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Numerology: Life Path Number Calculator

In Numerology, your Life Path Number is considered the most important indicator of your life, and is the easiest number in your whole Numerology Chart to calculate.

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The Life Path Number will tell you what traits or skills you posses, and what major life challenges you may see along the way.

Feel free to calculate your number using the calculator, and come back here for an in-depth explanation on how your life path was calculated.

How to Calculate Your Life Path Number

Your Life Path Number is calculated using only simple math addition, with 2 rules:

  1. Rule 1: Group the numbers of your birthday together (day) + (month) + (year), and add each of them together singularly until you get to a single digit between 1 and 9 or a Master Number of 11 or 22.
  2. Rule 2: If you have a Master Number 11 or 22 in the process you do not reduce them to single digits until the final calculation.

Sound Simple? It is!

Rule 1: Grouping The Numbers Together

To calculate a Life Path Number you first group the Month of your birth, the Day of your birth, and Year of you birth into individual numbers and add them together. We will go over many examples below, but to start with here is a simple starter example: The birth day of 14 becomes a 5 because you add (1 + 4) = 5.

You keep adding the numbers in a group together until they are reduced to a single number for each Month, Day and Year. You then proceed to add the groups together and continue the process until you get to a single number between 1 and 9, or one of the master numbers of 11 or 22.

Example 1:

Birth Date: May 4, 1977
May = 5
4 = 4
1977 = (1 + 9 + 7 + 7) = 24 = (2 + 4) = 6

Then add the totals from each group:

(Month + Day + Year)

(5 + 4 + 6) = 15

(1 + 5) = 6

This means that a person born on May 4, 1977 is a: Life Path 6


Note that the year in the above calculation is reduced to a single number before it is added to the other numbers from the Month and Day.

In some situations the final Life Path number will come out the same when done either correctly or by using 1 of the 2 incorrect ways which we should explore now.

The 2 Incorrect ways of calculating the Life Path Number

The first way is to add all the numbers together. Using the date from above May 4, 1977:

Incorrect Way Example 1:

(5 + 4 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 7) = 33

(3 + 3) = 6

As you can see, this method will incorrectly result in the very rare Master Number 33 and stop there. It is true that in this case it does result with of the Life Path 6 when adding the (3 + 3) = 6, but that does not always happen.

In the second incorrect way the numbers are added all together and then reduced.

Incorrect Way Example 2: 

December, 31, 1983

(12 + 31 + 1983) = 2026

(2 + 0 + 2 + 6) = 10

(1 + 0) = 1

This way would incorrectly come up with a Life Path 1.


This is why it is important to group them first by Month, Day, and Year and add them separately.

Now let’s look at another example, but using a birthdate having double digits.

Example using 2 digit Month and Day:

Birth Date: December 21, 1954

December = 12 => (1 + 2) = 3
21 = (2 + 1) = 3
1954 => (1 + 9 + 5 + 4) = 19 => (1 + 9) = 10 => (1 + 0) = 1

(3 + 3 + 1) = 7

This means that a person born on December 21, 1954 is a: Life Path 7

Rule 2: Do not reduce the Master Numbers

Next we look at the second rule. Do not reduce the two digit numbers 11 or 22 (Example 1 + 1 = 2 or 2 + 2 = 4) if they show up in the groups during the calculation, it is only reduced in the final equation.

This is because the numbers 11 and 22 are special Master Numbers in Numerology and have additional properties and meanings. which we will get to later.


Master Number Example 1:

Birth Date: July 29, 1974

July = 7
29 = (2 + 9) = 11 (Do Not Reduce)
1974 = (1 + 9 + 7 + 4) = 21 = (2 + 1) = 3

(7 + 11 + 3) = 21 = (2 + 1) = 3

This shows that a  person born on July 29, 1974 is a: Life Path 3 


Here’s another Master Number example for clarity:

Birth Date: November 29, 1975

November = 11 (Do Not Reduce)
29 = (2 + 9) = 11 (Do Not Reduce)
1975 = (1 + 9 + 7 + 5) = 22  (Do Not Reduce)
(11 + 11 + 22) = 44 = (4 + 4) = 8

Correct: Life Path 8  

Notes On Master Numbers

It is of great importance that we point out here that the master numbers do not signify great power, a higher evolution, or a more spiritual being. They signify that a person has the energy of one of these numbers in their make-up and can be controlled in either a positive or negative direction. People with the Life Path of either 11 or 22 will tend to have great struggles that will either make them a better person through overcoming their trials and tribulations, or break them apart from the same experience.

Every Numerologist will have a story of meeting someone who has a strong unwavering conviction that they are a master number and believe themselves to be more enlightened, even though their calculations are incorrect.

Now we will look at what each Life Path Number Characteristics says about a person.

Life Path Number Characteristics

Each number has its own vibration and characteristics. It is similar to how a music note of C can sound very different in each instrument or octave.

