Calculating Your Ruling (Life Path) Number

What are Ruling numbers within birth charts?

The Ruling (Life Path) number is the path we have chosen for this lifetime. We all walk on our own journeys, and our Life Path can bring us happiness or disappointment. If we steer away from our Life Path, we often feel unfulfilled in life and that can bring us negative emotions. When we feel this, we know there is something wrong or incomplete and yet we are unable to find the root source of where it is coming from.

Sometimes when we are steering away from our Life Path we find a sense of, ‘This will do’. We are neither here nor there. We aren’t excited for what the day will bring, we are just at a flat line of comfort and routine where we go with each day and follow wherever it takes us but we are not motivated, thrilled and eager to tackle the day with what it brings us.

Your Ruling (Life Path) number is fantastic for bringing forward information about your Life Path and ways to bring you there. It provides incredible benefits to birth charts that really bring the overall chart together to give you an understanding about yourself and how to help utilize your passions, strengths and desires by bringing them into your reality.

How Many Ruling Numbers Are There?

There are a total of 11 Ruling numbers.

What Ruling Numbers Are There?

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 22/4

(In Pythagorean Numerology there is no Ruling Number 1 as Pythagoras recognised 1 as a symbol for ego/unity. Almost every number contains the number 1, so there is 10 rather than 1 in Ruling Numbers).

Are There Compounded Ruling Numbers?

Compounded Ruling numbers are 10 and 11 which are the highest spiritual numbers within Numerology.
For a Masterful combination the Compounded Ruling number is 22/4.

How To Find Your Ruling Number

Add each individual number in your birth date together.
You will then add those numbers together until you get to a single digit number which is your Ruling number.


Birthday: January 3, 1960


1+3+1+9+6+0 = 20

2+0 = 2

The ruling number is: 20/2 (2)