In numerology, 2007 represents a NINE year. Nine years are ones that bring introspection and pause into our lives. It’s as if we are taking the wisdom of the two year and the seven year and magnifying it. This makes sense because nine is the end of the cycle. There are technically no numbers after the number nine. When the nine ends, you are back at one again.
In the tarot, this nine becomes the Hermit which is the old, wise man who often lives alone in the mountains or the woods. He’s the one we go to when we need to learn something, when we need advice and can only grow from the benefit of someone with greater experience.
When I was younger, I didn’t like nine years. They aren’t fun years like threes or fives. There is less of a focus on friends, family, and socializing. It’s a time of really going inside of yourself and looking at what is there-whether you want to or not. Most people would rather not look at the ways they’ve stopped growing, they just want to move through and move on.
However, the blessing of the nine year and The Hermit tarot card is that we have the opportunity to choose something new. If you’ve found yourself doing the same thing over and over again as if you are a hamster on a treadmill, now is the time when you can get off. The Hermit will show you how. You just have to be willing.
Globally, 2007 is the time for political and religious leaders to take a look at what they’ve created in the last nine years and decide if they want to repeat the experiment. What worked? What didn’t work? Are their parishioners and constituents happy? If not, why? Many leaders will come to the conclusion that old institutions and policies have to be broken down or re-worked in order to better serve the public.
There will be a general urge to clean up and face whatever monsters we’ve made (whether personal or societal). If your home, body, relationships, or your emotions have gotten dirty, mucky, and unlivable, this is the year to change that! It’s not going to get better if you don’t do something about it.
If you don’t know what to do, ask someone. Preferably someone older and more experienced than you. Emotionally, this could mean talking to a therapist, counselor, or minister. Physically, this could mean investigating health and exercise regimens or consulting with a doctor, nutritionist, personal trainer, or homeopath. For home projects, investigate contractors, interior designers, or cleaning services to get your house in working order. And, in business, get a lawyer, accountant, or manager who can help you to cut out expenses, policies, departments, or products that aren’t working. Whatever you are facing this year, if you don’t have enough information, do your research! Some solutions can come to you even without hiring a specialist through books, instructional programs, or websites. If there is no expert in your area, find one by proxy.
If things have been working for you thus far, focus on tying up loose ends. Finish what you’ve started. Get ready to clean the slate for new projects and endeavors. See if there is anything you’d like to improve for the next time. Try not to loose focus or faith if you’re in the midst of an on-going situation. Many things will end or change by the end of this year. Complete what is in front of you and take time out to decide what new things you want to work on next year.
For those who are in school or considering going back to school, now is the time to devote yourself to your studies. In the tarot, The Hermit is an expert at his craft. He has read all of the books, taken the courses, applied the skills into every day life. Follow his example. Just be wary of getting so caught up in finishing or taking tests that you for get to really appreciate what you are learning. Nine years in numerology are not times for rushing through. They are times when you want to test things out, research and experiment, and observe the results.
Some people make the assumption that nine years are about stopping, but if you look back in the first paragraph, I said that nine years involve a pause. Pausing is not stopping. If you’ve been sitting on your butt thinking about what you didn’t get, how you didn’t get it, and why your life is a mess, you need to be focused on re-working your situation rather than dwelling on the past.
One of the problems with nine (Hermit) years is the tendency to dwell on the past. You only need to focus on the past in so far as you need to decide how to re-organize, improve, re-work, or change a situation. Once you’ve figured that out-move! Don’t dwell, don’t dawdle, and don’t get caught up in guilt, despair, or resentment.
The serenity prayer comes in handy during a nine numerology year. Accept what you cannot change or fix. Focus on what you can do, on what is reasonable and doable for you. Forget anything else. If the past sucked-and it probably did in some ways-just accept that the past sucked and that no amount of worry or brooding is going to change that. What can change is your attitude. You can motivate yourself to do something new, to forgive, or to change your perspective. Any of those can help move you into a better situation.
To sum up, nine years in numerology and Hermit years in the tarot are about change, re-evaluation, research, re-organization, cleaning up, completing old projects, ending what is not working, and preparing for the new.
This 2007 is a time to make important shifts in your life and in your thinking. Put your energy toward improvements and be willing to accept that there is only so much you can do at any given time. Also, make sure to get some rest and time for yourself. Remember, The Hermit lives alone for a reason and he always knows when to close his door. This is a time where much of what you are accomplishing happens inside of yourself rather than out in the world. 2008 will be a time when you will see how the changes you’ve made this year affect your outer world.