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January Numerology: Discover Your New Personal Year Number for 2017

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2017 brings the 1 Universal Year: the beginning of a new cycle. Dive into numerology, the study of the energetics of numbers, to find your Personal Year number in 2017 and how it will play out for in January 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!

2017 horoscope guides and planetary planner

divider2Welcome to 2017! Your Personal Month forecast CHANGES in January as a new year begins.

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 the past year feel like a constant transition? In numerology, 2016 was a 9 Universal Year—the end of a long numerological cycle. 2017 brings the 1 Universal Year: the beginning of a new cycle. It is a year where we’ll all feel a bit of relief that things are moving forward, even if it might feel ever-so-slow at the onset. 

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


2017 is a time to take stock of where you are, where you’d like to be and where you’re headed next. There’s no better time than right now to start fresh. Understand that you need laser focus about what you want to create in your life. It’s time to be extremely selective about what stays and what goes. Just know that when you plant a garden without expert and mindful planning, without preparing the soil properly, or with old and outdated seeds, you’ll not get a lush harvest down the road. The same goes for you this year. Be mindful of what you focus your energy and attention on, because you’re setting up the growth process for your next nine-year cycle. With that said, understand that January is a slower month, too. Step back and appreciate the delays that dominate the month. January is a time to focus your energy and attention on the joys of loving relationships and partnerships. Spread your focus away from “me” and instead, spend some concerted effort on “us”—whatever that might mean to you. It’s a month where you might actually be feeling a bit of a 9 Personal Year “hangover” from last year. There may be some leftover issues or unresolved “stuff” that needs to be put to bed now. If so, January is the perfect time to finalize whatever issues need to be wrapped up and moved through.

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

2017 is a year devoted to the development of patience with a capital “P.” Prepare yourself for a slow down. It’ll be two steps forward, three steps back throughout the year. But don’t despair! While it may not be an opportune year for expanding your business enterprise exponentially or conquering life fast-and-furiously, it’s a great year for focusing on love and your relationships. Also understand that during the entire year you’ll be feeling a higher octave of emotional sensitivity. If you’re already emotionally sensitive, you’ll want to pay close attention to balancing and modulating your emotions. If you’re not usually emotionally sensitive, your responses to certain things might take you by surprise. This is the time to learn how to discipline your emotions—to engage them, investigate them and move through them with strong yet supple boundaries. You’ll be challenged to step into your sense of self, approach things with diplomacy—and not be a doormat. And if you’re experiencing the Master 11/2 Personal Year, all of that advice might just go right out the window. Because while you’ll develop patience by navigating slow-downs and delays, chances are that the pace can be pretty intense. So it might not feel particularly “slow” to you, yet the lessons are heightened because you must find patience and diplomacy in the midst of what might be heightened stakes—or intense circumstances of one kind or another. That’s just my little Master Number Personal Year Disclaimer up front! Yet you won’t feel the full impact this month—first, January gives you opportunities to develop some of creative ideas and abilities that may usually lay dormant. You might find yourself waking up with a sudden itch to explore artistic realms that you haven’t previously investigated. Go with your creative flow.

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


2017 will feel refreshing after the slower, patience-building year you’ve just exited. The entire year is potentially much lighter, social, fun-filled, and supports any kind of heightened communication and creative self-expression. When you set your sights on spiffing up your personal image, fine-tuning your communication skills, and delving into healthy emotional expression, you’ll be on target for 2017. This is the time for all things self-improvement. Know also that this year is all about finding joy and lightness, yet often the energy of the 3 tests us in finding lightness in heavy situations. So don’t be surprised if you’re handed some intensely emotional moments on a platter all year long. As for January…not so fast! It’s time to take care of the additional work coming your way, in in order to get the year off to a positive start. It might feel a bit like the story of The Grasshopper and the Ant. Your whole year holds the energy of the Grasshopper—wanting to play and have fun. While the energy of January is like the Ant: work, work, and more work. Make sure to complete the required—and most likely arduous—details. January is your month to put the proverbial nose to the grindstone and get it done—even if you don’t particularly feel like it. Even though your year promises more light-hearted fun, January is the time to fulfill your current family obligations and business duties. Get everything in order and take care of any paperwork or legal matters on January 22nd or so. Proceed to build the base you’ll likely need in continuing the development of your ventures, especially the development of your powers of expression—including writing, presentations, counseling, or any kind of performance.

