The first calculation to make for a numerological chart is the birth date. The date needs to be written out in the mm/dd/yyyy format. For example if you were born on January 23rd of 1980 it would be 01/23/1980. If you add the numbers of the birth date together you will have the Life Path number. In the example given, it would be 1 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 0 or 24- which then reduces to 2 + 4 or 6. The Life Path number is a representation of who you were when you were born and how those ingrained traits will take you through life. Remember that the numbers need to be between 1 and 9 except for the master numbers. Do not reduce 11 or 22 as they are the master numbers and a valid result to have.
Those who were born with a Life Path of 8 were born for a life of leadership, organization and governance. Extremely ambitious and orientated towards goals, they will efficiently find a place for themselves in the world. Ideas, organization and follow through all come naturally to these people and they make excellent business leaders. Reading the natures and motives of other people allows them to use them to their advantage. But their hard work borders on obsession and is what really takes them across the finish line. This insight into others merely provides a good team to have alongside them in the race. Practicality and steadiness are pointed at an objective until it breaks under the pressure.
Confident and successful, these people will partake of the material goods of achievement. Money will be something they pay close attention to. They will also be concerned with social status. They’ve worked hard, after all, and it is only fair to achieve some recognition for it. Honor and admiration will be coveted like treasure. But they manage to be subtle about receiving all of this praise and will rarely go around boasting. There are more subtle ways to make everyone aware of your importance.
They make excellent providers for their home but their preoccupation can leave loved ones feeling neglected. But they are at heart honest, steadfast, frank and loving partners who need those relationships to balance out the sometimes hard edges of their persona. Time must be taken away from their busy schedule to make time for- and nurture- those relationships in their life. Without those influences, these people are quick to burn out.
The negative aspects of a Life Path in the number 8 include an obsession with financial success and a suppression of their emotional side in favor of logic. This behavior can drive a wedge in those important relationships and leave the person feeling isolated. Their strong opinions can become so important in their own mind that they ignore or shoot down the opinions of those around them- whether or not they are valid. Their workaholic natures can lead to health problems such as insomnia and stomach ulcers.