~ The Life Path Number
The Life Path is the sum of the birth date. This
number represents who you are at birth and the native traits that you
will carry with you through life. The most important number that will
be discussed here is your Life Path number. The Life Path describes the
nature of this journey through life.
The Life Path number is established from the date of birth. First, convert
the month to a single number or a master number (November stays 11 rather
than 2). Then convert the day of birth to a single digit or master number.
Next, add the total digits of year and reduce this sum to a single digit
or master number. The individual digits representing the month, day,
and year, be they single digits or master numbers, are then added together,
as necessary to reduce the sum once again to a single digit 1 through
9, or to the numerology "master numbers," 11 or 22. These master
numbers, as components of the date or as a final result, are not reduced
example: If a person was born on October 23, 1972 (10-23-1972*), add
the month 10 (which is reduced to 1) to the day 23 (which is reduced
to 5) plus the the year 1972 (which reduces to 19, then to 10 and finally
to 1). Thus, the total of the month, day, and year is 1+5+1. This date
is a 7 Lifepath.
*Be sure to add the full year, not just the last two digits, i.e. 1969,
**For some reason, this step is often overlooked when the total is 10.
Read about your Lifepath number:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 22
The Life Path 1 drive in this life is characterized by individualist desires,
independence, and the need for personal attainment. The purpose to be fulfilled
on this Life Path is that of becoming independent. This is a two part learning
process; first, you must learn to stand on your own two feet and learn not
to depend on others. After you are indeed free and independent, you must
learn to be a leader. Many of our Generals, corporate leaders, and political
leaders are men and women having the Life Path number 1. The 1 always has
the potential for greatness as a leader, but they may fail as a follower.
Many 1's spend most of their lives shaking off their dependent side. When
this happens, there is little time left for enjoying the rewards to be gained
through independence. The individual with Life Path 1 has to overcome an
environment in which it is very easy to be dependent, and difficult to be
A person with positive 1 traits abounds in creative inspiration, and possesses
the enthusiasm and drive to accomplish a great deal. Your drive and potential
for action comes directly from the enormous depth of strength you have. This
is both the physical and inner varieties of strength. With this strength comes
utter determination and the capability to lead. As a natural leader you have
a flair for taking charge of any situation. Highly original, you may have talents
as an inventor or innovator of some sort. In any work that you choose, your
independent attitude can show through. You have very strong personal needs
and desires, and you feel it is always necessary to follow your own convictions.
You are ambitious, and either understand or must learn the need for aggressive
action to promote yourself. Although you may hide the fact for social reasons,
you are highly self-centered and demand to have your way in most circumstances.
When the 1 Life Path person is not fully developed and expressing the negative
side of this number, the demeanor may appear very dependent rather than independent.
If you are expressing this negative trait of the number 1, you are likely to
be very dissatisfied with your circumstances, and long for self-sufficiency.
This is defined as the weak or dependent side of the negative 1 Life Path.
On the strong side of this negative curve, the 1 energy can become too self-serving,
selfish and egotistical. Over-confidence and impatience mark this individual.
The positive attributes of the number 2 Life Path produces extremely
sensitive people who generally have the most delicate ability to be
balanced and fair. You clearly see the full spectrum of viewpoints
in any argument or situation, and because of this people may seek you
out to be a mediator. In this role you are able to settle disputes
with the most unbiased flair. There is sincere concern for others;
you think the best of people, and want the best for them. You are totally
honest and open in thought, word and deed. You are apt to excel in
any for of group activity where your expertise in handling and blending
people can be used effectively. Manners and tact mark your way with
others at all times, and you are not one to dominate a group or situation.
You are the master of compromise and of maintaining harmony in your
environment, never stooping to aggravate or argue.
In many ways, you are a creature of habit and routine, and you like
to your path and pattern well worn and familiar. A natural collector,
you rarely dispose of anything that may have a shred of value.
