5 Life Path

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:


AUGUST 14, 1963

  • AUGUST is the 8th month:  = 8
  • The day of birth is 14:  1 +4 = 5
  • The year of birth is 1963. Add all four numbers together: 1 + 9 + 6 + 3 = 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 = 8      Day = 5      Year = 1

8 + 5 + 1 = 14  (14 is a Karmic Number;  see this post for more on the Karmic Number 14/5)

In Numerology, you always keep adding until you reach a one-digit number.

1 + 4 = 5

The Life Path Number is 5


5  LIFE PATH: The Freedom Seeker

Personal Mission: To Develop Freedom and Discipline in Every Aspect of Your Life

FREEDOM. FUN. FEARLESSNESS. ADVENTURE. All in capital letters! This vibration contains a lot of intense energy and so you have an intense life. You insist on variety and get bored easily. In fact, you need and seek constant stimulation. Escape is the name of your game. You love passion and are here to experience the raw physicality of life on Earth in every way, shape, and form you can muster. Your desire for experience manifests itself in many different ways, through all the sensual and tactile experiences you can grab hold of. 

Your life is all about the senses. You long to experience everything in its fullest degree. Things must taste right, smell good, look pretty, and feel pleasing or you’re just not happy. You like to look attractive and so you invest time and money in your appearance. If you aren’t making use of your high energy and drive, life can easily turn into a soap opera. You’re the Drama Queen or Drama King, whipping up excitement wherever you go.

You might decide against marrying young, yet if you do, you’ll probably get married more than once.  If you’re a 5 Path, you can’t stand a clingy partner. “Do not control me” is your mantra.  A 5 Path needs a lot of space and freedom, especially early in life. You’re likely to be entrepreneurial and would rather not be subject to someone else’s authority. There’s a wild side to you because you’d truly rather be dead than bored.  Your threshold for what you consider boring is pretty low. You also may escape in TV, movies, and books if you don’t feel that your actual life is up to your high-drama standards.

You just can’t stand still, and often feel restless. Since you’re all about sensual pleasures, you can be quick to jump in and out of relationships and can be lured away by the promise of more passion, sex, and excitement elsewhere. Deep down you’re probably not interested in commitment, or at least not until you have burned through some years of high intensity and sensual exploration.

What you need to know is that you basically operate without a filter. Other people don’t experience life with the same emotional intensity you do and it may take you a while to fully understand this distinction. You experience everything in a big way and in what I call “ADHD time.” By this I mean that you have all sorts of information swirling around you all of the time and you find it difficult to choose a focal point. You feel you must experience little tidbits of all of it. It’s like you’re a little kid who won’t go to sleep at night when your parents have company over for the evening because you’re afraid you’ll miss out on something.

Your job is to develop self-discipline and routine in your life so that you have a container for your boundless energy and for the information you’re taking in. If you don’t establish discipline, routine, and a focused sense of purpose, your life will be entirely too chaotic and out of control.

You relish sensual and earthy pleasures. Yet, if you become enmeshed in seeking constant sensual stimulation, you could find yourself struggling with addictions. Be aware that your desire for fun, adventure, sensual pleasure, and escape will draw you into seeking “highs,” whether you gain peak experiences through sex, food, drugs, alcohol, travel, or overwork. Any addictive behavior that feels initially comforting to you will most likely become problematic later.

The downside to your experience might be that you become engulfed by fear and turn into the “anti-adventurer,” seeking solace in drudgery, paranoia, hyper-sensitivity, overeating (or undereating), and victimization. Sorry to say, these compulsions are strong when you’re on the 5 Life Path.

Your optimal life doesn’t consist of sitting around the office and playing video games on the weekends. Expansion, change, resilience, fearlessness, and progressive thought and action are your key values. When you shut down those aspects of yourself, you start to deteriorate and your life becomes smaller and smaller. You might lose your job and take more than a year to find another one. Even if you feel frantic about your bleak financial situation you may not be willing to get out there, shake it up, and do things differently. If you begin working from home, you might become reclusive and have difficulty garnering the courage or energy even to step out of the house to run errands or buy groceries.

