In earlier numerology texts and teachings, the numbers 11, 22 and sometimes 33 were called master numbers, and they seemed to suggest an added potential and power, beyond single-digit and other double-digit numbers. Partially this is because of the pairing of the same number. In the early 1980’s I started teaching the significance of the master numbers from 11 to 99 long before most of the other practitioners even gave thought to their presence, and before many of the current practitioners were born. In the last couple of years many copy cat practitioners are starting to mention them, and some intuitive practitioners are adding to the knowledge of their potency and uniqueness. In the post 2012 years to come their meaning will become clearer to the population at large.
The number 9 is the number of perfection or completion, and 10 is the number of evolution. Evolution on this planet can be represented by ten journeys through the ten spheres of the cosmological Tree of Life as depicted in Chapter 19 of The Heart of Numerology. Ten multiplied by ten (10) is one hundred (100), which is the evolutionary number opening the door to the next level of our journey in consciousness. The master numbers represent initiatory steps along the way in our journey of transformation. The master numbers are points of initiation along the path of spiritual growth. The means are more a personal process of discovery rather than generalizations. Experienced practitioners, like myself, strive to give some clues to their meaning to help others along the path to make their own connections.
The next level of aspiration would be into the higher consciousness of the triple digit master numbers 111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777, 888, and 999. These numbers are not currently a part of the daily human experience and the study and application of the powers and potencies of these combinations takes place as one approaches the higher initiations of consciousness. Their meaning for the most part remains truly esoteric and is only now starting to be understood as our collective consciousness becomes more elevated at this time.
There are schools of metaphysical thought that teach of ascended masters who sometimes incarnate upon the planet. Some numerologists teach that a person with a master number in his or her name is an ascended master that has chosen to incarnate upon earth. Although it is possible that an incarnated ascended master could have a name that contains a master number, the appearance of a master number in a person’s chart does not necessarily indicate that individual as such. Rather, the master number indicates an opportunity to master a particular moment or talent during this lifetime. In that context it suggests a specialty that can be refined and presented to the world.
In most cases, the presence of master numbers suggests an older soul coming into this lifetime to make an important contribution to humanity in a field that is spiritual, scientific, medical, religious, educational, governmental or technological in nature. Often master numbers indicate an older soul, trained in the ancient esoteric schools during many previous lifetimes. That soul has returned to manifest or teach particular higher-level methods of healing, psychic development or invention. The presence of master numbers may indicate a dynamic soul who is incarnating at this time from another planet or solar system to fulfill some specific destiny or mission. Yet many old, important, masterful souls have names and birth dates with no master numbers, so we must be careful to keep this whole matter in perspective.
It is very easy to become attached to the ego gratification of being an important master and seeing yourself as better than another, or as more important than mere mortals of the single digits. Visions of grandeur abound where master numbers dwell and gives another reason for caution when giving attention to them. There can also be a sense of burden for those who find themselves with master numbers. They may feel impelled to do something greater than usual. Such people may suffer from existential angst or guilt when nothing big happens, or when fate seems to have past them bye.
People who have a master number may find themselves ahead of the times, and ahead of the thinking of the society in which you live. This can make it difficult to fit in with the pack. You can feel like a round peg in a square social puzzle. Your often times far out theories and ideas can be threatening to those who are determined to dwell in the illusion of karma and the limitations of the material world.
My studies have brought me to the tentative conclusion that no matter where the master number may appear, the higher vibration does not fully unfold until the soul has awakened and the individual takes conscious steps to develop the attributes of the master number. In some instances, certain gifts manifest through grace. In fact, the individual possessing a gift may not even have initiated conscious discipline and study of spiritual law in this lifetime.
Those who have master numbers appearing in the name or birth date generally are endowed with special tendencies toward leadership and inspiration that set them apart from mass consciousness. Because the numbers are of intensified vibration and potency, those who possess them may feel like they have a heightened obligation in life, such as greater requirements of self-discipline and purification of consciousness.
There is always the flip side of the potency when considering master numbers. One of my repeated teachings as an experienced therapist is that the higher we go in consciousness, the deeper we go into the dark side of the soul to face those issues that have become remote and hidden from our proud and protective ego.
The dark side of the master numbers includes extreme psychological and sociological disorders that can include insanity. There can be intense experiences of isolation and feeling cut off from others. There are instances of master criminals with master numbers. From off the top of my head comes Charles Manson who has a 77 Integrated Self number. Al Capone had a pure 99 Integrated Self number. The intensity of the increasing input of universal archetypes and potencies can create nervous disorders, hallucinations and paranoiac distrust. The age old dysfunctional patterns of victim hood, guilt, shame and self loathing can become revved up when things go wrong or nothing seems to happen. The extreme behaviors of crime, craziness and wanton disregard for life is the end result of ignoring personal dysfunctions and letting them go completely out of control.
The latter chapters of this volume are especially presented to help the individual recognize how humanity collectively and individually became mired in karma and dysfunctional living. There are also numerous clues as to the pathways out of such toxicity and back into the light.
Following are fundamental descriptions for each of the master numbers 11 to 99.

11. REVELATION Assertive--fanatical, joins cults or fanatical religious sects, overzealous, lacks practical realities, attacks dissimilar viewpoints, uses psychic or divine gift for self purpose, loves ideals over humanity.
Passive--fails to apply inspiration, over-reacts to criticism, apathetic, fears higher energies and gifts, oversensitive to public reaction, cynical toward society.
Harmonious--gifted channel or clairvoyant, seeks to express higher consciousness, unites spiritual Truth to material plane; inventive, visionary leader.

