Your Life Path Cycles

By December 12, 2012Numerology

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Your Life Path Cycles

Just as there are many different numbers in a Numerology Chart, there are also various time-periods that run in different cycles or patterns. Among these, of great importance are the three Life Path Cycles.

In order to find what numbers govern these cycles, first the Life Path has to be calculated by adding the subtotals of the numeric values of the month, day and year of birth.

As an example, if someone was born on April 21st of 1990, the calculation is as follows:

  1. April is the 4th month of the calendar year, so its numerological value is 4.
  2. The Achievement Number will be 4+21 = 25, or 25/7.
  3. The Birthday Number is 21, and is written separately as 21/3.
  4. (4 + 21) + 1990 : 25 + 1990 = 2015 : 20 + 15 = 35 : 3 + 5 = 8 so the Life Path for this individual = 35/8.

The Life Path is of tremendous importance because it shows our response to the circumstances we encounter throughout our lives. Its sub-cycles determine the length of time during which these various time periods persist. It also shows the challenges that present themselves to us, and what we can do to overcome them.

The Sub-Paths or Life Path Cycles are determined by the numeric values of the three components of the Life Path; the day, month and year of birth.
Calculating the Sub-Path.

The Sub-Paths or Life Path Cycles run sequentially. They have a close correspondence to key astrological cycles known as the Return of the Progressed Moon and the Saturn Return. Misunderstanding this concept has been the cause of much confusion among practitioners of Numerology, and therefore many incorrect calculation methods.

  • The Formative Cycle begins at birth, and ends at the beginning of the Cycle of Productivity.
  • The Productive Cycle begins during a personal year “1” closest to the 28th birthday. In some cases, a “1” personal year falls before the 28th birthday, in which case the beginning of the Productive Cycle is not “felt until” the 28th birthday, although events corresponding to the meaning of the upcoming cycle will be set in motion during the transition period.
  • The Harvest Cycle begins on the “1” personal year closest to the 57th birthday. If it begins before, the effect will not be felt until the 57th birthday, although events may be set in motion during the transition period that sets the tone of this cycle. It lasts for the remainder of the lifetime.

These Sub-Paths provide important opportunities to achieve goals and experience happiness when operating in their positive mode. When they operate in their negative mode, they offer important life lessons that, if learned, will open up the positive qualities of their vibrational patterns.

During the change from one cycle to the next, people have been known to mysteriously change one career for another, abandon a previously cherished way of life or place where they live, or experience a sudden elevation or disaster.

These “transition periods” often show times of critical changes in the life of individuals, and may be the Numerological explanation for the urban legend of the “curse of 27” which is rumored to afflict rock stars and show business personalities.

The Sub-Paths’ Vibrational Cycles

The first cycle is known as the Formative Cycle, and its quality is that of the numeric value of your month of birth (regardless of how you write your dates). In other words, a person born in September will experience the vibrational pattern of 9 during their Formative Cycle.

The second cycle is the Cycle of Productivity; its quality is determined by your Birthday Number. For someone is born on the 21st of any month, the Cycle of Productivity has a value of 2+1 = 3.

The Harvest Cycle is qualified by the arithmantic sum of the year of birth; if someone was born in 1980, their Harvest Cycle has a value of 1+9+8+0 = 18: 1 + 8 = 9.

Please note that the vibrational patterns of the 3 cycles are brought to their final reductions as one of the single digits, unless they sum to 11 or 22, but no one can have a Formative Cycle equal to 22, because there is no 22nd month. People born in November are considered to have a Formative Cycle of 2, because the 11 is too difficult a vibration for young people to express, at least until the latter teenage years or the early 20’s.

The subtotals of the cycle numbers express the strength of the numeric vibration; a child experiencing a 12/3 formative cycle will express the qualities of 3 more strongly than one born in the 3rd month. This consideration is important when studying the Personal Years, Pinnacles, and other time-cycles derived from the Life Path Number.

The Formative Cycle describes your growth and the groundwork laid for the individuation process, or the circumstances that prepare you for adulthood. On the one hand, it tells of the positive and constructive situations that build the character, and become the foundation for success and happiness. On the other, it speaks about the troublesome experiences that plant the seeds of self-defeating thoughts which can flower during your Cycle of Productivity.

The Cycle of Productivity represents your career in the world, or your adult life. It can represent your greatest achievements, but is, more importantly, about the contribution that you make to the lives of others and the world at large – for good or ill. What you do as an adult is described by the vibrational pattern of this cycle.

This Sub-Cycle is the period of time when your birthday vibration is being expressed most strongly, and therefore can help you to bring forth a particular gift, talent, or long held dream.

