November/December 2011 Featured Stories
The Code: The Secret Power of Your Birthday

by Johanna Paungger

Every number in your birthdate has its own unique meaning and secret attributes that influence your abilities, personality and relationships. By integrating the power of these numbers with their corresponding colors, you can understand the forces that create balance, enhance talent and ultimately guide your life.

For generations the number wheel has been used to help raise children, choose professions, care for your body, and make choices that promote physical and emotional well-being.

My early years were spent on my family’s mountain farm in the Austrian Alps. It was there that I learned about the Code — the ancient knowledge that centers on the far-reaching and significant influence of one’s date of birth. This special combination of numbers — the month, day and year in which you were born — contains a hidden treasure that you can unearth. It is much like being given the combination to a safe, the contents of which only you can access.

Unspoken Family Wisdom

Johanna Paungger and Thomas Poppe

The farm on which I lived until I was 15 was bought by my grandfather Joseph in the 1930s. Located in the Tyrol area of western Austria, the farm was big enough to house all our family members: my grandfathers, grandmothers, parents, nine siblings, foster children, cousins and farm hands. We were a lively crowd and dedicated stewards to working the little plot of flora and fauna under our care.

Looking back at our everyday life, I realize that it was, in many ways, very different from what is regarded as normal today, even by the standards of Tyrolean farmers. For example, when it came to living by the Code, my family had nothing in writing about it and no formal teaching about its use. Although we knew that the Code worked, we did not know why it worked. We lived by this special knowledge of birthday numbers and benefited from it, but we did not probe deeper.

Instead, we took it for granted, just as we took the seasons for granted or the fact that thunder followed lightning. The numbers became part of our flesh and blood. It would have felt strange and crazy not to use them, just as it would have felt crazy to take a pill to battle a headache instead of treating the cause.

My earliest memories of working with the Code are rather vague. I do remember, however, that I knew the numbers before I started school. Although I doubt that I was aware of their deeper meaning, I remember drawing certain numbers on colored slips of paper for my grandfather. Sometimes, when a difficult task lay ahead or something required a great deal of energy, we were given those numbers on the colored paper to help us with our particular task.

But it was done inconspicuously, so as not to attract attention. Even as children, my siblings and I intuitively sensed that the use of this knowledge was not to be discussed.

As a true healer, my grandfather used the Code as part of his vast treasure of treatments and methods. He had the ability to recognize a problem’s underlying cause and heal it. My grandfather used the Code primarily to better understand a person, especially if he or she was extremely stubborn or had little faith in my grandfather’s alternative healing methods.

In my family, the numbers were also helpful when dealing with children — and there were lots. Our parents and grandparents usually paid close attention to our individual numbers, assigning daily chores and larger tasks accordingly. Most of the time this made sense, and the results showed it.

The Code was also helpful when dealing with other children, especially when we had to babysit our neighbors’ kids. By finding out the dates of birth of those put in our charge, we would know ahead of time what it would take for the little ones to fall into a deep slumber.

When I observe what’s going on in the world today, I see signs that many people are now willing and able to return to the time-honored knowledge of our ancestors. Anyone can benefit from this knowledge, and this readiness around the globe makes it the perfect time to disclose the secret of the Code.

Johanna Paungger, along with her husband, Thomas Poppe, is the coauthor of The Code: Unlocking the Ancient Power of Your Birthday. Visit Reprinted with permission by Atria Books/Beyond Words at


Finding Your Code: A Quick Guide

The Code will teach you about all aspects of your life. It will enhance relationships and your career and will tell you what makes people “tick.”

Enter your birthdate

month day year

Mark off each individual number from your birthday in the corresponding space below. A zero preceding the single digit days and months should be ignored. It is not relevant for your Code.

Look at the wheel and where your birth numbers appear:

  • When you are in balance, the positive aspects emerge.
  • When you are out of balance, the less desirable aspects become predominant.
  • Your birth year is where your gifts or “life theme” are the strongest.

Achieving balance is a matter of observing what numbers are either weighted too heavily (too much) or are not present (too little) in your Code and then taking steps to bring the energy of these numbers — and the colors they represent — into your life.

Blue/Black/North: You are eager for knowledge, goal-oriented and very courageous. You are assertive but also deep and sensitive.

Too much: Stubborn, impatient, cranky, headstrong, power-hungry, feelings of superiority with narcissistic tendencies.

Too little: Lacking insight — you don’t know what you don’t know, small-minded, weak-willed.

Green/East: You need harmony and creative pursuits and prefer spending time in nature or with family. You are empathetic and compassionate.

Too much: Absentminded, undisciplined, overly sensitive, insecure, timid, self-sacrificing, unreasonably tolerant, feelings of martyrdom.

Too little: Overly complicated, can’t stand commotion, not able to listen for nuance, lacking in empathy, cold.

Red/South: You have lots of energy, are charismatic, curious and can motivate your fellow human beings.

Too much: Pushy, insensitive, domineering, overly excitable, quick to anger, taxing to be around.

Too little: Feelings of being misunderstood or under appreciated, fearful, withdrawn, shy, lethargic.

White/West: You have a knack for success, diligence and being handy. You constantly learn new things, are ambitious, and have good business sense.

Too much: Egotistical, overly assertive, tyrannical, willful, insisting on having the last word, impatient, selfish.

Too little: Gullible, too generous, disorganized, irresponsible, lacking sound financial judgment.

Yellow/Center: You are a protective type, centered within yourself, uncomplicated and generous.

Too much: Moody, anxious, wasteful, greedy, dissatisfied, false moderation leading to worry and aimlessness.

Too little: A feeling of emptiness, persistent questions about whether one has done, chosen or achieved the right things in life.

— Johanna Paungger



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