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J.P. from the Netherlands, asks:


Hi Hans,

my name is J.P. and I have a question about the number 88. What does it mean? My date of birth is 8-8-1979.


Hello J.P.

Numerology views the nine cardinal numbers 1 through 9 as having narrowly defined and clearly recognizable personalities. They are, quite literally, the foundation of all other numbers.

Double- and multi-digit numbers are combinations of single-digit numbers and are therefore more complex and less defined. Its like mixing paint; the primary colors are very distinct, but when you mix colors, the result becomes more and more multifaceted.

For example, the number 56 would be a merger of the numbers 5 and 6, but more pronounced is the presence of the 11 (5+6), and the 2 (1+1) is even more distinct. If you would list the numbers present in 56 in order of importance, it would be 2, 11, 5, and 6.

Among all double-digit numbers, those with identical digits are more defined and powerful than other double-digit numbers for the simple reason that instead of two digits with different traits and attributes, they are made up of digits with identical qualities; double whammies, so to speak. Among those are three with a particularly strong and important effect – the Master numbers 11, 22, and 33. All other numbers with identical digits, such as 44, 55, 66, and so forth, are power numbers, but they don’t deserve the Master number label – not because they are not powerful, but because they are not made up of two 1s, two 2s, or two 3s.

As for the number 88, we can start by lining up the numbers represented in this double-digit number in order of importance: 7, 16, 8, and another 8. (The 16 is found by adding 8 + 8 = 16, and 7 is found by adding 1 + 6.)

The 7 is the dominant number here, and as it happens, it is my personal favorite among the single-digit numbers (it’s okay to have a favorite 😉). Wisdom, spiritual, intelligent, inward focused, quiet, curious, and introverted are all traits I appreciate.
The 16 is a Karmic number – it’s on par with tarot’s Fallen Tower, and it does tend to self-destruct occasionally, but it does so only to create a better tower, a taller tower. There is no other number that personifies growth better than 16, but it does tend to be a difficult and enormously challenging number. It is common for those who have a 16 among the core numbers to consciously or subconsciously break down the life they built for themselves just when it looks like all is as well as can be hoped for, only to find themselves having to start all over. But there is a reason the 16 is also called the Phoenix Rising.

Following that, we have two 8s; the number of balance and power. This is a very strong, ambitious number, a real go-getter and the exact opposite of a 7; it is in your face authoritive, efficient, and always focused on result.

So, in a nutshell, here you have a number – 88 – which contains within itself contradictions but also a mixture of qualities that can produce something truly great; the drive and pushy energy of the 8, the courage and desire to improve at any price (16), and the intellectual, analytical, and spiritual 7 at its very foundation. The 88 is a truly promising combination.

Hans Decoz

Annette, from the USA, asks:

Dear Hans,

I use my middle name rather than my first. How does that impact me?

Thank you !

Hi Annette,

Your full name at birth and your date of birth make up 90 to 95 percent of your chart. You current name, the way you introduce yourself on daily basis and in a social setting, plays a smaller role, however, it can be crucial to the quality of your life. Here’s why.

Your full name is like your numerology-DNA; it tells us who you are; the traits and attributes with which you came into this world.

Your date of birth reveals your path, the direction you are going in; think of it as the landscape and the environment you travel through, but you also have been given everything you need to fulfill that path. Your name is YOU; your date of birth is YOUR PATH.

Your current name, the way you introduce yourself, as in “Hi, I am Annette …” , shows how you feel about yourself, how you see yourself. And as I am sure you know, the way you see yourself – who you think you are - is perhaps the most important component to your happiness. This is why the current name, even though it only makes up a small part of your chart, is so important.

Annette, there is a reason you chose to use your middle name as your first name; trust that. It is almost certain to be the better choice as your intuition is a better guide than just about anything, or anyone else.

Hans Decoz


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