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

4Get ready for a “slow and steady wins the race” kind of year devoted to getting your “house” in order. This is the time to set up some systems that will serve to make your life easier and more productive for the next four years, if not for a longer duration of time. This can be work-related systems and it can be systems that you use in your home and personal life. This is the “cement pouring” year, where you’re setting up the foundations for the building blocks you see coming in the near and distant future. Yet, be prepared to feel as though you’re shot out of a canon in January. There’s a lot of activity and excitement heading your way, and it might feel as though you can’t decide which fabulous opportunity to run with first. Expect lots of opportunities for social activity and perhaps some romance. Spend time with friends and yet, understand if you need to choose between getting a project done for a deadline and going out for happy hour. January is odd for you because it’s a work/play month—but it will open the gate with some outside-of-the-box ideas or experiences that can guide the goals you set for the rest of the year. The nice thing here is that the energy of the 5 is kind of like the wild step-sibling to the energy of the number 4, which is far more serious and structured. So January can offer an intriguing mix when you’re aware of what you’re working with across the board. The immediate energy of the fun and dynamic 5 can offer you a soft landing into the 4 Personal Year. So enjoy the lighter things that come your way and open your peripheral vision to include things that might be off the beaten path.

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

5As the new year begins, much of your activity revolves around your family and home life. 2017 holds great potential to be a red-letter year for any adventurous pursuits you’ve been pondering. It’s the perfect time for extra travel, especially if the excursions challenge your sense of fearless abandon. So rather than a focused on, say, visiting museums, you’ll be much more in tune with a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon, an adventurous safari, or an excursion where you learn to hang glide. “Freedom” is your siren call, and anything related to cultivating and acting upon your idea of freedom is the point of this year. The warning label reads like this: Make sure you harness in all the opportunities coming your way and use some focus and self-discipline along the way, or the year will jet by without much to show for it. Also know that—while the energy of the 5 is fun and adventurous—we are always challenged with the oppositional energy related to the number. So in this case, 2017 is a year where you get to face your fears, push yourself out of your comfort zone, and open yourself fully and completely to some big changes coming your way. Yet January holds some more pressing responsibilities on the home front. Understand that some family duties are being carried over from 2016 and require your attention and some concerted effort to complete. Even though these responsibilities may get in the way of other activities, don’t push them aside or neglect them. Around January 13, make sure to take care of any financial or legal matters connected with your home. Start setting the stage for significant changes or improvements in your family or home life starting January 17th or 27th. If you’re the one initiating these shifts, make sure to be the one with the plan.

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


January is going to be a contemplative month for you. It’s focused on spiritual pursuits, deep learning, and meeting up face-to-face with experiences that challenge you to dig deep into who you really are on a core level. You might feel like retreating into a little cave and contemplating for a while. Be that as it may, 2017 holds promise for an entire year where relationships are at the forefront. It’s a “marriage and divorce” year and you can’t escape reevaluating all of your relationships—first with yourself and then with everyone in your life, from your intimate relationship to your family and friends to your co-workers. Understand when I say “marriage and divorce,” I mean both literally and metaphorically. This term simply suggests that you’ll be faced with intense decisions around elevating and strengthening your relationships or choosing to revive or let go of some of them. In any event, relationships are under scrutiny all year long. It’s all up for review. And January will offer opportunity for some deep soul searching in regard to all things relationship-oriented. Responsibility is also highlighted. You might focus on this question: “Who am I and what do I want in my life? And how can I begin to create relationships that feel great and supportive to me before, during, and after my interaction with the person or people in question?” A bit of contemplation may suggest that some time—perhaps several months—should be spent to lay the groundwork for implementing important shifts in your family life. And this is the time to go deep. The energy of the number 7 (the vibe for January) always brings in issues related to trust. So expect this to be a theme this month. Mixed with the over-all relationship focus of your year, some experiences that test your trust of yourself and perhaps also test your trust in others in your life are bound to arise.

