How To Calculate Your Life Path Number

The basics:

i] Take your date of birth, and separately reduce each; your month, day, and year to a single digit value
ii] Add them and again reduce their sum to a single digit value.

February 27, 1976 :

February = 2
27 = 9
1976 = 23 = 5

Add these 3 separate numbers up to get your Life path number.

2 + 9 + 5 = 16

Sometimes you will need to reduce the number once again to get your single digit 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 7 was derived from.
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 with a double digit vibration ... 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 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.
The method shown above 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.

It is the preferred method, as it is stricter 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 the other methods, there is an abnormal number of people having a master number versus its single digit counterpart (at least up until the year 2000 that is). The Pythagorean method gives us a very realistic and even distribution of master numbers regardless of decades or centuries, the other methods do not.

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.
The simplest way to explain something is to use some more examples below, but even better is to first use our Life Path Number Calculator.

Life Path Number Calculator

• i) enter your date of birth
ii) press NEXT button

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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:

Statistical Analysis of Life Path numbers - https://numerologyworx.com/life-path-number-statistics/

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

All the numerology readings we provide are based on the work of Hans Decoz  - 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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1. Can you please tell me mine? 7/23/1983

• 7 = 7
23 = 5
1983 = 21 = 3
Your life path number = 7 + 5 + 3 = 15/6

2. Hi so what would September 29 1992 be?

• Hi Tamara,
Sept = 9
29 = 11 (master numbers are not reduced any further within the calculation)
1992 = 21 = 3
Your life path = 9 + 11 + 3 = 23 = 5

3. Good day,
I am a bit confused, my dob is Mar, 15, 1986 and by using the single method I get 33, using the cycle, I get 6, what do I look at?

• Hi Simon, you are a 6 regardless. However, instead of your double digit higher vibration being 33, yours is a 15. Hope that helps : )

4. You say I’m a 33. I have always had a deep fascination regarding spiritual matters; to the point where I even found myself in seminary once LOL! I quickly realized that my interests rest outside the comfort zone of the rigid. I do believe that there is a teacher within, but it’s activation is blocked ( or gets blocked ). This is hard to explain in normal terms. Why does this interruption exist?

5. Do Me !
Do me !

May 23, 1998

• Hi William : )

May = 5
23 = 5
1998 = 27 = 9
Your life path number = 5 + 5 + 9 = 19 = 10 = 1

6. What about the birthdate January 8th, 1991? Thanks.

• Hi Ryan,
Jan = 1
08 = 8
1991 = 20 = 2
Your life path number = 1 + 8 + 2 = 11/2

7. My birthday is 11-13-1960
Thanks , Cathy from Maryland

• Hi Cathy,

11 = 11 (master numbers are not reduced within the calculation)
13 = 4
1960 = 16 = 7
Your life path number = 11 + 4 + 7 = 22/4

8. My birthday is 03/22/1997 some day I’m just a plain 6 others say I’m Master number 33/6. Can you help?

• Hi Kennedy, using the Pythagorean method of calculation ...
03 = 3
22 = 22 (master numbers are not reduced within the calculation)
1997 = 26 = 8
Your life path number = 3 + 22 + 8 = 33/6

9. Is my number 33 or 6? Or 33/6?
March 26 1984
Thank you for getting back to me when you can!

• Hi Sage ...
march = 3
26 = 8
1984 = 22 (master numbers are not reduced here)
your life path number = 3 + 8 + 22 = 33/6 ... best way of looking at it is you are life path number 6 with your higher double digit vibration being master number 33.

10. Iwant to know lifepath number