In numerology, Periods and Pinnacles refers to two long-term cycles in our lives. For the Period cycles, there are three, each lasting around 30 years. The First Period cycle number is your birth month, so if you’re born in March, it’s 3 (March is the 3rd month). If you’re born in October or December, reduce it to a single digit; if you’re born in November, leave it as 11, a Master number. The Second Period cycle number is your day of birth reduced to a single digit, unless you’re born on the 11th or 22nd of a month (Master numbers). The Third Period cycle number is your year of birth reduced to a single digit, again unless you add them up to an 11 or 22, the Master numbers. Your Period cycles are periods of growth and maturation in your life.
To determine when each Period starts, figure out the year when the person turns 28, and determine the person’s personal year number (instructions on the Learn Numerology page) for that year. If it’s a 1 personal year, that year is the beginning of the start of your Second Period cycle and end of your First Period cycle. If it’s a 2 personal year, the previous year is the beginning. If it’s a 3-9 personal year, the next 1 personal year is the beginning of the Second Period cycle. You do the same thing to determine the beginning of the Third Period cycle, but instead of your 28th birthday, you use your 56th birthday.
For example, say you’re born March 28th 1989. You’d turn 28 in 2017. Using the Life Path Number: 3+28+1989=2020, 2+0+2+0=4; 4+2017=2021, 2+0+2+1=5. 2017 would be a 5 personal year for you, which means 2018 would be a 6 year, 2019 a 7 year, 2020 an 8 year, 2021 a 9 year, and 2022 a 1 year, making 2022 the beginning of your Second Period cycle. You’d turn 56 in 2045, so add 4+2045=2049, 2+0+4+9=15, 1+5=6, making 2045 a 6 personal year for you, 2046 a 7 year, 2047 an 8 year, 2048 a 9 year, and 2049 a 1 year, which makes 2049 the start of your Third Period cycle.
There are four Pinnacle cycles, and the Pinnacle cycles can show events in your life, times where your life experiences major changes and growth, opportunities that are presented to you, and transformations. The First Pinnacle number is determined by adding together the First and Second Period numbers. The Second Pinnacle number is determined by adding together the Second and Third Period numbers. The Third Pinnacle number is determined by adding together the First and Second Pinnacle numbers. The Fourth Pinnacle number is determined by adding together the First and Third Period numbers. In the March 28th 1989 example, the Pinnacles would be 4, 1, 5, and 3.
How long each Pinnacle lasts depends on your Life Path number. Refer to the chart below:
During the First Period, a 1 shows someone who is fiercely independent, always taking the lead, and has a hard time taking instructions, which can get you into trouble as a child. During the Second Period, a 1 shows you’ll be focused, driven, and can achieve a great deal, are a good leader, but impatient. During the Third Period, a 1 shows having a very active life, likely not retiring or losing any steam, and potentially seeing the fruition of what you’ve been working so hard toward all of your life.
During the First Period, a 2 is highly sensitive, easily bruised by other children, and helpful with adults. A creative outlet helps you when young. During the Second Period, you can work well with others, and find a partner to be hugely beneficial professionally. Your diplomatic approach is an asset, though your emotions may still sway. During the Third Period, a 2 shows having lots of close family and friends around you, retiring with security, and bringing people together.
During the First Period, a 3 has lots of energy, expresses themselves easily, and enjoys everything they do. You have a hard time focusing on anything for very long though. During the Second Period, a 3 is creative and brings that into their profession, and can do their own thing, but you need to work on learning how to plan ahead and focus. During the Third Period, a 3 is super sociable, allows their creative self to fully express itself, and has a good time.
During the First Period, a 4 shows difficulty with being young, having too much responsibility at a young age, someone practical, and who begins their career early. During the Second Period, a 4 builds their lives steadily, is stable and focused, but can work themselves too hard and needs to force themselves to take vacations. During the Third Period, a 4 continues to work, not liking any idle time where you feel unproductive, always wanting to contribute.
During the First Period, a 5 is curious and an adventurer, but you may have too many ups and downs, and the lack of stability makes it difficult for you as you grow up. During the Second Period, a 5 jumps into new things without much thought, embraces change, and can do great things if you don’t jump around so much. During the Third Period, a 5 continues to have adventures, does traveling and keeps learning, and likely won’t stop working because you’re finally doing what you love.
During the First Period, a 6 is devoted to their friends and family, wanting to help out as much as you can, and can take on too much responsibility at a young age. During the Second Period, a 6 focuses more on others than themselves, and is the one who creates a solid domestic life and focuses on that. During the Third Period, a 6 is still active in their family and community, has an easier time with the responsibilities they carry, and is at ease with themselves.
During the First Period, a 7 feels like an outsider, very different from the other children, quieter and more introspective. You’re an excellent learner, and don’t care about fitting in. During the Second Period, a 7 continues to study and absorb much knowledge, but you don’t actually get much else done, preferring to focus on your mind. During the Third Period, a 7 chooses to be alone, and is one with their mind. You can come up with brilliant ideas, do lots of research, and try to share what you’ve learned.