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


You’re entering into your 7 Personal Year—a time where a retreat is more in alignment with your overall energies than, say, getting that promotion. You’re beginning a year of planning rather than action. And yet—say what?—January isn’t quite supportive of a hiatus. Au contraire. Business and financial affairs are front and center. This is a clarifying “push” month where you’ll feel propelled 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. Action is the theme for January. And know also that action is also the theme for the 1 Universal Year. So you’ll ride that teeter-totter all year long. Understand that you’ll be required to step into your sense of self-confidence and personal power. Yet much of it has to do with phasing out some of your less-important obligations in order to give yourself time for personal and private matters. Understand that during the month you’ll feel financial pressures and will most likely be presented with some people and situations that test your sense of personal power. It’s the month to stand up for yourself and draw a line in the sand. Although this may sound well and good, the push-me-pull-you effect will come on quite strong. Mixed with the incoming 1 Universal Year energies—well, January will feel a bit turbo-powered and will open up some questions for excavation for the rest of the year.

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


Are you feeling it already? As though you’re Sleeping Beauty, awakening from 2016 and rubbing the sleep out of your eyes? Get ready to take the plunge. 2017 is a year of action where personal power and finances take the front seat. Get ready for a year focused on finances and know that money will come and go rapidly. But don’t let it freak you out—easy come, easy go. Just know that you must focus on being abundance-minded rather than scarcity-minded. This is an optimal year to train your thoughts to think about money in a new and dynamic way. As you sow, so shall you reap. Is it safe to say you’ve been waiting to get your various ventures on the move? Even though 2017 is underway, you can feel that that there are still some matters to take care of before you begin the big push forward. Take January to complete projects related to 2016’s study or contemplative activities. This month you can devote yourself only to the necessary business-related work already in play, with the idea that you can go full-steam ahead on new ventures in the months to come. Expect some endings or transitions between January 9th and 18th. 2017 is not the year to be wishy-washy. You must ride the “decisive train” and make clear choices and decisions right now. It’s imperative for your success that you conclude some of the “stuff” you’ve been dealing with in the last months of 2016. Making decisions and moving forward will be significant in freeing you for the dynamic year ahead.

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


Time to get your bearings. 2016 was nothing if not an action-packed year that’s challenged you in pretty much every way possible. Do you feel stronger? Do you feel like you’ve risen to the challenge? Have you gotten your financial trajectory in order and your sense of personal power polished and shined? 2017 is the end of a cycle, so here’s the plan: Despite the fact that it’s your “letting go” year, you’re hitting the ground running. It’s the month to take charge. Emphasize your independence and individuality as the year gets underway. You won’t be able to avoid this transition period requiring the completion and closing out of many things in your life. The issue is this: The month holds the energy of action, taking the lead, and independence. Yet the energy that you’re moving into for the entire year is very different. It’s about conclusions, letting go and surrender. The 1 energy for the month is all about beginnings and the 9 energy for your year is all about endings. So expect a bit of confusion as you move through it and make your best choices and decisions. Expect a bit of confusion as you move through it and make your best choices and decisions. You must allow your feelings to move and flow in all directions. You’ll find yourself reviewing your past this year, whether you want to or not. It’s actually the optimal time to do a review and see where you stand. This is the month to focus on bolstering your sense of self-confidence and trusting your creativity. You might feel a wacky sense of individuality and independence that you haven’t felt—or at least haven’t trusted—for a mighty long time. Go with the flow, trust your gut, and think of 2017 as one big year of shedding your skin.



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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