The negative side of the 2 is hardly a problem. The biggest obstacle
and difficulty you may face is that of passivity and a state of apathy
and lethargy. The negative 2 can be very pessimistic and accomplishes
very little. Needless to say, the negative 2 doesn't belong in the
business world and even the more positive individual with the 2 Life
Path may prefer a more amiable and less competitive environment.
The number 3 Life Path is one that emphasizes expression, sociability,
and creativity as the lesson to be learned in this life. Here we are
apt to find the entertainers of the world, bright, effervescent, sparkling
people with very optimistic attitudes. A truly gifted 3 possesses the
most exceptional creative skills, normally in the verbal realm, writing,
speaking, acting, or similar endeavors. The lesson to be learned with
a 3 life path is that of achievement through expression. The bright
side of this path stresses harmony, beauty and pleasures; of sharing
your creative talents with the world. Capturing your capability in
creative self-expression is the highest level of attainment for this
life path. The characteristics of the 3 are warmth and friendliness,
a good conversationalist, social and open. A good conversationalist
both from the standpoint of being a delight to listen to, but even
more importantly, one who has the ability to listen to others. Accordingly,
the life path 3 produces individuals who are always a welcome addition
to any social situation and know how to make others feel at home. The
creative imagination is present, if sometimes latent, as the 3 may
not be moved to develop his talent. The approach to life tends to be
exceedingly positive, however, and your disposition is almost surely
sunny and open-hearted. You effectively cope with all of the many setbacks
that occur in life and readily bounce back for more. It is usually
easy for you to deal with problems because you can freely admit the
existence of problems without letting them get you down. You have good
manners and seem to be very conscious of other people's feelings and
emotions. Life is generally lived to the fullest, often without much
worry about tomorrow. You are not very good at handling money because
of a general lack of concern about it. You spend it when you have it
and don't when you don't.
On the negative side, a 3 may be so delighted with the joy of living
that the life becomes frivolous and superficial. You may scatter your
abilities and express little sense of purpose. The 3 can be an enigma,
for no apparent reason you may become moody and tend to retreat. Escapist
tendencies are not uncommon with the 3 life path, and you find it very
hard to settle into one place or one position. Guard against being
critical of others, impatient, intolerant, or overly optimistic.
Typically, the life path 3 gives an above-average ability in some art
form. This can encompass painting, interior decorating, landscaping,
crafts, writing, music, or the stage, or all of the above. You are
apt to be a happy, inspired person, constantly seeking the stimuli
of similar people. Your exuberant nature can take you far, especially
if you are ever able to focus your energies and talents.
The Life Path 4 produces the most trustworthy, practical, and down-to-earth
of individuals; the cornerstone members of society. The goal of this life
path is learning to take orders and to carry them out with dedication and
perseverance. You always demand as much from yourself as you do from others,
and sometimes a lot more. You have the kind of will power that is often mistaken
for sheer stubbornness. Once a decision is made, it will be followed through
to the conclusion, right, wrong, or indifferent; you are very set in your
ways and determined to handle things the way you are so certain that they
should be handled. Your tenacity of purpose and ability to get the job done
borders on obsession.
You are an excellent organizer and planner because of your innate ability
to view things in a very common sense and practical way. You are a wonderful
manager with a great sense of how to get the job done.
Loyal and devoted, you make the best of your marriage, and you are a dependable
business partner. Friends may be few in number, but you are very close to
them and once friendships are made, they often last a lifetime. The number
4 is solidly associated with the element of earth from which it gains it
strength and utter sense of reality. You are one of the most dependable people
you know. If patience and determination can ever win, you are sure to achieve
great success in life.
The negative side of the 4 can prove dogmatic to an excess, narrow-minded,
and repressive. A lot of skin-deep people turn you off, and you lack the
tact to keep your feelings from being totally clear to all around. Additionally,
the negative 4 has a bad tendency to get too caught up in the daily routine
of affairs and often misses the big picture and major opportunities that
come along once in a while.
A Life Path 5 person is usually very versatile, adventurous, and progressive.
