# How to calculate your life path ?

Numerology, also called “number study,” is a method of divination that states that everything has a numerical value that helps us understand the world around us. Although it was born several centuries ago under the impulse of ancient mystics, it was gradually enriched to trifurquer in three quite distinct systems: the Pythagorean, the Chaldean and the Kabbalah system. These methods of calculation all aim to make the figures speak to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, to interpret your existence, to explain your destiny. The calculation to be deployed differs according to the systems.

- The Pythagorean assigns a number to each letter of the “Western” alphabet, from 1 to 9.
- The Kabbalah system is similar but based on a 22-digit table.
- The Chaldean system is concerned with both date of birth and name.

If all three systems are still used today, it is the Pythagorean which remains, by far, the most popular. Note that for many numerologists, the Chaldean is more accurate and less subject to bias. This preference for the Pythagorean finds its origin in its simplicity and practicality. For the Pythagorean school, “everything can be known by the number and nothing can be known or even conceived without it”. Thus, numbers no longer have an exclusively quantitative dimension but have a qualitative meaning that expresses the vibratory link between man and the numbers that surround him. Numerology and the path of life more specifically can contribute to a better understanding of the world but also of oneself.

## Pythagoras: the father of numerology

Pythagoras lived in the 6th century BC. In the western world, he is best known for his scientific contributions in the field of geometry. Pythagoras specialized in mathematics but also astronomy and philosophy, and was also interested in numerology, which he completely redesigned to present it to the general public in a more accessible form. Numerology in the Pythagorean system requires that everything be explained and explainable by numbers. To develop his system, the scholar drew on ancient Hebrew mystical knowledge and Indian Guru literature, incorporating Western mathematics, astronomy, philosophy and physics. This system gives a psychological and metaphysical meaning to who you are, who you can become, what motivates your life and the goals that drive you. It also identifies the natural talents, tools and cognitive abilities that we all receive at birth. The Pythagorean system, unlike Chaldean numerology, uses your full birth name to calculate your entire numerological table (or numerological portrait).

## Life Path Calculation

The path of life is the most significant number in the Pythagorean system. How to calculate your life path? Modern numerology thus takes up the Hebrew numeral alphabet of kabbalistic gematry (or gematry). The calculation of the path of life according to the Pythagorean system is confusing in simplicity. Simply add up the numbers that make up your date of birth to calculate your life path by following these instructions:

- First, add each element of your date of birth separately (the numbers that make up the day form the first number, the numbers that make up the month form the second number, the numbers that make up the year of birth form the third number);
- If one of the three numbers formed results in a Master Number (11, 22 or 33), keep them intact without adding them together (11 does not become 2 and 22 does not become 4);
- Then add up the three numbers to arrive at your life path.

Attention, calculating your life path is not just adding everything at once. You may end up with a wrong number and therefore a biased interpretation of your destiny. Here is an example of a widely used incorrect method:

- Date of birth: May 4, 1977;
- Month of birth = 5 ;
- Day of birth = 4 ;
- Year of birth: 1977 ;
- 5 + 4 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 7 = 33. We thus arrive at the number Master 33, which is necessary.

Here, the error was not to add up the year of birth figures before making the final calculation. The total of the figures for 1977 is 6 (1 + 9 + 7 + 7 = 24 and 2 + 4 = 6). Thus, 5 (May) + 4 (day of birth) + 6 (total of the year’s figures) results in 15, and 1 + 5 = 6. The path of life in this particular example is therefore 6.