In numerology, the ancient science of numbers, 2017 is a “Universal Year 1” (which begins on Jan 1, 2017), which promises new beginnings and spring, and also signifies new growth.
Abundance is also indicated, says Singaporean numerologist and bestselling author Gracy Yap.
In contrast, last year was a Universal Year 9, which is of endings, and it was ruled by the planet Mars, a warrior archetype.
Both the number 9 and Mars are associated with the Fire sign. This meant it was a challenging and competitive year.
Yap explains that a year of endings could denote a death in the family, an end to a relationship, job, business, etc.
“There is sadness with endings and letting go,” says Yap, author of the bestselling book Secrets Of Golden Numbers (2012).
Apparently, this year is a more hopeful one. She says of this year that it “is a year that will open new doors of opportunity”.
“This year is linked to the Tarot card of the Sun, and the Sun represents optimism and is, of course, the source of all life.”
The card of the Sun, she says, is also represented by the numeral 19, which is “a golden number signifying bright prospects”.
Yap practises Chaldean Numerology, which is tied to Tarot symbols. Therefore she cites the Tarot card of the Sun (19) that is associated with 2017 in the Gregorian calendar.
This year being associated with a Fire sign favours Fire personalities.
Yap explains that this means people born on the series of dates with 1, 3 and 9. That is, their birthdays fall on 1, 10, 19, 28; 3, 21, 30; 9, 18 or 27 of any month.
This year is also a good year for those going through a Personal Year 1.
To get your Personal Year, the calculation is: day of birth + month of birth + 2017. Each set of numbers is then reduced to a single digit.
For example, if you were born on July 20, this is how you would calculate your Personal Year:
20 + 7 + 2017
2 + 7 + 1 (ie, 2+0+1+7 = 10; 1+0 = 1)
9 (ie, 2+7) + 1 = 10
1 (ie, 1+0 =1)
Yap also makes reference to Chinese astrology, and says 2017 is a Fire year; specifically, it is the Year of the Yin Fire Rooster, which begins on Feb 3.
“If your Four Pillars of Destiny (BaZi) chart has a Yin Fire or Yang Fire element, it is considered to be a more harmonious year for you,” she says.
July and August are stressful months this year.
“You can either have a windfall or suffer huge financial losses. So take profit (if any) and exit if you are in the stock market,” she says.
Keep an amethyst, the stone of meditation, near you to de-stress and practice excellent self-care during these months. Avoid over-working yourself.
February, September and November are good months for attracting money luck. Plant many good “seeds” in a Universal Year 1 so that you get a good harvest at the end of a nine-year luck cycle in numerology, she suggests.
Babies born in 2017 will be endowed with leadership qualities and intelligence. They will be active but also will have a temper (remember, it’s a Fire sign year).
As 2017 is ruled by the Sun, and Yang (or masculine) energy, it favours boys. Girls born this year or born a number 1 will have behavioural traits of thinking like a man. Mothers are advised to avoid wearing red to activate the Fire energy if they are raising Fire personalities.