You may know your zodiac sign, your Moon sign, and your representative Tarot card, but we all know that so much more goes into forging you into “you” than we may first anticipate. For example, in numerology, your Life Path Number is one additional tool that can further illustrate your calling in life, what purpose you feel drawn to, and your general direction in the world.
The life path numbers’s claim to fame has grown in the past few years, and you may already be aware of how important one little number can be to you and your life’s calling. However, it’s actually not the only number that is significant in contributing to who you are today…
Introducing: your birth number — an equally important piece of the numerology puzzle in teaching you more about you! Find out more about how to find your birth number and what it means for you below.
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How to Calculate Your Birth Number
Unlike your life path number, there are no grand calculations involved with accessing your birth number. It’s very simple: the actual day of birth is your birth number. There’s no math, no addition! You just work with the number of the day you were born.
Knowing what this number means can take you deeper into realizing how numerology can help you make the most out of your life.
The Importance of Your Birth Number
Your birth number is one piece of the puzzle in calculating your life path number, so it’s not surprising that it holds a certain importance in creating who you are today. That being said, it has significance of its own, even aside from contributing to the grand life path numerology equation.
Whereas your life path number totals all of the important numerological pieces in foretelling your life’s mission, your birth number stands alone to illustrate your unique skills, talents, and particular characteristics. As these are present within us from the get-go, they are easily identifiable from our childhood.
The Main Traits of Each Birth Number
Here’s a quick look at the meanings of each birth number for easy reference. What day of the month were you born?
Birth Number 1
If you were born on the first of the month, you’re an instigator, creative, and a go-getter. You’re very independent, but you may get a little egotistical, as you prefer for things to be done in your unique way.
Watch for selfishness, and make a conscious effort to consider others. Overall, however, you make a great leader and independent worker, and can easily command the center of attention.
Birth Number 2
This date of birth brings you balance and diplomacy. You’re very sensitive when it comes to the feelings of others, and have a strong desire to help.
Just make sure that you don’t lose your own self-confidence along the way, for self-doubt could lead to prolonged periods of sadness.
Birth Number 3
You’re very communicative if you were born on the third day of the month. As you can be equally productive in nonverbal, physical, and artistic forms of expression, you are blessed with the gift of sharing your wisdom with others.
Thus, 3’s are naturally drawn to careers like education and writing.
Birth Number 4
Fours are very often the pillar of strength. You’re a hard worker, possess plenty of drive, and are often very practical. Just don’t get too set in your ways, for there’s a bit of stubbornness associated with this birth number.
Sometimes individualism and strength can make being a team player an obstacle for 4’s.
Birth Number 5
The 5th brings you inherent luck and an inquisitive mind, but also at times an unwillingness to compromise. You know what you want and you can charm your way towards getting it, and have a way of getting information out of others.
You live life large and can be incredibly devoted to important causes, but make sure that you don’t overindulge in the things that bring you pleasure.
Birth Number 6
If you were born on the 6th, you will lean towards traditions, relationships, and family values. You’re conscious of your surroundings, but you may have a tendency to be too critical of others as you want the best for them.
Part of your life’s lesson is to learn to lighten up and enjoy the present moment.
Birth Number 7
A life path number of 7 is considered to be lucky, and so is the birth number. You’re intuitive and maybe a bit psychic, but you have trouble fitting into a crowd with a naturally eccentric disposition. It can be hard for you to find a place — and a partner — where you feel truly comfortable.
As you genuinely desire to help, you may be drawn to the healing arts or the fields of medicine and health.
Birth Number 8
You have infinite powers of motivation and leadership — but you can also be a bit bossy. This is the number for great potential, but your arrogance may let you down. As a natural organizer and leader, however, you usually know what you’re doing.
Just additionally learn to cultivate patience with others — it will actually work in your favor.
Birth Number 9
This is the number of the artist and the dreamer. If this is your birth number, you’re probably very romantic. You just have to make sure that you’re not using your dreams and fantasies to escape reality.
As independent thinkers, 9’s are innovative and can likewise be drawn to innovative fields like technology or science.
Birth Number 10
All of the energies of the number 1 are amplified here. You’re a trailblazer, and not afraid to stand alone. Just don’t try to do it all, though, for it will be easy for you to stress yourself out if you over-commit yourself.
Overall, you can accomplish just about any goal you fully put your mind to, and maintain a very strong passion, drive, and zest for life.
Birth Number 11
As one of the master numbers, 11’s are highly sensitive and in-tune with the world around them. You may have felt called to be of assistance to others from a very young age.
Additionally, you can easily be drawn to careers like counseling or customer service where your interactions with others are one-on-one.
Birth Number 12
A birth number of 12 brings you the independence of the 1 and the sensitivity of the 2. You’re artistic and communicative, but you need to pay attention to your feelings. You’re naturally prone to mood swings, and one of your life’s lessons is to keep your emotions balanced.
When you keep your cool, however, you can be one of the strongest allies and friends that a person could ask for!
Birth Number 13
Don’t let people tell you that it’s unlucky to be born on the 13th, because it’s not! What it does do, though, is bring you a penchant for hard work. Others might try to take advantage of you, so don’t let them.
Express yourself more easily and through a creative pursuit, as you have a strong communicative bone that pushes you to share your ideas with the world.
Birth Number 14
If this is your birth number, then you may struggle with commitment. You’re gregarious and likeable, and you hunger for a sense of adventure in order to feel alive.
Despite your capability to manage teams and lead others to success, your sense of independence can lead to a lone wolf kind of lifestyle.
