Life Path Number

life path number

Finding Your Life Path Through Numerology

While numerology can be used to calculate a variety of numbers that tell you about your life and personality, the most important number that numerology can provide you with is your Life Path number. Using numerology, you calculate this number with the numbers that make up your birth date.

This number provides a blueprint for your entire life, and because it is based on the date of your birth, it remains the same throughout your life. Life Path numbers also influence people's personalities as well as what kinds of opportunities will come to them and what kinds of challenges they are likely to face in life.

Finding the Life Path Number

The first step in finding the Life Path number is to take the digits of your birth date and reduce each part of it to a single digit. That means you reduce your birth date, month and year each to one single-digit number.

If you happen to have the numbers 11, 22 or 33 appear, take note because each of those is considered a Master Number with special significance.

For example, if your birth date happens to be December 31st, 1987, December would become 12, which you then break down into 1 + 2, which equals 3. The date breaks down into 3 + 1, which then equals 4, and the year breaks down this way: 1 + 9 + 8 + 7, which equals 25.

You always add any double digits together to create a single-digit number, so 25 also breaks down into 2 + 5, which then becomes 7. Finally, you add all the single-digit numbers together.

In this case you add 3 + 4 + 7, which is 14. Again, you reduce that down to a single-digit number, which is in this case 5, the result of 1 + 4. The Life Path number for someone born on December 31st, 1987 is 5.

See the Numerology Chart for a better understanding of what each numbers mean.
There's Only One Correct Method

While other methods do exist for people to calculate the Life Path number, the method just shown is the only correct numerological method. Other methods may calculate the numbers arbitrarily by adding up all the digits in the birth date and year without separating them out and calculating each individually. This can result in digits adding up to a Master Number falsely or a Master Number not appearing when it should.

The calculations performed in the way shown above works with the Life Path as a cyclical phenomenon that runs from your birth until your death and has a dynamic interplay with your other numerological cycles.

You also have Period cycles that break your life up into thirds. Your First Period numerological number is based on the single-digit reduced form of your birth month, the Second Period is based on the single-digit reduced date, and, finally, the Third Period is based on your single-digit reduced birth year.

Ultimately, your Life Path number then is made up of the addition of your First, Second and Third Period cycle numbers.

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