# What is a Life Path Number?

The Life Path Number is derived from the birthdate. It represents a person’s core character attributes. It is one of the most important numbers in a numerology profile. It is your numerological “DNA“.

Within the practice of numerology, it’s believed that we can better understand the world around us by observing numerical patterns in our daily lives. But, this spiritual discipline can also help people better understand their inner world, too. With the help of a simple equation, anyone can discover their Life Path number, a single-digit number that is said to reveal who you are, your deepest values, and the challenges you may have to face.

In order to find your Life Path number, simply take your birth-date and reduce it down to its numerical value. For example, if you were born on July 5, 1989, you’d first identify the separate values of the day, month, and year: July is the seventh month, so its number is seven. Your day of birth is, obviously, five. Finally, your birth year can be reduced down to a single number by adding its digits together (1+9+8+9 = 27) and then adding that sum’s digits together (2+7 = 9). So, you now have three numbers you need to add together (7+5+9 = 22) and yet another sum to reduce (2+2 = 4).

Depending on your birth-date, you might end up with another double-digit number after this step — just keep reducing until you get down to a single-digit number. In this example, four would be your Life Path number.