So here we are at the end of 2016. For many people this has been a year of significant change in their personal lives. On a global level, we have also witnessed change most notably highlighted in the Brexit and US elections.

In previous articles, I have written about some of the astrological alignments, which have catalysed this change. In this article I would like to look at the numerology of the year.

The 9 year

2016 is a 9 year calculated using the following : 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9

The number 9 represents the frequencies of completion, reflection, and service.

In any 9 year, we are asked to resolve and face up to any ongoing issues in our lives. Think of your health, relationships, finances and generally any unhealthy patterns of behaviour. All of these have been up for review over the past year and will have intensified in these last few months.

2016 has been a karmic year in which we have been experiencing the results of our actions over the past 9 years. You can therefore trace all of your experiences back to 2007 when this current cycle began. Can you notice any themes in your life now that were happening back then?

It is important not to be judgmental of yourself when looking over the past year. Some aspects of your life may feel really positive and others not so. The good news is that we are wrapping things up in this current cycle come the end of 2016 and we have a great opportunity to begin with a fresh slate in 2017.

The aim of a 9 year is to clear away anything that does not serve us in preparation for a brand new cycle to begin. This will start in 2017 which is a number 1 year (2+0+1+7=10 1+0=1)

2016 – The Hermit

The Tarot links closely with numerology. The number 9 card in the Tarot is The Hermit. The Hermit card represents introspection and soul-searching. Another meaning is turning to your inner guidance and this ties in neatly with the numerology of the year. On reflection, over this past year it has been possible to find answers to our life problems through seeking our inner guidance. If there is something that is troubling you over this festive period, look to take some time for yourself and seek the truth from within.

Mercury Retrograde

At this time of completion and inner reflection, it seems entirely appropriate that Mercury the planet of communication has moved into its retrograde cycle giving us the time and space to reflect fully on 2016.

For those of you unfamiliar with Mercury retrograde, all forms of communication are affected over a 3-week period or so. As frustrating as this can be, it can also be a tremendously empowering time as we look to review our lives, particularly the areas in our lives where our communication is not working, as it should.

2017 – The Year of The Magician

Next year we move into a brand new cycle and a number 1 year. In the Tarot, this is the year of the Magician. The Magician represents manifestation and the ability to follow and bring into reality all of our dreams. The Magician reminds us that we already possess within ourselves all the tools that we require to manifest our dreams.

Over the festive period, allow yourself some time and space to reflect on this past year. Remember also to be patient with your loved ones in this Mercury Retrograde period, particularly if the communication is not flowing.

2017 promises to bring about further change as we begin the new 9 year cycle. It presents a powerful opportunity for each and every one of us to create more of what we want in our lives. Having reviewed your life in 2016, what dreams would you like to manifest in 2017?

Diccon Wilks Yoga Teacher and Tarot and Astrology Consultant, RHCYT500, BA Hons

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