Your Harvest Cycle, which lasts until the end of life, represents the rewards that are reaped from the Productive Cycle. You may choose to “give back” to the world as a guide or teacher, in order to share the wisdom you have gained. Sometimes people take up a new career, advance their education, or experience great achievements during this time of life. Whether one is lucky enough to retire or motivated to keep moving forward towards their goals, they are experiencing the ideals they developed or the results of their efforts in the previous cycle.

The Sub-Paths

One

As The Formative Cycle
Anyone with a Formative Cycle of the vibration One tends to express their individuality early in life. Sometimes people with this sub-path are left to their own devices or expected to be too independent as children. This Sub-Path tends to develop habits of thinking that cause one to think they know the only right way to do things. Sometimes a gift, talent or interest of this young person is suppressed by parents or caregivers.

As the Cycle of Productivity
This Cycle of Productivity represents an active and busy individual, driven by attempts to fulfill their ambitions. There is always a warning with this Productive Cycle because people who experience sometimes put themselves on a pedestal; during this period one needs to practice empathy and consideration as much as possible. The Productive Cycle is always of the same as the Birthday Vibration, and therefore the Birthday Number will describe the nature of events during this period.

As the Harvest Cycle
People with a Harvest Cycle of vibration One tend to be very busy in the latter portion of their lives. This is not a sign of a quiet retiree; it’s a period that will be quite active, in fact, many people find a new business, sport or course of study to participate if they do retire. If they retire early, it’s usually because they have an adventure or two planned as a way to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Two

As The Formative Cycle
Interestingly enough, a person with a Formative Cycle of the vibration Two often experiences more positive feminine influences during childhood than positive masculine ones. Sometimes they are raised in a home based on a nurturing philosophy, rather than a disciplinarian one. The most negative possibility for children with this vibration is being spoiled or overly coddled, and a dependent nature may emerge during the teen years. Strong friendships and alliances probably develop early in life. This is sometimes an indicator of an early marriage.

As the Cycle of Productivity
This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual will focus primarily on cooperation and teamwork. They tend to be driven to form partnerships, seek allies and generally do better with others than on their own. This is a prominent tendency of an individual in any career; these days we call someone like this a “people person.” A careful study of the Birthday Vibration will give many more details about how one’s affairs will manifest during this period of time.

As the Harvest Cycle
A Harvest Cycle belonging to vibration Two usually predicts restful time, probably as half of a comfortable partnership. There is a good deal of emotion and nostalgia during these years. Many people with this pattern engage in collecting, or antiquarian activities, or spend their later years working on collaborative ventures with others. There is no desire to move into later life alone.

Three

As The Formative Cycle
Someone experiencing a Formative Cycle of the vibration Three may have had a lot of opportunity to express themselves during childhood. Generally well liked, adults often encourage these children to “show off”, and by their peers do the same during the teen years. The period of young adulthood is usually quite social, but difficulties may come from being overconfident, or underestimating the odds against them. Music and the arts may play an important part in the early life.

As the Cycle of Productivity
Those who have a Cycle of Productivity of the vibration Three usually experience a pleasant cycle built on social activities, friends and family. Expression in any of the arts, or through any creative venue will be at its peak. Despite the chosen career path, this vibration almost always makes for much sociability, and these activities are usually advantageous to career advancement. The influence of the Birthday Vibration and its challenge is especially important at this time.

As the Harvest Cycle
When the Harvest Cycle belongs to vibration Three, the social life of the later years is always full of activity, and there is never a lack of friends. People experiencing this vibrational pattern almost always have many opportunities for self expression; some leave the professional world in order to teach or entertain in some way. Often long held creative ambitions are turned into a business venture.

Four

As The Formative Cycle
Someone experiencing the vibration Four during their Formative Cycle usually has to apply themselves in school, in that good grades and praise did not come easy for them; even in lenient environments, these children tend to be self-critical and self-disciplined. A child with this Sub-Path might experience restrictions that their peers do not, and their attitudes are often shaped by the desire for an easier life in the future. Children find this vibration difficult when they are not allowed to pursue their own interests. They do, however, develop a sense of perseverance, which will mature into a solid work ethic and a stable lifestyle.

As the Cycle of Productivity
A Cycle of Productivity of the vibration Four reveals a period during which one builds a strong foundation for the future. Any travel taken during this cycle is usually for business rather than pleasure; it a steady and stable time, with plans in place that are followed to the letter. Careful examination of the Birthday Vibration will usually flesh out the details, but it, more often than not, represents many years of hard work.

As the Harvest Cycle
When someone has a Harvest Cycle of vibration Four, they are not likely to retire early, because some work will be engaged in. Sometimes this occurs by choice, and sometimes by necessity. Many people carrying this vibration have careers in which retirement is not necessary, but others expend a lot of effort caring for home, property, or family matters. If one prepares well for this Harvest Cycle, it can be a wonderful and productive time.

