To calculate your Life Path number, just add up the day, month, and year of your birth, then reduce. For example, if you were born on November 25th, 1992, you would add: (1+1) + (2+5) + (1+9+9+2) = 2 + 7 + (2+1) = 2 + 7 + 3 = 12. Then reduce: 1 + 2 = 3. You are a Life Path 3!
If you have a Life Path 1, you are a leader, yet ironically a baby because you are the first number. 1 represents the father-figure, and you will be put in tough positions that force you to lead whether you’re ready or not. Yet you often act like a big baby – there’s no other way to say it – because you can be naive and ignorant, at times! Your biggest lessons in life revolve around independence.
The number 1 is masculine, and ruled by the Sun. In astrology, the Sun represents the ego, and much of your life lessons involve strengthening or re-building your self-confidence. 1’s have qualities of the Sun’s Zodiac sign, Leo: confidence, pride, creativity, self-centeredness, bossiness, and childishness. You also have some Aries qualities (the Sun’s exalted sign), which represents the beginning: innovative and pioneering, courageous, good at starting things…but can be very, very dumb! (Seriously, and this is coming from an Aries.) You also have a bit of Capricorn thrown in for good measure: hard-working, stoic, and hard on yourself and others.
1’s really do have seem to have the toughest lessons, but this is because your hardships are often in front of an audience, or at least you think more people care about whether you succeed or fail than actually do! In a way, you set yourself up for that, because you talk a good game and others will stand back to see if you can really walk the walk. Some will want to see you fail, because you can be rather opinionated on subjects you have no real understanding! You are also naturally bossy, and so yes, there will be people out there who want to see you humiliated. It will help if you stop caring so much about what others think (and not judge them, in return).
Part of your ignorance comes from being born without the karmic understanding of life and humanity that the other numbers have (in increasing amount, until they reach the number 9, the “oldest souls”). You are the youngest soul, which is both a blessing and a curse. If you see someone else going through something, you aren’t able to really put yourself in their shoes without actually walking them (other numbers, such as 9’s, can). When you lack true empathy, you can’t learn from others’ mistakes and end up making them all yourself! However, you wind up with a lot of different personal experiences to draw from.
Unfortunately, people will enable you your whole life. Parents do more for their 1 child, siblings cater to their 1 brother or sister…there’s something about you that people want to protect and even coddle. You will go through life thinking you stand on your own two feet, only to realize too late that you were depending on someone else for a basic need. You often take people for granted, not realizing how much they do for you until they are gone. People leave you or you leave them, but either way, it’s a lesson in independence.
You attract 2’s, because they are the “mothers” of the universe, whose path requires learning balance and patience. There is nobody better to learn this with than you, because a 1 requires patience: you’re overly demanding, judgmental, and downright bossy individuals! But 2’s are not the type to stand up to you in a language you understand (direct assertion), because that is not their way. They are drawn to your natural strength and confidence, because they lack such qualities. In fact, you are more likely to leave them, thinking they are too weak or boring or needy…and boy, will you be in for a harsh lesson in taking people for granted!
You will be put in positions of authority often in your life, and tested. You shine out as a natural leader in a group of people, but often lack the actual skills required to lead. This is part of your independence lessons: you will be thrown in to sink-or-swim situations, and will have to rely on your own strong determination in order to succeed (because failure and humiliation are worse than death for you, with that ego!). You will have huge burdens to carry alone, without knowing how to handle them. You simply have to learn along the way, and to keep going in the face of adversity and failure.
You are like a young king on a throne, who has the authority but not the wisdom. You will often seem to have more daunting tasks than others do, but remember that theirs are no more difficult to bear. Remember to appreciate the people that help you, even with small things, and that everyone is on their own path in life, no matter how trivial or simple their burdens may appear. It will help you to stop passing judgment on others, and in turn, go easier on yourself.