The world in 2020
Awaken. Embrace the possibilities. Be open.
Expect the unexpected. The world is a rollercoaster: we’ll be taken in directions we may have never imagined. Appreciate the fresh perspective. Stay in the moment.
The keyword for 2020 is ‘awaken’. As 20 translates as The Awakening, 2020 is a double dose. Last year exposed cracks in the veneer on numerous surfaces. This year we get to face up to these cracks, and it’s destined to be a bumpy ride, something akin to a rollercoaster. As is so often the case, we only wake up in times of crisis. How we approach the rollercoaster is obviously a matter of choice: we can close our eyes and pretend it’s not happening or we can stay alert and prepare ourselves for the possibilities and take advantage of them. The year 2020 reduces to the number 4, which resonates to Aquarius, which embodies freedom; stretching the mind; developing an understanding; and seeking both knowledge and vision.
We do face some major decisions, and although we may be tempted to rebel and ignore them, it is wiser — and less costly down the track — to recognise them and act. We must learn to accept that some roads have outlived their usefulness. It may be uncomfortable, but we are being asked to delve deeper and better understand how things are now in the world. It is time to learn why — to seek true knowledge — rather than rely on belief and faith.
Expect to be faced with information and perspectives from left-field; with ideas that will intrigue and fascinate; and with experiences from different worlds. Learn from these influences; above all, it is best to allow ourselves to entertain fresh ways of seeing. The profound shifts in awareness swelling to the surface are for our growth and benefit over the longer term.
As inner feelings come to the surface, our need for intimate understanding comes to the fore; don’t neglect this part of life.
The year 2020 is not typically a materialistic time. Which means finances should be managed wisely — on every level from personal circumstances to national governments and international institutions. There will be fluctuations; some of which may be wild. There will be obstacles — face them. These are uncertain times, and how we respond will affect how well we set ourselves up for the transition of 2021.
Be patient. We are being shaken from our collective slumber. Parts of life that have been stagnant, in the cold clear light of day, will be challenged. Break free from complacency and from imposed constraints.
The year favours invention, social movements and causes, the unusual, the off-beat, the path less travelled, the visionary, pioneering spirit, adventure, quality over quantity. The year also pushes occupations such as aviation, communications (radio, television), science, psychology and psychiatry to the forefront.
FOODS+HERBS to enjoy: spinach, sage, wintergreen
COLOURS for 2020: electric blue, cobalt blue, silver grey, ocean green
JEWELS/STONES for 2020: sapphire, quartz, a blend of azurite and malachite
This year favours Aquarians and those born on the 4th, 13th, 22nd and 31st of any month. They can make their presence felt more effectively in the world.
NOTE: How you engage the world and what role you play in 2020 will be influenced by your personal year’s interplay with the ‘4’ energy of 2020 (refer to your personal year). As with all yearly reads, this is necessarily general and the focus is on us as a global community.
The study of numbers or numerology is a branch of knowledge that deals with the occult or mystical significance of numbers. While there were a number of different systems of numerology in the world — including African, Arabic, Hebrew and the Abracadabra systems — nowadays there are just two widely-used ones: the Chaldean and the Pythagorean. Both use your name and date of birth and both suggest the name reflects your character, and birthdate reflects your destiny, what you 'chose' to do and experience this lifetime. However, the values each assigns to the letters of the Roman alphabet and the meaning of the numbers above 10 differ.
The Pythagorean system is said to have originated from the Greek mathematician Pythagoras, (c. 570–c. 495 BC). Pythagorean Numerology is the most popular of the two, perhaps because it’s easier to learn — the letters are assigned a value in sequential order, ie, A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, F=6 and so forth.
