Numerology of the King of Pop: Michael Jackson

[This article is neither intended to extol nor defame Michael Jackson. Its purpose is simply to reveal the relationship between some aspects of his life and numbers in furthering the understanding of numerology as a science.]

It was the great bard, William Shakespeare, who said: Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown (Henry IV. Part II, 1597). In many ways, Michael Jackson (born: Michael Joseph Jackson, 29 August 1958) wore an entertainment crown laden with diamonds and jewels. Yet, in many ways his diamond-studded crown left him with an uneasy head and troubled life.

It is the way of the world – kingdoms and kings, cultures and queens, rise and fall. Karmic Law cares not for princes or paupers, heroes or heroines, celebrities or nobodies, cheers or sneers. We all are bound by laws far greater than our vision, or our egos, can perceive… let alone control. Furthermore, we all have a destiny that is inexorable, inescapable, immutable. Michael Jackson’s destiny is so clear in his numbers that his life serves as an excellent example of study for students of numerology. He led a famous but tragic life, a life both revered by some and reviled by others; a life which exemplified a meteoric rise to fame and fortune but an equally meteoric fall from grace into the depths of misfortune and despair. Michael Jackson was a self-proclaimed and narcissistic King of Pop who demanded the media refer to him in such terms. Yet, kings – self-proclaimed or not – are subject to the same divine laws as everyone else. No one is exempt from the Law which operates, like gravity, without regard to persons, however talented or famous. This article will briefly touch upon a few aspects of Jackson’s life and explain through the science of numerology why his life was the way it tragically was.

Love of Music

Michael Jackson’s love of music is clearly visible in his Basic Matrix. Not only is his first name, “Michael,” a 33-6, but his Soul is a 33-6 as well, and his Material Soul [MS] is a double 66-3 with a 111-3 triple master root. This reveals an intense desire and need to express himself through art, words, music, harmony, love, pleasure, action and, unfortunately, addiction. These master numbers are the “fire in the belly” that moves the engine, regardless of whose engine they inhabit.

The master numbers 33 and 66 are powerfully creative but potentially vicious opiates. Controlled, they can elevate a person to great heights, as in Jackson’s case. Uncontrolled, these pleasure-based master energies can express themselves with such destructive consequences that they lead to the most insufferable depths of despair and death, also as in Jackson’s case.

Intensifying Jackson’s 33-6 Soul and 66-3 Material Soul is his 6 Lifepath – a journey forcing him to learn lessons [both positive and negative] regarding love and harmony [in all aspects of life, not just music], sex, family, community, responsibility, addiction, hatred, envy, jealousy, bitterness, nurturing and its lack. This 6 Lifepath gave Jackson what his heart desired – all things 6 – but it also blinded him and, as we shall see in his Challenges, became a lodestone of immense suffering, helping energize his misfortune and ultimate demise.

Jackson’s Challenges

The 3/11-2 Challenge

As Michael Jackson was destined to be a global icon and music revolutionary, he was equally doomed to suffer a challenging family and love life, health and self-images issues, as well as an unrelenting attack on his continuing but alleged pedophilia tendencies and actions. These conditions are clearly flagged in his four life Challenges-all of which house a double set of 3/11-2 and 6/5 energy. For all four Challenges to house two identical sets of numbers is extremely rare.

The number 3 rules health/disease, self image, vanity, children, communication, words, art, pleasure, beauty and sexuality [with the 5 and 6]. When located in a Challenge position, this negatively aspected 3 creates internal issues involving these topics. For Michael Jackson, this 3 Challenge plagued his entire life because of its complete occupation in his four Challenge timelines. Furthermore, when combined with the 8 energy of social interaction and connection, it manifested in the realm of the 2 which rules close personal relationship, others and female [yin] energy. The 3/2 Challenge references children [3] in relationship [2], a direct inference involving potentially untoward behaviors, i.e., his alleged pedophilia tendencies, which caused him great stress and turmoil, as is all too commonly known.

This 3/2 combination also helps explain why Jackson’s looks [3] became feminine [2] as he aged, as well as being bizarre and freakish [negative 3]. It is also this 3/2 pattern that gave Jackson a childlike manner [when he chose to use it] and crafted his personal cross to bear regarding not having a normal childhood, which he often lamented but was quoted as saying he wouldn’t exchange for the fame and power he possessed as a music icon. Furthermore, this 3 Challenged energy played a major role in his poor self-esteem and self loathing. Jackson was obviously consumed with his appearance and challenged by it throughout his life. As his numbers indicate, this was a lifelong issue he couldn’t avoid.

The 6/5 Challenge

Coupled with his 3/2 Challenge was a 6/5 IR set (Influence/Reality). The 6 governs personal love, music, family, nurturing, support, beauty, sexuality, harmony, community. When in a Challenge position, it can reference its opposite side of abuse, jealousy, envy, hatred, bitterness. Mixing with his 8 Expression, the 6 played itself out in an environment of the energy of the 5 [8 + 6 = 14 > 1 + 4 = 5] of change, loss, detachment, movement, diversity, freedom. It is this 6/5 IR set that was the basis for Jackson’s familial issues, especially with his father, Joseph Walter Jackson [born 26 July 1929], whose Soul and Material Soul [his desires, needs, wants and motivations] were both 6s. Michael’s 6/5 IR set indicates that he would detach [5] from his father’s most ardent desires [6]. Having a 6 Challenge in a 6 Lifepath heralds problems with his life’s journey in the realm of the heart and home.

