How to Work Out Your Life Path Number and What It Means
What Is Numerology?
Numerology is an ancient system of numbers that has been used for over five thousand years, and is used to gain a greater understanding of ourselves and our universe. The Chinese, Japanese, Hebrews, Greek, Phoenicians, Egyptians, early Christians, Mayans, and Incas all used numbers as a way of gaining knowledge of themselves and the world we live in. Numerology is used to describe the different life cycles we encounter on our journey, as well as give us some guidance with relationships, career, and opportunities and challenges that will arise. Everything in this world is considered to be vibrating energy, and the same rule applies to numbers.
It is believed that each number has it's own personality, it's own vibration and inner nature. This can be seen when people have favourite numbers, or are sub-consciously drawn to a certain number. Further more it's believed that our birthdays and names (even though our names are obviously letters, each letter of the alphabet coincides with a certain number, which makes our name also significant), and all the other numbers you encounter throughout your life are not an accident, and they speak a language, like words, to tell us about ourselves and what the future may have in store.
You do always of course have the ability to choose your life path, but Numerology can be a helpful tool in helping to understand our true inner selves, our flaws and attributes, our traits and characteristics, and part of the cycle we are living at that given time, and knowing these things can help us to make more informed and knowledgeable choices in our lives.
What Is Your Life Path Number?
Your Life Path Number is considered to be the most important number in your Numerology chart, and this number is derived from your birthday. The moment of your birth signifies a transformation, from whatever you was before to human physical form. Your birthday provides a blueprint for your life, an outline for your potential in life, and it is then up to you to live your life as you please, putting in as much effort or as little as you please, and making your own decisions. Your Life Path number just gives you a guide as to what challenges, lessons or opportunities may arise in your lifetime, so you may be better prepared for your future and the decisions you make.
How to Find It
You don't have to be a mathematician to be able to use Numerology. If you can do simple adding and subtracting of single or low double digit figures then you will do fine! Your Life Path number is taken from the sum of the day, the month, and the year of your birth, but after reducing them to single figures. Lets start with an example, say Noel wants to find out his Life Path Number, and his birthday is 25th December 1977. We would write it down as day, month and year, like so:
25 / 12 / 1977
Day / Month / Year
We want to reduce these figures to single digits by adding them together, so start with the day, which is the 25th, then the month which is the 12th, and the year, 1977.
25 turns to 2 + 5 = 7
12 turns to 1 + 2 = 3
1977 turns to 1 + 9 + 7 + 7 = 24
The 24 then turns into 2 + 4 = 6
So you end up with:
7 / 3 / 6
Obviously if your birthday is on a single digit day or month, such as the 5th of May, then they would remain as numbers 5 and 5.
We then want to add our three digits again until we reach a single number, like so:
7 + 3 + 6 = 16
1 + 6 = 7
So Noels Life Path Number for his birthday on 25th December 1977 is 7.
It should also be noted here about Master Numbers. Master Numbers are two, two-digit numbers that show more potential than other numbers. These two numbers are 11 and 22. Master numbers are not reduced while working out your Life Path number. Every other double digit number is reduced by adding them together, except the master numbers 11 and 22. Let me show you an example; lets work out the Life Path Number for the birthday 29th May 1948:
29 / 5 / 1948
Day 2 + 9 = 11 (A Master Number so not reduced)
Month 5 = 5
Year 1 + 9 + 4 + 8 = 22 (A Master Number so not reduced)
11 + 5 + 22 = 38
3 + 8 = 11 (A Master Number so not reduced)
So the Life Path number for someone with their birthday on 29th May 1948 would be 11. Only 11 and 22 are not reduced.
Now that you know how to work out your path number you can read what opportunities, challenges and lessons life has in store for you. Below is a list of all the Life path numbers and what they reveal about you.
What These Numbers Reveal
If you have a 1 Life Path then you are opinionated, demand freedom of thought and action, and are a natural born leader.
Once you are committed to a goal you don't let anything or anyone stand in your way, as you have great drive and determination. You see your duty as being provider and protector to those that you are close to and love. When important things don't go your way you can become irritated and even overpowering. You demand respect and attention. You need to feel as though you are leader in command as opposed to a supportive role, as you like to feel in control, and enjoy being in the limelight.
