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December Numerology: How to Prepare for the Energy of 2017

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Dive into numerology, the study of the energetics of numbers, to find your life path number and how it will play out for this December in our monthly series.

Our resident number-guru Felicia Bender, The Practical Numerologist, joins us on AstroStyle every month to give you a new kind of forecast, one that will complement your Monthly Horoscope.

To find your monthly Numerology prediction, you have to do a wee bit o’ math to calculate your Personal Year Number—see instructions below—which influences your whole year (from January 1 until December 31). Tap into the energy to plan your month ahead!

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Find your Personal Year Number for 2016

• Take your birth date (for example): 3/24/1984
• Now replace the year you were born with the current year: 3/24/2016
• Now add those numbers together like a long addition math problem:
3 + 2 + 4 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 18
• Digit down to a single-digit number, so keep adding: 1+8= 9
• If this were your birthday, you’re experiencing an “9” Personal Year in 2016



If you’re having a 1 Personal Year
December is a 4 Month


December presents opportunities for closing out the year with a solid and systematic plan for 2017. The focus is on consistency—including some hard work and locking in some foundations that will take you to the next level of your life—whether in your professional or personal realms (or both). Even though there may be office parties, kids’ activities, and all kinds of social demands, you might find that you opt out of a few of these in order to finish an important project. You’ll feel compelled to do what it takes to get the work done, because you know that the positive results will outweigh the temporary grind. You’re winding down from the beginning of a new nine-year cycle—and you’ve probably had your fair share of strenuous moments. 2016 has been a year of new beginnings—embracing and identifying your independence and individuality while simultaneously blazing a new trail in your life. This is a great month to write down a punch-list of goals you want to achieve as you move forward. It’s prime for contemplating what you’ve put into place this year, and what you want to see come to fruition in the coming year and beyond. Remember the seeds you’ve planted this year, because you’ll be using the next eight years of your nine-year Personal Year cycle to tend to them.

If you’re having a 2 Personal Year
December is a 5 Month

Have you felt a dramatic internal—and external—shift in the past several weeks or so? December is a breakout month. 2016 has been an arduous, emotional, and patience-building year. In December, you get a royal pass to break free and tap into the buoyant energies that will be the foundation for 2017. Thankfully you’ll have ample opportunities to enjoy the freedom-loving energy supporting you this month. The holidays are a perfect excuse to socialize and indulge in all the season has to offer. So pass the bubbly! Yet, it’s not all about the party… it’s also appreciating and celebrating all that you’ve been processing this year. It’s time to get out there and network. Thinking of a new job for 2017? Why not use your social time to your advantage and get two-for-one? Promote yourself while you socialize. It’s a month to lighten up after a year of experiencing more than your fair share of underlying tension. You may have felt some strain given that much of what you grappled with in 2016 was somewhat out of your immediate control. If you developed the mantra, control is an illusion, perhaps you’re feeling a bit lighter with this newly adopted Zen mentality. Overall, you’re now open to sprint into what can feel like forward momentum—something you’ve been fantasizing about for a while now. Take a moment to enjoy, and express gratitude for all that’s passed and all that’s headed your way in the coming year.

If you’re having a 3 Personal Year
December is a 6 Month

3December brings with it some intensity surrounding your family and home. Yes, I know it’s the holidays and that’s often the case across the board. Yet for you, this will be an extra family-centered time where you’ll feel added responsibilities and duties surrounding familial obligations. Just get ready for it. You’ll most likely be required to pull a bit heavier load than you feel is fair, yet if you understand that this is just the way it is this time around, then enjoy what you can enjoy in the process. Perhaps you surprise your staff or employees with a special party, or offer them some appreciation that is heartfelt and personalized than usual. You might also want to extend the holiday spirit by being of use on a wider scale. You might choose to take your kids or friends along with you if you volunteer, serving a holiday meal to those in need or deciding to make a charitable donation. The energy of the number 6 is all about giving and service—anything in this realm will be very much in alignment this month. 2017 ushers in a year devoted to working hard, getting your ducks in a row and planning for the future. It’ll feel slightly more serious than last year, so start considering what it is you need to set some foundations for in your life. 2017 supports you in getting things moving forward in a solid and practical way.

