# How to calculate Life Path Number We continue our exploration of numerology by working out your life path number. This is generally
regarded as being the most important number in numerology, because it reveals our purpose in life.
Most people have little idea of what they should be doing with their lives, and knowledge of this
number, on its own, can transform the way you live.

There are eleven possible life path numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 22. Eleven and 22 are called master numbers and contain more power than the other numbers.
We determine our life path number by adding up the digits in our date of birth and reducing the
answer down to a single digit. If, when you reduce the numbers, the total comes to an 11 or 22, you
stop at that point.

How to calculate your own Life Path using the Pythagorean Method

Now that we know the basics of numerological reduction, let me show you exactly how the Life Path is determined from the date of birth. You must use the actual date of birth that is indicated on the birth certificate for this calculation.

Examples
Let’s imagine that we are doing a reading for a young man born on July 12, 1973. We construct a sum from his date of birth.

7 (month)
12 (day)
+ 1973 (year)

1992

1 + 9 + 9 + 2 = 21, and 2 + 1 = 3.

This man has a life path of 3.

Here is another example. A friend of mine was born on February 29, 1944.
2 (month)
29 (day)
+ 1944 (year)
1975
and 1 + 9 + 7 + 5 = 22

As we arrive at 22 while reducing, we stop at that point, rather than reduce it still, further to a four.
This is because 22 is one of the possible life path numbers.

My friend’s date of birth illustrates another point. We need to ensure that we create a sum, rather than
simply adding across, so we don’t lose master numbers. If we add my friend’s date of birth in a straight
line, we get the following:
2 (month) + 2 + 9 (day) + 1 + 9 + 4 + 4 (year) = 31
and 3 + 1 = 4
As you can see, by adding in a straight line we lost the master number. In practice, I usually add up the
numbers in my head, but if my answer comes to a 2, 4, 11, or 22, I will double check by creating a sum on paper.

How to Calculate Your Life Path Number

In your case Renee, you were born on March 12th, 1957.
Your month of birth is March, which is the month. As 3 is a single digit, there’s nothing to add here.
Your day of birth is the . Adding 1 + 2 gives us 3
Your year of birth is 1957. Adding 1 + 9 + 5 + 7 gives us 22
The totals, then, are 3, 3, and 22.

To get our final answer, we add these three numbers together to
give us 28: Adding 2 + 8 gives us 10. Adding 1 + 0 gives us 1

Other methods and how to calculate them

The calculation method described above is often known as the Pythagorean method – it means that Pythagoras developed it. Remember that Pythagoras did his work 2500 years ago and that he was working with information passed down from sages and mystics that originally created numerology – most likely this occurred from 25,000 to 50,000 years ago!

The method described above is one of many methods that can be used to make this calculation. I will briefly cover all of the other calculation methods that I know of below. Feel free to use the method that you are most comfortable with,

Using a new example of December 21, 1964, below you will see 7 different methods of making a Life Path calculation. Note that the examples do not include the above Pythagorean method.

1.)Horizontal method (adds together all the numbers horizontally)

12/21/1964=1+2+2+1+1+9+6+4=26/8

2.)Month/Day/Year method (adds unreduced month and day to horizontal reduced year) (month) 12 + (date) 21 + (year reduced1964=1+9+6+4=20) 20 = 12 + 21 + 20 = 53 / 8

3.)Month/Day/Year method (with reduction of date and horizontal reduced year) (month) 12 + (date=2+1=3) 3 + (year reduced1964=1+9+6+4=20) 20 = 12 + 3 + 20 = 35 / 8

4.)Month/Day/Year method (with reduction of date & month and horizontal reduced year) (month 1+2=3) 3 + (date=2+1=3) 3 + (year reduced1964=1+9+6+4=20) 20 = 3 + 3 + 20 = 26 / 8

5.)Month/Day/Year method (with reduction of date, month and complete reduced year) (month 1+2=3) 3 + (date=2+1=3) 3 + (year reduced1964=1+9+6+4=20=2+0=2) 2 = 3 + 3 + 2 = 8

6.)Modified Month/Day/Year method (year is reduced partially, month/date are not) (month) 12 + (date) 21 + (year reduced1964= 1+9=10 + 64 = 74) 74 = 12 + 21 + 74 = 107 / 8

7.)Vertical method (2 digit number from year, date, month are added without reduction) 12/21/1964 = 12+21+(year split into 2 digit numbers=19 + 64) 19+64 = 12 + 21 + 19 + 64 = 116/8

Which method should I use and why?

I strongly suggest that you find one method, learn that method and stick with it, as it will make remembering how to do the calculation that much easier. That being said, and after having shown you nearly every other method that is available, I will again say that I recommend the Pythagorean method over all others since that method uses the actual periods within your life that are used for other calculations in your overall numerological chart.