Chaldean Numerology, on the other hand, dates back more than 11,000 years, to a time when humans first began to record their history. It is very closely related to India’s Vedic system and the Qaballic system of the Jewish mystics and draws on the premise that each letter has a unique vibration, based on its sound, and that certain numbers are assigned to letters based on that vibrational value. For example, ’d’ and ’t’ have the same value, as do ’i’ and ’y’. As well, no letter is assigned to the number 9, for the Chaldeans considered the number 9 holy and sacred, and thus to be held apart from the rest of the numbers. The number 9 has the power to raise the vibratory value of a given number without altering its underlying essence. (Add 9 to any number and it always reduces to that number, for example, add 9 to 14, which is 23, which reduces to a 5 (2+3=5); 14 is also a 5 (1+4=5).
These patterns are then translated into a language that provides a blueprint of potential choices to play out your mission, so to speak, based on your name and date of birth. Knowing our vibrational blueprint allows us to be consciously aware of what is specifically available to us as we shape our path in life. It is, therefore, possible to learn to align our decisions to the inner vibrations that are constantly flowing outward from the centre of our being toward our environment. For a little more on the history of Chaldean numerology, check out this extract from The Rediscovery of Chaldean Numerology by Leeya Brooke Thompson
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Your personal year
Numerology suggests we move through life in 9-year cycles, with each year in the cycle beginning on our birthdays. The first four years of the cycle are what are called the 'in-breath' years when we gather knowledge and gain awareness and experience. The fifth or middle year is a year of transition — we are neither breathing in nor out — when we get to take stock, make some needed changes and prepare for the next four. Years 6 through 9 are the 'out-breath' years, when we are inclined and encouraged to act on the previous five and express what we've gathered. Of course, the learning doesn't stop; we're always learning, even as we express ourselves.
Numerology doesn't so much predict the future; rather it indicates the kinds of challenges and adventures we're likely to experience in a particular year. While each new year begins on our birthday, if we observe carefully, we can discern a subtle shift in experience begin about six weeks before our birthdays. The energy of the new year grows slowly over that period. Similarly, we may also notice that the energy of the old year doesn't leave immediately; rather it fades slowly over the six weeks following our birthdays.
• TO WORK OUT YOUR PERSONAL YEAR
Add the reduced number of the day you were born to the numerological value of your sun sign to the reduced number of the year in which your last birthday occurred.
NUMEROLOGICAL VALUE OF EACH SUN SIGN
Aries, Scorpio 9
Taurus, Libra 6
Gemini, Virgo 5
For example, for someone born on September 23
The day they were born: 23. Add 2+3=5
Sun sign Libra: 6
Year of last birthday: 2018. Add 2+0+1+8=11
So, 5 + 6 + 11= 22, which reduces to 4 (2+2=4).
Therefore the person is in a 4-year.
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Click on the appropriate number
aka opportunities and open doors
The pinnacles represent four major cycles of life or road maps of experience by which we receive direction and the benefit of added clarity. If you like, these are the bigger picture patterns that sit enmeshed throughout your various personal years. They often usher in major shifts in focus and direction in life, careers, relationships and so forth.
The first pinnacle runs from birth to between 27 and 35 years of age, depending on the date of your birth. The second and third pinnacles run nine years and the fourth pinnacle runs for the remainder of your life.
First Pinnacle This is the period when character develops, when you develop your ego and define your sense of self. You could call it the springtime of life. In later years we often hold onto the beliefs formed during this time.
Second Pinnacle This is the summer of life, the pinnacle when relationships with family members form and when you have the opportunity to take on direct responsibility for others. This is the productive time of life and prepares you for your next pinnacle.
Third Pinnacle This pinnacle covers your maturing years as you enter the autumn of life. This period can be a wonderfully productive time. You can often broaden your experiences to include a more global awareness as well.
Fourth Pinnacle This is the winter of life when you embrace a deeper fulfilment as you expand your awareness to include a broader definition of spiritual understanding. This is when you can integrate, when rewards and opportunities are possible through the knowledge and awareness you have gained so far.
• TO WORK OUT YOUR PINNACLES
In our example, we'll use September 23, 1972 as the birthdate.
