For the Chaldean Magi or priest scribes, magic and science were not at odds. Math was a divine language used to describe the movements of the cosmos and a way to decode the esoteric meaning behind existence. The Chaldeans devised ancient divination systems such as astrology and numerology and introduced important mathematical principles including positional numeration (decimals) and the sexagesimal system (dividing circles, such as a minute into 60 seconds).
In Numerology, places, events, letters, names and objects are translated into numbers. Each number represents an energy that possesses certain qualities and manifests in distinct forms. In magical systems, names are sacred— to understand the arcane meaning of an object’s name grants the knower mystical access to deeper levels of meaning and purpose.
In modern Numerology, each life is divided into Nine-Year-Cycles. As we come into a new year, take a moment to calculate where you are in the cycle, then read the corresponding number and meditate on how best to apply your energies this year.
To find your personal year, add the following:
Birth Month + Birth Day + Current Year
Then reduce the number to a single digit— example:
12/1/2011 or (12 + 1 + 2011) = 2024
2024 or (2 + 2 + 4) = 8
Personal Year (1)
In the first year of the cycle, the One Year, we experience a range of energies to assist our soul’s evolvement. The One Year concerns new beginnings. In the I Ching, Hexagram One is pure, positive Yang energy, charging us with ideas and strength. One is connected to our force of will and the development of a healthy ego. We are charged with inner strength during the One Year and there is a drive to take mental and physical action. As our ego is rebuilt, we become more aware of our individual talents and gifts. The One Year asks, “Who am I?” and ignites the power and potential of our uniqueness, deepening our focus on what we believe in and how to express it. Painful lessons were learned in the last nine years that changed our identity. Now we come into the One Year completely transformed. It is time to release the past— lingering situations, habits and relationships that no longer serve us are burned away by the intense heat and energy of the One Year. The wisdom gained in the last cycle, must now be applied to life— long-range goals must be acted upon. Because of this, the One Year ignites a consuming focus on personal identity, projects, plans and goals. The time has come to push forward into new territory. It is time to flex our new-found powers and hard-won wisdom to influence the world around us. Action, idealism, creativity and self-expression are rewarded. Work hard and don’t be afraid to start a new venture.
Personal Year (2)
The Two Year expands our meditation with others. In the I Ching, Hexagram Two is The Receptive— the Yin energy of openness, compassion, connection, empathy and surrender to a higher power. After strengthening the ego, it is time to open up to divine guidance and explore how to be of service. The Two Year asks, “How will I partner?” It is a time of cooperation in both personal and business matters. Two emphasizes balance, unity, tact, diplomacy, negotiation and discernment and our abilities in these areas will be tested and rewarded. After the One Year’s action oriented push towards individuation, the Two Year focuses on cultivating better connection and a balance of give and take. We are forging new relationships with the community. As we explore what our role is in relation to others, we may find our identity has changed dramatically. Often, we must take on significant responsibilities; followers may transform into leaders and students may find they are now teachers. Each relationship we enter into, whether we are lovers, friends or acquaintances, is a meditation where we play out different scenarios with our partner. We draw people to us who reflect our concerns, helping to mirror our fears, hopes and dreams so that we can work out a complex release of energy through the meditation of relationship. Eventually, we must release duality and the sense of separation from others and understand that duality is just another way to meditate. During the Two Year, we are magnetized, drawing those with similar ideals and concerns, so that we can work cooperatively towards shared goals and interests.
Personal Year (3)
The Three Year is about the rise of our creative force. When Yin and Yang unite, the birth of creative energy results— a release of magic, intuition, fertility, creativity and joy. Our intuitive abilities deepen and lead us in surprising directions. We discover new adventures and interests. The Three Year allows us to experience divine revelation, ideas, invention, artistry and inspiration. The Three Year asks, “What will I create?” We expand our perceptions of what is possible, how we can take our dreams and visions into manifestation. Three is symbolic of past, present and future and the Three Year orients us in space and time. We must put the past into perspective and set goals for the future. In the Three Year, we re-write our story from a new foundation. Our individual ego has strengthened and our connections to the community have transformed, becoming the foundation of a new vision. Playfulness, flexibility and exploration are important during the Three Year, stay open to the new, and explore creative approaches to work, play and listen to your heart, which is the seat of joy and the only compass to direct you toward bliss.
