Numerology at the Lavender Festival


I had a great time teaching Numerology to the those who attended the Peace Love and Lavender Festival last weekend! Here are the class notes as a reminder for you, and also to share with your friends as you wish.

Numerology- by Barbara Thompson-Glatter

Numerology is just one way to understand your strengths and your weaknesses. Numerology, like the Myers-Briggs Test, or StrengthFinders Test, MAAP Assessment, The Big Five Personality Test, and The Enneagram, among others, can assist us in better understanding ourselves. Why would we want to know ourselves better?

It’s been said, to know oneself is to love ones self. The ability to utilize our strengths, while having awareness of our weaknesses, goes a long way toward being emotionally healthy. Knowing ourselves also leads to independence. The better we know ourselves, the less swayed we are by the opinions or advice of others. Knowing yourself also provides you with insights so you are able to make clearer decisions.  Here is a self-awareness article from the Harvard School of Business.

There are many numerology systems, all of them based on either the Pythagorean System, which uses your birthdate, or the Chaldean System which uses numbers associated with the  letters in your birth name. I am going to take you briefly through one of the Pythagorean systems as outlined in: The Life You Were Born To Live, by Dan Millman.

Dan Millman’s system is called a destiny system and it’s more concerned with your life path, and your destiny. While other systems focus more on your personality.

Let us begin by looking at the individual numbers and their gifts as well as their challenges.

  • Ones: Superiority and Insecurity
  • Twos: Over-Helping and Resentful Withdrawal
  • Threes: Over-Confidence and Extreme Self Doubt
  • Fours: Mental Analysis and Emotional Disorientation
  • Fives: Dependence and Independence
  • Sixes: Idealization and Extreme Disappointment
  • Sevens: Over-Trusting and feelings of betrayal
  • Eights: Passive-behaviors and Aggressive Behaviors
  • Nines: Staunch Integrity and Over-Indulgence

Master Numbers:

11).     Conflict and Catalyst

22)     Ambition and Potential

33)     Understanding and Practicality

Begin with you writing down your birthdate as a simple math equation. For example, we’ll use Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s birthday. That looks like: 03/15/1933. To make that into an equation I write: 0+3+1+5+1+9+3+3= 25         25 is further reduced by adding 2+5=7 or 25/7

So RGB’S Life Path numbers include 2 and 5, with her Destiny number being 7.

NOTE: If you have a Master Number, 11, 22, or 33) after adding your birthdate, do not reduce them. You can gain some insights with this next portion, but ultimately there is more complexity to your life path when you have of these Master Numbers.

The first two numbers represent your Birth Number or Life Path. The last number, after reducing your Birth Number to a single digit, represents your Life Purpose.

The numbers to the left of the ‘/ ‘are your Birth Numbers or Life Path. They represent the challenges you’ll face as you grow into your Life Purpose. Your Life Purpose is the number to the right of the /.   Our Life Purpose represents the top of the mountain; it’s what we are invited to achieve in our life on Earth. Our Birth Numbers show us the way.

The Law of Balance Exercise – “If gravity is the glue that holds the Universe together, then balance is the key that unlocks its secrets.” Dan Millman.

The Law of Balance applies to everyone, regardless of our number combinations. Wise people, and sages from every age and culture have taught The Middle Way, or the Golden Mean, or to follow The Straight and Narrow Path. We tend to maintain a temperature balance by living in more temperate zones, rather than desert or artic regions.

Balance however does not mean always avoiding extremes, it just means giving equal amount of time to both sides so that the pendulum can maintain balance.

Balance means different things for different people in numerology. Remember the numbers:

  • Ones: elitist superiority and insecurity
  • Twos: over-helping and withdrawal
  • Threes: over-confidence and depressive self doubt
  • Fours: their mind and emotions
  • Fives: dependence and independence
  • Sixes: idealism and disappointment
  • Sevens: over-trusting and fear of betrayal
  • Eights: passivity and aggression
  • Nines: rigid integrity and over-indulgence
  • Zeros:  inner Gifts and stubbornly Sarcastic

Many people find their balance point by testing their limits first in one direction, and then its opposite, and learning the consequences of each. Its not easy, but it does seem to be one the surest methods. (Here, I had a volunteer from the audience demonstrate, The Law of Balance for the rest us. Thanks to Samantha for being a great sport!)

Samantha was given a wastebasket and a large trash bag filled with crumpled-up balls of newspaper. She sat eight feet away from the basket. Samantha was then instructed to throw newspaper balls into the basket. (And yes, it was windy!) For every shot she missed that landed to the right of the basket, she was to then deliberately overshoot to next ball of paper to the left. If she had under thrown the paper ball, then the next shot was to be to overthrown.

To take the pressure off of Samantha a bit, I spoke to the group briefly about balance in general, and how we might explore balance in our lives by asking someone they know and trust the following questions, and then temporarily try its opposite.

