Earlier this year, I embarked on a journey ready to learn. I took personality tests I expected to learn about the best career paths, about my leadership style, about what motivates me or the types of careers I should invest in. But honestly, I never would have guessed that a journey to define my career would lead me to learn more about who I am as a human.
I’ve made it my goal to learn something new about myself as often as I can. Personality quizzes, strength finders, quizzes on Buzzfeed about which Game of Thrones House would I be from? I took them all.
I started doing more research into Numerology and your Life Path number. Like the horoscopes you’d read in teen magazines, each person has a Life Path Number like an astrological sign, that shares a bit about your personality based on your birth day.
In my exploration of Life Path numbers, I’ve found it hauntingly accurate. And knowing how many of our readers share similar interests in finding their passion, I’m hoping you might find this little piece as insightful as I did.
If the realist in you is telling you to be objective about finding your passion, and not pursuing a more spiritual view, like Numerology, on your life path, I still encourage you to read through the possible paths below and see if there are any that really stand out to you!
I took a lot of this information from the incredible resources available on the AstroStyle website.
Calculating your Life Path Number
The Life Path Number is a sum of your birthday date. The final number is supposed to identify the native traits that will carry you through life. There are numbers 1-9.
Say, for example, your birthday is March 23, 1990.
Start with the Month: March is 03. 0+3 = 3
Then the Date: 23. 2+3 = 5
Then the Year: 1990. 1+9+9+0 = 19.
Add together your number for Month, Day and Year: 3 + 5 + 19 = 27; 2+7= 9
Your life path number would be written 27/9 and you are a Life Path 9
Take a second to calculate your own life path number or, read through the ones below.
Life Path 1: The Leader
Example Numbers: 10/1, 19/1
Leading Trait: Creativity
Overview: It is your purpose to lead and to act on your creative ideas. You feel most comfortable in your skin when you’re being creative. This creativity can be shown in a variety of fields, including the arts, education, business, family or any other field where you are creating new directions, solutions or approaches to solve a problem. You may have a need to prove yourself and you’ll find your success when you believe in yourself in terms of what you’re passionate about and not just by doing what other people think you should be doing.
You are highly original, with many talents as an inventor or innovator. You are very good at getting the ball rolling and initiating new projects is your forte.
You are at your best when confronted with obstacles and challenges, as you combat these with strength and daring. This means you also tire of routine.
You can be described as having utter determination. You have a flair for taking charge of any situation and you have a tendency to do this, even if, at time, it is not appropriate for you to do so.
You are ambitious and assertive in promoting yourself. You are very sensitive to disapproval and you don’t handle it very well.
Very good company, friendly, good-natured, and a wonderful conversationalist
Positive Traits of Ones: Innovative, energetic, original thinker, leader, determined, inspired courageous,
Negative Traits of Ones: Narcissistic, self-important, domineering, intolerant, insecure, helpless, victimized, wishy-washy, lacking self-respect and esteem.
Your Life Path: “You’re here to learn how to individuate yourself from others, develop healthy independence, and get on the road to attainment and achievement. You’re meant to march to the best of a different drummer while also getting outside of your tendency for self-absorption. Work on quieting that negative tape that plays in your head 24/7 telling you that you’re not good enough, not smart enough, not worthy, or whatever other lies and propaganda it whispers to you. You’re meant to fail forward and manifest your unique ideas in the world.” Source
Ask Yourself: What are you totally passionate about and how can you express that passion using your unique voice?
Life Path 2: The Mediator
Example Numbers: 11/2, 20/2
Leading Trait: Cooperation
Overview: Your purpose is to develop love, harmony, balance and cooperation in your world. You desire to feel needed, loved and that your contributions are respected and valued. Your deepest and most satisfying calling is bringing loyal, capable support to a person, organization, or mission in service of a higher good. You will struggle to balance giving with receiving and feel most on track when your support is accepted and appreciated.
