Date of birth numerology is merely one application of a set of numbers used in numerology, which is the accepted term for the science of numbers, because it is believed that numbers have a mystical connection to particular time periods in our lives. It uses a meta-numerical system to create specific numbers for living things.

Today we are living in times where numerology virtually rules the roost where right from film stars to world renowned politicians have added another alphabet to their names just so as to get good luck from god almighty even though the younger folks have no idea about 333 meaning or that 666 denotes the devil but still numerology is a huge business for modern day astrologers through which they thrive.

Based on a variety of traditional belief systems, there are also many sub-divisions of numerology in use today, but the most commonly used in the modern western world are the Chaldean, the Pythagorean and both the Traditional and the Westernised Chinese systems.

One of the greatest principles of numerology, and the one aspect which is most commonly used, is that of finding your Life Path Number through deconstructing and then reconstructing and finally adding up the numbers in your full date of birth. In the numerology belief system, this Life Path Number is conferred on you when you are born, and it remains with you as a guiding force throughout your life. This number is also thought to be the origin of your so-called lucky number.

To derive your Life Path Number, you should perform the following simple calculations:

The first step is to add up each individual component of your date of birth (i.e. the month, day and year). For example, if you were born on the 17th of June in 1953, the calculation would be 6 (for June) added to 17 (i.e. the day), giving a subtotal of 23, which is then added to 1,953 (i.e. the year), to give a grand total of 1,976.

The second step is to reduce this four digit total to a single number, which is done by add all the component digits, so the calculation would be 1 + 9 + 7 + 6, giving the number 23, which is your Life Path Number.

There are three numbers in numerology that are referred to as the Master Numbers, and they are 11, 22 and 33, and the calculation of a birth date which results in any of these numbers is a bit more complicated.

If you would rather not consult an expert on numerology to do the special calculation for you (as this could turn out to be quite an expensive option), there are many online websites that have a numerology calculator for your convenience. Using these online sites provides you with your Life Path Number in seconds, without you having to sit down and do all the complicated mathematics by yourself. (Note that some of the Internet sites are free, while others may require you to sign up and pay a fee in order to get deeper levels of analysis of your profile and forecasts.)

Once you have your Life Path Number, derived by using the principles of date of birth numerology, you can then spend hours reading about the natural traits that your number endows you with; and all the other aspects this number will, by its very nature, impact on your life.