# Personal Year 9

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## Personal Year 9 in Numerology

The personal year cycle is a nine year cycle which follows the course of the root numbers which are the single digit numbers from 1 through 9.

Each personal year number gets its specific individual qualities from the vibrational essence of the root number that informs it.

The personal year number that you are experiencing in 2017 depends on where you are in the personal year cycle.

Understanding your personal year number can provide you with a template or user’s guide for the year to come.

You can use what you learn from your personal year analysis to plan your activities and make decisions that can improve your life.

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## Personal Years and Universal Forces

To calculate your personal year, you first have to know what the Universal Year Number would be for the year that you are investigating.

In most cases you will be curious about the year to come or the year that you are currently living.

But you can investigate a year far in the past to see what celestial or universal forces were at work in your life at that time.

We derive the Universal Year number reducing the numbers of the year that we are currently living in:

2020 = 2 + 0 + 2 + 0 = 4

Then you take the month and day of your birth and reduce it to a root number. For instance, if you were to reduce April 1 to a root number you would get 5.

Now you add this number to the Universal Year Number and you get your Personal Year Number:

5 + 4 = 9

In 2020, a person born on April 1 would have a personal year number of 9.

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## From Universal Year to Personal Year

While we are all influenced by the Universal Year Number, its creative influence will be tempered by the energies that have already been activated on our own life path.

In other words, universal or cosmic energies are always engaged in a complicated interplay with the personal energies that make up our experience.

This is why we calculate the personal year number by combining the Universal Year Number with our life path number.

A person who was born on April 17, 1994 would find their life path number by reducing all of the numbers in their birth date like this:

4 + 1 + 7 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 4 = 35
3 + 5 = 8

Combined with the Universal Number of 1, this person’s personal year number for 2017 would be 9.

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## What to Expect in a 9 Year

Personal year 9 represents the end of the 9 year cycle, which means that things undertaken in this year will not be lasting. 9 Years are about bringing things to a close, tying up loose ends and moving on to new situations.

After all, there is a 1 year right around the corner in which all kinds of new plans and projects will be undertaken.

9 Years are not right for initiating any changes in your domestic situation. Getting married, buying a home or taking up a new job will not be highlighted in a 9 year. But if you have long standing creative projects, like writing a novel, 9 year energy is perfect for bringing it to a successful conclusion.

## The Symbolic Meaning of the 9 Year

In the Major Arcana of the Tarot, the number 9 is associated with The Hermit. As the 9th card in the series, The Hermit represents the end of the first cycle of the Fool’s journey from ignorance to enlightenment.

The Hermit is pictured as an old man wearing a dark cowl, staff in hand, apparently undertaking a night journey.

We know that The Hermit is on a night journey because he holds aloft in his other hand a lantern which provides the only light by which he can see.

The Hermit’s lamp represents his inner light. The world may seem like a very dark and frightening place, especially when everything around you is coming to an end.

The symbolism of The Hermit reminds us that we can navigate the dark uncertainty ahead by using the light of our own inner wisdom.

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## Rounding Out the Cycle of Years

The great value in understanding the meaning of our personal years is the way it can illuminate, like The Hermit’s lamp, the blind corners that confront us on our life paths.

We can use what we know from investigating our personal year numbers to navigate our life journey the way the enlightened masters have done for centuries — by consulting the inner light of wisdom within.

By the time we get to a 9 year, we have been through quite a journey of learning and personal transformation.

Whether we notice it or not, the forces of the 9 year cycle are constantly at work in our lives, bringing us into constant contact with new people, new ideas and new situations.

If we are able to awaken to the transformational aspect of the 9 year cycle, by the time we are in a 9 year we will have learned the lessons from all of the previous years in the cycle and we will stand ready, like The Hermit, to undertake the night journey before us.

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## Beginning Again, and Again

In every ending is a beginning. In a 1 year this may sound trite. In a 9 year we find that it is literally true. The 9 year may seem painful and difficult to endure. When everything around us is ending and nothing in life seems to last, there is a depressing quality to it.

When these feelings arise in your mind, take heart because the 9 year is like a fresh April rain, watering the earth, preparing for the plenty that is about to burst forth again.

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