How To Calculate Your Life Path Number

i] Take your date of birth, and separately reduce each; your MONTH, DAY, and YEAR to a single digit value.

Using February 27, 1976 as an example ...

February = 2
27 = 9
1976 = 23 = 5

ii] Add these 3 separate numbers to get your Life path number

2 + 9 + 5 = 16

iii] Sometimes you will need to reduce the number once again to get your final single digit base value

1 + 6 = 7

In such cases your Life Path Number is often written as 16/7 to indicate the higher double digit vibration from which your Life Path Number 7 was derived from.

Note: Any time you encounter a Master Number (11, 22, or 33) in your calculation, DO NOT reduce it any further.

Master Numbers

Master Numbers 11, 22, and 33 are not to be reduced anytime they are found within the calculation, but are still written as 11/2, 22/4, and 33/6, just like any other Life Path Number would be to indicate both the single digit base number, as well as the double digit vibration from which that base number was derived from ... 16/7 for example 🙂

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 the double digit vibration for your Life Path Number, there are differences depending on the method of calculation used. This often results in questioning not only whether or not you might have a Master Number, but also several other numbers within your Numerology Chart, such as whether or not your Life Path also carries Karmic Debt .

Example Calculation

Date of Birth = July 29, 1964 = 7/29/1964

[i] Pythagorean or 3 Cycle Method
Month = 7
Day = 29 = 11
Year = 1964 = 20 = 2

7 + 11 + 2 = 20/2

[ii] Straight Accross Addition
7 + 2 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 4 = 38 = 11/2

[iii] Other Methods
7 + 29 + 1964 = 2000 = 2
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. The Pythagorean Method relies on the idea that your Life Path is based on these cycles, and so it is sometimes called the 3 Cycle Method. It is these Cycles that are added together to form your Full Life Cycle … or your LIFE PATH.

Furthermore the Pythagorean Method is stricter and more selective in determining whether or not someone falls into the category of a Master Number, giving us a more realistic and even distribution of Master Numbers regardless of decades or centuries, the other methods do not.

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For those who feel that the Pythagorean Method is somehow incorrect ... and this would include mostly those for whom this method does not produce a Master Number, 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:
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Each aspect of your Numerology Chart is defined by a number ranging from 1 to 9. Your Life Path Number, although most influential, is but one of over 25 Numbers that together form your entire Numerology Chart, essentially providing us with a Numerology “blueprint” of YOU.

A Balance Chart can be used to visualize this blueprint, allowing us to better see which of the numbers 1 to 9 are more prevalent and dominant within your chart. This can often be helpful in explaining why some people don’t always relate to a definition of their Life Path Number, or perhaps the meaning behind their Expression and Heart’s Desire Numbers.

As a simple example, if your Life Path Number is a 6, but the rest of your numbers are all 9s, you will find yourself relating more to the Number 9. In this case, the Number 9 would be the dominant and influential force within your overall Numerology Chart.

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  1. Hi my birthday is 29/04/1996. The life path number is 22/4. But when I download the Personality Decoder Report. The report says the number is 13/4. Maybe there is some problem happened when system generated the report. Could you please check. Thank you very much!

    • Hi, sorry but you must be talking about one of our affiliate websites I just went there and noticed their online calculator is giving you 13/4 instead of 22/4 ... it used to be working correctly a while back : ( If you use the calculators on our site, or sign up for a Full Numerology Report with us you will get the correctly calculated Life Path number. I will have to contact them about this. Either way, your base life path number, whether 13/4, 22/4, 31/4 or 40/4 is still a 4 so their definitions still apply. Thank you for the heads up : )

  2. My whole life, I have been followed by the number 3. Everything happened to be 3 but never understood it until 2016. In that year, I had my first daughter and that’s when my grandmother died. I saw her in my dream after she passed along with my mother and sister. she held up three fingers and smiled. I woke up crying and asking myself what does three mean and couldn’t figure it out. I was introduced to this guy the next year by a friend and when I walked in he said “Three”. Apparently he has seen numbers his whole life but never knew why. After that I looked into it and I found I was living the life path 3. Now I used this calculator and it said 5. Is it wrong or are they different?

    • Hi Dalton, as long as you entered the correct date of birth in our calculator, your Life Path number should be the same : ) What is your date of birth?

  3. Hi,

    My birthdate is 6/7/1982. When I use the Pythagorean Method I get 15/6. But when I use the straight access method I get a master number of 33. Do I default then to the master number when looking up information on my life path number? This seems to resonate with me more but curious what you think.

    Thank you!


    • Hi Leslie, you should always stick with the Pythagorean Method. What you are really trying to differentiate is whether your Life Path is derived from the number 15 or 33 ... either way you are still Life Path 6 so that is your default, or base, single digit vibration : )

  4. My birthdate is 7/01/1974. I am not sure if I am reading the result that I was given correctly and I want to make sure what I'm learning is the correct information. Would you mind letting me know my numbers? Thank you so much for your help.

    • Hi Amy, the above calculator would have done this for you, but your life path = 7 + 1 + 3 = 11/2 ... meaning your Life Path Number is a 2 with your double digit higher vibration being the Master Number 11.

      cheers : )

  5. Is my life path number 11 or 2. Different websites give me different answers. My birthday is August 15th 1995. I just want to be able to learn about my correct life path number.

