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Just as the Numerology Chart is made up of many different numbers, the path of your life is also made up of various distinct time-periods that run in cycles or patterns.

This is most obvious when considering astrology (as all influencing planets move cyclically) but can also be accurately described through Numerology. The most important, and evident of these numerological cycles are the three Life Path Cycles. Also known as Period Cycles or sub-paths, these are timeframes which can reveal a lot about the shape of an individual’s life and offer significant support when it comes to making plans and mapping the future.

What are the Life Path Cycles (Period Cycles or Sub-Paths) and What do they Mean?

The Life Path Cycles or sub-paths run sequentially.

They do have a close correspondence to key astrological cycles known as the Return of the Progressed Moon and the Saturn Return, however, through Numerology, a different kind of personal insight can be gleaned. These Cycles are as follows:

The Formative Cycle

Begins at birth, and ends at the beginning of the Cycle of Productivity.
The Formative Cycle describes your growth and the circumstances that will prepare you for adulthood. It holds the groundwork that is being laid for the individuation process.

It contains the favourable and constructive situations that build character and strength, and the positive programming that will become the foundations for your success and happiness. But it also offers insight into the kinds of troublesome experiences you may encounter, sowing the unfortunate seeds of self-defeating thoughts. Ready to flower during your Cycle of Productivity, these will spoil your chances of achieving those same successes and finding happiness.

The Productive Cycle

Begins during the “1” personal year closest to the 28th birthday. For some individuals, the “1” personal year will fall before their 28th birthday. In these cases, the beginning of the Productive Cycle is not actually felt until their 28th birthday, although events corresponding to the upcoming cycle will almost always be set in motion during the transition period.

The Cycle of Productivity represents your work in the world, most commonly pertaining to career and the focus of your adult life. It is the period of time when the vibration of your Birthday Number is being expressed most strongly and is, therefore, a time when you have the potential to bring forth a particular gift, talent, or long-held dream.

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. It describes the character of your lasting legacy, and how your presence in the world has changed it.

The Harvest Cycle

Begins during the “1” personal year closest to the 57th birthday. As with the Productive Cycle, if it falls before, the effect will not be felt until their 57th birthday, although again, events corresponding to it may be set in motion during the transition period. The Harvest Cycle lasts for the remainder of the lifetime.

Your Harvest Cycle 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 ever-expanding goals, they are, with luck, experiencing the ideals they developed or the fruits of their labours in the previous cycle.

When we are operating productively, in alignment with the positive tone set out within these Life Path Cycles, they provide incredible opportunities to achieve goals and experience true happiness! But if this isn’t possible: If we are unaware of the overarching vibrational character of a cycle we’re within, and operating to its negative tone, it will instead offer important life lessons.  If these can be learnt, then we will be opened up to the positive qualities of their vibrational patterns, and reap huge rewards!

During the transition from one cycle to the next, people have been known to suddenly change one career for another, abandon a previously cherished way of life, relocate to an entirely different place, and n some cases, experience a sudden elevation or drop in their fortune

How to Calculate the Life Path Cycles (Period Cycles or Sub-Paths)

The Formative Cycle

The numerical vibration of the Formative Cycle, also known as the first cycle is quite simply the sum of the digits making up your birth month. Most people will not even need to reduce these, apart from those born in November* and December.

So, a person born in September will have the number 9 as their Formative Cycle Number and will experience this vibrational pattern during their Formative Cycle.

A person born in December will have the number 3 as their Formative Cycle Number (1 + 2 = 3) and will experience this vibrational pattern during their Formative Cycle.

The Cycle of Productivity

The numerical vibration of the Productive Cycle, also known as the second cycle is determined by your Birthday Number, which is the sum of the digits of the day of the month on which you were born.

So, a person born on the 7th of any month will have the number 7 as their Cycle of Productivity Number and will experience this vibrational pattern during this cycle.

A person born on the 14th of any month will have the number 5 (1 + 4 = 5) as their Cycle of Productivity Number and will experience this vibrational pattern during this cycle.

The Harvest Cycle

The numerical vibration of the Cycle of Harvest, also known as the third cycle is determined by the sum of your year of birth.

So, a person born at any point during the year 1980 will have the number 9 (1 + 9 + 8 + 0 = 18, and 1 + 8 = 9) as their Harvest Cycle Number, and will experience this vibrational pattern during this cycle.

*It’s important to note that the vibrational patterns of the 3 cycles are always reduced to single digits unless they sum to a master number 11 or 22 (in fact, it’s impossible for anyone to have a Formative Cycle Number 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 later teenage years or the early 20’s.

