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Once you do the calculation, everything could change for you.
There are many ways people bring spirituality into their lives. Some people reflect on
Bible verses, others write in a journal, some might meditate, and others may turn to practices like astrology, tarot cards, and numerology. Angel numbers — repetitive sequences of three or four numbers that appear in random places to convey a divine message — are significant in numerology, as are life path numbers.
"Numerology is one of the many ancient sciences or wisdoms using mathematics, numbers and calculations practiced throughout the centuries, and the aim is to understand who we are and what we are capable of," explains tarot reader and energy healer Dilosh from Girl & Her Moon.
Once of the most popular and highly acclaimed numbers associated with a person is the one pertaining to their life path. Life path numbers can be calculated using your birthday. Once you calculate your life path number, you’ll have a little more information about who you are and where your strengths lie. You can use your life path number to inform your decisions about work, family life, romantic relationships, and more. Learning that your life path number is associated with entrepreneurship just might inspire you to finally start that business, for example. Or maybe you’ll find that your life path number is associated with being an empathetic and nurturing person, and you can take that knowledge into your personal relationships. Of course, life path numbers are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to big life things, but you may find that discovering yours gives you some clarity.
Here’s everything to know about what life path numbers, what they mean, and how you can find yours.
"Numerologists believe that, just like everything else in existence, numbers have energy," explains Erin River Sunday, a consulting astrologer at Birthdate Co. "The life path number is one of the most regarded in numerology because it’s meant to reflect the individual’s purpose on Earth. It’s also sometimes called the ‘Birth Path’ or ‘Destiny’ number, again indicating its association with our soul’s recurring themes and ultimate direction in this lifetime."
Your life path number may reveal things about you, like certain personality traits or skills you possess. On the flip side, it can also point to some of your shortcomings that you might have to work to overcome.
Finding your life path number involves a simple bit of math, so get out your notepad.
Sunday explains, "The life path number arrives through a simple calculation of adding up all the numbers of your birthdate. This includes the month, day, and year. When they’re added together, a number 0-9, or 11, 22, or 33 will result, and it is referred to as your life path number."
She notes that you’ll want to reduce the month, day, and year of birth to a single digit and reduce from there. Any zeros are removed, so a 20 becomes a 2, for example. Numbers 11, 22, and 33 aren’t reduced any further because they’re master numbers.
Here’s an example Sunday gave to illustrate the concept:
If your birthday is July 14th, 1991, that would be 7 + 5 + 2 = 14, and then 1 + 4 = 5. So, this person would have the life path number 5.
The 7 is for the month (July), we got 5 from adding the 1 and 4 in the 14th, and then we take the year and add each number individually as 1 + 9 + 9 + 1 to get 20. Remember, we remove all zeros, so we end up with 2. You add the 7, 5, and 2 to get 14, and then break it up as 1 + 4 to get 5 as the life path number.
If it seems too complicated or you don’t think you did it correctly, you can always use one of the many life path number calculators that are available online.
If you’re calculating your life path number and come across an 11, a 22, or a 33, that’s what numerologists call a master number.
"Numerologists associate these repetitive numbers with great power and ‘old soul’ energy," explains Sunday. "There’s an inherently nervous energy to master numbers that’s begging to be channeled. People who find them in their name or life path will likely feel a strong pull towards achievement, self-sacrifice, and ultimate transformation in their lifetime."
According to Dilosh, the master number 11 is associated with people who are spiritual messengers, peacemakers, artists, healers, counselors, sensitive, perceptive, passionate lovers, patient, and musical, among other things.
If you find the master number 22 in your life path number, you may be a romantic or dreamer who uses your dreams and visions to inspire others, according to Dilosh.
The master number 33 means you are someone who has a spiritually empowering influence on others. Some of the other words Dilosh uses to describe people with this master number are generous, kind, humble, protective, understanding, creative, and charming.
Jamie Ballard (she/her) is a freelance writer and editor who covers news, lifestyle, and entertainment topics, including sex and relationships, TV, movies, books, health, pets, food and drinks, pop culture, shopping, and personal finance. She regularly contributes to Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, and YouGov, among other publications. When she’s not working, you can find her running, traveling, or scrolling TikTok. Follow her on Twitter.
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