Pinnacles and Challenges

As you go through your life there are four distinct periods of development called Pinnacles. A Pinnacle (also known as a Peak Number) is a period of growth and advancement that provides you with an opportunity to expand in a particular area. When you utilize the opportunities a Pinnacle presents, you’re one step closer to fulfilling your destiny and life purpose.

Each of the four Pinnacles has an accompanying Challenge. In other words, there are four specific obstacles that must be overcome for you to reach your full potential. Your Challenges are the lessons you must learn on your journey towards self-mastery. Think of it this way: A Pinnacle is a “gateway” that leads you toward your greatest potential for success, but you can only make it through once you’ve overcome its accompanying Challenge.

How to calculate the Pinnacle Numbers?

You have four Pinnacles in your numerology chart that are calculated from your birth date. First, begin by reducing the month, day, and year numbers of your birth date down to three single-digit numbers (unless they total 11 or 22).

If you have an 11 or 22 month, day, or year – that is, if you were born in November (11); on the 11th, 22nd, or 29th of your birth month, or in a year that totals 11 or 22, such as 1975 (1 + 9 + 7 + 5 = 22) – it doesn’t reduce down to 2 or 4 but rather remains 11 or 22.

  • This is the formula to calculate your four Pinnacle Numbers:
  • First Pinnacle: Month of birth + day of birth; reduce to a single number unless it’s 11 or 22
  • Second Pinnacle: Day of birth + year of birth; reduce to a single number unless it’s 11 or 22
  • Third Pinnacle: First pinnacle + second pinnacle; reduce to a single number unless it’s 11 or 22
  • Fourth Pinnacle: Month of birth + year of birth; reduce to a single number unless it’s 11 or 22

How to calculate the Challenge Numbers

You have four Challenges in your numerology chart also calculated from your birth date. The only difference between calculating the Pinnacles and Challenges is that we use addition for the Pinnacles and subtraction for the Challenges. Because we’re subtracting numbers, it’s perfectly normal to end up with a 0 or negative (–) Challenge Number.

First, we begin by reducing the month, day, and year numbers of your birth date down to three single-digit numbers. If you have an 11 or a 22 in your birth date, this is one instance in numerology where they must be reduced down to single-digit numbers 2 and 4. For example, if you were born in November or on the 11th day of the month, both the month and the day numbers would reduce down to 2.

When you’re subtracting a larger number from a smaller number, simply find the difference between the numbers and that is your Challenge Number – for example, 3 – (minus) 8 = 5 because 5 is the difference between 3 and 8.

This is the formula to calculate your four Challenge Numbers:

First Challenge: Month of birth – (minus) day of birth; or find the difference by subtracting the smaller number from the larger number

Second Challenge: Day of birth – (minus) year of birth; or find the difference by subtracting the smaller number from the larger number

Third Challenge: First Challenge – (minus) second Challenge; or find the difference by subtracting the smaller number from the larger number

Fourth Challenge: Month of birth – (minus) year of birth; or find the difference by subtracting the smaller number from the larger number

Pinnacle and Challenge Number Periods

The Pinnacle and Challenge Number Periods are determined by your Life Path Number and the formula for calculating them is very easy. To calculate your First Pinnacle Period simply subtract your Life Path Number from 36 (11/2, 22/4, and 33/6 Life Path Numbers reduce down to 2, 4, and 6). For example, the First Pinnacle Period for a 3 Life Path would be 0 to 33 years because 3 subtracted from 36 is 33.

To calculate your Second, Third, and Fourth Pinnacle Periods, simply add 9 years to the ending age of the preceding Pinnacle. To make it easier for you, I’ve listed your Pinnacle and Challenge Periods in the table below.

