Your Life Path, Pythagorean Numerology, and Your Name

Numerology has fascinated me since childhood, back when I would input into a calculator telephone numbers or dates of birth of crushes with mine and stare at the sums or products like they might mean something. Since I have never been good at mathematics, it is only natural that I’d gravitate toward pseudomathematics. =)

Life Path numbers purport to reveal insights about your innate capabilities (and weaknesses). Furthermore, our development is divided into three stages, each corresponding with one third of our life span and the potential for accomplishments during that stage. Life Paths are based on your date of birth. Take for example John, who was born on December 26, 1978. To calculate the three stages of development for John, take the sums of the month, the day, and the year as follows and if a sum is 10 or greater, add the digits again until the sum is a single digit:

1.  Life Path = Month + Day + Year

2.  Life Path = 12 + 26 + 1978

3.  Life Path = (1 + 2) + (2 + 6) + (1 + 9 + 7 + 8)

4.  Life Path = 3 + 8 + 25

5.  Life Path = 3 + 8 + (2+ 5)

6.  Life Path = 3 + 8 + 7   [Note: These 3 numbers represent the 3 stages.]

7.  Life Path = 18

8.  Life Path = (1 + 8)

9.  Life Path = 9

John’s ultimate Life Path is 9. The Life Path represents what his innate capabilities (and weaknesses) collectively can achieve with great success if John exercises his will in a way to nurture those capabilities and manage those weaknesses.

Note  Line 6 above. These 3 numbers represent the 3 stages of John’s personal development.

In the first third of his life. which is the number corresponding with the Month, Life Path 3 qualities will govern; these are the qualities he must pay closer attention to, that will either guide him toward achievement or hinder him in the future if he does not adequately manage these qualities.

The second stage of his life, and this best represents the core of his Self, his essence, corresponds with the Day sum, or 8. This represents his inclinations, what he will seem to naturally gravitate toward, and what will probably make him quite happy, but isn’t representative of the zenith of his potential.

The third and last stage of his life, which is the number corresponding with the Year, is denoted by Life Path 7. This represents his personality and outlook in his final days, the ideal state for him when he leaves this world. The third stage number is how he will find his peace.

These three numbers are not mutually exclusive. They cannot be cannot be analyzed singly in isolation from one another. They must be looked at as a whole for an informed and complete picture of John.

Now, back to the ultimate Life Path for John, which is in Line 9 above, or Life Path 9. This is the zenith of his potential, unlike the number noted in the second stage of his life. Note that the number of his second stage represents what he will most likely become, the personality he is most likely and will most easily manifest. The ultimate Life Path is the full spectrum of his capabilities. It is what he can achieve and it is the great difference that he can make in this world should he choose to live up to that high path.

The correspondences for the Life Path numbers are as follows:

Life Path

Innate Character Attributes


Born leader. Individualist. Independent. Innate administration and leadership qualities. Suited for the military or government service or corporate leadership. Shows strong initiative. Motivates others to work harder. Ambitious and assertive. Tendency to be egocentric and arrogant. Motivated by glory and honor. Defeat will be particularly difficult for you to accept.


Born peacemaker. Spiritual. Enlightened. Diplomatic. A powerful mediator. Temperance is a strong attribute. Tries to find balance and harmony in situations. Tendency to be indecisive or hesitant. Suited for careers that demand strong skills in conflict resolution. Motivated by interpersonal relationships and balance. Stronger mental faculties than physical; physical weaknesses will need greater attention to taking care of the body.


Born communicator and creator. Strong skills in writing, oration, and expression. Articulate. Possesses the power of rhetoric and persuasion. Warm, friendly, charismatic. Sociable. Fun-loving. Enjoys celebration. Overly sensitive. Tendency to take criticism too personally. Motivated by happiness. Weakness with punctuality. Weakness with commitments.


Born planner. Extremely pragmatic. Innate ability to chart milestones from objective to goal. Strong persistence. Suited for entrepreneurship and managerial positions. Excellent organizer. Tendency to be unreasonable when life doesn’t go as planned. Motivated by values and stability. Life may be filled with unexpected occurrences, such as sudden fortune, sudden misfortune, sudden acquisition, sudden loss, no matter the planning. Weakness in accepting the sudden changes.


Born pioneer. Adventurer. Spontaneous. Progressive. Non-conformist. Suited for careers in law, publishing, or political service; legislator, politician, or political thinker. Naturally clever and full of wit. Lives for today. Sometimes forgets to save for tomorrow. Restless soul. A risk-taker. Natural business and entrepreneurial skills, but due to brash, impatient nature, propensity to make grave errors in judgment.


Born nurturer. Strong moral compass. Strong faith and convictions. Traditionalist. A romantic at heart. Authoritarian, but allow others room for growth. Understanding. Compassionate. Born to be a humanitarian. Tendency to be codependent. Outwardly an attractive individual, in both the physical and in character. However, can be possessive.


Born thinker and philosopher. Analytical. Observant of surroundings and human nature. A perfectionist. Holds everyone, including the self, to high, exacting standards. Possesses spiritual wisdom and intuition. Tendency to be argumentative. Suited for academia; arts and letters. Likely to be respected among society.


Born tycoon. High likelihood to be wealthy or financially secure. Great at money management. Ambitious about material possessions. Goal-oriented. Strong work ethic, maybe extreme work ethic. Steadfast. Tendency to suppress emotions. Bossy, pushy, knows people skills but doesn’t always feel like using them. Needs to learn how to be more diplomatic.