If you’re having a 4 Personal Year
December is a 7 Month


Given that it’s December, you’ll have to jockey with social expectations and your own strong desire to hibernate—or a least be a little on the quieter side. If you do end up dancing on the table with the lampshade on, it’ll be to momentarily release some pent-up energies that have been building throughout the year. 2016 has been devoted primarily to practicality and reason, and the setting and obtaining of goals. You’ve been working tenaciously to achieve it all—and the month of December can be designated as a cosmic a permission slip to slow down and relax for a moment. You’re undeniably feeling the verve of the up and coming energy of freedom and adventure that the number 5 brings to you in 2017. December is set up for you as a month to recharge and regenerate. The key element is planning, not action now. Timing is an important factor this month, too. You might feel as though everyone else is living on some distant planet and on an entirely different wavelength. Communication might feel impossible and frustrating. Stop and access where you feel you’re consistently being misunderstood. See how it is that you might be setting yourself up for these misunderstandings and miscommunications. It’s been foundation-building year for you! And who says good things don’t come to those who wait? 2017 will feel as though the veil has been ripped away and fresh air can come in and nourish you. Prepare for unexpected changes. Get ready for travel, adventure, and freedom—2017 will have you tapping into your fun-loving spirit.

If you’re having a 5 Personal Year
December is an 8 Month


This is the month of money, power and abundance so make it count. This is a clarifying “push” month where you’ll feel energized to move forward with power and persuasion. Thinking “business” and in business-like terms will be greatly beneficial as you ready yourself for action and achievement. You can act upon the highest and best offer you’ve attracted during your year of change, networking, and personal promotion. If a “deal you can’t refuse” pops up, it’s a great time to negotiate the details and get it in line. It’s not necessarily the time to start anything totally new and it might not be in your best interest to make a solid commitment until January. If you’ve been tempted to throw caution to the wind and dabble with excess and a certain level of irresponsibility during 2016, this is the month to rein it in and get a handle around some sense of self-discipline. December can offer you a few power moments. You’ll have some opportunities to balance and act upon a solid sense of empowerment. And that will manifest on whatever level your life is focused on right now. In whatever way, chances are there will a combustion point that will demand your attention. That goes for any other aspect of your life that you’ve been grappling with—health, job, or anything else that has occupied your thoughts and actions during the year. The month of December can be the powerful icing on your cake if you now say “Aloha” to the frivolity and excess and commit to getting down to business. December is the time to organize your financial affairs and get your “house” in order. Time to become the powerful CEO of your life. Tap in and turn it on!

If you’re having a 6 Personal Year
December is a 9 Month


So if you could write a song about this year, what would the genre be? Maybe a fiery relationship-themed song a la Taylor Swift or Adele—or a folksy country song about the power of family? Either way, 2016 has brought a bunch of home and family issues to the forefront. It’s been a duty-filled year with a special emphasis on family and close friends. Chances are you’re feeling the burn right about now. It’s the final month of your 6 Personal Year where you’ve been re-evaluating your relationships and have undoubtedly faced a few “marriage and divorce” moments. You might consider slowing down a bit this month and reviewing how 2016 started, and now, how it is concluding. What do you want to keep in your life and continue to nurture? And what have you decided to allow to dissolve—to let fall away and leave behind for good? There have been some important and vital decisions you made that will have ramifications from this point onward. Take a deep breath and get ready for a slow-down in 2017. Things will keep whirling around you as usual, yet internally you’re headed for a shift. You’re entering into a year where you’ll want to spend a bit more time by yourself now. Time to engage in some spiritual excavation!

