Your life path number, like your birth number, cannot be changed. It is believed in numerology that you yourself before being born in this physical body decided what main lesson you will need to learn in this life.
If you accept the lesson and learn it, you will feel like you live your life in its fullest sense. If you run away from it, you will feel like you haven’t used your full potential, or that you’re not fulfilling some purpose that you know you should be fulfilling in this life.
Knowing your life path number is especially helpful for people who don’t know why they’re here on this earth. It gives them the broad theme to work on, and then knowing your birth number helps to even more clarify your purpose in this life, but about that in another post.
It’s very easy to calculate your life path number. You simply add all the digits of your date of birth together. So, for example, if you were born on 17/09/1984, you firstly add 1+7 to get 8; you leave number 9 as it is; then you add the year of birth digits together (1+9+8+4 = 22);
In this system of calculation master numbers 11 and 22 apply, so if your final number is 22 or 11, don’t reduce it further.
But in this example 22 is only the sum total of the year of birth, so although it’s not reduced, other numbers will be added to it. So we add 8, 9 and 22 together to get 39, and then we add 3 and 9 together to get 12. Again, we reduce this number by adding digits 1 and 2 together to get the number 3, and so we get the life path number in this way.
So to clarify, firstly we add the day of birth together and reduce it into a single digit unless it’s the master number; then we do the same with the month of birth if it has two digits; then we do the same with the year of birth. Once all these three components are reduced into single digits (with the exception of master numbers), we add them all together and reduce this compound number into a single digit to get our life path number.
Once you calculated your life path number, check the table of contents of this video which you will find in the description box and the comments’ section to jump straight to your life path digit.
The following life path numbers description is adapted from the book Numerology – The Complete Guide by Matthew Oliver Goodwin. It’s a good book but it uses Pythagorean way to calculate the name number and other numbers from alphabets, which I believe isn’t accurate (I use Chaldean). But the descriptions of numbers are excellent, so for this reason I used the information from this book to describe the life path numbers.
Life Path 1
Keywords: individuation, independence, attainment.
The subject must learn the benefits of independence – a two-part learning process. First, the individual must learn to stand on his own two feet, learn not to lean on or depend on others. After the subject is indeed free of dependence, he can proceed to be a leader or creator.
Once others sense the individual’s independent capabilities, once he can accept and use his talents, there are likely to be substantial meaningful opportunities. Attainment of significant ends – material or otherwise – can follow.
- Much inner strength.
- Leadership capability.
- Executive and administrative capability – always obvious although sometimes latent in application.
- Potential for accomplishment and financial reward – again obvious, although sometimes latent in application.
- Strong personal needs and desires. Feels it necessary to follow own convictions. Often surprised at others’ resistance or the consequences of following own convictions.
- Self-centered. This may be extremely obvious, or may be hidden by a social veneer. The number one will be very aware of self-centeredness even if it’s not outwardly apparent.
- The material needs may be large or small – but the number one will spend the time necessary to satisfy these needs.
Number one still struggling with dependence may appear to be available at everyone’s beck and call, with few needs of his own. No matter how giving the number one appears, underneath the giving there will be much dissatisfaction with the dependent side. Often, though, the dissatisfaction may be well hidden.
Some number ones confuse independence with self-centeredness. They may be concerned with their own needs for the virtual exclusion of all else. This type of the number one may very well not know what is meant by self-centeredness or may even justify his self-centered position with a rational argument.
Some number ones, lacking a sense of balance, may be so dominating and egotistical as to be their own worst enemies. Sometimes they burst with over-confidence, making them impatient with others’ advice, unable to listen and benefit from others’ opinions.
Some number ones spend most of their lives shaking off their dependent side. If this happens, they have little time left to reap the reward of being independent. Number ones, particularly in the first stages of their life, often find themselves in situations where it is easy to be dependent and difficult to be independent.
It is up to each number one to struggle through to the second part of the lesson, where attainment can be achieved.
