What The Master Numbers 11, 22 & 33 Mean In Numerology

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If you’re interested in astrology, you’ve probably stumbled upon the art of numerology. Numerology is the study of (you guessed it!) numbers.

When you calculate Life Path Numbers in numerology, it gives you your unique path in life. These Life Path Numbers, like your zodiac sign, help guide you to a discovery of life purpose and put you in line with your personal ambition.

They provide secrets to personality, and describe your strengths and weaknesses, in a way that astrology does not.

Those who have a Master Life Path Number — 11, 22, or 33 — have a very unique set of personality traits.

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How to Calculate Your Life Path Number

Numerology is more than adding up your birth date; these numbers present your Life Path Number, which describes your strengths, weaknesses, and who you really are on the inside.

These Master Numbers aren't meant to set your path in life in stone, they’re only meant to supplement your experiences. If you’re not sure why you reacted the way you did in a specific situation, these numbers can help explain.

The way to calculate Life Path Number is to add up your birthday numbers until you get one single-digit number, unless the number is 11, 22, or 33, which are all Master Numbers.

For example, take the birthdate May 18, 1970

1. Convert your birth month to one digit.

May = 5

2. Convert your day of birth to one digit.

18 = 1 + 8 = 9

3. Convert your birth year to one digit.

1970 = 1 + 9 + 7 + 0 = 17

1 + 7 = 8

4. Add the total numbers from each group.

5 + 9 + 8 = 22 Life Path Number

What is a Master Number in numerology?

The numbers 11, 22, and 33 are Master Numbers, meaning they come with powerful positives and negatives. The single-digit numbers are often what get the most attention, but double-digit numbers hold all the power.

According to numerology, a Master Number can mean difficulty, but it can also mean great strength, so having one is bittersweet. If you can learn to take control of the curve balls these numbers will send you, you can have a productive and prosperous life.

11, 22, and 33 are considered the only Master Numbers in numerology, since these numbers are made up of 1, 2, and 3 respectively. These numbers make up the Triangle of Enlightenment.

Together, these profound energies signify the three phases of creation: envisioning, building, and sharing. 11 is the visionary and creator, 22 is the architect who builds the vision, and 33 delivers it to the world. 

Other double-digit numbers like 44, 55, 66, and so on, are called power numbers, numbers with energies that are strongly felt but are not as intense as Master Numbers. 

Master Numbers show up in our lives in a variety of ways. You might see them in your numerology chart as core numbers (taken from your Life Path Number or birth day), expression numbers, soul urge numbers, or essence cycles. This is why it's important to be in tune with all aspects of our numerology to find where these powers might be lurking. 

Master Number 11

The first Master Number is 11 and it represents your instincts.

Your intuition, that gut feeling, and those indirect signs you get from God/the universe are very important to you. This can cause you to feel extreme anxiety and have a lot of nervous energy. You probably have a problem with being paranoid and skeptical for no obvious reason.

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If you aren't focused on something specific, your energy is going to be all over the place. But when you put all that nervous energy into something concrete, you have no problem creating something magical.

Of course, if this power is not kept in check, you could sabotage yourself into overthinking.

Denying your gut feeling can cause more harm than good. Because Life Path Number 11 is so focused on faith, letting your instincts guide you is more important than looking for tangible evidence.

It can be difficult to overcome these challenges when your intuition is multiplied by 11 (get it?), but the most important person to believe in you is yourself. Take risks, follow your heart, and live life spontaneously, and if you have a bad feeling about something, trust yourself.

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Master Number 22

Master Number 22 in numerology means powerful in the sense of productivity.

If your Life Path Number is 22, you have no problem completing tasks. Being able to efficiently make your dreams a reality is a great character trait you possess.

But “with great power, comes great responsibility.” You have a habit of pushing yourself too far and ultimately not harnessing the great power that comes with the number 22.

If you took time out to believe in your abilities instead of beating yourself up for not reaching your goals in time, life would be easier. You are already down-to-earth, rational, and a hard worker.

Having those three qualities is great, and you don't need to produce results all the time to prove how good you are.

Why is 22 a Master Number in numerology? 

22 lies at the center of the 3 Master Numbers. Adding to make 4, 22 carries all of the qualities of a 4 Life Path Number, but felt at a higher frequency.

Master Numbers have an important role in combining important energies between people, and 22 take this on intensely. It builds and creates all things good in the world if harnessed correctly.

What is special about the number 22?

The number 22 is one of the most powerful in numerology. Considered to be the Master Builder, it has the power to turn all dreams into a reality.

22 has many of the inspirational insights of the 11, combined with the practical nature of 4. It's expansive and knows no limits, yet it's also disciplined and rational. It sees the ideal and brings it down to earth to make it real.

Concerned with the greater good, 22 has big ideas and expansive plans, but carries the leadership and self-confidence necessary to make these things happen.

Master Number 33

Master Number 33 is considered the Master Teacher and is the most spiritually evolved of the Master Numbers. It boosts the powers of the numbers that came before it to new heights, and possesses the ability to bestow knowledge and truth on to others.

It's the higher vibration of Life Path Number 6 and is extremely rare.

33 takes the strengths that both 11 and 22 possess, only to store them in one. But guess what? That means they have double the disadvantages. Mastering themselves is one of the hardest things to do because of their abilities.

If your Master Number is 33, you are an extremely creative, extremely nice person who, on the flip side, can be highly judgmental and critical if you aren't balanced. You're able to bring your ideas to life and help others do the same. You could say the spirit of Saint Joan of Arc is in you.

People with Master Number 33 often live without personal ambition entirely; their only goals relate to the greater good of humanity and what they can do to better society as a whole.

Why is 33 only sometimes a Master Number in numerology? 

Because 33 is extremely rare, it isn't always considered a Master Number, even if it appears in your chart.

The Master Number guidance can only be applied to 33 if it's found in your core numbers (Life Path, heart’s desire, personality, maturity, or personal expression numbers); in any other case, it should be treated as two separate numbers and added together to make 6.

33 also relies on the Pythagorean method of numerology in order to be found. 

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