You are very creative with your taste touching on the unusual. You approach problems in a unique fashion, being brave enough to wander from the beaten path. Your shortcomings and those of others can cause you to become impatient. The appearance of success and self-satisfaction is important to you, and your status causes you concern. Your drive for success, growth, and the finer things in life, stems from your need to appear well-off.
Beware of being overly concerned with your appearance, as well as selfishness and conceit. Be on your guard against anger, aggression, and overzealous behaviour. If these qualities aren't controlled then you could become overpowering, vindictive and even violent.
You perform best when working on your own, and would do well to become your own boss. A business in construction or crafts would be most suited to you. Your life's dream can be recognized if you use the drive and determination you possess to realise it.
Because you are so driven you can easily become over stressed. It would do you well to eat healthily and exercise regularly. Competition sports such as running and swimming are good ways for you to express your driven nature.
Don't be over-ruled by overconfidence and pride. Your talents and qualities should reflect gratitude and humility, rather than conceit and pride.
Most people with a 1 Life Path achieve a lot in their lives as long as they use their drive and creativity properly. You have many different talents and you have a lot of potential for success. Military or governmental institution roles may attract you, or any role where you can take full control and do things your way.
You are a natural peacemaker, slightly shy, sensitive and perceptive. These qualities you hold are both weaknesses and strengths, as although you are extremely sensitive towards others and their feelings, this sensitivity can also hold you back in not expressing your true talents. You have many fine qualities, with sensitivity and perceptiveness being just two of them.
Because you are an intuitive person, and seem to automatically be tuned in to what people want or how they feel, this can make you be very diplomatic, tactful, patient and cooperative. You work well within groups, often becoming the peacemaker amongst diverse opinions.
You need a peaceful environment, and you enjoy music and poetry.
You have a good sense of rhythm and balance and an eye for beauty. You may excel at healing therapy such as massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, and counselling. Being so sensitive though can mean that your ego bruises easily, and you can think too much into people's remarks or criticisms. They are not easily brushed off.
You may hold back your own thoughts and feelings because you are so easily hurt. You often run away from confrontation to avoid a battle, and this can cause you much resentment and anger.
When you look inside yourself you will realise that you possess the strength to steer difficult situations in a way that meets your goals. Once you are aware of this inner-strength you will then be able to call upon it when needed.
As a lover you are passionate and sensitive to your partners needs, your perceptiveness enables you to be fully aware of what your partner wants, and their desires, which you will inevitably fulfill! If though, you feel you have been mistreated in any way, you can react by sometimes using personal criticisms as a way of attack.
You have the ability to pull of difficult tasks due to your diplomatic, awareness and organizational skills. You happily step away from the limelight, and you are often considered to be the power behind the throne. But more often than not, your role is not credited as it should be, or your accomplishments can be overlooked. You need to stand up for your merits and accomplishments rather than brood over your losses.
Your favourite things include the company of a loved one, peaceful settings, comfort and security. When it comes to your home and work environment you are a perfectionist, and it is obvious you have great taste. You have a brilliant sense of humour and make a wonderful companion. People enjoy your companydue to the peaceful, calming atmosphere you can so easily create. Other sensitive souls are drawn to you as they sense your compassion and understanding. You have all the talents necessary for success once you have found your niche in life. Find work that allows your sensitive side to blossom.
Jobs you may be good at include teaching, healing and counselling, which will offer you much success and satisfaction. You are also suited to careers in architecture, agriculture, music, advertising, fashion, or industrial design. Your problem solving and negotiation skills could also be helpful in the fields of politics or law.
People with a 3 Life Path are both very creative and self-expressive. Many people with a 3 Life Path become writers, actors, poets and musicians. You enjoy being in the limelight, and you have a way with words and can be witty. You are very much drawn to expressive arts, but this talent can only be developed through self discipline and commitment.
Because you have an ease of self-expression, this can often make you centre of attention, and the life and soul of parties. However, you may squander this gift by becoming a social butterfly.
