"Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing." — Laurie Buchanan

Life Path by Laurie Buchanan

Life Path by Laurie Buchanan

During the “Alphabetically Speaking” series, when I posted “N is for Numerology” I promised that in January I would present a 10-part “Numerically Speaking” series. This first post is to share with you how to calculate your Life Path Number.

Once you’ve calculated yours (and that of your family and friends) my next 9 posts will share detailed information about what each of the 9 Life Path numbers means.

In the “N is for Numerology” post I shared what Numerology is. If you missed that post or you’d like a refresher, simply follow this LINK.

What is a Life Path Number?
In Numerology, the Life Path Number represents natural characteristics, talents, and traits based on a person’s date of birth. On the day you were born certain powers were bestowed upon you that will be with you your entire life long. The Life Path Number describes the nature of your journey through life.

A person’s name may change (i.e., marriage, divorce), but unlike your name—your date of birth is unalterable and its personal vibrations shape every event or incident in your life span.

The Life Path number is the sum of your date of birth. It’s important to note that every Life Path Number has both positive and negative vibrations. It’s up to each of us to determine which one we’ll follow.

We’ve all known couples who don’t get along. They seem to constantly be at loggerheads because neither can understand or accept the other’s principles.

Someone born with a 5 Life Path for instance, would have a strong urge to travel; whereas a person born with a 4 Life Path would have more of a “nose-to-the-grindstone” nature. These two could be potentially incompatible if they didn’t understand the nature of certain compromises necessary and possible in their relationship.

By using a simple calculation, you can check the Life Path Number of friends, family, acquaintances, employees, and partners for a better understanding of their aims in life and what you can expect of them as it relates to your own Life Path Number.

Remember, your Life Path number covers a person’s entire life span. Even though you may not currently recognize all the aspects of the path outlined, they’ll eventually be very much in evidence. Some people never recognize theirs until middle-age or after. So don’t worry if what you read isn’t all you at the moment.

The other all-important factor is whether one lives life according to its positive or negative vibrations. For instance: in a 5 Life Path, the travel indicated could represent progress in a positive sense, but great fickleness and irresponsibility when lived negatively.

How To Calculate Your Life Path Number 
To determine your Life Path number, add together the number value of your month, day, and full year of birth, and then reduce the total to a single digit.  The number value for each month is:

January 1
February 2
March 3
April 4
May 5
June 6
July 7
August 8
September 9
October 10
November 11
December 12

For example, if like me you were born on September 28, 1957 you would add:

September (number value)  9
Date                                    28
Year                                1957
TOTAL                            1994

To reduce 1994 to a single digit:
1+9+9+4 = 23

But 23 is not a single digit so we need to reduce it again:
2+3 = 5

The Life Path number for a person whose date of birth is September 28, 1957 is 5.

The short method for obtaining this same number would be to add the dates this way:
9 (for September) +2+8 (for the date) + 1+9+5+7 (for the year) = 41.  Reduce this number to one digit by adding 4+1 which equals 5.

The Life Path Number represents your inborn characteristics, latent talent, moral fiber, and nature of this journey through life—all of which shape your life on earth.

What’s your Life Path Number?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan


© 2011 Laurie Buchanan – All Rights Reserved

Comments on: "How to Calculate Your Life Path Number" (128)

  1. What fun! I am an 11.

    • Kathy – You’re a MASTER number (how come that comes as no surprise to me?!).

      For any people whose numbers first reduce to either 11 or a 22Master Numbers – before reducing them to a single digit, when we get to the Life Path numbers 2 and 4 in my up-and-coming posts, you’ll see this verbiage at the top of each post:

      Please note that certain 2’s and 4’s have a “Master Number” associated with their Life Path number; respectively 11 and 22. In Numerology, this is the equivalent to a “special mission” they have been sent to fulfill. And while Master Numbers are covered in the Numerology class I teach at HolEssence, due to time/space constraints, they won’t be covered in this blog post.”

      Suffice it to say that you and I both know that you’re here for a very special purpose :)

      • Bimala – A person who is a Master Number 11 is a turbo-boosted version of a Life Path 2.