Five

As The Formative Cycle
A child experiencing a Formative Cycle of the vibration Five is likely to experience a lot of change, variety and freedom. Sometimes the parents move often, or for some other reason, the young person spends time in many different places. This can lead to early adaptation of adult behaviors, as in children growing up too fast. It’s possible very powerful communication and teaching skills are developed during this period, as well as a very sensual nature that needs to be kept in check during the teenage years.

As the Cycle of Productivity
A Cycle of Productivity bearing the vibration Five is almost always one of constant change; sometimes a major event occurs every year that changes things in the life. There is usually a lot of travel and variety of experience. Sometimes a major change occurs about 18 months after the beginning of the cycle that can affect the entire future. The Birthday Vibration will usually reveal the nature of this important event.

As the Harvest Cycle
When the Harvest Cycle is defined by the vibration Five, one is likely to experience a time of pleasant change, travel, and new activities during their later years. It’s possible that anyone with this vibrational pattern will neither need nor want to retire from professional life. Whether they do or not, they are likely to enjoy themselves.

Six

As The Formative Cycle
A young person going through a Formative Cycle with the vibration Six is likely to have had a lot of responsibility early in life. Sometimes children with this vibration act as an extra adult in the home, or face other restrictions. In the latter part of the teenage years, the restrictions encountered earlier will most likely lessen, and have a lot to do with them becoming appreciative and reliable. Sometimes this is due to romance, falling in love with ideas or philosophies, or even early marriage. Troubles can develop if adults make no attempt to lighten the load of young people of this vibration.

As the Cycle of Productivity
When the Cycle of Productivity is of the vibration Six, the adult will face many adaptations and adjustments regarding the domestic life. It can represent a very happy home life or marriage, but only for those who have become able to accept others’ behaviors, rather than demanding that others will behave as you would like them to. On the whole, it represents a period dominated by the desire for a happy home and pleasant relationships with others, as described by the Birthday Vibration.

As the Harvest Cycle
A Harvest Cycle of the vibration Six describes a person who will experience a fairly high level of security in their later years, but they may also be saddled with burdens and obligations, sometimes unwanted or unjust. There is some restriction in the lifestyle at this time, probably due to responsibilities.

Seven

As The Formative Cycle
Someone experiencing a Seven Formative Cycle is likely to be the type of child that has a more fully developed inner world than outer life. Sometimes introversion is a good way to describe it, but as the teenage and young adult years are reached, the passion turns to ideas, the seeking of knowledge, or trying to “find oneself.” The understanding of the meaning of life, or their purpose, becomes a top priority. The greatest difficulty faced by young people with this vibration comes from a lack of trust or encouragement from adults.

As the Cycle of Productivity
Most people who have a Cycle of Productivity of the vibration Seven find that they prefer activities that focus on matters concerning the inner life or the future. It may be difficult to develop fulfilling relationships at this time, but if they do arise, they will probably last. Actively seeking material wealth brings difficulties, but success will come to those who focus on their aspirations and goals. Faith in the self or in the unseen emerges during this cycle. Sometimes people focus on self-development during these years, but the Birthday Vibration and its relationship to the rest of the chart determines how well things work out.

As the Harvest Cycle
An individual with a Harvest Cycle of the vibration Seven is likely to retire from the hustle and bustle of business, unless their work is academic, creative or otherwise allows them to pursue personal interests. Most people who continue working during this time do so from home, or are scholars and writers who work in a fairly secluded environment. It will be a peaceful time, and those who experience it may encounter true wisdom.

Eight

As The Formative Cycle
A person who experiences a vibration Eight Formative Cycle usually faces a difficult early life. It’s possible that circumstances may force one to focus on the need for control, or to develop overbearing or materialistic attitudes. Many children with this vibration are overindulged, but those who are not develop a strong desire for accomplishment, achievement and knowledge. The most troublesome possibility of this cycle occurs when the opportunity to compete or do things on one’s own is taken away, because sense of entitlement is developed that can be dis-empowering later in life.

As the Cycle of Productivity
Many individuals having a Cycle of Productivity of the vibration Eight learn early in this time period that the harder they work, the more they achieve. There is little doubt that this vibration can bring tremendous success, but it is directly proportional to one’s drive and ambition. This cycle is troublesome for those who expect luck or the goodwill of others to bring them success, but the Birthday Vibration and the Birthday Challenge can reveal strategies to help overcome whatever obstacles one may face.

