## 7 Personal Year: A Spiritual Year Of Deep Inner Work

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: January 5, 1980

Use only the MONTH and DAY:

January is:  1

Day is 5: 5

Then use the CURRENT YEAR.

2017 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10;  1 + 0 = 1

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

1+5 = 6 + 1 (2017) = 7

In this example, you’re experiencing a 7 Personal Year.

#### 7 Personal Year

This year is all about delving inward. While you may see yourself functioning fairly normally, this is a time where you’ll be heavily involved in deep inner work. It’s a spiritual year—meaning, you’ll have many opportunities to test your sense of spirituality, however you define it.

This is a year where your faith and trust will be tested and you’ll feel as though you want to retreat from the static of the outside world. You’ll feel more quiet, detached, and introspective than usual, so don’t let that surprise you.

It’s a year where you’re gathering data, collecting knowledge, and probing your own inner depths. Don’t push it—that can wait until next year when you start a three-year transition cycle. This is the year for a retreat, sabbatical, or just additional “alone” time.

Your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to explore the depths of your soul’s calling and be willing to recalibrate yourself so that you come into alignment with the you that you’re excavating this year.  This can be a valuable time to evaluate your sense of independence and how you’ve chosen to take the lead in your life.  The energy of last year was a perfect segue into the internal, contemplative energies of your 7 Personal Year.

While you may still see yourself functioning fairly normally, this is a year where you’ll be heavily involved in inner work. This is a year where your faith and trust could be tested. It’s a time of deep contemplation or—if you’re working with more destructive tendencies in this cycle—big feelings of being a victim in your life.

This is a time for introspection, meditation, and spiritual study. It’s also a good time for counseling or therapy, energy work, and anything else that allows you deep personal growth.  You need to truly embrace you during this time. This is the “me” year in which the Universe is giving you full permission to contemplate your own navel.

This may be a year where you are quiet and not as outwardly communicative as usual, so be clear when dealing with your relationships. Let your loved ones know it’s not them you’re responding to, it’s just what you need this year. Often people report that difficult and painful events happen to them during a 7 Personal Year. It has the potential to rival the 9 Personal Year in terms of facing challenges like loss, letting go, health issues, or other events that people typically find hard to handle. It’s a year to cultivate a balance between your intuition and your analytic mind.

#### Benefits of the 7 Personal Year

• You’ll feel inspired to connect with your spirituality.
• You’ll feel empowered when you connect the dots between mind, body, and spirit in a practical way that works for you.
• You’ll have success when you embrace the internal journey the year brings you.
• You’ll have the opportunity to see how dealing with your experiences with frustration does not serve you and is not necessary.
• You’ll feel a deep need to delve into the ways that you can cultivate trust in yourself and in other people.

#### Challenges during the 7 Personal Year

• Be aware that you may feel lonely this year.
• Protect yourself from feelings of isolation by scheduling some breaks for yourself: weekend trips, get-togethers with friends, or meet-ups with colleagues.
• Be prepared for defaulting into cynicism. This is a great year to discern what you really believe and how you want to act on that knowledge.