According to the field of numerology, numbers carry distinct characteristics. As one numerology theory goes, the number that represents your birthday plays a key role in determining your personality. As with the zodiac theory of personality, this takes into account birth month as well. Interestingly enough, it also takes into account birth year.
To figure out what this means for you, you’ll need to calculate your life path number. Life path numbers are 1-9, 11, and 22. Write down your birth date in the following format: MM/DD/YYYY. You’ll be adding the digits of these numbers together.
For example, take this birth date – 05/03/1996. To calculate the life path number, we would break this into 0 + 5 + 0 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 6 = 33.
Because we wound up with a number over 9 that is not 11 or 22, we’ll need to add both digits until we wind up with a single digit, 11 or 22 – whichever comes first. In this case, the single digit 6 comes first; that’s the life path number.
Take a moment, figure out your life path number and then read on to learn its meaning!
Life Path #1
If you arrived at a life path number of 1, you’re likely a very motivated individual. You have grand ambitions that often veer off the beaten path. You like things that way, due to your independent and self-confident nature.
On the negative side, a life path number of 1 often indicates an aggressive and self-centered nature. Try to spend more time helping others.
Life Path #2
If your life path number is 2, you lean towards the cooperative, modest side of things. Your highly empathetic nature does make you come across as overly sensitive sometimes. You likely have a predisposition to indecisiveness and social anxiety – these are two areas you may wish to work on.
Life Path #3
If you calculated a life path number of 3, you’re likely the life of the party! Your artistic, imaginative, expressive and joyful characteristics make you an absolute pleasure to be around most of the time. However, when it comes to deeper social interactions, you have a tendency to display superficial qualities; the simple joys in life often escape you.
Life Path #4
If 4 is your life path number, you’re likely a very practical and organized person. Your interests tend towards the technical side as opposed to the creative. You also tend to be very honest, sometimes brutally so. Your friends and family might complain that you’re too stubborn and inflexible – don’t be afraid to loosen up a little!
Life Path #5
A life number of 5 grants you a very flexible personality. You go with the flow and you’re always ready for a new, exciting adventure. On the negative side, you tend to be disorganized and impatient.
Life Path #6
This life path number means you’re very fair, gracious and protective. Your friends likely see you as the ‘mother’ or ‘father’ of your social group and often come to you for advice on relationships and life in general. At times, however, it could be said that your advice is unsolicited. You also need to pay attention to yourself a bit more instead of trying to fix everyone else’s problems.
Life Path #7
This number definitely pits you as the introverted, thoughtful type. You’re far more likely to be at home listening to music on a Friday night than out at the bar with 10 friends. Your thoughtful nature means you know yourself very well and can take care of yourself emotionally. If you’re not careful, however, you can easily wind up in ‘overthinking’ territory.
Life Path #8
You are definitely a natural business man or woman. You strive for efficiency and plan every decision – big or small. You long for power and status, which can make you come across as overly materialistic at times. Ambition is good but be careful not to let yours take away from time spent with family and friends.
Life Path #9
You donate a good chunk of your earnings to charity, don’t you? A life path number of 9 makes you the humanitarian type. You see all humans as connected and this gives you a burning desire to help those in need even if it means sacrificing your needs and wants.
You’ve got the big picture in mind, and that’s good – but don’t forget to sit down and focus on the little things in life once in a while.
Life Path #11
11 is a ‘master’ number. If this is your life path number, you share characteristics of both 1 and 2. You are an independent, self-confident individual that likes to veer into uncharted territory. At the same time, you have an empathetic, cooperative nature. These traits make you effective at building and leading innovative teams.
Life Path #22
22 is also a ‘master’ number; it shares the characteristics of 2 and 4, combining an intense vision with the practical, detail-oriented nature required to achieve it. That said, these traits can combine to make you come across as overly controlling at times.