        Similarly, a person who is a master number 22 is a turbo-boosted version of a Life Path 4, and a person who is a master number 33 is a turbo-boosted version of a Life Path 6.

  2. I am also a 1.

  3. I’m a 7 – it’s my favorite number! I can’t wait to learn more about this, as I’ve been fascinate with numbers for years!

    Thanks for doing this,

    • Naima – I’m glad you stopped into Speaking from the Heart and discovered you’re a Life Path 7. I post on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You’ll have to wait a few days until we get to Life Path 7, but it’ll be well worth the wait. In the meantime, perhaps some of your friends or family members are Life Paths 1 through 6 and you’ll be able to share some fun information with them.

      Stay tuned…

  4. Elke Lauwers said:

    I am a 3.
    I have here a numerologybook but as it shows I always calculated it the wrong way:).
    Now it fits, I think. You will tell me, I guess

  5. I am a 4… :)

    creeping quietly away now…

    • Kathy – By any chance, when you initially reduced your numbers, were you a 22, and then you further reduced that number to the single digit 4? If yes, you’re a Master number too (like Kathy Smith, below). If that’s the case, please see my comment to her because it would apply to you as well.

    • Me too I’m a 4 and I’ve read the traits and don’t identify with them at all. I’ve known people to have these”4″ traits of being a procedure enforcing – rule following type of person and I have always butted heads with because at times they fail to see the big picture. I’ve always identified with “big picture” thinkers and holistic points of view. How on earth am I a 4?

      • Gigi –

        First let me explain that there are three types of numerology: Chalean, Pythagorean, and Kabbalah. I’m a certified Phythagorean Numerologist. That may help to explain your concern, “…other sites use different adding methods that come up with different numbers” — I can’t speak for the other two.

        Just like with Zodiac signs for example (there are only 12 of them) — there are just a few numbers (9 Life Path numbers and 3 Master Numbers) to describe the entire population on the globe – billions of people. Within those limitations, not everything is going to fit like a hand in a glove.

        For instance, I’m a Libra. I’m also a Life Path 5. The entire description of either of them does not fit me — and some of it’s absolutely the opposite. I embrace the parts that I want to live up to; the parts that will make a better version of me; and weave those things into my life. The rest I let roll off like water on a duck.

        I hope that helps.

  6. Oooh, I’ll play, too. I’m a 7!

  7. Cool, I’m all set. My life plan number is 6 and my husband’s is 9.

    Oh, yes, and about yesterday–thank you so much, my friend, for all your support!

    • Leanne – Oh, that’s wonderful. Life Path 6 has a natural fit with 3, 6, and 9. They get along well with 2, 4, and 8, but find a challenge (or need to compromise with) with 1, 5, and 7.

      I’ll be posting the nitty-gritty details of each Life Path number — 1 through 9 — one post at a time on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Life Path 6 and 9 are a little bit down the line, but well worth the wait.

  8. ooops, I meant life path number.
    I had a book on numberology when I was in my twenties–did everyone’s number. But I never heard about a life path number, before. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

  9. Wrong again–I meant Thursday. : )

  10. Hi, Laurie, I am still a 1. I have been looking for the report you made for me last year, My Word! Where did all this paper come from? It got into my file cabinets and did the Rabbit thing. I found it not so very long ago, looking for something else, read it and was still flabbergasted at how accurate it was!

    • Sandi - I remember that the report fit you like a hand-in-glove! I hope you’re doing well in all the snow and ice you folks are getting slammed with.

  11. Cool….
    Your Picture looks even more glorious on a big screen monitor…

  12. Interesting… my number is 11. I guess there is a special reason for me to be here… though I wonder what that could be?

    • Emily – I’ve had so many people pop up with Master numbers (11, 22, and 33) that I may well add the detailed information to those at the end of this series. In the meantime, pay close attention to Life Path 2 when I post about it on Tuesday, January 18th.