Your creative talent has the potential to fill your life with much satisfaction, comfort and luxuries, but you must be focused and committed to follow such path.
You are an optimistic person, and because of this it allows you to overcome many obstacles. Your happy-go-lucky attitudes attracts many friends, making you a sociable and popular person. You can be generous, but this can be a setback at times. People with 3 Life Path are generally considered to find it difficult in handling money, mainly due to the fact that you can be quite disorganized.
You can be emotional and vulnerable, withdrawing into yourself if you get hurt. You eventually come out of it with a cover up of your true feelings, laughing and joking and playing things down. If you get depressed it can turn you cynical and moody, which can make you become quite sarcastic, which can be hurtful to the recipients of your remarks. However, if you use your gift for self-expression in a positive way, you can be an inspiring person who can bring happiness and success to yourself and others.
To have a 4 Life Path means you are a grounded, down-to-earth person, which strong opinions about right and wrong. You are organized, controlled, systematic, orderly, methodical and decisive. When faced with a problem you take a step-by-step logical approach to solving it, and you have the commitment to see it through to the end.
You aim to establish a business or career through hard work and graft; you do not believe in get-rich-quick-schemes. Because you are tenacious, precise and persevering, you have the potential to be successful, but only through hard work and overcoming the many obstacles you seem to often encounter.
Honesty and justice are important to you in life. You are reliable, dependable and realistic, and even though you are not an idealistic, you are still prepared to work hard for a better world. Yet, you can sometimes be too quick to judge, and also too set in your ways.
You work well within a team and you are a very loyal person to those you love. When working in a group it is important that for you to perform well, you need to be allocated your own specific task and responsibility, and not be overlapped with others.
Areas of work you could find a lot of success in are banking, legal fields, accounting, organization, management, agriculture, building and science.
Because you have a gift of discipline and perseverance, you can sometimes be bossy or rude. Remember that not everyone can keep up with you and possess such rare abilities!
You are good with money and like to save to give you that feeling of security. You can be drawn into a career early on in life because of your love of work, but take note that opportunities can be missed due to your dislike for change, and your rigid and methodical nature. Learning to become more flexible would be of great help to you and your character.
You make a good half of a marriage, and you often make a loving responsible parent. However, anything that disrupts your flow of order, such as a divorce, can be devastating for you. You can easily become obsessed and maybe even vengeful. You are a fighter, courageous and a survivor. You are the foundation of any great enterprise. You will receive the rewards and success you seek through hard work and your traditional, practical values.
A lover of freedom, travel, variety and adventure. You love to meet new people, and don't like to be tied down to just one area of life. You are curious like a cat and into everything!
You may have friends from all walks of life, being often inspiring to others with your upbeat personality. You make friends easily and you enjoy change and new horizons.
You possess the gift of the gab, and can often have a way with words that can be inspiring and motivating to others. Careers that may very well suit you could be sales, entertainment, promotion, science, investment, the occult, medicine, public services, and all other fields of work that involves verbal skills and travel. You are probably comfortable being centre stage, especially as a host of ceremonies or in comedy.
You like to taste all of life and are a sensual person. Sensory experiences such as sex or food are vital for your enjoyment. You may find it hard to commit in a relationship, but once you are committed you are very faithful.
You can often act first and think later, being impulsive and lacking discipline and order, which means you can end up regretting things. Drug or alcohol abuse, or an overindulgence in food or sex can sometimes happen to those with 5 Life Path if your need for adventure and freedom isn't properly controlled.
Discipline and focus are the key factors to your success. You are multi talented, but need the discipline to be able to have the ability to finish tasks that you have started in order to gain success. With hard work the sky is your limit, and you will realise your true potential and abilities.
Adults and family may have seen you as a bit of a wild child, or a cause for concern. You are often late in life choosing a career, as it is important that you experience life before you commit to anything.
Your real challenge in your life is to understand the true meaning of the word freedom. You need to learn how to adapt and be brave as change is constant in your life. Maintaining flexibility and durability in your body will increase these abilities in your character also; maybe keeping a regular exercise programme would be beneficial to you.