Personal Year (4)
The Four Year is about practicality, self esteem, honesty and good work habits. Coming out of the joy and creative freedom of the Three Year can make the Four Year a little startling. Now, we must ground our energy and get practical. The Four Year asks, “How will I work?” You are building a new foundation in the Four Year, centering your energy and cultivating good habits. Attention to detail, continuity, efficient schedules and strong goals are all part of the Four vibration. The Four Year asks us to attend to our bodies, to nurture our mind and spirit so we can sustain our energy levels and accomplish the work that fulfills us. What is the proper balance of sleep and work, contemplation and recreation? Are we eating whole, nutritious food and moving enough or neglecting our bodies? Are we giving ourselves enough time to play? In the Four Year we need to understand our own self worth and treat our needs with the same respect and attention we would give to a loved one. The Four Year is connected to the elements, Fire, Earth, Air and Water which manifest in our psyche as Will, Strength, Intellect and Emotion. In the Four Year, we must find the connection between these elemental forces. An important consideration is whether or not we are doing something what we love for our work, if not, then we need to work towards this as a goal; creating abundance in our lives through that which we love, not enslaving ourselves to something we hate. The Four Year asks us to be honest about what we devote our lives to.
Personal Year (5)
The Five Year is about transformation, new opportunities, surprises, inventions and revolution. We must use the skills and work habits cultivated in the Four Year to adapt to unexpected developments, new people and situations. In the Five Year, we are asked to use the skills we have developed in more exciting and challenging ways, to expand our minds to new solutions. The Five Year comes at us fast, like an assault course of twists and turns and new developments. Our ego, sense of balance and cooperation, creativity and acquired skills are all put to the test as challenges, shocks and startling developments materialize. In the Five Year, we are drawn to iconoclastic ideas, places and people. Relationships may be surprising, unexpected or life changing in some way. The Five Year shakes us out of comfortable habits and forces us to acclimatize to a more chaotic pace. The Five Year asks, “How will I adapt?” Foreign cultures, dramatic turns and iconoclastic ideas are ruled by the Five. Travel is possible and so is a powerful change in our work or living circumstances. Five is the vibration of new discovery, of openness to the wonder of the universe around us. We evolve through transformation and adaptation and the Five Year continually forces us to reconsider anything that is outdated and make room for a modern approach. New concepts can seem threatening when we are shut down, but exciting and stimulating when we are open. Growth, transformation and adaptation are the watch-words of the Five Year. We must open our minds to new vistas and be prepared to release that which is no longer viable.
Personal Year (6)
The Six Year concerns service to our community and how we can give generously to others. After the Five Year opened us up to radical transformation, stimulating us and improving our game while allowing us to discover new people, places and ideas, the Six Year asks us to walk our talk and to give back to the community. Compassion and sensitivity to the needs of others become paramount at this time. If we listen to the call and give to those in need, we find that in healing others, we heal ourselves. The Six Year asks “How will I help?” The more powerful we are, the more responsible we must be to help the weak, ignorant and underprivileged. In the Six Year we are often asked to stand up for the truth, despite pressure and opposition. Duty, accountability and commitment are all part of the Six Year. Examining our beliefs, what we stand for and exploring how we can apply our energies in the best way to move the world in a positive direction and help others accomplish their goals, become the focus. Each of us is given special gifts, whether it’s a pair of strong hands, a powerful mind, a loving heart or creative inspiration and at every moment we can choose to give the best of ourselves, sharing our strength or indulge our lowest instincts. In the Six Year, we must find a way to be strong. A kind thought, a prayer, a compliment, a compassionate ear; these are all ways to give to others and in giving find that we receive support. Balance, harmony, sincerity love and truth are elements of the Six Year, so cultivate the best of yourself and release your treasure into the world.