  13. Hi, Laurie — I am a 6 and Jonathan is a 5 . . . that guy is on travel two or three times a month!

    • Barbara – You’re the perfect 6! And no wonder I like Jonathan so much – he’s a 5 just like me (which, of course means we’re both extraordinary :))…

  14. Fascinating, Laurie! I did the math and think I came up with 10 — if I did it right! I’ll be checking back to see what this means … should be fun. Thank you also for your lovely comment in SunnyRoomStudio re Terrill’s First Light post.
    (Loved it and left you a reply.)

    Glad to be in touch — always looking for kindred spirits to inspire my life path and to offer my inspiration in return.

    For 2011, here’s to the creative light in all of us. Best always, Daisy (will be watching for you on twitter and facebook, as well :)

    • Daisy – If you got “10” after the initial reduction, we’ll reduce that double-digit once more to a single digit (in this case 1 + 0 = 1). You are a Life Path 1. You’ll find out exactly what that means tomorrow (Thursday, January 13). If you’re not positive if you did it right, or not, simply send an email to me at Laurie@HolEssence.com with your full date of birth and I’ll verify it for you.

      I was so pleased (impressed!) when I visited your SunnyRoomStudio that I actually subscribed – whoohoo!

      • So, Laurie, I arrived at 1990 initially, then 19, then 10 … sound close to right? So glad you subscribed to SunnyRoomStudio — great!

      • Daisy – Ahhhh, I see. In numerology we keep reducing until we arrive at a single digit (any number between 1 and 9). To reduce the 10 we add 1 + 0 to get 1. You are, indeed, a Life Path 1. You’ll find out all the juicy details of a Life Path 1 person tomorrow morning (Jan 13). Stay tuned…

  15. Hi Laurie, it’s been a long time since I’ve thought about this. I’m a 9 and Rick is a 1 :)

    • ColleenRick will find out all about Life Path 1 tomorrow (Thursday, January 13), but you’ll have to wait for a few posts after that (but it will be well worth it).

  16. Oh Laurie I am so glad I had you do my reports. My eyes start reaching for my nose when I start reading about how to do the calculations.

    My life path number is 5.

    psst! Laurie I think I am going to feel like I am cheating with all my lovely personal reports all printed up and read for the next few weeks. Thank you so much for these. They have been extremely useful.

    • Terrill – Then like me (Life Path 5) you obviously wear a halo and walk on water :) I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the reports you ordered. They were fun for me to do for you!

  17. [...] If you missed the post on how to calculate your Life Path number, simply click HERE. [...]

  18. Tom Giovannoni said:

    Hi Laurie,

    Blessings and Happy New Year. Many moons ago, when I was 18, someone told me this was my first life. Someone else recently has told me I have had many. As a slave. So, I just happened to log on today and find..I guess intuitively, you will post a number 1. I was a 19, reduced to a 10, and Now a 1.

    My wife is an 18, reduced to a 9.

    Don’t tell me what Rodney Dangerfield said, ” I’m an earth sign my wife is a water sign, together we make mud ” :)

    Curious to find something out about myself. :)

    Bless you from the heart,

  19. Tom Giovannoni said:

    P.S. My daughter is a 6 and my son is a 3.


  20. Wow, you’re both “5”s? I’m amazed. I’ve never felt that I’ve had to compromise with either one of you. Hmmm, I wonder if I’ve figure out my number wrong.
    Can I check my calculations with you, Laurie?
    I apologize for the extra work, but this has truly puzzled me.

  21. Sorry I got here late Laurie!

    My number is: 8.

    • Sam – My mother was a Life Path 8. And you’re a Life Path 8. Well that just goes to show that you’re even more spectacular than I already thought you were :)

  22. [...] If you missed the post on how to calculate your Life Path number, simply click HERE. [...]

  23. I am a 5.

  24. welcome 2011
    that is very intresting -.
    I came back to gaia .. because a friend reminds me to be here..love andrea

  25. [...] If you missed the post on how to calculate your Life Path number, simply click HERE. [...]

  26. I finally got to your series.
    My numerology number is 9
    and is figured by 0+8+2+3+1+9+4+9 = 36 3+6= 9

    Life path number is 8 – very interesting switch there
    reading on

    • Patricia – I’m glad you for your visit to Speaking from the Heart. With a birth date of August 23, 1949, your Life Path number is 9 (the path of the humanitarian). Stay tuned…

  27. [...] If you missed the post on how to calculate your Life Path number, simply click HERE. [...]