22.SACRED STRUCTURALIZATION Assertive--tendency to over-evaluate self-importance; exaggerates information and personal credentials, promotes hasty causes, resents lack of recognition, misuses wisdom orpower.
Passive--apathetic toward human needs, at the extreme uses heightened awareness for criminal goals or black magic, unable to adapt self to group needs, envy of others success.
Harmonious--integrates higher wisdom into organizational administration, is in control of self and environment, puts universal goal ahead of self-pride; a practical mystic.

33.UNIVERSAL SERVICE Assertive--forceful in attempts to serve others, intolerant of differing mores and opinions, over-emotional, won’t adjust to needs of others, sees another persons problems but not his own. Harmonious--sympathetic, is a good counselor (often psychic or spiritual), has concern for welfare of masses; a kind of cosmic parent or guardian, creates harmony at home and work, leader in institutions of positive welfare and human service.

44.STRUCTURED POWER Assertive--rigid in administrating ideas and beliefs, emotionally insensitive to others' shortcomings, can attach to appearance rather than real achievement, out spoken, critic of authority, forces social changes, abuses industrial power, uses money to control. Passive--possesses good ideas; but expects others to carry them out, distaste of personal discipline, silently critical and envious of successful people, expects people to respond to his/her ideas, unconscious resistance to real responsibility and use of power. Harmonious--keystone in building of a group consciousness, well trained mental abilities, trusts the wisdom of own inner authority, practical visionary, potential to create new modes of income and prosperity, combines artistic with practical, helps manifest empowerment.

55. DIVINE WILL Assertive--confuses rebellion and freedom to escape responsibility and commitment, pessimistic and defeatist, indulges habits while criticizing others, egocentric to a fault, believes one's own opinion to be universal truth, justifies own fault finding (toward others) as revelation, impatient. Passive-indulges in long bouts of animus projection with few results, blames fate or other people for setbacks, passively resists Higher Will, repressed anger creates over aggressive actions. Harmonious--seeks to blend individual will with Higher Will, innovative and inventive while inspiring the originality in others, pioneer of movements in new thinking and reform, encourages others from tribal dependency to individualized awareness, dynamic leader.

66.UNIVERSAL JOY Assertive--forces emotional confrontation before others are ready, confused emotions create aura of discouragement and despair, critical of others emotional phobias and insecurities, falsely over sentimental, sees oneself as messiah like figure, preys upon the emotional weakness in others. Passive--inability to recognize and admit one's own emotional blocks, good silent victims, expect others to "read" your moods of suffering and pain, blames lack of happiness on external people and events, wallows in negative anima. Harmonious--involved in causes (institutions) helping to alleviate human (animal, planetary) suffering, excellent counselors and healers, inspired artist who works on the archetypal level, helps bring the joy of nature and angels to mankind, positive ray in gloomy environs.

77.CREATIVE THOUGHT Assertive--intellectual elitist, prolonged fantasy spells with no practical benefit, martyrdom, self created realities used as escapist justification, negative criticism of social change, lives in an idealized state, extremist in thought and action, overtaxing of emotions. Passive--unsociable and detached, pessimistic about change in human nature, feels caught in a non-creative environment, explains inability to communicate his/her ideas as being "ahead of the times", wants recognition, fears the pleasure of body, denies emotions. Harmonious--possesses the originality of thought to innovate and invent new systems for benefiting mankind, uses intuition with scientific and technological support, explores new theologies and philosophies of living, seeks to release neighbors from self limiting barriers.

88.DIVINE KNOWING Assertive--power complex, maintains a slightly haughty arrogance separating self from others, likes to challenge people in authority positions, in extremes can be very destructive, intellectual arrogance, devious getting to the "top", “know it all”, destructive attacks against religious and ideological institutions. Passive--passive resistance to authority, distrust promptings of intuition and higher consciousness, blames life's setbacks on those in control, caught between parent's unconscious head games, ungracious in defeat, can be fraudulent and exaggerate credentials, oblivious to others' inner convictions and feelings. Harmonious--teaches universal laws which improve management skills, delegates authority in a way that gives each person his/her own sense of power, works to find cooperation with the higher laws of mathematics, leader in metaphysical philosophies, respects integrity and clarity, develops new ideas of thermodynamics, hydraulics and engineering theories.

99.UNIVERSAL LOVE Assertive--gets trapped in modicum of syrupy idealisms, wants to be seen as "ideal lover" while denying obvious selfish motives, uses group dynamics to avoid self responsibility, struggles to recognize and express true feelings, impractical strategies for interpersonal relationships. Passive--easily mired in false arena of self pain-hurt-rejection) and denial, unable to see you are the creator of any misery, smiles politely while secretly resentful of others' happiness and joy, gloomy, accomplished martyr, benefits by seeking outside professional help. Harmonious--catches a glimpse of the Greater Plan for the planet and works to bring the higher light to humanity, learning to release and let go of all personality illusions, master teacher of self awareness education, must learn to open heart center in practical ways, works with pulse of mother earth, visionary in one's chosen path of life.
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Lynn Buess MA,EdS

Author's Bio: 

Lynn Buess MA, EdS has over fifty years experience as a student, author and teacher of numerology. His combination of academic work with esoteric subjects, therapeutic background and mystical experiences gives him an intuitive insight into numbers that has been at the forefront of his field for years. In his later years he seeks to pass on the deeper meanings of numerology to the earnest seekers of spiritual and personal growth.
In his teaching he reveals how his study of the cosmology of numerology initiated a soul journey that took him through one grand cycle of cosmic evolution. To him numbers are not a static set of symbols; rather they are like cosmic chords of sound, light and motion that make up the rhythms of the cosmic dance. Would you like to dance?