Another important note is that then a Life Cycle Number is calculated as a sum of other numbers, its core vibration will express more strongly than if the same number was not achieved through reduction.  So a child experiencing a 12/3 formative cycle will express the qualities of 3 more strongly than one born in the 3rd month. This is an important consideration when studying the Personal Years, Pinnacles, and other time-cycles derived from the Life Path Number.

How to Interpret the Life Path Cycles (Period Cycles or Sub-Paths)

 

The Formative Cycles: Meanings by Number

Formative Cycle 1

Those with a Formative Cycle 1 tends to express their individuality early in life.

Sometimes this Sub-Path can describe children who are left to their own devices or expected to be very independent at a young age. Because of this, these people can tend to develop habits of thinking where they assume that only they know the correct way to do anything!  This can sometimes lead to attitudes of superiority, but can also create pioneering thinkers.

Sometimes a gift, talent or interest of this young person is suppressed by parents or caregivers, usually through not receiving enough of a nurturing influence.

Formative Cycle 2

Those with a Formative Cycle 2 tends to experiences more positive feminine influences during childhood than masculine ones.

Sometimes this Sub-Path can describe children who are raised in a home based on a very nurturing philosophy, rather than a disciplinarian one. Because of this, there can be some risk, for children with this vibration, of being spoiled or overly coddled, and this may result in the emergence of a dependent nature during the teenage years.

Strong friendships and alliances probably develop early in life for someone with this Sub-Path, and it can sometimes be an indicator of early marriage.

Formative Cycle 3

Those with a Formative Cycle 3 have often had a lot of opportunities to express themselves during childhood. Generally well liked, children on this Sub-Path are often encouraged to show off, perform, and display their creative gifts to others.

The period of young adulthood is usually quite social, but some difficulties may come from being overconfident or underestimating the odds against them. It is likely that music and the arts will play an important part in the early life of those on this Sub-Path.

Formative Cycle 4

Those with a Formative Cycle 4 usually learn from a very young age that they must work hard in life. It’s likely that they had to apply themselves in school, as good grades and praise did not come easy for them; but even in more lenient environments, these children tend to be very disciplined and self-critical.

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 can find this vibration difficult when they are not allowed to pursue their own interests. It does, however, provide an incredible training ground for developing a sense of perseverance, which will mature into a solid work ethic and a stable lifestyle.

Formative Cycle 5

Those with a Formative Cycle 5 usually experience a lot of change, variety and freedom in early life. It may be that their parents move often, or for any number of reasons, as a young adult, they may spend time in a lot of different places. This can lead to early adaptation of adult behaviors, as children are forced to grow up quickly, having their eyes opened wide to the realities of the world.

A child with this Sub-Path might can develop very powerful communication skills which, if left unchecked, can tend towards manipulation of others.  It is also likely that a very sensual nature will reveal itself, which, again, needs to be kept in check during the teenage years.

Formative Cycle 6

Those with a Formative Cycle 6 are likely to have had a lot of responsibility early in life.

A child with this Sub-Path may have had to take on the role of an adult or carer in the home or faced other restrictions to childhood freedom.

In the latter part of the teenage years, the restrictions encountered earlier will most likely lessen, resulting in an appreciative and reliable nature. But troubles can develop if adults make no attempt to lighten the load of young people of this vibration, and themes of martyrdom, resentment and even self-sabotage.

Formative Cycle 7

Those with a Formative Cycle 7 are likely to have a more fully developed inner world than outer life. They may be quite introverted, but this is often a coping mechanism due to their lively and observant minds.

The seeking of knowledge, and an understanding of the meaning of life, their purpose, and trying to “find oneself” often becomes a top priority. The greatest difficulty faced by young people with this vibration comes from a lack of trust or encouragement from adults if they appear to not be “doing enough” with their life.

But given the right support and encouragement, a child with this Sub-Path will gain the passion and self-belief to turn their thoughts and ideas into positive manifestations in the world.

Formative Cycle 8

Those with a Formative Cycle 8 usually face difficulties in early life.

It’s possible that challenging circumstances may force them to become controlling or to develop overbearing or materialistic attitudes.

A child with this Sub-Path may have been overindulged and spoilt, but those who are not, often go on to develop a strong desire for accomplishment, achievement and success.

The most troublesome potential of this Sub-Path occurs when the opportunity to do things on one’s own and prove ones-self is taken away because a sense of entitlement is developed that can be dis-empowering later in life.

Formative Cycle 9

Those with a Formative Cycle 9 usually experience a childhood filled with a good deal of tension, likely due to having to deal with the expectations of others. This can be due to receiving a very good education, exposure to many possibilities in life, or having a tendency to seek knowledge rather than achievement.

A child with this Sub-Path may be have been forced to behave in ways that did not suit them, and this can result in clashes with authority in the later teen years. But if there are just one or two positive and nurturing role models, these individuals can develop a very healthy sense of self.

