How to Calculate Your Life Path Number

One of my favorite things from reading and learning about numerology is the life path number.  When you first start out with the calculations for numerology you spend a fair amount of time looking at your birth chart for your strengths and weaknesses for this life.  Though understanding your birth chart is very valuable to understanding why you may struggle with certain things that others don’t, it’s not always the most uplifting aspect of a numerology report (and I’ll be the first to admit, my birth chart really isn’t so great).

The benefit of knowing your life path number is that it can provide you with a general idea of your life purpose.  For some people, it could be that you are meant to be very artistic or that you are meant to do humanitarian work.  Of course, this can be more complex depending on other aspects of your chart and the overall report, but we’ll keep it easy today with some example calculations and an example result.

In numerology we look at every number in a person’s birthdate.  For instance, if it person’s birthday is December 25, 1975 then the numbers we consider are: 1, 2, 2, 5, 1, 9, 7, 5.  If there is a zero, these do not count because they have no value to them.  To calculate the life path number, we add each of these numbers together.  In this case, this would equal to 32.  We then take the number 32 and add 3 + 2 which equals 5.  So this person would have a life path number of 5.

To give a full example with the calculation and an example of what the meaning could be behind the life path number, I’ll use my own birthday: 1-3-1987.  1+3+1+9+8+7 equals 29.  We then take 29 and add 2 + 9 which equals 11.  So any of the rest of you out there that are life path 11, then congratulations because you already have this done for you! 🙂

To give a concrete example as to what this number means here is the following description from :

Life Path Number 11: “Spirituality”

Life 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.

Positive traits:
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 are close.

Negative traits:
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.

So, do the math for yourself — What’s your life path number?


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About Jennifer Twardowski

Jennifer is a graduate student in transpersonal counseling psychology. Her interests are in personality typology (MBTI, Enneagram, Jungian typology), expressive arts, dreams, yoga, tarot and oracle cards, world religions, dance, photography, gardening, floral design, and more!

Posted on August 9, 2012, in Numerology, Spirituality and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. This was fun to do! I read my Life Path Number – 6 – Responsibility … and it is so true … Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Very interesting, mine is 7. Why is the date that we are born so important? Also where do horoscopes come into play here? I do wonder if a number can really tell so much about your challenges, pros and cons. Also, I am Christian / Non Denomational and have avoided tarot for beliefs that it wasn’t supported or evil. I want to do more research on this and would love to her your thoughts on it.

    • Horoscopes/astrology is another different system that’s separated from numerology (at least to my knowledge there isn’t any correlation). And those daily horoscopes you read in the newspaper don’t really tell you too much because it’s general to everybody under that sign. It’s not until you look at the time of your birth and do a chart that it starts to really resonate and make sense. Astrology can tell you your mood for the day in how the planets are influencing you.
      Numerology, on the other hand, can tell you about your personality’s strengths and weaknesses. In your birth chart, it covers three levels: your ego (how you project yourself to the world), spiritual (your intuitive connection to spirit), and mental (how you can make connections between your ego and intuition).
      Why do these systems actually work? I don’t know. It’s one of those things that is hard to be tested because it either “resonates” with you or it doesn’t… but I do find it fascinating that we have been able to develop such systems that can outline a person’s personality and potential life experiences just by looking at a birth date.

      As most Americans, I was raised Christian as well and I went the non-denominational route during college for a while because that was the “new trend” in the area I was living in. I can say from experience that there is nothing evil about tarot or any divining system. We can actually look at history and see why religious organizations look down on these things and it can be summed up by saying: It takes power away from the institution. If people have taken personal responsibility for their own spirituality, then what is the purpose for the church? It’s a tendency in human nature and you can see it not only in religions but in businesses as well. I could definitely go into more detail on it, so I’ll probably just do a separate blog post to make everything clear.

      Thanks for asking! You asked something that many people commonly wonder.

  3. Hmmmmm, thank you for your feedback. Interesting perspective! I look forward to reading your post on this. It will be a good one!!

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