Pinnacle Number Explained

Pinnacle Number 1 – Strength, Independence, Leadership

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity to become independent and self-reliant. You will gain the courage to walk your own path and the confidence to be your true, authentic self. You’ll find yourself less concerned with others’ opinions of you and more concerned with pleasing yourself. There is potential for you to become a leader during this time or to start your own business or project. This is an opportunity to break away from the pack, so you can march to the beat of your own drum. Providing you are assertive, confident, and considerate toward others, there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 2- Relationships, Co-operation, Intuition

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity to develop harmonious relationships and a deeper understanding of others. You will gain the ability to know instinctively what people need along with the steps that must be taken to help them. Your intuition will be strong and you’ll be more sensitive to energy, your environment, and the people around you. This is a favorable time to study metaphysics, health, healing, counseling, art, music, or anything that involves helping people. Providing you are balanced, assertive, diplomatic, and cooperative when dealing with others, there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 3 – Self-expression, Communication, Creativity

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity to develop your artistic and creative abilities. You will gain the ability to communicate and express yourself more easily and effectively, and may choose to do this through speaking, writing, performing, singing, creating, or designing. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as any form of self-expression is favorable during this time. Providing you are confident, disciplined, focused, don’t scatter your energies, and dedicate yourself to the job at hand, there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 4 – Discipline, Order, Foundation

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity to create stability and build a solid foundation for your future. You will gain the ability to persevere through your challenges and overcome the obstacles that you face. This time will help you to be organized, disciplined, and focused so you can achieve your goals and make something of your life. Providing you work hard, have a good work ethic and a positive mindset, dedicate yourself to the job at hand, and finish what you start, there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 5 – Communication, Change, Experience

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity to expand your life experience and explore the world around you. You will gain the ability to communicate more effectively with others and many new people will cross your path. Life will send you many new and exciting experiences and you will learn the importance of self-discipline and moderation. There will be opportunities to promote yourself and to adapt to the many changes you undergo. Providing you are flexible, adaptable, grounded, disciplined, and focused, there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 6 – Service, Family, Domestic Responsibility

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity to take more responsibility and be of service to your loved ones, family, friends, and community. You will gain the ability to balance giving with receiving and your home life with your career as you learn to balance other’s needs with your own. This is a favorable time to make a commitment, get married, have children, take care of family, or to work in a service- or home-based business. Providing you are responsible, compassionate, kind, and caring toward others, there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 7 – Personal Development, Spirituality, Specialization

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity to investigate, study, and become a specialist in your craft. You will gain the ability to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, your talents, and the deeper meaning of life. During this time you will be encouraged to reach a higher level of awareness through personal development and spiritual teachings. This is a favorable time to study and explore metaphysics and/or alternative modalities. Providing you develop and trust your intuition and adopt a spiritual practice, there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 8 – Personal Power, Finances, Career

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity for financial and material gain, providing you are honest in your dealings, work hard, and make good decisions. You will gain the ability to rise to a position of authority, reclaim your personal power, or possibly start your own business. During this time life will encourage you to master your ego, adopt a positive mindset, and develop a healthy relationship with money. Providing you are honest, work hard, are organized, enterprising, ambitious, and strong – there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 9 – Broad-mindedness, Service, Compassion

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity to develop broad-mindedness, compassion, and tolerance through selfless service to others. You will gain the ability to develop a deeper understanding of people combined with a desire to want to help them improve their lives. During this time, life will encourage you to accept, forgive, and release your pain of the past and accept that endings are a natural part of life. Providing you learn to put others’ needs above your own and can understand the interconnectedness of all things, there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 11/2 (also read Pinnacle Number 2) – Illumination, Transformation, Spiritual Awakening

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity to reach a higher level of awareness and to inspire others with ease. You will gain the ability to enhance and follow your intuition as you work toward improving yourself and living by your higher ideals. During this time you will gain self-confidence and wisdom. This is a favorable time for spiritual expansion, personal transformation, and developing your psychic abilities. Depending on the other numbers in your chart there is also potential for recognition and fame. Providing you can balance your emotions, master your sensitivity, and are driven to serve the greater good, there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 22/4 (also read Pinnacle Number 4) – Commitment, Achievement, Humanitarianism

During this pinnacle life provides you with the opportunity to implement, manage, or support an endeavor that serves the community or humanity as a whole. You will gain the ability to apply your vision combined with your organizational and managerial skills toward something of great importance. During this time you’ll be encouraged to “think big” and may be drawn toward promoting national or international affairs. This is a highly productive time and providing you have a clear vision, dedicate yourself entirely to your goals, and have the endurance and stamina to follow through, there is potential for happiness and success.