With a 5 life path, you are one of those people who is always striving to
find answers to the many questions that life poses. You want to be totally
unrestrained, as this is the sign of freedom and independence. You abhor
routine and boring work, and you are not very good at staying with everyday
tasks that must be finished on time. You are, however, a good communicator,
and you know how to motivate people around you, perhaps inclining you to
be a teacher of some sort. A love of adventure may dominate your life. This
may take the form of mental or physical manifestation, but in either case,
you thrill to the chance for exploration and blazing new trails. You are
apt to be multi-talented, but just as likely to suffer from some lack of
direction, and there is often some confusion surrounding your ambition.
On the average, the number 5 personality is rather happy-go-lucky; living for
today, and not worrying too much about tomorrow. It is important for you to
mix with people of a like mind, and try to avoid those that are too serious
and demanding. It is also important for you to find a job that provides thought-provoking
tasks rather than routine and redundant responsibilities. You do best dealing
with people, but the important thing is that you have the freedom to express
yourself at all times. You have an innate ability to think through complex
matters and analyze them quickly, but then be off to something new.
In the most negative application or use of the 5 energies, you could become
very irresponsible in tasks and decisions concerning your home and business
life. The total pursuit of sensation and adventure can result in your becoming
self-indulgent and totally unaware of the feelings of those around you. In
the worse case situations negative 5's are very undependable and self-serving.
The Life Path 6 indicates that very prominent in your nature is a strong sense
of responsibility. You are idealistic and must feel useful to be happy. The
main contribution you make is that of advice, service and ever present support.
This is the Life Path related to leadership by example and assumption of
responsibility, thus, it is your obligation to pick up the burden and always
be ready to help. The Life Path 6 is one who is compelled to function with
strength and compassion, a sympathetic and kind person, generous with personal
and material resources. Wisdom, balance, and understanding are the cornerstones
of this Life Path. Your extraordinary wisdom and the ability to understand
the problems of others is apt to commence from an early age allowing you
to easily span the generation gap and assume an important role in life early
on. While the 6 may assume huge responsibilities in the community, the life
revolves around the immediate home and family, for this is the most domestic
of numbers. Most with Life Path 6 are the positive types who willingly carry
far more than their fair share of the load and are always there when needed.
You are very human and realistic about life, and you feel that the most important
thing in your life is the home, family and friends.
The number 6 Life Path actually produces few negative examples, but there are
some pitfalls peculiar to the path. Avoid a tendency to become overwhelmed
by responsibilities and a slave to others. Also, avoid being too critical (of
yourself or of others). The misuse of this Life Path produces tendencies towards
exaggeration, over-expansiveness, and self-righteousness. Imposing one's views
in an interfering or meddling way must be an issue of concern. The natural
burdens of this number are heavy, and on rare occasions, responsibility is
abdicated by persons with this Life Path 6. This rejection of responsibility
will make you feel very guilty and uneasy, and it will have very damaging effects
upon your relationships with others.
A Life Path 7 person is a peaceful and affectionate soul, and by nature rather
reserved and analytical. The overwhelming strength of the number 7 is reflected
in the depth of thinking that is shown; you will garner knowledge from practically
every source that you find. Intellectual, scientific and studious, you don't
accept a premise until you have dissected the subject and arrived at you
own independent conclusion. This is a very spiritual number and it often
denotes a sort of spiritual wisdom that becomes apparent at a fairly early
age. You need a good deal of quiet time to be with your own inner thoughts
and dreams. You dislike crowds, noise and confusion. You are very thorough
and complete in your work, the perfectionist who expects everyone else to
be a meet a high standard of performance, too. You evaluate situations very
quickly and with amazing accuracy. You rely heavily on your experiences and
your intuition, rather than accepting advice from someone; your hunches usually
prove to be very accurate, and knowing this, you are one who tends to follow
the directions they seem to guide. It's easy for you to detect deception
and recognize insincere people. You aren't one to have a wide circle of friends,
but once you accept someone as a friend, it's for life. You really aren't
a very social person, and your reserve is often taken to be aloofness. Actually,
it's not that at all, but merely a cover up for your basic feeling of insecurity.