If you find yourself resisting the major components of your Life Path vibration, you’ll experience depression, anxiety, and frustration galore, and you won’t be living your optimal life. If you can take your powerful energy and intentions into a framework, then you’ll create a wonderfully productive, satisfying, and exciting life for yourself.

Common threads when a 5 Life Path is working with optimal energies are fearlessness, adventurousness, self-discipline, and the ability to show others how to live their lives fearlessly.

Your life purpose is to find inner freedom through discipline, focus, and depth of experience.


5 LIFE PATH: Potential Challenges

Your potential challenges are:

  • To embrace that you’re here to find inner freedom through discipline, focus, and depth of experience. You tend to swing between extreme levels of dependence and independence.
  • To acknowledge that you feel bored quickly, to recognize that as soon as you begin to feel bored, this is your message that you’re just starting to get the hang of it.
  • To focus on the depth of experience rather than the breadth of experience. You can be a jack-of-all-trades and still a master of none. What you must realize is that if you truly lend your discipline and focus to one thing you feel passionate about, other experiences and knowledge will magically fall into place right behind it to support you.
  • To beware of degenerating from simple self-indulgence to extreme independence in doing what you want whenever you want to the point that your actions are detrimental to your overall life (such as excessive drug use, being unable to earn an income because of your volatility, and so forth).
  • To understand that you often respond to people and situations by being reactive rather than even tempered. Yours is a dramatic path; you often create drama to keep you distracted from creating successful outcomes in your personal and professional life.
  • To work through a fear of being tied down by anyone or anything by subconsciously creating issues to work through in the area of freedom by involving yourself in a family (or with an individual) who restrict—or seems to restrict—your independence. Often you give your freedom away and then spend a lot of energy being resentful about it and wondering where it went!
  • To realize that out of insecurity you tend to manipulate and control others, usually by getting angry or withdrawing. Or you try too hard to please others and later resent them for your own inability to find a productive happy medium. Until you take full responsibility for your own life, you may appear to be a victim, yet you’re really a volunteer.
  • To face up to the fact that freedom and responsibility go together, as do freedom and discipline. While it’s hard for you to hear, the only one standing in your way is you.
  • To engage in regular cross-training exercise and a consistent, balanced diet. If you don’t stick to this routine you could burn out your adrenal system.
  • To learn to set priorities is a key for you. You’ll be challenged to let go of one thing so that you can focus on another.
  • To step back before you subconsciously engage in some form of limitation, including injuries, smothering partners or family members, financial pressures, obesity, anorexia, addiction, or even imprisonment.
  • You’re quick thinking, energetic, and versatile, despite your tendency to become obsessively focused or, on the flip side, totally scattered. Your greatest challenges aren’t external, but internal ones. The strengths you need to develop are largely internal, too. Given to negative thought processes, you can feel imprisoned by your own fears and doubts. So settle down and clear away your distractions. You’re not missing anything by paring down your choices; you’re actually allowing yourself to fully engage rather than becoming depressed, emotionally paralyzed, or manic.

5 LIFE PATH: Strengths to Develop

  • Many 5 Life Paths are “late bloomers.” You may take longer to become confident due to sensitivity, fear, and self-doubt. Yet when you do, watch out world. You’re unstoppable.
  • There’s nothing subtle about you. Everything you do is dramatic so you often take the “all or nothing” route. Reign in your energy and you’ll find that you’re still the most dynamic person in the room.
  • You’re the life of the party. You can’t find freedom in isolation. You need to work through issues of cooperation with yourself and with others. You thrive when interacting with other people. You have so many talents and so much energy that often your focus gets scattered. Place parameters around your goals and your focused energy will get you exactly where you want to go.
  • You’re a natural salesperson. You can sell anything to anyone as long as you feel it’s a great product or service.
  • You’re really fun. People love to be around you because you always have something funny or interesting to say. You have a great sense of humor and a gift at making people want to get to know you.
  • I think of the 5 Life Path this way: It’s like you start out as a fully fueled airplane. You can’t help but go fast and hard, doing aerobatics like a Blue Angel. You fly like the wind until the middle portion of your life, when you’ve burned off some fuel and begin to maintain a steadier flight path. You never stop flying; you only become more grounded and disciplined after you’ve “been there, done that” and begin to crave a sense of stability.