You are attracted to the idea of being self-employed because of the freedom involved. Your challenge in your career is to find your niche, and to be able to commit to one area enough to make it a success. Once you know your niche you will be able to drive and inspire others with your enthusiasm, and become very successful.
You are a very compassionate person and a helper and healer to others. You are often a shoulder to cry on with the ability of giving comfort. You show great concern for the weak and downtrodden.
The task of your life will be to try to master the skills in order to be a true help to others, and not just a comfort and good listener. You must learn the difference between helping and interfering. You must also learn tough love, and when it is necessary to leave people to go through experiences and lessons in life. Because you are naturally balanced you are gifted in supporting as well as grounding people when it is needed.
You take on responsibility, and often other peoples too. You are a selfless nature, and may at times feel overburdened by others responsibilities. However, your reward is the love you receive for your giving, generous and loving nature.
You are the peace-maker and keeper within your family and circle of friends, balancing and diverting confrontations. You seek marriage, and you often make an idyllic parent, offering protection, warmth and understanding to children.
You are an attractive person and it can baffle you when you are so often admired and adored! You are generous, kind and humble, which doesn't mean you don't have lots of pride. Physical exercise is needed to maintain your figure, because although you are graceful in your movement, over-indulging in sweets and dairy will make you become plump and round.
When choosing a partner it is important to remember why you are making your choices. You can sometimes allow sentimentality to influence your decisions, and you are often attracted to those weaker than yourself. Try to see the difference between the people you can help and the people who are made weaker through your care.
You are an artistic and creative person who can excel in the musical field. Your hold-backs could be created by the sacrifices you feel you should make, or your inability to fully appreciate your talents. You have the talent and with a bit of effort you could make it a success.
You are a natural business person with a great deal of charm and charisma. This helps you to attract the right people and support that you need.
Other jobs or careers that you may be successful in include teaching, healing, management, or working with animals.
If you have a Life Path number 7 you are spiritual and mysterious, and seek the answers to life. You have an interest for the unknown and seek the truth.
You are an analytic thinker and possess a great mind, you are able to fully concentrate and have great theoretical insight. You find research greatly rewarding, and take great delight in fixing together pieces of a puzzle and solving problems.
You prefer to work alone as you feel that you need time to collect your thoughts without the interference of others. You display this kind of feeling in other parts of your life, and are somewhat a lone wolf who lives by their own methods. If your privacy is invaded you can become very irritable and frustrated. This can create difficulty when trying to form close associations, especially marriage. When your life is balanced you can be quite the opposite person, the life and soul of the party and you enjoy being in the limelight. Your wit and knowledge is attractive to the opposite sex, but your own limits can stop you from becoming intimate. In social situations you can display your emotion and share your energy quite naturally, but once this is over you look forward to retreating to the comfort of your solitude. This can make close relationships and intimacy difficult.
Although solitude can be a good thing, it can also cause isolation and loneliness. Be aware of this and try and create a balance in your life, so as not to yearn for something missing in your life. Be careful not to create barriers between yourself and others, as extreme isolation can make you become cynical and suspicious, with hidden selfish motives. This people will sense about you and be uncomfortable around you. You must try not to become too withdrawn in life to stop this from happening, so you may enjoy the love and companionship of others. Social contact in your life will give you perspective.
Your challenge in life is to keep your independence without becoming isolated. You have a unique view of the world and you must try to hold on to that, but at the same time allow others into your life and open up to the knowledge that others have to offer you.
You have great potential for growth and success in life, because of your ability to solve problems and life's mysteries. By middle age you will feel content with yourself and retain knowledge and wisdom. Pythagoras, who was often called the father of numerology and lived more than 2,500 years ago, loved the number 7 because of it's spiritual potential.
Jobs and careers you will be most successful in will be science, business, invention, religion, insurance, and research.
If you have a Life Path 8 you are a natural-born leader and have a great potential to accumulate great wealth. You understand business and how to make any enterprise work, using your intuition and knowledge of the material world. You have a great talent for business, especially in the fields of finance and business.