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  29. Hi,
    I’m a little confused with how your life path is calculated and how i saw somewhere else how it is calculated. I always thought that i had a master number 11, but according to this site –
    http://seventhlifepath.com/ – the numbers are reduced seperately and then added, so according to them i am a two. my dob is 25/8/1994. can you please explain?

    • Melissa – Using your birthdate of August 25, 1994 I just calculated your Life Path number two different ways and arrived at Master Number 11 both times. Please remember that Master Number 11’s also share the qualities of a Life Path 2.

      08 + 25 + 1994 = 2027
      2 + 0 + 2 + 7 = 11

      You can also calculate it like this:
      8 + 2 + 5 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 4 = 38
      3 + 8 = 11

  30. [...] People born on 11-11-2011 will be Life Path 8’s—The Path of the Warrior. You can follow this LINK to find out how to calculate your own Life Path number, and follow this LINK to find out what a [...]

  31. Laurie. I am 5 just like you. What a lovely surprise! I am 2-2-1945= 23… 2+3 = 5!

  32. Wow, I am a 7! Independent, prefer to work alone (no wonder my current job is making me miserable – Im in a cube surrounded by 4 coworkers who talk to me all day long!). I love my space and privacy but then I battle loneliness because I am so guarded. I have to read more on this – it makes so much sense and maybe at -age 49 I can finally find my life purpose if I dig into this a little deeper! Amazing!

    • Julie – Welcome to Speaking from the Heart. I’m glad you found something here that resonates :) I just finished a series on the zodiac signs (that work hand-in-hand with our Life Path number). You may want to check out my last 13 posts (the introduction, followed by the 12 zodiac signs).

  33. Thank you for the explanation, my number is 6, will go to see what it means now:)

  34. Hi Laurie.
    Can could you please calculate my LifePath number.
    Im getting confused either it is 4 or master number 22.

    Here is my birthdate: July 7 1988.

    Thank you Laurie..

  35. Dear Laurie, my life path is 2…it is the only life path description missing…or I somehow cant find it…Thank you

  36. Lavanya Pankajan said:

    Im a life path number 3. I dont see many 3’s have left comments. My mom and dad are 4’s which would explain the hell my brother and I grew up in. My brother is a 6. Was not an easy household though all of us are strong personalities individually.

    • Lavanya Pankajan – Each Life Path number 1 through 9 has it’s positive (light) side, and each Life Path number has a negative (shadow) side. The choice of which one to embrace is ours.

  37. i always get 4 or 22

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  39. Looks like I am a 5!

  40. Shouldn’t my path number be a combination of all with some parameters unique? But Calc seems astrology at best or how to find your color or music style survey. We have to design ourselves with scientific/holistic, not number trick. All plans considered.

    • Carl – Great question, I’m glad you asked it.

      There are a multitude of different types of numbers in numerology, all arrived at using various pieces of information. This particular post is only about an itty-bitty, teeny-weeny piece of numerology — the Life Path number.

      Also, within the field of numerology, there are three forms in use today: Kabbalah, Chaldean and Pythagorean – my training is in within the Pythagorean form.

      • Few people know that Pythagoras is called the Father of Psychiatry as he was one of the earliest thinkers to present that the mind not the heart was the center of thinking (stupid Galen) and that mental illness was probably caused by some abnormality or dysfunction or illness of the brain. For therapy he proposed balanced nutrition with emphasis fruits and vegetables, long walks, stimulating conversation , hot baths and restful sleep. Hey, wait a minute . Isn’t that…..

      • Carl – Love it! You put a great big smile on my face :)

  41. [...] And these are stressful times in need of plenty nurturing, surely. (Calculate your life path number here. Thanks so much Laurie [...]

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  43. Mine was 7. Which I found interesting cuz I already been “trying” to follow 7 but never worked out the way I felt it should. It was like I always known the number, but following it..is another story

  44. Cool post, Laurie! :)

  45. P.S. I’m 8. Interesting. :)

  46. Great refresher, Laurie. I remember studying this back in the 90s. Have always found it intriguing. You’re a truly outstanding writer and we share our birthday, apparently.

