# Life Path Number

Your Life path number is derived from your birth date, and it is the most important number in your numerological chart. Life Path Number describes the nature of your life journey, the road you are traveling. It describes your traits and who you are at birth, and outlines the opportunities, challenges, and lessons you will encounter in this lifetime.

How To Calculate – Life Path Number

You will find that there are a few variations on how some people, and websites, calculate your Life Path number. Most of the time, the results will be the same, however, when we come to the point of determining whether or not your number is a master number, it is then that these methods of calculations differ.

The method used by myself, and on this site, relies on the idea that your Life Path is based on 3 cycles ... and so it is sometimes called the 3 Cycle method. Some also refer to it as the "old" or "traditional" method of calculating your Life Path number, and others refer to it as the true Pythagorean method. For me personally, it is the preferred method, as it is more strict and more selective in determining whether or not someone falls into the category of a master number, resulting in a much more realistic statistical distribution of numbers ranging from 1 to 9, and 11,22, and 33. Using any of the other methods, I have found that there is an abnormal number of people having a master number versus its single digit counterpart.

More importantly, this method is the only one that uses the actual Cycles or Periods in your life to find your Life Path number. It is the only method where the numbers within your numerological chart (Pinnacles, Challenges and Cycles) relate directly to one another and to the Life Path number as well, providing a consistent analysis throughout your entire chart.

The numbers representing your Month, Day, and Year of birth are used to calculate your Pinnacles, Challenges, and are ultimately responsible for each of your 3 Cycles. It is these Cycles that are added together to form your full life cycle … or your Life Path.

I find that the simplest way to explain something is to use examples. If you are not too sure you can double check with my Life Path calculator or feel free to drop me a note below.

Example Calculation 1:
Date of Birth – December, 30, 1989 = 12 / 30 / 1989

3 Cycle Method
[i] (1 + 2) + (3 + 0) + (1 + 9 + 8 + 9) = 3 + 3 + 27 = 3 + 3 + 9 = 15 = 6 (your 3 Cycles are 3, 3, and 9)

Other Methods
[ii] 12 + 30 + 1989 = 2031 = 2 + 0 + 3 + 1 = 6
[iii] 1 + 2 + 3 + 0 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 9 = 33/6

From the above example, using the 3 cycle method, you need to reduce each number of your birth date (day, month, and year) separately, into a single digit number, THEN you add the final three numbers together and the result is reduced again to find your life path number.

Each of the 3 numbers ... 3, 3, and 9 in the above example [i] ... represents a cycle or a period in your life. Using other calculation methods, you are not taking into account these 3 cycles, and are also not taking into account master numbers withing the calculations themselves.

Using the other methods [ii] and [iii], our results vary giving us both 33 and a 6, introducing inconsistency and a statistically abnormal number of people having master numbers.

The next examples show how to handle master numbers within the calculations themselves.

Example Calculation 2:
Date of Birth – July, 29, 1964 = 7 / 29 / 1964

3 Cycle Method
[i] 7 + (2 + 9) + (1 + 9 + 6 + 4) = 7 + 11 + 20 = 7 + 11 + 2 = 20 = 2 (your 3 Cycles are 7, 11, and 2)

Other Methods
[ii] 7 + 29 + 1964= 2000 = 2
[iii] 7 + 2 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 4 = 38 = 11/2
[iv] 7 + 2 + 2 = 11/2 (if we reduce the day number in the calculation to it's single digit)

Notice in this example ... calculation [i], that I have not reduced the 11 to a 2. This is because 11 is a master number. If at any time in the calculation you encounter a master number (11, 22, or 33) you DO NOT reduce that number any further. Using the other methods we again get varying results, and an abnormally high number of people thinking they have a master number 11 life path.

Example Calculation 3:
Date of Birth – May, 18, 1970 = 5 / 18 / 1970

3 Cycle Method
[i] 5 + (1 + 8 ) + (1 + 9 + 7 + 0) = 5 + 9 + 17 = 5 + 9 + 8 = 22 (your 3 Cycles are 5, 9, and 8 )

Other Methods
[ii] 5 + 18 + 1970 = 1993 = 22
[iii] 5 + 1 + 8 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 0 = 31 = 4

In this Example 3, we see that using the 3 Cycle method the result is a master number, whereas using the other methods the result can be either a 22 or a 4.

