The Life Path, as is the case with all numbers derived from your date of birth, has to do with the momentum, the direction, of your life. The Life Path is a cycle that runs from birth to death. The notion that the Life Path is a cycle is not universally accepted (more about this in the audio lecture above).
Food for thought:
This age-old method is founded on the concept that your Life Path is based on your three Period Cycles. Therefore, in order to calculate your Life Path number, you actually calculate your Period Cycles first. Your three Period Cycles are based on your month, day, and year of birth, and represent the early, middle, and later part of your life respectively. Your complete life's cycle — your Life Path — has all the attributes reflected in the Life Path's number. However, the Life Path is also influenced by the properties and traits revealed in each of these Period Cycles.
How to Find Your Life Path number
First, we reduce each unit (month/day/year) of the birth date to a single-digit or a .
Next we add each of the resulting digits (or Master numbers) together and reduce the total again to a single-digit.
Example: October 12, 1936:
October is the 10th month. Reduce 10 to a single-digit. 1 + 0 = 1
The day of birth is 12. We reduce 12 to 3 (1 + 2 = 3).
The year of birth is 1936. We reduce 1936 to 1 + 9 + 3 + 6 = 19. 1 + 9 = 10. 1 + 0 = 1. The year 1936 reduces to 1.
We now add the resulting single digits: month = 1, day = 3, year = 1. Total is 5.The Life Path number is 5
Another example: November 22, 1911
November is the 11th month. The 11 is a Master number and is not reduced.
The 22nd day is also a Master number: 22.
The year 1911 reduces to 12, which reduces to 3.
month = 11, day = 22, year = 3. Total is 36. We reduce 36 to 9. The Life Path is 9
There are three ways to calculate the Life Path, most numerologists, however, consider hte other methods flawed, because they are not based on the Period Cycles, thereby ignoring the logic on which this science is based. To illustrate the different outcomes using different methods, let's look at A, B, and C below.
A. Our method as described earlier:
May 15, 1949 would be 5 + 6 (the 15th day reduced to 6) + 5 (the year 1949 reduced to 23 and then 5) = 16/7.
B: An alternative method adds the month + day + year = sum, and then reduced.
May 15, 1949 would be 5 + 15 + 1949 = 1969, which reduces to 25/7.
C: Adds each single digit as it appears in the date of birth.
May 15, 1949 would be 5 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 9 + 4 + 9 = 34/7.
Notice that we used the same date in all three examples but the results were different in each case: 16/7, 25/7, and 34/7
In-depth descriptions of the meaning of the Life Path numbers can be found in the book Numerology; Key To Your Inner Self available on amazon
The Color Numerology Chart
The chart is included in the World Numerology Collection. This detail shows the date of birth in the horizontal bar centered in the star-shape, while the Life Path appears within the double circle.