Calculating Your Personal Year for 2017

Let’s look at a quick and fun way to get a sample of Numerology by looking at your upcoming personal year. The personal year extends from January to December, no matter when your birthday occurs. The theme of the personal year usually describes what will have your attention this year. Below is the formula to calculate the 2017 personal year.

Your personal year is calculated by adding the month and day of your birth to the current year, and then reducing them to a single digit. For example, my birthday is April 21, so we calculate it like this:
April=4th month
21 (2+1)=3
2017 (2+0+1+7) = 10 reduces to 1
So, 4+3+1= 8.

My personal year is a 8. You can read below where I’m likely to place my energy this year.

Now, you have the tools to calculate your personal year and then you can surprise your family and friends with their personal year predictions.

People in a 1 personal year are planting the seeds for the next 9 year cycle. This is a year with many new opportunities and activities. The 1 year is likely to be a year of leadership and initiative. Tarot cards that relate to one energy are 1 Magician, 10 Wheel of Fortune, and 19 Sun.

People in a 2 personal year are open to new relationships and opportunities that embrace harmony, balance and cooperation. During a 2 year, when a person is out of balance or in a disagreeable relationship, the person may become depressed because they are not able to act with the 2 energy. The 2 year is an excellent year to build on the new beginnings from the 1 year. Tarot cards that relate to 2 energy are 2 High Priestess, 11 Justice, 20 Awakening.

People in a 3 personal year feel expansive and open to new adventures. This is very much “play time” as people in the 3 energy explore the meaning of joy in their lives. The 3 energy is very creative, especially in art and writing. It’s important to distinguish between creativity and frivolousness. Tarot cards that relate to 3 energy are 3 Sustenance, 12 New Perspectives, and 21 World.

A 4 personal year is the time to focus after the playfulness of the 3 year. It is a year of focus and creating a foundation for the future. It can be considered a “maze” year as the people in this year seem to have more obstacles than usual. As they come to a block, they must learn to change directions to find a new route rather than run into a brick wall. Tarot cards that relate to 4 energy are 4 Authority and 13 Life Cycles.

People in a 5 personal year often feel great relief after the constrictions of the 4 year. The 5 personal year is full of exploration and working beyond the constraints of the 4 year. Many new opportunities present themselves, and it’s sometimes difficult to finish the many projects that they will be tempted to begin. Tarot cards related to a 5 year is 5 Introspection and 14 Temperance.

The 6 personal year is usually pretty smooth, even as the person is likely to be focused on responsibility and service, especially to family. People in this year are focused on home and what home means: who they want in the home, where home is, what home means. People must beware of taking on too much responsibility so that the sense of individuality is lost. Tarot cards that relate to 6 energy are 6 Choice and 15 Entrapment.

People in a 7 personal year spend their time analyzing and trying to understand what their life is about. The 7 year is about choices, often unexpected ones. It is a time to pause, consider, reflect, evaluate and decide. Intuition is important in the 7 year. Tarot cards related to 7 energy are 7 Determination and 16 Chaos.

The 8 personal year is about status and money. It’s often the perfect time for people to explore new employment opportunities, apply for promotions and evaluate their general financial situation. Many people start a new business in an 8 year after the 7 year of analyzing and evaluating the wisdom of such a move. Tarot cards with 8 energy are 8 Strength and 17 Star.

The 9 personal year is the end of a 9 year. People may find they are cleaning out closets, relationships, and anything else that no long serve them. As a part of the completion cycle they may find that giving to others, financially or emotionally, become important to them. Tarot cards with the 9 energy are 9 Introspection and 18 Moon.

Actions of Empowerment

About twice a week I create a Facebook quote with suggestions for self-empowerment. Below is a summary of the posts from the last several weeks.

EMPOWERED NEW MOON (JUNE 5). Happy New Moon! Take time to look inside yourself and celebrate 3 things that are you. When you are going through transitions it’s good to acknowledge and own what is good that you want to keep and what to release. Everyone has at least 3 things that are good and worth keeping. What are yours?

CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Make a complete list of the changes you want to make and then prioritize that list. Select one change to make and create a second list that outlines steps you think you need to take to make that step come about. For example, if it’s financial security you want, then might want to make a detailed outline of your expenses and income.

You may not want to take these steps, but outline ALL of the options on paper. Then you say the words of power to manifest your intention. By saying the words of power you are creating the space for new thoughts and creativity to come into your life. Be open to the unexpected. Make the words of power your mantra and repeat them several times a day. You will see the changes.

USE THE FULL MOON. In June the full moon will occur on the Solstice and is expecially powerful. The full moon is the time to shine the light in the dark places of your life and release that which no longer serves you. If you made a list of what you want to create during the last new moon on June 5 bring out the list, review it, and burn it. Burning your list releases the energy to manifest your desires in the universe.

