If you’re only going to know one number in your entire Numerology Chart, I’d recommend that you know your Life Path Number.
This number is derived from your birth date and indicates your ultimate life’s purpose. Knowing your Life Path Number gives you solid direction about what you’re meant to be doing in your life.
Yet also understand that what we came here to do will always be the most difficult thing for us to do. That’s why it takes a lifetime! Why would you sign up for a degree program where you’d already earned a Doctorate? You’re here to learn something new and your course requirements are revealed to you through your Life Path number.
Always know that the key themes of your Life Path number indicate exactly where you’ll experience challenges and difficulties throughout your life as you go about learning to acknowledge and master your life’s purpose.
First you need to know your Life Path Number. See how to calculate yours with the example below.
Calculate your Life Path number:
JANUARY 31, 1981
- JANUARY is the 1st month: = 1
- The day of birth is 31: 3 + 1 = 4
- The year of birth is 1981. Add all four numbers together: 1 + 9 + 8 + 1 = 19; continue adding until you get a one-digit number:
1 + 9 = 10 and 1 + 0 = 1
We now add the resulting single digits.
Month = 1 Day = 4 Year = 1
1 + 4 + 1 = 6
The Life Path Number is 6
6 LIFE PATH: The Nurturer
Personal Mission: To Develop Vision, Acceptance, and Modulate Your Sense Of Responsibility in Every Aspect of Your Life
A person with a 6 Life Path is a natural nurturer, visionary, and champion of justice. You lean toward love and marriage like the proverbial “horse and carriage.” If you choose not to be a parent, you’ll parent in other ways: with pets, co-workers, and friends. There’s a distinct nurturing quality to you, which is coupled with a heightened sense of responsibility.
Have you ever noticed that people are drawn to you, almost as if you’re a magnet? Do people come to you with their problems and ask for your help? Do people place you in positions of responsibility even though you don’t ask for it? These are all aspects of your vibration that you need to get used to, and embrace. If you dislike being “the responsible one,” you’ll live a life of frustration and resentment. Knowing that more responsibility will be thrown your way allows you to utilize your innate skills and talents in these areas with a compassionate heart. Your life’s work resides in consciously balancing your sense of responsibility – not too much, not too little.
You’re brilliantly creative and must find ways to use your creativity constructively. Many 6 Life Path’s are extremely musically gifted or are gifted with other artistically creative endeavors.
If you don’t stay busy, you can get caught up in petty things. Because you believe so strongly in the family unit, if happily married, you’d rather spend time with your spouse than with friends. If you’re single, you’ll establish family dynamics in whatever you do. If you’re a 6 Path woman—especially if you don’t have children— you’ll tend to attract men who act like little boys. If you’re a 6 Path woman and divorced, here’s your red flag: You could throw yourself into the lives of your children and have difficulty seeing them as grownups. This isn’t healthy for you or for your children.
If you’re a 6 Path man, your tendency is to attract women who are “damsels in distress” and then you’ll wonder why you’re again the responsible party in the relationship. I’ve also had many female clients who’ve ex-spouses are 6’s and their complaint was that he was over-the-top irresponsible. Just know that “responsibility” is a key theme for you throughout your life. Spoiler alert: It won’t go away.
In any event, domestic tranquility is actually the goal for you, no matter what you’re doing. You’ll prefer to manage or own your own business, since you find it hard to work for others. You also have trouble taking advice or instruction from others. Let’s face it – you’re a bit of a control freak. Just understand that this is something you’ll need to take a look at every once in a while.
Another major element of the 6 Life Path is being visionary. You’re a magnetic and probably physically attractive person who sees the world in an ideal sense. You have a gift of seeing the bigger picture and can’t understand why others can’t. Given your visionary qualities, you’re also a perfectionist. You have a tendency to put people on a pedestal and then feel betrayed or disappointed when you discover that they’re only human after all.
When you’re feeling unappreciated, undervalued, or overwhelmed, your tendency is to feel self-righteous, lofty, and superior to everyone else, and you make no bones about communicating this to those around you. You wonder why everyone can’t be like you, think the way you do, and share your same values. You often feel everyone else is “wrong” because they don’t believe the same things you do or behave in the same manner as you.
