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Master number 22 is called the Master builder and potentially the most successfull of all numbers in numerology
What is Numerology; with numerologist Hans Decoz

Numerology reduces all compound numbers to single digits, with the exception of Master numbers.

There are three Master Numbers in Numerology: 11, 22, and 33.

Master Number 22: The Master Builder.

This is potentially the most successful of all numbers in numerology. It is the most powerful of all numbers and often called the Master Builder. Master number 22 can turn the most ambitious of dreams into reality, but only when it is supported properly by other numbers in the chart.

The 22 has many of the inspirational insights of the 11, combined with the practicality and methodical nature of the 4, making it unlimited yet disciplined; it sees the archetype and brings it down to earth in a material form. It has big ideas, expansive plans, idealism, leadership, and self-confidence.


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If not practical, 22s waste their potential.

Like the 11, the 22 can easily shrink from its own ambition causing difficult interior pressures. Both Master numbers, the 11 and the 22, experience the pressure-cooker effect strongly, particularly at an early age.

Numerology's Master number 22 must work toward the realization of goals that are larger than personal ambition. The 22 serves the world in a practical way.


Master Number 22; Intuition Made Practical

Similarly, the Master number 22 combines a double dose of intuitive power represented by the 2, with the ultimate capacity to make dreams into reality, the domain of the 4.

Again, the result is not just a range of attributes stacked to impressive potential, but the true essence of the 22; the ability to experience all that the 11 has to offer and apply it to the material world.


What does it mean when a Master Number 22 appears among one of your core numbers.

For Master Number 22 to appear as a Life Path or Birth Day number, either the month, the day, or the year has to add to a Master Number.

When the 22 appears as a Life Path number:

In addition to the qualities of a 4, the Master builder qualities of 22 make it possible for you to break boundaries and do something that makes a real difference. As with all numbers found as Life Path numbers, the strength of this number increases with age.

This is by far the most fortunate location in a chart to find a 22, however, if not lived up to, it can cause a lifetime of frustration. Read more here...


When the 22 appears as a Birth Day number:

If you are born on the 22nd, the influence of the 22 is most strongly (but not exclusively) felt during the middle part of your life, when the 22 is your Period Cycle from your early thirties through your late fifties. Read more here...


When the 22 appears as your Expression number:

You will find the influence of this Master number most potent in the area of your career, but it can be quite a challenging influence in your personal life and your relationships. Read more here...


When the 22 appears as a Heart's Desire number:

A 22 Master number in this location makes it difficult for you to live up to your own expectations. It is absolutely crucial you don't get down on yourselves for not reaching your dreams and your goals as quickly as you hoped; you set the bar for yourself very high, perhaps too high. Read more here...


When the 22 appears as a Personality number:

A 22 Master Number found as your Personality number can be a great asset, because it affects the way you present yourself and the way you interact with others. While not obvious in the first twenty or thirty years of your life, it will almost certainly make you an impressive personality by the time you are fully mature. Read more here...


When the 22 appears as a Maturity number:

Master numbers found as a Maturity number don't have much effect until well in your thirties. It may cause a major career change around that time and even send you back to school.


When the 22 appears as a Period or Pinnacle cycle:

If the 22 appears as one of the long-term cycles, it's effect can be very dramatic. It may not cause a career change, but it does tend to turn people towards self-employment or they become entrepreneurs. You can read about the 22 Period Cycle here...


When the 22 appears as an Essence cycle:

As with other Master numbers, much depends on how long that cycle runs as they can be anywhere from 1 to 9 years. A 22 in place for just a couple of years tends to have little "master number" effect, but if the cycle runs 4 or more years, it can potentially be the force needed for a major accomplishment. Read more here...


From Numerology Questions - a Dear Hans column:

Elizabeth has a question about the Master Number 22

It is her Life Path number and she wants to know how it affects her.

Dear Hans,

I have the Master number 22 as my Life Path number. I have not read that much on your web site about this Life Path number. Could you please tell me more about this number? My birth date is 1-.... I would appreciate this.

Thank you,

Hi Elizabeth,

I hope you don't take offense to this, but you have a 13/4 Life Path number, not a 22. Let me explain how I arrived at this.

