## 5 Personal Year: A Year of Unexpected Opportunities

A Personal Year Cycle is a nine-year-long cycle. Depending on where you are in your cycle, your Personal Year Number could be a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or a 9. After 9, you’ll cycle back to 1 again. Each Personal Year Number has different qualities to it. Once you become familiar with the defining qualities of each of the numbers 1 – 9 you can begin to apply the core elements of the numbers everywhere they show up, including the various cycles you experience.

Also note that the Personal Year Cycle runs from January 1 – December 31—not from birthday to birthday, even though I find that the energy related to your Personal Year intensifies around your birthday.

Having knowledge of the number of the Personal Year that you’re in will help you establish a framework for your activities that responds to the basic energy of that number. Knowing your Personal Year Number will offer you shortcuts for making decisions that can make your life easier, more productive, and ultimately happier.

At the very least, knowing your Personal Year Number in a given year offers you an overarching idea about the arena you’ll be engaged with during that specific year. I like to associate it with “knowing the theme to your party!”  The great thing about knowing where you are in your Personal Year Cycle is that you can forecast and allow yourself to work with the energy of the year rather than against it. Know your theme and you’ll find that you have much more success throughout the year. Or at least you’ll be able to extract deeper meaning about why things are happening they way they’re happening.

#### CALCULATE THE PERSONAL YEAR

EXAMPLE:

Take the date of birth: April 27, 1990

Use only the MONTH and DAY:

April is 4:  4

Day is 27: 2 + 7 = 9

Then use the CURRENT YEAR.

2017 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10;  1 + 0 = 1

Now add the month, day, and current year together.

4 + 9 = 13 = 4 + 1 (2017) = 5

In this example, you’re experiencing a 5 Personal Year.

#### 5 Personal Year

What does freedom mean to you? More time? Money? A different job? Different marital situation? “Freedom” and “change” are your themes for the year and it can feel like a whirlwind—so many pleasures, so little time! There are lots of ups and downs, so the key for this year is flexibility, adaptability, and focus—otherwise “drama” may also be a recurring theme this year.

Lots of unexpected opportunities are bound to come your way, so be open to trying new things. It’s time to travel and tap into your sense of fearless adventure—not necessarily a time to make a long-term commitment. The key to this year is establishing and acting on some semblance of self-discipline, otherwise you’ll get to the next year feeling like this year has been one big hangover. You’ll have plenty of sex appeal right now, so understand that your alluring energy can offer plenty of sensual pleasures.

Change is your mantra and you’re getting ready for transitions toward the end of the year, yet the first part of the year might have you spinning.  After the more practical energies of your 4 Personal Year, the energy of the 5 can feel intoxicating.  Often the year starts out with a bang right out of the chute.  You’ll often be met with new people, new experiences, and new opportunities.  Anytime you can opt to venture off your beaten track is favored in a 5 Personal Year.  This is a progressive time when you’ll be pushed to explore the sensual side of life.

This is a pivotal year—remember it’s mid-way through your 9 year Personal Year Cycle.  This year can be a turning point for change and transition.  Freedom is calling and you’re required to throw your hat into the ring.  What is your answer?  Of course there’s nothing like defining your sense of freedom to bring up some long-held issues surrounding this very theme.  Therefore the 5 Personal Year offers a plethora of opportunity to face your fears, dismantle restrictions, and rekindle your sense of adventure.

This can be a year where uncertainty rules the roost and oftentimes that can feel disconcerting, if not downright unacceptable.  Some of the caveats include excessive behaviors—sex, drugs, alcohol and all the rest of it.  Or excessive behaviors on the opposite pole—overwork, under eating, too much exercise.   Or you might succumb to the fear factor and find yourself retracting and retreating.  You might feel the siren call of escape and opt for numbing or zoning out rather than focusing and reigning in all the high-level energies you have access to right now.

#### Benefits of the 5 Personal Year

• You’ll feel sensual and sexually attractive.
• You’ll feel empowered when you’re riding the wave of the energy of the year while also establishing healthy parameters around your actions.
• You’ll have success when you embrace your magnetism and focus your intentions on something specific.
• You’ll have the opportunity to move through boredom and into mastery of a subject or area of expertise.
• You’ll feel free to choose what you want to do and when you want to do it.

#### Challenges during the 5 Personal Year

• Be aware that even though this is a year of constant change, you may feel fear rather than fearlessness.
• Protect yourself from overindulgence and recklessness by embracing the fact you always feel better at the end of the day when you have followed a plan, no matter how loosely structured.
• Be prepared to default into a teeter-totter mode: everything feels like it’s going up and down, up and down. This is a great year to discern what freedom actually means to you and then begin steps to bring more of it into your life. In order for you to do this with success, you must be able to focus and follow through.