With 2022 in full swing, and *finally* being out of another lockdown, we’re living out the resolutions, intentions, and plans we have set for the year. If not with a good ol’ journal planner, or a quick peruse through Instagram, we lean into the metaphysical world to gain clarity on things we cannot control, through the stars, tarot cards, and even numerology. As a modern society, numbers have always had assigned meaning, from significant birthdays to favourite and lucky numbers, to an indication of both space and time. But there’s so much more to it than just that. Numerology is the belief that the numbers from one to nine have spiritual and symbolic significance. Think of numerology as astrology’s very cool but lesser-known cousin.
Within the practice of numerology, it’s believed that we can better understand the world. In order to find your Life Path number, simply take your birthdate and reduce it down to its numerical value. For example, if you were born on April 1, 1989, you’d first identify the separate values of the day, month, and year: April is the fourth month, so its number is four. Your day of birth is 1. Finally, your birth year can be reduced down to a single number by adding its digits together (1 + 9 + 8 + 9 = 27, 2 + 7 = 9). So, you now have three numbers you need to add together (4 + 1 + 9 = 14) and yet another sum to reduce (1 + 4 = 5). Depending on your birth date, you might end up with another double-digit number after this step — just keep reducing until you get down to a single-digit number. In this example, five would be your Life Path number.
So what does this mean for you?
Numerology indicates a representation of both your personality and, in the abstract, your future. Similar to astrology, it provides you with what your optimal expression is and what your tendencies and obstacles will be. When you work within the parameters of your Life Path number you’ll feel more present. Who doesn’t want that?
So now that you know how to figure out your number, we’ve laid out what it means, and as an added bonus – and in the spirit of predicting the future and restaurants being open again – here is the ultimate food guide according to your Life Path number.
Life Path 1: The Leader
Values: individuality, independence, autonomy
Challenges: to develop a voice of your own and a greater sense of self-confidence
Restaurant Pick: Mother Tongue
Intimate, stylish cocktail bar & restaurant with Filipino & Pan-Asian influences. Good music, unique choice, and always a good time.
Life Path 2: The Diplomat
Values: partnerships, balance, love
Challenges: to tap into your emotional sensitivity — and use it to connect with others
Restaurant Pick: Aloette
Chic diner, this narrow eatery serves elevated comfort dishes plus French staples, feeling like a vacation right in your home city.
Life Path 3: The Socializer
Values: creativity, self-expression, fun
Challenges: to remain optimistic — yet realistic — in the face of difficulties
Restaurant Pick: WVRST
Self-service spot with swanky sausages & fries, lots of craft brews and a German beer hall vibe with harvest seating, making it an optimal spot to meet new people and engage in interesting conversation.
Life Path 4: The Worker
Values: structure, discipline, health
Challenges: to balance your ambitions with your need for security
Restaurant Pick: Sugo
An always delicious and consistent neighbourhood red sauce joint serving up classic Italian-American dishes. Sugo is one place that will never disappoint and forever feels like home.
Life Path 5: The Free Spirit
Values: adventure, movement, change
Challenges: to find some kind of daily structure that works for you
Restaurant Pick: Fonda Balam
Just like the quote goes, “tacos fall apart sometimes but we still love them,” and Fonda Balam embraces just that. The spot for combos of birria and Jarritos. The brainchild of Chef Matty Matheson and couple Kate Chomyshyn and Julio Guajardo. A relaxed atmosphere that offers kickass taste.
Life Path 6: The Nurturer
Values: responsibility, family, long-term goals
Challenges: to make your home comfortable for yourself and others
Restaurant Pick: Myth
Elevated yet traditional, Myth offers classic and familiar Greek dishes in an upscale venue with an elegant atmosphere, patio seating & a full bar.
Life Path 7: The Intuitive
Values: meditative thought, introspection, imagination
Challenges: to listen to your rational side as much as your intuitive side
Restauant Pick: Laissez Faire
With a name that is a nod to their mantra; Laissez Faire has a laid-back approach to upscale-casual fine dining with an attention to service and experience.
Life Path 8: The Power Player
Values: authority, material things, success
Challenges: to learn when exerting control is helpful — and when you’re better off letting someone else take over
Restaurant Pick: Chubby’s
The ultimate gorgeous experience, combined with the city’s best Jerk chicken, patties, curries & Jamaican snacks, plus all the delicious tropical cocktails, with mixes and sauces for you to take home so your experience doesn’t end there.
Life Path 9: The Humanitarian
Values: compassion, understanding, acceptance
Challenges: to come away from every new experience a little bit wiser
Restaurant Pick: Ikune Sushi & Natural Wine Bar
A mix of traditional asian street food dishes with elevated flair, and a unique twist by combining them with delicious, rare and juicy natural wine, sake and beer.