How to Calculate Your Life Path Number in Numerology

Did you know that the numbers in your birthday (month, date and year) all add up to a single, powerful digit that’s encoded with your life purpose?

It’s true! Learning your Life Path number (or Birth Path number), can unlock so much helpful guidance about your destiny, what fulfills you and how you can make the most impact in this lifetime. Where will you thrive and where will you wither away? It’s all in your number!

Use our cosmic calculator (below) to find your Life Path Number:

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So, what does it mean? Read the numerology of your Life Path number:

Life Path 1: The Leader | Life Path 2: The Mediator | Life Path 3: The Communicator | Life Path 4: The Teacher | Life Path 5: The Freedom Seeker | Life Path 6: The Nurturer | Life Path 7: The Seeker | Life Path 8: The Powerhouse | Life Path 9: The Humanitarian

How it works: Calculate your Life Path number by hand

Want to know how it’s done from scratch? Here’s a guide to calculating the Life Path (or Birth Path) Number in Numerology.

Here’s the formula for how to calculate your Life Path number. Or, scroll down for our Cosmic Calculator.

1. Begin with your full birth date

Example: DECEMBER 19, 2009

2. Reduce the month, day and year down to a single digit by adding them


December is the 12th month
Add 1 + 2 = 3


The day of birth is 19
Add 1 + 9 = 10.
 adding to digit down to a one-digit number:
1 + 0 = 1


The year of birth is 2009

Continue adding until you get a one-digit number: 
1 + 1 = 2

3. Now add the resulting single digits together to get the Life Path Number.

Month=3 + Day=1 + Year=2
3 + 1 + 2 = 6

In this example, the Life Path number is 6.

Learn more about Life Path numbers and their meanings


Felicia Bender

Felicia Bender, Ph.D. is The Practical Numerologist and author of Redesign Your Life: Using Numerology To Create The Wildly Optimal You. You can get your numerological groove on at