I’ll let you in on a little secret. When I meet you, I ask for your birthday for two reasons. One: I want to put you on my birthday card list. Two: I want to know more about you.

I’m no expert, but I love doing numerology. Just by adding together your birth month, day, and year until I get one number, I know what drives you. And I know what kind of year you’re having.

Some people get creeped out by this idea, but most of my friends actually consult me for timing their lives’ big choices. Most of all, for me, it’s fun. I see it like I see astrology and horoscopes. It’s a type of map to your life’s path. If you learn how to read the road signs, you make certain choices. If you choose not to read the map that way, you may hit a roadblock that you didn’t see coming. It’s totally up to the individual driving the life-car.

Let’s do me. July 11, 1970, is my birthdate. Let’s get that down to a single digit: 7 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 0 = 26, 2 + 6 = 8. If you prefer to add it up like numbers in a ledger, that’s 7 + 11 + 1970 = 1988, then the same single-digit adding up: 1 + 9 + 8 + 8 = 26, 2 + 6 = 8.

I’m an “8” by birth. That means I’ve got lessons of power; my own and the authority of others. Issues of control constantly arise for me.

To do my year, that’s just my month and day plus the current year. So, 7 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 8 = 36, 3 + 6 = 9. (It also works with the same ledger version. Personally, I just “cancel out” all the 9s and keep adding down as I go. I can “do your numbers” in mere seconds.)

I’m in a “9” year right now (1998), which is the death year in the 9-year cycle. Yeah, I know, that sounds awful, but what it means is that I’m saying good-bye to my old ways of doing things, ready to move into a totally new stage of my life. So, if life runs in 9-year cycles, numerologically, what are they?

1 = masculine energy, ambition (when you start something new)
2 = feminine energy, emotion (when you doubt what you started)
3 = creative form is born (when the creation is visible)
4 = hard work (when everything is an effort)
5 = rebellion (when you play recklessly)
6 = repair, domestic energy (when you rebuild your home life)
7 = courage, cocoon-living (when you go within, spiritually)
8 = power (when the butterfly emerges)
9 = death energy, endings (when good-byes happen)

Of course, this is VERY basic. Two GREAT books on numerology are Lynn Buess’ Numerology for the New Age and Dan Millman’s The Life You Were Born to Live.

Give it a try. After all, everything counts, right?

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