You are a fixer, a mediator, and a very diplomatic type of person using persuasive skills rather than forcefulness to make your way in the world. You clearly see the full spectrum of viewpoints in any argument or situation, and because of this, people may seek you out to be a mediator.
You have a sincere concern for others. You think the best of people and want the best for them.
You are honest and open in thought, word and deed and a creature of habit and routine.
You have the natural ability to analyze and render accurate judgements. You strive for complete accuracy and even perfection in your work and never demand praise or recognition
You can sometimes become oversensitive and indecisive. You may find it hard to decide what to do at times and this can cause you to harbor feelings of uneasiness, and dissatisfaction with accomplishments and apathy and lethargy.
Positive Traits of Twos: Sensitive, Intuitive, Supportive, Detail-Oriented, Patient, Cooperative, Diplomatic
Negative Traits of Twos: Resentful, Narrow Minded, Childish, Manipulative, Indecisive, Self-Centered, Dependent, Overly Sensitive
Your Life Path: “You thrive when serving the needs of a group and you make things happen behind the scenes. You’re great with details. You’re extremely emotionally sensitive and it’s imperative that you master the art of not taking things personally. You have an amazing heart, which is both a blessing and curse. You’re innately conflict avoidant and yet are the supreme mediator and diplomat. See the irony? While you hate conflict, you gift is in resolving it—and you’re a master at it when you’re in your game.” Source.
Ask Yourself: How can you find a career and intimate life where you’re part of a group that makes you feel welcome and appreciated?
Life Path 3: The Communicator
Example Numbers: 3, 12/3, 21/3
Leading Trait: Expression
Overview: You have a powerful drive for self-expression – through speaking, writing, music, art, public relations, coaching, or teaching. Your purpose is to develop creative self-expression, emotional sensitivity, joy and inspired communication. You will feel self-doubt and emotional sensitivity and feel most on track when you find a receptive listener. You might feel that everyone can do what you do – because you find it to be oh-so easy. You’re here to embrace your creative self-expression, tap into your deep emotions while speaking your truth and communicate clearly with humor and joy
Threes are the entertainers of the world; bright effervescent, sparkling people with very optimistic attitudes.
You seek harmony, beauty, pleasures and generally live life to the fullest without much worry about tomorrow. However, you may be so delighted with the joy of living that your life becomes frivolous and superficial.
You are not very good at handling money because of a general lack of concern about it. You spend it when you have it and don’t when you don’t.
Threes love connecting with people. You exude natural warmth and friendliness, you’re a good conversationalist, social and open. You’re a good talker both from the standpoint of being a delight to listen to, but even more importantly, one who has the ability to listen to others. This makes you a welcome addition to any social situation and know how to make others feel at home.
You’re actually a very sensitive soul and you will eventually cope with all of the many setbacks that occur in life and readily bounce back for more. It is usually easy for you to deal with problems because you can freely admit the existence of problems without letting them get you down for too long.
Positive Traits of Threes: Expressive, artistic, creative, communicative, joyful, witty, optimistic, intelligent
Negative Traits of Threes: Superficial, emotionally volatile, inappropriate, prone to exaggeration, depressed, self-doubting, inarticulate, fearful, insincere, inappropriate
Your Life Path: “It’s up to you to not flit through and be a novice at everything you do. It’s your challenge to dig in and become an expert. You thrive in the spotlight with performance, entertainment, or any creative and communicative endeavor having to do with the spoken or written word. Your biggest roadblock? Extreme self-doubt, fear of criticism, and big emotional highs and lows.” Source.
Ask Yourself: Can you move through self-doubt and commit yourself to developing – and making money with – your amazing creative talents?
Life Path 4: The Teacher
Example Numbers: 4, 13/4, 22/4, 31/4
Leading Trait: Stability
Overview: You have a deep call to structure and stability but with tendencies to do the opposite. Your purpose is to develop process, security, stability, and work hard to meet your goals. You will feel confused due to over-analysis and feel most on track among family or other foundations in life.
You have a natural genius for planning, fixing, building and somehow, with practical application and cerebral excellence, making things work. You’re a builder of society; an entrepreneur and manager in the community.
