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October Numerology: Slowdowns & Sabbaticals, Just In Time for Fall


2017 brought us the 1 Universal Year: the beginning of a new cycle. Numerology is the study of the energetics of numbers. Discover how your Personal Year number for 2017 will play out for you in October 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, 2017). Tap into the energy to plan your month ahead!

divider2Your Personal Month forecast CHANGED in 2017 for the 1 Universal Year.

Find your Personal Year Number for 2017

• Take your birth date (for example): 3/24/1984
• Now replace the year you were born with the current year: 3/24/2017
• Now add those numbers together like a long addition math problem:
3 + 2 + 4 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 19
• Digit down to a single-digit number, so keep adding: 1+9= 10; 1+0= 1
• If this were your birthday, you’re experiencing an “1” Personal Year in 2017



Did last year feel like a constant transition? In numerology, 2016 was a 9 Universal Year—the end of a long numerological cycle. 2017 brought the 1 Universal Year: the beginning of a new cycle.

If you’re having a 1 Personal Year
October is a 2 Month


October is a month of slow-downs, delays and downright stoppages. You’ve been putting the pedal to the metal this entire year, so it’ll feel very strange to slow down to a semi-normal pace. Yet that’s what October demands from you. The forward surge of the last ten or twelve weeks may well continue into the first week or so of October. Yet the fast pace will likely subside throughout the rest of the month, allowing a welcome respite from the overall intense and frenetic pace of the year. In fact, patience is your mantra for October. This is an “us” month rather than the “me” focus that was intensified in September. Your whole year has been about action, independence and new beginnings. Yet this can be an enjoyable time—a relief in its way—if you allow yourself to bask in standing somewhat still for a moment. Now’s the time to focus on your relationships and cultivate more of that lovin’ feeling in that realm of your life. Use your free time to catch up with friends and engage in some light social life. Indulge in a power nap (or two or three) for goodness sake. Push your own “reset” button in whatever way you can. This aspect of your life may have been neglected this year because of the business pressures you’ve been working through. This can manifest through some restful travel, taking time for more sleep or more exercise, or taking a cooking class with your bestie or your significant other (just a few examples). This can especially come to fruition as some concerted time for networking in order to keep the ball rolling.

If you’re having a 2 Personal Year
October is a 3 Month

October can be a happy respite from the eternal hovering you most likely experienced last month. You’re making the journey into a lighter energy now, so drink it in and enjoy it! Expect a month with a splash of fun, social activity and perhaps some travel. October brings out your enthusiasm where it’s possibly been dormant for a while. Realize also that the vibe for this month matches the energy of the Personal Year you’re heading into in next year. So take notice of how that feels and you might enjoy a visceral preview of what’s to come. Be ready to lighten the load by expressing yourself through whatever creative talent you possess. The number 3 is all about creative self-expression and October is perfect for anything you can do in the realm of self-improvement and creativity. Can you travel this month? Teach a class? Put the finishing touches on your book? Are you performing in a play or a concert with music, dance, or acting—or any other creative endeavor? Brushing up your presentation or teaching skills? If so, trust yourself and expose the real you as you engage in these activities. This is where your power and success resides. Some new business or career opportunities may come to your attention around October 11th. Just understand that it’ll be a few more months before you’ll want to get fully involved with it. This is the time to get out there and engage in any fun and social activities and events that come your way.

If you’re having a 3 Personal Year
October is a 4 Month


October gives you a preview of the energy of your coming year. It’s feeling a bit more serious, isn’t it? You’re being pulled into a mind-space where you’re contemplating “What’s next?” in a very real way. It’s time to take stock and make a plan for what you want to achieve in the next five years (and beyond). This has been a year of self-improvement and perhaps lighter social activity. This is a year where your emotional life is served to you on a platter—is it delicious or is it leaving you with indigestion? Enjoy the closing months and take advantage of all the fun and frolic you can muster, because soon you’ll have to place some of that on the back burner and dig into more discipline and hard work. This month, take care of details and loose ends. Place some added attention to the areas in your life that you may be pushing off to the side because they’re too tedious or boring. You’ll need to focus on formulating and activating some systems of management in your life, whether it’s with your work or personal life (or mostly likely, both). A new situation may make an entrance in October that could very well serve your long-term interests. Keep this in mind though: The energy of the 4 is all about limitation—working with, through, and around limitation and also seeing the ways in which we create our own limitations. Whatever comes into your circle this month has the potential to create restriction in your life while simultaneously leading to breakthroughs and ultimate success. It all depends on how you work with limitations. October isn’t a time for impulsive action. Set your intentions. Make a plan. Commit yourself to achieving it step-by-step.

If you’re having a 4 Personal Year
October is a 5 Month


What a welcome jolt of energy in your year devoted to building foundations from the ground up. It’s a great month to cut yourself some slack during your work-focused year. Enjoy new people, new interests, and perhaps some adventure of your choice throughout October. Open up to travel, social activities and perhaps romance—wrapped up with new opportunities in all directions. Take the time away from your “desk” to make the most of it. The doors are being opened where you’ll see the ways in which you must choose either to do things the same way (which means you’ll get the same results) or you can choose new ideas, new ways of thinking and doing things, and choose a different vantage point. Many of your various ventures are surging forward, probably during the weeks of October 9 or 18th. Make sure to monitor the progress of your enterprises and take care of the necessary work. You get what you inspect. Yet October is the time to bring a sense of fun and adventure into your activities. This is a time where you’ll begin to feel the energies related to what’s coming up for you next year. Change. Progression. Adventure. Freedom. If you’ve been in alignment with the optimal elements of the 4 this year, chances are you’ll feel an amazing surge of power this month. Make this your mantra for October: “Freedom through self discipline.”