Example Calculation 4:
Date of Birth – November, 29, 1901 = 11 / 29 / 1901

3 Cycle Method
[i] 11 + (2 + 9) + (1 + 9 + 0 + 1) = 11 + 11 + 11 = 33 (your 3 Cycles are 11, 11, and 11)

Other Methods
[ii] 11 + 29 + 1901= 1941 = 15 = 6
[iii] 1 + 1 + 2 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 0 + 1 = 24 = 6
[iv] 2 + 2 + 2 = 6 (if we reduced all 11's to their single digits)

Again, our result using the 3 Cycle method gives us a master number 33, while the other methods give us a 6. I chose these examples on purpose ... usually this works out the other way around, where the other methods result in a master number and the 3 cycle method does not (like in Example Calculations 1 and 2).

For those who feel that my preferred method of choice is somehow incorrect ... and this would include mostly those for whom the 3 cycle method does not produce a master number ... let me state that I have myself used the second method in the past exclusively, and it was only after much deliberation that I converted completely to the 3 cycle method, or the TRUE Pythagorean method, as it is most commonly called. It is by far the best method of calculation for your life path number.

If you have any thoughts that go against this, please look through ALL the comments on this page, and on this website as this topic has been discussed previously on several occasions, and the result of those discussions has made my decision ever stronger.

Also keep in mind that most professional numerologists use this method exclusively, and see the other methods as being incorrect. For more information feel free to examine some of the following material:

http://www.thedreamtime.com/category/numerology/ - Bret Simpson

All the readings I provide on my site are based on the work of Hans Decoz, author on this website - http://www.numerology.com/numerology-news/life-path-number

Book by Mathew Goodwin on Amazon.com - Numerology the Complete Guide, Volume I: The Personality Reading

Jasmine C February 22, 2017 at 8:29 am

7/7/1992
I’m not understanding what to reduce?

seven February 22, 2017 at 10:00 pm

1992 = 21 = 3

Your life path number = 7 + 7 + 3 = 17 = 8

jjhere February 22, 2017 at 5:57 am

I’m still confused, cant work out my numbers.
My date is:
17, April 1987

seven February 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm

17 = 8
April = 4
1987 = 25 = 7
Your life path number = 8 + 4 + 7 = 19 = 10 = 1

Kelsey February 22, 2017 at 5:50 am

Hello, my birthday is September 13th 1994, what would my numbers be? Thanks

seven February 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Hello Kelsey,
Sep = 9
13 = 4
1994 = 23 = 5
Your life path number = 9 + 4 + 5 = 18 = 9

Aysia Ross February 22, 2017 at 2:00 am

Hello! My birthday is October 20th 1995, and I got 9, but I just want to make sure, thank you!

seven February 22, 2017 at 9:55 pm

That is correct : )

jonathan iderborn dorch February 21, 2017 at 8:09 am

october 19, 1998

seven February 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm

Oct = 10 = 1
19 = 10 = 1
1998 = 27 = 9
Your life path number = 1 + 1 + 9 = 11/2

Nicole February 21, 2017 at 2:26 am

Hey my birthday is May 17 1998 may u please find my numerology#? I get 4 but some websites are telling me 22/4?

seven February 22, 2017 at 9:53 pm

HI Nicole, using the Pythagorean method of calculation …
May = 5
17 = 8
1998 = 27 = 9
Your life path number = 5 + 8 + 9 = 22/4

Athena Hatano February 9, 2017 at 11:56 pm

I’m all confused 🙁 my birthday is June 7th,1987 and some people say my life path number is 2 and some people say I’m an 11. Inside my heart I know that my life path number is 11. Number 11 is just me…. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me what my real life path number is.

seven February 10, 2017 at 12:14 am

Hi Athena, using the Pythagorean method …

June = 6
7 = 7
1987 = 25 = 7
Life path number = 6 + 7 + 7 = 20/2 not 11/2

beverley January 22, 2017 at 7:29 am

could you help me with my life nubers please… my DOB is 02/03/1965
thank you Bev

seven January 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

Hi Beverly, your life path number = 2 + 3 + 3 = 8

Mori January 22, 2017 at 1:48 am

Hi
I couldn t find Expression Destiny, Heart’s Desire/Soul Urge and Personality reading. where can I find the explention of these things?

seven January 22, 2017 at 8:38 am

Hi Mori, you can get a free numerology reading that explains all your numbers in much greater detail – http://seventhlifepath.com/numerology-personality-reading/

Cindy January 16, 2017 at 2:14 am

My daughter is 2-15-1988 and the youngest is 2-28-2001 I need their life path numbers and additional help. Thank you

seven January 17, 2017 at 9:31 pm

Hi Cindy, we offer full free numerology readings at the following page – http://seventhlifepath.com/numerology-personality-reading/