An aware number one operating positively within the basic channel can be growing and experiencing much satisfaction throughout life. There is much potential for accomplishment, achievement, creativity, and the potential is possible to reach (as compared, for instance, to the difficult-to-attain potential of the 11 and 22).
The growing number one can have a continuing feeling of satisfaction in his progress – and praise from others for his achievements. Often, he can receive good financial compensation, can satisfy his material needs, can reach a satisfying position of status.
Life Path 2
Keywords: relation, cooperation.
The subject must learn the satisfaction of contributing his capability as an organizer and facilitator in group situations. Here, although his contribution is seen, it will rarely receive full acknowledgment. He must learn that his use of quiet persuasion can accomplish as much as another’s use of force.
He must accept that his good ideas will often be better spread by others with more dynamism – that he can be the power behind the throne. If the subject can be comfortable with others getting credit for his ideas – that’s part of the lesson, too.
The individual should develop his sensitivity and his skill at working with others to a high level. The world will be a better place because of his presence. He can glow quietly with inner satisfaction with a job well done.
- Sensitive to feelings of others.
- Cooperative. Capable of working patiently and carefully, doing much detail work if necessary. Rarely dominates a situation.
- Shows a great deal of consideration for others.
- A good friend. Expresses and receives friendship and love.
- Little concern with material needs and status. Usually can deny himself if others can thereby benefit.
The number two sometimes refuses to accept the role he is asked to play. He feels it’s better to be an acknowledged leader than part of a group. His leading may be adequate, but is rarely dynamic. Sometimes, in a lead role, he will add confusion rather than harmony to a situation. He will never understand why it happens that way, either. He’s likely to blame others rather than himself.
Sometimes the 2, because of too much sensitivity, becomes shy and uncertain and contributes little as a group participant. He may protect his delicate ego by appearing apathetic or indifferent.
The key to growth and development for the number two involves the control and balance of his sensitivity. He must find the path where he is not so sensitive that his feelings are constantly being hurt. His sensitivity to others must be so finely attuned that he can be a friend, lover or diplomat in the highest sense of these concepts.
It is too easy for the two, trying his wings, to retreat with pain from situations where others are insensitive to him. He must learn how to deal with others’ insensitivities without being overwhelmed.
The number two operating in the right channel experiences a great deal of pleasure in life. He is the recipient of much love and affection from others.
Life Path 3
Keywords: expression, joy of living.
The subject must learn the joy of expressing himself. If he can be open, warm and full of delight, he is likely to be admired by others and desired as a pleasant companion. An easy lesson? In many ways the easiest and most delightful lesson: the experience of pure joy and the expression of that joy for others to share. It is the beginning of an appreciation of beauty that can be in the world.
The individual should become aware of his special talents. He probably has a good imagination and artistic abilities to be developed. He can excel in creative work – painting, sculpting, music, perhaps.
Most likely his creativity will be seen where verbal ability is important – in writing, acting or similar endeavors. He can express the beauty he experiences in his artistic work. His capability at creative self-expression is the highest level of attainment in this lesson.
- Warm and friendly.
- Very social. A welcome addition to any social situation. Knows how to make others feel at home.
- Good conversationalist. A delight to listen to, and the ability to listen to others, too.
- Talent with words – speaking, writing, singing or acting as possible vocations or avocations.
- Creative imagination, often talent. The number three recognizes the possibilities but may not be moved to develop the creativity.
The number three may be so delighted with the joy of living that his life becomes frivolous and superficial. He may scatter his abilities and express little sense of purpose.
When, on the other hand, he has difficulty developing his given capabilities, he may retreat into himself. He may feel uncomfortable in social situations, may prefer to hide his feelings rather than express them. He may appear moody or taciturn. If he is hurt by others, he may be critical or demeaning.
When the number three is operating within the basic path, his approach to life is likely to be exceedingly positive, his disposition sunny. He seems to deal with problems with more ease than others. The number three’s open disposition accepts the existence of problems, yet deals with them without being dragged to the depths of despair.