Born artist and also born healer. Understanding of humanity. Generous. Selfless. Acute ability to find the beauty in the world. Acute ability to restore beauty. Natural talents in painting, writing, and all forms of artistic expression. Suited for careers in the arts, medicine, or social justice. Great people skills.

Supposedly, the letters of your name can also reveal some of your innate personality traits. See below correspondences, based on Pythagorean numerological principles:



Born leader. Assertive. Confident. Motivated. Independent thinker.


Leader, but tends to be more cautious than “A.” Industrious. Dependable.


Spiritual roots often expressed in unorthodox ways. Independent. Audacious.



Sensitive. Helpful. Motivated to help others. Benevolent. A dreamer.


High potential for achievement. Inspires others. Powerful. Warrior spirit.


Peacemaker.  A romantic at heart.  Beloved by others.



Sociable. Friendly. Kind. Motivated by happiness. Tendency to be hedonistic.


Expresses the joy of living. Original thinker. Creative. A great writer.


Struggles to find balance. Inconstant. Impulsive. Mercurial. Effervescent.



Born teacher or mentor. Honest. Sincere. Pragmatic. Possesses common sense.


Keeper of the home and hearth. Protective nature. Protective over family and friends.


Capable of vast accomplishment. One of most powerful vibrations in alphabet.



Versatile and inspirational. Interested in spiritual matters. Energetic. Motivated. Noble.


Always seeking excitement and variety. Spontaneous. Tendency to be too proud.


Power of persuasion. Excellent verbal and communication abilities.



Humanitarian. Cheerful. Creative. Sanguine. Tendency to be dogmatic.


Responsible. Efficient. Accomplished. Proper. Adroit.


Takes on many responsibilities. Emotional. Strong convictions.



Reserved thinker. Often misunderstood. An uncommon personality. Idiosyncratic.


Introspective. Introverted. Great depths of perception.


Committed to uncovering mysteries and the hidden to bring understanding.



Success in business and finance. Strong financier skills and savvy.


Distinct and often eccentric. Generous. Unstable relationships.


Dynamic personality. Capable of great achievement. The golden one.



Sensitive. Intuitive. Emotional. Deeply perceptive of others and surrounding.


Selfless. Benevolent. Humanitarian. Cosmopolitan. Serves the public good. Great people skills.

Here is how those attributions are rationalized:


There are many methods of using the foregoing tables to come up with numbers that many believe bear significance on your personality. Some will assign the corresponding number to every letter of your legal name, get the sum, and keep on summing the sums until a single digit is reached. That single digit is supposed to mean something about you. Others discriminate between the consonants and vowels, assigning the consonants to one particular revelation about you and the vowels to another. Still others will look quite one-dimensionally at the letters that seem to dominate when you pronounce your name. They look to those letters only to determine your dominant personality traits.

If any of the foregoing interests you greatly, then here are a few online resources for learning more about numerology and Life Paths:

A note to the immigrants and Diasporic communities: These numerological attributions don’t seem to work well for us since oftentimes the English names we go by aren’t our birth names or even legal names. However, if you selected your own given name when you immigrated, what I do find interesting is how accurately the above attributions correspond with who we want to be or how we want to be perceived by others. That perception is unique to us because we had the opportunity to choose our own names. Thus, what the numbers will reveal about us will be slightly different from what the numbers reveal about those who calculate the Life Path numbers with their birth or legal names. What you could try is using the transliteration of your birth or legal name and see what kind of output that yields about you.

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25 thoughts on “Your Life Path, Pythagorean Numerology, and Your Name

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  3. Can’t say this was very persuasive. I am supposedly on “Life Path 5” which describes attributes that are the complete opposite of my reality. All the things it says I’d be good at are things that I can’t stand to think about, such as law and politics. Also mentioning my “brash and impatient nature”- I am extremely careful to the point of not even being able to make decisions sometimes because I see the value in all sides of a problem even if I don’t align myself with most of them, and have always taken far more time to think on a situation while others are brash and impatient. How could numbers, which are a human creation, possibly explain and guide humans, which are not a human creation and are extremely complex- far more complex than numbers have been or ever will be?


    1. Pete Hyde

      Numbers are not a human creation. Pythagoras himself believed that numbers are transcendent and eternal; a concept which any legitimate scientist or philosopher today would fully support. Furthermore, he believed that the fundamental structure of our reality is based on mathematical principles. His understanding and passion for the divinity of numbers even led him to founding a math cult.
      Numbers should never be brushed aside or taken for granted. Numbers are incontrovertibly the most perfect means of our explaining or defining anything in existence. If anything, our current interpretation of numbers is what’s lacking.
      Here is my argument: If something exists in reality it must be quantifiable and nothing can be quantifiable without numbers. Therefore if the universe we live in exists, numbers have have also existed simultaneously since the birth of the universe. Unless you have a convincing argument for human existence since the birth of the universe, there is no way humans could have created numbers.
      I am in no way supporting the validity of numerology as defined on this webpage or that of the works of Pythagoras in their entirety but I did find myself mildly offended by your claim that humans created numbers.
      That being said, I did enjoy reading this web page so thank you author.


    2. Anonymous

      In order to have good results you combine all numbers. If you are born 5 you are very creative, always new ideas and like change which can be travelling or just always have something new to learn or study. But since you are careful, you probably have 4 or 7 from your names. Both of these hate uncertainty and will not take action until they are sure of it. However what 5 will give you that even if there are changes in your life, you will be able to adapt as well as have more courage to try something new.


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