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Numerology Lesson 17 - The Challenges
In the last Numerology lesson the Pinnacles,
which are Key Cyclic Vibrations were discussed in detail. This lesson
features the Challenges. The Challenges are also Key Cyclic Vibrations
and run concurrently with the Pinnacles. Just as the Pinnacles present
a well defined road map, so do the Challenges. However, the Challenges
represent a different aspect of the path.
With the Pinnacles we see the road ahead.
We can attain a good idea of where the road is headed. If we use
the metaphor of taking a walk, we can relate the Pinnacles to the
path on which we walk to get to our destination. The Challenges
represent the twists, turns and potholes in the path along the way.
At first the obstacles appear as something to overcome. However,
while walking the path and becoming conscious of the imperfections,
the Challenges actually begin to enrich our experience. Learning
how to maneuver is an impetus for a successful and an enriched experience.
The Challenges first appear to do just that,
challenge us. Yet they are actually incentives that lead us to victory.
They call on us to develop skill and talent. It is important not
to try and overcome the Challenge but instead to actually become
it! They point us to habits that wish to be redirected thus helping
us to continually evolve. The Challenges and Pinnacles go hand in
hand. Once you determine the current Pinnacle, always look toward
the Challenge to discover what else there is to learn.
The Challenges are based on nine year cycles
and run concurrently with the Pinnacles. Please refer back to Numerology
Lesson Fifteen. You will recall that the Personal Years
of 1 - 9 make up a complete cycle. You can combine these two Key
Cyclic Vibrations--The Pinnacles and Challenges--with the Personal
Year to attain an understanding of the range of experiences possible
in a given year. Just as with the Pinnacles, the Challenges also
express differently depending if they are the first, middle, or
last cycles of development.
Type of Challenges
There are essentially three types of Challenges
that extend through a person's life:
- Outstanding Challenges
- Mixed Challenges
- Cipher Challenges. Cipher is another word
for "zero". A Cipher Challenge has three divisions,
the single cipher, the double cipher, and the complete cipher.
Outstanding Challenges are a pattern of Challenges
that run through several nine year cycles. When a specific challenge
occurs two, three, and sometimes four times within a person's life,
we call those Outstanding Challenges. In this case, an individual
has a real opportunity to master this specific vibration. It is
a major life lesson to embrace and use throughout their life.
The Mixed Challenge consists of a variety
of different numbers bringing the development that arises from working
with multiple energies.
Until this point in our workshop, a Cipher
(zero) hasn't been used in our numerology calculations. This is
because the Challenge is calculated by subtraction. Having a nine
as a Challenge is not mathematically possible because it is the
highest number used and all the other numbers are subtracted from
it. (More on that in a moment.) However, the cipher can actually
take on the qualities of the nine.
The Cipher Challenge is the most interesting.
The cipher, as mentioned, actually takes on the qualities of the
9. A Cipher Challenge, is a time for experiencing all challenges
or no challenges. As a person masters their nature, a Cipher Challenge
gives room to draw continually from its variety. A Cipher Challenge
may create a sense of lacking direction. When a Cipher Challenge
runs through multiple cycles, the lack of direction can cause difficulties.
In this case, look toward the Core Aspects, and other energies,
to gain direction.
Challenge Type Summary
The 1, 2, 3, and the Cipher are the most common
Challenges. The 4 and 5 follow and the 6 comes next. The 6 is usually
a very positive challenge. The 7 and 8 usually connect to a Cipher
challenge and occur in the latter cycles.
A Challenge requires you to apply the energies
found within the number developing the energy as an asset. In other
words, learn to cultivate the skills available within the number
and apply them to everyday life. Remember to embrace rather than
try to overcome the forces at hand. In this way the Challenge combines
with the Pinnacle and ensures success.
Calculating the Challenges
In calculating the Challenges, we combine
the same numbers found in the Birthday. Instead of using addition,
as with the Pinnacles, we use subtraction to find the Challenges.
Always subtract the smaller of the two numbers
from the larger number. Remember a nine Pinnacle is never found
as a challenge because it is the highest number used and all the
other numbers are subtracted from it.
Note: Master Numbers are not used in calculating
Challenges. When finding a Challenge, reduce Master Numbers to one
digit before subtracting.
- The First Challenge is the difference of
the month and day of birth.
- The Second Challenge is difference of the
day of birth and year of birth.
- The Third Challenge is the difference of
the First Challenge and the Second Challenge.
- The Fourth Pinnacle is the difference of
the month and year.
Using Barbara's date of birth as our example:
11/2 Master No.
|2 + 6 = 8
||1 + 9 + 5 + 3 = 18
1 + 8 = 9
|11 + 8 + 9 = 1 Life
Subtract the Month and Day = The First Challenge
|8 (Day) - 11/2 (Month) =
|= 6 First Challenge
Subtract the Day and Year = The Second Challenge
|953/18/9 (Year) - 26/8 (Day)
|= 1 Second Challenge
Subtract these two numbers from each other
= The Third Challenge
|6 (First Challenge)
- 1 (Second Challenge) = 5 Third Challenge
Subtract the Month and Year = The Fourth Challenge
|1953/18/9 (Year) - 11/2 (Month)
= 7 Fourth Challenge
Timing of the Challenges
To calculate the timing of the Challenges,
follow the same instructions found in Numerology
Lesson Sixteen. For your convenience, the age chart is included
in this lesson.
