Pythagorean Numerology

I knew close to nothing about Astrology — I mean, I knew what the fire, earth, air, water signs were and the cardinal, fixed, mutable, but that was about it — until close to the end of 1997 when my friend got me into personology and my knowledge started to accelerate from there.

What I did know about 2 1/2 years beforehand was something called Pythagorean Numerology, in a book by Dan Millman called “The Life You Were Born To Live – A guide to finding your life purpose.”

I welcomed this new information into my life. The first thing I should say is that I’m a 29/11.

Well, what does that mean? What it means is that the digits of my birth date added up to 29. An example of a birthday that adds up to 29 is 8/20/1972. Or, 8+2+0+1+9+7+2.

Then, the answer, being at least 12, is added together. e.g. 29/11. Usually, or at least often, the final answer is less than 10

(For everybody who was born in the 20th century, you always have 10 (1+9) for the 19 part of the year. Everythig else is added to that. For those born in the 21st century, this can get a little weird with the fact that the numbers can add up to less than 10: Such as 5/10/2001. Or, to be really extreme, 10/1/2000.

Millman identified themes having to do with each of the numbers. As he put it:

  • 1 is Creativity and Confidence
  • 2 is Cooperation and Balance
  • 3 is Expression and Sensitivity
  • 4 is Stability and Process
  • 5 is Freedom and Discipline
  • 6 is Vision and Acceptance
  • 7 is Trust and Openness
  • 8 is Abundance and Power
  • 9 is Integrity and Wisdom
  • 0 is Inner Gifts

The sections in the book that have to do with these base numbers can be exemplified by a poetic verse that begins each section. For 0 — Inner Gifts, it goes:

“Imagine a hidden spring
flowing in depths unseen,
carrying with its current secrets,
ready to burst forth in abundance,
nourishing, giving life,
for anyone willing to dig deeper.
How are you like that hidden spring?
What resources wait for you just beneath the surface?
What gifts might you find?
In what practical ways do you need to balance your life
before your inner sights opens?

For life path 4, it begins:

“Imagine a house under construction,
the foundation poured and set,
the structure and framework rising,
one step at a time.
How is this house like your life?
What does it reveal to you about reaching your goals?
Have you strengthened your foundation?
Do you build your life step by step?

My brother in law is a 31/4. My dad was a 28/10. And so it goes. The point being, each of the numbers matters, but in the case of my dad, the final result is the second number (so his life path involves creativity & confidence AND inner gifts), but the first number, 28, involves how he gets to the second number. For the 28/10 section, the first thing written is:

“Those on the 28/10 life path are here to work through issues combining material success and creative energy, applying their creative energy and intuitive gifts in service of others, guiding with authority and compassion.” And it goes from there.

Other sources will do life paths, but they usually only focus on the final number. These are things you can find online.

This is a relatively large book — however, at over 400 pages, it’s nowhere near the first three books of the Secret Language series. But each of these sections I’ve already mentioned goes into a great deal of explanation about the base numbers and the life paths. Now, for each of the life paths in that section, at the end of the book there are several ‘laws’ that are listed in those sections that are then defined toward the end of the book. For the 29/11 path they are:

  • The Law of Choices — Creativity is an energy we can choose to apply in positive or negative ways.
  • The Law of Flexibility — By staying flexible, we make the best possible use of challenging circumstances.
  • The Law of Action — To overcome insecurity, we need to acknowledge our vulnerability but act with confidence.
  • The Law of Intuition — As we stop monitoring others’ opinions, we can connect with our heart’s wisdom.
  • The Law of Responsibility — Deep satisfaction comes with knowing when to say yes and when to say no.

Each life path has its own five laws. There are a total of 17 to choose from. I won’t go into too much detail about any one, but The Law of Choices begins:

“Most creatures on Earth have a relatively narrow range of conscious choices; they work primarily through instinct and adaptation. In contrast, we humans have far-ranging powers of choice. Our daily lives consist of a series of choicess and exercises in free will — what to do with our day, whether to change careers, go back to school, or continue a relationship, and so forth.”

It goes on for several pages from there.

I hope any of this helps you and/or piques your interest enough to look into this book further.

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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