The Life Path number in Numerology is the most important number. It is the basis from which all other numbers are formed. While not as specific as some of the other numbers you’ll discover, it shows you a broad spread of all the opportunities you’ll have in your life, as well as the challenges and lessons you will come across. When working in numerology you will always want to start with the Life Path number as it is from this that you are able to put the other numbers into focus. The Life Path number is much like a natal astrology chart in this regard.

## Calculating Your Life Path's Number

There is only one correct way to calculate your life path number. Other methods may come up with the same number, but they aren’t guaranteed to do so and may accidentally miss an 11, a 22, or a 33 that should not be reduced.

Begin by writing out your birth date in numerical form in the month/day/year format. For example, the birth date December 28th, 1989 would be written as 12/28/1989.

Calculate the numbers like so:
Month: 12 = 1 + 2 = 3
Day: 28 = 2 + 8 = 10 = 1 + 0 = 1
Year: 1989 = 1 + 9 + 8 + 9 = 27 = 2 + 7 = 9

Then you will add them all together to create your Life Path number:
3 + 1 + 9 = 13 and 1 + 3 = 4

This method gives a life path number of four. It is important to break down the numbers and add them together in this order, especially the year, or you may miss the Master numbers 11, 22 and 33 or acquire Master numbers where there should be none.

### Master Numbers For Birth Path Numerology

Acknowledging Master numbers is important. These are the most intuitive, powerful and intellectual numbers but their blessings are often disguised as unfortunate obstacles. One of the most famous Master numbers is Bill Gates! In fact, Bill Gates is a 22 which is considered to be the most intense of the Master numbers and comes with a complete set of characteristics that can be challenging to overcome and yet a great blessing once mastered.

It is also important to calculate your life number correctly because other methods do not take into account that the Life Path is a cycle that runs from birth to death and has an influence on the other numbers in your life. Each number represents a different period. The month is the First period the second period comes from the day of your birth and the third from your year of birth. Each period is a third of your life and each number will interact with and affect the other numbers in your chart differently.

Randomly adding the numbers together is like an architect who has forgotten how to build a building. You still have all tools to build a beautiful building, but you are lacking the ability to put those materials together and instead have disconnected poles and piles of bricks. You must be able to weave together all you numbers with your Life Path number in order to ensure that you are giving yourself the most accurate chance at understanding your life through the numbers.

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