Elizabeth Barrett Browning
THE GOD-SELF. The "Identity-strand" denoted by the Pythagorean Number of one's birth is the last of the four "Identity-strands" to surface into the personality and lifestyle.. for this "strand" connects one with THE GOD-SELF PHASE of The Process Of Individualization, which completes that progression.
As the only one of the Four 'Tetramorphs' or Identity-Strands directly related to the God-Self and one's "Highest Aspiration," the Pythagorean Life Path Number can be viewed as our "ultimate Destiny" as a Soul.. and (while it may little resemble our earlier ideas ABOUT ourselves) it points-out where we are GOING spiritually FROM HERE. Once we have integrated the three previous Identity-strands, this is who we will BE, 'ETERNALLY' THEREAFTER.
The first thing one must do in order to find the Life Path Number is to learn a "new math;" Pythagorean Reduction is a process of addition which REDUCES ALL NUMBERS TO A SINGLE-DIGIT SUM.
There are only NINE DIGITS in this 'new math:' 1 through 9.. though there are three "special numbers" which must also be kept in mind (11, 22 and 33 are called 'the Master Numbers' and have a special importance of their own.) Here is how Pythagorean Reduction works:
(being careful to keep track of ALL occurences of the numbers 11, 22 and 33..)
Using my own birthday, for example, this would be...
November= 11th Month 3rd Day 1948 1 3 1 +1 9 ___ 4 2  +8 ___ 22= 2 +2 ___ 4  Added together, these three sums look like this: 2  3 +4  ___ 9 [11, 22 & 33]
Thus, my Life-Path Number is 9, with the added "vibrations" of 11, 22 & 33 (for YOU ALWAYS RETAIN ALL "Master Numbers" as a "footnote" to your Totals, and ANYONE born on a day, month or year totaling 11, 22 or 33 carries those Master Numbers with them ALONG WITH THE FINAL SUM. If you have BOTH an 11 and a 22 in your birth numbers (as I do) then you ALSO have the 33 as well, for 11 +22= 33.)
PHYSICAL EMBODIMENT is the central issue for Monadic Individualists; they are deeply concerned with Physicality in all forms.. from Health to "body shape" and material Wealth, Life Path 1 natives are virtually "driven" to attain Self-EMBODIMENT as a pinnacle of attainment. While this may seem 'vain' or egotistical at first, it is in fact simply Physical Wisdom; and they are as concerned for YOUR Physicality as they are for their OWN.
Naturally drawn to the Construction, Agricultural and Engineering fields, this Life Path type is also prone to Crafts, Physical Trades (plumbing, electrical or carpentry skills, for instance) as well as the preservation of the relics from the past (antiques, artwork or historic sites, for example.) All of this, however, is merely part of being Uniquely Original THEMSELVES.. and every Original respects all other examples of Fine Handiwork however different from their own. Naturally, Life Path 1 natives are often devoted parents.
As a relationship with the Great Spirit or God-Self, this Life Path Number takes it's cue from Adam's 'job-description' when introduced to the Garden of Eden: "Dress and Keep it." That is what the Monadic Individualist does for EVERYTHING they touch.
SHARED INTIMACY is the central issue for Duadic personalities; they are natural 'Tantrists' who literally get INTO those they love, and allow the other person to get INTO them to such a degree that their voice, mannerisms, posture and (sometimes) even their very thoughts get intermingled so deeply that it may seem as if only one person were speaking through two mouths! This magical 'trick' called Tantra in Asian philosophy is the natural Way of Life for the Duadic Partner.
Naturally drawn to the fields of Personnel Management, Counseling, Interviewing and Communications, this Life Path type can also be found in the Customer Services and Public Relations departments of many businesses and governmental agencies.. wherever their unique talent for RELATING can be given free reign. But the most natural 'place' for the Duadic Partner is in LOVE: they are deeply devoted to the ideal of Sharing, and committed relationships ranging from marriage to business-partnerships are their favorite environments.
