Numerology: Life Path Numbers

If you walked over to my 7-year-old self and told me that I’d enjoy something that’s centered around math, I wouldn’t have believed you. Math only involves embarrassing moments at the front of the class, writing the wrong solution to a basic equation on the chalkboard, and trying to decipher textbooks, right?

As it turns out, math can also have an element of mysticism. Numerology is the belief in a relationship between divinity and numbers, and one of the biggest aspects of the study is the Life Path Number. Think of this like your Astrological sign. It uses your birthday to calculate a number that allegedly reveals your personality and fate.

Whether or not you believe in Numerology, it can certainly be a lot of fun. Let’s take a look at your own Life Path Number!

How To Calculate Your Life Path Number

Luckily for me (and for everyone else who struggles with math), the equation is really simple. All you have to do is add up the numbers in your birthday, reduce those numbers, and then add everything up! Reduce numbers by breaking the digit in two and adding those two digits together until you get a number between 1 and 9 (so, you’d reduce 34 by adding 3 and 4 to get 7). I’ll use my own birthday, April 17 1997, as our example. (If you’re a bit lost, you can also use a calculator.)

April= 4
17= 1 + 7 = 8
1997= 1 + 9 + 9 + 7 = 26 = 2 + 6 = 8

4 + 8 + 8 = 20 = 2 + 0 = 2

And just like that, my Life Path Number is 2!

Okay, So What Does It Mean?

  • Life Path 1: The Leader. Appropriately, the leader comes in at number 1! If this is your life path number, you are naturally blessed with the skills of leadership, innovation, competition, and may be good at verbal communication. Sometimes, you struggle with a pesky inner voice that tells you that you aren’t good enough and aren’t doing enough, and your destiny is to overcome that and learn how to use your talents to lead others to their greatest potential as well. You may sometimes struggle with being overly defensive or a bit pushy, but you can develop this and grow as you get older. Be sure to hone your skills and create something amazing with the time you have here on earth!
  • Life Path 2: The Diplomat. The number 2 is all about balance, which people under this life path number constantly seek. You might be a very talented and gifted individual, especially in the realms of art and literature, but you also don’t respond well to conflict and are constantly looking for an environment where you can feel at peace. Your fate is to create a good life for yourself despite the conflicts you face and find a way to use your talents in a productive way that benefits society as a whole.
  • Life Path 3: The Artist. If you’re a 3, you’re a very expressive individual with a talent for creation and manifestation. You likely have a variety of interests that require a lot of discipline and focus, so you sometimes struggle to stay on-task and get all of your projects completed. Regardless of this, however, you’re able to contribute to any conversation by offering tons of creative ideas and using your powers to bring them to life! Find a topic you feel particularly passionate about and focus your energies into it in order to make a huge difference in this world.
  • Life Path 4: The Strategist. The 4s are the chess-players of this world. They don’t enjoy surprises or risks, but they can rule the world in a matter of months by developing a foolproof plan! So long as you are careful to not be overly strict or demanding, you can be a brilliant businessperson and an effective boss. This is especially true because you’re often seen as elegant and grounded! Start your own endeavors or lend your talents to an organization that could use, well, a little organization.
  • Life Path 5: The Catalyst. In order for anything to happen in this world, one person needs to take that first step. 5s are experts at this! Although they are often quite childlike, it works to their advantage as they question the world around them and ask for change. Ultimately, they strive for justice and perfection in whatever they do, and their fate is to inspire others who have different talents to do the same. The world needs plenty of 5s!
  • Life Path 6: The Server. To lead is to serve, and the 6s out there understand that statement very well. They have a kind nature and are born with innate wisdom, making them great at giving advice and helping those in need. They may have trouble finding intimate relationships that reciprocate in full and may feel very unappreciated in life, so the 6s are destined to help others while also standing up for themselves.
  • Life Path 7: The Investigator. If you’re a 7, you’re very curious about the world and extremely eager to learn. Luckily for you, you’re also very intelligent, so figuring things out isn’t too much of a challenge! You might be a bit of a loner or tend to hide inside of your niche hobbies instead of making friends, but there are plenty of people out there who share your interests and could use your detail-oriented eye on their own projects. Try dedicating your energy to a cause and see all of the good you can do!
  • Life Path 8: The Hard Worker. You understand the value of hard work and know the thrill of success! You might even be quite the consumer and enjoy using your hard-earned cash to get a nice treat for yourself. Nevertheless, you are a savvy businessperson who is good at navigating the world of finances and careers, but you sometimes get a bit lost in your work and forget about the beauty outside of your office. Learn to be satisfied with what you have instead of chasing the next new thing and try to relax a little! Many people admire your sincerity, so find your crowd and stick with them.
  • Life Path 9: The Harmonizer. 9s are kindhearted and are natural admirers of beauty, but they aren’t pushovers, either. They have a very strong system of ideals and strive to create a better world where everyone can live at their happiest, making them a great addition to any team that’s aiming to improve quality of life. You sometimes struggle with becoming dependent on a particular person or thing, so you must develop some independence, but once you’re there you can help others get there as well.

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