Your **Life Path Number** is perhaps the most crucial indicator of your life and the easiest number to calculate in the **numerology calculator**. The **life path number** will reveal your skills and traits and challenges that you may come across in the future. But do you know how to calculate the **life path number**? If not, would you like to know? Read on to find out more.

## How to Calculate Life Path Number

It is easy to calculate the **Life Path Number** - only through addition, and two more rules. Add the numbers of your birthday and do not reduce master numbers (we will talk about master numbers later).

### Grouping your Birthday Numbers

There are two ways that you can group the birthday numbers, the incorrect and correct way. Let’s start with the incorrect method because it is what confuses a lot of people. It means adding everything together.

Let’s see how people normally calculate **life path** numbers incorrectly. The reason we are starting with the incorrect method first is to show you what not to do when using a **life path merology calculator**.

### The Incorrect Way

Birthday Date, October 2, 1991.

October= 10

2=2

1991=1991

10+2+1+9+9+1=31

Well, this is incorrect!

### The Correct Way

The right way to determine your **Life Path number** is to group Day, Month, and Year and sum them up separately, reduce each group to a single number, and then add them up before you reduce them to a single number.

Birth Date: October 2nd, 1991

**October = 10 = 1**

**2 = 2**

**1991 = 1+9+9+1 = 20 = 2+0 = 2**

Now add all the groups

**1+2+2 = 5**

Correct **life path** number is 5.

If you have noticed, the calculation of the year is reduced to one digit before you add it to the Day and Month numbers. In some scenarios, the final **life path number** will be the same when calculated correctly and incorrectly. Thus, you must do it correctly.

Note that the year in the above calculation is reduced to a single number before it is added to the other numbers from the Month and Day. In some situations the final **Life Path number** will come out the same when done correctly and incorrectly, this is why it is important to do it the correct way all the time.

### You Can’t Reduce Master Numbers 11, 22 and 33

As we mentioned earlier, you cannot reduce master numbers- 11 or 22 if you end up with them when calculating. 11 and 11 are unique numbers and have unique meanings and properties.

Instance:

Birth Date: August 29, 1974

**August = 8**

**29 = 2+9 = 11** (Master number; don’t reduce)

**1974= 1+9+7+4 = 21 = 2+1 = 3**

**8 + 11 + 3 = 22** (Master number)

22 is the **life path number**.

## Questions about Life Path Calculations

Well, there are some ways you can format the date, depending on where you are coming from. However, the two most common formats are as follows.

- Day/Month/Year
- Year/Month/Day

### Does the order of calculation matter at all?

There is no issue with the order, but as long as you are grouping, Day, Month and Year, the final numbers will always be the same.

### Am I a 2 or 11, 4 or 22, 6 or 33?

Here is the thing, if you do proper calculations and you end up with master numbers 11, 22, or 33, then you are both. Keep in mind the **Life Path Number** represents the Master Number. Note, however, you may also carry some properties of the secondary reduced digit.

For instance, a **life path** 11 may carry some characteristics of a 2, but not all the traits. That’s why, in most reports, one may see that it is written 29/2 or 11/2 to show the secondary characteristics. Now, if you have a Master Number make sure to read the description of the **Life Path** for your secondary characteristics.

### Are people with life path 11 spiritually inclined than others?

Your **life path number** does not represent or show your spirituality. As a matter of fact, a **life path** 11 doesn’t mean all will be well. Many of these individuals go through rough patches in life that go beyond what they think they are capable of. Keep in mind that all life paths come with their growth opportunities and individual trials. So, no group is better than the other.

So, there you have, all you need to know about **life path calculator**.