As a relationship with the God-Self or diety, this Life Path Number MAY have to work-past a tendency to get too wrapt-up in HUMAN relationships to even notice that there is something 'higher' to relate with!.. but (if they DO develop an intimacy with Spirit) they will naturally make 'God' their "senior Partner" FOR LIFE. Juggling the several Loves in their life to keep everyone equally-related-with might seem a tough job to those not born with this Life Path; but the Duadic Partner has the one trait that makes that possible: THEY TRULY DELIGHT IN SHARING THEIR FEELINGS, and ANYBODY who will share that is their Partner.
RESPONSIBLE ACTION is the central issue for Triadic Life Path Natives; they are natural 'catalysts' who set-off a chain-reaction (which may SEEM spontaneous, but is really part of their subtle influence over others,) that leads eventually to SOME SORT of 'accomplishment.' A day without Accomplishment is a day WASTED to Life Path 3 souls.. and however small the success, it is in Attainments that they measure their days (and nights, too!)
Naturally drawn to positions of "influence" where their talent for getting the work DONE can be usefully employed, Triadic personalities can be found in almost any administration, government, institution or organization.. though their special fondness for Effective Action predisposes them toward the business world (many Triadic individuals are members of the Management "team" of successful businesses.)
As a relationship with Divinity and the God-Self, this Life Path Number express themselves as PART OF THE CHAIN OF COMMAND.. they simply HAVE to! Since they are incapable of NOT participating in the Work that needs done, spiritually-motivated 3-Path Natives typically give God advice, lots of requests for thing to be DONE, and a reliable, committed WORKER for the Public Good. Often found in charities and spiritual communities, donating their time and energy to Effective Action, these natural-born Activists make themselves as USEFUL to Spirit as they do the human world. It is simply TRIADIC to be USEFUL!
LASTING VALUE is the central issue to Tetradic Life Path Natives; they pick virtually everything in their lives by the same principle. Not just a Home but a SOLID Home; not a mere Job but a Committment; not only a social life but a Cultural Heritage.. these are the priorities that guide their lives. Naturally, those of this Life Path are Pillars of the Community, and (regardless of their 'station in life') everything the have and do is QUALITY.
Naturally drawn to the Past, Tetradic individuals are Historians, Anthropologists, Priests and Nuns, Judges and Political Party Supporters.. whether professional or 'part time' while they ply some OTHER trade devoted to Security-building. Often found in Banking, Insurance and other Financial Service institutions, Life Path 4 people can in fact be the Pillars of almost ANY establishment they consider 'Worth While' and of enduring importance to society. But in every case they will SERVE STABILITY in every way they can.
As a relationship with the God-Self or Great Spirit, this Life Path Number express themselves as FIXTURES IN THE ESTABLISHMENT ITSELF; from Deacons to Elders of a spiritual community, to Gurus or Archivists and on up, any position which allows them to SUPPORT THE FOUNDATIONS they believe in is where the Tetradic soul will be found. All of this, of course, is simply part of their Way of Security for the community as a whole.. and their own place within that is seldom the major focus. Like the Four Cardinal Archangels of western spiritual traditions (from whom they take their Example,) the Tetradic spirit SUPPORTS HEAVEN with their own solid strength.
PROTECTION OF THE SPIRIT is the central issue to all Pentadic Life Path Natives; they are the Temple Guards of life's most potent treasuries. Associated with the planet Mars, the science of Metallurgy and Psychic Self-Defense, Pentadic personalities are drawn instinctively to POWER in every form they can find it.. and then they absorb it's RIGHT USES like a sponge. Most of the High Priests of ancient Egypt as well as modern Neo-Paganism and the many Spirit-Power-Keepers of tribal societies owe their knowledge to the number 5 and it's committment to USE POWER TO PROTECT THE SPIRIT.
