The Code


The Code by Johanna Paungger & Thomas PoppeFull Title: The Code: Unlocking the Ancient Power of Your Birthday
Author: Johanna Paungger & Thomas Poppe
Publisher: Beyond Words & Atria Books (2011) [Originally published as Das Tiroler Zahlenrad (2008)]
Number of Pages: 272
How long it took me to read: 1 month, 4 days
Where I got this book: Uncustomary Book Submission
ISBN: 9781582702896

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Like a Moth to a Flame

I don’t remember the last time I was so excited to start reading a book. I first learned about the work of Paungger and Poppe a few months ago when I happened upon an interview with Poppe on a Virtual Light Broadcast. I’ve always been drawn to numerology but I’ve never incorporated an analysis of colors into the modality. These authors’ work sounded fascinating, and I got in touch with Poppe right after finishing to watch him speak about the book. I’ve enjoyed wonderful meals in Tyrol, but never ancient traditions (at least, not in this life). Can wait to start reading!

Favorite Five

Whittling 17 down to 5…I propose that the top 5 quotes from this book are:

5. “The Catholic Church has historically been against any practice that resembles paganism, even though the Church has frequently conducted pagan rites over the centuries. You would be hard-pressed to find a pulpit in historic churches that has not been carefully positioned by using a dowsing rod or a pendulum.” (xxi)

4. “…it would not be such a good idea to force the selection of a round number for a birthdate when scheduling a Caesarean section, a common form of delivery today. The child is not only endowed with double or triple energy in a Cardinal Point on the Wheel (with the danger of a subsequent overdevelopment), but he or she is saddled with special challenges and expectations at the same time.” (p.219)

3. “Our immune system does best when we have the feeling that we are doing something useful. This could be staying strong and healthy, looking forward to an event, saving for something, burning with desire, or living in an environment where we feel understood! … You weaken your immune system—this glowing globe of light and colors around each of us—when you do not live your Numbers or fill your Signature with life. Even when you live your Numbers, things might not always go smoothly for you, but you will be far healthier and more fulfilled than you would have ever been by blindly following ingrained habits.” (p.241)

2. “…complaining costs energy, and it achieves nothing worthwhile. You will only get on the last nerves of those who are already on their way to making the best of their lives.” (pp.85-6)

…and my pick for the No.1 quote is…

1. “The silence…that can surround a person does not indicate anything about his or her knowledge and true worth—neither does loud advertising.” (p.xxvii)

Sample Codes

Note to reader: In an attempt to practice applying The Code, I wrote up a selection of sample Personal Codes while I read the book. I chose random birth dates to help me understand the different influences of the Numbers and Cardinal Points. All of the information in the samples in based on the first two parts of the book (i.e., “Understanding the Code of the Birthday Wheel” and “The Building Blocks of the Code”). I wanted to share these with you in case you were curious to learn more about the influence of numbers in our daily lives. It’s probably not likely that your birth date is fully represented in any one of the samples below, but I encourage you to read through parts or all of the analyses below, focusing particular attention to the ones that best match the numbers in your birth date, or of those of loved ones. If you want to know more in-depth information about the connections between these numbers and how to apply The Code in your daily life, I would wholeheartedly recommend getting the book (links to popular online booksellers are listed above). As you’ll read in my reflections, I’ve been able to heal some old wounds and discover compassion toward myself and those in my life because of what I’ve learned from the book.

Note: All samples open as PDFs.

The Code - Birth Date: 3843 The Code - Birth Date: 4779 The Code - Birth Date: 5380

The Code - Birth Date: 11166 The Code - Birth Date: 11632 The Code - Birth Date: 11879

The Code - Birth Date: 41051 The Code - Birth Date: 41275 The Code - Birth Date: 42376

The Code - Birth Date: 101280 The Code - Birth Date: 102744 The Code - Birth Date: 112778

Conversation with the Reader

While I read, I write, and as I write, I read. Here’s some of what I wrote while I read this book:

“Each year, I create a new numerology breakdown for myself and I gift personalized ones to those closest to me on their birthdays. I normally include a basic summary of what the new year represents, and which numbers influence each month. I’ve been doing this for myself for a handful of years now, and I can honestly say that it’s helped me make sense of events that I would have otherwise experienced much more dramatically. Numerology helps me connect the dots. It’s a way for me to see the meaning in what others interpret as chaos and coincidence.”

“At this stage, I’ve read about how the numbers one and six in a birth date affect a person’s life and it looks like I’m a bit of a Northerner. I realize that there are some of you who don’t believe that a silly thing such as a number or a color could have any significance over the way we life our lives, but I don’t happen to be in your camp. So, perhaps my words won’t touch the people who don’t believe. Perhaps I’m just writing for myself. It’s ok, one way or the other.

“But just to clarify, it’s not as though reading about a couple of numbers has changed my entire outlook on life. I’m not ready to change the course of my career or force my family to move to a place that’s more aligned with my energetic signature. It’s much more subtle than that.