Do I talk too rapidly or too loudly?

Do I eat too quickly?

Do I work to much or too little?

Do I act too rigid or too sensitive?

May I am too dependent or loftily independent?

Do I express over or under-confidence?

Am I too uptight? Or rather self-indulgent?

Am I more inclined to give, rather than to receive?

If some these have merit, how might you bring yourself closer to the Middle Way?

In a short while, the group was astonished. Samantha was throwing ball after ball into the basket, even with the wind. Thus she demonstrated for us that by deliberately practicing the opposite of each extreme, she found her Middle Way.

Now we’ll look a little more closely at the numbers and their meaning.

Zeros: The number Zero points to inner gifts or personal resources. These will enhance you the other numbers and provide you with strong qualities of sensitivity, strength, expressiveness and intuition. These usually develop later in life, say after age 35, but may show up in a crisis. You may have each of these enhanced gifts, or excel in one or two of them.

Ones: If you’re working a One in your numerology, you will face life challenges relating to creativity and confidence. You will have to work on feelings of insecurity and the tendency to block or waste creative energy.

Now, all of us regardless of our birth numbers sometime feel insecure and lack confidence. And we can all benefit from allowing ourselves to break new ground creatively. But those working a One will feel these challenges more intensely. If you’re working a One as your Life Purpose or Destiny, you will face more creative and insecure obstacles than the rest of us.

Twos: If you are working a Two in either your Life Path or Life purpose, then issues of cooperation and balance will be your challenges. Balance such as: rest and work, giving and receiving, and especially conflicts between the head and the heart. Those working a Two are best in helping roles, but only if they approach their work from a place of balance and not servitude.

Threes: If you are working a Three in your life, you will likely be facing challenges regarding self-expression and sensitivity. Threes have a tendency to flip-flop between feeling overconfident, and feeling overwhelmed. They tend to keep quiet and not express how they feel. A key component to working a Three is to learn the difference between the healthier empathy vs. the unhealthy sympathy. Many Threes try to manipulate others rather than express their true feeling from a place of self-honesty.

Fours: When the number Four shows up in your numerology, the challenges are to balance stability and process. Fours have a tendency to jump into action without first creating a firm foundation for their goals. The imagery of building a house comes to mind. The first step is to plan, outline a specific goal, line up contractors, etc. Fours sometimes skip steps with their wild enthusiasm. Or, they can get stuck on one step and losing momentum with tunnel vision. Fours do best when they break down goals into smaller steps.

Fives: When you’re working with a number Five, you are given challenges to work through freedom and discipline. Fives can often regress into states of superficial self-indulgence in the quest for freedom. They often don’t realize that what they are seeking is depth in their experiences, a depth that actually comes from discipline.

Sixes: We all come across the challenges of a Six from time to time, but those working Six bump up against vision and acceptance even more so. Sixes tend to have high ideals, ideals that have to be reconciled into a practical reality. Sixes feel the immense pain of disappointment when their ideals are not met.

Sevens: Working the number Seven is for those who especially need to learn trust and openness; whom to trust and how far to trust them. They need to learn when to let go of suspicion and allow themselves to be vulnerable. These are the challenges of those working Seven. As Sevens learn self-trust on all levels, then openness is the natural result.

Eights: People working the number Eight are enmeshed in issues related to abundance and power. They are at their most effective when they feel an inner abundance that allows them to express their power in the service of others.

Nines: Those with the number Nine in their Life Path or Destiny are likely to be involved with integrity and wisdom. Nines need to live in accordance with their personal integrity and wisdom. When Nines find unity with both their mind and their heart, then their words and actions demonstrate wisdom.

Master Numbers 11, 22, 33

While the author goes into some detail about the master number 11 it feels helpful to also include 22, and 33.

Master Number 11: 11’s have a double dose of the challenges of a One. 11s are the most intuitive and they often feel extremely conflicted with intuitive information that they have no rational explanation for. 11s can find some balance by looking toward the qualities of the Two, and using their strengths by focusing on specific goals.

Master Number 22: 22’s hold more raw power than any other number. It’s a pragmatic number capable of spinning wild dreams into reality. Those working number 22 in their life need to bring those grandiose goals down to earth. Realize your leadership qualities and stop putting so much pressure on yourself that it makes you shy away from leadership.

Master Number 33: 33’s are the movers and shakers. They have the combined qualities of 11- intuition, and 22-leadership. The number 33 represents full understanding without any need for communication. They are highly knowledgeable but will still fact-check before offering any advice. A person working number 33 in full efficiency is a sight to behold, and it’s rare.

I used the word “challenge” throughout this numerology talk, because it often feels like a challenge to work with our stuff. But I like to think that challenges are also opportunities to rise up, and meet our strengths.