Even while working through difficulties, the number three will usually express warmth and friendliness. When he expresses his problems openly, he can often deal with them seriously but without rancor.
The number three may mature later than others. His frivolity or moodiness may be difficult to shake. The frivolous number three is often a delight, but is seen as a dilettante and treated as such. The moody number three appears as an enigma because the cause of the moodiness is often not clear. The number three is on a special lighter track, quite different from the other numbers. He may be able to get little help from others in learning to express his positive potential.
Life Path 4
Keywords: limitation, order, service.
The subject must learn the advantage of order and system in accomplishing his work. He must also learn the rewards of service. He will probably be involved in practical, down-to-earth work. Having determined where his duty lies, he must proceed with hard work at hand, patiently and dependably.
The subject must learn to live with the law of limitation. He will be aware of limitations in his life – limitations of the environment, of his own physical body, of his individual viewpoint. Often, the subject may feel that circumstances limit him more than they limit others.
He must learn how to live not in spite of the limitations, but in harmony with the limitations. He must learn to accept the restrictions rather than struggle with them. His life can then develop on a deep and beautiful path.
- Capable of systematizing and managing. Can produce order where little existed.
- Willingness to work long and hard. Much patience with detail. Very conscientious. Often seems to do better with difficult problems than with simpler work. Often seems to make the work harder by his peculiar approach but, nevertheless, is capable of completing the work.
- Serious approach. Honest and sincere. Responsible.
- Strong likes and dislikes. Strong expression of what is right and wrong.
- Fixity of approach. This can range from the positive expression of great courage to the negative expression of extreme stubbornness. Others see the 4 as somewhat rigid, but the 4 can rarely see that quality in himself.
The negative 4 can be overwhelmed by his feeling of limitation. He will feel tied down and frustrated. Often the limitations stem from his own stubborn, obstinate manner and his rigid approach, but he will be hard-pressed to see that he is causing his own problems.
Sometimes, his concentration on details to the exclusion of the bigger picture limits his potential. His frustration sometimes expresses in bossiness and dominance.
Occasionally, the four will express his dissatisfaction with his Life Path by going in the opposite direction. He will be disorganized and irresponsible, with little sense of time and virtually no accountability to others. The chaos he creates around him will further upset him, but he will not be able to see himself as the cause.
This is a difficult lesson for many people. Few individuals want to learn to live with limitations. The usual reaction is to fight the restrictions rather than to accept them.
All fours feel the sense of limitation. Only when they recognize the positive values inherent in limitation will their lives become growing and vital. The acceptance of limitation is the beginning of overcoming limitation as a negative part of the life. Limitation is also often in the eye of the beholder. What feels limiting to a four may not look limiting to an outside observer.
Life Path 5
Keywords: constructive freedom
The subject must learn the exhilaration of the constructive use of freedom. Life is full of exciting opportunities for this individual – there can be much variety, change, unusual happenings, unusual people, unforeseen adventure.
The five will find that he is capable at almost any task, that he is talented in a number of directions. The world is his oyster – there are exciting things to do at every turn – and that, undoubtedly, is the difficulty. He must learn how to pick and choose; how to seek experiences which will be of benefit; how to discard those activities that aren’t working; how to profit from every experience.
He must learn not to waste his time or scatter his forces, not to get lost in purely physical delights – food, sex, drink, drugs. It can be sheer delight to be a rolling stone, but the frustration of moving from place to place, from person to person, from opportunity to opportunity may eventually overwhelm the delight.
- Versatile and active. Can do almost anything. Can do many things with superior talent. Always involved with something new, different or progressive.
- Clever. An inborn ability to accomplish what he wants. Usually a quick thinker and a good ability to analyze. This ability isn’t always used to further his best interests.
- Restless and impatient. May have difficulty sticking to the task. May give up an experience because of a desire to try something new, not because of completion of the first experience. Occasionally, becomes quite erratic.
