The Life Path

Numerology's interpretation of the Life Path, the longest cycle in your numerology chart and based on the sum of your Period Cycles

The Life Path, as is the case with all numbers derived from your date of birth, has to do with the momentum, the direction of your life.


The Life Path is a cycle that runs from birth to death. The notion that the Life Path is a cycle is not universally accepted (more about this in the audio lecture below).

There are different methods to calculate the Life Path, but only one is correct; we essentially break down the date of birth into three units: the month, the day, and the year. We reduce those before adding them.


Food for thought:

This age-old numerology method is based on the concept that your Life Path is based on your three Period Cycles. Therefore, in order to calculate your Life Path number, you actually calculate your Period Cycles first.

Your three Period Cycles are based on your month, day, and year of birth, and represent the early, middle, and later part of your life respectively.

Your complete life's cycle — your Life Path — has all the attributes reflected in the Life Path's number. However, the Life Path is influenced by the properties and traits of the Period Cycles.



Note: Almost all calculation methods in numerology require reducing double- or multi-digit numbers to a single digit, with the exception of Master Numbers; we do not reduce Master numbers during a calculation. For example, if a birth date is in October, the 10 for the month of October is reduced to 1, but the 11 for November is not reduced, because 11 is a Master number.



How to Find Your Life Path number

We will show the correct method first. Examples of incorrect methods are shown further below.

First, we reduce each unit (month/day/year) of the birth date to a single-digit, or a Master Number.

Next we add each of the resulting digits (or Master numbers) together and reduce the total again to a single-digit.

You can use the drop down boxes below to find the single digit or 11 or 22 for each month, day, or year:


Example: August 12, 1936: August is the 8th month - the 8 doesn't need to be reduced.

The day of birth is 12. We reduce 12 to 3 by adding 1 + 2 = 3

The year of birth is 1936. We reduce 1936 by adding 1 + 9 + 3 + 6 = 19. Then we add 1 + 9 = 10, and continue by adding 1 + 0 = 1. The year 1936 reduces to 1.

We now add the resulting single digits: month = 8, day = 3, year = 1. Total is 12, which we reduce to 3 (1 + 2). The Life Path number is 3.


Another example: November 22, 1911

November is the 11th month. The 11 is a Master number and is not reduced.

The 22nd day is also a Master number: 22.

The year 1911 reduces to 12, which reduces to 3.

month = 11, day = 22, year = 3. Total is 36.

We reduce 36 to 9. The Life Path is 9


Verify or select the total below to learn what your Life Path number is:

(Notice that 11, 22, and 33 are Master numbers and 13, 14, 16 and 19 are Karmic Debt numbers and have their own descriptions.)



If you want, you can also use our free Chart Calculator to get a complete list of all the numbers in your, or someone else's, chart.





To illustrate the different outcomes using the correct or incorrect methods, let's look at examples A, B, and C below.

A. The correct method:

May 15, 1949 would be 5 + 6 (the 15th day reduced to 6) + 5 (the year 1949 reduced to 23 and then 5) = 16/7.


B: An alternative method adds the month + day + year = sum, and then reduced.

May 15, 1949 would be 5 + 15 + 1949 = 1969, which reduces to 25/7.


C: Adds each single digit as it appears in the date of birth.

May 15, 1949 would be 5 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 9 + 4 + 9 = 34/7.

Notice that we used the same date in all three examples but the results were different in each case: 16/7, 25/7, and 34/7



Audio Lecture: The Life Path Number 28 minutes



The Color Numerology Chart

The Decoz Chart is one of three charting methods included free in the World Numerology App. This detail shows the date of birth in the horizontal bar centered in the star-shape, while the Life Path appears within the double circle.


Numerology chart showing Life Path number of Tom Cruise



Read the meaning of your life path here:

Life Path 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 19, 22, 33



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