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
Take the date of birth: May 3, 1971
Use only the MONTH and DAY:
Month is 5
Day is 3
Then use the CURRENT YEAR.
2017 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10; 1 + 0 = 1
Now add the month, day, and current year together.
5 (Month) + 3 (Day) + 1 (2017) = 9
In this example, you’re experiencing a 9 Personal Year
9 Personal Year
This is the end of a nine-year cycle. It’s a year of completion, unraveling, and letting go of the old to make space for change. This change can be somewhat dramatic and tumultuous—affecting possessions, relationships, jobs, geographical location, spirituality, and health. It’s all under review this year.
This is the year that’s inviting you (oh, let’s be honest, it’s forcing you) to move on to an even more expansive cycle in your life if you choose to let go and allow what’s no longer serving you to fall away.
Don’t despair at all the “heaviness”—this is also a year where you can revel in the successful culmination of all that you’ve been working toward for the past eight years. It’s a time where your dreams can manifest almost instantly if you’re ready to let go of everything that’s no longer serving your best interests.
It’s going to be a matter of evaluating what’s finished and no longer serving a positive function and then moving forward without a net. You know people who are in a marriage or a relationship that’s over with and yet they won’t get a divorce or break up with their partner until they have another love interest waiting in the wings? Well, metaphorically speaking, the 9 Personal Year won’t allow you to do that. You must break it off and then manage and master that empty space of nothingness for a while.
Needless to say, even the best of us are scared silly when it comes to change. And then to change something without knowing exactly what’s next? What?! Yet that’s what’s required this year. Some of the punctuation marks that can be the centerpiece of a 9 Personal Year can be divorce, health crises, getting fired or let go from your job, career change, geographical move, death of a close friend or family member, or other loss that holds a greater magnitude than usual.
This can also be the time when a child is born or leaves home, when retirement becomes official, when you graduate, or experience other life-changers. And this can also be a year where you experience a magical transformation that you’ve been waiting on for a very long time.
I had a participant in a workshop who was halfway into her 9 Personal Year. When we were all discussing how our years were going, we turned to her and braced for the expected barrage of emotionally devastating and confusing changes. Yet she said: “This is the best year of my life! I finally got a divorce, my son graduated college and has a job, I quit my job and moved to a different city. I have no idea what’s next but I’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time.” If you can take her cue and embrace the change and uncertainty of the 9 Personal Year it can prove to be an empowering and energizing time in your life.
Benefits of the 9 Personal Year
- You’ll feel a compulsion to reevaluate all aspects of your life and make decisions to become involved in some area of service with a humanitarian focus, big or small. You’ll feel a great sense of compassion this year.
- You’ll feel empowered when you know that this is a tumultuous year and so you need to meet up with all that comes your way with the least resistance.
- You’ll have success when you have a solid spiritual base from which to operate, however you define your spirituality.
- You’ll have the opportunity to redesign any aspect of your life that needs to be expanded or eliminated.
- You’ll feel an undeniable intensity and urgency surrounding you and your decisions this year.
Challenges during the 9 Personal Year
- Be aware that you’ll be challenged with codependency issues and issues related to letting go of old attachments.
- Protect yourself from depression and anxiety by allowing this to be a year where you lay down the paddles and allow the Universe to guide your boat.
- Be prepared for defaulting into cynicism and intolerance, as you’ll be challenged with needing to see the bigger picture even though that picture looks blurry at the moment.