# Birth Number

Birth number is also called life path number in numerology and it is considered as one of the most important numbers in a native’s life and many numerology predictions about a native are based on this number due to which the study of this number carries great importance in numerology. Birth number of a native is a number which is fixed and it can never be changed for a native unlike name number which can be changed for a native. Many experts of numerology believe that birth number can tell a wide variety of things about the personality of a native, the overall talent and shortcomings of the native and this number can also give approximate information about the important phases and events to happen, in the life of the native. Some numerologists study the birth number of a native in combination with the birth horoscope of the native in order to achieve depth in predicting the nature and future of the native. The birth number or life path number of a native is calculated from his date of birth which includes his date of birth, month of birth and year of birth. All the digits in these three numbers are first added to one another in order to obtain 3 one digit numbers except 11 and 22 and then those 3 digit numbers are added to one another in order to obtain the resultant number which is called the birth number or life path number of the native. It should be noted here that all the numbers from 1 to 9 are called master numbers and the numbers 11 and 22 are also called master numbers which means that 11 and 22 cannot be further reduced in digits and they are used as 11 and 22.  For example, if someone is born on 15th of August 1971 then his birth number is calculated through the following steps.

15 = 1 + 5 = 6

August = 8

1971 = 1 + 9 + 7 + 1 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9

Birth Number = 6 + 8 + 9 = 23 = 5

Hence 5 is the birth number of the native born on the above mentioned date and accordingly the native will be under the influence of number 5 and the nature and future of the native is predicted with the help of significances associated with number 5. It should be noted here that all the numbers used in date of birth of native are reduced to single digit numbers by adding them up again and again but number 11 and number 22 are not converted in to single digit numbers and they are kept intact. This is due to the fact that number 11 and number 22 have been assigned special significance in numerology and like all 1 digit numbers from 1 to 9, the numbers 11 and 22 are also studied independently and not as 2 and 4 as obtained by adding up the digits in 11 and 22. 11 and 22 are considered as very powerful numbers and it is very important that they should not be reduced to single digits when calculating birth number of a native otherwise an error in numerology reading may happen. Let’s try to understand this fact with the help of an example, let’s assume a native born on 15th of August 1970 and let’s try to calculate birth number for this native with the rules of numerology.

15 = 1 + 5 = 6

August = 8

1970 = 1 + 9 + 7 + 0 = 17 = 1 + 7 = 8

Birth Number = 6 + 8 + 8 = 22

Hence the birth number obtained in this case is 22 and not 4. It is important to note here that while calculating birth number of a native, care should be taken that his date of birth, month of birth and year of birth are first reduced to master numbers independently and then only the resultant master numbers should be added to get the final master number which is the birth number or life path number of the native. A wrong way of calculating the birth number of a native is by adding up all the digits in date of birth, month of birth and year of birth of a native in a single step which can lead to error in reading and hence this practice should be avoided. Let’s try to understand this with the help of an example by considering a native born on 14th of November 1975. Let’s now try to calculate the birth number for this native with 2 different ways :

Correct Way :

14 = 1 + 4 = 5

November = 11 ( not to be reduced as this is a master number )

1975 = 1 + 9 + 7 + 5 = 22 ( not to be reduced as this is a master number )

Total = 5 + 11 + 22 = 38 = 3 + 8 = 11

Incorrect Way :

14 + 11 + 1975 = 2000 = 2 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 2

Once the birth number or life path number of the native under consideration for numerology reading, is calculated through the above mentioned process, his birth number is then studied along with the other important numbers like name number etc., to make predictions about various spheres of his life. It should however be kept in mind that numerology is a science of approximation and it is neither as detailed and vast as vedic jyotish nor it is as accurate as vedic jyotish and the purpose of a numerology reading and the study of birth number of a native is more likely to tell him broadly about the major good or bad things, characteristics and time phases of his life. For detailed and comprehensive information about the past, present and future of the native, a thorough vedic astrology reading should be conducted for the native.

By
Himanshu Shangari