If you desire and are willing to work for it, you can achieve enormous success, prestige, and fame. Your ability to take orders and to carry them out with dedication and perseverance leads you to always demand as much from yourself as you do from others.
You have a kind of will power that is often mistaken for sheer stubbornness. Once a decision is made, it will be followed through to the conclusion, right, wrong, or indifferent.
Your tenacity of purpose and ability to get the job done borders on obsession. You seem to function best when you are under the gun and facing a tough set of problems and you have a strong desire to be a perfectionist in your labor.
Friends may be few in number but you are every close to them and once friendships are made they often last a lifetime. You are one of the most dependable people you know. You are called on to take care of others; to finish what they have started.
Positive Traits of Fours: Dependable, stable, productive, conservative, loyal, trustworthy, hardworking
Negative Traits of Fours:: Rigid, bulldozing, bossy, blunt, martyr about work, unorganized, careless, distracted, idle, irresponsible.
Your Life Path: “You’re a hard worker and the one who’ll always be counted on to get ‘er done. You’re also required to come to terms with some difficult family issues. Work on flexibility (both mentally and physically) and get outside of your own box. The Four is all about coming to terms with limitation – either real or perceived.” Source.
Ask Yourself: Can you decide upon career that you’re passionate about, not just one that will “Pay the bills?”
Life Path 5: The Freedom Seeker
Example Numbers: 5, 14/5, 23/5, 32/5
Leading Trait: Freedom
Overview: This lifepath represents freedom – a drive to experience many facets of life. Your purpose is to develop fearlessness, adventurousness, resilience, and the constructive use of freedom. You will feel both dependent and independent and feel most on track in the adventure of service to others. Experiencing the world in all of its tactical glory. You’re at best when you can tap into a fearless sense of adventure use your versatility in a focused and dynamic way. The world is your oyster
In pursuit of freedom, you are naturally versatile, adventurous and advanced in your thinking, Always striving to find answers to the many questions that life poses
One of the most compassionate people. Your love of freedom extends to humanity at large, and concern for your fellow man, his freedom and his welfare, may be foremost in your mind. A good partner for you needs to understand your nature. It is important for you to mix with people of a lime mind
You are a good communicator and you know how to motivate people around you (Strongest and most valuable trait), Amazing wit - A truly natural born salesman
You abhor routine and boring work. Not very good at staying with everyday tasks that must be finished on time. Find a job that provide thought-provoking tasks rather than routine and redundant responsibilities. Best dealing with people, but having flexibility to express yourself at all times
Love of adventure may dominate your life, well-travelled. You thrill to the change for exploration and blazing new trails. Not one to pass up a good venture. Taking the conservative approach is just no in your nature
Positive Traits of Fives: Freedom-loving, adventurous, fearless, resilient, agent of change, flexible, fun
Negative Traits of Fives: Indulgent, excessive, restless, high emotions, addiction, fearful, dependent, depressed, stagnant, procrastinator, erratic, easily overwhelmed.
Your Life Path: “You’re an agent of change and the master of progressive thought and action. Your key themes are freedom, fun, fearlessness, and adventure. You’re here to experience all the material and tactile world has to offer – within healthy and focused perimeters. Your mantra: “Don’t fence me in!” Your nemesis: Attracting restrictive circumstances into your life and working through lots of fear.” Source.
Ask Yourself: Can you embrace the fact that you are meant to explore the world and be adventurous?
Life Path 6: The Nurturer
Example Numbers: 6, 15/6, 24/6, 33/6
Leading Trait: Vision
Overview: Your purpose is to develop nurturing, balanced responsibility, acceptance, service to others, and visionary pursuits. You are seen as a beacon for truth, justice, righteousness and domesticity. You will feel or have felt that you could have done better and will feel most on track as you accept yourself and the world as it is. Home and family are important for you, so you might lean toward anything that enriches that aspect of your life.
