# Numerology rules: When Master Numbers apply

Master numbers can be a curse or a blessing, but above all, they can be misunderstood!

The rules in numerology, when Master numbers apply and when they don't, are not as easily defined as we would like them to be.

### When found during calculations Master Numbers are almost never reduced.

Master numbers can be a curse or a blessing, but above all, they can be misunderstood!

When found during calculations Master Numbers are almost never reduced. For example, the Life Path is the sum of the month, day, and year of birth. So, if we were to calculate the Life Path of someone (let us call him John) born November 15, 1984, we reduce each unit of the date to a single digit, unless we encounter a Master number.

In this case, November is the 11th month, so we mark it as an 11.
The day is 15, which reduces to 6 (1 + 5 = 6).
The year is 1984, which reduces to 1 + 9 + 8 + 4 = 22. Since 22 is a Master number we do not reduce it any further.
Therefore, John’s Life Path is 11 + 6 + 22 = 39, which reduces to 3 (3 + 9 = 12, 1 + 2 = 3). John has a 3 Life Path.

But here is the thing about the Master numbers we encountered during our calculation. Neither the month (an 11), nor the year (a 22) have the potential to deliver Master number potential on their own – on a global level. If they did, we would be going through considerable turmoil every year come November, or any universal year that adds to a Master number. But we do not, and that is p robably a good thing.

Ω

### That said, those same numbers have the potential to deliver Master number effect on a personal level.

For example, the First Period Cycle – an important indicator of a person’s childhood and early maturity, is based on the month of birth. In John’s case, an 11 (for the month of November). And because this 11 is positioned in a personal numerology chart, the 11 Master number does affect him with Master number potential.

Similarly, his Third Period Cycle – which reveals much about a person’s later part of life, after about age 55 – and is based on the year of birth, in John’s case is a 22, and certainly has the potential to deliver Master number effect.

The difference, in short, is whether a Master number is found in an individual’s chart in a position where it can deliver, or not.

For example, Master number potential does not apply to Personal Year or Personal month cycles. It does not apply to the Universal cycles, or the Rational Thought number.

Finally, some letters in the alphabet have Master numbers. The K is the 11th number and the V is the 22nd number; two Master numbers that have been reduced to 2 and 4 respectively because Numerologists do not assign Master number powers to letters in and off themselves. We do, however, assign Master number power in some cases to the K and the V found in certain locations in a personal chart. For example, if they are found as a Transit or a Cornerstone.

Ω