Naturally drawn to all professions where Esoteric (secret) Sciences are preserved (a long list including Atomic Energy, Genetic Research and Espionage as well as the more traditional esoteric specialties of Magical Arts and Secret Brotherhoods,) Pentadic Defenders wield life-and-death forces for the benefit (hopefully!,) of society.. though even then, such forces CAN be a deadly menace through accidental misuse. But one trait is common to all such Powers: THEY WILL DESTROY ANY WHO SEEK TO MISUSE THEM DELIBERATELY. Pentadic souls innately know this, and their care in the use of the Powers they caretake borders on the religious.
As a relationship with the God-Self and Divinity, this Life Path Number express themselves as WORKERS AT THE FORGE OF HEAVEN; whether as Clairvoyant 'Readers' guiding other souls into future blessings, Astrologers busy doing the same, Master Kaballists, Yogis or Zen Roshis carefully training younger spirits in the proper use of the Forces of Creation and Evolution.. or a 'mere' Metalworker, Welder or Military Manufacturer, all Pentadic Personalities ply their Craft as if Life depended on it.. which it DOES.
Governed by the power of the Pyramid, the Pentacle and the Pentagon (all of which are proofs of this Lineage at work) this Life Path serves 'the Heartland' of Life; the Sacred Mysteries which can Blast or Bless depending on what is RIGHT. Only the Spirit knows THAT for sure.. and it is there that the Pentad's eye is (or had BETTER be!,) forever fixed.
THE PASSION OF CARING is the central issue to all Hexiadic Life Path Natives; they are the natural Peacemakers, Negotiators, Diplomats and Referees of society. They care less about what they are 'doing' than in it's OUTCOME; however trivial or large the need they caretake, they treat it ALL as Service to Harmonious Order.. and they take a Care with the details that any World Treaty would be happy of, even if their handiwork of the moment is only a shopping-list for those the Hexiadic Native CARES for.
Naturally drawn to the professions of Healthcare, Logistical (supply) Services, Relationship Counseling and Dispute Arbitration, the Hexiadic Life Path is happiest where they can make people Happy by providing exactly what is RIGHT for their needs. Needless to say, they are not 'good' used car-salesmen or political speech-writers!.. for they must KNOW that what they are providing is truly GOOD for those who receive it. Indeed, if they have a fault it is their insistence on RIGHTNESS in the treatment of others.. but humanity will forgive them that! It may make it hard for them to keep a job in crassly commercial enterprises, but even THAT is Heaven SPEAKING CLEARLY to the Earth.
WISE CREATION is the central issue in the life of all Heptadic Life Path Natives; they are here to carry-on the work started by their own wise maker.. who used a Seven-Pulse Rhythm to create our Universe (see the 7 Rays, earlier on the page, for more information on that) in that original Creation. Consequently, those of this Life Path too use a 7-Pulse Rhythm in their own creative work (even if they do not yet realize that!) From the 7-day Week to the 7-Year Cycle, Heptadic individuals are Willing to Work steadily at something throughout a long Cycle of Creation; and this pays-off for them in apparently 'sudden' works of genius.. sudden only to those who do not know how long and carefully the Heptad-soul worked quietly behind the scenes to give it Life.
Naturally drawn to the fields of Education, Literature, Science, Poetry, Law and other Academic Professions where long-term intellectual preparation and careful analysis is needed, the 7 Life Path Native needs a 'protected environment' of peace and quiet where their mind can Plan and carefully Execute their Will. Often found on University faculties (in virtually ANY Department,) the Heptadic personality is not often easy to 'approach' unless you KNOW ABOUT THEIR WORK (which is really the only thing they CAN discuss with you!,) so they are not easy to get to know. But the effort is worth it, if you wish to know what the future will hold; for THEY ARE BUSY CREATING IT in the quiet of their study, laboratory or classroom. Whether seven years or seven TIMES seven, they may work long and hard at their Creation, but that does not matter to them; in the long run it is only WISDOM by which they measure Success.