If you’re having a 7 personal Year
December is a 1 Month


Are you ready to crawl out of your cave? December is an initiating month! Wipe the metaphoric sleep out of your eyes and get ready to shift into drive and start pressing on the accelerator. This month allows you to get used to the powerful energies coming your way in January. Get used to coming out of your cocoon and getting back into the material world. You’ll need to tap into your sense of innovation—and into independence and individuality. On the flip side, your self-confidence could be under fire. December is about starting something you would like to cultivate in the months ahead. Considering a new romantic relationship? Need to jump-start a new exercise program? This is a great time to begin something you’d like to see take root and thrive in 2017. Then hold onto your hat…because you’re soon off and running into a three-year transformation period. No holding back; no excuses. All the contemplation and planning you’ve underwent all year long will now become part of your process in a tangible way. Where you might have felt stuck in a holding pattern, the time has come to act rather than retract. Prepare to make things happen, rather than wait and contemplate and dissect. 2017 brings you all the tests in personal power you can imagine. Get ready to wake up each morning and go to bed each night thinking about your finances. This year, your motto is: Learn, contemplate—learn, contemplate. 2017 is about getting it done and jumping over obstacles.

If you’re having a 8 Personal Year
December is an 11/2 Month


December is prime for cutting yourself some proverbial slack. After all the hard work and intensity you’ve been subjected to this year, now is the time for some slow downs and even delays. Luckily it’s the holidays, so you can give yourself added permission to cool your jets and focus your attention on your inner circle. Take a moment to reflect on what’s gone down this year. Pretty intense, eh? On a scale of 1–10, how would you rate your overall success? Do you feel more empowered now than you did on January 1, 2016? Have you been able to manage and advance your financial picture? Did you leap any small buildings in a single bound? Understand that you’ll be more emotionally raw now, too. You’ll find yourself seeking out help and advice from others—a happy respite from feeling like a one-man or one-woman show all year long. It’s the time to pay attention to details. Cooperation and diplomacy are highlighted. The focus for the final month of your 8 Personal Year is on love, partnership and emotional sensitivity—mixed with the Master number 11, which brings in some high intensity on top of it all. This is a spiritually illuminating month, if only you can slow down enough to notice the synchronicities. This is the end of a very powerful year for you. 2017 marks the end of a cycle—and the time has come to allow, rather than push—to surrender and let go.

If you’re having a 9 Personal Year
December is a 3 Month


How’re you holding up? Are you feeling strong, vital and ready to push on to the next level? 2016 has required you to let go of anything old that’s been holding you back from embracing and acting upon the real and authentic you. If you felt “trial by fire,” I want to congratulate you for making it through. Were you able to say good-bye to that marriage? Get through the grief of a death in the family or any other rather huge transition-point? Have you gone with the flow of change, or said a heartfelt goodbye to certain aspects of your life that weren’t in your best interests anymore? This could have been a year of seeing your most cherished dreams manifest before your eyes, if you were in the flow of change and not resisting transitions. After this rather arduous year, you end on a flourishing note. The optimistic and joyful energy of the number 3 sets the stage for lightening up. Engage in fun and joyous social interactions, creativity, and appreciating the smaller things in life as you experience December. You can tie up loose ends, and then focus on getting creative and living out loud. 2017 is the beginning of a new cycle. Don’t waste the energy of the year by straddling the fence on the issues that you know need to be put to bed. 2017 is all about planning for what you want to see happen in the next nine-year cycle. Get ready to tap into your creativity, individuality, and independence. Then, make it happen with your unique flair, fearless confidence and unbridled creativity.



Felicia Bender, The Practical NumerologistFelicia Bender, Ph.D is “The Practical Numerologist” and the author of Redesign Your Life:  Using Numerology To Create The Wildly Optimal You. To learn more numerology from Felicia, order custom reports and book a reading, visitwww.FeliciaBender.com

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