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On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain Tags: On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain

Does a millennium-old manuscript hold the key to hidden, awe-inspiring places?

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The ruins of Richard’s Castle, a preconquest fortification built by a Norman knight. Photo by James Lancaster/Castles Forts Battles UK.

The day was departing when we arrived at the old, gray church and its graveyard of tilting headstones. Beyond, the forest hid the ruins of a Norman castle along with—we hoped—one of the Wonders of Britain.

A tall, tidy man with a cap appeared, out with his dog for an evening walk, and Andrew Evans, wearing a dark, swinging overcoat, approached him. “Can I ask you… do you live around here? We’re after the Bone Well… .” The man offered no sign of recognition. “It should be a spring under the castle somewhere.”

“A natural spring?” he replied, unfazed by the suggestion of a watery catacomb filled with skeletons. “There’s a track leading down there on the left. It’s a good bit of a mile.”

“Okay,” said Evans. “That sounds like it.”

The path to the spring went through a gate that shut with a clang and past a field populated with the white, fluffy sheep that speckle the British countryside. “It’s on the map so it can’t be too hard to find,” Evans said, pointing out our position on his phone, where the well was labeled in bright blue. “We’ll turn around the bottom of the castle, and then there it is—‘Boney Well.’”

This particular well was known, in the 19th century, for its trick of regurgitating the bones of fish and frogs, and it was the best lead Evans had in his search for another place, described in our much older guide on this trip, a list of “wonders” compiled a millennium ago. On this list, there is “a well from which the bones of birds are constantly thrown up.” Only, it’s not entirely clear where this wondrous site could be found. Any well with a connection to small animal bones was worth chasing down.

The track led through the gloaming forest, and Evans’s smile took on an eager edge. “I’m excited to see a new one,” he said. “They’re usually just muddy holes in the ground. But maybe it’ll be spectacular.”

He checked his phone again. “Look out for bones.”

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In the second century B.C., the Greek writer Antipater of Sidon catalogued the wonders of the ancient world—the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Great Pyramid at Giza—and ever since writers have collected accounts of amazing places. When, sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries, a native son took up the task of listing the Wonders of Britain, he included a lake with 60 islands in it and a fountain of salt, a levitating altar and a shape-shifting royal burial mound—all told, 26 natural phenomena and small miracles.

These wonders were concentrated into two areas of Britain—in the north, toward Scotland, and to the west, in what’s now Wales—places where Celtic tribes still held sway after years of Saxon incursions had eroded their territory. The list’s unknown author came from those lands, probably the Welsh border region, and though he was writing in a time of rising Saxon power, his heart seemed to lie with Celtic traditions that were in danger of disappearing.

This is “Dark Age” history, often overlooked in the rush from the Romans to the Renaissance, with details forgotten or recorded only in legend. The Wonders of Britain, too, have disappeared from memory. According to the manuscript curators at the British Library, “few actual geographic features” known today match the list’s descriptions.

But if the broad outlines of medieval political divisions linger over modern Britain, some of the wonders are still hiding there, too. Evans, a senior lecturer in the geography department at the University of Leeds and self-proclaimed “expert in nothing,” started trying to track them down more than a decade ago. “We get into the rut of drifting through places without really thinking about them,” he said. But finding the site of a medieval wonder can burnish a familiar landscape with a sheen of the strange and mysterious.

Some of the wonders have proven impossible to find; perhaps they never existed in the first place. Others have lost their luster, but, Evans assured me when we first spoke, “Some of them are active and still really spectacular.” The Severn Bore, for example—a rushing, riverine tidal wave that can reach more than nine feet in height—plays a role in four of the wonders and can still be seen.

So it was that a few months later, we were roaming the countryside of England and Wales, hopping fences, tromping through heather, and wandering graveyards, in the hope that, a thousand years on, not all the wonder of the Dark Ages had disappeared. Even in the 21st century, a medieval travel guide, we imagined, might still lead to places with the capacity to amaze.

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Andrew Evans at Carngafallt. Photo by Sarah Laskow.

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The trees opened into a clearing, and our path crossed the trickle of water coming from the Boney Well. It was not the hole-in-the-ground variety of well, but a welling up of spring water, little more than a damp channel through the trees. Nothing about the place seemed to justify putting it on a map, modern or medieval, wondrous or mundane.

But, there, among mossy roots, I spotted a spread of gray feathers and a few delicate bones.

“Oh my god,” Evans said, laughing. “That’s conveniently dead in the right place.” He had not expected to find fresh bones at the Boney Well, regardless of how they got there. The list’s description conjured an image of a macabre and magical place, but Evans was searching for a natural wonder, not something from a fairy tale. As fantastic as some of the wonders on the list seemed, they usually had some sort of grounding in reality, or at least in the possible.

The wonders list comes from a medieval text, Historia Brittonum, that was once treated as a reliable account of the history of Britain. It begins with the descendants of Trojan refugees settling on the island and includes one of the earliest known references to King Arthur, along with catalogs of battles between Britons and Saxons and genealogies of forgotten rulers. For centuries, historians and classicists relied on the Historia’s account of the years between the end of the 300s, when the Romans began to lose control of Britain, and the mid-800s, the earliest the Historia could have been written. Now, though, scholars consider these stories more legend than fact.

Like the rest of the Historia, the wonders list, which is tacked on the end of some versions of the manuscript, has parts that can be verified. It includes, for instance, the famous Roman-built baths in Somerset, which draw from the island’s only geothermal spring. But other wonders—the levitating altar, supposedly held up by the will of God, or the returning wooden plank, which floats down the River Severn before reappearing, three days later, in its original place—sound like they belong to the realm of fantasy.

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The Roman baths at Somerset. Julian P Guffogg/CC BY-SA 2.0.

The presence of the surviving wonders creates the tantalizing possibility that even the fantastical, forgotten ones could have scientific explanations and may have left behind clues that could corroborate their existence. “Given that some of the wonders exist, chances are that all of them once existed,” says Evans. At the start of his search, he decided to seek out plausible explanations for each wonder, even the stranger ones. “Your first impression is that someone has drawn together a whole bunch of crazy things, and part of me thought—why would you want to dig down and understand this?” he says. But the list’s unknown author does seem to be trying to explain the unusual phenomena he’d encountered in his travels. “This person is genuinely curious about the world. And, occasionally, the interactions in the natural world do throw up completely weird stuff.”

The Boney Well, for instance, was once more impressive than it first appeared to us. It seemed that the well had been capped: The lay of the land indicated the stream could have once flowed strong and deep here.

As we were leaving, Evans showed me some of the rocks that he had been turning over in the stream. Embedded in them were shell fossils—bones, of a sort. He had a hypothesis. Perhaps the bone well had been churning through a fossil bed and bringing pieces to the surface. If fossils weren’t common in the area and a singular spring kept piling them up, he said, “Then you’d think, ‘How exciting.’”

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In search of the Boney Well. Photo by Sarah Laskow.

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Evans first encountered the Wonders of Britain while searching old Welsh texts for a name to give his eldest child. His wife comes from a Welsh family, and he’d fallen for Welsh literature at Aberystwyth University while studying geology and geography. His interest in folklore is a sideline: He did graduate work as a glaciologist in Iceland and Antarctica and now focuses on human geography, drawing on computer and social sciences to understand how people relate to each other and their environments.