“Throughout these first few chapters, I’m reminded of various facets of myself. It’s as though I’ve been gazing into my reflection, systematically looking at various components of my character and reflecting on what have been the intentions behind the intentions of the choices I’ve made in my life. What have I gained? More openness to loving myself unconditionally, a greater willingness to accept the hand I’ve been dealt, and clarity about certain people who have either very much bothered me, or with whom I resonate in a strong way. I’m off to the East next, and looking forward to learning how the energies of enthusiasm and joy that take root in the developmental stage of new ideas influence my growth.”

“I’m starting to understand the behavior of the people around me. I’m beginning to realize that what torments them isn’t at all what bothers me. In the past, it was so easy for me to dismiss someone’s discomfort or frustration over something as simple as a nagging feeling at the end of each day that he didn’t do enough to make the most of the day. It never crossed my mind to worry about something that unimportant so I didn’t appreciate that this pain could be real for someone else. Now I hear what people are feeling, and I see the thoughts that cycle through their minds. It’s no longer about brushing off the stuff that shouldn’t bother others because it doesn’t bother me. My perspective has shifted. It’s now much more about understanding where those pains come from on a basic energetic level and appreciating that they’re real to them. My purpose of communicating has transformed from hoping that someone will hear me and appreciate my voice, to being receptive to the messages between the pregnant lines and invisible pauses separating the words so that I can give compassion. For some reason, things have shifted further away from me and closer to the Self. For some reason, knowledge has sparked the shift. For some reason…”

“I’ve always sensed that suppression is detrimental to the growth and development of the soul in it’s physical manifestation, but until now I had’t understood the reality of how debilitating it can be when it starts in childhood. According to Paungger and Poppe, the people who don’t see themselves reflected in their Personal Codes are often those suppressed in their early years by people with strong opposing characters. Since it is our goal in life to not only be our authentic selves but to flourish in our authenticity, even the suppressed must figure out a way to discover their inner beings and translate them into their worlds. That’s where teachers and those more sensitive among us play such a vital role, acting as the mirrors that reflect us to ourselves.”

“When I was a schoolgirl, I got a dog. I got to keep him for a week before my father returned him to the pet store without telling me. I think he thought that it was too much work caring for the pup, that there were too many inconveniences associated with the experience, so that’s why he decided to take him back. I don’t think I ever really forgave him for that until this moment. Now I understand that it’s because of the influences of the zero and the five in his birth date that compelled him to act the way he did. He thought he was doing what was best.

“The extreme influence of the energies of the Center compelled him to help without paying attention to whether his actions were actually beneficial to the situation. In other words, he justified to himself that the good feeling he got from helping make things easier on the family meant that he was doing a good thing, regardless of whether his intentions are beneficial, genuine, or unconditional. In this way, he robbed me of my right to independence and freedom to learn from the experience on my own. But that’s ok. I genuinely mean that. He was doing what he thought was best. He was doing the best he knew how. He didn’t know any better. Maybe one day, he will. But for now, it’s ok.”

“More than discovering new things about myself, I’m learning self-acceptance. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt like an alien on this planet, seeing things differently from those around me and generally feeling frustrated that I wasn’t moving through life’s milestones at the same seamless pace as so many of my peers. I don’t know what it would take for me to stop looking beyond the horizon at the next big project and planning every detail of how it will manifest, but it would be nice to at least feel solid ground under my shuffling feet.

“It’s never been simple for me to explain what it is that I do, or to find convenient labels for all the jobs I juggle. It’s definitely been a sore point of contention between me and myself, mostly because it was just another one of those ways that I felt left out of the group of happy, flourishing people in life (a.k.a. the popular kids). When everyone was leaving their well-defined jobs at the end of each day, heading to the bar for a drink and a giggle with their friends, I was more often than not glued to a book or to a screen trying to learn every possible detail I could find on a topic that might one day be useful in my big picture.

“I’ve often asked myself why I take the long, hard road when it’s obvious that there are easier roads out there. The only answer I’ve ever been able to come up with is that I only feel comfortable on the paths that take me on thorough investigations where I can scoop up as much information as I can fit into my travel bags and eventually return home to sift and sort through all the facts until I make my own recipe for knowledge. Once I can conceptualize the knowledge, the cultivation of wisdom can begin through deeper self-exploration, reexamination and the sharing of what I find with whoever is interested.

“Where has all this brought me? Most often, to a very quiet place where I can nestle up against my piles of words and my columns of characters and slowly make sense of the world through my discoveries. It’s clear to me that people can do it faster and easier, but I just don’t think I can. Reading that I’m allowed to give myself permission to take all the time I need is, well, it’s therapeutic. It also feels liberating while at the same time almost indulgent to release the fear and doubt that I’m doing something wrong in the way I live my life. I’m not sure if anyone else ever feels that way, but to me the process of comparing myself to others always feels like I’m dragging boulders behind me on my already strained way. Realizing that the way I’m coded makes up a big part of how I am, and that there’s a reason for why I’ve brought my specific set of tools with me this time, makes everything feel a lot better. It might not feel easier, but it definitely feels more peaceful.”

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1 Comment

  1. Andrea says:

    Katherine, I’ve been looking for a book that might reference numbers and colors better than what I already have in my collection of Numerology books. Thanks!

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