Challenges in numerology.
Numerologist Hans Decoz

Your Challenge number is one of the few areas where subtraction is used.

NOTE: When calculating your Challenge Numbers, Master Numbers are reduced to single digits.

What Are the Challenges?

Each of us is born with both strengths and weaknesses. Numerology looks at life as if it were an educational process that is meant to bring out and enhance our talents, and turn our weaknesses into strengths. This serves to complete our being.

The job of becoming whole is one in which we must face our weaknesses and consciously work to improve ourselves. There are four Challenges to be faced during our lives. For many of us, the same challenge is repeated, while others have four distinctly different lessons to learn.

The Challenges on your life's path provide specific lessons that you must attend to, and, in order to inspire and help you, life will place you in situations that require the specific characteristics of your Challenge numbers.

The four Challenges you are required to overcome during the course of this lifetime will influence you during different periods of your life, except for the Third or Main Challenge, which lasts from birth until death.

The Challenges are fluid periods of your life, not confined to specific years so much as general periods. All of your Challenges are present at birth, like actors standing in the wings.



Challenges do NOT have closely defined durations, they are more fluid than cycles and overlap for several years. The ages below are approximate and can be considerably shorter or longer, depending on how you handle, and ultimately overcome them.


Calculating the Challenge Numbers

The 1st Challenge is the difference between the month and day of birth. The 2nd Challenge is the difference between the day and year of birth. The 3rd or Main Challenge equals the difference between the 1st and 2nd Challenge. The 4th Challenge is the difference between the month and year of birth.

In our example of Tom Cruise, born 7/3/1962, we reduce each of these units (the month, the day, and the year) to single digits. The result is 7, 3, and 9.

NOTE: The 0 (zero) Challenge is very common.



The Meaning of the Challenges



Challenge number 0


The meaning of a 0 Challenge.

This is a less demanding challenge.

The 0 Challenge takes on the charasterics of a 9, because it is, in a peculiar way, it's replacement.

Growth is allowed to take place without one particularly serious obstacle. This does not mean that there will not be obstacles on your path, but there is no single and consistent challenge during this period.


You are being challenged to stay faithful and focused on your highest ideals. You will often find yourself in a situation where you have an opportunity to be of help to people at large; people you never met and perhaps live in other countries. The 9 (here substituted with the 0) reflects global awareness, empathy, and a desire to dedicate time to helping humanity.

In order to overcome this Challenge, it is necessary that you recognize those opportunities and take full advantage of them. Helping others will benefit no one as much as it will benefit you.

It is not uncommon for people with a 0 Challenge to find career opportunities in diplomacy, law enforcement, and legal fields, and in those capacities they are often considered protectors of the less fortunate.



Challenge number 1


The meaning of a 1 Challenge.

You must learn to be independent.

You will be forced to stand up for yourself and your rights. You will be faced with situations in which you will have to choose between standing up for what you think is right versus giving in to another person's demands. You will have to struggle to strengthen and know your own will power.

You will have to learn to be firm and trust your judgment. Don't run with the crowd, be an individual.


This whole lesson represents the frontiers of your consciousness. Therefore, you will have to experience much trial and error, sometimes exploding with bursts of aggression, other times being intimidated and letting frustration and anger build within you until you are ready to act on your deepest instincts.

You will learn your own set of values; you will develop into an individual with original and innovative ideas.

If you have 1s in your core numbers or in your Hidden Passion this challenge will not be as difficult to learn, nor as strongly felt.



Challenge number 2


The meaning of a 2 Challenge.

You are overly sensitive and too aware of other peoples' expectations.

You suppress yourself to avoid feeling conspicuous. You can be overwhelmed by self-consciousness. You fear gossip about you. As a result, you become inhibited.

All of this results in a suppression of your own individuality and uniqueness. You yearn to blend into the crowd.


You let your own feelings and emotions play too big a role. Your hypersensitivity causes fear, timidity and lack of self-confidence. And you experience unnecessary fear and emotional turmoil. Little things seem disproportionately difficult to overcome and sometimes have a paralyzing effect. Jealousy can cause much pain and misunderstanding.

These negative aspects of the numerology challenge actually spring in part from positive characteristics you possess, especially your acute awareness and intuition. You are an antennae for other peoples feelings; you know before a word is spoken how they feel.

You lack the inner strength to maintain your own center, and try to conform to the prevailing emotional atmosphere.

This challenge makes you understanding and compassionate; you have an enormous empathy for the inner turmoil of others and can do much good for people with emotional problems.

If you also have a 2 Karmic Lesson, this numerology challenge will be more intensely felt, but, contradicting as this may sound, also easier to overcome.



Challenge number 3


The meaning of a 3 Challenge.

You are your own worst critic.

You suppress your individuality and creativity. Each time you want to make an impression, you doubt yourself beforehand, and criticize yourself ruthlessly afterward.

Your criticism of yourself is far more severe than anyone else's. As a result, you tend to play it safe by staying on the surface, indulging in superficialities. You rarely express what goes on deep inside of you; instead, you cover up your feelings with humor or perfunctory remarks.


You often feel alone and lonely. Your fear of social interaction causes you to strain conversation by making too many jokes and forced joviality. It may help you to find a creative outlet for your imagination, possibly through writing, painting, singing or dance.

