Widely considered to be the highest Master Number by many authors, it has been glorified as a number that builds large institutions and big projects, and as a result has not been thoroughly explained except by a handful of authors. Many have the perception that the 22/4 is the ultimate potential of sorts and resign themselves to this fact, as if using this as an excuse to not understand the number further. Who could understand the so-called “top dog” number unless one had it in their chart? The truth is that the 22/4 is neither the top Master Number nor the number that signifies the ultimate potential, for potential lies in the choices and integrity of the individual. The numbers are a guide as to the makeup of the individual, but if a person cannot integrate himself properly, then none of it matters.
Nevertheless, the 22 is a hard working number who in some ways is destined to achieve something in life. The question is whether he works in physical reality or simply works inside of his own mind. If he’s a dreamer, he only wakes up to the dangers around him when they knock on his front door, and by then, it’s too late. The tarot equivalent of this number is The Fool.
22 is a Master Number and thus its anatomy is a bit different. Master Numbers are the only types of numbers where the negative value equals -0. This indicates that the challenges of all the other single cardinal numbers must be dealt with. This also includes a “-9,” which indicates problems with idealism and being overzealous, but also from living inside one’s own world, separate from reality.
22 is an interesting number. With double sensitivity and cooperation, it can either build great ventures with others or be severely limited by its own inhibitions. These inhibitions are caused by great emotional turmoils that stem from the making or breaking of one’s ideals of the world, indicated by the -0. Thus a more realistic viewpoint of reality must first be established before this number can begin to build something with others. And this is exactly what this number does: it brings together large groups for a common constructive goal, usually practical in origin for the betterment of everyone involved. It is due in part to the 22’s selflessness that all of this is able to happen. Selflessness is a common trait in Master Numbers working in the positive, which is one reason why they are difficult to work with. Negatively, guard exploiting the group for profit and avoid corrupting your ranks for the sake of material goods.