In Numerology it’s believed we all go through nine-year cycles throughout our lives and if you know the basic characteristics of the numbers 1 through 9 you can use that information to be in alignment with the purpose of your year. We all feel a change in energy at the beginning of each year, don’t we? We start shifting our focus, delving into new feelings, and often these thoughts and feelings surprise us because they’re so very different than what we’ve been prioritizing during the prior year.

The information about your Personal Year provides you with the optimal qualities of the energy of the year and also alerts you to the inherent obstacles so that you can make the most informed choices. If you know the “theme to your party” you can understand the energy you’ll work with during the year, including how to optimize your experience and also how to understand the possible setbacks.

Calculating Your Personal Year

To calculate your personal year reduce the month and day of your birth to a single digit. Then add this to the year you want to examine. It could be the current year or the next year and so on.

Ex. Your birthday is March 17 and you want to know your personal year number for 2018.

March = 3
17 =  1 + 7 = 8
2018 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = 11
Add together:   3 + 8 + 11 = 22

Getting To The Root Of the 22

Sometimes you can experience a Master number as the guiding energy for your Personal Year. Let’s see how you might understand your Personal Year if it’s a Master 22/4. In order to understand the full range of experience you can expect during a Master 22/4 Personal Year, it’s useful to first look at the foundational energy of the number 4.

A number 4 Personal Year is earmarked for long-range goal setting.  It’s time to get serious about your future.  This calls for hard work and sharpening your skill set. You benefit when you slow down, steady your pace, and become more methodical about getting your life in order. If there’s ever a time to get the files organized, take the time to create a detailed vision board, and get bold about your goals, this is it. 

Building Your Foundations

After last year, chances are you have some projects in the works that need to be tended to and nurtured.  This year requires concerted effort to set the foundations for whatever you’re working on:  job, relationships, health, family—or all of the above. It’s a good idea to understand that a slow and steady pace will get you to the finish line with more of your sanity and good humor in tact than sprinting out of the starting gate in a mad frenzy to get it all done over a weekend.

Domestic Life Takes Focus

Since the energy of the number 4 is all about foundations, often you’ll find yourself building a house or moving to a new home this year.  Home and your sense of security can take front seat.  It’s a year where you might move geographically or simply move to a different home.  If you stay put, you’ll be pulled toward solidifying how you feel in your home.  Do you feel safe and secure?  Do you feel “at home?”  If not, you’ll make efforts to get these aspects of your life in line.

Constraints & Challenges

When you’re experiencing a 4 cycle you’ll also work with limitation in various forms. This is a time where you’ll be tempted to either over-work or under-work.  While it may feel a bit thankless at times, you’ll reap the rewards when you accomplish your goals step-by-step. It’s a year to pay special attention to your health. You’ll have to consciously take time for self-care and relaxation—plan it and prioritize it.  A 4 cycle also tests you with some old family issues bubbling to the surface needing to be resolved or dealt with differently. All in all, you’ll glean the most satisfaction from your 4 Personal Year when you take the time to focus on goals, systematize your life in whatever way will make it much more effective in the years to come—whether that’s by focusing on work, getting your house in order, reviving your health, or healing family issues.

The Added Intensity Of The 22

In addition to the core elements of the number 4, you have the added intensity related to the Master number 22/4 offering you additional challenges, yet the potential benefits are enormous. Understand that the Master 22/4 is the most powerful number in numerology. It serves as “The Master Builder” and requires significant vision, focus, and effort. This Personal Year is quite intense and prods you to up the ante with your work and career goals. It often goes hand-in-hand with expanding your enterprises and thinking big.

Expect A Need To Pace Yourself

There are many challenges inherent in this energy, including devoting yourself to your work efforts at the expense of your personal relationships. When you experience a 22/4 Personal Year understand that you’re working with the foundational energies related to the number 4 and then with the double 2.  This is a year where you’ll be asked to work at mastering certain elements of your relationships (the double 2) while simultaneously working hard to get your life and career organized and operating like a well-oiled machine (the number 4).

You’ll need a lot of patience and ability to “play well with others” and share the sandbox, so to speak. Yet you’re being called upon to step up your enterprises and expand—take a risk and think bigger.  Yet know that this is just the nuts-and-bolts phase.  The biggest piece of advice to capitalize on the powerful energy the 22/4 brings is to step out of your own way and stop doing everything yourself. This is a time to connect with others on a deep level and focus your efforts on making a difference in the world, no matter what that might mean to you right now. It’s a year earmarked for greater achievement when you connect and partner with others rather than go it all alone.

Expect To “Just Say No” To Micromanaging

This year demands that you stop micromanaging and get people on board who can assist you in moving forward with your expanded enterprises.  One of the major challenges with the 22/4 Personal Year comes into play when you attempt to tackle big projects without asking for help or support.  It’s also a year where you would be best served to pay special attention to health matters, even though it will feel difficult given that you’ll be working overtime.  The number 4 governs health and so take this to heart:  You must take time for yourself and for true stress-management and relaxation. 

Even though it will feel counter-intuitive, you must take impeccable care of yourself this year or you will pay the price.  You’ll be tempted to be the ultimate caretaker for others, yet remember what the flight attendant always says while discussing the safety features prior to departure on a flight:  If the oxygen masks engages you must place it over your face prior to helping anyone else.   The same holds true for you during your 22/4 Personal Year.

Expect To Carry Forward And Manifest The Creative Ideas From Your 3 Personal Year

What were you working on last year, during your 3 Personal Year of creative self-expression and creativity?  Were there any projects you started then?  Did you make any headway in locating and speaking your truth?  What was the focal point of your year of self-improvement?  More than likely you’re bringing in some of these creative ideas or expanded sense of yourself into your 22/4 Personal Year.  If so, take the time to understand what you’re bringing into the year for development and give yourself permission to expand on that.  Did you start writing a book?  This can be the year to finish and get it published.  Did you come to terms with some old emotional “stuff” that was weighing you down and sabotaging your ability to move forward in life?  This is the year to take bold steps with that new sense of emotional freedom and personal power.   These are just examples of how you might be bringing in the projects from last year that are ripe for development in your hard-working 22/4 Personal Year.

It’s All About You At The End Of The Day

Understand that the energy of the 22/4 Personal Year is supporting you in taking you and your long-term goals seriously. It demands a heightened level of trust in yourself and the universe—with a healthy dose of good old fashioned elbow grease! It can feel emotional in ways you really can’t explain (thank you to the emotionally sensitive and diplomatic number 2) and a bit overwhelming (thank you to the tenacious and foundations-setting number 4).  The year will offer opportunities to bring your highest and best to the game. Relationships are a key element for the number 2 and this is a time that tests your ability to truly see how you love and how you want to be loved in return while also sometimes putting emotions aside and instead focusing on developing your long-term plan and sticking to that trajectory. 

Overall, the energy of the Master 22/4 Personal Year supports you in making progress in leaps and bounds when your goals are altruistic and geared toward the benefit of others. When you choose to take your humanitarian enterprises to the next level you can expect a strong and profound impact.  Just don’t expect to be an “overnight” success. 

Anything you create this year is meant to be in it for the long haul. 

About Felicia Bender, Ph.D

Felicia Bender Ph.D – The Practical Numerologist is the author of Redesign Your Life: Using Numerology To Create the Wildly Optimal You. She’s passionate about helping people use numerology as a tool to improve their everyday lives. She’s a contributor for The Elephant Journal, The Numinous, and is resident numerologist for See her at



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