For those who did not make a list at the new moon, simply release any and all things that are holding your back from whatever you would like to call into your life (new job, healing, joy, relationship, prosperity or whatever). Be empowered to ask the Universe to manifest that which is in your highest and best good.

EMPOWER YOURSELF IN RELATIONSHIPS. All too often we allow ourselves to be victim to the opinions of others, thereby giving away our power. When you concentrate on the criticism rather than the positive, you run the risk of becoming a victim. Understand that there are many options in every situation. When facing disapproval, review the critique to see if there is value in the other person’s perspective and acknowledge the useful part of what they have to say. If the information is not supportive or productive respond neutrally by saying, “I hear your perspective.” Then, mentally package the information up and send it on the wings of release from your life.

Refrain from engaging in gossip and being critical of the negative person. You can only change yourself, never another person. The more you think or talk about negativity the more power you give away. Whenever you think of her/him say, “release,” and imagine the words flying that energy away. Hold onto your power. You are not a victim.

GET PAST OLD STORIES. A big obstacle to self empowerment is getting past the old stories that you carry in your head that belittle your self-worth. I don’t know why we always hang so tightly to those conversations that makes us feel bad. Here is an exercise many of my clients have found useful:

For 3 days carry a notebook around and record those self conversations that attack your self-worth. For example, “I’m so dumb, I can’t do anything right,” “Ah, what an idiot I am,” “If I weren’t so [fat, lazy, worthless, etc] I would be happy.” You can put tick marks every time you repeat the comment, but do take note of each time the comment comes to mind. Now, see which comments you most frequently repeated and go back in your memory to identify who gave you that story.

Speak to that person’s high self, even if they have passed on, and tell them how those comments have impacted your life. Then explain that you are changing your story and that the old story is not true, and may have never been true, and that you are taking your power back. Repeat this with each of the phrases and with each person who made you feel less than adequate. Replace the negative with a positive message, “I am good at [organizing, singing, care-taking, etc.] and find joy in life.

Burn the paper with the negative words and say, “As this paper is transformed to ashes, so may I be transformed to an empowered, strong and graceful person.” After this ceremony you also need to change the habit of being a victim to the negative stories you believed for so long. When you catch yourself revisiting those negative messages say, “Release, you have no power over me, I am a good and empowered person.” You may need to do this several times a day in the beginning.

2 HOURS TO EMPOWERMENT. We are all responsible for our own lives. Sometimes we can’t control all of the circumstances, but we can practice controlling our reaction to the circumstances. You are empowered when you don’t allow circumstances to defeat your sense of who you are.

Allow yourself 10 to 30 minutes of grief, anger or sadness. Then give yourself 3 to 5 minutes to release the negative feeling. Then give yourself 30 to 60 minutes to think about and perhaps write about what you are going to do to take your power back. The circumstances might involve physical pain management, emotional angst, mental confusion, or spiritual crisis.

Whatever the cause, allow the feeling of loss, neutralize the pain, and get back your power! If you  need more help, ask the community here to assist you.

Why Use a Major Arcana Only Deck?

I’ve been reading Tarot for over 30 years using an assortment of 78 or 79 card Tarot decks. When Gordana Curgus and I created the Tarot of Empowerment Major Arcana deck I assumed I would read with it until we finished the Minor Arcana. However, since using this deck I have found that the readings are more powerful and straight-forward than any other Major/Minor deck I’ve used – and others have reported their readings are also right on every time.

Here’s how to do an empowered reading no matter if you’re an expert or a novice. For most readings, limit the number of cards to about seven.

1. Be clear about the information you want the cards to tell you. A question tells you the framework to which the cards are responding. Form a question that helps you create a plan of action. Knowing what to do is empowering.

2. Assign the purpose to each card in relation to the question. For example, the theme of the reading, the best course of action, the challenge, my true desires, etc.

3. Interpret each card in the context of your question and the purpose you have assigned to the card.

In a Major Arcana reading EVERY card is significant.

Using Moon Phases for Empowerment

Just as the moon affects the tides, so it will often affect our emotions (after all, we’re 90% water!). For at least the next month become aware of the phases of the moon and of your own energy patterns. I suggest you write the dates of these phases on your calendar as a reminder to pay attention.

For the next few days the moon will be in a waning (getting smaller) phase. This is the phase when the energy supports completing projects in order to make room for something new to come into your life. This phase is a great time to reflect about what you might want to release to change your life.

On May 6 is the new moon phase when the moon is dark. Plant seeds of your intention. It might be as simple as saying, “I am planting the seeds to empower myself to grow in a new way.” Write down what you intend to begin in the course of this month.

The moon waxes (gets larger) during the first quarter moon phase until May 13 when the moon appears as a half moon. Energy to get things done is pretty pronounced during this phase. You may find you have a greater sense of purpose which may involve a struggle to release old forms.

