1. Life Path = Month + Day + Year
2. Life Path = 12 + 26 + 1978
3. Life Path = (1 + 2) + (2 + 6) + (1 + 9 + 7 + 8)
4. Life Path = 3 + 8 + 25
5. Life Path = 3 + 8 + (2+ 5)
6. Life Path = 3 + 8 + 7 [Note: These 3 numbers represent the 3 stages.]
7. Life Path = 18
8. Life Path = (1 + 8)
9. Life Path = 9
This method can be referred to as either Western numerology or Pythagorean numerology. Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician and philosopher who lived from 569–470 B.C., is known as the father of Western numerology. Pythagoras began his theory of numbers by discovering the numerical relationship between numbers and musical notes. He found that the vibrations in stringed instruments could be mathematically explained.The Pythagorean method uses an individual's name and date of birth. The name number reveals the individual's outer nature. This is the personality that they present to the outside world. To start, you need to use the individual's full name as written on their birth certificate. Then, each letter is assigned to a number one to nine, based on the ancient Pythagorean system. The numbers are assigned to letters of the Latin alphabet as follows:
1 = a, j, s,
2 = b, k, t,
3 = c, l, u,
4 = d, m, v,
5 = e, n, w,
6 = f, o, x,
7 = g, p, y,
8 = h, q, z,
9 = i, r,
The Chaldeans were ancient people who ruled Babylonia from 625–539 BC. Therefore, this system is also known as the Babylonian numerology system. Chaldean numerology is used to recognize the energy changes that occur when you or someone else speaks or thinks. The sound of someone speaking comes out in vibrations of different frequencies that affect the speaker and those around them. The Chaldean system uses the numbers 1-8. The number 9 is not used in the system because it is regarded as sacred due to its connection to infinity. The Chaldean system uses this 1-8 number system on the name that the individual is currently using because that is the energy that would currently be projected. Then, each letter is assigned to a number one to eight, based on the Chaldean numerology chart. The numbers are assigned to letters of the Latin alphabet as follows:
1 = a, q, y, i, j
2 = b, r, k
3 = g, c, l, s
4 = d, m, t
5 = e, h, n, x
6 = u, v, w
7 = o, z
8 = f, p
Innate Character Attributes
Born leader. Individualist. Independent. Innate administration and leadership qualities. Suited for the military or government service or corporate leadership. Shows strong initiative. Motivates others to work harder. Ambitious and assertive. Tendency to be egocentric and arrogant. Motivated by glory and honor. Defeat will be particularly difficult for you to accept.
Born peacemaker. Spiritual. Enlightened. Diplomatic. A powerful mediator. Temperance is a strong attribute. Tries to find balance and harmony in situations. Tendency to be indecisive or hesitant. Suited for careers that demand strong skills in conflict resolution. Motivated by interpersonal relationships and balance. Stronger mental faculties than physical; physical weaknesses will need greater attention to taking care of the body.
Born communicator and creator. Strong skills in writing, oration, and expression. Articulate. Possesses the power of rhetoric and persuasion. Warm, friendly, charismatic. Sociable. Fun-loving. Enjoys celebration. Overly sensitive. Tendency to take criticism too personally. Motivated by happiness. Weakness with punctuality. Weakness with commitments.
Born planner. Extremely pragmatic. Innate ability to chart milestones from objective to goal. Strong persistence. Suited for entrepreneurship and managerial positions. Excellent organizer. Tendency to be unreasonable when life doesn’t go as planned. Motivated by values and stability. Life may be filled with unexpected occurrences, such as sudden fortune, sudden misfortune, sudden acquisition, sudden loss, no matter the planning. Weakness in accepting the sudden changes.
Born pioneer. Adventurer. Spontaneous. Progressive. Non-conformist. Suited for careers in law, publishing, or political service; legislator, politician, or political thinker. Naturally clever and full of wit. Lives for today. Sometimes forgets to save for tomorrow. Restless soul. A risk-taker. Natural business and entrepreneurial skills, but due to brash, impatient nature, propensity to make grave errors in judgment.
Born nurturer. Strong moral compass. Strong faith and convictions. Traditionalist. A romantic at heart. Authoritarian, but allow others room for growth. Understanding. Compassionate. Born to be a humanitarian. Tendency to be codependent. Outwardly an attractive individual, in both the physical and in character. However, can be possessive.
