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Here are some commonly asked questions about numerology


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Dear Hans,

My name is Donna. I have several numbers that continually follow me!

I have the numbers 12, 123 and 23 show up a lot. The number 23 is on everything! From business addresses and again a lot of addresses as well as I will be driving and drawn to a sign. Anywhere, and I don't look for it. I will be drawn to the clock and the time will have 23 in it OFTEN! If I were less of a spiritual person it would have spooked me! This is a daily occurrence of the number 23?

Thanks so much,

Another lady asked a similar question:


Dear Hans,
Everytime I look at a clock I see the time of 1:23, 11:23, 10:23 but mostly 1:23...what does this mean? Its been happening for the last 3 years on a regular basis and it is starting to freak me out.

Thank you,


Response by Numerologist Hans Decoz


The issue of recurring numbers is one of the most frequently asked questions.

The basic premise is simple; whenever numbers for one reason or another force themselves into your consciousness, their symbolism is profound and specific to you and your life at that particular time.

The question, of course, is what are they trying to tell you?

In Angela and Donna's case, the independent, masculine 1, the supportive, gentle 2, and the expressive and resourceful 3, show up in different variations, but based on the wording of their questions, for both Donna and Angela, the combination of 2 and 3 (23) seems most prevalent.

As a numerologist, I see the sum of 2 + 3 = 5 therefore to be an integrate part of their symbolic message.

In fact, while the influences of the 2 and 3 are certainly present, it is the dynamic, flexible, unpredictable, and freedom-loving 5 that I believe to be the more important messenger, like a higher ranked representative riding on the shoulders of the 2 and the 3 (with the 1 walking alongside). This tells me that the need for space, freedom, and flexibility is sure to be a big part of the message.

More importantly, when a 5 based on 23 appears in your life, it indicates that you are having difficulty to adjust to recently changed circumstances.

The changes, no matter what they were, almost always resulted in regaining some form of freedom, whether you consider that fortunate or not, such as divorce, a career change (or loss), a move away from family, and so forth.

Due to the addition of the 1, the newfound freedom probably resulted from a change in family circumstances. There also must be some reluctance to take on the required independence and responsibility. After all, when you (re)gain a measure of freedom, it brings with it responsibilities and the necessity to stand on your own feet.

Keep in mind that the reason you are seeing recurring numbers is because you are not moving in the new direction of your own accord. If you did, there would be no need for recurring numbers to appear.

The fact that the 5 is the result of adding a 2 and a 3, make me feel that there are still some personality and relationship issues (the domain of the number 2) to be resolved, and that communication and openness (the 3) are the path to settling them.

Like everything else that forces us to ask questions and look at ourselves the ultimate cause is to make the adjustments needed to get back in the "flow." (On a side note, had the 5 been riding the shoulders of 1 and 4 as opposed to a 2 and 3, the issue would have been centered around career and finances, and the most important requirement would have been the need for discipline and control.)

While a numerologist may be able to shed some light on the meaning of recurring numbers, the answer can only be truly determined by the person experiencing them, through self-examination, courage, and honesty.



Dear Hans,

I am entering a 4 Personal Year during a 4 Universal Year. Everything I read about the 4 seems so boring. Is this going to be a boring, frustrating year?



Response by Numerologist Hans Decoz

Dear Michael,

The fact that a person goes through a 4 Personal Year at the same time all of us go through a 4 Universal Year is not uncommon, as 11.11 percent (or one-ninth) of the population falls in that category. Let me point out that if 2011 is a 4 Personal Year for you, that means your Personal Year cycle will always be the same as the Universal Year cycle, since both follow the same rhythm.

And just to keep it interesting, if your month and day of birth add to 9, you always have the same Personal Year cycle as the Universal cycle. Cool, non? It reminds me of a Facebook question that keeps popping up recently of people wondering why, when you add the year of your birth (last two digits only) to the age you will turn sometime this year, the sum will be 111 for every one of us born before 2000. Based on the comments and back and forth banter about this “amazing” fact, you would think there is some kind of magical mystery behind that. Truth is, of course, that whenever you add the year of your birth to your age, the answer is always the same for all of us across the board, because whatever difference between two people’s ages happens to be the case, that same difference is also found between the years of their birth.

Okay, back to the original question. Fortunately, the impact of the Universal Year cycle on any single individual is minimal – negligible really. However, its influence on the human race as a whole is significant. Think of it as giving every living human being a penny. It is not going to make any difference for any of us, but all of them combined adds 80 million dollars to our economy.

The influence of the 4 Personal Year, not the 4 Universal Year, is what makes the difference for you as an individual. In a nutshell, you can expect a year of work, effort, opportunity, and frustration – a period when the demands on your time and talent outweigh your opportunities for progress, hence the frustration. It is, however, the kind of year that to most people feels satisfying and successful when its all over and done.

The potential for progress during a 4 year tends to sneak up on you, not make it self known with fanfare and fireworks. It is not uncommon for those who work their way through a 4 year, and yes, it is all about work, to feel like they didn’t produce much, or get properly rewarded for the effort; no raise, no promotion, no transfer to the town and job of their dreams. Then, a year or so later, when that reward does come (the end of the 5 year or the first few months of the 6 year), you realize that it was all the work and effort done during the 4 year that created the opportunity and delivered the reward.

There are other aspects to the 4 year that help us lay a foundation for the future. It tends to ground and stabilize us, it helps us understand which of our dreams are attainable and which are not, it often strengthens our resolve, our immune system, our overall health, and makes us more disciplined.

Overall, the positive influence of the 4 is in its contracting energy – what in Eastern philosophies is referred to as “Yang” energy. The 1 and 8 may be considered more masculine, but the 4 delivers a mature kind of strength I think of as a force; like a muscle that contracts in order to deliver a more powerful blow once released, figuratively speaking of course.


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