You actually like being alone, away from the hustle and bustle of modern
life. In many ways, you would have fit in better in much earlier times when
the pace of life was less hectic.
In the most negative use of the 7 energies, you can become very pessimistic,
lackadaisical, quarrelsome, and secretive. A Life Path 7 individual who is
not living life fully and gaining through experiences, is a hard person to
live with because of a serious lack of consideration and because there is such
a negative attitude. The negative 7 is very selfish and spoiled. If you have
any of the negative traits they are very difficult to get rid of because you
tend to feel that the world really does owe you a living or in some way is
not being fairly treated. Fortunately, the negative 7 is not the typical 7,
at least not without some mitigating positive traits. This number is one that
seems to have some major shifts from highs to lows. Stability in feelings may
be elusive for you.
With the Life Path of the number 8 you are focused on learning the satisfactions
to be found in the material world. The Life Path 8 produces many powerful,
confident and materially successful people. You are apt to be very independent,
forceful and competitive. Your routine is involved in practical, down-to-earth
affairs, and there is relatively little time for dreams and visions. You
will want to use your ambitions, your organizational ability, and your
efficient approach to carve a satisfying niche for yourself. Most of your
concerns involve money and learning of the power that comes with its proper
manipulation. This Life Path is perhaps the one that is the most concerned
with and desirous of status, as an accompaniment to material success. If
you are a positive 8 you are endowed with tremendous potential for conceiving
far-reaching schemes and ideas, and also possessing the tenacity and independence
to follow them through to completion. In short, you are well-equipped for
competition in the business world or in other competitive fields of endeavor.
You know how to manage yourself and your environment. You are practical
and steady in your pursuit of major objectives, and you have the courage
of your convictions when it comes to taking the necessary chances to get
The negative 8 can be dictatorial and often suppresses the enthusiasm and
efforts of fellow member of the environment. Often, the strength of their
own personality excludes close feelings for other people with whom they
come in contact. Material gains and rewards often become issues of utmost
importance, even to the neglect of family, home and peace of mind. Dedication
to success can become an obsession. Emotional feelings are often suppressed
by the negative 8, resulting in isolation and loneliness. All Life Path
8 people must avoid discounting the opinions of others.
The keys to the nature of a Life Path number 9 person are compassion, generosity,
and a very humanitarian attitude. This is the lesson that must be learned
in this life. Usually this number produces an individual that is very trustworthy
and honorable, and one unlikely to harbor any sort of prejudice. Obviously,
this is a rather tall order, but you are, in fact, a person that feels
very deeply for individuals less fortunate than yourself, and if you are
in a position to help, you certainly will. You tend to be quite sensitive,
as you see the world with much feeling and compassion. The 9, being the
highest of the single digit numbers, holds an elevated position and poses
certain responsibilities. The purpose of life for those with a 9 life path
is of a philosophical nature. Judges, spiritual leaders, healers and educators
frequently have much 9 energy. Material gains are not overly important,
although the quality of some life path 9 people is such that they are materially
rewarded in very significant ways. Often, the number 9 life path requires
a very selfless attitude and the giving up of material possessions for
the common good. Even the very average of those with life path 9 possess
extremely compassionate tendencies. The desire to help others, especially
the troubled or underprivileged, is strong. You are apt to frequently find
yourself being used and let down by others, as your generosity is misused
The number 9's very deep understanding of life is sometimes manifested
in the artistic and literary fields. Here you may be able to express your
deep emotional feelings through painting, writing, music, or other art
forms. Often, however, there if a great deal of difficulty finding a suitable
outlet for the 9 Life Path. The 9 is usually well suited to the helping
and healing professions; the number is less inclined to the competitive
You have the ability to make friends very easily, as people are attracted
to your magnetic, open personality. You have a special gift of understanding
people, which if used correctly can be of great benefit to others. Your
interest in people tends to make you quite social. People just naturally
like you because you are so sympathetic, tolerant and broad-minded. In
many ways, you are a romantic that can get lost in your loves and passions.