- Loves change. Wants to travel, to see unusual places, unusual people, have exciting adventures. Usually has difficulty and is unhappy with routine tasks.
- Delightful companion. Can inspire and delight with his enthusiasm (as long as others are not put off by the sudden changes in direction.)
- Enthusiastic. Tackles each new experience with renewed enthusiasm.
- The eternal youth. The excitement of life keeps him forever young.
A five can occasionally be overwhelmed by his opportunities. He can flit from thing to thing with maddening speed; he can change direction at the drop of a hat; he can get lost in overindulgence with little sense of the negative effects.
The five can be so erratic that people around him get frustrated trying to keep up. Usually, the five is frustrated with himself, too, but the excitement of each new adventure keeps him going.
A very occasional five is hesitant about using his freedom. He will retreat into a safe (for him) type of situation – a nine to five job, a stable family unit. The changes and uncertainties that follow a five will still be there, but he will not express the facility to handle them. He will be frustrated with his safety, annoyed at the changes and uncertainty, but not willing to risk to learn about freedom.
Once on track, this can be a most delightful lesson. Getting on track is often difficult, usually takes up a good portion of the life. Fives often enjoy freedom with little understanding of the constructive use of it. With so much talent and versatility, with so many opportunities from which to choose, it’s difficult to be concerned about constructive vs. nonconstructive.
Sometimes, many years will pass before the five will look back, realize how little has been accomplished with such an advantage in opportunities and abilities. When the rolling stone changes to a more positive expression of change, uncertainty and opportunity, the growth of the individual can be a joy to behold.
Life Path 6
Keywords: balance, responsibility, love.
The subject must learn the deep pleasure of handling responsibility. He is born with the innate ability to give help and comfort whenever needed, to support those too weak to support themselves. Others will quickly recognize these capabilities and come to the six for help.
He will find himself responsible for far more than his fair share. He must accept the responsibility and learn to serve family, relatives and friends. He must be willing to give out much in the way of friendship and love, and will receive much friendship and love in return.
The individual must always be there to help, sometimes even to his own disadvantage. He may have to learn to distinguish between helping and interfering.
The subject will usually seek the closeness of marriage, although he may have to work at the balance needed in marriage far more than he might expect. His ability to balance and harmonize may express in creative activities – art, music, writing – providing him with much pleasure.
- Responsible. Always there to pick up the burden.
- Loving and appreciative. Always ready to help.
- Sympathetic and kind. Generous with all one’s personal and material resources.
- Usually loves children. Makes excellent teacher.
- Capable of rectifying and balancing situations. Probably the person in the family to whom others come when things are not in balance.
- One of the focuses of the life is usually family, relatives and friends.
There aren’t many negative sixes around. Sometimes a person accepts and is overwhelmed by responsibility, and becomes a near-slave or doormat for others. This negative six will feel unhappy but will usually feel that this is his role in life.
Occasionally, the individual confuses responsibility for a situation with dominating a situation. Occasionally, too, the negative six is far too exacting (of himself and others), extremely critical and fussy at the same time.
The rare six who abdicates responsibility will feel tense and uneasy, always realizing he is not accepting the share that belongs to him. He may be laden with guilt and have difficulty continuing satisfactory relations with others.
The six usually accepts responsibility too readily that advantage may be taken of him without his ever being aware of it. At some period in his life, the six will probably get tired of the burden, may stop to clarify just how much responsibility he chooses to assume.
When he examines his life situation, he will find that many do come to him because they are too weak to take care of themselves. He will find others, though, who lean on him out of force of habit – others who are capable of being responsible for themselves.
He will do well to weed out those who need him from those who don’t. Part of the lesson of responsibility is clarifying when and where the sense of responsibility is to be used.
Sixes are very exacting of themselves. Often, they’re willing to sacrifice themselves (or their families) for the welfare of others. They may have to learn to temper their dreams of perfection. Sometimes, they have to learn to express their own individuality despite the heavy burden of responsibility they carry.
