Life Path Number

In Numerology, your Life Path Number is considered the most important indicator of your life, and it is surprisingly the easiest number in your Numerology Chart to calculate.

The Life Path Number will tell you what traits or skills you posses, and what major life challenges you may see along the way.

1 Life Path
The Leader
Values: individuality, independence, autonomy
Challenges: to develop a voice of your own and a greater sense of self-confidence

2 Life Path
The Diplomat 
Values: partnerships, balance, love
Challenges: to tap into your emotional sensitivity — and use it to connect with others

3 Life Path
The Socializer 
Values: creativity, self-expression, fun
Challenges: to remain optimistic — yet realistic — in the face of difficulties

4 Life Path
The Worker
Values: structure, discipline, health
Challenges: to balance your ambitions with your need for security

5 Life Path
The Free Spirit
Values: adventure, movement, change
Challenges: to find some kind of daily structure that works for you

6 Life Path
The Nurturer
Values: responsibility, family, long-term goals
Challenges: to make your home comfortable for yourself and others

7 Life Path
The Intuitive
Values: meditative thought, introspection, imagination
Challenges: to listen to your rational side as much as your intuitive side

8 Life Path
The Power Player
Values: authority, material things, success
Challenges: to learn when exerting control is helpful — and when you're better off letting someone else take over

9 Life Path
The Humanitarian
Values: compassion, understanding, acceptance
Challenges: to come away from every new experience a little bit wiser

How to Calculate Your Life Path Number

Your Life Path Number is calculated using only simple math addition, with 2 additional rules:  

  1. Group the numbers of your birthday together before adding, and

  2. Do not reduce the Master Numbers of 11 or 22 to single digits until the final calculation.

Part 1: Grouping The Numbers Together

There are 2 ways to group the numbers, the correct way, and the incorrect way.

Let’s point out the incorrect way first since we see this confusing people. The incorrect way is to "just add everything together".

First let’s look at how people most often incorrectly calculate life path numbers. Why are we showing the incorrect way first? It's easier to learn what not to do followed by what to do.

The Incorrect Way

Birth Date: May 4, 1977

May = 5

4 = 4

1977 = 1977

(5 + 4 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 7) = 33

At which point people proclaim, "I'm a Master Number 33!"

But this is incorrect.

The Correct Way

The correct way to calculate the Life Path Number is to group the Month, Day, and Year, and add them individually, reduce to a single number for each, then reduce them to a single number.

For example:

Birth Date: May 4, 1977

May = 5

4 = 4

1977 = (1 + 9 + 7 + 7) = 24 = (2 + 4) = 6

Then add the totals from each above group

(5 + 4 + 6) = 15 = (1 + 5) = 6

Correct: Life Path 6

Note that the year in the above calculation is reduced to a single number before it is added to the other numbers from the Month and Day.

In some situations the final Life Path number will come out the same when done correctly and incorrectly, this is why it is important to do it the correct way all the time.

Here’s another example using 2 digit Month and Day:

Birth Date: December 21, 1954

December = 12 = (1 + 2) = 3

21 = (2 + 1) = 3

1954 = (1 + 9 + 5 + 4) = 19 = (1 + 9) = 10 = (1 + 0) = 1

(3 + 3 + 1) = 7

Correct: Life Path 7

Part 2: Do Not Reduce Master Numbers 11 or 22

Next lets look at the second rule. Do not reduce the Numbers 11 or 22 (1 + 1 = 2 or 2 + 2 = 4) if they show up in the groups during the calculation, until the final calculation. 

The numbers 11 and 22 are special Master Numbers in Numerology and have additional properties and meanings.

For example:

Birth Date: July 29, 1974

July = 7

29 = (2 + 9) = 11 (Do Not Reduce)

1974 = (1 + 9 + 7 + 4) = 21 = (2 + 1) = 3

(7 + 11 + 3) = 21 = (2 + 1) = 3

Correct: Life Path 3  

Here's one more Master Number situation for clarity

Birth Date: November 29, 1975

November = 11 (Do Not Reduce)

29 = (2 + 9) = 11 (Do Not Reduce)

1975 = (1 + 9 + 7 + 5) = 22  (Do Not Reduce)

(11 + 11 + 22) = 44 = (4 + 4) = 8

Correct: Life Path 8