You are visionary, but you can be a bit reckless. Although you can inspire others to join you on your mission, other people tend not to see what you can see, so it is essential that you are constantly there to guide, motivate and inspire. Even though you attract more financial success than any other Life Path, effort is needed.
Your challenge in life is not to become greedy and abuse your power. This is likely for those who do not understand the value of money, and are selfish in their ways. Those who become greedy run the risk of losing all their wealth, as these are the consequences. It is essential to understand your power and use it to benefit the world. Learn to jump back up when you come across defeat, you are a true survivor. It is likely that you will suffer hold backs, failures and bankruptcy, but you have the character, guts and determination to pick yourself back up and set up a successful enterprise. Failures in marriage can be extremely expensive for you. Although you will experience difficulties and set-backs in your life, you will also enjoy your wealth, success and power.
Jobs and careers that will suit you best are real estate, finance, science, physics, law, archeology, history, publishing, politics, teaching, social work and management. You naturally shine in positions of leadership. Other vocational fields that may appeal to you are journalism, civil government, and sport.
Those with an 8 Life Path are a good judge of character, which helps in attracting the right people that you need in your life. You like large families, and you can sometimes keep others dependent for longer than is needed. Although you have a happy and joyful character, you do not easily show your love and affection. You find security in the luxury and comfort that surrounds you, and status is very important to you. Be careful to live within your means.
Like Number 7, there is a fine line when it comes to power, and you must be careful not to cross it. The consequences of arrogance, domineering and selfish behaviour is conflict and isolation. Your family, friends and most loved would be the one's at risk of getting hurt.
Beware of becoming impatient, overbearing, intolerant and stubborn. These characteristics can show early on in life, especially if under the influence of a tyrannical parent, or extreme repressive religious ideas. You are likely to have a strong physique, which reflects your inner strength and resilience.
Those with a Life Path 9 are most concerned about the state of the earth. You are compassionate, idealistic, philanthropic, socially conscious, and humanitarian. You will get much satisfaction from giving, and think nothing of giving up money, time and energy to create a better world.
Your outlook on life is broad and you tend to see the bigger picture. You attract people from all walks of life, and you are very rarely prejudiced. You judge people on what they have to offer to the larger cause. Your creativeness and imagination can lead you into vocational fields such as landscape art, interior design, photography and art. You could also make a good politician, judge, lawyer, teacher, minister, healer, or environmentalist, as these careers need self-sacrifice to make an effective social impact.
You forever try and make the world a better place as you somehow can't accept the flaws of life. You are often put down by yours and others misfortunes and shortcomings, which drives you on your mission for a perfect world. Yet, you are never satisfied, and push on further striving for greater achievements. If you can create a balance and try and accept the reality of life and it's imperfections, you would be able to enjoy your life fully.
You have the ability to finish what you start, and you maintain a controlled enthusiasm. Your challenge is to learn to let go of relationships and material possessions. The lesson to learn is that if we hold on too tightly to things it can bring us and others pain.
Money can come to you through the likes of a lucky investment or an inheritance, but usually in unexpected or mysterious ways. If you don't follow your dreams and chase money for the sake of it, the consequences are that you are likely to end up empty handed. For those with a Life Path 9, the fastest way to success is through giving, generosity and kindness for a good cause, and not to expect anything in return. Your greatest chance at success is through selflessness and sacrifices in order to make this world a better place. More often than not this will bring you much success and security for you and your family. As the saying goes, you get what you give out in this world, and the more you give the more you shall receive.
You are a romantic person but you tend to be more focused on your dreams. When you are out of balance you can become moody, aloof, withdrawn, timid, uncertain and ungrateful, and can blame others or the world for your troubles. You have a talent of being able to see your life in the bigger picture and from a distance. Be honest with yourself and try to be strong and face the obstacles you come up across in life, as well as the strength you hold within yourself. This will enable you to love, and to better understand yourself and the world that we live in.
Those with a Life Path 11 often have more potential than what they realise. Because of the energy and intuition you possess, you are often misunderstood from an early age, and this can make you timid and withdrawn. You could though be a great source of inspiration to people, as you have the ability to do this without much conscious thought or effort. The energy that uncontrollably flows through you can give you both power, and sometimes emotional turmoil.