As the Harvest Cycle
When the vibration Eight describes the Harvest Cycle, one is likely to trade in a job for a business, rather than taking their retirement. The material accomplishment quality of this vibration usually moves people into a second, usually home based career, sometimes in financial trading or real estate. Someone with this vibration is likely to live, in their later years, in a well-run and organized home, and have a good deal of structure to their lives

Nine

As The Formative Cycle
Anyone whose Formative Cycle vibration is Nine is likely to have experience a childhood was filled with a good deal of tension, probably due to their having to deal with the expectations of others. This is often an indication of a very good education, exposure to many possibilities in life, or a tendency to seek knowledge rather than achievement. If the experience of nurturing love was not full, there may have been a good deal of nervousness and fear. Sometimes children with this vibration are forced to behave in ways that did not suit them, resulting in difficulties with authority or social life in the later teen years.

As the Cycle of Productivity
People who experience a Cycle of Productivity of the vibration Nine spend their adult lives enjoying a good degree of freedom, but need to be responsible for grasping the possibilities and opportunities presented to them on their own. Spiritual experiences, as well as material success, are latent within this cycle, but unless one is flexible and open minded, this can be a difficult time for married life and job security. The Birthday Vibration holds many clues as to how one can act in their own best interests as an adult.

As the Harvest Cycle
If the vibration Nine is the indicator of the Harvest Cycle, one is likely to spend more time studying and learning, or otherwise expanding your knowledge, than ever before. Travel and new experiences are predicted, but not business and work. This is an almost perfect cycle for a writer, academic or other person of a philosophical bent.

Eleven

As The Formative Cycle
A person whose Formative Cycle vibration is the Master Number Eleven, they may not tune in to the “full force” of this vibration until they reach their teenage years. The inspiration of this vibration, and need for ways to express it, are usually too potent for the young personality. Because younger people handle this vibration as Two instead of as a Master Number, there is a good chance that they experienced abundant positive feminine influences during childhood, or grew up in a nurturing, inspiring environment. The most negative possibility for children with this vibration is in being spoiled or overly indulged.

As the Cycle of Productivity
It’s best that those who have a Cycle of Productivity based on the Master Number Eleven prepare to spend their adult lives focusing on the fulfillment of their ideals, and manifesting their dreams. Financial speculation and material pursuits seem to run into difficulty at this time, unless these activities are based on the individual’s inspiration and vision. Some individuals find this cycle difficult and work with the Two vibration instead, in which case much energy is spent seeking partnerships and co-operation. Many individuals experience enhanced intuition during this time, if the Birthday Vibration is agreeable.

As the Harvest Cycle
When the Harvest Cycle belongs to the Master Number Eleven, the person experiencing it is likely exhibit some form of mastery in their activities. It’s likely that one will retire from the life of business and work, but will continue learning, and possibly writing about their experiences. This is a sign of someone who is an inspiration to others and may be sought after for the wisdom (or the special talent) they carry.

Twenty-Two

As The Formative Cycle
As mentioned above, there a Formative Cycle of the Master Number 22 does not exist, since there is no 22nd month of the year.

As the Cycle of Productivity
Those who have a Cycle of Productivity of the vibration Twenty-Two can experience a period of leadership and major achievements, but only if they “live up to their potential and promise.” This time is that it is likely to be emotionally trying; extreme situations will be faced. When things become difficult during this cycle, it is likely that you will bury yourself in work and very grounding activities, but this is not a good vent for the emotional volcano underneath, it requires the ambition and authority. This vibration gives success if you work for the common good, but disaster if you focus only on gaining personal wealth.

As the Harvest Cycle
A Harvest Cycle bearing the Master Number Twenty-Two can be very fruitful if one remains active by taking up some form of physical activity or work that they can engage in late in life. Many people with this vibrational pattern become teachers and share their experience for the benefit of others. In fact, this is the best way to channel this high-energy vibration into a life-enhancing process.

One Final Note:
In Numerological theory, you create your own future through your actions and your choices. Although we are all born with certain limitations, we are also born with the means of breaking through these limitations. The Life Path and its Sub-Cycles can help you formulate a strategy to break through these limitations with ease.
Approaching Numerology charts in this structured and dynamic way enables you to discover the context in which shorter periods, like Transit Periods or Personal Years will operate. This systematic approach gives both the student and the advanced Numerologist clear points of reference for understanding the whole person the chart represents, rather than trying to make sense of all the parts.

Your Professional Numerologist,
Roy Kirkland

About Roy Kirkland

Roy Kirkland has been a lucid dreamer with an interest in the esoteric sciences since early childhood. His practice in these ancient systems now spans several decades. Roy has gained several professional certifications from both the US and India for his work and has been featured on multiple media outlets. He has done presentations, workshops and live predictions for thousands of individuals all over the world.

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