It’s a good field for people with roving minds, like Evans. He’s had at least a passing interest in cathedrals and castles, literary theory and jazz, film history and British culture, voodoo and still-life drawing. He belonged to a caving club in college and after graduation traveled Europe with friends, seeking out ossuaries and cave paintings. Now he lives on the edge of a moor in Yorkshire and keeps a hippo skull in his office. One morning at breakfast he was reading about the first witchcraft trial in Ireland and mulling how concepts we use to understand the world, such as sin and crime, are not always as timeless as they might seem; someone had to think them up. But that’s why the wonders are worth seeking out—using the medieval list as a guide to natural phenomena means “taking whatever tired, dust-covered metaphors you use for the world and shaking them up,” he says.

We set out that morning across the Welsh countryside with soft sunlight peeking from behind the clouds. This part of the world served as a model for J.R.R. Tolkien’s idyllic Shire; it is William Blake’s “green & pleasant Land” of rolling hills and pastures, which transformed, mid-Wales, into craggier peaks. We drove through a forest where moss padded the road’s center like a carpet and then followed a footpath through the woodland pastures of a nature reserve, under the crooked branches of Cornish Oaks and up a steep slope of prickly green gorse. On the crest of the hill, we reached a trio of Bronze Age cairns, tombs that had once protected dead men and their treasures, rising from the brush low and wide like islands from the sea.

Atop one large cairn, made of rough and irregular rock, Evans began to read aloud. “‘There is another wonderful thing in the region which is called Bucit. There is a mound of stones’—So it mentions the cairn—‘and one stone placed on top has a footprint of a dog on it. … When hunting the porker Troynt, Cabal, who was the dog of the soldier Arthur, stamped his step in the stone, and afterward Arthur gathered together stones … and it is called Carn Cabal.’”

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The cairns have overlooked these empty hills for millennia. Photo by Sarah Laskow.

“So,” he said, “we need to find a footprint.” Ideally, an oversized, mythic footprint belonging to King Arthur’s favorite dog, Cabal.

Early Arthurian stories have an otherworldly quality, even stranger than the playful magic of Merlin, which was added to the legend later. Sir Kay fights giant sea-cats and werewolves; he can go nine days and nights underwater without sleeping or breathing. Another companion, Bedwyr, is a handsome, one-handed knight with a magical lance. Arthur has men who can suck up a sea, emit sparks from their feet, level a mountain, speak every language, and hear an ant move from 50 miles away. One, when sad, lets his bottom lip droop below his waist and turns his top lip over his head. Gwenhwyfar, Arthur’s wife, is the daughter of a giant, and gallant, skilled, adulterous Lancelot is nowhere to be found.

During the 12th and 13th centuries these Celtic tales traveled to France, where the older stories disappeared from Arthur’s legend and Lancelot joined the court, now sopped in chivalric romance. Centuries later, 19th-century British antiquarians rediscovered the old Arthur in medieval Welsh manuscripts that, like the Historia, drew from older oral traditions. Carn Cabal is linked to the tale of the hunt for a boar named Troynt (or Twrch Trwyth, Trwyd, Troit, or Terit, depending on whom you ask), who is actually a cursed prince transformed into a wild animal. Culhwch, a cousin of Arthur, falls in love with the daughter of a giant, and to marry her he must complete 40 impossible tasks, including grabbing a pair of scissors, a comb, and a razor stuck to Troynt’s head.

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The conglomerate rock of the cairn features paw-like shapes. Photo by Sarah Laskow.

According to the wonders list, Cabal stepped on a stone and left a mark during that chase. That rock was last reported seen in the 1830s or ’40s, when Lady Charlotte Guest, a linguist and literary scholar, sent an unnamed gentleman up here to Carngafallt—the Rock of Cafall, a variant of Cabal—in search of it. The mountain matches the place described in the wonder.

Lady Guest’s gentleman found what he thought could be “the identical object referred to” in the wonders list—a hefty rock with an impressive mark, four inches long and two deep, sunk into it. “Some unimaginative geologist may persist in maintaining that this footprint is nothing more than the cavity left by the removal of a rounded pebble,” he wrote. There is truth in that view: When fragments of this conglomerate rock work loose, they leave behind gaps that can resemble a paw print. But according to the gentlemen, “Such an opinion scarcely requires a remark.”

Evans, though trained in geology, is not without imagination. We started looking for the shape of a dog’s footprint and in just a few minutes found a half-dozen candidates. With the “eye of faith,” as Evans puts it, these naturally occurring shapes looked distinctly canine in origin, though none were as large as what Guest’s gentleman described.

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A path though Cornish oaks. Photo by Sarah Laskow.

That gentleman wrote that a man could “without any great exertion” carry the rock away, and it seems he might have done just that. Now this silent place, populated mostly by migrating birds, is protected from development. But in centuries past the cairns were broken open; any treasure left inside is long gone. A 19th-century gentleman might not have hesitated to remove a wondrous rock.

Or perhaps Guest’s man wanted to test it. The wonders list also stated that, if the stone were moved from its spot, it would reappear atop the cairn the next day. Even if that magic failed, in this lonesome place, no one would have noticed the rock was missing.

“When I started engaging with early Welsh poetry again, one of the things that struck me was how much of British history has been wiped off the school curriculum,” Evans says. On his website, he writes that the Wonders of Britain “act as pins, fastening Britain today to a hidden landscape of dark age mythology.” The giant dog and cursed boar-prince may have been myths, but the cairns and their pockmarked rocks are not. The people who lived here a thousand years ago thought this place was special, as had Bronze Age people thousands of years before that. Without the text to hint at these layers of history, today it would be a pleasant nature reserve, lovely enough but lacking the draw of a graveyard linked with Britain’s legendary king.

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By the time Historia Brittonum was written, the Celtic world it described was already fading into obscurity. Y Gdoddin, a medieval poem dated to roughly the same period, describes one of the Britons’ last-ditch efforts, in the seventh century, to oust the Saxons from their lands. Whatever its historical value, “it’s actually about the most British thing that’s ever been written,” says Evans. “They go to Edinburgh and get drunk for a whole year, saying—eventually, we’re going to go kick the Anglo-Saxons out. Then they lose. They lose terribly. The British have this real delight in heroes who fail, and this is the first example of it.”

By the ninth century, Anglo-Saxon influence was creeping over the whole island. Historia Brittonum itself is evidence of that. Some of the text’s main sources are English, not Welsh, and it’s the information that comes from those Anglo-Saxon accounts that’s now considered most reliable. Over time, any corroboration of the history passed down from Welsh sources was lost. Barring a series of surprise discoveries of lost documents, the full facts of those medieval centuries will never be known for sure.

Landscapes can stand up to time better than human records, but some of the wonders have clearly been lost for good. A pond with different species of fish inhabiting each corner is probably filled in. A northern island of swimming birds could refer to a seabird colony, but there’s little clue as to which island it might have been. Another wonder, the miraculous tomb of Arthur’s son, was likely once in the town of Wormelow Tump, but in the 20th century, perhaps even earlier, locals leveled the substantial burial mound. Now the only features there are a gas station, a pub, and a bus stop.

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Wormelow Tump is now a featureless space. Photo by Sarah Laskow.

On a rainy morning, Evans and I went to see the forgotten site of Linn Liuan, a whirlpool that sucked in the sea then burped it back up. The wonders list indicates that it was somewhere along the Severn, the longest river in Britain. After searching up and down its banks, Evans had lost hope of finding the whirlpool, until one day in 2006, when he received an email from a stranger, John Nettleship, who had read Evans’s online description of the wonder and had an idea where it could have been.

Nettleship, who died in 2011, had been a strict and short-tempered chemistry teacher, and it’s said that one of his pupils, J.K. Rowling, modeled Severus Snape—Harry Potter’s potions teacher—after him. “He was very dry,” Evans says. “And quietly socially conscious.” Nettleship belonged to a small historical society, and he described strange geographic features known as the Whirlyholes, now-dry pools that, according to local lore, used to empty suddenly of water, leaving behind dangerous sinkholes.