Formative Cycle 11

Those with a Formative Cycle 11 may not tune in to the full force and potential of this vibration until they reach their teenage years. The divine inspiration of this Sub-Path, and the need for ways to express it are usually too potent for the young personality. Because of this, younger people will be lead by the 2 instead, so 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 potential for children with this vibration is in being spoiled or overly indulged, leading to weaknesses in character in later life.

Cycles of Productivity: Meanings by Number

Cycle of Productivity 1

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual will be driven by attempts to fulfil their personal ambitions. It’s likely that their professional life will be characterized be healthy competition and the need to push through any perceived barriers to accomplishment.

There is the potential for those on this Sub-Path to sometimes put themselves on a pedestal, so these individuals must practice empathy and consideration as much as possible.

The Productive Cycle is always the same as the Birthday Number, and therefore analyzing the Birthday Number will reveal the nature of events, plus the gifts and challenges faced during the course of this Sub-Path.

Cycle of Productivity 2

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual will focus primarily on cooperation and teamwork. They will tend to be driven to form partnerships, seek allies and generally achieve much more in life with others, than on their own.

There is the potential for those on this Sub-Path to work well in the healing arts, in service or customer-facing roles.

The Productive Cycle is always the same as the Birthday Number, and therefore analyzing the Birthday Number will reveal the nature of events, plus the gifts and challenges faced during the course of this Sub-Path.

Cycle of Productivity 3

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual will usually experience an abundance of social activities and a focus on time with friends and family.

Creative expression in any of the arts will be a driving force, whether in their career, or as a dual focus to this. But regardless of this individual’s work, the vibration of this Sub-Path almost always manifests as sociability, and in fact, these activities are usually advantageous to career advancement.

The Productive Cycle is always the same as the Birthday Number, and therefore analyzing the Birthday Number will reveal the nature of events, plus the gifts and challenges faced during the course of this Sub-Path.

Cycle of Productivity 4

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which one builds a strong foundation for the future. The dominant vibration is steady and stable, plans are put in place that are followed to the letter. As a work-focused time, it is important for those on this Sub-Path to find enough time to socialize, although these individuals often combine work and pleasure, finding it hard to let go of their responsibilities.

The Productive Cycle is always the same as the Birthday Number, and therefore analyzing the Birthday Number will reveal the nature of events, plus the gifts and challenges faced during the course of this Sub-Path.

Cycle of Productivity 5

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual will usually experience constant change. Often, a series of major events will occur one after another, dramatically altering the course of one’s life. There is usually a lot of travel and a huge variety of experiences.

Those on this Sub-Path must learn to be very adaptable and are often regarded as highly inspirational people by those they meet.

The Productive Cycle is always the same as the Birthday Number, and therefore analyzing the Birthday Number will reveal the nature of events, plus the gifts and challenges faced during the course of this Sub-Path.

Cycle of Productivity 6

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual will face many adaptations and adjustments regarding their domestic life. It can represent a very happy home life or marriage, but only for those who are able to fully accept others’ behavior, rather than needing to control it.

Those on this Sub-Path must learn to release any perfectionism and let their nurturing side blossom.

The Productive Cycle is always the same as the Birthday Number, and therefore analyzing the Birthday Number will reveal the nature of events, plus the gifts and challenges faced during the course of this Sub-Path.

Cycle of Productivity 7

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual will likely find that they prefer focusing on matters concerning the inner life or the future. They may struggle 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 are able to dig deep and focus on their true aspirations. Faith in the self or in the unseen often emerges during this Cycle, and it’s highly likely that those experiencing this vibration will focus on self-development during these years.

The Productive Cycle is always the same as the Birthday Number, and therefore analyzing the Birthday Number will reveal the nature of events, plus the gifts and challenges faced during the course of this Sub-Path.

Cycle of Productivity 8

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual learns early on 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.

Those on this Sub-Path must be careful not to expect the luck or the goodwill of others to bring them success, but to develop their own personal work ethic.

The Productive Cycle is always the same as the Birthday Number, and therefore analyzing the Birthday Number will reveal the nature of events, plus the gifts and challenges faced during the course of this Sub-Path.

Cycle of Productivity 9

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual enjoys a good degree of freedom, but needs to be responsible for grasping the possibilities and opportunities presented to them. Spiritual experiences, as well as great material successes, are available within this cycle, but unless these individuals are actively participating in their own lives, these may not readily manifest.

Those on this Sub-Path must employ a good deal of flexibility and open-mindedness to experience stable relationships and job security. Self-employment can be preferable.

The Productive Cycle is always the same as the Birthday Number, and therefore analyzing the Birthday Number will reveal the nature of events, plus the gifts and challenges faced during the course of this Sub-Path.