Life Path 7
Keywords: analysis, understanding
The subject must learn the peace of mind that comes with knowing himself. He has a good mind and a fine intuition. He must study and contemplate, learn not to judge from appearances. The individual’s life should be devoted to analyzing the world about him, learning to trust his intuition, developing until he reaches the highest levels of wisdom.
He must not emphasize material things in his life, but rather must become aware of the non-material forces. He must be able to spend time by himself without feeling isolated. The subject must learn to wait for opportunities which work to his advantage rather than actively seeking opportunities. Amid the hurly burly of the world, his development depends on his ability to retire into himself to find faith and peace.
- “Different”. Operates on a different wavelength than others with access to unique solutions and approaches. He is often difficult for others to understand. Sometimes he has difficulty understanding himself.
- Difficult to get to know. Although he is often unaware of it, he often protects himself by giving out little about himself. He may appear aloof and cold, sometimes even hard. This is a surface veneer, but it is difficult to penetrate.
- Introspective. He is usually turned in on himself, often appears reserved and thoughtful.
- Depends on self primarily. Whether confident in his own abilities or not, he relies on himself. He seems afraid to trust others and doesn’t ask to be trusted by others.
- Not too adaptable. He does things his own way, is not especially interested in other approaches. Since his view is often so different, it is difficult for him to see the advantages of others’ ways of thinking and acting.
The negative seven sometimes becomes so introspective and self-centered as to be a virtual recluse. His lack of contact with others will make it difficult for him to grow and develop.
An occasional negative seven, finding the path too difficult, will try to ignore his own character and live in the material world without tuning into his inner resources. He will find that little works for him, that he is beset with problems on all sides. Only if he can move onto his track, will life begin to have some meaning for him.
If the seven can get in touch with the satisfaction of working as a teacher, counselor, researcher, or at any other job which calls on intuition, mind and spiritual awareness without stressing material benefits, he can find much in the way of satisfaction.
Too often, the seven struggles against the very experiences which will make his life work. The seven may not like being by himself, he may want to enjoy good company and material pleasure. He must become aware of the excitements of the spiritual forces which can be used for his advantage.
Once on track, his understandings and perceptions will provide ample, though “different”, pleasures. The seven can then progress toward ultimate wisdom and faith – the products of his growth and development.
Life Path 8
Keyword: material satisfaction
The subject must learn the satisfactions of the material world and the power which comes with its mastery. He will be involved in practical, down-to-earth work. There will be little of dreams or visions. The individual will want to use his ambitions, his organizational ability, his efficient approach to carve a satisfying niche for himself.
He will be concerned and involved with money, learning of the power that comes with its proper manipulation. He will be concerned with material things, desirous of obtaining the best and most comfortable for himself.
He will be concerned with status – his own status measured against the status of others. With growth and development, the subject will learn to achieve the power he desires.
- Ambitious and self-confident.
- Efficient and energetic. Capable of organizing and administrating.
- Executive ability. Capable of taking charge and giving direction, even inspiring others.
- Good at judging character. Aware of others and their relation to himself and his goals.
- Realistic and practical. Doesn’t fool himself with daydreams and fantasies.
- Tendency to rigidity or stubbornness. Because he is often strongly goal-oriented and so aware of reality, it is sometimes difficult for the eight to see that there are other approaches beside his own. If he is aware of his rigidity (and most eights are not), it will still take much work to overcome.
The negative eight may pursue his goals of money, status and power with such intensity and single-mindedness that, although he may achieve his ends, he will find little pleasure in the journey or the attainment. He may misuse power, become intolerant of others, be faced with much resentment and hostility.
Sometimes, the negative eight, although desirous of money and achievement, will be afraid to take the risks involved in asserting himself. He will feel limited and dissatisfied, but will have to achieve a higher level of self-confidence before he can comfortably make his presence known.
