonplace level, Master numbers found in an individual's chart indicate the potential access to the attributes attached to those Master numbers; the fine-tuned intuition of the 11; the master builder potential of the 22; the extraordinary teaching abilities of the 33. It is up to the individual to reach that potential and many, but by no means all, do. Unfortunately, there is a downside to having one or more Master numbers in your chart. The nervous energy of the 11, the frustrations and disappointments of the 22, and the shy, insecure nature of a 33. None of the other double-digit numbers with identical digits (44, 55, 66 ...) burden us with that kind of pressure, positive or negative.

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