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Hans Decoz

The Ambivalent Personalities of Numbers

Numbers, like people, are not always as predictable as you might wish them to be. Each of the single-digit numbers has a wide range of qualities, many of them apparently paradoxical, as is the case with people. Some of their qualities are hiding in the wings until circumstances send them to center stage -- you guessed it -- just as people do. Some of those qualities are clearly two-faced: one day they show their good side, but the next day their bad side reveals itself.

When I first became involved in Numerology, I took the descriptions of the meanings of numbers more or less literally. It was all pretty straightforward. Over time, the more I practiced and the more I learned, that picture changed. I no longer thought about numbers as clearly defined and severely limited personalities. I realized their ambivalent nature is much more subtle and vulnerable to surrounding forces than I had previously understood.

Today, when I look at a number in someone's chart, I consider the surrounding numbers, the location, and the placement of the cycles as crucial to understanding how this particular number affects that person. Let me give you some examples...

The 5 is generally understood as a freedom-loving, dynamic, somewhat irresponsible, sensuous, indulgent, un-disciplined, versatile, adventurous, rebellious and difficult-to-control personality -- all of which is true. You can add to that: sexually promiscuous, short-sighted, impulsive, quick-witted, funny, self-promoting, jovial, financially careless, daring, social and a bunch of other qualities.

Now ask yourself (you, being a responsible, mature, single individual): would you like to become romantically involved with a 5? Chances are, you would consider looking elsewhere, since the 5 certainly seems like a loose cannon. But what if I told you that the 5, when romantically involved with another person, is actually very loyal, not given to cheating, considerate, devoted, and unwavering in its romantic confidence? Not really what you would expect from that seemingly ageless, permanently juvenile 5, is it?

Now look at a 6: sacrificing, loving, caring, responsible, protective, family-oriented, persistent and so forth. Of course, you would love to have a 6 as a romantic partner, wouldn't you? He or she will care for you, protect you, love you, etc. Funny thing though -- being in a relationship is not always enough to keep a 6 faithful. In fact, the 2 and the 6 are the most likely numbers to cheat. Why? Because they love to love. They just can't help themselves.

And of course there are numerous other examples showing that numbers aren't as simple and narrowly defined as they seem. Below is a list of attributes and possible conditions for specific numbers that tend to surprise Numerology enthusiasts. Keep in mind that this is based on those numbers accessing certain qualities above and beyond other qualities, and under fortunate or unfortunate circumstances. I suspect statistical research would prove them to be true.

The most likely to cheat: 2, 6 and 9. As I said, they just open their hearts too easily, and tend to be a bit gullible as well.

The most likely to die poor: 8 and 5. The 8 tends to take too many risks,  and greed can turn on itself. The 5 simply has a hole in his/her hand.

The most likely to end up rich and successful: 7 (brains, scholarly, sense of timing), 1 (ambition, focus, leadership) and 3 (innovator, original, support of others).

The most likely to hold high office or run a major corporation: 9 (global consciousness, sense of justice, detachment), 8 (business shrewdness, authority) and 4 (persistent, focused effort, patience).

The most likely to choose a path of crime: 2 (advantage taker, opportunist, liar), 8 (greed) and 5 (rebellious, adventurer, pirate).

The most likely to become a successful artist: 6 (visual arts), 3 (books, film) and 9 (fashion, architecture).

The most likely to become famous: 5 (self promoter, adapter), 11 (intuition, sense of timing, knowing what the next fad will be) and 1 (spear point, try anything).

If you have other paths or qualities that you wonder may be tied to a particular number, let me know. Perhaps I will use them in a second blog on this subject. In the meantime, I made up a few brand new cliches. Enjoy:

Expectations are the path to failure: 22 and 33.

Conviction without plasticity will walk you off a cliff: 1, 4 and 8.

Doubt paralyzes: 2, 3 and 7.

Procrastination equals disappointment: 3, 5 and 9.

One ounce of self confidence is worth a pound of talent: 1, 3 and 7.


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Colleen says:
Sun, 05/22/2011 - 9:55am

In this post, which number are you referring to? The Life Path, or Expression, or what?

According to my Expression number, I'll die poor, but according to my Life Path, I'll be rich and successful.

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Katie Fenton says:
Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:14am

Awesome, my life path is 11. I have always wanted to be a famous actress, even before I knew I did. According to this article, my odds are very positive if I focus hard enough.

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Diana Karnani says:
Sun, 05/15/2011 - 3:41am

I have a 22 heart's desire. Despite all the challenges and obstacles faced in pursuing my dream, I have always decided to let go of other opportunities that come across. All simply because I feel that leaving problems behind is unacceptable and irresponsible. Still not sure whether it's the right decision, especially when I often hear others suggesting me to move on, saying that what I am doing is impractical and unrealistic eventhough it does inspire and benefit others (not in a large number yet, though). They say it's not worth all the trouble with insufficient support from the environment, and better do the work elsewhere. I wonder if anybody here is in the same situation. I do believe that the 22 in my chart is a potential. But turning the potential into success is very challenging and draining. I am trying my best to accept the situation and condition as it is, which requires me to become less demanding, lower my standard a bit, and change my approach. Leaving is still a constant temptation, though :). You stated that 'expectation' is the path to failure for 22s and 33s. And that's something I surely don't want to happen ;D ~

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Alice Duncan says:
Tue, 05/10/2011 - 6:43am

I think your insights make sense.