At the bottom of this numerology challenge is an effort to bring out your true self. You will learn to truly value your own creative talents above anyone else's judgments. This must be viewed as a process of individuation, in which you become a whole human being, independent and free of the need to conform to others.



Challenge number 4


The meaning of a 4 Challenge.

You tend to be disorderly and disorganized.

You are impractical and tend to fantasize about projects or possibilities that have little value or future. You must learn to discriminate between iron balloons and those that will fly. You have difficulty finishing projects because your vision becomes chaotic and loses tract of the path ahead.


You have to learn to be aware of the details. Keep your environment clean and orderly. Be efficient. You have the ability to be practical and organized but you must learn their value. This will cause you to incorporate them into your daily life and give you the basis for success.

This is the challenge of building a lasting foundation for your life. You will need perseverance and repeated effort. Get-rich-quick schemes will likely backfire; persistent effort is the key to your future happiness.

Numerology views this challenge as more difficult to overcome than others, especially if you have mostly odd numbers in your chart - in particular the Expression, Heart's Desire, and Personality



Challenge number 5


The meaning of a 5 Challenge.

You are in danger of becoming a rolling stone.

Your desire to experience and enjoy life can overwhelm every other priority you have. Your need for freedom dominates you. You want to try everything and go everywhere.

You must guard against overindulgence - and even dependence upon - alcohol, food, drugs, and sex.


You must work at establishing and maintaining long- lasting relationships. Be tolerant and understanding. This will enable you to have people in your life who are more than mere company. You need to discipline your urge to change every situation that does not immediately suit you. Stick with projects, maintain your friendships, don't abandon people or situations the minute they become the slightest bit difficult.

If few fives are in the chart you have a fear of change and can not let go of people and situations. This holds you in the past, restricting your growth. Learn to take prudent risks and be more adventurous.

If you have an even number Life Path, this numerology challenge is not as strongly felt as those with odd numbered Life Paths.



Challenge number 6


The meaning of a 6 Challenge.

Your 6 Challenge deals with distorted idealism.

Your ideals are unrealistically high, making life difficult for you and others. You have a hard time being satisfied with anything you do, or with what others do for you. You lack gratitude. This prevents you from seeing the beauty in your life.


You may also suffer from rigid thinking, which keeps you from having a clear perspective that would otherwise awaken you to the many good things you have received.

At bottom, this challenge is about having blinders on. You are unable to see a broader view, which makes you think you have all the answers. This keeps away information and perspectives that would be helpful to you.

Your desire to be of service to others is sincere. However, it may be blocking you from seeing the necessity of working on your own inner development. You can be domineering and righteous, often telling others what is right and what is wrong. You often feel a lack of appreciation from others.

There is an opportunity to be of service, to teach and heal, but you will have to achieve a balanced perspective between your idealism and your resistance to personal transformation.

If you have a 6 Karmic Lesson this Challenge is more difficult to overcome.



Challenge number 7


The meaning of a 7 Challenge.

You are highly skeptical of anything that cannot be proven to you.

You are particularly doubtful of anything having to do with spiritual matters. It is, therefore, difficult for you to find a personal philosophy that would give you peace of mind and insight into the purpose of your life.

You repress many of your natural inclinations because they do not fit into your intellectual or rational thinking. You are in need of the part of your being that you are now repressing: the child within.


All the characteristics that have to do with the irrational and holistic side of life - spirit, humor, playfulness, and intuition - are being shut out. Your challenge is to find some philosophy and, ideally, a community that will give you additional perspectives, and force you to bring out the many other characteristics that are a fundamental part of you. Otherwise, you risk loneliness and isolation.

You have to learn faith. When you consider that most of life is made up of the invisible world - thoughts, emotions, insight, and love - you can begin to appreciate that only a small part of life is within the domain of your senses.

You may have too much pride. You may experience a deep and humbling transformation that will set free the inner being you are keeping trapped within you.

Some people with a 7 Challenge, especially if it appears as the Third or Main Challenge in their chart, will eventually turn 180 degrees and become emerged in the search for spiritual clarity. A number of Saints and Holy Men or Women are found to have a 7 Main Challenge.



Challenge number 8


The meaning of an 8 Challenge.

You risk making money and power the main priority in your life.

Your desire for financial wealth threatens to obscure your other human characteristics and spiritual well being.

This Challenge causes financial concerns to overwhelm all other needs, and influences everything you do. You risk the fate of Midas, turning everything into gold, yet isolating yourself from other parts of life.


For many with this challenge, there is a danger of becoming so obsessed with materialism that they may be tempted to ruthless and unscrupulous business practices, possibly crossing the borders of the law and causing themselves and others much misery.

You are facing a very real spiritual test in which you must realize that"Man does not live by bread alone." If you overcome this hurdle, you will achieve real spiritual and material balance, and can make yourself a powerful river, bringing an inexhaustible supply of nourishment to all, rather than a lake, whose nature is limited and can easily grow stagnant and can no longer support life.

If you have an 8 Life Path or an 8, 17, or 26 Birth Day number, this Challenge pushes your numerology chart off balance and money issues become a problem throughout the life.


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