Relationships can be difficult for you, however, because it is hard to
strike a balance that will work effectively. If your partner is one sharing
your giving attitudes, the relationship will be happy and lasting. On the
other hand, if you choose a partner whose focus is on material issues,
problems will arise quickly.
As do all the life path numbers, the 9 has its negative side, and because
of the demanding nature of the truly positive 9, many tend to fail in this
category. It is not uncommon for persons with the 9 life path to fight
the realities and challenges of purpose imposed here because selflessness
is not an easy trait. You may have difficulty believing that giving and
a lack of personal ambition can be satisfying. It must be realized and
accepted that little long-term satisfaction and happiness is to be gained
by rejecting the natural humanitarian inclinations of this path.
The number 11 Life Path has the connotation of illumination describing
its general focus. This is the number associated with spiritual awareness.
As one of the two master numbers, the 11 yields understanding and knowledge
beyond the grasp of others. The attitude toward life of those possessing
this Life Path is somewhat extreme; extremely intuitive, avant-garde, idealistic,
visionary, and cultured. These extremes make you an interesting, if unusual
person, with much to offer society. The Life Path 11 person is deep-thinking,
and you are no doubt interested in understanding many of life's mysteries
and more intriguing facets. Your inventive mind and broad-minded views
will permit you to succeed in life in any number of ventures. You can best
serve society, however, in those endeavors utilizing your skills of counseling
and guidance. Much of your idealism is people oriented and quite humanitarian
in nature. You expect a great deal of yourself and of those to whom you
On the negative side, there is a lot of nervous tension associated with
the 11 life path, and you can be a difficult person to deal with because
of this. For this reason, relationships, at times, can be difficult. This
is a Life Path that seems to feature broad mood swings between the elation
and depression. You are likely to have trouble making decisions and getting
your life in gear, so to speak. There is a tendency for the 11 to harbor
feelings of uneasiness, and dissatisfaction with accomplishments and personal
progress in life. Your grandiose schemes usually make sense, but you can
get off the track and they can be very impractical. You have a very distinct
side that lacks common sense, and you are quite often unable to distinguish
between fantasy and reality. In this regard, you are perhaps more of a
dreamer than a doer. When you do get on target, your ideas seem to have
been inspired on high. Perhaps you are not a leader, but you are a visionary
and a very talented idea person.
The Life Path 22 is the higher of the two master number, and the most powerful
of all the Life Path numbers. As such, it is also the most difficult to
live up to and fulfill. The 22 individual in endowed with many powers from
within and they can reach any heights in life. A truly positive Life Path
22 person, equipped with a suitable education, can be a master builder
in society. An idealistic nature is grounded in practical terms, allowing
you to conceive grandiose, far-reaching schemes and carry them through
to the end. If you desire and are willing to work for it, you can achieve
enormous success, prestige, and fame. Obviously, everyone with this Life
Path does not become famous, but you may have realized early in life that
you have the capacity to accomplish a great deal with relatively little
Several Life Path number possess special spiritual understanding, however,
the 22 is unique in that this path has great understanding, but also the
ability to apply knowledge in a practical way. There is purpose to your
life and you view your tasks and obligations in a very emotionally controlled
and determined way.
Really negative 22 people are very rare. When they do show up, there power
is similar to positive 22, but motivations are in a negative vein and they
are very dictatorial, insensitive, and overbearing. The majority of 22
people fall into an average category who still have sufficient ability
to reach great heights within their chosen fields. The ability to control
emotion may help in the business world. This is a powerful Life Path, both
for the material gain it can bring and for the higher good that is often
achieved for mankind.
Finding your way around
Some information taken from:
Michael McClain 1996-2005. Permission is granted for unlimited noncommercial
use. All other rights reserved.
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