What is Your Growth Number?

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Most commonly during our lives we are referred to as our first name. This is the name that people call us out loud. This name (like all names and words) holds a unique vibration to us. The first name gets repeated over and over during our lives. It’s as if it becomes our mantra which holds an intention. It’s vibration or tone is heard over and over again reinforcing our decision to bring it forward with us. Our first name is our “personal” name that WE chose before we incarnated into this lifetime. We telepathically communicated our birth name to the person who would name us. We choose this name so that it will support the date of birth we also chose for ourselves. Our middle name supports and reinforces our identity and is an integral part of the chosen vibration for our full birth name. Our last name creates the vibration relative to our family. It identifies our family traits and overall theme within the tapestry of our family. The lessons that our family came to learn together in the family unit are discovered in the numerical value of your last name.

The birth date and the birth name are the two elements which make up the birth chart or birth code. This is our blueprint for our lives based upon the lessons we want to learn in this lifetime. So when I refer to a “first name” I am referring to the name that appears “first” on your birth certificate. Even though you may be called by your second or even third name, the Growth Number is determined by the “first name” appearing on your birth certificate. When you are called by any other name than your first birth name, the growth number does not apply. The vibration of “whatever” name you are commonly referred to will indeed have an impact on your life. But you need to remember that YOU chose your birth name so the first name on your birth certificate holds the growth number and was strategically placed as the first name to be a large influence as your growth number.

By adding together all of the letters in your first name and then reducing it to a single digit, we find the Growth Number. Your Growth number holds a significant value in your birth chart but it is not felt as significantly as your four core numbers. (Life Path #, Expression #, Hearts Desire and Birth Day#) The Growth Number adds an energetic vibration to the 4 core numbers while identifying patterns which can support us in our growth and development.  The Growth Number is an interesting number to be aware of as it really does give us some deeper insight into our unique journey.

I have included a picture of the Pythagorean Alphabet. You will see that each number is assigned numerical value. Take each letter in your first name and assign the appropriate number to it. Then add the digits all together. Reduce this number to a single digit. If the number adds up to 11, 22 or 33 you will leave it as a whole number. I have also identified both the positive vibrations and the negative vibrations of each Growth Number. When we are not living up to our potential we can fall to the negative vibration of our Growth Number.

Growth Number 1

The Growth Number 1’s are the perfectionists. They are tremendous leaders with lot’s of initiative and drive. They make great managers especially related to their own business. They are original thinkers and self starting pioneers. They have a creative flare and can often see things “out of the box.” They are typically hard-working driven people with a great eye for detail. They exude confidence especially when they are in charge of any project they are involved in.


Negative Attributes:

Single-minded, intolerant, conceited, narrow-minded, stubborn, controlling, lacking in emotion, passive, follower, aggressive, dependent, weak-willed, arrogance, dominant.

Growth Number 2

The Growth Number 2’s are the peacekeepers. They are naturally driven to be supportive helpers. They make tremendous mediators. They work best one on one in partnerships. They are cooperative and sensitive to others feelings. You require an environment that is free from negative energy. You like to be surrounded in peaceful and harmonious atmosphere’s.

Negative Attributes

Uncooperative, fearful, lacking in determination, dependent, submissive, disagreeable, insensitive, indecisive, pessimistic, inflexible, inconsiderate, fear of being alone.

Growth Number 3

The Growth Number 3’s are joyful, fun loving people. They can be great sales people, empowering speakers, comedians, entertainers and communicators. They are naturally enthusiastic towards life. They are easy going and flexible. They are creative particularly when it comes to communicating and expressing themselves.

Negative Characteristics:

Indifferent, impatient, over-confident, lacking in stamina, easily-hurt, closed-minded, pessimistic, insensitivity, selfish, withdrawn and uncommunicative, anti-social, laziness, sensitivity to criticism, exaggeration, lack of direction, immaturity, sorrow.