During the First Period, an 8 strives to achieve early in life, but may be too focused on material possessions and financial gain. You can start your career early. During the Second Period, an 8 is extremely productive and goal-oriented, excellent at being a boss, and strives to succeed. During the Third Period, an 8 can achieve whatever they haven’t yet, contribute to a group, and wants to feel productive. You can be a late bloomer, having your success later in life.
During the First Period, a 9 is forced to focus more on the world and others than themselves, and may have a hard time being confident or feel alone. During the Second Period, a 9 has to get past the past, do more for humankind, and develop compassion and empathy. You can grow personally more than most. During the Third Period, a 9 gives much to others, wanting to help the world in some way. You can become the ultimate humanitarian, and you feel satisfied with your life.
During the First Period, an 11 can be idealistic and have a hard time dealing with the physical plane. You’ll mostly gravitate toward the number 2. During the Second Period, an 11 is spiritual and strive to help other people with their spiritual drama. You can suffer nerves if you don’t strike a balance. During the Third Period, an 11 is focused on their spiritual self and eliminates material possessions. You’re introspective, spend time studying, and learn about the world.
There is no 22 First Period because there isn’t a 22 month. During the Second Period, a 22 wants to build their life, and can make great strides with whatever they choose to do. You can easily move up the ladder, and have opportunities all around you to succeed in life. During the Third Period, a 22 keeps going, always having something to do, something to strive for, and you can have your greatest success during this period.
With a First Pinnacle 1, your younger years are about becoming a leader, independent, and learning how to be assertive without being aggressive. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 1, you assert yourself, follow what you want, and can achieve whatever you set out to do. This can be a time of success. With a Fourth Pinnacle 1, you want to keep going in life, express yourself, and can take charge.
With a First Pinnacle 2, you’re sensitive when young, with strong feelings that you have a hard time controlling, and can be emotional. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 2, you can do well with a partner, and find that most of your success comes with a partner or from the help of someone. You need to be patient and practical. With a Fourth Pinnacle 2, you’re still sensitive, but you enjoy being with others and maintaining a peaceful life.
With a First Pinnacle 3, you feel scattered and unfocused, have a lot of creative energy, but aren’t sure how to best use them. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 3, you’re creativity can come out, and you want to express yourself creatively. You can be more sociable, and this helps you with being successful. With a Fourth Pinnacle 3, you can do lots of travel, have lots of friends, and don’t worry about money.
With a First Pinnacle 4, you have too much work to do things that a normal kid does, or you have to be too practical and focused on other things. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 4, you can build a foundation slowly, exercise patience, and can have success if you work harder than everyone else. With a Fourth Pinnacle 4, you don’t stop what you’re doing, and continue working hard.
With a First Pinnacle 5, you can lack stability in your life, and experience constant change. You don’t care to follow the rules, which can get you into trouble. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 5, if you can go with the flow, you can have success. You crave more freedom in your life, and want to roam. With a Fourth Pinnacle 5, changes are still frequent in your life, you enjoy variety, and you don’t worry about money or family.
With a First Pinnacle 6, you have a lot of responsibility for a young person, and you have to focus much of your attention toward your family. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 6, you devote yourself to your family and community, and have to come to terms with your responsibilities. With a Fourth Pinnacle 6, you’re satisfied with your domestic life, and enjoy your family.
With a First Pinnacle 7, you’re an excellent learner, but struggle with youth. You’re not like the other kids, more serious and studious. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 7, you can make progress mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, but don’t see much progress financially. With a Fourth Pinnacle 7, you spend time focusing on studies, researching, being introspective, and having quiet time alone.
With a First Pinnacle 8, you’re practical and hard-working, and have a mind for business early. You can start your career earlier than most. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 8, you want to achieve success in life, are focused on your goals, and are more logical and less irrational. With a Fourth Pinnacle 8, you can achieve status in life, and likely continue to keep working.
With a First Pinnacle 9, you’re a humanitarian at a young age, and try to help those who can’t help themselves. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 9, you have a wider view of the world, and want to help the world in some big way. You can be charitable and compassionate. With a Fourth Pinnacle 9, you care about society, and do more to help people through volunteer work or sizable charitable donations.
With a First Pinnacle 11, you’re very sensitive and can be an idealist. You wish the world were better than it is. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 11, your idealistic nature is more pronounced, and it drives you with whatever you do. You become more spiritual as well. With a Fourth Pinnacle 11, the work that you do will be geared toward helping other people, and you’re spiritually enlightened.
With a First Pinnacle 22, you struggle to use the energy is your youth, afraid of the power and tend to manifest more the number 4. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 22, you can achieve as much as you want in life. Opportunities are all around you, and you can have great success. If you didn’t have proper training when young, you can do that now. With a Fourth Pinnacle 22, you are the master builder, with great success and continued activity.
With a First Pinnacle 33, like the 22, you’ll likely struggle with the energy when young, and tend to manifest the number 6. With a Second/Third Pinnacle 33, your nurturing nature is pronounced, and you can do something to help others in your community, or on a larger scale. You can improve yourself and your life greatly. With a Fourth Pinnacle 33, you become the master teacher, and can have a great impact with your wisdom.