The meaning of the number 2
Numerologist Hans Decoz

Considered the most cooperative of the single-digit numbers, the 2 is often underestimated




Known as the peacemaker, the 2 is almost always gentle, tactful, diplomatic, forgiving, and non-confrontational.

However, the shape of the 2 gives us a clue to its resilience and ability to survive. This symbol, as if bowing in servitude, could easily be perceived as weak and powerless. But when the humble 2 is under attack, even burdened by a crushing weight, its flexible nature allows it to bounce back quickly.

This is in stark contrast to the power and pride of the bold 1, who is unlikely to back down. (The competitive, bold, individualistic nature of the 1 makes it strong, but its rigid posture can shatter under prolonged pressure.)

People in leadership positions - often individuals with a well positioned 1 in their chart - recognize the value of their calm, thoughtful friend. The 2 is often the real power behind the throne.


The 2 understands the underlying motivation driving the people around them.

The ability to understand others helps them navigate divergent opinions and ideas, giving a little here, taking a little there. Many psychotherapists, skilled at reading human nature, have a strong 2 in their chart.

Patient and unassuming, individuals with a prominent Number 2 people don't always get the recognition they deserve but they tend to hold a special place in the hearts and minds of those who know them.

The number 2 is recognized for its grace, sophistication, style, and taste in art and music. Dancers often carry this number due to its inherent sense of rhythm. In social environments, the 2 is a good conversationalist with a witty, self-depreciating sense of humor (never slapstick or juvenile as they are too sophisticated for that).


Every coin has two sides.

If the Greek god Zeus could be compared to the number 1, his wife (and sister) Hera would represent the number 2. Like Hera, the number 2 can be jealous and mean-spirited when others reach for something they covet.

As gentle and loving as Hera is much of the time, another side of her emerges when she feels mistreated - a side that can be vengeful, cruel, and unrelenting. The number 2 can also be critical and verbally abusive, with bouts of bad temper (for trivial reasons… for extended periods of time).

Normally skilled at negotiation, emotional periods can find the 2 exhibiting illogical reasoning, making verbal arguments feel like slicing water with a knife. Quarrels often stem from the hurt feelings of this overly sensitive number.


As a partner, the number 2 is an invaluable asset.

Ready to defend you at any cost, the loyalty of the 2 is unshakeable. However, this partner can be emotional and demanding, expecting attention (and devotion) in return. In short, the number 2 is a sensual, graceful, loyal partner who can be a bit demanding, but is worth the trouble.

There is another important aspect to the number 2. As the most intuitive of all single-digit numbers, the 2 has keen powers of observation. This faculty helps them recognize the inner needs of people around them, often helping others to understand themselves better. The intuitive 2 is often drawn to the occult - only the double-digit 11 surpasses the 2 in that department.


Read About Other Numbers and their meaning

Meaning of Number 1Leadership, independence, individuality, determination, and ambition.

Meaning of Number 2Harmony, peace-maker, cooperation, tact, and sensitivity.

Meaning of Number 3Creativity, self-expression, optimism, light-hearted, and communication.

Meaning of Number 4racticality, stability, organization, detail-oriented, persistence, hard work.

Meaning of Number 5Freedom, adaptability, adventure, dynamic, and curiosity.

Meaning of Number 6Caring, service, responsibility, family-oriented, and nurturing.

Meaning of Number 7Introspection, spirituality, analysis, logical, and intuition.

Meaning of Number 8Power, success, material abundance, authoritive, and achievement.

Meaning of Number 9Humanitarianism, compassion, selflessness, tolerant, and universal love.


From Numerology Questions - a Dear Hans column:

Luci asks about having too many 2s she has in her chart and how that affects here - she is wondering if she will always be shy.

Dear Hans,

First of all, I all. I have enjoyed reading your blogs for some time now, it's very interesting and informative!