If you’re having a 5 Personal Year
October is a 6 Month


October is all about paying attention to your home-based responsibilities. It’s been a roller-coaster ride of changes, interesting and engaging opportunities, and (hopefully) fun. October is a cycle where you’ll feel the call of some additional home and family related responsibilities. There may even be an urgency or emergency that’ll elicit your presence right now. The focus for you is love, duty, nurturing, and responsibility. You may feel a tug-o-war between wanting to continue to “play”—the energy of the 5 that you’ve been privy to all year long—and the call to put your own needs aside for a moment and nurture those in your intimate circle. Activities involving your family members and close friends are likely to take priority and perhaps provide a few little challenges along the way. You’re still knee-deep in your year of fun, adventure and change. Plan visits, trips or interesting experiences involving children around October 5th. Romance may also blossom this month, particularly during the week of October 14. It’s a time to focus on relationships on all levels—especially with people you consider family. The trick is to see the perfection in the imperfection of everyone and everything.

If you’re having a 6 Personal Year
October is a 7 Month


Are you able to get away for a while this month? Because you’ll be feeling the urge to take some “sabbatical” time from the hurly-burly world during the month of October. This is prime time for study, research, writing, teaching, and inner growth. You don’t necessarily have to go to a different location (travel) to get some downtime. Simply carve out some “me” time this month. Take some nice autumn hikes and if you can spend any time by water (creek, ocean, lake) you’ll not regret it. Take a techno-detox session and unplug for a weekend. Spend your solidary time analyzing the changes and accomplishments with which you’ve been involved this year. How’re you doing? It’s been a year of additional home-based responsibilities and relationship evaluations on all fronts. Certainly you’re coming to terms with some of the things that are working for you in your relationships—and ways that certain things aren’t working for you anymore. October is the perfect time to analyze your current needs and desires—some good days for focusing on these issues are between October 9 and 17th. Certain changes that need to happen in your life are taking form now. This is a good time to visualize and lightly plan for what you would like to do as the New Year begins.

If you’re having a 7 Personal Year
October is an 8 Month


This month you’re getting a preview of what’s to come next year. This can be a jolt to your system during your contemplative year. Yet October brings dynamic, material energy into your world where you’ve been primarily dealing with internal questions and ruminations. There will be more activity this month and more thoughts about money and business. Business affairs have been relatively quiet most of the year, yet movement will begin to take place now. You’ll just start feeling the rumblings—major business advances won’t start until the New Year begins—yet some of your ongoing ventures step into the spotlight this month. Empowerment is a theme for you in October. And it collides perfectly with the energy of your contemplative 7 Personal Year. How are you challenged with stepping into your personal power? What consistent issues and stumbling blocks do you experience in this arena? This is the month to reflect on your consistent issues that keep you from stepping into yourself. Do you give yourself away in relationships or not set clear boundaries? Do you devalue your skills and talents in the workplace? Do you lack the follow-through and consistency regarding your physical and spiritual health? These issues will be front-and-center in October.

If you’re having an 8 Personal Year
October is a 9 Month


Has it been a rough ride the past month or so? Last month tested you on every level—finances, personal power, relationships, control, and authority. October is your cycle of endings and completions. You’ll be letting go, finishing, and allowing the Universe take the reins for a moment. You’ll have an a-ha moment regarding a particular issue, perhaps on October 9 and 27th. Yet October 18th stands out as a date for letting go of something long-standing in your life and opening to another possibility. This is the time where several of your ventures begin to show significant signs of closure and/or it marks the start of a final transition. With luck—and who counts on luck in an 8 Personal Year?—you’re able to enjoy the successes and victories September brought your way. Yet at the same time, you’re beginning to see with more clarity that major changes and endings are creeping up on you. Your concerted effort has attracted and helped manifest your successes this year. Take time to let the satisfaction that you’re feeling sink in. Think about what you’ve accomplished and how far you’ve come this year.

If you’re having a 9 Personal Year
October is a 1 Month


The magnetic pull of the energy of fresh starts and new beginnings is undeniable. This overlap you have in the month of October gives you an indicator of what next year has in store for you. Yet you still must go with the flow of the completions that are yet to come. You know that you’re starting a new phase of experience and you must walk the walk and talk the talk as the year comes to a conclusion. October promises more of the same in terms of opportunities to “clean house.” The less unfinished business you have to contend with, the more clarity and revised energy you’ll be feeling. Suddenly it feels as though there is a light on where the bulb has been burned out all year long. There’s potential to feel far more upbeat than you have for months. A sense of newness and beginning is becoming palpable. It’s time to anticipate a plan of action. A new interest that surfaces on or about October 7 may be ripe for exciting development within a short time-frame. Several new opportunities with considerable potential are beginning to open up between October 9 and 27th. This can be a turbo-charged month for business, work, and/or creative thinking and problem solving. This is more of an initiating time where you can make big strides in solidifying your next steps.

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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, visit www.FeliciaBender.com

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