PHYSICAL COMFORT is the central issue in the life of all Ogdoadic Life Path Natives; they DEMAND 'the best' of everything. Sure, that STARTS with the best of everything for THEMSELVES (that is how it works for ALL of us,) but eventually that brings the best to EVERYONE ELSE too (though everyone ELSE will have to pay Top Dollar for it!) If all of this sounds a bit like Wall Street, the Federal Reserves or the National Debt.. and not much like your own simpler life as a Plumber, Dentist, Carpenter or Mechanic (all of which are typical places for this Life Path Number to work).. then you have not considered deeply-enough the meaning of MATERIAL WEALTH; for EVERYTHING that is Physically NEEDED is governed by the Number 8 (and ALL of it is Wealth.)
Naturally drawn to everything Physical.. from Sports to Sex, Cars and Commerce.. the Ogdoadic personality can be found in any physical Trade, Craft, Profession or Industry.. busily MAKING A COMFORTABLE LIVING to share with their family (which is a quite important 'thing' to them.) All they need is a few 'seeds' or 'seed money,' and they can make almost ANYTHING grow into Abundance. Gardening, Nature and Wilderness experiences are good for this Life Path Native.. for such Material Meditations can help them remember that what really MATTERS is that everything be kept within Natural Limits. With that wisdom under their belts, the Ogdoadic soul is a genuine asset (AND asset-manager!,) to society.
UNIVERSAL WELLBEING is the central issue in life for all Enneadic Life Path Natives; they literally want Heaven on Earth at all times. Sure, that is unrealistic!.. and they know that, only they cannot help TRYING to make it happen. 'The Good Of The Many' as well as 'the good of the individual' guides them in their humanitarianism; and wherever that needs served THEY will serve. As the natural-born Custodians of the human Spirit, the 9 Life Path works to Enlighten, Heal, Prosper and Liberate all who are oppressed, poor, downtrodden, ill or enslaved; and if that sound like a 'do-gooder' you do not know how hard and fiercely the Ennead-soul will FIGHT for their cause! These are no daydreamers or sunday-school teachers!.. but Buddhas, Black Panthers, Freedom-Fighters and Underground Railway Conductors.. and they are not interested in 'ideals' but in HUMAN BEINGS. They may be (eventually!,) called a 'saint' or a 'senior spokesman' or a 'life-long activist,' but all they REALLY are is A FRIEND.. to everyone in need.
Naturally drawn to the study of Enlightenment, the 9 Life Path Native can be found in every Mystical Order, Benevolent Society, Social Movement and Humanitarian Conference.. though most of them can be found in far more ordinary 'jobs' where it is their daily Words and Deeds rather than their Positions that make their work of Liberating the world happen. Whether it is the sympathetic nurse at the first-aid station or the kindly waiter who simply KNEW that you needed someone to tell your troubles to, you have known many of these Servants of the Spirit. That you never got the chance to properly thank them is part of their 'style;' for they work not for YOUR thanks but that of TOMORROW'S happier world.
SPIRITUAL TRUTH is the central issue in life for all Life Path 11 Natives; they are driven to KNOWN and USE the Truths of Esoteric Wisdom for the service of the spiritual 'Hierarchy' which most people never even MEET during their incarnate lives. From Buddha to "the gods" of Nature and the great Teachings of all cultures, the 11-Path soul NEEDS to know what is Spiritually REAL, and even if only through books, they learn as much as they can about them each. Simply KNOWING, however, is not really enough for this Path; for they are here to MASTER the subject.. and that means DOING SOMETHING with the knowledge they have acquired. Philosophy uses the phrase 'adept' for one USING Esoteric Knowledge in their daily life; and that is perhaps the best summary of what this Life Path is all about.
Naturally drawn to Contemplation, Meditation and Esoteric Sciences (such as Kaballah, Yoga, Alchemy, Astrology and Metaphysics in general) the 11 Life Path soul must find the most USEFUL Truths available from the Spiritual Traditions available to them. A wide experience of other cultures is very helpful to this process, as is the free time and energy it takes to study such matters in-depth. But, whether they travel to Asia to meet the Dalai Lama and stop off on the way home for a Medicine Circle with Native American Spirit-Leaders, or confine their Journey to the local Bookstore and Church, all 11-Path individuals KNOW that there is a Spiritual Universe all around and within us; and they will find SOME way to use that knowledge to help the Spirit GROW.