Even more pressure builds up to support the new during the second quarter until the full moon May 21. During the full moon emotions tend to run high, intuition feels stronger and creativity is heightened. The full moon is a wonderful time to manifest the change you want to bring into your life based on the work you did in the earlier phases. The energy of the full moon will be present a few days on either side of the actual full moon date.

The phase after the full moon is called the waning moon and represents the time to complete the details of the projects you started in the earlier phases of this cycle. The first quarter of the waning (thinning) moon is still a time for action and lasts about 7 days.

May 29 marks the last quarter moon phase and tends to be an introspective time. This is the time to figure out what seeds to plant in the next moon phase, which is June 5.

Understanding Your Authority

What is your Authority?

A thoughtful leader and decision-maker,

Inclusive of others,

Holding the vision for the betterment of all and

Wise and brave enough to accept the consequences

April is the 4th month which is the number that coincides with Authority in Tarot of Empowerment, or the Emperor in traditional decks.

Exercise: Authority is about having the final say or responsibility regarding a situation or issue. During April bring it to mind daily  and be mindful of the energy of Authority as it shows up in your life.

This card is empowering when it works from the perspective that Authority does not act from ego, but from making decisions based on what is for the highest good for the community.

Try to make decisions based on your wisdom and experience to provide the building blocks for structures that will follow in the coming months. Be systematic with others and plan carefully, keeping in mind long term goals for the good of all. Be compassionate and recognize the good in those under your tutelage. Understand and be willing to accept the consequences of your decisions.

What empowerment is, and what it is not

Empowerment is being willing to look at your life and identify the changes you want to make

Empowerment is NOT looking at someone else’s life and identifying changes you want THEM to make.

Empowerment is being willing to push your boundaries by exploring new thoughts and actions.

Empowerment is NOT conforming to your current limits.

Empowerment is being willing to release people, situations, and ideas that are not in your highest good.

Empowerment is NOT holding on to what is not in your highest good.

Empowerment is having the courage to walk in the fog of the unknown until you have clarity.

Empowerment is NOT being paralyzed by fear of the unknown.

Empowerment is not for the weak of heart.

I invite you to engage on a journey to Empower yourself.

Personal Cleansing and Energy Release Ritual

http://www.remodelingcalculator.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Resin-Bathtub.jpgResin-Bathtub.jpgLight a candle and take a bath with scented water. Use a flat stone, butter knife or other implement to signify cutting loose all attachments. Start with the intention that you are releasing EVERYONE, knowing that at the end of the ritual those that love and support you will reattach.

Go over your body with the implement from head to toe while repeating, “I release all cords.” Be as thorough as possible. Any places you miss (like your back) will be okay because your guides understand your intention. The images of people and scenes may come up. Just let them pass like a slide show. Some scenes may be surprising or of people you have forgotten. Don’t stop to analyze, just let them all go.

Stay in the bathtub so that you don’t track the psychic “gunk” in your living space while you drain the water. Turn the shower on and wash yourself from head to toe. Invite healthy re-attachments by saying, “I invite only those who love and support me to re-attach to my heart and soul.”

Often people have told me that the water actually feels oily or dirty at the end of the bath and are very happy to take the shower. Expect to be tired at the end of the ritual. I suggest taking a nap rather than going to bed for the night so that you can remember information that comes to you as you sleep.

Once you have done this ritual it’s important to break the habit of giving energy to what you have released. Each time you think about or have a reminder about what was cleansed say, “release,” and brush the thought away. In the beginning you most likely will need to say this numerous times, but eventually you will cease to give energy to those negative thoughts and you will be truely cleansed.

February – The Second Month

High Priestess

February is the second month and resonates with the High Priestess. The High Priestess energy provides an opportunity to access your spiritual enlightenment and inner illumination.

The High Priestess has an evolved inner knowing that is associated with feminine powers such as intuition, serenity and psychic awareness. She draws on the secrets and unspoken wisdom in the universe. She understands the mysteries of this world as well as beyond.

The High Priestess represents the highest moral standard, which stands above the manmade law. You connect to the High Priestess through your high self by engaging your intuition, meditation, dreams.

In Tarot of Empowerment the High Priestess is serene as she naturally draws on her intuition to contemplate the True Law of the universe. Her broach alights, mirroring the heart fire that represents genuine wisdom. Her wisdom engages the intellect as well as intuition. The High Priestess reflects the majesty of the ultimate feminine power.

The number 2 represents partnership and balance. People in a 2 Personal Year are open to new relationships and opportunities that embrace harmony, balance, and cooperation. During a 2 year, when a person is out of balance or in a disagreeable relationship, the person may become depressed because they are not able to act with the 2 energy. The 2 year is an excellent year to build on the new beginnings from the 1 year. (Link here to calculate your Personal Year)

What Questions do My Readings Address?