As for their life path number …
2-15-1988 = 2 + 6 + 8 = 16 = 7
2-28-2001 = 2 + 1 + 3 = 6

Kam E Bueno January 12, 2017 at 11:38 pm

Whats my life path number 10-13-1969

seven January 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

Hi Kam,
10 = 1
13 = 4
1969 = 25 = 7
Your life path number = 1 + 4 + 7 = 12 = 3

Mélanie January 11, 2017 at 7:04 pm

My birth date is February 10th 1988
How would 10 be calculated?
What is my life path number?

seven January 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm

Hi Melanie,
the 10 = 1 … so your life path number = 2 + 1 + 8 = 11/2

angel January 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm

I’m curious – with 2017 babies, if the 2017 breaks down to “1” – even if we don’t reduce the 11’s in the dates – do you show any dates that would be a true master number 22 for anyone born in 2017?

Lora York January 5, 2017 at 4:34 pm

I know how these are calculated and I always come up with a Life Path 6. HOWEVER, Life Path 7 defines me. Even others would agree. (Plus, I am the 7th child, born on 7/27/52 at 7:14). Can they be wrong? All methods come up 6.

LY January 15, 2017 at 2:52 am

Hi Lora. U belong to “6” – A metal element, introvert, colour is black n white, smart, based on feeling (hand) as usual, hard working, risk taker with strong stabbers behind you, emotional, and live a karmi life. Is these your norm? Rgds/ Larry

Scorpio January 3, 2017 at 6:11 pm

November 3, 1995

Petra Holmberg January 1, 2017 at 2:52 pm

I missed my numbers recently, I just wanted to ask for my life path number (September 22, 1969); I´ve got both 11 and 2 at different pages.

seven January 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Sept = 9
22 = 22 (master numbers are not reduced within the calculation)
1969 = 25 = 7
Your life path number = 9 + 22 + 7 = 38 = 11/2

Moo December 29, 2016 at 10:52 am

Hi im confused someone told me i have a master number and check this site but when i used the calculator i had 6..
So my birthday is april 11 1980

seven December 29, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Hi there, we use the Pythagorean method of calculation which goes as follows …

April = 4
11 = 11 (because it is a master number it is not reduced any further within the calculation)
1980 = 18 = 9

Your life path number = 4 + 11 + 9 = 24/6

Rob December 29, 2016 at 5:03 am

Can someone do mine? 6th of August 1981

seven December 29, 2016 at 9:22 am

Aug = 8
6 = 6
1981 = 19 = 10 = 1

life path number = 8 + 6 + 1 = 15/6

Manise December 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm

What’s my path number October 22 1995

Angela Hall December 28, 2016 at 3:27 am

(1+0) + (2+2) + (1+9+9+5)
1 + 4 + (2+4)
1 + 4 + 6
11 master number

seven December 28, 2016 at 9:03 am

Oct = 10 = 1
22 = 22 (master numbers are not reduced within the calculation)
1995 = 24 = 6
Your life path number = 1 + 22 + 6 = 29 = 11/2

Christy December 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm

My birthday 4-4-1986

seven December 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm

4 + 4 + 6 = 14 = 5

Genette December 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

What is my life path number?
02-28-1958

seven December 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

Life path number = 2 + 1 + 5 = 8

Jim December 16, 2016 at 1:49 am

September 15, 1968

seven December 16, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Hi Jim,
Your life path number = 9 + 6 + 6 = 21 = 3

Candance Marshall December 17, 2016 at 10:06 pm

9/29/1982

I thought I was 22 but someone said no you are a four and someone else said no you are a 2 ?!

seven December 17, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Hi Candace,

9 = 9
29 = 11 (master numbers are not reduced any further within the calculation)
1982 = 20 = 2
Your life path number = 9 + 11 + 2 = 22 … often written as 22/4 because your base number is a 4 regardless. Hope that helps : )

Nirvana December 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

Rob 09/27/1997

seven December 16, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Your life path number = 9 + 9 + 8 = 26 = 8

Shoshawnna December 7, 2016 at 9:17 pm

February 16, 1973

seven December 9, 2016 at 9:39 am

Your life path number = 2 + 7 + 2 = 11/2

christie rose December 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Hi, I am curious. You have mentioned that we have 3 cycles. Does each cycle take the same amount of time? Or can you go through one at a different rate than another? Thanks!

seven December 9, 2016 at 9:38 am

Yes, the cycles have the same time span, however they begin and end at different times depending on your life path number.