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The Master Numbers and the Karmic Numbers - Special Cases in Numerological Calculations

Remember, when explaining the calculation of the Life Path Number, I warned you that sometimes we might need to stop our summation before arriving at a single digit number. Now we are going to see why.

We usually deal in numerology with the single-digit numbers, 1 to 9. However, there are two groups of numbers that have a special important meaning, even though they are not single-digit. These are Master Numbers and Karmic Numbers.

Master Numbers are those that are a multiple of 11: 11, 22, 33. Theoretically, you can go as far as you wish: 44, 55, 66 and so on, however, I've never seen in practice a use of any master numbers beyond the first three, although occasionally you might meet 44 as well.

Karmic Numbers are 13, 14, 16 and 19.

Finding the Master Numbers and the Karmic Numbers in Calculations

There are actually two possible approaches to calculating special numbers. I will start with the one which is considered to be the only correct approach in the West, then explain why the second approach can also be important.

The Western Approach

Here is how it works: whenever we meet a master number or a karmic number as an end result of a numerological summation, we stop summing it up and use it as it is in the remaining summation of the components. Or, if that was the very last summation, we make a note that this person has this master number, or this karmic number. Let's consider a few examples.

Let's take the birth date of Antonio Vivaldi, March 4, 1678. The month and the day are already single digits, so we only need to sum up the year:

1 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 22

Is this already a master number? Yes, it is the end result of the summation of the year number, so we'll stop the summation there and use the number as it is. We won't continue the summation until we get 4, as we would do normally.

Now, let's add together the sums for the day, the month, and the year:

3 + 4 + 22 = 29 -> 2 + 9 = 11

Here, the number 11 is a master number received during the calculation of the Life Path Number. Now, a typical numerology book will tell you: Antonio Vivaldi's Life Path is 11, full stop.

However, I prefer to make a note that I've got a master number and then to continue summation:

1 + 1 = 2.

And then I will say: Antonio Vivaldi's Life Path is 2(11). Which means he has a Life Path of Number Two, and there is also Master Number 11 associated with his Life Path.

The reason for doing it like this is that I believe that master numbers do not necessarily show their potential, even if a person has them.

With the karmic numbers, all the same rules apply, so I will simply show you an example of calculation.

Napoleon Bonaparte was born on August 15, 1769.

Day: 1 + 5 = 6

Month: 8

Year: 1 + 7 + 6 + 9 = 23 -> 2 + 3 = 5

Life Path Number: 6 + 8 + 5 = 19 -> 1 + 9 = 10 -> 1 + 0 = 1

Notice that I've got a Karmic Number 19 as a result of Life Path Number calculation for Napoleon. I then continued summing it up, and the result is that the Life Path Number for Napoleon Bonaparte is 1(19), which means he has a Life Path Number One but with a potential of Karmic Number 19 in it.

The Eastern Approach

For quite a number of years, I was following the Western approach, and I was thinking that any other approach to calculating special numbers wouldn't be correct. However, time and again, life was proving to me that there might be something else in this calculation, something I don't know yet.

It isn't unusual to see a person with a master number in the Life Path who just lives a normal life and doesn't seem to have any of the typical features of master numbers. This is why I believe that in many cases master numbers don't show themselves in one's life, they remain hidden -- perhaps until something special happens in the person's life, something that will cause his or her master number to manifest.

However, I also saw a number of cases where there was clearly something special about a person, but the Western calculation didn't detect any master numbers in his or her numerological parameters. Master numbers are usually associated with some unusual intensity of manifestation, they make the person very different from the others in one or another way. Once you see a few of well-developed master numbers in real life, you'll develop the ability to recognise their intense energy. And, imagine, I meet a person who should definitely have a master number somewhere, but I can't find any master numbers using the approach I am used to.

The shift in my understanding happened when I got a book by Vinod Verma titled 'Numerology based on Vedic Tradition'. The author uses a different, simpler approach to calculating numbers. Here is an example:

Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879. Using the Vedic approach, we would calculate his Life Path like this:

3 + 1 + 4 + 1 + 8 + 7 + 9 = 33

So we have a master number. If, however, we used the Western method, we would calculate like this:

Month -> March = 3
Day -> 14
Year -> 1879 -> 1 + 8 + 7 + 9 = 25 -> 2 + 5 = 7

Result: 3 + 14 + 7 = 24 -> 2 + 4 = 6.

We don't have a master number here.

Vinod Verma also offers a different way of interpreting master numbers (she calls them 'double numbers' instead), and I find her ideas highly relevant. I will add her interpretations to the Master Number Meanings page.

From now on, when doing numerological calculations, I use both the Western and the Eastern (Vedic) approaches, and if one of them gives a master number, then there is a master number, no matter which approach produced it.

For consistency, I apply the same approach to calculating karmic numbers as well.

Please note that the Online Numerology Calculator was updated to fully reflect the described approach.

Now let me explain you in more detail how I approach the special cases (master numbers and karmic numbers) in interpretation.

Understanding Master Numbers

You will find the detailed descriptions of master numbers on the Master Number Meanings page.

What's important to understand is that a master number is a potential that exists in the person's numeric code but will not necessarily be discovered or realised in any way.

Let's say you have a jet engine hidden somewhere in your house. You might never find it, or you might find it and have no idea what to do with it. But then at some point in your life some unlikely combination of events might prompt you to create miracles. Say, you house is demolished on some reason, and as a result of this you managed to find the engine. At the same time, you fall in love with someone in Australia, and it seems to you quite natural to build an airplane using that engine and fly to Australia!

Nothing is impossible for a master number, but it might be difficult to figure out when and why it gets manifested in some people but not in the others. A popular approach to this is to say: you need to work on your personal development, then you will learn how to use the potential of your master number. However, this might not be necessarily so. One other factor of importance that can help a person to switch into a high gear is some unusual powerful event in one's life, like involvement in some political movement, or a move to another country.

It might be not very wise to tell everyone who has, say, a Life Path of 22, that hey, your Life Path is a master number! Most people will not recognise themselves in a grand interpretation that is usually associated with such numbers, and so it might be not very helpful for them. This is why I advise to continue the summation until you reach the basic number, and then put the master number in brackets, like 4(22).

My idea is that there are still only nine different versions of the Life Path. A numerologist can often help a person to find his or her purpose in life by telling them about their Life Path Number, and in the case of 4(22) it makes plenty of sense to tell the person that his or her Life Path is 4. Master Number 22 is a higher version of Life Path 4, and the person might have a chance to choose that higher version, but the essence of their Life Path is described by Number Four. The same can be said about every other master number: 11 is a higher version of 2 and 33 is a higher version of 6.

Understanding Karmic Numbers

You will find the descriptions of the Karmic Numbers on the Karmic Number Meanings page.

My opinion is that having a karmic number in one's numeric code isn't necessarily bad. This number can be manifested as an unusually strong abiity or talent. If that talent is misused, it can cause problems, but in many other circumstances having such a talent will prove to be beneficial. Look at Napoleon Bonaparte!

This is why I recommend putting a karmic number in brackets after the basic number, like 4(13). An example of the Life Path will help to understand this: there are only nine of the Life Paths. There is no Life Path 13 but there is Life Path 4 with some unusual circumstances, those of the Karmic Number 13, that can be potentially associated with it.

I hope you will find these clarifications helpful. If you will still have questions, please send me an email.