THE 1 YEAR is a journey of change, new beginnings, independence, and being who you really are…
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. ~James Baldwin
No matter how familiar things seem, you are on an entirely different road now. The 1 Year is the first year of a brand new nine-year cycle of your life. It urges you to create a more satisfying existence by recognizing the new potential that is developing. It is a time of change and new beginnings.
Last year brought an entire nine-year era of your life to an end and was probably emotionally confusing. But those experiences were necessary so that this year’s new beginnings can occur. The past is over, but you will need to release the feelings and beliefs that are anchoring you to it. Then, instead of being shocked or confused by this year’s changes, you will more easily understand their purpose.
The 1 Year is a time of new interests, experiences, goals, and understandings: about life, about you, where you have been, where you are now, and where you would like to be. And, because so much drastic change is required, you will also be learning the meaning of courage.
1 is the number of SELF, and you will gain a much greater self-awareness this year. You will learn about individuality, and the vital changes that must take place within you if you are to attain what you need.
You will be learning about independence, leadership, and originality, and you will need great faith in yourself in order to take appropriate action. You will encounter situations involving your deepest feelings, your unique mind and talent, and your need for greater freedom.
In the 1 Year, you must learn to adapt to the changes taking place inside you and around you, while your ability to lead yourself and others gets tested. Your progress will be helped along by new opportunities and understandings. Just remember that 1 is the number of individuality, and that no one can define freedom for another without placing limits on freedom.
Start out by accepting the need for real and complete change. Develop a realistic sense of your own self-worth. Listen to and follow your feelings. What you do this year will set the course for the next nine years. This should provide all the incentive you need to make your decisions carefully and realistically. And by accepting the reality of your past, you will become more aware of who you really are. If you think you already know your true identity, be prepared for some astonishing new truths to emerge.
You may start to doubt beliefs and attitudes you have always held, as you realize they are no longer appropriate to current circumstances. You may start to feel out of place around people with whom you have always felt comfortable, and may question their continuing role in your life.
Doubts may arise as to how you can be free when responsibilities or circumstances stand in your way. Feel every feeling that arises around such issues. At some point, you will instinctively know that it’s time to move in a completely different direction, even if it means doing so alone.
The 1 Year teaches us to be independent – but attaining independence often brings feelings of isolation and loneliness. Those you thought you could count on may become unavailable. Attaining independence always produces guilt which must be seen for the destructive force it is, otherwise you will become stuck in a painful rut of resentment, confusion, and blame.
Change old routines and welcome new activity. Without change – drastic change – you may find yourself being buffeted around with no Will of your own for a long time to come. This is an opportunity to choose the direction you want to take. It enables your Will to emerge as the only alternative to guilt and fear. Problems will arise for as long as you resist change. Stay flexible, because your firmest goals may be diverted into unexpected new directions.
The only thing you can reliably expect this year is change. One change will lead to another, and then another, transporting you physically, emotionally, and spiritually far from where you thought you would be. Consider what is best for you, and then go ahead in that direction. Start afresh. Decide which direction you want your long term future to take and, even if it means starting small, take the necessary first steps toward these goals. Small beginnings can have big endings!
Your various relationships are vitally important. So much love and happiness can be experienced there. However, you cannot depend on anyone else for your happiness or success. Rely only on you.
Try to surround yourself with realistic freethinking people who do not judge and criticize your every move. Have the same consideration for them. However, although the emphasis is on you, guilt will tell you that you are wrong to focus so keenly on yourself and that ego is the problem. It is not. The solution is to stop judging yourself. This will enable you to balance your ego between over-inflation or deflation. You may have to break free from people who habitually disapprove of you or your plans, or those who want to exert control over you.
Know what you want and believe in yourself. If your abilities are lacking in some way, take the time to learn what is necessary to fulfill your intentions.
As you strive toward freedom, others will become less dependent or critical. The more self-accepting you are, the happier everyone will be. Confidence is not an ‘act’ that hides your fear or ignorance. It is a natural feeling that comes from your acceptance of reality. Once you accept the reality of your desires and potentials, and what you have to do to fulfill them, you will realize that although you don’t know all the answers yet, they will come to you because you have a genuine intent to learn, and an openness which can utilize new information. Confidence is the ability to accept change as it occurs, and it will occur this year.
Be aware of what is going on locally, nationally, and globally, and plan accordingly. Plan to begin something substantial. In the 1 Year, failure to start a new project, activity, job, hobby, or even a new attitude, will result in a directionless frame of mind which will keep you tied to undesirable people, places, and circumstances. At least, start a new phase of an existing situation. If you do not make changes where they are needed, they will be made for you.
Be aware of your various dependencies. Imagine the freedom you would enjoy without them. They may include a dependence on others, a need to keep others dependent on you; a need for approval; on substances such as food, tobacco, alcohol, drugs; or distractions such as ‘entertainment’, computers, or extravagance. You may be disguising addictions so that they are unrecognizable, even to yourself. The key is to trace the emotional cause of why you need certain things so badly.
It could take years for you to achieve certain results, but projects or ideas started three years ago can materialize as accomplishments this year, leaving you pleasantly astonished as loose ends from the previous nine-year cycle are finally tied up. Understand the need for time to pass between one experience and the next, and you will enjoy many pleasant surprises this year. Aim high, believe in your goals, and never give up the pioneering spirit that is essential in the 1 Year. Remember that learning from mistakes is how experience is gained.
Work through your fears instead of denying them, and you will be able to explore humanity’s journey with an open mind and promote your own desires and interests along the way. Much of what occurs this year will be reflected back to you through events taking place elsewhere. Once you make that connection, you will be able to see exactly where you and your personal qualities and talents fit in. This year, you will learn that life is not meant to be a struggle but a continuous free-flowing journey of energy that moves, shifts, vibrates, spirals, and evolves through cycles of learning.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
Q: Why do you say that the yearly cycle starts on January 1st, when some numerologists say it starts on your birthday?
A: Which method you follow is your choice, but this is what I have found to be the most accurate, and why. To calculate the personal year, we add the numbers of the day and month of birth to the specific numbers of the current calendar year. Numerological cycles are based on the calendar, and a calendar year always begins on January 1st. When you were born, even if you were born on January 1, the calendar cycle had already begun. You were born at a specific point within that cycle.