The number four

The builder

The number Four is the representation of the practical sense, of concreteness, and of the constructiveness of ideas understood in a tangible sense. The Four is the number that stands as a symbol of the physical world, or of our planet and all living beings. Differently from the numbers One, Two and Three, the Four, acting on the practical level, educates us to use our attitudes to be able to realize and express what is more manifest and solid in us.

Under the influence of the number Four we are driven to act in the awareness of belonging and operating in a material world. Those who are characterized by the Quattro tend to live everyday life and actively involve other people in well-defined social contexts. The person of the number Four is generally conservative. It also stimulates us to be responsible for the cycles of nature and to have respect for traditions.

The number 4 is patient, serious and methodical and has a profound sense of justice in its activities. The Builder aspires to an orderly and secure world where rules and morals are the basis of the social structure. Supported by a strong sense of reality, it strives for concrete projects that have serious opportunities for development. He is able to perceive the world through the senses, linked as he is to earth and to nature, enjoying through the physical and perceptive sphere. He prefers team work where everyone has his well-defined and concrete task and his strong practical sense directs him in jobs in which his manual ability is enhanced and to create projects in practice, evaluating opportunities and patiently organizing work. perseverance. In the affective sphere there is a certain difficulty in opening up to protect oneself as it is from its rigid armor and seeks a serious and reliable partner that inspires security and trust, with which it sometimes tends to act as a parent towards it.


The Builder on his shadow side becomes the Prisoner. The individual can oscillate between an obstinate rebellion against the rules of the world to a rigid adhesion of patterns and laws of behavior, which remind us of the Super Ego model identified by psychoanalysis, where an excessive mental superstructure created to protect the Ego becomes the undisputed voice that imprisons the individual within a fundamentalist or a fanatical rebel movement. His need for security that is not always recognized leads him to shut himself up and hide behind a thick armor. An emotional coldness and detachment distinguishes his relationship with other people. Work becomes a means for the prisoner to hide the fear of the unknown and uncertainty. An excessive attachment to work leads him to exhaust his energies as he can complain of inexistent economic difficulties, bringing him to an extreme saving or fear of the future. Another difficulty is linked to change, the security of his routine blocks him and limits his freedom of expression in accepting the news.