9 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:


JULY 17, 1956

  • JULY is the 7th month:  = 7
  • The day of birth is 17: =  1 + 7 = 8
  • The year of birth is 1956. Add all four numbers together: 1 + 9 + 5 + 6 = 21; continue adding until you get a one-digit number:
    2 + 1 = 3

We now add the resulting single digits.

Month = 7      Day = 8      Year = 3

7 + 8 + 3 =  18

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

1 + 8 =  9

The Life Path Number is 9


9 LIFE PATH: The Humanitarian

Personal Mission: To Develop Spirituality, Creativity, Philanthropy, Integrity and Wisdom in Every Aspect of Your Life


The 9 Life Path is the most evolved in numerology and has one of the strongest vibrations because it contains the qualities of all the other numbers. If your belief system supports the idea of reincarnation, you might be relieved to know that the Nine vibration is that of a wise old soul, returning to wrap things up. If you don’t believe in reincarnation, you’ll still be relieved to know that your life is meant to be expansive and spiritually challenging.

Yours is truly a lifetime to focus fully and completely on letting go and surrendering, and on gaining and acting upon higher spiritual principals, however you define them. You’ve a strong inclination to follow something you believe in, and you’ll pursue this with great ambition and drive. You have an authentic regard for humanity, so your goals usually involve serving others in some way.

One of the strongest characteristics of your 9 Life Path is that you often have issues with your original family. You may have felt unloved or abandoned as a child, or perhaps responsible for your parents.  You often feel out of place and as though you don’t really belong. In any event, your attachment to your original family is hard to give up. Unlike the 4 Life Path or the 8 Life Path, your family issues often reside more distinctly in enmeshment and co-dependence. You must find a way to maintain healthy personal boundaries with your family and find the courage to leave unhealthy dynamics behind.

The point for you is this:  You’re here to define yourself in world without all the family-based flotsam and jetsam.  You’re all about transformation and letting go, so extracting yourself from an unhealthy sense of family identity is part of your plan.

This isn’t to say that you say “good-bye” to your family and never see them.  Nonsense.  This means that you define yourself for who you are and allow your family members to do the same.  Just some good ole’ healthy emotional and physical boundaries are needed in a special way for you.  

Many times the life of a 9 Life Path reads like a script from one of the old television nighttime soap operas Dallas, Falcon Crest, or Dynasty – or Keeping Up With The Kardashians.   9 Life Paths find themselves involved in the family business or feeling compelled to be overly involved in the lives of their family members. The key to creating your optimal life is to extract yourself from co-dependent relationships. It’ll take a lot of strength and courage, because it’ll take a while for you to realize that your family dynamics are neither healthy nor serving you.

When you marry and have your own family, you want nothing less than to be the “perfect parent.” When it comes to the family, you can’t handle interference. If you have trouble with your partner, you don’t want your parents or siblings to get involved. You feel capable of resolving the issue.

You’re at your best when you engage your spiritual side and listen to you intuitive inner voice, which is crystal clear when you remove your mental clutter.

A note of caution: You do such a great job at taking care of everybody’s business that when you’re in trouble or need support, people don’t even notice. You must let your guard down and ask for what you need. Your needs aren’t easily read by others—you have to ask for help.

When you’re in a room, everyone assumes you’re in charge. You’re a leader in many ways, yet you often place a lot of pressure on yourself. You need to lighten up and forgive yourself for being human. Many 9 Life Paths don’t really feel they belong on the planet, if you know what I mean. You rival the 1 and 7 Life Paths with feelings of not quite belonging. You have an intimidating quality and yet putting others at ease is actually one of your gifts if you cultivate it.

You’re sometimes accused of being patronizing because you have a tendency to preach rather than being an active listener. Your life revolves around loss of all kinds, so it can be confusing and disheartening unless you surrender yourself and allow what’s next to come  into your life with open arms rather than with bitterness. Your story of loss and pain is sometimes overwhelming and can drag you into apathy or resentment. A live long lesson for you is to work with the idea that you get limited rewards for your service.

Your higher purpose is to inspire others with your compassion for humanity. You’re in your element when you’re inspiring others by your example, not by what you say. You have incredible charisma and can choose to use that in either positive or negative ways. You would make an amazing teacher, counselor, or therapist. You are good with children. You also would do well in a creative field. Many gifted musicians, comedians, actors, and artists are on the 9 Life Path.  You would make a wildly successful entrepreneur or businessperson if it’s with something you feel wholeheartedly passionate about. You must choose work that has meaning for you or you’ll feel lost or empty. When you’re optimizing your energy, you’re a powerful force for change and transformation.

