Question: MEANING OF 88

Numerologist and author Hans Decoz

J. P. asks what it means when your date of birth adds to the Power number 88, and whether it's considered a Master number.



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. 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



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