You are a very intuitive person, maybe even psychic. There is a natural connection between your conscious and unconscious minds, and ideas, thoughts and understanding can flow to you without much effort or rational thought process.
The kind of jobs and careers 11s may find themselves in could be invention, art, religious leader, or prophet. Many leading figures in history have had Life Path 11.
Unfortunately because of your nature you can sometimes experience the consequences of a two-edged sword. Even though you have a great many talents, you often have trouble seeing this in yourself, and can be very self-critical. You often feel very self-conscious and try to blend in with the crowd, yet you are always aware of feeling different and as if you don't belong.
People with a Life Path 11 have a lot to achieve in life, and are blessed with a great mission or specific role to play. Yet your progress is at first slow, as it is vital that you find yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, before you progress to this important task in life that you were chosen to perform. You will normally be between thirty-five and forty-five before you start to see your real success.
You often have very high expectations of yourself which can be unrealistic, and when you fail at achieving them you can become very frustrated. This frustration will stop you from progressing and achieving anything. You have to learn to become practical and have realistic views, ideas and expectations of yourself.
Confidence is the key that will unlock your potential. To achieve your great potential and abilities you also need to have great confidence. Your confidence can be dashed if you start to get confused or lose your sense of direction. If you lose your confidence this can lead to frustration, which can then lead to depression. Your desire to accomplish a great ambition is huge, but you need the confidence in order to reach your goal.
Your sensitivity can lead to stress so you must protect your central nervous system and try and alleviate stress from your life. Stress that has been left untreated can lead to depression, so it is important to try and learn to relax and de-stress. Find serene peaceful environments and try listening to relaxing music, and follow a healthy balanced diet to keep your body at peace.
Those with Life Path 11 are like a highly charged Life Path 2, and you have many of the same characteristics, personality, and talents of that number.
You work well within a team and you are often the peacemaker. You are also very diplomatic, tactful, patient, and cooperative.
You have a good sense of rhythm and balance, and you appreciate beauty. All the vocations of Life Path 2 suit you, as well as massage, acupuncture, physical therapies and counseling, due to your healing abilities.
As a lover you are sensual and passionate. You know what your partner wants and you're more than happy to deliver. But, if you ever feel like you have been mistreated then you can react with devastating strength, and you can use personal criticisms vindictively.
You make a fine partner in life, and you have a great sense of humour. Once you realise your abilities and full potential, and you find your niche in life, the rewards will greatly outweigh the trials of your life.
Life Path 22 is the most powerful and has the most potential for success than any other Life Path number. 22 offers you 2 extremes of life: You have the potential to be the greatest and realise your dreams, and you also have the potential to be the complete opposite and achieve little in life.
People, ides and resources are necessary in realising your goals, so it is important to inspire people to join you on your path. Your power is fragile and effort is needed to achieve success.
You are grounded and visionary, and your task is to unite people and differences to comply to your dream, and help you accomplish your goals. Use your ability of balancing conflicting characteristics within yourself, to understand and bring balance to a variety of different people and opinions. This enables you to unite many people towards a single task.
Your talents lie in business and politics. You can naturally handle a large institution, and you have the ability to operate on a large international scale. Those with Life Path 22 are like a highly charged Life path 4, and share many characteristics and traits, as well as vocations.
You are a practical person with sound common sense. You have an intuition when it comes to ideas, and seem to naturally know what will work and what won't. You have the practical talent to bring ideas to light and make them happen.
Though Life Path number 22 has the most potential, it also has the most to live up to, which can be difficult. Your great ambition will drive you to accomplish all that you can.
As a partner in a relationship you offer consistent emotional support and sound advice. You naturally avoid highly emotional relationships. Even though you are often traditional in your appearance, you are unconventional in your thought.
Your weakest characteristic is the inability to be flexible. Your task in life will be to inspire others to see your vision, and to let them make their own person contributions. Faith in others doesn't come easily to you. This can make you controlling of people and situations, and this can sometimes lead to manipulation.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.