Records didn’t place the pools on the river’s current course, but it was the best lead Evans had found. Nettleship had started interviewing local farmers, and together they searched local libraries and scrutinized old maps, looking for evidence that the Whirlyholes were once on the river. The nearby village of Caerwent used to be on the river’s edge; there’s even an old Roman wall there called the “port wall.” With the help of a student, Evans and Nettleship were able to show that the water once reached the Whirlyholes’ location. Locals remembered being warned about the dangers of these pools, which had lingered in a diminished state until the 1970s. Their description of the holes also matched Evans’ hunch about the whirlpool, that it was connected to underground caves that store and release water, making the outflow unpredictable. By 2008, when they published their findings, Evans and Nettleship were convinced they had found the wonder’s most likely location.

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The Whirlyholes depression to the right of an overpass. Photo by Sarah Laskow.

Evans had warned me that there was not going to be much to see. The river moved over time, and a Victorian-era infrastructure project had altered the hydrogeology of the area for good. But he led the way down a footpath and through a charming arch to a highway underpass, where horses had gathered to get out of the rain. Pointing out over the field, he indicated a slight indent in the ground, a dip in the landscape that one would be hard-pressed to notice.

“Now, how would you know it was there?” Evans said. “It’s a shallow bit of farmland.” A once-spectacular whirlpool had become a field where sheep could graze safely.

Perhaps the only wonder from the list that maintains a truly exalted status is the famous Roman spa at Bath, which is guarded today by paved streets and international chain stores instead of mud and sheep. Unlike the others, this wonder has an audio guide, which explains that the baths were “hidden for most of the 2,000 years they’ve been here.”

In the baths, ghostly figures of Roman reenactors are projected onto the rooms’ walls. There’s no need to imagine the past here, as one ghost figure rests on a bench or another receives a massage. The natural wonder of the geothermal waters that feed the baths is mentioned only in passing. And the Wonders of Britain make no appearance. It’s as though the medieval period never happened. In the audio guide version of the story, there are only two important moments in its history: when Romans built the baths and when 19th-century archaeologists rediscovered them.

Standing on the 2,000-year-old stones of the Roman baths, and dipping a finger into the warm mineral water, did transmit a touch of awe. But the experience of standing in Caerwent, looking out from the port wall to see the one-time path of the River Severn and finding the dips of the dried-up Whirlyholes, while not spectacular, had its own power. The wonders list can act as a decoder for the landscape, revealing secrets in a nondescript underpass, a featureless field, an ordinary intersection. These places might seem like they have no history, but once they were remarkable.

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Hills of springy heather and gorse lead to the cairns. Photo by Sarah Laskow.

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Not everyone has the same enthusiasm for tromping around faded footpaths in the English and Welsh countryside that Evans does. He knows that. But he was right when he said that it would all be worth it. On the first night that I met him, before we went to the sites of Carn Cabal, Linn Liuan, or the Bone Well, we went to see the Severn Bore.

A bore is a tidal phenomenon—a flood tide gathers into a wave that rushes up a bay or river, against the current. The shape of the river bed channels the incoming tide along a path that narrows so quickly the water rises into a wave that speeds up the river, as fast as 13 miles per hour on the Severn. These waves can be dramatic, and surfers try to ride them upstream. (In 2006, one rode the bore for 7.6 miles, a world record at the time.) The bore comes only a handful of times each month, as it has for centuries, though rarely with a strength that makes it worth seeing. The most powerful bores usually come around the spring and autumn equinoxes; Evans and I visited in early November, for a bore that was predicted to rate three stars out of five. But the innkeeper at our hotel, who had wished us well on our “boring” adventure, said that the waves are unpredictable. A predicted four-star bore might pass with a whimper, a three-star might roar by like a pack of motorcycles on a mountain highway.

The River Severn winds through the landscape in long S-curves, so it’s possible to see the bore multiple times as it travels upriver. The first place we waited to see it, near Bristol, the river spread wide, and dark mud banks sat low in the water. In the distance, the lights of the city glowed, and the fireworks of Guy Fawkes Night popped now and again across the still water.

After a long while, I heard a roar in the distance, like a muffled airplane engine, growing louder.

“It’s pretty scary, isn’t it?” said Evans. “Like a tsunami.”

We heard the sound of water lapping at the shore grow agitated. Then—an unmistakable, fair-sized wave, cruising across the water.

We raced upriver and within minutes were standing on a bend where a pub was blasting Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The bore approached again, this time as a line drawn across the river, impossibly straight. The wave was taller and faster: Before it, the river was flat, black, and glassy and then, a moment later, three or four feet higher, rough and aggressive. It was like looking at two different landscapes at once, a set of before-and-after photos spliced together.

“Want to see if we can catch it farther back?” Evans said.

We were off again, like Arthur’s men chasing the enchanted boar, giddy and intent. We pulled off a road lined with hedges, the river just on the other side, narrower here. Where the road bent away from the river, we found a footpath leading to a break in the trees. Again came a low rumble roiling to a crescendo.

“It’s getting scarier as it gets louder, the waves right on the edge, chopping up against that …” Evans was saying, when the bore rounded the corner, crashed against the curve of land where we had stood, and zoomed upriver. The water rushed up the bank, and we both scrambled back from edge before the surge could pull us in. It felt dangerous, in the dark night, by the muddy, cold river, too close to a wave powerful enough to knock a person down and snatch them away.

This bore would not have come as a surprise to medieval people. Many of the Wonders of Britain were trees, rocks, and springs because those natural features dominated the landscape. Traveling meant spending long stretches on roads that led far from human places, or depending on the rhythms of the river. They would have tracked the tides and known when the bore might visit, even if it was weak when they thought it would strong, roaring when they expected it to be subdued. Like anything wild, it can be studied and better known, but remains in some ways unpredictable. A thousand years after the Wonders of Britain were recorded, they still have the power to surprise. I have never seen anything like it.

2020: Universal ‘4’ Year in Numerology Tags: 2020: Universal ‘4’ Year in Numerology

I am writing this blogpost today on the day of our Galactic Alignment, and I have tears in my eyes as I intuitively peak into the year ahead.  2020 is set to be a most extraordinary year… but maybe not in the way you might expect the word extraordinary to play out.

2020 is all about DEVOTION.  The WORK it takes to mindfully live your values through every aspect of your life.  The dedication, committment, responsibility, and enacting of a life’s plan that engages you in the manifestation of your goals.  It is a year of stepping up. Leaping in.  Rising to the occasion.  Of courageously putting one foot in front of the other in the direction of your Heart.  There is no hiding this year.  This call to action is for EVERYONE.  Be ready & willing to accept the invitation the universe is extending to you.

Building solid foundations is the theme for 2020, and in order to stablise that framework a little more cathartic excavation work maybe necessary to ensure the footings will endure for decades to come.  The WORK calls you.  There is much to be done.   2020 is the year of exceptional change in the structures, values, and natures of our modern world and YOU, everyone of us play an important role in bridging this shift into a Universal Humanity.

Background Image Credit: Drew Graham

Numerology of  Universal Year:  2020 = 4

The Universal Year number in numerology is calculated by adding all the digits of the year together to create a single digit.   The Universal Year Number gives insight into the vibrations that are felt globally throughout the year, the energetic landscape that colours the canvas of the world throughout the year. 

The Universal Year number for 2020 is the Number 4    [2 + 0 + 2 + 0 = 4]

The last time we experienced a Universal 4 Year in Numerology was 9 years ago in 2011… then 9 years before that in 2002, then 9 years before that in 1993, 1984, 1975, 1966 etc…  You may wish to look back on those years in your life, and see if you can see any patterns that relate to a Universal 4 Year vibration for you!

