What Is A Life Path Number And How Do You Find It?

If you've heard of star signs, you've probably heard of astrology. And if you have any interest in it, you may even know about numerology, too. According to Ophi Edut of the AstroTwins numerology is basically astrology's cousin. Just as you have a star sign, you have a life path number. "Numerology is an awesome companion to astrology. It helps clarify the sign by providing additional nuance," Ophi explained to Allure. "Numerology reveals the age of your soul. If you're a Leo sun with an 8 Life Path, you know that the Leo nature is being filtered more internally than externally." But what is a life path number and how do you find it?

Numerologist Felicia Bender believes life path numbers should be treated the same way as star signs. They are able to distinguish certain personality traits and also hints at your future and the direction you may be heading. "It provides you with what your optimal expression is and also what your tendencies and obstacles will be," Bender told Refinery29.

Your life path number is found in your date of birth

Like star signs, each life path number has different associated values and challenges. They also heavily focus on life purpose. "When we are in alignment with our Life Path purpose, we feel on track, energized, and on point," said Bender.

Allure claims the easiest way to find your life path number is by adding your birth date together until you reach a single number. For example, if your birthday is 01/01/2001, you would add the month, the date, and the year together separately (0 + 1 = 1, 0 + 1 = 1, 2 + 0 + 0 + 1 = 3) then add them altogether (1 + 1 + 3 = 5). In this case, the life path number is 5. If the number on any of the calculations is a double-digit, you simply keep adding them together until you reach a single number. The only time you do not do this is if the final number is 11 or 22, as these are master numbers and mean you're likely on a path to real success.