Born thinker and philosopher. Analytical. Observant of surroundings and human nature. A perfectionist. Holds everyone, including the self, to high, exacting standards. Possesses spiritual wisdom and intuition. Tendency to be argumentative. Suited for academia; arts and letters. Likely to be respected among society.
Born tycoon. High likelihood to be wealthy or financially secure. Great at money management. Ambitious about material possessions. Goal-oriented. Strong work ethic, maybe extreme work ethic. Steadfast. Tendency to suppress emotions. Bossy, pushy, knows people skills but doesn’t always feel like using them. Needs to learn how to be more diplomatic.
Born artist and also born healer. Understanding of humanity. Generous. Selfless. Acute ability to find the beauty in the world. Acute ability to restore beauty. Natural talents in painting, writing, and all forms of artistic expression. Suited for careers in the arts, medicine, or social justice. Great people skills.
Supposedly, the letters of your name can also reveal some of your innate personality traits. See below correspondences, based on Pythagorean numerological principles:
Born leader. Assertive. Confident. Motivated. Independent thinker.
Leader, but tends to be more cautious than “A.” Industrious. Dependable.
Spiritual roots often expressed in unorthodox ways. Independent. Audacious.
Sensitive. Helpful. Motivated to help others. Benevolent. A dreamer.
High potential for achievement. Inspires others. Powerful. Warrior spirit.
Peacemaker. A romantic at heart. Beloved by others.
Sociable. Friendly. Kind. Motivated by happiness. Tendency to be hedonistic.
Expresses the joy of living. Original thinker. Creative. A great writer.
Struggles to find balance. Inconstant. Impulsive. Mercurial. Effervescent.
Born teacher or mentor. Honest. Sincere. Pragmatic. Possesses common sense.
Keeper of the home and hearth. Protective nature. Protective over family and friends.
Capable of vast accomplishment. One of most powerful vibrations in alphabet.
Versatile and inspirational. Interested in spiritual matters. Energetic. Motivated. Noble.
Always seeking excitement and variety. Spontaneous. Tendency to be too proud.
Power of persuasion. Excellent verbal and communication abilities.
Humanitarian. Cheerful. Creative. Sanguine. Tendency to be dogmatic.
Responsible. Efficient. Accomplished. Proper. Adroit.
Takes on many responsibilities. Emotional. Strong convictions.
Reserved thinker. Often misunderstood. An uncommon personality. Idiosyncratic.
Introspective. Introverted. Great depths of perception.
Committed to uncovering mysteries and the hidden to bring understanding.
Success in business and finance. Strong financier skills and savvy.
Distinct and often eccentric. Generous. Unstable relationships.
Dynamic personality. Capable of great achievement. The golden one.
Sensitive. Intuitive. Emotional. Deeply perceptive of others and surroundings.
Selfless. Benevolent. Humanitarian. Cosmopolitan. Serves the public good. Great people skills.
How to Calculate Your Life Path Number
The easiest way to start working with numerology is by analyzing your unique date of birth. Numerology is all about getting to the root number. To do this, you simply reduce digits until you reach a single-digit number, excluding 11 and 22, which are considered Master Numbers (more on this later). This single digit is your individual Life Path Number.
The Life Path Number is similar to your astrological sun sign: It reveals your greater purpose, including strengths, weaknesses, talents, and ambitions. Your Life Path Number also exposes the tone of your experiences, and why events occur past, present, and future. Simply put, it's the method to the madness.
Let's say your birthday is December 15, 1992. To calculate your Life Path Number, you will reduce each component of this date to a single digit:
The month, 12, is reduced to 1 + 2 = 3.
The date, 14, is reduced to 1 + 5 = 6.
The year, 1992, is reduced to 1 + 9 + 9 + 2. This equal 21. Then, 21 is reduced to 2 + 1 = 3.
Then, we add the reduced month, date, and year numbers (3 + 6 + 3) and arrive at 12. Finally, we add 1 + 2, and reach 3. If you were born on December 15, 1992, your Life Path Number is 3. It may seem daunting at first, but once you see it all written out this way, it becomes far less intimidating, no?