In addition, our 2020 Universal 4 Year takes on an even more powerful presence in our lives as it marks the ending of three major planetary cycles of Saturn, Pluto & Jupiter and the beginning of new 30 year, 12 year & 20 year cycle toward 2040.

The number ‘4’ in numerology is all about structure, foundations, dedication & planning.  Getting REAL about your purpose.   Real about what you are dedicating your life towards.  Getting real about what you serve.   Now if the first thing that came into your head as you read this was YIKES… then keep reading on to find out how to embrace the potential of this amazing year ahead with much grace & ease… this year truly has your back if you let it!

 

Reflections from 2019, a Universal 3 Year

Last year I wrote about the Numerology of 2019 Universal 3 year,  and shared that 2019 through the 3 vibration was to be a year of playful, visionary, creative & expressive joyfulness.  And if there was one word to explain the meaning of 2019 a Universal 3 Year – I shared how I felt it was the Japanese word  ‘ikigai’ (pronounced ick-ee-guy).    Ikigai is your reason for being, your true nature,  your unique passions, your calling, your purpose – what drives you to do the things that you do in the world & why you do them.   2019 will herald a major shake up within people, a freedom to seek & shine their own personal ‘ikigai’ so collectively we can create a world more beautiful through our Hearts.

Now that we have come to the end of 2019, you maybe thinking ‘well 2019 was certainly NO YEAR OF JOY for me’, or maybe you are glad the year has come to end, a year that was annus horribillisIf these are your thoughts, well rest assured you certainly aren’t alone!

However, before I move on talking about 2020, let me reflect my views on 2019.   If we are to ‘seek & shine our own personal ikigai’, this means rewriting the story that has curtailed or even locked us in a cage and rendered us freedomless.  Joy seeks to be expressed with wild abandon, but if there are shackles curtailing it’s full divinity, well cracks will certainly appear in those areas of your life that are holding back joy.  It’s through the cracks that the lighness of being, the rays of joy can then shine on through.

If your 2019 felt like it was filled with a hell of a lot of cracks (maybe even bloody huge craters)… did you however experience something quite loving from within the tumult?   Did you become aware that beneath the turmoil that was 2019,  was in fact a feeling of grace, feeling of being held, feeling that all will be ok as JOY holds you in her sweet embrace ?

Joy never leaves you.  NOT EVEN ON THOSE DARK DAYS.  Joy is woven into the light of your beingness.  When you are hurt, grieving, angry, or even in the darkest states of despair, joy holds you & guides you to find a way through.  In fact, that first crack of giving up control enables JOY to shine a light of healing, a ray of hope, a vision of potential.  A KNOWING this too shall pass.  A profound experience of JOY even during those moments of intense pain.

So with that in mind, lets now dive deep to understand the energy of 2020, a Universal 4 Year.

2020 – Number 4 – The Tetrahedron

2020 is set to be one extraordinary year.  Now I don’t mean that in a fairy-flossy sort of way… or to lead you to believe that everything will be rainbows & roses 24/7… cause 2020 will most likely be far from any of that!     However the year 2020 will be one of the most pivotal years so far in this 21st Century!

We are 20 years into this century AND 20 years away from 2040 and the dawning of a new world era (refer to my book Shealla-Dreaming).  And 2020 marks the beginning of a whole new decade.

2020 under the 4 Vibration is set to be a year of dedicated work.  Becoming serious about the plan for your life, what you devote your time, energy, resources, your big’ol heart to!   This year is about COMMITTMENT, resourcefulness, applying yourself to your heartfelt devotions, choosing to be BRAVE & determined to build solid foundations that support the grandest version of yourself.   The questioning, struggle, grief, falling apart, reclaiming of soul fragments, deepest sorrow, and uprising to all that you know yourself to be in your heart over the last couple of decades has been preparing you for this time – this step into the next 20 years toward a Universal Humanity.

2019 embodied the Holy Trinity – putting your Body, Mind & Soul – the power of 3 into your day-to-day life.  To embrace JOY by finding balance within these 3 aspects of life – Past, Present & Future;  Sun, Moon & Earth;  Life, Death & Re-birth.

Now in 2020, this Holy Trinity will not only be felt, but will be anchored deep within the physical world through the 4 Vibration.   To explain this, take a look at the animated diagram below.  

Through the trinity (a triangle), can be seen the 3 aspects of beingness     1. Galactic Centre (Spirit)    2. Sirius (Divine Masculine)   3. Pleiades/Alcyone (Divine Feminine).  In Aetheric Healing™, I share how this Sacred Trinity is present within us (not separate to us).   Through the Power of the Sacred Number 3 & the Divine within us, we can access God/Universal Intelligence in order to understand ourselves deeply,  transform subconscious beliefs surrounding success, health, relationships and self-worth/love and ultimately supports our flourishing through balance our Masculine/Feminine selves through the Unified Field of LOVE.  WOW… that is me, you… that is US !

However, when a triangle becomes infused with the 4 Vibration energy, its form shapeshifts dimensions, it takes the form of a TETRAHEDRON, with the 4th point of the Tetrahedron representing EARTH.   Another way of expressing this is that the synergy of 3 transforms our physical experience here on Earth.  The bridge between the physical & spiritual worlds comes into being through the number 4.

This is EXACTLY what happens every year during the Galactic Alignment… now during 2020 we are going to be under this influence for all 366 days!

 

In Sacred Geometry (refer Crystal Light Healing® Level III), the Tetrahedron represents the FIRE ELEMENT.   We express Fire through our Solar (Sun) Plexus, and it drives our passions, ignites the flame of courage, & propels us into action in the direction of our dreams.   In Essence of Angels®, Archangel Michael is the sacred keeper of the Tetrahedron through the Solar Plexus – gifting us the tenacity to believe in ourselves, know we are worthy, & have the fire in our bellies to realise our greater potential.

I find it interesting then, as we are about to embark on a 4 Vibration year of the Tetrahedron Fire, that Fire is an element that we are all experiencing in excess at this present time.  Be it through the warming of our planet, the Amazonian fires, the Volcanic eruption in New Zealand or even here in Australia (like many other parts of the world) the extensive fires burning up and down the east coast, as well as other parts of our continent.

Since the number 4 is the bridge between the physical & spiritual worlds… could the fires around us be provoking us to BUILD BRIDGES between the dualities of our modern day world.   Humanity seems so focussed on taking a side, blaming others for the problems of today, or indignantly believing in one side being right and the other side being wrong.  This separation, this war of viewpoints, this duality leads to friction, raised tempers, firenado-demeanors, a burning of self-righteous anger within our bellies. Isn’t this separateness what put us all in this position in the first place ?

What if we let go of ‘sides’, and instead built bridges that embodied WE/US… could this then bring balance or harmony not only to our inner firey-rage, but also to the fire of the planet ?  What if we heal our burning hearts that long for connection & interbeing – could this quelling offer a cool wave of healing to our planet.  Could our daily acts of love, tenderness & caring toward all humanity (even the people we don’t understand or necessarily agree with) ripple out waves of enduring healing & hold the key toward the cosmic shift of a New Earth 2040?

And on one final Tetrahedron note…  the element Carbon is the building block for life on Earth… and it valency is 4.  That is, Carbons atoms form a tetrahedron and because of this structure, carbon under pressure creates DIAMONDS.    Maybe the pressure we are experiencing during our transformational ReLOVEution of Earth, is our awakening to our Diamond light selves ?

 

The Number 4 in Words

To help foster a greater clarity of the energetic significance of a Universal 4 year, let me share more about the number 4, in particular words that vibrate to the number 4 in numerology.