AS A "VIBRATION" FOOTNOTE TO ANY OTHER LIFE-PATH, THE NUMBER 11 BESTOWS THIS SPIRITUALITY AND PHILOSOPHIC MASTERY ON EVERYONE BLESSED WITH IT'S INFLUENCE.
BUILDING FOR ETERNITY is the central issue to all Life Path 22 Natives; their lineage of Master Builders built the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Egypt, wrote the Magna Carta and Declaration Of Independence, and others of their kind created virtually every enduring Institution in your own community. In fact the only thing the Master Builders have NOT built is the landfill full of cheap junk that everyone throws-away after using once!.. though if the landfill is environmentally-friendly, it too was built by one of these efficient and dedicated Architects Of Effectiveness.
Naturally drawn to the great Institutions of society.. from government to healthcare, commercial regulations to environmental engineering, the 22-Path Master Builder finds the highest level of "edifice" they are capable of Building.. and then they 'adopt' it as their own, to Perfect and make Enduring. Look on the planning board of ANY lasting institution you admire, and you will find their names. List all of the things you use over and over daily, with efficient durability, and you will find their handiwork. Look at your own body and you will see where these Architects learned their skill; for they are the Creator's own Apprentices, plying their trade.
AS A "VIBRATION" FOOTNOTE TO ANY OTHER LIFE-PATH, THE NUMBER 22 BESTOWS THIS MONUMENT-MAKING AND BUILDING-FOR-ETERNITY ON EVERYONE BLESSED WITH IT'S SKILL.
LIVING IN TUNE WITH DESTINY is the central issue in the life of all 33-Path Natives; they are only 'comfortable' when they know that they are on the same 'track' as History's NEXT Phase of evolution. Like evolutionary 'samples' sent ahead of the facts to prepare us for what is to come, these Heralds Of Things To Come are not 'trying' to be 'futuristic;' all they are trying to do is SOMEHOW get-by in a world which considers them a bit TOO MUCH. Whether it is their lifestyle, career goals, personality or even their preferred diet, the 33-Path soul CONFRONTS THE PAST with it's own need to CHANGE.. and the Past seldom likes what it sees! The result is that these Future Samples give the world Future Shock; by merely being themselves, they challenge the rest of society to GROW UP and grow PAST the traces of prior civilization that will not make it into the next generations.
Naturally drawn to everything FREE and NATURAL, the 33-Path individual tends to associate with the arts, theatre, musical and other creative 'crowds' simply because they LIKE individuality and the freedom to be oneself.. though they are NOT AMUSED by any tinsel-strewn pretenses they may meet in that flashy environment. But, since they tend to be called 'eccentric' and 'odd' by the more 'straight-laced' segments of society, they would rather mingle with the 'silly' than the STUCK. Sure, sometimes this makes them sad!, but we all have our crosses to bear (only their own happens to be LIFELONG and indispensable to their very nature.) Look for these "living Prophecies" anywhere; you will have no problem seeing them, for they stand-out like Space Brothers at a Sunday Social.
Learning to recognize them as a valuable clue to future progress is society's lesson: the 33-Path Native already knows that they are simply What They Are. By living the Future calmly but consistently, these Heralds of Change actually CAUSE the very changes society needs.. for their one great skill of BEING AN EXAMPLE OF REALITY for others to compare themselves to, inspires us all (eventually!,) to follow-suit. A Soul "ahead of it's times," or a Stranger In A Strange Land, the 33-Path Native has at least ONE lasting consolation: all OTHER Future-Samples they meet recognize them for what they are.. THE SEEDS OF CHANGE.
AS A "VIBRATION" FOOTNOTE TO ANY OTHER LIFE-PATH, THE NUMBER 33 BESTOWS THIS WHOLESOME FUTURE-LIVING AND "MESSAGE OF COMING EVOLUTION" ON EVERYONE BLESSED BY IT'S PROPHETIC TOUCH.