What Do Life Path Numbers Mean (And What’s Yours?)

If you’re a numerology fledgling, you’re likely just dipping your toes into the meaning of Life Path numbers. A Life Path number is a great way to get started in the world of numerology as it gives you a look at the unique trajectory and trials of your individual life. It gives insights into your state of mind and way of being. Basically, it tells you about you. And don’t we all want to get to know ourselves just a little bit better?

What is a Life Path Number?

A Life Path number if dictated by your date of birth. The goal is the root number of your date of birth. This is based on a pretty simple equation. You simply add up each number in your birth date individually until you get single digits. (Avoiding our lovely master numbers, 11 and 22. But we’ll get to them in a second.)

What Do Life Path Numbers Tell You?

Your Life Path number can help you identify hidden (or not so hidden) strengths you have and any challenges you are likely to face. In a way, your Life Path number is similar to your zodiac sign. It is related to your birthdate and it tells you about yourself.

If you’re not working in harmony with your Life Path number, you may find yourself feeling unenergized or aimless. Aligning your goals and routines with your Life Path number can help you feel more centered and at ease.

Life Path numbers feel especially pointed for many because it is attributed to your exact date of birth, unlike with zodiac signs which more loosely represent our character and personality.

Calculate Your Life Path Number

Now that you know what a Life Path number is, it’s time to figure out yours! Start with your birthday. Easy enough right? For the sake of this article I’m going to use a random date:

October 20, 1994

We start with October, the tenth month of the year. 10. 1 + 0 = 1.

Now let’s do the day itself. 20. 2 + 0 = 2.

Finally, the year: 1994. 1 + 9 + 9 + 4 = 23. 2 + 3 = 5.

Mash ‘em all together and you get: 1 + 2 + 5 = 8

If you were born 10/20/1994 then the works been done for you. Your Life Path number is 8. If you were born any other day, get to adding!

Remember, when finding your Life Path number it’s important to add each section separately before adding them all together. Otherwise, your number will be thrown off by the year which will add to a two-digit number and then need to be reduced down to a single digit.

What Are the Possible Life Path Numbers

There are 12 possible Life Path numbers. Nine general Life Path numbers and three master numbers. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are all regular Life Path numbers. 11, 22, and 33 are Master Life Path numbers.

Taking a Closer Look At Life Path Numbers

By now you’ve probably calculated your overall Life Path number by reducing the entirety of your birth date. If you want to look at your life a bit more closely you can break your Life Path number into periods in your life by looking at the year, month, and day of your birth individually.

This is a less common way to look at Life Path numbers but it may give you more insight if you want to observe different periods of your life separately.

The year you were born represents your childhood. If you were born in 2000 this would be 2.

The month of your birth represents your youth. If you were born in April this would be 4.

The day of your birth represents your adulthood. If you were born on the 21 this would be 3.

By breaking it down further, you can take a closer look at your life number and figure out key differences at pivotal times in your existence.

Now you know your Life Path number. Find out what it means in our complete guide to Life Path number meanings.

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