If you know anything about numerology, you may associate the number 4 with Karma.  A number of hardwork, discipline, not taking shortcuts, and being prepared to stick to the plan in order to materialise your inner-vision.  Whilst all of this is true, there is a much much deeper & very rich reason behind all of this… and this helps us in embracing how very POWERFUL a Universal 4 year can be.

All of the following words in numerology vibrate to the number 4:

  • Potential
  • Awakening
  • Connection
  • Universal
  • Archangel Raphael
  • Consciousness
  • Angels

All of these words gift us potent insight into the depth of transformative change through the number 4.   This year is about getting out of the pseudo-spiritual marketing hype of ‘visualise that you want a red Ferrari and it will appear’ type of click-bait, and instead direct you into structuring your life in service of your sacred purpose, whilst also in greater service to the evolution of life itself.   It’s about igniting your action plan of the HOW, WHEN & WHY’s you do what you do… AND actually doing it!   There will be a crazy amount of planning, but also a gargantuan flow of ACTION.  2020 will be the year of your devotion, the year of infusing godliness in sacred activism.

All of us have the POTENTIAL within ourselves to be cosmic instigators of divine change.  When we step outside of the story of separation during 2020, and embody CONNECTION, our personal & collective AWAKENING will be the accelerant that materialises a UNIVERSAL Humanity toward 2040.

The term 20/20 vision is used by optometrists to express visual acuity, the clarity & sharpness of our vision.  So how interesting, that ARCHANGEL RAPHAEL (refer to Essence of Angels®) is the sacred weaver of the Third-Eye and gifts us clear inner-vision, intuitive insights & ‘seeing’ beyond the realm of the physical through the gateway of higher consciousness.   In sacred art, the tetrahedron is often represented as the symbol of the Third Eye, with the central region of the tetrahedron denoting the Pineal Gland, the seat of the Soul (refer Crystal Light Healing® Level III and Crystal Light Healing® Sacred Ancient Wisdom).   And 2020 certainly heralds a time of deepest insight and transcendance into an awakened CONSCIOUSNESS.

In numerology, the word ANGELS vibrate to the Master Number 22, which further reduces to the Number 4.  For me this symbolises that even through the turmoil that may lay ahead in 2020 (see my upcoming article on Saturn, Pluto & Jupiter), there is a force greater than us offering a guiding hand toward a cosmic destiny.  ANGELS are ever present from the inside out… 2020 is the the year to ‘see the 22  within everything‘ and through 20/20 vision discover Angelic guidance toward a world more beautiful.

 

The Number 4 in everyday life

We can also learn so much more about the Number 4 and what we will experience during a 2020 Universal 4 year, when we observe how the Number 4 is ever-present in our everyday lives.  In fact the Number 4 exemplifies the structure of the Divine within our physical world, and also influences our stories, our dreamtime, our connection with Divinity here on Earth.

  • The 4 Elements – Earth, Fire, Air, Water
  • The 4 States of Matter – Solid, Plasma, Gas, Liquid
  • The 4 Seasons – Winter, Summer, Spring, Autumn
  • The 4 Directions
  • The 4 Winds
  • The 4 Points of the cross
  • The 4 Gospels
  • The 4 Rivers of the Garden of Eden (flowing joy, pleasure, into the 4 corners/elements of our physical world)
  • The 4 Noble Truths in Buddhism
  • The Tetragrammaton is the four-letter hebrew name of God
  • The 4 Corners of the World / 4 Points of a Compass
  • The 4 Freedoms – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • The 4 terrestrial (or rocky) planets in the Solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars
  • The 4 giant gas/ice planets in the Solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune
  • The 4 Chambers of our Heart
  • Our 4 Fingers + Thumb
  • Our 4 Blood Groups – A, B, O, AB
  • Our 4 Wisdom Teeth
  • The 4 phases of the Moon – New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, Third Quarter
  • The 4 in-between phases of the Moon – Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous, Waning Crescent
  • The 4 Humors Homeopathy/Hippocratic – blood, yellow bile, black bile, phlegm
  • The 4 Limbs of the Human Body
  • Over 95% of the Human Body is made up of only 4 Elements – Oxygen, Hydrogen, Carbon & Nitrogen.  And if you took away the Gases, the elemental make up of the human body is 84% Carbon.  Yep, we are diamonds in the rough!

As you can see, the number 4 has a way of bringing spirit into physical reality.  Energy into form.  The mystical into grounded wisdom.  I love that !

 

The Number 4 in Cosmogenesis – Lightrition

In 2020, I am working with the energy of our 4 Vibration year in my NEW Online Learning Course Lightrition your Life.    This work is an infusion of decades of research, personal experience, intuitive insights & sacred wisdoms of the HOW, WHAT, WHERE & WHY of the human experience of Soul.

Reflecting upon the Cosmogenesis Template of Lightrition (see the image below), the number 4 forms the basis of the structure of our course & acts as the bridge between our physical experience and the expansive cosmos.

How we Lightrition ourselves, nourish ourselves in symbiotic resonance with natures cycles happens through the following sets of ‘4’  Cosmogenetic Principles:

  • The 4 Directions / Primary Elements – Earth, Fire, Air, Water
  • The 4 Wisdom Realms – Lunar Realm, Solar Realm, Crystal Realm, Mineral Realm
  • The 4 Experiential Realms – Imaginal Realm, Sonal Realm, Anima Realm, Botanica Realm

To be honest, I hadn’t planned on 2020, a Universal 4 Year, being the year that I would release a new Course that has its very foundations built upon the number 4... so how about that for sacred guidance & synchronicity !

And in alignment with what the energy of the Number 4 is all about, my new Lightrition your Life Course seeks to help you build solid foundations for your life that not only transform your experience of 2020 but also seek to build the framework of your personal cosmogenetic transformation over the next decade 2020 -2030  as well as flourish your/our cosmogenetic metamorphosis as we step into a Universal Humanity in 2040.

If you are really ready to leave behind the struggle of the decade of old, and step into a new decade of heightened potential then Lightrition your Life is the course for you.   Together, through CONNECTION we will rock a higher CONSCIOUSNESS and awaken our lives in service to the sacred, in service to all we know ourselves to be in our hearts.

Lightrition is about life reclamation.  A profound transformation of every area of your life – from the food you eat, how you sleep and nourishing/healing your body through Light.   The building of new ways to feel, act, work, play and even make love in service of a world more beautiful.  By the end of 2020, in service to the greater POTENTIAL of the number 4, Lightrition your Life will change the way you experience every aspect of living, emboldening yourself to radiantly thrive in sacred resonance with the Earth.

LIGHTRITION will guide you in staying true to who you are, what you feel you a capable of, and will be the catalyst of embodying this wisdom with much Grace & Ease in your life.

 

Number 4 & the 13 Sacred Keys

Another way to awaken or deeply integrate your connection with the powerful potential of a Universal 4 year is by reflecting on the The 13 Sacred Keys –  a map of Creation that supports our journey of awakening, transformation & spiritual enlightenment.  I share the 13 Sacred Keys in my book Shealla-Dreaming as well as my Crystal Light Healing® Sacred Ancient Wisdom online course.

Sacred Key Number 4 is The Law of Action.  That is exactly what a Universal 4 Year is all about, knowing & embodying the art of Sacred Action – an intuitive knowing of when to be still (a sacred action unto itself) and when to move in actional flow with the universe.   Whilst a Universal 4 year is all about work, the plan and committing yourself by putting one step in front of the other in the direction of your goals… through the Sacred Key #4, she reminds us that this does NOT mean working in the old, outdated patriarchal way.