Here's the calculation for that date:
Take the day they were born: 23. Add 2+3=5
Then take the month of September, the ninth month of the year: 9
And finally, take the year of birth: 1972. Add all the numbers (1+9+7+2=19, then reduce 19 to a single number, that is 1+9=10 and reduce it again to 1
So, 5 + 9 + 1 = 15, which reduces to 6 (1+5=6).
The length of this First Pinnacle is found by subtracting the birthdate number from the number 36, that is, 36–6 = 30. Hence the First Pinnacle lasts 30 years, beginning at birth (Sept. 23, 1972) and running until Sept. 22, 2002.
Add the number of the birth month to the number of the day at birth (September 23, 1972).
That is, 9 + 5 = 14 reduces to 5. Scroll to Number 5 below.
Add the number of the day of birth to the number of the birth year (September 23, 1972).
That is, 5 + 1 = 6. Scroll to Number 6 below.
The length of this pinnacle is nine years and runs until Sept. 22, 2011.
Add the number of the First Pinnacle to the number of the Second Pinnacle.
That is, 5 + 6 = 11 (If a calculation adds to 11 or 22, neither is reduced.) Scroll to Number 11 below.
The length of this pinnacle is nine years and runs until Sept. 22, 2020.
Fourth Pinnacle (final)
Add the number of the birth month to the number of the birth year (September 23, 1972).
That is, 9 + 1 =10 = 1
This pinnacle goes from Sept. 23, 2020 onward
This pinnacle favours new projects, new beginnings and action; a chance to be more individual in your approach and to be independent. Your creativity and originality will be to the fore. Stand on your own two feet and rely on your own abilities for success. Bring out your individuality, your own approach, find your capacity for leadership and be courageous. Be wary, though, of any obstinacy or a domineering attitude. Use wit.
You have the opportunity to benefit through cooperation, mediation and sensitivity. Cultivate diplomacy, harmony and patience. This period is more favoured for partnerships and associations than for individual endeavours. Working as a team member and cultivating balanced relationships is important. Pay attention to detail. Don’t be insensitive to those around you; share and cultivate the ability to get along with others.
Develop your creative or artistic abilities, drawing upon the gamut of inspiration and expression. Feelings come to the fore. Use them. Enjoy what you do, create and touch. Explore the higher states of consciousness. Trust in your innate capacity. Communication is an important avenue for self-expression. Hone your creative talent; don’t scatter yourself.
This is a period for building and preparing for the future. At times it may feel restrictive because there is a need to remain focused and accomplish a mission. Hard work will be required as well as constant service and effort, however, much can be achieved as a result. This is a slow but sure period. Maintain order, be systematic. Take time to put your ideas into practical form. Discard the old; make ready for expansion. A time of accomplishment and building a foundation to rely on in the future.
This is a period of freedom, movement and change. Let go of the old and accept the new. You may feel restless and uncertain. Be versatile in your thinking, remain active, expand your horizons (whether through travel or through your mind), allow yourself to experience the new, and to accept new friends into your life. Curb any tendency to act impulsively. Usually, this is not a time to stay home because the world draws you out, seeking, even desiring, your participation. It is an adventurous time and one during which you can make progress, requiring you to be flexible and ready to change direction. Public contact, freedom to move about and a desire to be part of worldly undertakings mark this period.
Home life; responsibility; love fulfilled, expressed and enjoyed; and willing service are all emphasised, including humanitarian service. Finances can be improved through much work and seeking the security of the home (as your base). Happiness results from giving and helping others as well as your own family; this is not a time to explore personal interests only; share your love with others, especially beyond one-to-one. This is also a time for personal relationships and responsibility toward others. Lines of work could include public service, healing, and creative pursuits. Anything that soothes and benefits humanity.
Spiritual rather than material progress is important now. Study metaphysics, philosophy and knowledge in general. This is a time of quiet self-examination, reflection and patience, when one often seeks spiritual direction, a deepening of intuitive ability, and self-definition to help cultivate a deeper experience of human intention. Spending time alone can be very important. You may feel aloof, sad, moody and restricted. However, don’t withdraw or retreat completely; remain engaged. Be honest, patient and understanding, or difficulty may result in personal relationships or partnerships.