You’re a connoisseur of beauty. You seek to beautify the world in whatever fashion you can. Many 6 Life Paths are drawn to careers in the beauty industry, including the fields of makeup, hairdressing, and interior design.
One of your greatest talents is your ability to make others feel guilty or unworthy. The irony here is that deep down you feel this way yourself, so you’re your own worst critic. When you ain’t happy, ain’t no one in the room is happy! When you’re feeling down, you can put up a wall that is cold and punishing. Not to mention that you always have an opinion and are overeager to share it with everyone. You’re an “If you want something done right you just have to do it yourself” kind of person. You want to feel indispensable and then resent being indispensable, even though you’re the one who set it up that way.
The bottom line is that you’re working optimally when you’re seeing the perfection in everyone and everything at whatever juncture they’re in with their own process. That includes you. When you let go of the “should” and instead rely on your wonderful sense of nurturing, compassion, and service, you’ll be the most content.
Common threads when a 6 Life Path is “on fire” and working with optimal energies are being reasonably responsible and capable of allowing others their own journeys without judging and criticizing them, allowing for personal imperfections, being nurturing, and trusting in a personal vision of the “big picture.”
Your life purpose is to reconcile your high ideals with practical reality and to accept yourself, the world, and the present moment by embracing the perfection of all the apparent imperfection.
6 LIFE PATH: Potential Challenges
Your potential challenges are:
- To understand that you’re a visionary with idealistic expectations. These expectations can come at a cost when they aren’t grounded in reality.
- To get a grip on your perfectionism. You can overcome perfectionist tendencies by remembering the bigger picture rather than obsessing over small details.
- To work against your tendency to lack perspective and patience. When you measure yourself and others against lofty standards, you set yourself and them up for failure.
- To accept yourself and others joyfully. Acceptance leads to a less stressful life. Because your tendency is to stubbornly reject anything that falls short of your high standards—which is almost everything—it’s easy for you to become sad, angry, or disheartened.
- To comprehend that you see the world as either perfect or flawed and that you often feel a great sense of disappointment about people in your life and the state of the world around you.
- To see that living with you can be difficult because, in your eyes, no one (including your spouse, children, parents, colleagues, and friends) is ever quite good enough.
- To see that although many times you suppress your judgments with a “live and let live” attitude, those judgments still exist underneath and will eventually need to be dealt with. Mostly you’re busy judging yourself and trying to be a good person.
- To be aware that you can live in emotional denial. Often you don’t know how you really feel because you focus so hard mentally on what you should feel in some ideal sense. Then you convince yourself that you actually feel that way, even though this emotional expression is not a reflection of your true feelings.
- To overcome your habit of incessantly comparing yourself with others. Even though you fear comparison, you can’t help but constantly compare yourself to others.
- To beware taking on too much responsibility. This leads to co-dependence, over-protection, dominating behavior, and acting like a martyr at work and in relationships.
- To learn to detach. As a natural nurturer, you tend to focus on family. Where this can be unhealthy is if it leads to meddling, interfering, judging, and demanding, “My way or no way.”
- You judge yourself harshly and are acutely sensitive to being judged by others. A leap in your development happens when you stop comparing yourself with others. That single shift can create a quantum leap in the way you experience your life.
6 LIFE PATH: Strengths to Develop
- You’re a practical idealist. When you find a way to follow your heart and develop patience, you can incrementally share your higher vision, allowing others to evolve at their own pace, not at the pace you dictate. This allows you the most satisfaction in your life.
- You expect high levels of performance from yourself and from others. You have such high standards for yourself that it’s a good idea to make it a priority to get back in touch with your authentic self. You could wake up one day with virtually no idea who you really are unless you take the time to get to know yourself—flaws and all.
- You’re an amazing boss and excel at business. Your only stumbling block is how you can develop money issues from waiting forever for something (your product, system of management, whatever it is) to be so perfect that it never happens. Understand that mistakes made during your process are steps on your ladder to success.