Your paternal or maternal instincts exceed all others, making you the predominant caretaker and family head. Your life revolves around the immediate home, family and friends. They are the most important things to you.
You are idealistic and must feel useful to be happy. It is your role to serve others, and you start in the home. You are an excellent example of leadership by example and assumption of responsibility. You have an internal obligation to pick up the burden and always be ready to help, which leads you to willingly carry far more than your fair share of any load.
You are loyal and devoted. You are apt to attract partners who are somewhat weaker and needier than you. You need complete harmony to prevail in the relationship and don’t function well in stressful relationships that become challenges for you to control.
You are loyal and trustworthy but there is a tendency for you to become dominating and controlling, and to engage in exaggeration, over-expansiveness and self-righteousness. It’s easy for you to fall into a pattern of being too critical of others and of yourself.
Your extraordinary wisdom and the ability to understand the problems of others makes you a sympathetic and kind person who is generous with personal and material resources.
Positive Traits of Sixes: Family-oriented, romantic, responsible, artistically creative, supportive, devoted, loving, sensible
Negative Traits of Sixes: Perfectionist, critical, idealistic to a fault, self-righteous, meddling, irresponsible, indulgent, non-committal, self-absorbed
Your Life Path: “You’re here to balance your sense of responsibility and to do loving service with and for others. You’re the “home and family” person and often thrive when working with justice-related issues, in the creative arts, or anywhere a sense of beauty is required. You’re a nurturing presence as long as you manage your perfectionism. Caution: You’re a control freak, so lighten up! Accept the perfection of the imperfection of everything.” Source.
Ask Yourself: Is there a way for you to key into your visionary capabilities and let go of your need for control?
Life Path 7: The Seeker
Example Numbers: 7, 16/7, 25/7, 34/7
Leading Trait: Trust
Overview: Your purpose is to develop spirituality, data-driven analysis, intuition, trust, and openness. The life path number centers around issues of trust – of self, others and life unfolding. You feel betrayed and will feel most on track as you learn to trust your body, your mind, and your life. You’re always seeking answers to life’s big (and small) questions. You live mostly in your head and tend to over-intellectualize everything
You entered this plane with a gift for investigation, analysis and keen observation. You evaluate situations very quickly and with amazing accuracy. Thorough and complete in your work, you’re the perfectionist who expects everyone else to meet a high standard of performance too.
You guard your connection to people carefully. It’s easy for you to detect deception and recognize insincere people which means you probably aren’t a very social person. It takes time for you to warm up to new people and you aren’t one to have a wide circle of friends, buy once you accept someone as a friend it’s for life.
You actually like being alone and away. You need a good deal of quiet time to be with your own inner thoughts and dreams. You dislike crowds, noise, distractions and confusion.
You garner knowledge from practically every source that you find. Intellectual, scientific and studious, you don’t accept a premise until you have dissected the subject and arrived at your own independent conclusion. You rely heavily on your experiences and your intuition rather than accepting advice and your hunches usually prove accurate.
Whatever spiritual position you take, whether traditional or bizarre, you will cling to it with fervor. Once you have decided an issue, it is almost impossible to get you to revisit the question.
Positive Traits of Sevens: Data-driven & analytical, refined mind, knowledge-driven, intuitive, wise, truth-seeker, spiritually centered
Negative Traits of Sevens: Critical, obsessive, secretive, distrustful, pessimistic, intimidating, always “in your head,” superficial, overly trusting, ignorant, easily frustrated.
Your Life Path: “You’re here to be a Truth Seeker—your life is spent developing and acknowledging both the left/right brain continuum in yourself. When you tap in to both your analytical brain and your intuitive brain, you’re at your most powerful. You’re on an “internal journey” seeking to know who you really are—deep down at your core. You need “alone” time.” Source.
Ask Yourself: Can you accept that you’re both an intellectual and a psychic?
Life Path 8: The Powerhouse
Example Numbers: 8, 17/8, 26/8, 35/8
Leading Trait: Recognition
Overview: Your purpose is to develop your positive relationship with money, power, control, and authority. You’re here to experience the satisfaction that comes with financial abundance and material achievement. You feel mixed emotions about money, fame, and authority and will feel most on track as you gain recognition for excellent work in service of others.