The flip side of this 6/5 component is that Jackson had a very loving and loyal [6] fan base comprised of a diversity [5] of individuals. Loyalty is one aspect of the 6, and in many ways Jackson’s fan loyalty was as much a curse as it was a blessing. Fans demand attention, and oftentimes their obsession with the one they loved and admired placed enormous pressure and stress on Jackson to behave in ways deleterious to his health and well-being. “The show must go on,” right? Yet, from a health standpoint sometimes it’s better that the show not go on. How much is a life worth? The cost of adulation? In the final analysis, whose life is lost and at what price?

Drugs and the number 6

One of the potential attributes of the number 6 concerns its dark side of drug use and addition. This is attributed not only to its powerful and potentially addictive 33 master root but also to its transition root of 15, which appears in Jackson’s Lifepath and 2nd Challenge along with the 3/2. The explanation of the 15 is that the 1 of action embraces the 5 of the senses, freedom and experience, combining to create the 6 [1 + 5 = 6] of love, sexuality and sensuality while being challenged by the 4 [5 – 1 = 4] of discipline, self-control and materialism. Having a 15-6 in a chart does not automatically mandate drug usage, but it does infer the potential. Interestingly, the numerical configuration of the word “Drugs” is a 6. Many of Jackson’s inner circle mentioned in interviews after his death that he did have a problem with prescription drugs. In fact, Deepak Chopra stated in one such interview that in his observation Jackson was addicted to prescription drugs and he urged him to terminate his indulgence in them. Chopra also stated that prescription drugs are responsible for more drug addiction than street drugs. This is a sobering, painful and dangerous reality, not just because drug usage destroys bodies and minds and contributes to the degradation of society, but because it references a need for drugs in the first place, a testimony to the absence of a spiritual nucleus in the lives of those consumed by them.

Fame, Power, Egomania and the 1/99-9 Master Energy

Michael Jackson’s first Pinnacle was a 1/99-9. Its timeline was from his birth through age thirty. No two numbers acting in concert have more potential for creating individual power and fame than the 1 and 9. Together they represent the star [the one (1) who is the center of attention] and the crown [the one who rules and holds magnetic power among the masses (9)].

It’s impossible to get any more iconic and famous than the1/99-9 combination. The 1/9 (simple version of the 1/99-9) cipher lives in the public eye. The 1 represents the self, the ego, the originator, doer, activator, leader and star. The 99 represents the masses, public acclaim, popularity and recognition. The symbol for the 9 is the crown. More than any combination, it is this 1/99-9 combination that rocketed Michael Jackson to global stardom in his early life.

As positive as this 1/99-9 combination was for Jackson, it was also immensely instrumental in his destruction. This combination represents the ego and its power, and if that ego and power are not controlled and placed in the proper perspective, together they inflate a person’s sense of self and worth to levels of extreme egomania, self-absorption and narcissistic self-proclamation, placing him or her on a pedestal in a tower of enormous height, an edifice insuring a fall of gigantic proportions. This type of human expression is sadly common in the world of celebrity and flies in the face of all that is spiritually appropriate and divine, which is why Saints and Perfect Masters always teach that humility is the best insurance against the pejorative potentials of personal power running amuck.

It is no secret that Jackson’s ego was highly inflated and beyond mitigation, this in stark contrast to his seemingly soft and tender nature. It was Jackson himself, not the public, who coined himself the “King of Pop” and demanded, not asked according to one reporter, that the media do the same. It was Jackson who, saturated with a Messiah Complex as reported by Chris Ayers in a Times Online article, commissioned a giant replica of The Last Supper by famed artist Leonardo da Vinci to hang above his bed. In the portrait, Jackson had Christ’s face replaced with his own and Christ’s disciples replaced with famous people such as Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Thomas Edison, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Charlie Chaplin and others. What normal, humble, spiritually focused, balanced and whole individual would ever think of doing such a thing, let alone doing it? It staggers the imagination to understand the dimensions of such an ego. Is this humility? Unfortunately, like other personages throughout time, Jackson succumbed to the illusion of his own importance and it destroyed him, as it will anyone who believes he or she is bigger than God.


Michael Jackson’s life was, as all of our lives are, a manifestation of destiny, as revealed in the numbers of his birth name and birth date. He could not, as we cannot, escape his destiny. Jackson was a musical genius, extraordinary performer and global icon. The number patterns 1/99-9, 33-6, 66-3, 3/11-2 and 6/5 played a major role in his life’s fame, fortune, success and turmoil. During his life, Michael Joseph Jackson adorned the crown of a superstar, but as his life unfolded it became obvious that the weight of such a crown created an equal sense of unease following him into his grave.