It is very easy for the eight to lose his way. He may have difficulty seeing the forest instead of the trees. He may be so immersed in his attainment of money, material possessions, status and power, that he may not see that these are not ends in themselves – only the means to the ends.
The goal, quite simply, is the satisfaction that can come with material freedom and power. All too often, this lesson is lost or confused.
If the material freedom, once achieved, does not provide pleasure, the eight has not mastered the lesson. If the power, once achieved, is misused, the eight is off the track. The eight must learn, not only to achieve his goals, but to maintain a sense of proportion about those goals. Only when he is able to do this, will he be in a position to grow and develop.
Life Path 9
Keywords: selflessness, humanitarianism.
The subject must learn the beauty of giving of himself for the deep satisfaction of giving – without thought of reward or return. A simple lesson in theory, a very difficult one in practice. The individual must practice selflessness, giving up ambitions and material possessions of his own for the common good.
His innate love of his fellow man must be expressed with purity, from humanitarian interests alone. He must give love, help or understanding when needed, again with no thought of receiving anything in return.
The difficulty on this path is, of course, the lack of return. The subject’s pleasure comes in the giving. If he looks for more, if he has ulterior motives, the path will be difficult and there will be little reward or satisfaction.
The subject may give to the others as a fine spouse, lover or friend, as a teacher or helper. He may give to others in terms of creative endeavor. He may, as a matter of fact, have much in the way of creative talent, but only in the purity of its expression will he find the way.
- Much interest in others. Usually quite social. Sympathetic, tolerant and broadminded.
- Idealistic. Sometimes tempered with a more practical side, but idealistic nonetheless. Often disappointed at the lack of perfection in the world.
- Romantic. Loves with depth and passion. Can be hurt by others whose response is not always as expected.
- Sensitive. Sees the world with much feeling and compassion.
- Creative ability. Often a great deal of imagination to go with talent. Sometimes, has difficulty finding outlet for expression.
The negative nine is fairly common. He has difficulty believing that selflessness and lack of personal ambition can be satisfying. He is often ambitious, desirous of much in the way of material rewards.
He will try to satisfy these needs, may even manage to attain some of the goals, but will find little of pleasure or satisfaction along the way. He may even end up embittered at the sorry results.
Sometimes, the negative nine may be aware of the satisfaction of the humanitarian impulse, but will spend his time in dreaming or in going off in all directions at once. He will accomplish little and be dissatisfied.
Nines can achieve as much as anybody in terms of status, recognition, receipt of love and friendship. But they receive the good things in life in a satisfying way primarily as they express their own selflessness and awareness of others.
This can be a very difficult lesson. You have to head in what seems like the opposite direction to get where you’re going. The nine often rebels at the idea. It’s difficult for him to conceive that he can be immensely satisfied as soon as he has given up the idea of needing personal satisfaction.
He can find all the love and friendship he wants as soon as he stops looking for love and friendship for himself and gives out love and friendship to others instead. This is a very deep lesson, but the rewards to those who can follow this path are beyond description.
Life Path 11
The subject must learn an awareness of the spiritual world and the relation of the world to the material world. With this master number, he has added perceptions, added awareness, different capabilities of understanding. These perceptions and capabilities take much effort to develop but, once developed, the individual is capable of far more ability and attainment than most others.
The eleven must learn to trust and develop his own intuition to tune into forces beyond. He would do well to involve himself with psychic or occult studies. He must recognize himself as a channel for awareness and inspire others with his purity.
The subject will, with development and growth, become aware of the special knowledge that has been given to him. It is important that he spread this illumination for others’ benefit.
- Extremely capable at whatever work he chooses. Capable of rising to the top of his profession.
- Idealist. Has visions of a perfect world. Often makes himself unhappy with his need for perfection. Often disappointed by his own and others’ imperfections.
- Impractical. Although he will usually function well, there will also be an impractical side brought about by his occasional difficulty in separating his fantasy from the reality. This impracticality may make it difficult for him to reach his goals.
