© Hans Decoz. 2000.
Updated March 2023. All rights reserved.
You took your first step on your Life Path as you entered the physical realm, untouched by this world, not yet influenced, not yet inhibited, free of concepts, expectations, and self-consciousness.
But, even at the moment of your birth, you were a person with your own unique character, as unique as your DNA. Everything that is you existed in potential, much like a play that is about to begin.
In this play, you have the freedom to live your life as you like – to fulfill its potential completely, or to make some smaller version of yourself. You make the decisions that affect the potential that exists within you through your commitment and effort.
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The Life Path number sets the direction of your life. However, the effect of this number is not always well-understood.
Most numerology enthusiasts, even professional numerologists, consider the Life Path to be unchanging, like a zodiac sign, but that is not the case. As with all numbers derived from your date of birth, it has to do with the momentum of your life; it lays out your personal evolutionary path and is therefore dynamic; its influence on you changes as you change because of your life experiences.
Your Life Path is a cycle; the longest cycle in your chart, as it begins the day you step into this world and lasts until you leave.
You are not placed on your Life Path without the talents and tools you need to realize your potential; it gives you a broad outline of the opportunities, challenges, and lessons you will encounter in this lifetime.
We will show the correct method first. Examples of incorrect (but unfortunately commonly used) methods are shown further below. You can also use our Life Path Calculator and toget a complete list of all your numbers.
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. This is the reason the Life Path must be calculated based on the Period Ccyles.
We reduce each unit (month/day/year) of the birth date to a single-digit, or a Master Number. The Master Numbers are 11, 22, and 33, and they are never reduced during the calculation of a Life Path number.
Next, we add each of the resulting digits together and reduce the total again to a single-digit.
Example: August 12, 1990:
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 1990. We reduce 1990 by adding 1 + 9 + 9 + 0=19. Then we add 1 + 9=10, and continue by adding 1 + 0=1. The year 1990 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=3). The Life Path number in this example is 3.
Another example: November 22, 1983
November is the 11th month. The 11 is a Master number and is not reduced.
The 22nd day and the 22 is also a Master number and is therefore not reduced
The year 1983 reduces to 12 (1+9+8+3=21), which reduces to 3.
month=11, day=22, year=3. Total is 36. We reduce 36 to 9. The Life Path is 9
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You insist on your right to make up your own mind; you demand freedom of thought and action. You have drive and determination. You don't let anything or anyone stand in your way once you are committed to your goal.
Read more about your 1 Life Path
You are extremely sensitive, perceptive, and a bit shy. These qualities are both your strengths and weaknesses, for while you possess enormous sensitivity to your feelings and those of others, that same sensitivity can cause you to hold back and repress your considerable talents.
Read more about your 2 Life Path
Your talent for the expressive arts is so abundant that you may well have felt drawn to becoming an artist while still very young. Your artistic abilities can only be developed, however, through discipline and commitment to the true development of your talent.
Read more about your 3 Life Path
You are the Salt of the Earth. You are orderly and organized, systematic and controlled, you are decisive and methodical employing a step by step rational approach to problems solving. Once committed you do not give up easily!
Read more about your 4 Life Path
You love travel, adventure, variety and meeting new people. You possess the curiosity of a cat and long to experience all of life. You like to be involved in several things at the same time as long as you are not tied down to any one area.
Read more about your 5 Life Path
You have concern for the weak and the downtrodden. You are a healer and a helper to others. You are capable of giving comfort to those in need and will frequently offer a shoulder for others to cry on. Your task in life is to develop the tools necessary to be truly helpful to others, rather than to simply be a sympathetic ear.
Read more about your 6 Life Path
You have a clear and compelling sense of yourself as a spiritual being. As a result, your life path is devoted to investigations into the unknown, and finding the answers to the mysteries of life.
Read more about your 7 Life Path
You have great talent for management in all areas of life, especially in business and financial matters. You understand the material world; you intuitively know what makes virtually any enterprise work.
Read more about your 8 Life Path
You are a utopian, and will spend your life trying to realize some aspect of your utopian dream, sacrificing money, time, and energy for a better world. It is in giving that you will find much satisfaction. You have a broad outlook on life. You tend to see the big picture, rather than the minute details.
Read more about your 9 Life Path
You possess an inordinate amount of energy and intuition. There is so much going on in your psyche that you are often misunderstood early in life, making you shy and withdrawn. You have far more potential than you know.
Read more about your 11 Life Path
This number offers the extremes of life's possibilities: on one hand, you have the potential to be the Master Builder, the person capable of perceiving something great in the archetypal world and manifesting it in the relative world; on the other hand, you can slip into the depths of obscurity, achieving little more than personal support.
Read more about your 22 Life Path
You possess great compassion and seek to be of service to others. You have concern for the weak and the downtrodden. You are a healer and a helper to others. You are capable of giving comfort to those in need and will frequently offer a shoulder for others to cry on.
Read more about your 33 Life Path
The double-digit numbers you encounter during your calculations are important, because they reveal whether you have a Master Number, or a Karmic Debt number.
They also give more insight into the meaning of your Life Path. For example, a 7 based on 16 (1 + 6=7) is somewhat different from a 7 based on 25 (2 + 5=7), or a 7 based on 34. Therefore, the calculation method must be done correctly.
For example, calculating October 15, 1998, by simply adding 1+0+1+5+1+9+9+8=34=7, would result in a 7 based on 34, which is incorrect.
Similarly, adding the units of the date of birth and then reducing the total is also incorrect. In our example of October 15, 1998, that would be 10+15+1998=2023=7. Again, although the final single digit is correct, the double-digit numbers associated with it are wrong.
The correct method for October 15, 1998: October reduces to 1, the day 15 reduces to 6, and the year 1998 reduces to 27, which in turn reduces to 9. Your number is therefore 1 + 6 + 9=16, which reduces to 7. Notice that only this method revealed the presence of a 16 Karmic Debt number.
This age-old method is based on the concept that your Life Path is essentially the sum of your three Period Cycles and is influenced by the properties and traits of those Cycles.
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. They are the stepping stones of your personal growth and the foundation of your Life Path number.
Therefore, you actually calculate your Period Cycles first. You can learn more about Period Cycles here...