If you’ve heard of life path numbers but are a little confused, you’re not alone. Life path numbers have far-reaching implications, each of which deserves careful attention. The following will explore just one element that life path numbers influence—our relationships.
WHAT IS A LIFE PATH NUMBER?
Before we get into how our life path numbers can influence our relationships, we need a working definition of this number. There are eleven life path numbers—one through nine. Each person has one of these numbers.
The life path number reveals what you came to Earth in this incarnation for. To calculate your life path number, you add up all the digits of your birthdate [Y+Y+Y+Y+D+D+M+M]. If you have a multi-digit number, like fourteen, you add up the digits again [1+4 = 5]. That’s your life path number.
WHAT DO LIFE PATH NUMBERS MEAN?
Each life path is a profound and in-depth human journey, worthy of having an entire book dedicated to it, but here is a loose outline to help you understand the remainder of this article. Each of the life paths has the following factors as drivers:
- Life Path One: innovation, ingenuity, leadership,
- Life Path Two: empathy, caring, kindness
- Life Path Three: achievement, being visible, energetic
- Life Path Four: reliability, responsibility, principles
- Life Path Five: intellectual, curious, communicative
- Life Path Six: activism, compassion, speaking
- Life Path Seven: creativity, imagination, entertainment
- Life Path Eight: hard-working, self-sufficient, autonomous
- Life Path Nine: idealism, principles, values
Of course, each of these paths comes with its own set of inherent strengths and weaknesses. Sevens, for example, are rarely bored and tend to thrive in artistic pursuits. However, they can struggle with being shy and can be challenged by the idea of relaxing as they’re floating between their work and hobbies so intimately. Eights, in comparison, tend to be excellent with their money and therefore are often secure. On the opposing end of the spectrum, they can end up being workaholics.
HOW DO LIFE PATH NUMBERS INFLUENCE RELATIONSHIPS?
Of course, these internal aims tend to lead people in very different directions, which can positively or negatively affect their relationships. What we find meaningful and what we value drastically impacts our relationships. Let’s take our example of a seven and an eight above. Let’s say these two enter into a romantic relationship. They might have some issues. The eight will focus more on security, while the seven will seek intellectual pursuits over comfort. However, if the seven and eight went into a business partnership together, something magical could happen. The seven could be left to develop the ideas and create the products, and the eight could handle the accounting and business meetings with investors.
SHARING A LIFE PATH DOESN’T ALWAYS EQUAL COMPATIBILITY
Don’t assume that two people with the same life path will necessarily click either—it can work that way, but it doesn’t always. Sometimes being too much alike can be an issue. If you want a more detailed breakdown of the different compatibilities, this website has an informative blog section. Remember that compatibility refers to more than just romantic relationships. It can refer to business partnerships, friendships, parent-child relationships, or sibling relationships.
UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF US ARE IN DENIAL
While a life path number can help us understand relationships, you need to be aware that many people live in denial of their inner calling. This is particularly common among younger people who have not yet developed an identity outside of their parents’.
Ignoring what pulls us deep inside is sadly quite common. Interviews with elderly individuals in hospice cite not doing what they truly wanted to do with their life as one of the most common regrets of the dying. Suppose you calculate someone’s number, and it doesn’t seem to fit their lifestyle. You have an excellent opportunity to open yourself up to conversations about what a meaningful life is and presents space for you to play a supportive role in this person’s life.
UNDERSTAND THAT ROMANTIC COMPATIBILITY ISN’T THE SAME AS CO-PARENTING COMPATIBILITY
Just because your life path numbers work well together in a romantic sense doesn’t mean that the same combination will make for smooth parenting. When considering long-term, family-based relationships, you might want to look into what the different life path numbers mean for parenting styles. Beyond this, there’s no guarantee of what your future child’s life path number will be, meaning you can’t use this to predict familial happiness perfectly.
The above information should have clarified any questions you had about the role life path numbers play in our relationships. It is always wise to address your own internal journey before offering advice or making suggestions to other people regarding their path.