The characteristics listed below are grouped under Positive and Negative, but it comes down to the person to decide how they will express those characteristics. Any characteristic can be seen as either a Constructive one, a Destructive one. For example, a Life Path 1 can be very ambitious and achieve great things for themselves and their family, or they can be overly ambitious and focus on their work and never have a care-in-the world for their own health or their family. Ever heard of Life Path 1 Maurey Terry (June 29, 1946) who took ambition into obsession?


We are given the numbers; we choose the aspect.

Numerologist Florence Campbell

Numerology 1


Ambitious, Determined, Pioneering, Athletic, Bold, Independent, Creative, Original


Over-Achiever, Insensitive, Egotistical, Impulsive, Violent, Controlling, Self-Centered, Impatient


Read Full Life Path 1 Characteristics

Numerology 2


Cooperative, Adaptable, Intuitive, Romantic, Diplomatic, Warm, Peaceful, Sensitive


Overly-Sensitive, Withdrawn, Easily-Offended, Doormat, Self-Deprecating, Dishonest, Wimpy, Resentful


Read Full Life Path 2 Characteristics

Numerology 3


Expressive, Verbal, Sociable, Artistic, Jovial, Optimistic, Creative


Scattered, Unrealistic, Overly-Talkative, Critical, Moody, Show-Off, Undisciplined, Sarcastic


Read Full Life Path 3 Characteristics

Numerology 4


Traditional, Orderly, Helpful, Persevering, Steady, Logical, Self-Disciplined, Practical


Closed-Minded, Neurotic, Demanding, Boring, Compulsive, Perfectionist, Rude, Moralistic


Read Full Life Path 4 Characteristics

Numerology 5


Expansive, Visionary, Adventurous, Magnetic, Witty, Adaptable, Resourceful, Curious


Unstable, Addictive, Ever-Changing, Indiscriminate, Rebellious, Impatient, Disorganized, Irresponsible


Read Full Life Path 5 Characteristics

Numerology 6


Responsible, Protective, Nurturing, Stable, Balanced, Sympathetic, Compassionate, Loving


Overly-Responsible, Suffocating, Homebody, Doormat, Predictable, Boring, Overly-Protective, Savior Complex


Read Full Life Path 6 Characteristics

Numerology 7


Analytical, Logical, Reserved, Inventive, Knowledgeable, Studious, Introspective, Intuitive


Calculating, Withdrawn, Cynical, Egotistical, Overly-Analytical, Insensitive, Aloof, Distrusting


Read Full Life Path 7 Characteristics

Numerology 8


Ambitious, Big Thinker, Successful, Leading, Authoritative, Courageous, Influential


Domineering, Materialistic, Greedy, Insensitive, Workaholic, Unavailable, Controlling, Arrogant


Read Full Life Path 8 Characteristics

Numerology 9


Giving, Humanitarian, Selfless, Sophisticated, Idealistic, Creative, Expressive


Drama Queen, Dissatisfied, Unrealistic, Impractical, Blaming, Egotistical, Ungrateful, Moody


Read Full Life Path 9 Characteristics

Numerology 11


Intuitive, Inspirational, Dreamer, Illuminated, Considerate, Sensitive, Understanding


Shy, Withdrawn, Self-Conscious, Self-Critical, Unconfident, Impractical, Vindictive, Misunderstood


Read Full Life Path 11 Characteristics

Numerology 22


Logical, Intuitive, Master Builder, Powerful Force, Leader, Achiever, Resourceful


Inflexible, Conflicted, Frustrated, Overly-Stressed, Demanding, Controlling, Superior, Manipulative


Read Full Life Path 22 Characteristics

Common Life Path Calculation Questions:

Question: In my country we format the date differently:

  • Day/Month/Year
  • or Year/Month/Day

Does it matter which order I add them in?

Answer: As long as you are grouping the Month, Day, and Year, the numbers will always come out the same.

Question: Am I an 11 or a 2?

Or: Am I a 22 or a 4?

Or: Am I a 33 or a 6?

Answer: If calculated properly and you come out with a Master Number 11, 22, or 33 you are going to aspects of both. Your Life Path will mainly reflect the Master Number, but you may also have some of the traits of the secondary reduced number. A Life Path 11 may have some traits of a 2, but not all. This is why on reports you may see it written as 11/2 or 29/2 to indicate the secondary traits.

If you have a Master Number also read the Life Path description for your secondary trait (2, 4, or 6).

Question: Are people with a Life Path 11 more spiritually advanced?

Answer: The Life Path Number is not an indicator of spirituality. In fact part of being a Life Path 11 does not mean everything will be great, and many 11’s have a rocky path that stretches them beyond what they once believed they were capable of. Each Life Path will have their own individual trials and growth opportunities and none should be considered better than another.

Not sure what to do now? Use the calculator at the top of the page to calculate a Life Path Number! 

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