4 Personal Year: A Year of Setting Foundations

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: February 1, 1954

Use only the MONTH and DAY:

February is 2

Day is 1

Then use the CURRENT YEAR.

2017 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10;  1 + 0 = 1

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

2 + 1 + 1 = 4


In this example, you’re experiencing a 4 Personal Year.


4 Personal Year

Get ready to batten down the hatches and get serious about your future. It’s time to work hard and sharpen your skill set. After your lighter and creative 3 Personal Year, it’s time to time to slow down, steady your pace, and become more methodical about which goals you want to focus on.

After last year, chances are you have some projects in the works that need to be tended to and nurtured.  This is a more serious year requiring hard work to set the foundation for whatever you’re working on: job, relationships, health, or family. Often the first part of a 4 Personal Year feels good in the same way committing to a deep-cleaning of your house feels good.  It’s like starting to clean out the closets, donate stuff that hasn’t been used in years, perhaps you also decide to replace the carpet and update the bathroom.  Then you see how much nicer everything looks and feels and take another step and decide to reorganize the office and change the window coverings.  Oh—and now that you’ve done that, you realize you really need to get all your files into one place, color code them, and box them by year and category. Get the picture?  So understand that often there’s a burst of energy and enthusiasm at the beginning of a 4 Personal Year and yet as the year wears on, it can start to feel rather arduous.  Therefore it’s a good idea to understand at the get-go that a slow and steady pace will get you to the finish line with more of your sanity and good humor in tact than sprinting out of the starting gate in a mad frenzy to get it all done over a weekend.

Since the energy of the number 4 is all about foundations, often you’ll find yourself building a house or moving to a new home this year.  Home and your sense of security can take front seat.  When you’re experiencing a 4 cycle you’ll also work with limitation in various forms. How does this show up for you?  A 4 Personal Year can challenge you with health, family, and career issues having to do with “limitation.”  What limitations are to be worked with and negotiated through?  What limitations do you actually create for yourself that aren’t necessary?

This is a year where you’ll be tempted to either over-work or under-work.  Optimally, you’ll need to forgo Happy Hour and stay a little later at the office to finish up that big report or file, complete the last part of the chapter you’re writing, or think through the way you’re wanting to systematize your project. While it may feel a bit thankless at times, you’ll reap the rewards when you accomplish your goals step-by-step. Slow and steady wins the race.

It’s a year to pay special attention to your health. You’ll have to consciously take time for self-care—plan it and prioritize it. A 4 cycle also tests you with some old family issues bubbling to the surface needing to be resolved or dealt with differently. All in all, you’ll glean the most satisfaction from your 4 Personal Year when you take the time to focus on goals, systematize your life in whatever way will make it much more effective in the years to come—whether that’s by focusing on work, getting your house in order, reviving your health, or healing family issues.


22/4 Personal Year: 

In addition to the core elements of the number 4, you have the added intensity related to the Master Number 22 offering you additional challenges. Yet the potential benefits are enormous. Understand that the Master Number 22 is the most powerful number in numerology. It serves as “The Master Builder” and requires significant vision, focus, and hard work. This Personal Year is quite intense and prods you to up the ante with your work and career goals. It often goes hand-in-hand with expanding your enterprises and thinking big. There are many challenges inherent in this energy, including devoting yourself to your work efforts at the expense of your personal relationships.

When you experience a 22 Personal Year understand that you’re working with the foundational energies related to the number 4 and then with the double 2.  So you’ll need a lot of patience and ability to “play well with others” and share the sandbox, so to speak.  And yet also you’re being called upon to step up your enterprises and expand—take a risk and think bigger.  Yet know that this is just the nuts-and-bolts phase.


Benefits of the 4 Personal Year

  • You’ll feel the positive results of following a step-by-step process.
  • You’ll feel empowered when you’re working systematically with a practical project or an issue.
  • You’ll enjoy and have success when you pay attention to details.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to practice flexibility even as you’re focused on completing a task.
  • You’ll feel stable and grounded.


Challenges during the 4 Personal Year

  • Be aware that if you struggle with the destructive aspects of the 4 Personal Year, you’ll feel less than enthused about diving into all the hard work the year requires from you.
  • Protect yourself from procrastination and stubbornness by embracing the fact that this isn’t a year for fun and frolic; rather you’re required to keep your nose to the grindstone and methodically set the foundation for what’s to come.
  • Be prepared to default into a “control freak” mode. Bypass the tendency to be bossy and instead focus on the good of a project as a whole, even if it’s your marriage or relationship with your father/mother, rather than a work-related project.