As mentioned above, the only time you would not reduce the final number is if you attain 11 or 22. These are considered Master Numbers and connote a more intensified version of their root numbers (2 and 4, respectively). Master Numbers suggest a high degree for learning, achievement, or success, but likely in a more stressful or high-pressure environment.
For instance, Sir Paul McCartney, perhaps England's most famous Gemini, was born on June 18, 1942. When this date is reduced (month = 6, day = 9, year = 7), the sum is 22. Rather than simplify this to a single digit (yielding 4), the number 22 reflects the Master Number — the higher-octane iteration of 4, revealing McCartney's strong "life mission."
Converting Letters to Find Your Destiny Number
You can also use numerology to derive the root number of names or words — this is where our ancient buddy Pythagoras lends a hand. According to his theories, certain letters have specific numerical values, which are as follows:
1 = A, J, S
2 = B, K, T
3 = C, L, U
4 = D, M, V
5 = E, N, W
6 = F, O, X
7 = G, P, Y
8 = H, Q, Z
9 = I, R
Using this technique, it’s easy to find the root number associated with names, which numerologists refer to as your Destiny Number. To find your Destiny Number, calculate the root number of your full name (first, middle, last) by reducing each name to a single digit, and adding up the total.
For example, my full name reveals my Destiny Number: ALIZA (1 + 3 + 9 + 8 + 1 = 22, which becomes 2 + 2 = 4) KELLY (2 + 5 + 3 + 3 + 7 = 20, which becomes 2 + 0 = 2) FARAGHER (6 + 1 + 9 + 1 + 7 + 8 + 5 + 9 = 46, which becomes 4 + 6 = 10, then finally, 1 + 0 = 1), resulting in a Destiny Number of 7 (because 4 + 2 + 1 = 7).
Whereas your Life Path reveals your greater purpose, your Destiny Number offers insight as to how you will express your greater goals. So, as a Life Path 8 person, my mission is to cultivate abundance, and I will express this through my Destiny Number 7: analysis, research, and critical observation. That sounds about right.
So, now that you’ve calculated your Life Path Number and Destiny Number, it’s time to find out what these digits really mean. Let’s dig in.
Number 1 (10/1, 19/1)
Just as Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, is about action and initiation, in numerology, 1 is linked to forward motion. 1 symbolizes a pioneering spirit, independent nature, and innate leadership capabilities. On a bad day, 1 can be a bit bossy or boastful, hiding any insecurities behind over-developed self-importance. 1 must remember that although it is first, it can very quickly become the loneliest number. Even the most autonomous 1s need the support of their friends, family, and lovers.
Number 2 (11/2, 20/2)
2 is linked to sensitivity, balance, and harmony. Within numerology, the 2 vibration assumes the role of the mediator, creating harmony by bringing together dissonant forces through compassion, empathy, and kindness. 2 is linked to psychic abilities and intuition, and if this number appears as a Life Path or Destiny Number, the individual will be astute to subtle energy shifts and emotional nuances. Because 2 is so sensitive, it is very conflict-averse, and can end up feeling under-appreciated or unacknowledged. 2 must avoid seeking external validation and, instead, realize that perfect equilibrium needed already exists within.
Number 3 (12/3, 21/3)
Communication is paramount for 3. Symbolically, 3 represents the output of two joined forces: It is the essence of creation. 3 is highly gifted at expression, seamlessly sharing innovative and pioneering concepts through art, writing, and oration. Your work inspires, motivates, and uplifts others, and 3 finds great joy making others smile. However, 3 is also known to be quite moody, and if 3 feels misunderstood, may withdraw entirely. The escapist tendencies of 3 are easily mitigated by practicing peaceful mindfulness: With such an active imagination, it’s important for 3 to find moments of quiet to reset, restore, and recharge.
Number 4 (13/4, 22/4, 31/4)
In numerology, 4 has an earthy energy and is centered around fortifying its roots. 4 adamantly believes in the physical world and knows that investing in a solid infrastructure is necessary for building a lasting legacy. Practical, hardworking, and responsible, the vibration of the number 4 is focused on creating logical systems that can support scalable growth. There is a solidity to 4, however, that can quickly devolve into rigidity; 4 must remember that rules are meant to enhance, not inhibit. It’s easy for 4 to become stubborn, so 4 benefits from learning to loosen up and think outside-the-box. 4 will feel liberated and inspired by finding the bravery to take a few bold risks.
