Numerology chart showing Challenge numbers.

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

Challenges are found below the birth date inside the star-shape in the chart and are derived from your date of birth, using the month, the day, and the year, in that order.

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. 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


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