Everything You Need To Know About Life Path Numbers

Life Path numbers are a guide that points you toward a specific direction in your life.


Do you catch yourself noticing 11:11 or other repeating numbers a lot when you look at the time? Or maybe you see 4:44 or 2:22 often? There is something about the synchronicity of repeating numbers that makes it seem like it is more than just a coincidence and maybe it is a sign. I have often seen a set of numbers (sometimes referred to as "Angel Numbers") over and over again and someone has told me I should play those numbers in the lotto. I always thought it was a silly superstition but there is some cosmic, spiritual meaning to be gained from having a sense of deja vu when you see what appears to be your lucky numbers.

Numerology is the study of numbers and their spiritual significance. It is the perfect complement to astrology if you are looking for more in-depth answers in your own personal journey. Oftentimes we look for meaning in dreams or patterns to guide us in the right direction. This life has a greater meaning for all of us and some things are more than just a coincidence. Honestly, the feeling of knowing that something is put here for a specific reason is what drives many of us to search for these answers. Connecting those dots between what we know intrinsically and can't explain to what we know to be true can bring you comfort and relief that you are on the right path.

What is Numerology?


Different numbers have different meanings and can signal changes or things to come in the future. Essentially, Numerology is how to interpret the numbers that appear around you to know their meaning in your journey. According to an article on REFINERY29:

"Each number, from one to nine, has a spiritual meaning, which can be applied to individuals in various ways."

What is a Life Path number?

It can be argued that your Life Path number is the most important number in your personal numerology because it has a significant influence over the direction of your life. The number is a representation of who you are at the core. Or, put another way, the person you spend your life evolving to become. As Angelica Ray, Intuitive, Healer, and Coach says, "You are able to have a better understanding of your purpose, some of the innate talents and gifts that you possess, and of the obstacles that you might experience. Ultimately, it can speak to general aspects of the path that your life might take."

Some have likened your Life Path number to the Sun sign in Astrology as an indicator of what is important to you, how you respond in situations, and how you process life in general. Don't simply think of your Life Path number as a list of traits, instead think of it as a specific set of positive and negative traits that manifest however you desire.

How do you calculate your Life Path number?



To calculate your Life Path number, you need to use your birth date: the month, day, and year. Basically, your Life Path number is the sum of all these numbers reduced down to a single number in a specific method. One important note to make is that there are Master Numbers (e.g. 11, 22, and 33), but this specific method of calculating your Life Path number prevents these numbers from happening. Life Path numbers only occur through the single digits of 1 to 9.

According to Numerology.com:

"There is only one correct way to calculate your Life Path number. First, you must reduce each of the three parts of your birthday to a single digit or Master Number, then add up THOSE digits to find your Life Path number. If you end up with a two-digit number that isn't one of the Master Numbers, keep reducing it until you get to a single digit."

OK, so let's use my birthday for example 09/16/1985.

Start with the month, 09:

0 + 9 = 9

Then the day, 16:

1 + 6 = 7

Then the year, 1985:

1 + 9 + 8 + 5 = 23; reduce 23

2 + 3 = 5

Now add them all together and reduce if need be:

9 + 7 + 5 = 21; reduce 21

2 + 1 = 3

My Life Path number is 3.

So what does each Life Path number mean, from 1 to 9?

Life Path number 1 - This number reflects someone who is an innovator and a pioneer and is full of energy and motivation. People with this Life Path number are normally natural leaders that are capable of creating opportunities for themselves. What they need to learn is how to become confident in their own abilities and practice trusting each other.

Life Path number 2 - People who fall into this category are quiet but are very powerful. They tend to be calm, cooperative and have an appreciation for partnerships in life. They need to learn to find their voice and make sure they speak up and advocate for themselves when their needs are not being met.

Life Path number 3 - These people are creative and communicative with a youthful energy that is very exciting to others. People who have a Life Path number 3 are very positive and charming. What challenges they have to overcome is they are naive about the world. They need to accept and explore deep, tough issues and emotions that will help them on their personal growth journey.

Life Path number 4 - This is a practical person who is singularly focused on service and hard work. They are strong and can act as a stable foundation in other people's lives. They will have to learn to loosen up their way of thinking and processes to really understand that love and enjoyment are also fulfilling.

Life Path number 5 - People who have the Life Path number 5 truly live a well-lived adventurous life. These people have a curiosity and taste for life and thrive on variety and upbeat social settings. The thing they need to learn most is commitment because they have a constant need to change their situation. This may ultimately lead to an unfulfilling life.

Life Path number 6 - These are the lovers, nurturers, and protectors of the Life Path group. They have a very big heart and a large capacity to support others. During their journey, they must realize the importance of self-love and to put their own needs in a position of priority.

Life Path number 7 - The people who have a Life Path number 7 are naturally inquisitive people with an appetite for searching for the truth. They will need to learn to be more social as they like to spend a lot of time alone. They need to learn about relationships and vulnerability in their journey.

Life Path number 8 - This group tends to find a lot of success in life because they give things constant attention, intention, and effort to their work. They will excel professionally most of the time. However, they need to work on how to work well with other people.

Life Path number 9 - Those who fall into the group of Life Path number 9 have a sensitivity toward humanity and support all things that are for the greatest good. They are the tolerant, loving, and deeply connected group and are very in touch with their inner wisdom. They have the challenge of releasing past pains by addressing their needs and values.

For a deeper explanation of each number, Allure is a great resource for a break down of each group.

What do we do when we find our Life Path numbers?


Once we find our Life Path numbers Angelica suggests, "All of the different modalities are pointing the same energies. It is very common to see synergies and commonalities amongst these different modalities. The Life Path number is helpful because it can point you more towards a path rather than Astrology which can be a little bit more present-focused or character-focused. The Life Path can speak a lot about the road ahead."

Angelica does recommend working with a numerologist because they are better able to break down patterning and add context around timing. Also, they are able to help decipher intricacies around tendencies, the path forward, lessons, and journey. It is always better to get a reading by someone who is trained in the language of the energy so that you get a much more in-depth experience than online.

The best way to use your Life Path number in your everyday life is as a guide that points you toward a specific direction in your life.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.


We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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