Growth Number 4

Growth Number 4’s are the natural managers and organizers. They are the hard working, disciplined planners. They are perfectionists who are supremely organized. They are grounded, earthy people with a big dose of practicality. They are very responsible and typically like to work with a plan in place. They are self starters who simply get the job done from start to finish. They are law abiding and loyal especially towards family.

Negative Attributes:

Obsessed about details, bossy, dominant, inflexible, stingy with money, stubborn, too fixed in routines, always looking at cup half empty, feels limited in life.

Growth Number 5

Growth Number 5’s are the thinkers. They have tremendous imagination. They can be analytical while at the same time quick witted. They are flexible and versatile. They can be talented at so many things. They can adapt to change more easily than any other number. They make great problem solvers due to their original ways of thinking.

Negative Attributes:

Rash, irresponsible, dislikes confinement and routine, inconsistent, unreliable, thoughtless, restless, non-committal, inactivity, stagnation, fear of change, rigid in thought, lacks vitality, fickle, endlessly distracted.

Growth Number 6

Growth Number 6’s are focused primarily on their families be it personal or work families. You are caring, sensitive and responsible. You love to nurture people and sacrifice your own comforts for that of another. You need to be of service to others. You are attracted to animals and thrive in harmonious “homey” atmospheres. You look for the balance in all things.

Negative Attributes:

Disconnected, unaware, hypocritical, moral superiority, weak, unpractical.

Growth Number 7

The Growth Number 7’s are the visionaries. They are the analysts. They are typically optimistic and make good planners. They have quick minds especially relating to spiritual topics. You are a natural detective as you seek out the truth in every situation.

Negative Attributes:

Morbid, hypercritical, inactive, anti-social, pessimistic, silent, dependency, depression, stagnant, lack of persistence, pride, narrowness, distance, rigidity, argumentative, temper.

Growth Number 8

Growth Number 8’s like to be the boss. They make great managers especially while working for someone else. They are business minded. They are goal setters and achievers. They are practical by nature. They have an interest in the material side of life. They know how to build and accumulate wealth in their lives.

Negative Attributes:
Unimaginative, blunt, self-serving, materialistic, ruthless, obsessive, weak, irresponsible, narrow-mindedness, disorganized, anti-social, selfish, instability, restriction, impractical.

Growth Number 9

The Growth Number 9’s are true humanitarians. They thrive on making sacrifices for others especially those less fortunate than themselves. They are the “fixers.” They are hugely dependable, intelligent and often creative. They are deep thinkers and often are drawn to humanitarian or charitable causes.

Negative Attributes:

Disconnected, dreamy, lethargic, inability to concentrate. Frustration with worldly events.

Growth Number 11

Growth Number 11’s hold a master energy similar to the energy of the 2. Master Number 11s have to work hard to establish faith in their intuition as opposed to their rational minds. They need to work on their faith and trust in other people as well as themselves. They are highly intuitive and often psychic.  The Law of Attraction is important to that of the Growth #11’s.  If an 11 expects the worst than he or she will get the worst. If she or he expects the best, then they are usually blessed.

Negative Attributes

Refer to the #2 Growth Number.

Growth Number 22

The Growth Number 22 is the Master Builder. They are the leaders who are here to master their lives in a constructive way. They are the one’s whose vision will be to create a foundation for an organization like that of possibly a shelter, food bank or other humanitarian effort.

Negative Attributes:

Refer to the #4 Growth Number.

Growth Number 33

The number 33 is a Master Number which is the number of the extraordinary teacher. It symbolizes someone who provides guidance and direction to others. They are really good at sharing their life experiences so that others can benefit from their experience. When the 33 embraces their vibration to the fullest they lose any interest in personal ambition and replace that ambition with an interest in others. They are the “Empowerment Specialists!” They love to be motivators while uplifting people and raising their vibrations. They are very devoted to mankind. They want to leave a legacy of positive footprints. To see a 33 embracing their gifts to the fullest is very rare. It is a highly evolved vibration. They need to learn so much before they can teach what they have learned. Sometimes they stop on their path because of feeling overwhelmed by their task.

Ann Perry
Professional Numerologist