You entered this plane armed to lead, direct, organize and govern. You’re Ambitious and goal oriented and you use your ambitions, your organizational ability and your efficient approach to carve a satisfying niche for yourself.
You want to be recognized for your hard work and achievements. You’re endowed with tremendous potential for conceiving far-reaching schemes and ideas and you actually possess the tenacity and independence to follow those ideas through to completion. This might also mean you’re prone to being a workaholic.
Your ability to judge the character and potential of the people around you is an asset used to your advantage. There’s an inspirational quality in your makeup that allows you to become a great leader and be practical and steady in your pursuit of major objectives. You were born to be an executive.
You’re focused on learning the satisfactions to be found in the material world. Many of your concerns involve money and learning the power that comes with its proper manipulation. You may see status as an ultimate measure of success.
In relationships, you are frank, honest and steadfast. You have a great need for close personal relationships to mitigate and somehow soften your nature. You may be very much in love but may too busy and preoccupied to show it, and must always find the time for love and keep it as an important project in your life.
Positive Traits of Eights: Financially abundant, authoritative, powerful, in control, influential, giving
Negative Traits of Eights: Egotistical, controlling, opinionated, materialistic, forceful, bully, rebellious, passive, victimized, powerless, insecure, fear of financial success, blaming
Your Life Path: “You’re here to master the art of success in the material world. Think big and go for it. The 8 is the number of manifestation. What you focus on with clear intent, integrity, and effort can magically manifest with amazing power.” Source.
Ask Yourself: Can you accept the fact that you’re meant to think big and be a financial success?
Life Path 9: The Humanitarian
Example Numbers: 9, 18/9, 27/9, 36/9
Leading Trait: Integrity
Overview: You are the one who leads the way – the wise woman whose life and example draw others to follow. Your purpose is to develop spirituality, humanitarianism, creativity, wisdom, and integrity. Your integrity and wisdom are only achieved after you work to overcome hurdles, learn the lessons of experience and “Get real”. You may be slow to gain wisdom, but when you do, you can be a great resource for others. You are versatile and unusual. You can be successful at virtually anything for which you feel passion.
You were born with an abundance of dramatic feelings coupled with a strong sense of compassion and generosity. Trustworthy and honorable, you’re unlikely to harbor any sort of prejudice and you feel deeply for individuals less fortunate than yourself.
Material gains are not overly important to you, and you usually have an easy come, easy go attitude about money.
Your commanding presence allows you to make friends very easily as people are attracted to your magnetic, open personality. You’re generally upbeat and heartily friendly and congenial. You meet people easily and are quickly befriended because of your openness and amiable demeanor.
You tend to be quite sensitive. Manifested in the artistic and literary fields, you express deep emotional feelings through painting, writing, music and other art forms.
It’s not uncommon for nines to fight the realities and challenges of purpose because selflessness is not an easy trait. You may have difficulty believing that giving and a lack of personal ambition can be satisfying.
Positive Traits of Nines: Humanitarian, compassionate, magnetic, charitable, romantic, creative, generous, idealist
Negative Traits of Nines: Lacking integrity, resentful, holds on to old “stuff,” hostile, arrogant, close minded, submissive, emotionally unavailable, drifter, liar
Your Life Path: “You’re here to use your creativity and make a difference in the world. Know that you might have a propensity to devour information focused on spirituality or psychology. Overall, you’re working on learning how to express and understand your own feelings. Tap into your creativity and into something that you feel gives back to others and you’ll be living your dream. Work on being a listener, not a proselytizer.” Source.
Ask Yourself: How can you go with the flow of your creative and giving impulses?
So, there you have it, a new way to look at yourself in through a new lens of Numerology.
Did you feel your Life Path Number accurately described you and your internal desires/challenges? Did you feel more aligned with one outside of your given number?
Tell us in the comments below!