© Hans Decoz. Published 2001. Updated January 2023. All rights reserved.
The name Karmic Lessons may sound ominous, but they are actually great motivators. They are found by analyzing your full name at birth to find the numbers that are missing.
You can use our free Numerology Chart Calculator to see if you have Karmic Lessons, or follow directions further below.
The average number of Karmic Lessons (not to be confused with Karmic Debts) is two, but four or even five isn’t that uncommon, nor is it unusual to have no Karmic Lessons at all.
In the top of each square is another number indicating how many times the number below it is represented in the full name at birth.
This chart shows that Tom has no Karmic Lessons. None of the squares in the Karmic Lesson chart has a zero in it, because at least 1 of each number is found in his name.
This doesn't mean he has no Karmic issues - it just means they are not connected to his core name numbers.
Numerology states that we enter life with certain strengths and weaknesses. Karmic lessons are areas that we are currently weak in and must be faced and worked on in this life. There can be more than one Karmic Lesson. These are indicated by the absence of certain numbers in your name.
The letters and numbers of your name point to talents and abilities that you possess. These characteristics can be compared to a workshop in which certain tools are available to you.
Missing numbers, those that are not represented in the letters in your name, imply tools that are unavailable, and must be learned and mastered during this lifetime.
Misconceptions About Karmic Lessons
If it were that simple, I’d suggest every parent make sure their child had every number represented in their full name and they’d be just fine. Obviously, that's not the case. It is generally considered to be ideal to have at least one Karmic Lesson, because it also functions as a great motivator: Karmic Lessons are like vacuums; they must be filled.
This is not true. You will find old souls with names so short, half the numbers are missing.
Also, untrue. In fact, Karmic Lessons can be a great asset, as they are powerful motivators to learn and enrich your life.
#1: Karmic Lessons help give direction to your life.
#2: While Karmic Lessons point to something "lacking," they actually add a desire to fill the missing parts - hence my earlier statement that they are like vacuums, and nature abhors a vacuum.
The effects of your Karmic Lesson are diminished if you have at least one of them among your core numbers (Life Path, Birthday, Expression, Soul Urge (also called Hearts Desire3), or Personality Number).
The 1 Karmic Lesson indicates you need to show more initiative in your life, to be more determined in your efforts. You will need to make your own decisions and learn to be more independent, things that are not as easy with a missing 1.
Life will bring many strong-willed people into your life with whom you will struggle. You will need to assert yourself or be suppressed by these forceful people. The 1 Karmic Lesson is here to help you become more forceful and dynamic. Try not to concern yourself with what others think. Practice promoting yourself, work on self-self-confidence and faith in your judgment and abilities. Overcome the tendency to procrastinate.
Your 2 Karmic Lesson advises you to be diplomatic and tactful, to stay in the background at times, to accomplish something without the need for praise and reward.
Learn to be part of a team. Strive to be more sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. You will regularly find yourself in situations where the only road to success is through patience and attention, requiring you to work cooperatively with others.
Working through this life lesson will bring you closer to others, which is its own reward.
This Karmic Lesson indicates you are highly self-critical. When you find yourself at the center of attention, you often judge your performance to be entirely inadequate or embarrassing. You tend to measure yourself against an impossible standard of perfection. Try to refrain from constant self-evaluation.
It is important for you to recognize no one is flawless. Feeling the need to act impeccably can prevent you from doing what you enjoy in life. Practice being more optimistic and cheerful - enjoy this “messy” life and share your joy with others.
Life will place you in situations that require imagination and communication. You will be tested in these areas and forced to face your feelings of inadequacy. Missing 3’s often produces artists - but their success will require consistent effort and perseverance.
A missing 4 may find you rudderless and confused about your life's direction. To obtain focus and success you will need to establish a methodical, disciplined approach. It is important to create a foundation for your life to keep from feeling lost and tossed about by change.
You may have trouble finding the work you do best, as you tend to be somewhat impractical and disorganized. Without a strong inner compass, you will look to life's problems outside yourself rather than within. A new job may start off as "The Answer," but it won’t hold the same appeal for long (as you discover the new work requires the same effort and perseverance as the last one, without the initial glamour).
Concentration and application need to be strengthened when the 4 is missing.
A missing 5 advises you to be adventurous, to overcome your fear of change and uncertainty. Take every opportunity to welcome new experiences and move past your apprehension. Broaden your vision, be social, do something unexpected (in a healthy way).
Life will create opportunities that require you to adapt to new circumstances. Try not to be too timid or repetitive when deciding what to do next.
Overcome your tendency to be rigid and inflexible. Your lesson in life is to learn to have faith. Overcoming the challenges posed by your missing 5 will allow you to flow with life, to adapt to change, and to grow.
Your 6 Karmic Lesson reveals an issue with commitment and responsibility in personal relationships. You have a difficult time committing to long-term and other important relationships. It is essential to practice conveying authentic emotion.
You may feel isolated and alone, but do not understand why. A missing 6 suggests you often form relationships yet remain guarded emotionally. This can make the bond between you and others superficial. Work on intimacy and communication in your relationships. Listen, and respond to the needs of others.
This lesson highlights the importance of close friends and committed relationships. Making a genuine effort to connect deeply with others - learning to give, and receive, and sacrifice at times, will bring a lifetime of joy.
The 7 Karmic Lesson speaks to the need to deepen your knowledge and talent in a specific discipline. A superficial understanding of important matters will prevent you from experiencing the satisfaction of your full potential.
With the 7 missing, you may lack the determination and effort it takes to perfect a talent you possess. Study, practice, and learn to self-critique (without condemnation).
Avoid accepting things at face value. The lesson the 7 brings will help you look keenly at your life, interests, and potential. Do the work it takes to develop proficiency and fully develop your abilities.
Your 8 Karmic lesson tells us you have the ability to attract a considerable amount of money and do well in business. But the missing 8 is likely to cause major ups and downs in your financial affairs, unless you are cautious about how you handle your resources.
You have the ability to attract money, but it has a tendency to slip through your fingers. This stems from a know-it-all attitude and stubborn behavior that prevents you from knowing your limits. Your desire to succeed can cause you to accept too much risk (and leave too little time to nurture important relationships). Balance is key to overcoming the deficit a missing 8 can bring.
This Karmic Lesson forces you to learn your limitations, and the limitations of your resources.
The 9 Karmic Lesson reflects the need for compassion and tolerance – to identify with the trials of others, including those outside of your personal relationships.
Look beyond your day-to-day life. Practice broadening your view of life and your connection to the world. Consider the needs of people far from you as being a part of your own.
The challenges of the 9 Karmic Lesson will create circumstances that ask you to sacrifice personal gain for the good of a project or larger goal. You have the ability to impact the wellbeing of others, but may not know where to start. You may be reluctant to commit time (or money) to a social issue you don’t fully understand or, seemingly, doesn’t affect you. This lesson asks you to make that effort. It is it the road to true happiness for you, as well as those you touch.
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