I was born 2/..., and breaking it down, I sure have a lot of 2's. which I know also breaks down to number 4, structure, that's no fun, I like my freedom! My married name is Luci ..., my full name at birth is Lucila ..., and know my expression is 7. Am I doomed to be a shy introvert for life?


Dear Lucy,

Your chart, shown here, has interesting numbers, some of which are conflicting. This is not uncommon and your letter shows that you managed to nail the most obvious contradictions, so let's take a look at them.

Lucila's numerology chart showing many 2s

The core numbers derived from your name at birth are 7, 8, and another 8. As you mentioned, the 7 is introvert. The 8, on the other hand, is anything but. In fact, the 8 is a powerful and in-your-face number with strong business skills and considerable authority and personal power.

As I have mentioned in previous articles and Dear Hans responses, the important issue is where a number is found in the chart.

The 7 found as an Expression number has more to do with talents, abilities, and perhaps short comings, than with personality behavior patterns. Had the 7 appeared as a Personality number or a Heart's Desire number, you would have been considerably more withdrawn and socially inapt than you are now.

That doesn't take you off the hook completely, you certainly have an introvert streak, but in a way, you have received the best of both worlds; you have the strength and confidence of the 8 combined with the intelligence, integrity, and spirituality of the 7.

Although they do at times conflict, as when you are negotiating or confronting someone regarding a specific and practical issue, but instead of being fully engaged in the moment, there is this persistent objective observer lurking in your mind (the 7) that is looking at the situation from a very different perspective and basically occupying a big chunk of the attention that should be devoted to the more practical matter at hand.

Your challenge is to make those two numbers complement each other as opposed to getting in each other's way.

The best approach to do that is how we overcome any of our weaknesses; recognize them, understand the underlying reasons, and use discipline, consciousness, and determination to work through them.

But here is the real problem. Your letter gives the impression that you are not comfortable with yourself in the context of social interactions and/or as a "people" person ("Am I doomed to be a shy introvert for life?" ).

First, your discomfort is not so much a result of the 7 Expression but rather your first, fourth, and third Challenges, all of which are 2's. (Your second Challenge is a 0.) A 2 Challenge makes it difficult for a person to relate to others and bond with them easily.

There is always an underlying sense of loss, of separation, of not relating to the other person. There is a nagging feeling that you are not of the same species, that there is a fundamental difference that can't be overcome. And this, in turn, creates shyness and insecurity.

Add to that the 7 Expression and it makes sense that you consider introversion a punishment (doomed?). That is too bad, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with being introvert.

Introverts have just as easy access to happiness as extraverts. If not more. Here is why. Look at a typical display of extravert people and you see laughing, talking, back slapping, hugging, and so forth. Wonderful and certainly a source of joy and comfort.

A little of to the side is "Uncle Harry" who is definitely considered an introvert. He is watching and enjoying the show. He doesn't feel separate or left out at all. He is grateful for having so many friends, enjoys the view, and even though he stands there alone, doesn't feel lonely at all.

Obviously, this is a somewhat exaggerated and simplified scenario, but it illustrates the difference between the frustrated sense of not connecting, of being a wall flower, typical to a 2 Challenge, and the introversion of a 7.

I would also like to point out that you are currently experiencing your third and last major transformation. You are at the end of two long-term cycles; your 2nd Period Cycle going into your 3rd and last Period Cycle, in your case from a 22 to another 22 - same number, different effect - and from your 3rd Pinnacle into your 4th- in your case from a 5 into a 6, a very different influence as the 6 is the opposite of a 5.

Especially moving from a 5 into a 6 cycle will benefit you as far as people skills as the 6 is very much the harmonious, warm, attractive, and "touchy-feely" number.

As for entering a second 22 Period Cycle, you can compare that with entering a new stage in a body-building career; the first stage was just tough and difficult, the second stage you get to benefit from all that exercising you did the previous years. In other words, your potential to reach whatever goals or dreams you have, has increased exponentially.

Hans Decoz


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