    • Ray – I’m glad you enjoyed this post, thank you for letting me know. And clearly if we share the same birth day, we’re both terrific :wink:

  47. My life path number is apparently 4. It’s absolutely nothing like me, with the exception of being analytical. Interestingly and maddeningly, my name boils down to 4 as well. And I’ve always hated my name, used to fantasize about changing it when I was a kid. I’m just a square peg in a round hole. lol

    Could it work out differently, since I was born three days late? Or is it supposed to be a set in stone thing when it comes to the birth date?

    Or perhaps, I should stick to what I know fits – Enneagram and Myers-Briggs.

    • Nicole – Please know that if you don’t resonate with what you read about your life path number, it’s okay to not give it a second thought. It’s not meant to be written in stone. Rather, a glimpse at potential and possibility…

  48. I am nine! I’ve recently started to feel like I have a greater pupose on earth.I’ve started to involve myself in the process of ascension.I have interests on a lot of things.That’s why I cannot focus on one.I believe that I am very very creative.I don’t know why I’ve been feeling these since a long time.Now I know the reason.

  49. I am born on 01/11/1988, what is my life path number? :)

    • Sally – With a birthdate of January 11, 1988 you’re a Master 11. Here’s how it’s done:

      1 + 1 + 1 + 1+ 9 + 8 + 8 = 29. Reduce 29 by adding 2+9 = 11. Leave it. You never reduce Master Numbers 11, 22, or 33. Here’s a link to more information about Master Number 11: http://wp.me/pP1C5-wa

  50. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I just calculated I’m Life Path 2. Any info on that? Thanks!

  51. You have an awesome blog really…I calculated my number too. :) it comes out to b number 4. I am always very very curious about this zodiac and numerology thing. Thanks for updating me with something new and thanks for liking my story ‘ Heads we get married, tails we break up” on Everything is a story.

    • ThoughtsThatForge – Thank you for stopping by, I’m glad you calculated your Life Path number. I never met a 4 I didn’t like :) I thoroughly enjoyed your writing style and story — Heads We Get Married, Tails We break Up.”

  52. Why does my life path number of 4 feel so wrong? I did the math and it keeps coming up 4. I really don’t identify with the traits of a 4. It’s also confusing because other sites use different adding methods that come up with different numbers. I can’t help feeling like this is pulling numbers out of a hat and seeing what comes up. I’m fascinated but very confused. Also is life path numbers only a Western / European concept. Sorry for all the questions just trying to understand the reasoning behind this.

    • Gigi –

      First let me explain that there are three types of numerology: Chalean, Pythagorean, and Kabbalah. I’m a certified Phythagorean Numerologist. That may help to explain your concern, “…other sites use different adding methods that come up with different numbers” — I can’t speak for the other two.

      Just like with Zodiac signs for example (there are 12 of them) — there are just a few numbers (9 Life Path numbers and 3 Master Numbers) to describe the entire population on the globe – billions of people. Within those limitations, not everything is going to fit like a hand in a glove.

      For instance, I’m a Libra. I’m also a Life Path 5. The entire description of either of them does not fit me — and some of it’s absolutely the opposite.

      Might I suggest that you embrace the part(s) what you want to live up to; take what will make a better version of you; and weave those things into your life. Let the rest roll off you like water on a duck.

  53. Laurie, I am so happy I discovered your Blog. I am adding you to my Blog Roll. My Life Path Number is 9 and EVERYTHING is eerily “spot on.” Thank you for the clarity and understanding!!

  54. Andrew Sp. said:

    Hi Ms. Laurie! I have a question. I’ll admit, I get lost quickly when it comes to a mass amount of numbers and calculations, but I’m intelligent nonetheless, lol

    Birth date: July 23rd, 1992..

    But is it:
    (0+7) + (2+3) + (1+9+9+2)
    0 + 7 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 2 ??

