# 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

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

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7/7/1992

I’m not understanding what to reduce?

1992 = 21 = 3

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

I’m still confused, cant work out my numbers.

My date is:

17, April 1987

17 = 8

April = 4

1987 = 25 = 7

Your life path number = 8 + 4 + 7 = 19 = 10 = 1

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

Hello Kelsey,

Sep = 9

13 = 4

1994 = 23 = 5

Your life path number = 9 + 4 + 5 = 18 = 9

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

That is correct : )

october 19, 1998

Oct = 10 = 1

19 = 10 = 1

1998 = 27 = 9

Your life path number = 1 + 1 + 9 = 11/2

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

HI Nicole, using the Pythagorean method of calculation …

May = 5

17 = 8

1998 = 27 = 9

Your life path number = 5 + 8 + 9 = 22/4

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.

Hi Athena, using the Pythagorean method …

June = 6

7 = 7

1987 = 25 = 7

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

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

thank you Bev

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

Hi

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

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

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

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

Whats my life path number 10-13-1969

Hi Kam,

10 = 1

13 = 4

1969 = 25 = 7

Your life path number = 1 + 4 + 7 = 12 = 3

My birth date is February 10th 1988

How would 10 be calculated?

What is my life path number?

Hi Melanie,

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

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?

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.

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

November 3, 1995

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.

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

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

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

Can someone do mine? 6th of August 1981

Aug = 8

6 = 6

1981 = 19 = 10 = 1

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

What’s my path number October 22 1995

(1+0) + (2+2) + (1+9+9+5)

1 + 4 + (2+4)

1 + 4 + 6

11 master number

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

My birthday 4-4-1986

4 + 4 + 6 = 14 = 5

What is my life path number?

02-28-1958

Life path number = 2 + 1 + 5 = 8

September 15, 1968

Hi Jim,

Your life path number = 9 + 6 + 6 = 21 = 3

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 ?!

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 : )

Rob 09/27/1997

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

February 16, 1973

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

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!

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

You say that all cycles have the same span but they begin at different times depending on your life path number. But if we have 3 cycles with the same span wouldn’t each cycle take up exactly one third of your total life span? And if my three numbers were 3 (day), 9 (month) and 8 (year) would the 3 be for the first span, the 9 for the second and the 8 for the third span of time?

No. The free readings we provide explain you cycles in detail – http://seventhlifepath.com/numerology-personality-reading/