I was recently asked if I use Tarot only to tell the future. Well, no. That would be a fortune teller and I am an Empowerment Coach.

Here’s the difference: a fortune teller would have you believe that the cards can tell the future and you have no control over the outcome. An Empowerment Coach explains what cards mean and then provides you with new perspectives and suggestions for how to address the issues.

These are some of the questions clients have asked me to address in the last week:

How do I move forward to bring success to a major work project?
In a challenging relationship what is important for me NOT to say and what is the best thing for me to say to be heard.
What are the best steps for me to take to get funding for my project?
What is blocking the success of my business and how do I address the block in order to move forward.
What to is the best way for me to optimize my physical, emotional and spiritual self in the next 4 months and how do I do that?
How do I support my daughter at this time?

Always remember, you can make choices to get through any situation. Very often a new perspective will help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. The information may not always be what you want to hear, but you will be empowered to make decisions that give you in control of your life the situation.

 

Your Personal Year in 2016

This is a tiny sample of the information participants will get at the numerology panel on December 5. The Panel will also use numbers from your name to discover your personality, gifts and challenges.

Let’s look at a quick and fun way to get a sample of Numerology by looking at your upcoming personal year. The personal year goes from January to December, no matter when your birthday occurs. Below is the formula to calculate the energy you will call to yourself in 2016.

Your personal year is calculated by adding the month and day of your birth to the current year, and then reducing them to a single digit. Each number is reduced to a single digit and then added to the other reduced numbers. The final number is also reduced to a single digit. For example, my birthday is April 21:

    April=4, 21(2+1)=3, 2016(2+0+1+6)=9.
So, 4+3+9=16 and we then reduce 16 (1+6)= 7.

    My personal year is a 7.

Now, calculate your personal year. You can surprise your family and friends with their personal year predictions.

People in a 1 personal year are planting the seeds for the next 9 year cycle. This is a year with many new opportunities and activities. The 1 year is likely to be a year of leadership and initiative. Tarot cards that relate to one energy are 1 Magician, 10 Wheel of Fortune, and 19 Sun.

People in a 2 personal year are open to new relationships and opportunities that embrace harmony, balance and cooperation. During a 2 year, when a person is out of balance or in a disagreeable relationship, the person may become depressed because they are not able to act with the 2 energy. The 2 year is an excellent year to build on the new beginnings from the 1 year. Tarot cards that relate to 2 energy are 2 High Priestess, 11 Justice, 20 Awakening.

People in a 3 personal year feel expansive and open to new adventures. This is very much “play time” as people in the 3 energy explore the meaning of joy in their lives. The 3 energy is very creative, especially in art and writing. It’s important to distinguish between creativity and frivolousness. Tarot cards that relate to 3 energy are 3 Sustenance, 12 New Perspectives, and 21 World.

A 4 personal year is the time to focus after the playfulness of the 3 year. It is a year of focus and creating a foundation for the future. It can be considered a “maze” year as the people in this year seem to have more obstacles than usual. As they come to a block, they must learn to change directions to find a new route rather than run into a brick wall. Tarot cards that relate to 4 energy are 4 Authority and 13 Life Cycles.

People in a 5 personal year often feel great relief after the constrictions of the 4 year. The 5 personal year is full of exploration and working beyond the constraints of the 4 year. Many new opportunities present themselves, and it’s sometimes difficult to finish the many projects that they will be tempted to begin. Tarot cards related to a 5 year is 5 Introspection and 14 Temperance.

The 6 personal year is usually pretty smooth, even as the person is likely to be focused on responsibility and service, especially to family. People in this year are focused on home and what home means: who they want in the home, where home is, what home means. People must beware of taking on too much responsibility so that the sense of individuality is lost. Tarot cards that relate to 6 energy are 6 Choice and 15 Entrapment.

People in a 7 personal year spend their time analyzing and trying to understand what their life is about. The 7 year is about choices, often unexpected ones. It is a time to pause, consider, reflect, evaluate and decide. Intuition is important in the 7 year. Tarot cards related to 7 energy are 7 Determination and 16 Chaos.

The 8 personal year is about status and money. It’s often the perfect time for people to explore new employment opportunities, apply for promotions and evaluate their general financial situation. Many people start a new business in an 8 year after the 7 year of analyzing and evaluating the wisdom of such a move. Tarot cards with 8 energy are 8 Strength and 17 Star.

The 9 personal year is the end of a 9 year. People may find they are cleaning out closets, relationships, and anything else that no long serve them. As a part of the completion cycle they may find that giving to others, financially or emotionally, become important to them. Tarot cards with the 9 energy are 9 Introspection and 18 Moon.