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Move over, astrology! Numerology holds the key to your destiny.

Numerology is the study of the relationships that numbers and letters have with our personality and life events (bear with me—I'll explain how it all works in a sec). It's an ancient metaphysical science(-ish), going back THOUSANDS of years. Numerology has branches and origins across multiple eras, cultures, and continents (which reinforces that there's gotta be something in it, right?).

Western (or "modern") numerology is the most popular in contemporary times. It was created by Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras (yes, the triangle guy) over 2.500 years back. The oldest system is probably the Chaldean system (developed by the Chaldeans of ancient Babylon). Other numerology systems include Kabbalah numerology, Chinese numerology, and Tamil numerology. For this piece, we're focusing on Western numerology.

SO, THE HOW TF DOES NUMEROLOGY WORK?

Numerologists propose that every number has its own vibration and contributes an influence on the world. Key personal information like your name and birth date have a unique vibration that can explain your traits, strengths, and life path or destiny. Yeah, it's big stuff. Move over, astrology!

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Numerology doesn't force you to do anything. It can help you learn more about your potential, what you have the ability to achieve, what your path in life is likely to be like, and what you might encounter along the way.

YOUR LIFE PATH NUMBER (AKA YOUR DESTINY NUMBER)

The most significant number is your Life Path Number (in Chaldean numerology, this is called your Destiny Number), which provides solid deets about your character and the type of life you’ll go on to live. Your Life Path number is calculated by adding all of the numbers in your birth date together and getting that sum down to a single digit. There are two ways of doing this (adding across or reducing down), so we’re going to focus on the method most in use: Reducing down.

CALCULATING YOUR LIFE PATH NUMBER

To find your Life Path Number, simply reduce the digits of your full birth date until you reach a single-digit number—excluding 11 and 22, which are considered Master Numbers (we’ll get back to this). This number is your Life Path Number.

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Let's say your birthday is November 11, 1992. To calculate your Life Path Number, you will reduce each component of this date to a single digit:

The month, 11, is reduced to 1+ 1 = 2.

The date, 11, is reduced to 1 + 1 = 2.

The year, 1992, is reduced to 1 + 9 + 9 + 2. This equals 21. Then, 21 is reduced to 2 + 1 = 3.

Then, we add the reduced month, date, and year numbers (2 + 2 + 3) and arrive at 7 (if it were a double digit, we’d add those two digits together to reach a single digit). So, in this case, your Life Path number is 7.

The only time you would NOT reduce the final number is if you get 11 or 22. These are considered Master Numbers and represent a more intensified take on their root numbers (2 and 4, respectively). Master Numbers suggest a greater potential for success, pitted against greater challenges.

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR LIFE PATH NUMBER

Found your Life Path Number? Here's what it means:

1: THE ULTIMATE INDIVIDUAL

Keywords: Independent, unique, self-motivated, proactive, and courageous.

You carve out your own path in life, and you're especially drawn to careers that involve innovation, management, entrepreneurial ventures, life coaching, property development, leadership, and/or business.

2: THE COLLABORATIVE COUNSELOR

Keywords: Peaceful, intuitive, wise, compassionate, and collaborative.

You're an understanding individual who values harmonious relationship in life and helps others willingly. Careers involving therapy, healing, teaching, esoteric practices, administration, accountancy, and mediation appeal to you.

3: THE OUTGOING CREATIVE

Keywords: Funny, creative, charismatic, expressive, social.

You're a confident individual who thrives on being with others and having an ~audience~. You're drawn to careers involving acting, writing, teaching, travel, therapy, hospitality, personal care, and sales.

4: THE PRACTICAL WORKER

Keywords: Conscientious, grounded, pragmatic, reliable, determined.

You're a dedicated and responsible individual who works hard to achieve a goal and never gives up. You're drawn to careers in accountancy, auditing, editing, property, law enforcement, engineering, and analysis.

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5: THE JACK OF ALL TRADES

Keywords: Versatile, charismatic, restless, resourceful, communicative.

You're a multi-talented individual who craves freedom, adventure, and excitement. You're drawn to careers in and around events, PR, journalism, teaching, travel, consulting, and sales.

6: THE SUPPORTIVE ADVISOR

Keywords: Nurturing, compassionate, supportive, helpful, perceptive.

You're a perfection-seeking individual who wants to help make their corner of the world a nicer place. You're drawn to careers involving therapy, healing, nutrition, beauty, fashion, interior decorating, teaching, counseling, and hospitality.

7: THE CLEAR-EYED PHILOSOPHER

Keywords: Analytical, questioning, intellectual, intuitive, problem-solving.

You're a truth-seeking individual who has a natural instinct for untangling big problems and seeking answers to life’s big questions. You're drawn to careers involving innovation, engineering, technology, digital communications, strategy, esoteric practices, and journalism.

8: THE MONEY-MAKER

Keywords: Driven, ambitious, strong, materialistic, proud, organized, conscientious.

You're dedicating to achieving the goals you set for yourself early on in life. You're drawn to careers in business, property development, leadership, the law, project management, banking, finance, and property.

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9: THE UNDERSTANDING CAREGIVER

Keywords: Generous, kind, helpful, (very) creative, patient, passionate.

You're a just and caring individual who wants to help to the planet and other people. You're drawn to careers in teaching, counseling, social work, law, the creative arts, HR, government work, or fitness.

11: THE INTUITIVE INSPIRER

Keywords: Intuitive, inspiring, perceptive, open-minded.

You have all the qualities of a number 2 with the added benefits of 11. Meaning that you're an uplifting individual who seeks to help others improve their lives and be the best version of themselves. You're drawn to careers in life coaching, therapy, film and TV, writing, healing, esoteric practices, sports, politics, and invention.

22: THE PRACTICAL VISIONARY

Keywords: Idealistic, focused, visionary, imaginative, practical, perfection-seeking

You have all the qualities of a number 4 with the added benefits of 22. You're a ~manifesting~ individual who has both the imagination and the drive to bring any idea to life. You're drawn to careers involving environmentalism, engineering, technology, architecture, healthcare, innovation, and politics.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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