By Holly Small
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This year has been tumultuous for some and it is only March.

In my inner and outer circles there has been relationship breakdowns or challenges, career changes or obstacles and a lot of uncertainty about the future. I looked around at my friends, colleagues and acquaintances and started to think about the reasons why this was happening.

I was discussing this with mum, who has witnessed much of the same in her circles and as an astrologer, she has a keen interest in all things esoteric. She mentioned to me that it was a 9 year, which is the end of a cycle in numerology. This really ignited my interest and made sense to me in so many ways. A friend of hers is an experienced numerologist so I decided to ask her to share some insight into why this year is shaping up to be such a game changing year.

Take it away Cat!


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Cat Collins
Numerologist, Reiki Practitioner and Energetic Healer

Everything has a vibration, even a rock has a vibration – a very low one but it vibrates with the same energy that courses through everything… but have you considered the fact that each number may carry its own vibration as well?

It is no accident that we were born on a particular day, month, or year…the numbers in your birthdate can help guide you with your life’s path or purpose, it helps us understand why we act the way we do and gives us a kind of signage to help navigate our ‘life’ journey.

We all have a life path number and a personal year number.  Knowing and working with these vibrations can be extremely useful. To work out your life path add all the numbers in your birth date together as shown in the example below.



This is a life path 6.

The life path number is the number given to us to help guide us into the area of our life which we need to address in order to be more fulfilled. When acting in harmony with the vibration of the number six these people see the bigger picture, are forgiving and patient, do excellent work without falling into perfectionism and accept themselves and others.

When acting in a way that is incongruent with the vibration of the number 6 these people can be hypocritical, judgemental of self and others, have perfectionist standards and can get lost in petty detail.

To work out your personal year add your birth day + month + current year as shown below:

24/5/2016 = 24+5+2+0+1+6 = 20/2 this then becomes a personal year 2.

The personal year number is one of the most useful points of analysis in numerology. This number is the symbol for the trend of events to be unfolded during the current year for you.

For instance, if you look at the meaning and vibration of each of the numbers between 1 and 9 below you will see that the positive side of a number two year urges us to strive for harmony, cooperation, companionship and balance.

In short, here is the meaning of numbers from 1 -9 from Dan Millman’s book “The life you were born to live”:

1….Creativity and confidence

2…Cooperation and Balance and companionship

3…Expression and Sensitivity

4…Stability and Process

5…Freedom and Discipline

6…Vision and Acceptance

7…Trust and Openness

8…Abundance and Power

9…Integrity and Wisdom

0…Inner Gifts

The Year of 2016 is a Universal Year 9.

The numerology cycle is a 9 year cycle so 2016 will be universally a year of completions or endings.  A 9 Universal Year also urges us to see out the current cycle with integrity and wisdom and let go so we can move on to a higher vibration.

If we have created thoughts and actions with integrity, the 9 will be a year of justice, humanitarianism and working for the common good.  In other words we will reap what we have sown for the last 9 years – good or bad.

If you have conducted yourself with integrity and wisdom over the past 8 years, the universe will reward you in a 9 year. If you have lied, cheated, hurt others or been dishonest then this is the year of retribution on a global scale.

We either learn our lessons throughout the cycle or we learn the lessons in the 9th year.

This year brings things to a head. A 9 year is the year we let go of the old and unwanted to make way for the real and worthwhile. It’s not an ideal time to start something new but rather finish what you started to pave the way for new beginnings.

This is the influence we all find ourselves under, regardless of the vibration of the personal year we are working under.

If you are in a 2 year for instance, which once again is centred around cooperation, balance and companionship, there is an overriding influence of the universal 9 year and somewhere within this framework there will be completions and endings – good, bad or indifferent.

Each year you choose to operate with integrity and wisdom, or you choose to be absorbed by the more negative driving forces such as greed, jealousy etc. It is up to you and it is your choices that dictate the rewards the universe delivers.




I am going to leave you with a Native Cherokee tale:

A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry violent one, the other wolf is the loving compassionate one.”

The grandson asked him, which wolf will win the fight in your heart?

The grandfather answered. “The one I feed”.

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