To understand this in greater depth, Sacred Key #13 also resonates to the number 4 (ie 1+3)… and this key is the Law of Love.    So your work, your relationships, your finances, your health, in fact every area of your of your life during this 4 Vibration year will be a product of the foundation of LOVE that you infuse through all you do.

Selfcare, loving you, sacred space, meditation, working inflow are your GUIDES in this 4 year of sacred foundational actions.  Gone are the days of ‘busting your gut for the man’, or the heaviness of working 16+ hour days with little time to form the deep connections in your life that foster the greatest meaning of a life well lived.  

This 4 Vibration Year is about SHIFTING the structures of your life in the direction of your Heart, in the Lightness of LOVE (a 4 letter word) of what you believe is sacred & worth devoting your life into flourishing.  THAT is the beauty & power of a Universal 4 Year.

 

Tarot Card #4 – The Emperor

Turning to the wisdom of the Tarot, we can embrace an even deeper side of the potential of our Universal 4 Year. 

The Emperor is the 4th Major Arcana Card of the Tarot. The energetic symbolism behind The Emperor archetype awakens our consciousness to both the energy & potential to be birthed during 2020.

Our 2019 Universal 3 Year was ruled by The Empress (the 3rd card of the Tarot) representing the Divine Mother, the Earth Goddess, the creative power of the Feminine.  And now in 2020, as we move to the 4th card of the Tarot, The Emperor represents the Divine Masculine, sitting upon the throne of wisdom & the power of fierce grace.

Looking deep within the card, the symbolism helps us to understand more about the energy of 2020, and the greater mechaninations of our experience of a Universal 4 year.    The Emperor with his long white beard, adorned in red robes, sits upright upon a throne of stone that is embellised with rams heads.  He wears a crown crested with a cross, in his left hand he holds an orb and in his right hand an ankh sceptre.   Behind him lay mountains at the height of his Solar Plexus & Heart, and a stream flows along the Earth, in alignment with his feet.

The Emperor represents power, strength, authority, knowledge, all tempered through wisdom (the white long beard).   He has experienced first had the destructive nature of war (rams on his stone throne represent Aries, which is ruled by Mars the God of War), and he has witnessed (maybe even partaken in the past) the bloodshed of misused power born of fear (the red of this robes, representing the Base Chakra, survival).   

The sceptre in his right hand, with the ankh at its peak represents the Golden Crown Diamond, the awakening of the Pineal Gland to a higher consciousness.  The all-knowing masculine laws of creation, indicated by the right hand.

The orb in his left hand, represents the yearning to be in right relationship (left hand, female, intuition, collaboration, nurturing, connection) with the Earth and the dance of life, the sacred Music of the Spheres through the essence of the Feminine.

Through The Emperors Spiritual wisdom of his Crown adorned with a Cross (the holy number 4),  his devotion is owning his power as force of good.  To uphold the strength of the Sacred Masculine & to revere (& integrate) the mystical wisdom of the Sacred Feminine.  Acknowledging that when these 2 Archetypes are in harmonic balance, together they can move mountains.   If you count The Fool card of the tarot (denoted as ‘0’) as the first card, then in fact The Empress would then be the 4th card of the Tarot.  I do love how there are so many ways to view the one truth… that in fact Masculine & Feminine truly are ONE.

The watery stream of feeling in the card is a narrow stream,  there is still much work to be done in embodying authentic equality of the Masculine & Feminine… and The Emperor is still wearing his suit of armor in fear of the battle scars of past hurts.  But with feet firmly embedded in the stones enduring wisdom of Earth… and his Eyes firmly fixed on being the change within the present… the foundations are set for a new way of being to emerge.

Notice that the mountains in the background are bare.  The Emperor represents a paring back to minimalism, a return to right relationship with power & our footprint upon the Earth.   A need to tear down the facades of unchecked econonomic growth, overconsumption, disregard of the gifts the Earth provides us for our survival.

The Emperor card to me is so reflective of the 3 major Astrological Events happening during 2020.  The breaking down of the old patriarchial ways, the ‘outing’ of those that abuse power, the crumbling of financial markets as they seek self healing, and the correction of inflated wealth that lie within the hands of a few. 

Interestingly, as I type this blog, I just noticed that the number 4 on my keyboard is also the key of the ‘$’ sign.   YES, the structured nature of 4 compels us to dive deep into what we value.  To discover the real enduring meaning of wealth (the things that money cannot buy), and what it means to freely live within an abundant universe.

I will be writing more about the crumbling & transformation of systems as the year 2020 progresses… but essentially 3 powerful celestial cycles come to an end in 2020 and a new vision of Earth will be birthed:

  • January 2020 – Saturn & Pluto conjunct in Capricorn , initiating a new 30+ year cycle
  • April, June & November 2020 – Jupiter & Pluto conjunct in Capricorn, initiating a new 12 year cycle
  • November & December 2020 – Jupiter & Saturn moving closer & closer together in the later degrees of Capricorn during November & finally conjuncting in Aquarius in late December 2020 (Star of Bethlehem), around the time of the 2020 Grand Alignment on the Galactic Plane, initiating a new 20 year cycle toward 2040, as well as a new 200 year cycle through the Air Element.

 

Challenges of a Universal 4 Year

Every number in numerology has both a light & shadow vibration.   I don’t necessarily deem shadow as being ‘bad’, but rather a polarity that offers opportunities for growth. 

Here are the few of the shadows, or challenges that maybe experienced in a Universal 4 Year:

Overly Conservative/Restrictive – Within a Universal 4 year the cosmos seeks to support you in getting the job done, putting the plans into action, taking one step in front of the other and seeing the plan through to the very end.  However, if the 4 Vibration is embodied in excess, you may find yourself stuck inside 4 walls of your own self-imposed box.  You may try to follow your plan to the letter or restrict yourself to too much detail… rather than be flexible and invite in synchronicity and sacred flow.   Remember your action plan is a GUIDE and not a task master that forces you down a narrow pathway during 2020.   The magick is often found in the empty spaces between the lines of your action plan… remember to allow space for the mystical to roam free!

Seriousness – Well yes, a Number 4 Universal Year is serious business.  It certainly is a get real year, and it will take organisation, prioritisation, determination & resilence to see your action plan take hold in 2020 as you lay the foundation of the decade ahead toward 2030.   You will be taking a good hard look at yourself (just like the The Emperor in the Tarot card above, that stern face) to really ‘see’ yourself, who you are & what you believe in.   But seriousness can be a great quality if you choose to express it that way.  You can be serious, but you can also be free.   You can be responsible, but also allow space for JOY to filter through your devotion.  And you can be conscientious, yet still invite the mystical to the table. 

Feeling Stuck – Our ego often wants things to have happened yesterday.  It’s that frustrating part of our human natures – instant gratification.  Often in a Universal 4 Year things don’t seem to happen straight away so you may at times feel stuck or feel frustrated that change is happening at a snails pace. But take heed, this energy serves our higher selves in so many profound ways.    The 4 is about foundations, building solid structures that endure.  The number 4 doesn’t take shortcuts, or skimp on details.  4 seeks security, dependability & persistence.. such that the end accomplishments or manifestations are more beautiful than what was initially envisioned.    Roadblocks & feelings of being stuck are opportunities to reflect on WHERE AM I PUTTING UP BLOCKS in my life or WHERE AM I STUCK on one belief… could this be an opportunity to broaden my horizons?  Does the holdup with plans invite in lateral thinking & heartfelt intuitive wisdom ?

 

SUMMARY: What a Universal 4 Year will mean for YOU

The energy of 2020 truly thrusts us into the light of an extraordinary year.  After the last couple of decades of searching, falling apart, grieving & moving through deepest sorrows, this year represents a shift in gears as we make the step into a new decade, a deeply sacred step into the co-creation of Universal Humanity.