Birth Number 15
You’ve got a real flair for the creative arts. It doesn’t matter what field; whether it’s words, or music or painting, or something else. You easily attract others of differing cultural backgrounds than yours, and embrace diversity in your life.
You’re a great friend, but you have to be careful of giving too much, as you sometimes pay more attention to the needs of others than you do your own.
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Birth Number 16
Pursuing something detailed and involved will appeal to you if you were born on the 16th, for this is the number of intellect and understanding. You delve deep into what interests you, but you’ll have to apply yourself to finish what you start.
Just don’t get so absorbed in your pursuits that you shut others out!
Birth Number 17
You can be a bit of a perfectionist, because you’ve got high standards and an ambition to live up to them. One of your life’s lessons is to learn to delegate. Your way is not the only way of doing things; let someone else explore their skills and talents, too!
Aside from this, you have a keen eye for detail and know how to truly put a plan into action.
Birth Number 18
A birth number of 18 indicates that you can communicate with people from many different backgrounds and belief systems. You’ve got superior leadership abilities and a great intuition when it comes to working with other people.
Just watch out for jealous eyes, as not everyone is going to be a fan of how easily you can attract success with others.
Birth Number 19
You like to live life on the cutting edge, being active, and being in the middle of things in order to feel alive. You’re fiercely independent, and that can make it difficult for you to form emotional relationships with others. You need to find a balance between independence and companionship.
You otherwise possess a lighthearted sense of adventure and are able to share a wonderful and optimistic perspective of the world with others.
Birth Number 20
You’ve all the energies of the 2 birth number, amplified and then some! You’re so involved with your surroundings and easily influenced by them that you should take extra care that they’re harmonious and soothing.
It’s easy for your emotions to get the better of you, but you can easily work with others in environments like childcare and teaching where your empathy and kindness are valued.
Birth Number 21
You’re charming and talented — but not all is meant to come to you as if you’re a magnet for success! You have everything that it takes to create a very successful life, but you may not always have the motivation to make that happen.
Your charisma can open many doors for you, but will you do the work that will lead you to your highest rewards?
Birth Number 22
As this is one of the life path master numbers, you have the intuition and inspiration that goes with it. However, as a birth number, it brings some challenges. You’ve got big dreams, and you’re not afraid of failing.
As your own biggest critic and a major perfectionist, you’re sometimes afraid of succeeding — and you can unconsciously box yourself out of achieving your goals.
Birth Number 23
With the frequency of personable 2 and the communicative skills of chatty 3, being born with number 23 makes you the true life of the party. You might find yourself ensnared in gossip and quarrels often, caught in the middle of things, and left to mediate for everyone else. However, it’s only because your interpersonal skills are so desperately needed!
Lend an ear, speak up, and lead a conversation — you are literally born for it!
Birth Number 24
You’re a great listener, but you seem to get effortlessly drawn into the drama that other people create. Remember that listening and counseling is one thing, but you can’t let their problems become your problems.
Others will take advantage of you if you let them. With a more assertive nature, you can easily take up careers within law, and lend your people skills there.
Birth Number 25
You’re intelligent, but are you using that to your advantage, or are you using it to shut others out? It’s not hard for you to get absorbed in your studies and pursuits.
Just don’t use that dedication as an excuse for avoiding emotional connections, as there is a softer, more spiritual side to you that many more people would love to see from you.
Birth Number 26
It’s easy for you to see the entirety of a situation, but harder for you to focus on the details that are needed to make that bigger picture manifest. From an early age, 26’s often take up more responsibility than most and thus can have a hard time enjoying themselves later in life.
In this life, you will have to learn to let others help you and lighten the load.
Birth Number 27
Being born on the 27th, you have a very mutable and changeable personality and disposition. This is in part due to your natural thirst for knowledge and desire to experience and understand every corner of the world, thus making you very versatile and adaptable.
However, this can also make you feel “ungrounded” and lack a sense of home or comfort. This life will challenge you to strike a balance between the two extremes.
Birth Number 28
Yours is the path of originality and innovation. You’re not one to conform, and you’re better at starting things than you are at finishing them.
Use that entrepreneurial charm to instigate things, and then leave them to others to get completed — just don’t lose your cool when things don’t go your way!
Birth Number 29
It may take you awhile to find your niche in the world, but once you do, you’ll fill it with creativity. You’re intuitive yet practical, and have a knack for getting your work recognized by the public when you finally choose to put your all into one place.
You just need to have patience with yourself, and find out who you truly are — not who someone else says you need to be!
Birth Number 30
You’re so creative that an artistic profession could come naturally to you. If you’re not doing this for a living, then at least find a creative hobby into which you can pour yourself!
You’ll feel incomplete without some kind of imaginative activity, as your internal wheels are constantly turning and yearn for the right kind of outlet to share its unique voice.
Birth Number 31
Reliability and dependability are just two of your strengths. With birth number 31, you’re very hardworking, and others rely on you. As such, it’s likely that you attract a larger social circle.
However, because you don’t want to let anyone down, there’s the potential that you could overstretch yourself, so make sure you have at least some time alone to relax.
Love Your Birth Number!
Each of us are divinely given our own skills, traits, and characteristics that make us uniquely us, and our birth number is just one piece of that larger pie. Understanding how it fits into the wider picture can help you better understand yourself and how you relate to the world!
Keep your birth number, along with the other many significant tools and numbers that the Universe has offered you, in your back pocket as an always-relevant tool to help you on your journey through life.
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