    Cuz then: 0 + 7 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 2 = 33 =3+3 = 6

    OR: (7)+(5)+(21) => (7) + (5) + (3) = 15 = 6

    But I’m unsure if I’m supposed to reduce or whatnot. Can you briefly explain this to me? Thanx! :-)

    • Andrew Sp. – There are two ways to do the math (shown below). But regardless of how you slice it, you’re a Life Path 6.

      7+23+1992=2022. Now to reduce that: 2+2+2=6
      7+2+3+1+9+9+2=51. Now to reduce that: 5+1=6.

      The only exception to this would be a person who upon first reduction gets an 11, 22, or 33. Master numbers are not reduced any further.

  55. hi! i’m new in this numerology thing and it’s quite interesting for me. the problem is; my birthday is mar.3.1987. so if we’ll sum that up like: 3+3+1987= 1993 1+9+9+3= 22. But if we’ll sum it up this way: 3+3+1+9+8+7= 31 3+1=4. Which one’s the right one? I’m confuse? appreciate the response, thanks!

    • Alan – You’ve used the two ways and added correctly. ANY time one or both ways results in an 11, 22, or 33 – you can stop right there (no need to reduce further) because they’re Master numbers. If only one of the methods of addition results in an 11, 22, or 33, then it TRUMPS the other. As a Master 22, you are additionally a Life Path 4.

      Note: not all Life Path 4’s are additionally Master 22.

  56. I did the calculations…and I am a Life Path 4.
    But, the most part, does not match at all.
    My mom told me that I was born approximately three weeks early and backwards.
    She also told me what my birth date was supposed to have been….which would have been January 9, 1954. So I will recalculate using that date.
    That would make me a Life Path 2, which is much closer to the truth.
    I wrote about WHY I was born early, in my post: http://storieswithnobooks.com/2013/03/22/travel-agent-from-hell/.
    You see, it was not my fault. It was dark in there, and I lost count of the days and time. Plus, after about 8 months in there, I was getting extremely claustrophobic. ;)
    Whatever the case, I am more of a follower than a leader–which would be Life Path 2 for sure.

    • Mary – I thoroughly reading about WHY you were born early, thank you for the link. Our son was born two weeks early. And while he fits the Life Path Number (3) of his early date of birth, his zodiac sign (Virgo) doesn’t suit him at all. He much better fits the sign (Libra) of the date he was supposed to have been born.

      It’s interesting no matter how you slice it :)

  57. Hi Laurie,
    I have gotten conflicting calculations when it comes to my life path number.
    I was born 2/8/1983, and was told I was a 22, but then also told I’m a 4.

    Which is the correct way to calculate a life path number? Which number would I be?

    Thank you.

    • Delilah – You are a Master Number 22.

      2 + 8 + 1983 = 1993. Reduce the sum by adding it together: 1 + 9 + 9 + 3 = 22. Please remember that ALL Master Numbers are additionally a Life Path Number. 11’s are Life Path 2.s. 22’s are Life Path 4’s. And 33’s are Life Path 6.

  58. Hi Laurie, my birthday ist 30.1.42. Can you say me my live path number. Wie ist die Formel?
    Grüsse Ernst

    • Ernst — Mit einem Geburtsdatum vom 30. Januar 1942 Du bist ein Leben Weg 2. Hier ist ein Link auf die Details an: http://wp.me/pP1C5-uO

      Ernst — With a birthdate of January 30, 1942 you’re a Life Path 2. Here’s a link to the details: http://wp.me/pP1C5-uO

      • Hab vielen herzlichen Dank Laurie für meinen Lebensweg 2. Mein Leben ist schon weit fortgeschritten und deshalb kann ich vielem zustimmen… :-)
        Ich wünsche dir ein angenehmes frohes Wochenende. Ernst

        Have many thanks Laurie for my second life My life is already far advanced and therefore I can agree with much … :-)
        I wish you a pleasant happy weekend.

  59. hi,,,,,could u tell me exactly how to calculate life path number? because when i calculated ( added ) my birthday it bring 22 but like you said when i follwed short way which brings 31. So here bit compliated. Oneway it bring to 22 which is master number but on the otherway it bring just 4.

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