This is an excellent time for financial/material gain, including taking on business responsibility as well as managing professional affairs. It requires courage, strength, ambition and constant effort. Through exercising good judgement, you can advance your position in whichever way you choose. Recognition is possible through steady, repeated effort. Sound judgment comes in handy as well as understanding the needs of others. Rather than relying on luck, trust your ability to make sound judgments. Laziness or a lack of drive will cause delays and struggle. Even though this vibration is firmly placed in the material world, the challenge is to incorporate the spiritual world.
This is generally a highly-charged and emotional period, which could prove difficult, conflicting and unconventional. It would be wise to learn to love and give without expecting anything in return. Learn to be impersonal and universal, rather than seeking personal relationships and you will feel rewarded. Philanthropy is favoured. Develop compassion, tolerance and service to others. Rather than meeting conflict with conflict, find creative and courageous ways to challenge conflict. There is a bigger picture and a compassionate and forgiving nature may help ease the possibility of many ups and downs.
This is a time of spiritual expansion and illumination. It's a time to cultivate inventiveness. There may be times of nervousness and tension because you may be called upon to express your abilities and talents in a public way; much may be expected of you. Interests and activities that require spiritual practice will be prominent.
Worldly activities are to the forefront. This is a period of expanding consciousness, a time to flourish both materially and idealistically. To bring your goals — and they may be considerable in number and range — to fruition it would be wise to think big and for the world. You have the capability of tapping into a kind of 'collective' mind and thereby the capacity to touch many lives.
The days of
It's not so much a question of how will your day go, but rather what kinds of challenges and opportunities are you likely to face each day, depending on your astrological sign and birth number. To find out more, read on.
Content for each personal year draws upon:
• Linda Goodman’s Star Signs:
The secret codes of the universe Linda Goodman, Pan Books, 1987.
Chapters 2 and 5
• Numerology: Your Key to Success
G+O Publishing, 1998
• Numerology: The Hidden Meaning Thomas Muldoon
Content for the Pinnacles draws upon:
• Numerology Made Easy
Wilshire Book Co. 1979
• Cheiro's Book of Numbers
Count Louis Hamon,
• The Rediscovery of Chaldean Numerology
Leeya Brooke Thompson
The Tenacity Press, 1999
Leeya Thompson has a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and has been a student of numerology for around 40 years.
Every pilot files
a flight plan
Think of life as an air journey, and your Soul as the pilot.
It’s a long and arduous trip to a place where the natives aren’t always friendly and supply depots are few and far between, so you plan carefully. You choose your landing field first, and the general conditions at touch-down. You note points along the way where rough weather is likely and jot down a reminder of the skills you possess to deal with them. You list the special manoeuvres you’ll do, each one moving you one step closer to promotion to Ace, the ultimate rank. Like every pilot, you file your flight plan before take-off.
Earlier flights along this corridor have taught you that amnesia is a common hazard. Soon after departure, you’ll probably forget your true identity and the purpose of your mission. You decide to take a copy of your flight plan with you, to refresh your memory and help you find your way. But where to put it so that you can find it even if your memory fogs? There are no pockets in your jumpsuit.
You decide to tuck it safely inside the only thing you’re allowed to take with you — your identity. Half of it fits inside your name, and the other half slides behind your date of birth. It’s a safe place where you won’t lose it.
Sure enough, the amnesia struck and you forgot just about everything you learned in all your earlier journeys. It’s only recently that you discovered the copy of your flight plan, right where you put it for safe keeping. Problem is, you can’t remember how to read it.
Think of numerology as a codebook. Like Enigma and the Rosetta Stone, the encryption it reveals is startlingly simple yet filled with complex, even profound information. As you decode your plan, your memory will be stirred and your course will become clear. Which means it's time to really fly.