Personal Year (7)
The Seven Year concerns the deeper mysteries of existence and the subtle aspects of the energy body and the soul. Coming out of the practical, stable Six Year, we slip into the mysteries of the Seven Year relatively unprepared. Magic is a chaotic force that operates with the unseen energies of the universe, tapping into the passion of the spirit. The Seven Year asks, “How do I evolve?” The energies of the Seven Year shift the landscape of our lives in new and sometimes strange ways. It is a year of karmic adjustment, when the balance of people and events in your life can suddenly and unaccountably shift direction. In the Seven Year, there can be dramatic reversals of fortune which manifest as inexplicable loss or unexpected victory— sometimes both. Emotions and drives sometimes erupt from the subconscious mind, taking us by surprise. We can discover difficult truths; things we thought made us happy are revealed to be deadly, while elements of ourselves we thought lost forever—return like the prodigal son. In the Seven Year we find out who we truly are, the “I” that transcends personal identity. Sometimes we are asked to make a great sacrifice in order to fulfill our destiny or come back to a higher path. We are forced to awaken to the needs of our soul. Above all else, the soul must evolve. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Despite our attachments and repulsions, the soul must evolve. We will be sent messages in dreams. Teachers will arrive to help us understand why we have been asked to sacrifice. Self-examination, hopes, magical portents and signs play an important role in the Seven Year— spend time in meditation and listen to your dreams.
Personal Year (8)
In the Eight Year, we emerge from the cocoon and begin to spread our wings. After discovering deep spiritual truths about our evolvement in the Seven Year, the next level of growth is set in motion. We receive support at this time, in the form of true friends and like-minded souls who encourage us. Mature talents emerge, abandoned skills are reclaimed and we must acknowledge long-term goals and dreams. The Eight Year asks, “What is my calling?” Our careers should be informed by our passions but our passions must be tempered by intellect, empathy, accountability and compassion. In the Eight Year, balancing spiritual and material goals is imperative. Success and material wealth are connected to our value systems, and so we must define what we believe in and what is worth giving our lives to in this world. Can we set our egos aside and allow the Sacred Intelligence of the Universe or God to express itself through us? Although the Eight Year is connected to boons and karmic reward for our efforts and the sacrifices made in the Seven Year, it is also an integration of the hard won spiritual truths and practical tools and habits acquired in the earlier part of the cycle. Now we find a mature and tempered strength to apply to our higher goals. We release any selfish allegiance to false ego and pursue our higher calling with renewed vitality. We are older and wiser now. Frivolous goals have been alchemically transformed into a more refined approach to life and a new standard to our aspirations. In the Eight Year, we put away childish things and come into our own.
Personal Year (9)
The Nine Year is about endings and release. As we close the cycle, not only are we releasing energy no longer conductive to our growth, but we have come to a new understanding of our true potential. On a deep, intrinsic level, a sense of our inner power has emerged. In the Nine Year, our potential for accomplishment, attainment and satisfaction expands and we are given a glimpse into how powerful and satisfying our future will be if we have the strength to stay on the high road. We have a new-found confidence based on real achievement. Our innate power and ability to touch people and situations and to change the world becomes clear. The force of our will and its influence are felt. The Nine Year asks, “What is my intention?” The Nine Year is a final burning away of the attachments in the last cycle, attachments that held us back from evolving the ethical, creative, flexible, empathic and responsible qualities of a self-actualized being. As we integrate with our new path and its challenges, regrets vanish and our intellectual power and inventiveness are unleashed, our intent awakens and our new direction is clear. The Nine Year is about commitment to our path, releasing regrets and embracing the future. We are freed from the past and though the memories may linger and the lessons may have been painful, we are ready to move forward into a bright new world where we will receive maximum support for our projects. The path that leads us to the next cycle opens before us and we are propelled forward to meet our future.
As we move through the numerological cycles remember: When traveling on the path, pack lightly.