Number 5 (14/5, 23/5, 32/5)
Free-thinking, adventurous, and progressive, 5 is defined by freedom. 5 needs to experience the world by engaging its five senses: For 5, life lessons are acquired through spontaneous acts of bravery. Akin to Sagittarius energy within astrology, 5 is known for its playful, impulsive, and vivacious spirit. But on the other side of its signature joie de vivre, 5 can become restless and impatient. Since 5 is always seeking discovery, it has a difficult time accepting life’s day-to-day responsibilities — including professional and interpersonal commitments. 5 must remember that when it narrows its gaze, it will discover that the most rewarding exploration exists in its own backyard.
Number 6 (15/6, 24/6, 33/6)
6 is recognized for its nurturing, supportive, and empathic nature. A true healer, 6 has the ability to problem solve in both the emotional and physical realms, helping others through its straightforward, yet gentle, approach. 6 has a strong sense of responsibility and cares deeply for its friends, family, and lovers. This number also can easily communicate with children and animals, displaying a soft tenderness and caretaker spirit. But not everything needs to be parented, and sometimes 6’s protective energy can become domineering and controlling. To avoid carrying the world on its shoulders, 6 must learn to build trust and understanding for others: Simply put, everyone must follow their own unique path.
Number 7 (16/7, 25/7, 34/7)
The detectives of numerology, 7 is known for its investigative abilities and analytical skills. Astrologically, the number 7 can be thought of as a blend of Virgo and Scorpio energy: 7 is extremely detail-oriented but is driven by inner-wisdom as opposed to tangible realities. 7 has a keen eye, and its astute observations fuel a quick-witted, inventive spirit. Because it can quickly find the flaws in almost any system, 7 is a bit of a perfectionist. 7 will often assume fault, so it’s important for this number to counterbalance its inherent skepticism with an open mind. Not everything will be foolproof — but that’s what makes life fun.
Number 8 (17/8, 26/8, 35/8)
8 is all about abundance. Within numerology, this number is linked to material wealth and financial success. Ambitious and goal-oriented, 8 can effortlessly assume leadership positions through its natural magnetism. 8 applies big-picture thinking to broaden its scope, racing up the top of any ladder to reach extraordinary heights. But with great power comes great responsibility: 8 breeds workaholics, and on a bad day, can become excessively controlling and possessive. However, its negative qualities can be lessened by giving back to the community. By using his success to help others, 8 realizes that there is nothing more valuable than contributing to the greater good.
Number 9 (18/9, 27/9, 36/9)
As the final single digit within numerology, 9 connotes an old soul. 9 is no stranger life’s ups-and-downs of life — been there, done that. Accordingly, 9 can effortlessly synthesize large quantities of stimuli, psychically connecting the dots to form a cohesive whole. The mission for 9 is to reach its highest state of consciousness, and to help others also achieve this spiritual awareness. 9 isn’t afraid to transform, and its malleable spirit inspires others to explore their own ranges of motion. Since 9, in many ways, has transcended the physical plane, it must constantly remember to anchor itself. 9 must learn to balance the abstract with the tangible, ultimately finding its place at the intersection of fantasy and reality.
Master Number 11 (11/2)
Master Number 11 revs up the energy of Number 2; its purpose is to heal the self and others through its elevated psychic abilities. Oftentimes, Master Number 11's intuitive gifts are a result of extreme life circumstances: Master Number 11 has no choice but to cultivate extrasensory talents. In numerology, Master Number 11 is connected to spiritual enlightenment, awareness, and philosophical balance.
Master Number 22 (22/4)
Master Number 22, often referred to as the Master Builder, expands on the vibrations of Number 4. Master Number 22 is inspired to create platforms in the physical realm that transcend immediate realities — by fusing the tangible and intangible, Master Number 22 cultivates a dynamic long-term legacy. Master Number 22's skills are usually a byproduct of early childhood instability that fuels innovative thought. Industrious, creative, and dependable, Master Number 22 is always on a mission to transform.