Whilst 2019 held within it oodles of vibrant joy through the number 3, it was experienced as rough year for so many as the ‘cracks’ needed to gauged wide open to enable the JOY to shine on through.  For many this process has been painful.  Often the grief has been all consuming.

And now, 2020 begins the process of working with the wounds to create the foundation of a world more beautiful.  2020 is a pivotal point of reflection of the hardships over the past 20 years (2000-2020), whilst also being a catalyst of inspired vision and sacred action toward the next 20 years (2020-2040).   It reminds me of the Japanese art of ‘Kintsugi’, the process of mending broken parts with gold, such that the flaws & imperfections become shimmering highlights that collectively create a more beautiful, stronger & resilient creation than existed prior to the breakages.  That’s us.  That’s 2020.  

Easy is the not the word that comes to mind when I glimpse the energy of the year ahead.  However fulfillment – I just realised FULFILLMENT also resonates to the number 4 in numerology – will foster its own rewarding sweetness during 2020.  There is work to be done.  There are so many broken bits that have lost their way.  There are so many shards that have forgotten they are part of the whole.  And thanks to Saturn, Pluto & Jupiter in 2020, my guess is that many of the pieces are yet to be broken-up in order to transmute excess and reveal a deep authentic & eternal beauty.  The process maybe uncomfortable.  Change can be confronting.  Everything happens for a reason, and there is no challenge that may come our way that doesn’t serve a higher purpose.  2020 is about dedicating your life to flourishing this shift toward a world more beautiful built upon the foundation of Heart values.

The Number 4 will engage us in stepping up and stepping into the arena.  No more playing small, or shirking responsibility to ourselves, each other, or the Earth.   There is only ONE of you in all time and space and YOU are here for a reason.  Our Universal 4 Year is calling all of us to engage in sacred activism.  To work diligently toward our goals, and to smell, taste, touch, feel, and breath the New World into existence through our every thought, word & deed. 

There is work to be done.  
2020 is our get real moment of walking the talk.
Mindfully choosing to be an active emissary of LOVE.

 

 

 

Your Personal Year in Numerology

How you experience the energy of our 2020 Universal 4 Year will be dependent on your own Personal Year in Numerology. Calculate your OWN Personal Year Number and discover your potential opportunities & challenges during 2020.

Your Personal Year Number in Numerology provides a deep insight into the potential themes & life experiences in any calendar year.  Every personal year is part of a 1 through to 9 year cycle, that colours your life with potential opportunities, challenges & gifts of insight.

Reading your unique Personal Year Number in conjunction with our global Universal 4 Year in Numerology provides a deeper understanding of the greater cycles of Earth/Humanity and the influence this may have on your own experiences of your Personal Year.

To calculate your Personal Year Number, simply take your day of birth, add it to your month of birth and add it to the current year – adding all the individual digits together.  If the sum of these digits comes to a double digit (eg 34), then add these digits together to reduce the number to a single digit (eg 3 + 4 = 7).

For example, I am born on the 27 November (11th month), thus in numerological terms,  in 2020 I am in a Personal ‘6’ Year:   2 + 7 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 0 + 2 + 0 = 24    and   2 + 4 = 6 Personal Year

Once you have calculated your Personal Year Number, then please read the applicable Personal Year write up below to understand more about this current cycle within your life and how you can work with this energy consciously throughout 2020.

PERSONAL YEAR Number 1:
Keywords: New Beginnings, Rebirth, Start of a New Cycle
This year represents new beginnings as you step into a whole new 9 year cycle of growth and evolution. You feel vital, enthusiastic and motivated as you set new goals and visions for this new cycle of your life. You have gained much wisdom from the previous cycle and you now have the choice to put this wisdom into practice in this next cycle. A Personal 1 year is not just about setting the foundations for this whole new cycle but it is also about taking action and physically planting the seeds in order to birth opportunities over the next 9 years.

PERSONAL YEAR Number 2:
Keywords: Patience, Decisions, Rhythm
A Personal 2 year is about relationships, alliances and making choices. After all that enthusiasm of your Personal 1 year, you may find a Personal 2 year frustrating as it can appear from the outside to be fraught with delays, obstacles and much waiting ! After ‘planting the seed’ in Year 1 it started to bear roots and create foundations, then in Year 2 the ‘seed starts to grow’ with the shoot breaking into ‘2’ and sprouting leaves. Suddenly you are in a position to begin to see the physical expression of your Personal Year 1 choices – and hence is a year of reflection and understanding ‘what will it take to make this 9 year plant grow’. You may have to adjust your visions, meet new people to aid you in your goals, network with like minded souls or even make changes in yourself… this is a year of choice and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

PERSONAL YEAR Number 3:
Keywords: Fun, Joy, Celebrating Wins
As the saying goes ‘all good things come in 3’s’… thus in a Personal 3 year you will begin to see some ‘wins’ in your life as all that envisioning in Year 1 and then choices you made in Year 2 will begin to pay off in Year 3. In a Personal 3 year you will have that air of confidence that can make you alluring to others, thus things may tend to fall into your lap this year – be it in business, relationships or your finances. However, be aware not to say ‘YES’ to everything, as you may end the year on burnout or overload. Use your charm this year to delegate and free up time to play and celebrate the wins… and if you can ‘bank’ all of that ‘gold finger’ energy, as you may need it in the next year.

PERSONAL YEAR Number 4:
Keywords:
Responsibility, Karma, Hard Work
How you choose to align with this year will determine whether you will experience a year of Grace & Ease or find a Personal 4 year to be the year from hell !!! A personal 4 year is your time to make good on all your commitments from your Personal 3 year and take responsibility by walking your talk. It is an opportunity to reflect on your patterns and how these maybe molded from old beliefs, opinions of others or possibly even playing out stories of past lives. This is a year of ‘growing up’, being prepared to break the cycles of old and all that is not working and make fresh decisions from a place of higher purpose and highest soul potential. This is a ‘roll your sleeves up’ type of year and getting down to work… how committed are you really to your goals that you made in Personal Year 1 ?

PERSONAL YEAR Number 5:
Keywords: Freedom, Travel, Adventure… and did I mention FREEDOM !
After all that introverted self-analysis and hard work within your Personal 4 year, you will find that all that dedicated nose to the grindstone stuff has paid off… and in actual fact you may have discovered that the only person waving that big stick is you ! What a discovery to make, that you are actually FREE to make CHOICES about your own life and you are not bound by the thoughts, opinions or beliefs of others. This is a year to put this new found freedom to work and go travelling, make new friends, seek out new adventures and ditch the routine.

PERSONAL YEAR Number 6:
Keywords: Lovers, Family, Home, Heart
After expressing all that freedom in your Personal 5 year, you may come to release that there is no place like home… and that home is where the heart is. A Personal 6 year is about blossoming all of your Heart connections… committing to an existing relationship, or ending a stagnant relationship to open the golden door of opportunity for a new relationship to blossom. You may feel guided to spend much more time with family and friends, forgiveness may be a big lesson for you this year. This is a great year to get engaged, married or start a family.. and new friendships made this year will often be for life. You may also be guided to build the heart of your home or business, nesting and being of service to others.

PERSONAL YEAR Number 7:
Keywords: Introverted, Mystic, Self-Awareness & Improvement
A Personal 7 year is the opportunity to really self-reflect on yourself as a ‘Soul having a Physical experience’ and to psycho-analyse (ouch, that sounds ominous)… just what that means to you. Who are you on planet Earth ? Does your life add value to the world ? Do you make a difference ? This is a big year of facing some truths, going within and seeking answers to some of the big questions. This is a year to find out how you can be the ‘alchemist’ and manifest your dreams for not only your highest purpose but for the highest good of all. You may be guided this year to spend more time by yourself, travel outside of your local area or even take up a new course of study.