Age Chart for Challenge Timing
|Life Path Number
With the Age Charts for both Pinnacle and
Challenge timing, we determine that in the year of 1999, Barbara
is in her Third Pinnacle and Challenge. By referring back to Numerology
Lesson Fifteen, we can note that she is also in a 2 Personal
Year. Her Third Challenge is a 5 vibration along with a 9 Third
Many times a 5 Challenge compliments a 9 Pinnacle.
This combination occurs frequently. We find that the 5 Challenge
creates more exposure to other professionals and to the public.
Through these encounters, tools for self awareness, healing, and
personal empowerment are all possible. The 9 Pinnacle is drawn to
universal understanding, so this combination is quite creative where
possibilities are concerned. The energy can aid the individual and
others with whom they come into contact.
With this Pinnacle-Challenge combination,
Barbara will attract numerous opportunities to grow personally in
the next few years. During the next seven years (because Barbara
is currently in a 2 Personal Year) as her talents express themselves
more, she will also develop relationships in broader ways. The 5
Challenge will broaden her sphere of influence as well as expand
her sense of community.
Apply the vibration within the numbers as
learned in Numerology Lesson
One to each Challenge and its significant vibration. As you
create your interpretations, keep in mind how each of the energies
represented in each Challenge work together with the concurrent
Pinnacle and current Personal Year.
Feelings of opposition and difficulty with
authoritative figures may be dominant. This is a time to cultivate
will power and learn to trust the yourself. Avoid trying to overcome
the actions of others. Develop a greater sense of personal identity
and apply your original ideas, wit, and adventuresome spirit.
This is one of the most common challenges.
Sensitivity is a human element and wants to enhance the quality
of life. When suppressing this energy, shyness and lack of confidence
results. This is a time to allow feelings and emotions to teach
us more about what is within us. Cultivating sensitivity helps us
apply knowledge and understanding leading to the harmony and balance.
Expression may feel misdirected or repressed
until this challenge is recognized. By embracing the 3 energy, cultivation
of talent and skill may result in many creative endeavors. Explore
the talents and allow them to express and redefine themselves. Speak
up, share ideas, and meet and mingle with others.
This Challenge usually comes as a latter Challenge.
Its gifts are a sense of value and the ability to put an idea or
concept into form. This is a time to manifest and attain a result.
Direction is evident. It asks you to apply the energies of the 4
to a cause of purpose.
This number as a Challenge creates a public
life. Freedom and flexibility are important and the world wants
to gain from the participation of an individual with this Challenge.
Sometimes remaining grounded and keeping a sense of direction can
be difficult. Remember to give things time to mature before pulling
This Challenge brings service and often with
it a chance to heal, teach, and experience all that mankind can
appreciate through the finer senses. Appreciation in all forms are
highlighted. Whether this time is devoted to learning how to appreciate
and love oneself, or is focused on others, the responsibility of
love and all that it is embraces is at hand. This also may be a
time to experience domestic affairs in whole new way.
With this Challenge comes a feeling of separation
or a sense of detachment. It offers wisdom, knowledge, and understanding
which can ease the illusion of aloneness. Sometimes an event buried
from the past wants to be healed and, through awareness, release
can occur. Refinement and cultivation can lead to great achievement
and contribution in the world as well.
This Challenge asks the parts of ones nature
holding onto judgment to learn discernment as well. It is time to
check motives, beliefs, and begin to see the big picture rather
than just one side of any given situation. In addition, if energies
are applied to meaningful enterprises, attainment and recognition
As mentioned above, this Challenge represents
all Challenges or no Challenges. It is not uncommon for this challenge
to span more than one cycle. It cultivates choice in the individual
to either coast along or embrace a benevolent attitude. Embracing
the latter, with compassion and a sense of direction, contributes
to the world and life brings much reward and promise. The person
with this challenge has an opportunity to make a difference in the
world in wonderful ways.
Numerology Home Play
- Get your pen and pad out and refer back
to the names with which you have previously been working.
- Refer back to the Life Path calculations
in Numerology Lesson Four
to identify the birth dates of each individual.
- Refer back to the number chart in Numerology
Lesson One to identify the energies that each number represents
along with the explanations given in this lesson.
- Figure out the four main Challenges for
- Note if any of their Challenges correspond
to any of their Core Aspects.
- Note the Pinnacle that runs concurrently
with the Challenge and the possible ways they could interact.
- Note their Personal Year in relationship
with the Pinnacles and Challenges. Play with synthesizing the
three energies after defining them independently.
- Lastly, examine the combinations of the
other Pinnacles and Challenges. Note how they combine to
create a life road map.
Next Numerology Lesson
Lesson Eighteen covers another Key Cyclic Vibration: The Life
Path Periods. They run long-term and represent a more general energy
than the Pinnacles and Challenges. The Life Path Cycles represent
a broader mission of influence. Follow along in the next lesson
to learn more about what energies you will experience during the
three major Life Path Periods of life.