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May Numerology: Blossoming Seeds & Leaps of Faith

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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 May 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!

divider2Welcome to 2017! Your Personal Month forecast CHANGES 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 brings the 1 Universal Year: the beginning of a new cycle.

If you’re having a 1 Personal Year
May is a 6 Month


May brings with it some “bridges” from April and then also some interruptions. If you’re single and ended up smitten with a certain someone last month, in May you can begin to build on this new relationship and see whether it was just a passing fancy or if it actually holds promise to become something more. May can bring an important relationship into your life and put it in the spotlight. This situation makes you consider your position on these themes: control, duty, and responsibility. You’ll be met with some moments where you’ll need to shift your focus around these important concepts. Are you controlling or do you allow others to control you? Are you overly responsible for those around you or are you irresponsible? If you didn’t connect with anyone in April, you might feel the pulse of romance with someone new—perhaps around May 5 or 9. May offers some great opportunities for romance if you’re ready for it. During your 6 Personal Month, you’ll benefit from taking time away from yourself (which is a focal-point of the whole 1 Personal Year) and sashay into a helping role and be there for friends and family.

If you’re having a 2 Personal Year
May is a 7 Month

You’ll feel less social and generally more introspective in May. Can you make room for some downtime throughout the month? The energy of the number 7 is a spiritually seeking energy. So you’ll be feeling these soul-seeking vibes with intensity during the month of May—which is to assure you that your feelings of wanting to hide out now and again are fully and completely part of the package. It’s also the time to dig in and investigate something you find intriguing or compelling. May gives you a huge permission slip to take some time by yourself and pursue these interests. The energy of the month supports all things associated with the exploration of higher purpose. This is the perfect time to sit down and make an inventory of what’s working in your life and what you’d like to shift. Be honest. Dig deep. Write it down. Make a list of the key events that have occurred since the first of the year. Then lightly make a chart of what you’d like to see come your way from now until the end of December. Understand that none of this is written in stone—far from it. Yet when we can clarify our intentions, the chances of moving more successfully toward what we really want certainly gains momentum. The key here is also to remember that this entire year is full of delays, temporary stoppages and strange obstructions. So take this into account as you move through May.

If you’re having a 3 Personal Year
May is an 8 Month


You’re being pushed into interactions demanding that you develop your ability to express yourself in the most dynamic, clear and healthy way. Sometimes, it just ain’t easy! Add to that the intense energies coming your way that revolve around personal empowerment and finances—and watch out world! May is an exciting month with a good chance of dynamic forward movement with your business ventures. A colleague may present interesting possibilities for your consideration around May 2nd. And since your entire year is guided by the “lucky” and joyful number 3, know that some positive changes you hadn’t expected may help matters develop more rapidly than you ever dreamed possible. Close friends (or friends of friends) may unlock new avenues of development and opportunity around May 11 or 18. This is your year to tap into your creativity, so remember this as you dive into the opportunities coming your way. An imaginative or off-the-beaten path approach can be very useful. When you express yourself creatively, it’ll accelerate the progress of your various projects. Also know that the energy of your 3 Personal Year brings up old emotional baggage to be examined, faced, and dealt with in a new and forward-moving manner. No doubt you’ve been having some emotional ups-and-downs lately. Understand that all of this is part of the deal this year. Don’t run from it—dig in and move through it.

If you’re having a 4 Personal Year
May is a 9 Month


The month of May offers some finalities and conclusions that may or may not be expected—and certainly might not be under your control. This feels pretty uncomfortable during your 4 Personal Year, because you’re striving toward laying down the gauntlet. Meaning, it’s the year to work hard, lay some foundations for yourself, and systemize what you can in order to make your life easier and more productive. Yet often this means that—when we participate in the energy of the 4—that we’re expecting it all to be linear and practical. But that just simply isn’t so! May is a time for certain things to fall away. Yet the impulse will be to reach out and grab for them as they disintegrate, leaving a strange sense of loss, if not emotional angst. Your catch phrase for the month: “Breaking up is hard to do.” It’s going to test your reserves to keep matters on an even keel, particularly between May 18 and the end of the month.

