Learn how to calculate your Numerology Life Path number and discover its meaning
The most important and influential number in your personal Numerology is your Life Path number. This number represents who you are at your core — the person you are spending this lifetime learning to become. It is derived from the numbers of your birth date and influences you all life long.
In some ways the Life Path number in Numerology is like the Sun sign in Astrology: it is an indicator of what is important to you, how you act and react, and how you process life. But do not think of it as a simple list of traits that are meant to tell you exactly who you are. While each Life Path carries a unique set of both positive and negative traits, how they manifest is up to you. Life will present you with many chances to flex the muscles of your Life Path number, but you will be the one to choose whether to take the high road or the low road in each situation. The choice you make and the consequences it brings will help guide you in your next decision and so on. Each experience is a lesson in how to become your highest and most authentic self.
How to calculate your Life Path number
Your birth date is made up of three parts — the month, day, and year — and your Life Path number is essentially a sum of these numbers. However, you can’t simply add up the whole string of numbers in your birth date — this method makes it possible to end up with a Master Number Life Path when there isn’t one, or for a Master Number to not appear when it actually should. In Numerology, the Master Numbers are the 11, 22, and 33, and these, along with the single digits 1-9, are the only possible Life Path numbers.
There is only one correct way to calculate your Life Path number. First you must reduce each of the three parts of your birthday to a single digit or Master Number, then add up THOSE digits to find your Life Path number. If you end up with a two-digit number that isn’t one of the Master Numbers, keep reducing it until you get to a single digit. Let’s try one:
Say your birthday is October 22, 1980, or 10-22-1980.
Step 1: Reduce the month
From the number 10, you add 1 + 0 and the result is 1.
Step 2: Reduce the date
22 is a Master Number, so we leave it as 22.
Step 3: Reduce the year
1 + 9 + 8 + 0 = 18, which is still double digits and is not a Master Number, so we reduce it further. 1 + 8 = 9.
Step 4: Add the three resulting numbers and reduce them to a single digit or Master Number
1 + 22 + 9 = 32.
3 + 2 = 5. The Life Path for this birth date is 5.
Now that you can calculate YOUR Life Path Number, read below for a quick look at what it means!
The meaning of each Numerology Life Path number:
Life Path 1
As an innovator and a pioneer, the 1 path is full of energy and motivation. These people are natural leaders and very capable of creating opportunity for themselves. Their lesson is to become genuinely confident in their abilities and practice trusting others.
Life Path 2
This is the path of the quiet but powerful influencer. These people are calm, cooperative, and understand the benefit of partnership. However, they must learn to speak up for themselves when their needs aren’t being met.
Life Path 3
Creative and communicative, there’s a youthful energy to a 3 person that is exciting to others. These people are upbeat and charming, but they have a lot to learn about the world. Accepting and exploring deep, difficult topics and emotions can help them on their journey of personal growth.
Life Path 4
The 4 Life Path is a practical one focused on service and hard work. These people are strong and stable and act as a rock in others’ lives. Their lesson is loosen up their mind and methods and realize that love and enjoyment are just as important as duty.
Life Path 5
Life is an adventure to people with a 5 Life Path. They are curious individuals who crave variety and thrive in upbeat social settings. What they need to learn is commitment. A constant need to change their situation may ultimately lead to an unfulfilling life.
Life Path 6
These are the lovers, the nurturers, the protectors. The 6 path is blessed with a huge heart that allows these people to be of great support to others. In this lifetime, they must realize the importance of self-love and acknowledge that their own needs are just as important as others’.
Life Path 7
Exploring the mysteries of life gives the 7 path its purpose. These are very inquisitive people with an insatiable need to delve into any topic in search of answers and truths. However, they tend to be solitary creatures who have a lot to learn about relationships and vulnerability.
Life Path 8
Though people with a number 8 Life Path often find great success in life, it is not because of luck — it’s because of the constant attention, intention, and effort they put into their work. While they excel professionally, though, their ego needs some practice in working well with others.
Life Path 9
The 9 Life Path is sensitive to humanity and puts its heart and effort into supporting the greatest good. These people are tolerant, loving, and deeply connected to their inner wisdom. In this life they’ll need to release past pains by learning to address their own needs and values.
Life Path 11
People with an 11 Life Path are unbelievably intuitive and may even exhibit psychic abilities. Their purpose is to use these gifts to better humanity. Confidence and worry are weak points for this path, so they will need to learn how to handle their unique powers.
Life Path 22
The 22 Life Path is called the “Master Builder” because it has a very special power to turn nebulous dreams into concrete realities. These people are spiritually connected and feel both a responsibility and a burden to use their cosmic gift to better the future of our world.
Life Path 33
Birthdays that add up to a 33 are very rare and these people are known as “Master Teachers.” They are healers and great spiritual leaders devoted to showing others how to connect to their own heart and consciousness.