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Have you ever wondered if the numbers you’re seeing in your everyday life are trying to tell you something? Do you see certain numbers or numerical patterns repeating, maybe in your date of birth and your phone number, or your address, or perhaps even an employee number? The idea that numbers can speak to you isn’t as far fetched as you might think. It’s an ancient study called numerology - and like astrology or the tarot, it can be very enlightening.

Numerology is the study of numbers and how they relate to you. Just as every color vibrates on a different frequency, every number does too - and just as you’re naturally attracted to some colors more than others, different numbers resonate with you more than others. The main one is called your life path number and it’s calculated using your date of birth.

Life Path Number Calculator

Your life path number is the most important number in your numerology reading, In most cases, it will be a single numeral from 1 to 9, although there are some master numbers that are double digits. The only exceptions to the single digit rule are the numbers 11, 22 and sometimes 33. These numbers have special resonance, and because of that, are not reduced to a single numeral. To find your life path number, use our Life Path Number Calculator.

How to Calculate Your Life Path Number

To calculate your life path number yourself, add the day, month, and year of your birth. For example, if you were born on 17 November 1971

  1. Add the numbers in your birth date — the 17th — together (1 + 7 = 8)
  2. Then add the month. November is the 11th month, so you’d need to add 1 + 1 to get 2
  3. Add all the numbers in the year together; 1 + 9 + 7 + 1 adds up to 18, which can then be added together (1 + 8) to get 9
  4. Now, add those single digit numbers together, and reduce: 8 + 2 + 9 = 19; 1 + 9 = 10, 1 + 0 = 1

In this instance, the life path number would be 1. Your life path number is just one way that numbers can speak to you, but what does it mean?

About Your Personal Life Path Number

Life Path Number 1

You’re determined, independent, and original, but you need to learn some patience. It doesn’t always have to be all about you! Once you master that, you’ll find your natural leadership abilities will start to shine.

Life Path Number 2

If this is your Life Path Number, then you’re very diplomatic, very sensitive, and you need harmony in your life. Sometimes it can be hard to motivate you because you do enjoy taking the easy road. However, when it’s something that speaks strongly to you, you can be determined to the point of stubbornness!

Life Path Number 3

You’re the proverbial social butterfly! You like people, you are curious and inquisitive and enjoy a good conversation, even a good debate! Just make sure that your wide and varied interests don’t give you an air of superficiality.

Life Path Number 4

Helpful, caring, traditional, and sympathetic all describe you if you’re a Life Path Number 4. You just have to watch your sensitivity, though, for your caring can easily turn to clinging if you allow it. It’s nothing that a bit of attention and perseverance can’t bring back into balance.

Life Path Number 5

You’re social and curious and enjoy your life. There’s a lot of creativity about you, and you could be luckier than other Life Path numbers. Just keep your ego in check, though, because it could easily run away with you.

Life Path Number 6

This is the number of focus, responsibility, and attention to detail. You’re very dedicated to the things and people you believe in but watch your criticism. Your analytic nature tends to make you a bit judgemental. You don’t always have to be right.

Life Path Number 7

Some say this is a lucky number, and indeed for you, it may be! You’re balanced, you seek harmony and beauty, you’re contemplative and intuitive. It doesn’t matter whether you’re introverted or extroverted; you can be the center of attention or you can enjoy your own company equally.

Life Path Number 8

You’re ambitious and influential and love investigating what makes things — and people — tick. It’s easy for you to take control, and you could find that this can lead to you taking control of your financial karma in a very positive way. Just remember not to get too bossy; it could be detrimental to your success.

Life Path Number 9

This is the Life Path Number of the idealist. You’re humanitarian and you want the best for everyone. It’s easy for you to express yourself, but you may find that you have trouble with commitments and attachments.

Life Path Number 11

This is one of the master numbers, and if it is your Life Path Number, then you’ve got a specific purpose here on Earth. You’re intuitive, and a born leader, but you have very high expectations of yourself and others. This can lead you to frustration and withdrawal. Don’t let it.

Life Path Number 22

This is the second of the master numbers, and if this is yours then you were born with the potential to shine and be incredibly successful. Resourceful and with the aptitude for power and fame, you may have to work hard to transcend ego and see the bigger picture, so that you can be who you were truly born to become.


Numerology has its place when it comes to understanding your role in the story of your life. Numbers can speak to you in other ways, too—for example, when you see numeric sequences appearing on digital clocks, license plates, and so on. Pay attention to those numbers. After all, everything in the universe can be broken down to a mathematical equation; why then can’t the universe use those numbers to communicate with you on a one to one level? Food for thought, indeed!

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