If you’re having a 5 Personal Year
May is a 1 Month


You’re coming down from a month where your cage may have been rattled with unexpected transitions. Hopefully you’ve had the wherewithal to land on your feet! Seeing that this is a fast-moving time for you anyway, the key right now is to keep this idea in front of you: 2017 is your time to evaluate what freedom means to you and then find ways to incorporate more of it into your life. What feels like freedom? More money? More time? Less obligation? Less weight to carry around (literally or figuratively)? May brings a sense of release—an opening of the gate. With the endings you experienced in April, you’ll feel freer overall and (if you’re paying attention) have more awareness of the expansive possibilities in front of you. In fact, this is a time where you can see things in a way you haven’t seen them before—meaning, you’ll really expand your thoughts concerning things you hadn’t even imagined before. You could find that you’re more receptive and open to the possibilities now. Your year is all about progressive thought and action, running into new people and new experiences, and all about living a little. Start to develop the possibilities that feel as though they’re pushing you a bit outside of your box.

If you’re having a 6 Personal Year
May is a 11/2 Month


As you come away from April, you’re probably feeling the charge of some new beginnings. What you started in April will continue to percolate throughout the year, so I hope you have a good handle around what you intend to develop and move forward with—whether it’s in the relationship department, career sector, in regards to your health or your spirituality. Or perhaps, all of the above. The changes you started last month will move ahead, but more slowly than you would like. Take the additional time and energy to extend yourself to others in May. Not only will May be a very emotionally sensitive time (keep that Kleenex box handy!), it’s also a great time to dig in to some kind of spiritual study that speaks to you. When you’re in alignment with cultivating harmony and extending yourself to others, you can experience some pretty profound moments of illumination. The number 11 is a spiritual messenger—it always offers a doorway of a-ha moments, if only we can slow down in order to notice them. It’s ready for you if you can get quiet enough to invite it in.

If you’re having a 7 Personal Year
May is a 3 Month


April felt ever-so-slow and arduous on many levels. Given that 2017 is a soul-searching year for you, last month must have felt as though life was hovering in front of you in suspended animation. I visualize it like several scenes from The Matrix, where everything is coming at you in slow motion. May should feel lighter and airier. And although there’s the possibility of a lot of social activity this month, you may find that you prefer to take part in only a portion of it. Parties, events, gatherings and other dressier obligations might be thrown your way, yet there’s still a sense of ho-hum detachment about all the superficialities. Primarily, you may find yourself opting for quieter activities or enterprises involving only a few select people. If a trip, vacation or—better yet—a retreat is available, particularly around May 2nd, you may choose to throw caution to the wind and take advantage of it. Of course, practicalities are always at play, yet you’ll choose to go only if it fits in with your continuing spiritual or academic study, or if it can provide insights in specific areas with which you’re involved or interested. Remember that even though May feels lighter, it also can bring up some hidden emotional soft spots or unfinished business. Along with the spiritual focus of your year overall, this can be a valuable opportunity for personal healing. You’re finally ready to move this old stuff up and out of your way.

If you’re having an 8 Personal Year
May is a 4 Month


This isn’t the month to mess around. It’s all business for you in May. So get your files organized, your business plan dusted off, and a laser focus on your immediate and longer term goals. 2017 is the launch of a three-year push where you’ll be challenged to get down to business, complete and let go of the old, and then begin a whole new cycle in your life. Yet this year is devoted to strengthening your sense of personal power and also stepping up your financial abundance. And the month of May brings with it a sense of seriousness and a demand for hard work. Even if you’re doing great with money, no doubt there’s a certain amount of work that needs to take place to keep it that way, or to build upon that financial foundation. And if you’re struggling financially, this is a stark reality check. It’s like you’re in a police lineup and heading for the interrogation room. Why aren’t you where you want to be financially? What’ll it take to get you there? What’s your plan? Know also that you can have a lot of ups and downs this year and this month highlights the very-real practicalities it’ll take to hammer out a plan and have the resolve and guts to follow-through with it. May is the time to get your organization and management skills down to a fine art.

If you’re having a 9 Personal Year
May is a 5 Month


Certainly you’re feeling the push-and-pull dynamics of your year of completions, letting go and transformation. Most likely, it’s all just starting to gain momentum, unless yours started out of the gate with a big bang! And if it did, then you already know who you are. This can be a period of time that can be amazing, freeing and cathartic—and also scary as hell, confusing and confounding. Remember: This is the year to finish things, not to start them. Know that May can feel like you have a lot coming at you all at once. Things coming into play during this time might be planting seeds that you’ll come back to and develop later next year—at least six months from now. Consider it exploratory research time to be logged and saved for later. You may have an opportunity for travel or to engage in some other off-the-beaten-path adventure. Even so, it’s best not to spend too much time on frivolous activity. Although the energy of the month is all about fun, freedom, adventure and fearlessness, try to use this time and energy in a constructive and disciplined way. You’ll yield the absolute best results when you focus and follow-through rather than skimming the surface. Remember your mantra for the year: “I let go of all that I no longer need in order to make space for change to enter.”


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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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