The Core Numbers In Numerology — Part I: The Life Path Number — Your Life’s Foundational Vibration


In Numerology, there are certain numbers, central to one’s existence, that are used more often than others to analyze people, events, and situations. These numbers, observed alone and in the totality of a chart, define an essence, and weigh more heavily when doing chart analyses — they are called The Core Numbers.


Traditionally, there are five Core Numbers: the Life Path Number, Birth Day Number, Expression Number, Personality Number, and Heart’s Desire Number. I will add the Attitude Number to this list for 6 Core Numbers as the Attitude Number becomes extremely important in accurate assessments and predictions.




To demonstrate the accuracy of The Core Numbers and allow their meanings to stand out in bold relief, we will use them to analyze a famous and colorful personality — the legendary musician, actor, and producer — Frank Sinatra.



The Life Path Number

Everyone talks about the Life Path Number because it is your Life’s Foundational Vibration. It is the bottom line when you boil down all your motivations and reasons for incarnating on the date of your birth. The Life Path Number indicates the path you travel in this life — including the challenges, opportunities, and signs you will meet on the way to your destination.


Your Life Path Number is calculated by taking all the numbers in your full birth date and reducing them to a single digit (or an unreduced, double digit Master Number (11, 22, 33).


To understand The Life Path Number, let’s use Frank Sinatra’s birthday as an example: December 12, 1915. Frank’s birthday breaks down like this:

12 (December is the 12th month)/12/1915:


1+2=3 / 1+2=3 / 1+9+1+5=16=1+6=7. Reduce each number to a single digit and then add them 3+3+7=13/4


Frank Sinatra’s Life Path is a 13/4. 13 is a Karmic Debt Number in Numerology. Karmic Debt Numbers include 13, 14, 16 and 19 and indicate a challenge to be overcome in this life as a result of situations and journeys from other lives. The 4 is all about work and the 13/4 is all about being driven to an almost obsessive degree.


500 Club in Atlantic City - Frank Sinatra, 1960 | Photo by Don Altobell | Flickr


Frank famously said, “The best revenge is massive success.”


The 4 doesn’t leave things to chance. Frank told Larry King in 1988:


“You’ve got to be on the ball from the minute you step out into that spotlight. You gotta know exactly what you’re doing every second on that stage, otherwise the act goes right into the bathroom. It’s all over. Good night.”


The 13/4 is authentic, consistent and dependable. If the 4 says they will be somewhere to meet you, they will be there. If the 4 says they will help you, they will help you. And if the 4 loses interest — they will no longer make any promises. Frank explained:


“Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe. I’m honest.”


To calculate your core numbers — click here (scroll down under Free Services and use the Core Numbers Tool

For Part II of The Core Numbers In Numerology — click here