PERSONAL YEAR Number 8:
Keywords: ‘As Above, So Below’ & Polarity
In an 8 Personal year everything appears to be magnified… thus what you focus your attention on this year you will receive more of. In an 8 Personal Year you will tend to have that certain je ne sais quoi, that intangible quality that makes you desirable and attractive to others… it is up to you whether you flaunt it or stick you head in the sand and hide it ! When you focus positively on abundance in finances, career & wealth this year… expect returns to flow much more easily this year. But of course, if you go into the poverty stricken ‘woe is me’, well you will truly manifest that reality and have a most woeful year on record. You have the potential of the ‘midas touch’ this year, the world is your oyster should you choose believe in yourself.

PERSONAL YEAR Number 9:
Keywords: Completion, Service, End of a Cycle
I personally LOVE a Personal Year 9, as it is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your 9 year journey, review all of your experiences and wisdoms gained and make decisions on how you will choose to commencing the next year in a new cycle. It is a great year to also share your experiences with others in service, offering pearls of wisdom from your journey. For some, a Personal 9 year can be a little irritating as if the ‘shoes do not fit’ anymore and you just want to make a leap into the next Personal Year 1, as you feel a disconnection with the last 9 year cycle and just want to pursue new aspirations and visions for your life. Breathe, be and rest and recuperate this year… enjoy the fruits of all you efforts from your ‘seed planting’ in the past Year 1, and then take the seeds from your fruits and use these to start your Personal 1 year in the next cycle.  Remember, it is important to tie up all loose ends in a 9 year, reflect and embrace all you have learnt, practice forgiveness and let go of all that is no longer needed in readiness for your subsequent Personal 1 year.


PERSONAL YEAR Master Numbers
Whilst many Numerologists prefer to reduce Personal Year Numbers to a single digit, where the Personal Year Numbers reduce to a ‘Master Number’ (such as 11, 22), I prefer to work with both the Master Number AND then reflect on the reduced Number.

The Master Number amplifies the energy of the individual number, creating a ‘Masterful’ exponential potential.  A Master number can be challenging to work with at times as the energy is commanding, however when harnessed, a Master Number can lead to extraordinary experiences and opportunities in your life.

The reduced Master Number is also important to consider, even though the reduced number dimishes the full potency of the Master Number.  I find that the energy of the reduced Master Number may come into force whereby the gifts inherent within Master Number have not been received. This is not necessarily a negative occurrence, just a weakened experience of a greater potential.

The following short overviews of Master Numbers are extracts from my Aetheric Healing™ eCourse.  

PERSONAL YEAR 11:
Keywords: The Mystic
Charismatic, Insightful, idealistic, intuitive, inspirational, illuminating, wise, dreamer, seer, spiritually aware, prefer intuition over logic, empathetic.
SHADOW: Lazy, jealous, self-destructive, possessive, obsessive, jealous, egotistical, nervous, moody
GREATER POTENTIAL/GIFTS: Teacher, writer, healer, medium, psychic, artist, musician, philosopher, business thought-leader, innovator

PERSONAL YEAR 22:
Keywords: The Master Builder
Visionary, inventive, dedicated, forward-thinking, quantum potential, charismatic, creative, intuitive, practical, spiritual values, self-less service.
SHADOW: Controlling, workaholic, lazy, demanding, self-righteous, arrogant, inflexible, awkward, addictions, allergies, rigid
GREATER POTENTIAL/GIFTS: Teacher, writer, healer, medium, psychic, artist, musician, philosopher, business thought-leader, innovator

Whilst the highest Personal Year Master Number could only be the number 22, I have include the following additional Masters Numbers for your general interest 🙂

MASTER NUMBER 33:
Keywords: The Master Teacher/Healer
Creative, joyful, intuitive, compassionate, healing, loving, nurturing, uplifting, raising consciousness, service to the world.
SHADOW: Perfectionistic, bossy, self-critical, interfering, over-achieving, people pleasing
GREATER POTENTIAL/GIFTS: Teacher, writer, healer, medium, psychic, artist, musician, philosopher, business thought-leader, innovator.

MASTER NUMBER 44:
Keywords:
The Master Visionary – Alchemist
Creative, intuitive, disciplined, controlled (emotions & nerves), tenacity, lateral-thinkers, problem solvers, healers, stillness, presence.
SHADOW: Destruction, ego-maniacs with success/wealth/material, psychotic, mental disorders, abuse of power
GREATER POTENTIAL/GIFTS: Visionary, Inventor, innovator, doctor/healer, transcendant mystic/psychic.

 

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MID LIFE WOMAN
Mid-life woman
you are not
invisible to me,
I seem to see
beneath your face
all the women
you have ever been.
Mid-life woman
I have grown
with you
secretly,
in another parallel,
breathing with you
as you breathed,
seeing with you
as you see,
lining my face
with an earned care
as you lined yours,
waiting for you,
as it seems
you waited for me.
I see your
inner complexion
breathing beneath
your outward gaze,
I see all your lives
and all your loves,
it must be for you
that I wanted to become
more generous,
a better man
than I could be
when young,
let me join all your
present giving
and all your receiving.
Through you I learn
the full imagination
of every previous affection.
Mid-life woman
you are not
invisible to me,
in you
I see a young girl,
lifting her face
to the sky,
I see the
young woman
in haloed light,
full and strong,
standing before
the altar of time,
waiting for her life.
I see the mother
in you,
in your past
or if not
in this life,
in some yet
to be understood
future,
I see you
adoring and
I see you adored,
and now,
when I call your name
I want to see
day by day,
the woman
you will become
with me.
Mid-life woman
come to me now,
I see you more clearly
than all
the airbrushed
girls of the world.
I became a warrior
only to earn
your present
mature affection,
I bare my scars to you,
my eyes are lined
to smile with you
and I come to you
uncultivated
and unshaven
walking rough
and wild through rain
and wind and I pace
the mountain
all night
in my happy,
magnificence
at finding you.
Mid-life woman,
In the dark of the night
I take you in my arms
and in that embracing
invisibility feel all of your
inner lives made touchable
and visible again.
Mid-life woman
I have earned
my ability to adore you.
Mid-life woman
you are not invisible to me.
Come to me now
and let me kiss passionately
all the beautiful women
who have
ever lived in you.
My promise
is to you now
and all their future lives.
.…
One of the singular mercies of growing slightly older might be that, with only a little maturity of vision we begin to find older faces, in men or women, if they have kept the light in their eyes, even more attractive than their younger versions. Though a friend of mine declares it could be because our eyesight is beginning to fade, I rather see it as the ability to see through one face, all the faces they have ever been, and in this poem, in one woman, all the women they have ever been. Part of the hard, endless path of maturing, is the need to learn to see in ourselves and in each other that we are everything and everyone we have ever been and always will be, and that this, actually allows the imagination to stretch on into new possibilities in the future which might have scared our more youthful selves to death. Ironically youth can be the home of shy conservatism, a lack of wildness and even an abstract distance from real intimacy, where years of difficult experience can make us beautifully raw and open to our selves; open to existence, to presence and to what we can become, with another, and with our selves; which an unsullied complexion and unlined eyes are unwilling to countenance and see. This all adds a new mystery and magnification to the relationship that our younger selves were too often, too timid to behold or confront. We mature into a new kind of beauty that youth is not ready or able to inhabit. Mid-life woman (or man) you are not invisible to me. DW
Facing the Storm.
Photo © David Whyte
Pacific Northwest
October 2015
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