I’ve recently been questioned about the reason I don’t use Master Numbers as a numerologist. I had been posting a lot about how 2018 is the Universal Year of 2, and of course, it can also be seen as the Universal Year of 11.
Here’s how it works; to get the Universal Year Number of any particular year, we add all the numbers in that year;
2018 = 2+0+1+8 = 11
Now, for some, it stops there because 11 is a Master Number. For me, I break it down further until I get a single digit;
11 = 1+1 = 2
So, for those who use Master Numbers, 2018 is a Year of 11. For those like me, who don’t use Master Numbers, 2018 would be the Year of 2.
Is there a difference?
Well, yes and no, depending on who you ask. At its core, the meaning of the number 11 in numerology is a reflection of the meaning of the number 2. They both represent duality, sensitivity, intuition, and psychic development.
The difference, as I understand it (of course, I must admit I am not an expert on Master Numbers so you might want to do your own research), is as follows:
- The number 2 encompasses a lot more meanings, some of which includes love and relationships, reevaluation of circumstance, balancing your life, and more. The number 11 doesn’t necessarily exclude these themes, on the contrary, it supposedly magnifies the meanings of the number 2. But as a Master Number, the focus is often on the more magical, less mundane aspects of the number 2, especially on faith, intuition, and psychic development.
- The number 11 is also the number 1 doubled, meaning that it has strong number 1 energies, such as leadership, ambition, being a pioneer, and so on. It supposedly has both the number 1 energies doubled, and the number 2 energies magnified, which means that the number 11 is a very powerful number indeed.
This applies to the other Master Numbers as well; 22/4, and 33/6, giving them amplified energies, so I can understand why Master Numbers are considered powerful numbers and why they are so important to some numerologists.
If Master Numbers are so powerful, why don’t I use them?
The short answer is that I personally find them to be inconsistent and unnecessary to my professional practice.
The longer answer requires an explanation of the different calculation methods each numerologist may or may not apply to their own practice of numerology.
Let’s look at the calculation for 2018 again;
2018 = 2+0+1+8 = 11
It’s pretty straightforward in the above example; if you use Master Numbers, you do the above calculation, get the number 11, and don’t break it down any further.
But when we start working with more numbers, calculating the numerology of names and birthdays or other specific dates, as I do with my own practice, the results can start to become inconsistent.
Take these two examples:
November 17, 2017
Calculation Method 1:
- 11 + 17 + 2017 = 2045 = 2 + 0 + 4 + 5 = 11
Calculation Method 2:
- (1 + 1) + (1 + 7) + (2 + 0 + 1 + 7) = 20 = 2 + 0 = 2
December 27, 2017
Calculation Method 1:
- 12 + 27 + 2017 = 2056 = 2 + 0 + 5 + 6 = 13 = 1 + 3 = 4
Calculation Method 2:
- (1 + 2) + (2 + 7) + (2 + 0 + 1 + 7) = 22
A numerologist who used the first calculation method would get a Master Number for the first date, but not the second. Another numerologist using the second calculation method would get a Master Number for the second date, but not the first.
So which of these dates is the true powerful-energy-Master-Number date?
The first numerologist would say November 17, 2017, and the second would say December 27, 2017. Which of them is right?
This wouldn’t be an issue if there was one set method of calculation for all numerologists, but there isn’t. The preferred calculation method for each numerologist is often arbitrary, and many numerology books and websites admit that there is no one right way to calculate the numbers. We get different results with just the two different calculation methods shown above, and I’m sure there are many numerologists out there who have their own completely different methods too.
I myself use a different method from the above two examples, and just because I prefer my calculations to be consistent across the board, I choose not to use Master Numbers at all.
I still get very accurate readings in my numerology practice, and I believe that if something works for you, it makes sense to stick to it.
Does this mean we should all stop using Master Numbers?
No, of course not. If you have been using Master Numbers in your numerology practice and find that it is accurate and consistent for you, I see no reason for you to stop.
I don’t use Master Numbers as a personal choice, but I respect that every numerologist have their own experience and methods that work for them. I also believe when it comes to metaphysical practices like numerology, we have to look beyond the tangible – in this case, the calculation of the numbers – and acknowledge that there is another important element to the practice, that of intuition and psychic ability.
I believe that experienced numerologists have developed a sense for the accuracy of the number energies in their calculations, and will read the respective numerology charts according to what they instinctively know to be right, regardless of whether they realize it or not.
But if you are new to numerology and are wondering if you should use the Master Numbers, I suggest that you experiment.
Experiment with different calculation methods, see what results you come up with. Do as much research as you can about the Master Numbers and their meanings, see if they resonate for the reading you’re experimenting with, or not. Find out what works, and what doesn’t.
Experimentation isn’t just a good way to find out what works, it is also an excellent practice for someone new to numerology, and helps to develop a sense of confidence in the numbers and your own reading practice.
I personally enjoy using numerology in my practice because I find it to be one of the most accurate divination methods. In my practice of numerology, I can confidently say that it has given me an almost 100% accuracy in readings. The only times it has ever been “wrong”, is when the client gives me the “wrong” name, spelling, or date. If so, I do a little troubleshooting, and once I get the accurate information, the readings fix themselves.
So experiment until you find what works for you. And keep experimenting. There is so much to discover with numerology!
If you would like to learn more about how to use numerology with tarot, please check out the Charting Your Future with Tarot and Numerology course.
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