In the pseudoscience numerology, the life path number determines the direction of a person's life as well as general personality traits and the broad challenges the person faces in life. The number also reflects a person's skills, abilities and negative traits.
Calculation of the number involves adding each digit of a person's birth date together until a single digit is reached. For example, the birth number for someone born August 8, 1976 is three, as calculated by 8 + 8 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 6 = 39 = 12 = 3. For results larger than 10, such as 39, the two digits of the number are added together. Different numerology practitioners add the numbers in different orders, such as reducing the month, day and year numbers before adding them together, but mathematically, the life path number turns out the same regardless of the method.