There are three ways to calculate your Life Path number. Add all the digits of your date of birth as they appear, in your case (1/14/1951) 1+1+4+1+9+5+1=22, add each unit of your date of birth, 1+14+1951= 1966=22, or reduce each unit of your date of birth to a single digit, then add those together. Only the last method is correct. Here is why.

The Life Path is considered a cycle, the largest cycle of your life as it runs from birth to death. This Life Path cycle in turn is based on three major cycles called Period Cycles.

The first Period Cycle is your month of birth reduced to a single digit, in your case, since you were born in January, a 1.

The second Period Cycle is your day of birth. You were born on the 14th, this reduces to a 5, so your second Period Cycle is a 5.

The third and last Period Cycle is derived from your year of birth and 1951 reduces to 16 which is a 7.

Your Life Path therefore is 1 plus 5 plus 7 = 13, which reduces to 4.

Elizabeth, Master numbers are problematic to say the least. They are difficult to live with, can cause great stress and mental issues, and for many people are more a burden than a benefit. The challenge is that you have to learn to "master" the qualities of that number and very few people do.

Suffice it to say that you will find a disproportionate number of Master numbers among the homeless and downtrodden as well as the highly successful, and that charts lacking any Master number are found among amazingly creative, successful, and enlightened people.

The qualities and attributes with which you came into this world and are reflected in your numerology chart can be compared to tools. The fact that someone has a fancy workshop with all the tools you could ever need does not mean that he or she will actually build something fantastic, while having only a shack with a few rusty tools has, in the right hands, created miracles. Only by looking at all the numbers in a numerology chart can we gain some insight as to how well a person is equipped to use the tools with which he or she came into this world. The presence or absence of a Master number by itself means nothing.

Hans Decoz

Another question from the Dear Hans column:

Kaleb has a 22 among his core numbers and wants to know of the other numbers in his chart support it.

Dear Hans,

My core numbers are: Life Path 16/7, Birthday 12, Expression 22, Soul Urge 13/4. In one of your writings, you stated that the success of the 22 is dependent on other numbers in the chart as well as its hierarchical position amongst the core.

My question is what other numbers support the Master Number 22 energy, especially the expression number 22?

Thank you.


Hello Caleb,

A 22 Master number is powerful and has great potential, especially as an Expression number. Even numbers tend to support its energy, while odd numbers may subdue it’s drive somewhat. However, the effect varies based on their locations in a chart.

In your case, your 16/7 Life Path tempers the practical applications of a 22 but increases its intelligence and desire for knowledge. This would, for example, benefit someone interested in science but less so if you’re more business-oriented. As a Life Path number, this influence would increase as you grow older.

Your 13/4 Soul Urge enhances its power since both the 22 and the 13 reduce to 4.

On the other hand, where the 22 tends to see the large picture, the vision, the promise, the 13/4 is quite limited and will hesitate to take on anything it sees as a risk. Since everything the 22 wants to do is almost by definition risky, the 13/4 can frustrate those efforts and cause quite a bit of anxiety.

Considering it’s your Heart’s Desire (also called Soul Urge), overcoming self-doubt and indecisiveness should be high priorities you will need to conquer consciously. Read, think, self-explore those traits – do you recognize them? Do they hold you back? If so, you should make building self-confidence your number one goal.

Your 12/3 Birthday gets in the way of the 22 energy but helps your general attitude as it adds an optimistic flair. However, it also adds that somewhat flaky, irresponsible, and un-focused side of a 3. Since its your Birthday number, it tends to affect mostly the way you approach opportunities, obstacles, and anything else you encounter on your path.

Caleb, your numerology chart, at least the core numbers, create a challenging but also promising combination, where trust and confidence in your abilities is the key to make it work. (Ideally, some strong 1s would be helpful – a 1 Hidden Passion or a 1 Maturity, for example.)

It is also important to look at your cycles (your Essence, Personal Year, and Dualities), as they would be more indicative of when and how the opportunity to tap into that 22 energy and make it produce are optimal. The 1, 4, 8, and 9 are the numbers most supportive of a 22.

Hans Decoz



See also:

Master number 11

Master number 33