    • August = 8
      15 = 6
      1995 = 24 = 6
      Your life path number = 8 + 6 + 6 = 20/2

      People tend to think about what we call master numbers as somehow special. In truth, both 11/2 and 20/2 are both 2s, with the only difference between them being the higher double digit vibration from which the 2 was derived from. In your case it is a 20 instead of an 11 : )

      I should add that 11/2 is mathematically much more easier to get from out birth dates than 20/2

  6. I'm not sure about the year as I dont have that I only know the birth year which is 1988 the rest I added up....and now I'm dont seem to comprehend how to find this from the name.... thank you

  7. Hi can you tell me about my life path? 22 or 4 ? 9/4/89 and compatibility with 5/15/82? 8/5/73 ?

    • Hi Kay,
      For your Life Path Number you need to reduce your year 1989 to a single digit value 1989 = 27 = 9, then add up 9 + 4 + 9 = 22/4 ... meaning your Life Path number is 4 with master number 22 being your double digit higher vibration. The Life Path Calculator at the beginning of this page does all the work for you : )

      If you are interested in Life Path Number Compatibility, please see the following page - Life Path Compatibility Calculator

  8. If I have 2 master numbers in my month and day do I add them or not?
    My birthday is

    • Hi Jarica, keep the master numbers as they are, reduce your year down and then add them up together...

      11 + 11 + 2 = 24/6

  9. Hi can you let me know if i have accurately worked these out and if not can you correct me please.
    2/11/2022 = 12/3
    23/11/2022 = 22/4
    24/11/2022 = 23/5
    25/11/2022 = 24/6
    26/11/2022 = 25/7
    27/11/2022 = 26/8
    28/11/2022 = 27/9
    29/11/2022 = 28/1
    30/11/2022 = 20/2
    01/12/2022 = 10/1
    02/12/2022 = 92/11/2
    03/12/2022 = 12/3
    04/12/2022 = 13/4
    05/12/2022 = 14/5
    06/12/2022 = 15/6
    07/12/2022 = 16/7
    08/12/2022 = 17/8
    09/12/2022 = 18/9
    10/12/2022 = 10/1
    11/12/2022 = 20/2
    12/12/2022 = 12/3
    13/12/2022 = 13/4
    14/12/2022 = 14/5
    15/12/2022 = 15/6
    16/12/2022 = 16/7
    17/12/2022 = 17/8
    18/12/2022 = 18/9
    19/12/2022 = 19/1
    20/12/2022 = 92/11/2
    21/12/2022 = 12/3
    22/01/2023 = 30/3
    23/01/2023 = 13/4
    24/01/2023 = 14/5
    25/01/2023 = 15/6
    26/01/2023 = 16/7
    27/01/2023 = 17/8
    28/01/2023 = 18/9
    29/01/2023 = 19/1
    30/01/2023 = 83/11/2
    31/01/2023 = 12/3
    01/02/2023 = 10/1
    02/02/2023 = 92/11/2
    03/02/2023 = 12/3
    04/02/2023 = 13/4
    05/02/2023 = 14/5
    06/02/2023 = 15/6
    07/02/2023 = 16/7
    08/02/2023 = 17/8
    09/02/2023 = 18/9
    10/02/2023 = 10/1
    11/02/2023 = 20/2
    12/02/2023 = 12/3
    13/02/2023 = 13/4
    14/02/2023 = 14/5
    15/02/2023 = 15/6
    16/02/2023 = 16/7
    17/02/2023 = 17/8
    18/02/2023 = 18/9
    19/02/2023 = 10/1
    20/02/2023 = 92/11/2
    21/02/2023 = 12/3
    Hi can you let me know if i have accurately worked these out and if not can you correct me please.

    • Hi Charlotte : ) You can use the Life Path Number Calculator on this page, or even the landing page - ... it does show you the calculation as well. There are some numbers just scrolling through that should not be, like 02/02/2023 = 92/11/2 not sure how you'd get the 92.

      Also noticed since the Life Path Calculator doesn't include future years you can use 2004 instead of 2022, and 2005 instead of 2023 ... they will give you the same results.

      Anyway, have fun ; )

      • My birthday is March 10, 1971.
        So am I a 4 or a 22?

        • Hi Tara,
          march = 3
          10 = 1
          1971 18 = 9
          Your life Path = 3 + 1 + 9 = 13/4 not 22/4

          • Why is it that the 18 is broken down further before being added to the other numbers(3 and 1)? It seems out of order to me.

            I personally prefer to add all digits all at the same time in order to avoid further confusion. Point is that ALL numbers are essentially being added to help generate one(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9)/two-digit(11,22,33) number.

          • Hi Paula, If you are talking about just adding all the numbers straight across instead of reducing any of them first, because it is easier to just get your final single digit number, then you are correct ... regardless of how you add the numbers up you will ALWAYS end up with the same SINGLE digit value. However, what does change depending on the method used are the Double digit numbers from which your single number is derived from, and this includes Master Numbers as well as other numbers like Karmic Debt for example. So it is really up to you to decide which method you like to use and stick with it. Over the years I've looked at all of them and came to the realization that at this point in time, the Pythagorean (3 cycle) method is the best of them : ) Among the main reasons ... It recognizes Master Numbers within the calculation, gives consistent results across all date ranges, and ties in with the way the rest of the numbers within our numerology chart are calculated, and that is why it is considered more accurate and is used by most professional numerologists.

            One thing to have you ponder about the straight across simple addition, since we are now in the year 2000's it is very difficult to come up with a sum that equals 33 .. I believe the first such year would be Sept 29, 2029 = 9 + 2 + 9 + 2 + 0 + 2 + 9 = 33/6 ... and you can correct me if I'm wrong as i just quickly did the math, but either way before the end of the century we were dealing with large year numbers 1789, 1986, 1999 for example, there was always a means of getting 33 much more frequently to the point where the master numbers were actually not rare at all if using this simple method. You can do some math on paper and go over some stats if you'd like to delve deeper into it, but fair warning ... if you do, you will then have to switch over the the 3 cycle method just like i did : )

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