- Dreamer. Often more dreamer than doer. Sometimes can dream of the accomplishment, but can’t make it happen.
- Inspirational, although usually in a very quiet way. Others recognize some inner strength and awareness and can benefit from his lead.
- Nervous tension. The special awareness and capabilities are accompanied by tension. The tension is usually quite obvious, but is occasionally hidden beneath an applied veneer of strength.
The negative eleven may use his special power for his own self-seeking ends. Although he may attain much, he will have missed the powerful lesson he should have learned. Despite his accomplishments, he will feel uneasy and dissatisfied.
An occasional negative eleven gets lost in his dreams, accomplishes little, and rationalizes his predicament to try to find satisfaction.
Eleven is special. He is capable of great accomplishments, although he will rarely reach anywhere near his potential. He may not even understand anything of discussions of the spiritual world. He may, instead, be operating on an intuitive level, so that his relation with any but the material world is not particularly clear to him.
eleven’s special awareness is often difficult to handle. He can see the huge power potential that is present, but may be unable to focus the power to put it to practical use. The accompanying nervous tension can make him difficult to live with. He is so aware and sensitive that ordinary living may provoke all sorts of pressures which others never feel.
It usually takes an eleven a long time to get on the track. While he is searching for direction, he will be, quite probably, a difficult person to deal with. It is hard to sit on the powder keg of such power and be comfortable, and the discomfort is expressed by attacks of nerves and temper.
The eleven who is growing and developing is rare, but a beautiful person to behold. He is a person who has much to give to others.
Life Path 22
Keyword: master builder.
The subject must learn the ultimate mastery of combining the highest ideals with the enormous power to achieve the largest of material goals. With this master number, he has added perceptions, added awareness, different capabilities of understanding plus the ability to attain anything and everything in the way of material accomplishment.
Although these ultimate powers are there, the subject must learn (and it’s the most difficult of all the lessons) how to focus his large gifts into productive use. He must work for the benefit of mankind in order to achieve his own ultimate growth.
He is capable of the largest of undertakings combining, perhaps, commercial and political forces of substantial magnitude. The potential is awesome – the individual’s growth and development depend on his ability to come to grips with his power.
- Extremely capable at whatever work he chooses. Capable of rising to the top of his profession. Even when the twenty-two is not accomplishing as he should, the latent capability is most obvious.
- Practical. An innate understanding of the forces involved in material problems.
- Unorthodox. His significant perceptions will provide him with avenues not available to others or often even not understandable to others. He is operating on a different wavelength than most of us – often his conduct is unorthodox, quite possibly he will appear eccentric.
- Charismatic. The glow of his inner fire will be visible to all. Even when he is not accomplishing all he should, others may well be drawn to the excitement of his activities.
- Nervous tension. The special awareness and capabilities are usually accompanied by an almost electric field of nervous tension. The tension can rarely be hidden.
The negative twenty-two may turn his powers to his own selfish use. He may accomplish his goals, but he will learn little of the ultimate lesson. He will be aware of not using his talents wisely, but many feel incapable of heading in a more meaningful direction.
An occasional twenty-two is overwhelmed by his powers and retreats from them. He may accomplish little, feel frightened by the world around him, uncomfortable with his nervous tension.
You will look for a long time before you find a twenty-two accomplishing anything even vaguely close to his potential. Mostly, the twenty-two is in process, trying to handle the forces which feel too powerful to handle, trying to live with the tension which accompanies these forces.
The latent power of the twenty-two will be obvious to all. People may shake their heads and wonder why he didn’t do more with his potent energies. He will often be difficult to live with or deal with – he is so aware, so perceptive, so capable – and often so frustrated at not being able to put all the pieces together.
If and when the twenty-two harnesses his potential (and it is usually somewhat along in his mature life), he can be beautiful to behold. The vision of an individual, aware, superbly capable, dedicated to the service of humanity, attaining on the very highest levels – a superb vision, an ultimate dream worth the striving.