Pinnacle Number 33/6 (also read Pinnacle Number 6) – Commitment, Achievement, Establishment

During this pinnacle, life provides you with the opportunity to utilize your healing abilities in service to others. You will gain the ability to heal others and yourself through love, understanding, and the use of spiritual principles. During this time there will be much responsibility and self-sacrifice as you learn to use love as an energetic force for change. This is a favorable time for teaching or studying the healing arts, reaching self-mastery and personal transformation, and developing a broader understanding of people and life. Providing you can master your emotions and depersonalize the pain you see in the world, there is potential for happiness and success.

Challenge Number Explained

Challenge Number 0 – Choice, Opportunity, Free Will

A 0 Challenge Number indicates no specific challenges; however you’re not completely off the hook, as life will still put obstacles in your path. The 0 Challenge Number indicates a challenge of choice, so it is your decision whether you want to live to your highest potential or simply cruise along. It’s up to you which way you choose.

Challenge Number 1 – Assertiveness, Independence, Confidence

During this period, life will challenge you to become more assertive and to stand up for yourself. You will learn to be independent and less concerned with others’ opinions of you. The more you trust and believe in yourself, the more confident you will be. You may find it challenging to walk your own path, but you were born with the ability to do so.

Challenge Number 2 – Sensitivity, Balance, Emotions

During this period, life will challenge you to master your sensitivity and balance your emotions. You will learn not to overreact or to take things too personally as you work towards developing your self-confidence. The more you believe in yourself the less jealous you will be of others. You may find it a challenge to overcome your inferiority complex but you were born with the ability to do so.

Challenge Number 3 – Self-expression, Communication, Focus

During this period, life will challenge you to express yourself positively and effectively. Rather than use communication to exaggerate, gossip, criticize, and complain, you’ll be encouraged to use your words to bring understanding, happiness, inspiration, and hope. You will also learn to focus and not scatter yourself in too many directions at once, so you can achieve your goals. You may find it a challenge to identify your feelings and put them into words, but you were born with the ability to do so.

Challenge Number 4 – Discipline, Perseverance, Building

During this period, life will challenge you to be disciplined, organized, and focused in every area of your life. Rather than procrastinate, give up, or walk away from your problems, you’ll be encouraged to persevere through obstacles so you can face your challenges head on. You will also learn to be patient as you gradually build a solid and stable foundation. You may find it a challenge to be positive in the face of adversity, but you were born with the ability to do so.

Challenge Number 5 – Freedom, Commitment, Moderation

During this period, life will challenge you to master your desire to overindulge in physical pleasures of the senses. When it comes to sex, spending money, or consuming alcohol and/or food, medication and/or drugs, you will learn that abstinence or moderation is the key. Rather than becoming a rolling stone or a jack of all trades and specialist of none, you are being encouraged to stick at one thing and follow it through. You may find it a challenge to commit fully to others, your responsibilities, and your goals, but you were born with the ability to do so.

Challenge Number 6 – Acceptance, Idealism, Responsibility

During this period, life will challenge you to become less opinionated and self-righteous and more accepting of others and yourself. Rather than be overly idealistic about what is right and wrong, you will learn to acknowledge that others are free to live as they choose. During this time you will also be encouraged to accept the imperfection in yourself, others, and the world. You may find it a challenge to take responsibility for your actions, but you were born with the ability to do so.

Challenge Number 7 – Spirituality, Trust, Self-awareness

During this period, you will be challenged to look beyond superficiality to explore the deeper meaning of life. You will also be encouraged to trust and have faith in yourself, others, and a higher purpose. During this time you will learn that self-awareness and transformation are the key to living a more fulfilled life and that true happiness can only come from within. You may find it a challenge to spend time alone without feeling lonely, but you were born with the ability to do so.

Challenge Number 8 -Ego, Personal Power, Materialism

During this period, life will challenge you to overcome your desire for power, success, recognition, the accumulation of material possessions, and wealth. As you learn to master your ego, you will also be encouraged to balance the material and spiritual aspects of your life. During this time you will learn to reclaim your personal power and be less controlling of others You may find it a challenge to form a healthy relationship with money, but you were born with the ability to do so.

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