Cycle of Productivity 11

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual must be prepared to focus on fulfilling their ideals, and manifesting their dreams. Financial speculation and material pursuits can seem to run into difficulty at this time unless these are closely aligned with the individual’s inspiration and vision.

Some of those on this Sub-Path can find the vibration of the Master Number 11 too difficult to handle and instead work with the 2. In this case, much energy must be spent seeking partnerships and allies in life and may end up working within the healing arts.

The Productive Cycle is always the same as the Birthday Number, and therefore analyzing the Birthday Number will reveal the nature of events, plus the gifts and challenges faced during the course of this Sub-Path.

Cycle of Productivity 22

This Cycle of Productivity indicates a time of life during which the individual can embody powerful leadership and experience major achievements, but only if they are able to live up to their potential and promise. This time is likely to be emotionally trying and extreme situations will be faced. When things become difficult during this cycle, it is likely that these individuals will want to bury themselves in their work and in very grounding activities, but this is not a good vent for the emotional volcano underneath, which requires the ambition and personal sovereignty.

Those on this Sub-Path can gain great success if they work for the common good, but face disaster if they focus only on gaining personal wealth.

Harvest Cycles: Meanings by Number

Harvest Cycle 1

Those with a Harvest Cycle 1 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 on this Sub-Path people find a new business venture, sport or course of study to participate in at this time.

If these individuals do retire early, it’s usually because they have an adventure or two planned as a way to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Harvest Cycle 2

Those with a Harvest Cycle 2 tend to enjoy a restful time in the latter portion of their lives, probably as half of a comfortable partnership. A good deal of emotion and nostalgia is often brought up during these years.

Many people on this Sub-Path 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.

Harvest Cycle 3

Those with a Harvest Cycle 3 tend to enjoy a full and vibrant social life in the latter portion of their lives, and there is never a lack of friends.

People on this Sub-Path 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.

Harvest Cycle 4

Those with a Harvest Cycle 4 are not likely to retire early, or if they do, it’s to offer their practical expertise in another field of work. Sometimes this occurs by choice, and sometimes by necessity.

Many people on this Sub-Path expend a lot of effort caring for home, property, or family matters, so if one prepares well for this Harvest Cycle, it can be a wonderful and productive time.

Harvest Cycle 5

Those with a Harvest Cycle 5 are likely to experience a time of pleasant change, travel, and new activities during the latter portion of their lives.

It’s possible that those on this Sub-Path will neither need, nor want to retire from professional life, particularly if it offers them the variety characterized by this vibration.

Harvest Cycle 6

Those with a Harvest Cycle 6 are likely to 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.

It’s probably that those on this Sub-Path will face some restrictions in their lifestyle at this time, probably due to their responsibilities.

Harvest Cycle 7

Those with a Harvest Cycle 7 are likely to need to retire from the hustle and bustle of business and commercial life, unless their work is academic, creative or otherwise allows them to pursue personal interests.

People on this Sub-Path almost always continue working during this time, often as researchers, scholars or writers who work in a fairly secluded environment. These individuals will likely enjoy a peaceful time, and those who experience this vibration may encounter true wisdom.

Harvest Cycle 8

Those with a Harvest Cycle 8 are likely to trade in a job for a business, rather than taking their retirement. The focus of this numerical vibration on material wealth and accomplishment usually moves people into a second – often home-based – career, sometimes in financial trading or real estate.

People on this Sub-Path almost always end up living in a well-run and organized home, and have a good deal of structure to their lives

Harvest Cycle 9

Those with a Harvest Cycle 8 are likely to spend more time studying and learning, or otherwise expanding their knowledge, than ever before. Travel and new experiences are common, but it’s unlikely that this will involve business and work.

This is an almost perfect Sub-Path for a writer, academic or other person of a philosophical type.

Harvest Cycle 11

Those with a Harvest Cycle 11 are likely to exhibit some form of mastery in their activities. It’s likely that these individuals will retire from the life of business and work, but will continue learning, and sharing – possibly writing about – their experiences.

This is the Sub-Path of someone who is an inspiration to others and may be sought after for the wisdom (or the special talent) they carry.

Harvest Cycle 22

Those with a Harvest Cycle 22 are likely to experience a very fruitful time if one remains active by taking up some form of physical activity or work that they can engage in.

Many people on this Sub-Path become teachers and share their experience for the benefit of others. In fact, this is the best way to channel this high-vibrational energy into a life-enhancing process.

The Power of Choice and Free Will

In Numerology, it is understood that 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-Paths are here to help you formulate a strategy to break through these limitations with ease.

Approaching your personal numerology chart 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 that the chart actually represents, rather than trying to make sense of all the parts.

You always have a choice!

 

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