I’ve found that many 9 Life Paths have an incredible capacity for success with anything they set out to do. Yet I’ve also found that when a 9 Life Path succumbs to holding on to difficult experiences with a bitter vice-grip, chances are that this individual is hiding out from expanding into the gifts he or she inherently bring to the table as a 9 Life Path.

Remember: You hold the constructive elements of all of the other numbers in numerology, and you hold all of the destructive elements as well. Sound like a big responsibility? It actually is. This responsibility lies deeply within you and in your ability to understand the vastness of your playing field if you come to embrace it.

Your amazing potential reminds me of the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a story in which Benjamin is born an old man in an infant’s body. As he matures, he meets himself in the middle of his life and then begins to become younger as time passes. He eventually dies of old age as an infant again. The key element to take away from Benjamin Button’s story is that he flows through his life with awe and appreciation, with a healthy sense of detachment, soaking in all of his experiences in the moment, observing  other people, engaging in love, and not clinging to any single part of his multilayered life journey. You can use his story as a primer for creating your own life.

You’re certainly at your best when you’re moving with the flow rather than ensconced in old stories about the past and replaying old hurtful experiences or even replaying only the happy “Disney Moments” in your mind. It’s all a matter of balance and perspective.

The most important advice: Take care not to live in the past. Move forward as you gently release yesterday, live today, and embrace tomorrow.

The late Ray Charles (born September 23, 1930) could very well have become overwhelmed with his circumstances early on and never had the confidence to break through the barriers he was able to break through as a African-American and as a blind
musician. In the true spirit of the Nine Life Path, he found his voice in music and gave his gift to millions of people.

Common threads when an 9 Life Path is “on fire” and working with optimal energies are giving back to the world with gifts and talents, detachment from old family wounds, empathetic listening, and being open to new experiences every day.

Your life purpose is to live in with the highest integrity, to align your life’s purpose with your heart’s intuitive wisdom, to give generously, and to inspire others by your example.

9 LIFE PATH: Potential Challenges

Your potential challenges are:

  • To embrace that you’re meant to lead by example, not by “lip service.”
  • To recognize that you’re amazingly charismatic, so you can lead or mislead. People will follow you anywhere, so make sure you’re heading in the right direction.
  • To see that you have a tendency to “bend” spiritual laws or ignore higher principles and have difficulty taking responsibility for your actions. This includes habits of “little white lies,” embellishment, and withholding information when it’s convenient for you.
  • To come to terms with your past. Since acknowledging and healing issues in your past is a major part of your life’s work, you may find that you dwell in the past and use those experiences to excuse present behavior or place yourself in the position of the “victim.”
  • To know that you might swing from extremes of righteous moral responsibility to ignoring moral guidelines altogether, depending on what you feel you need at the time.
  • To step back and see that because you can become a fanatic on almost any subject, you allow extremes in thought and action to overtake you.
  • To work through family issues. You can have a “rebel without a cause” mentality where you exert control wherever you feel you can for no particular reason. When you decide that your life is truly of your own making and the past doesn’t control your future, you’ll release yourself from feeling powerless and angry.
  • To ensure you don’t become lazy or feel entitled. You may not have been required to take full responsibility for your life, especially if you come from a privileged family of origin.


9 LIFE PATH: Strengths to Develop

  • You’re ambitious. Develop the qualities of ambition, responsibility, and idealism, and then use them to help you take small steps toward your goals.
  • You’re artistic and creative. You’re at your best when you translate the idealistic into the practical. Cultivate avenues where you can see your creative projects come to fruition.
  • You’re sensitive. If you can release judgments about yourself and other people, you can generate a deep healing in your life. When you truly come to terms with the concept that your life is full of loss and that letting go is a lifelong requirement you’ll be at your most powerful.
  • You’re a giver. You care deeply about other people, animals, and the environment. You’re positioned to be a great leader in any humanitarian field. Choose your passion and follow through with enthusiasm without allowing the problems of the world to drag you into pessimism.
  • You’re a bundle of creative energy and serve yourself best when you are giving back in some capacity. Make sure you engage in acts of service that feed your feelings of personal empowerment.
  • You’re passionate. Developing a trusted set of skills to fall back on in a pinch will offer you welcome relief from feelings of unworthiness. Concentrate on your passions and your strengths; leave the other stuff to someone else.