The Numerology Rule That Can Reveal The Future Of Your Year

Photographed by Rochelle Brock.
It might feel like a decade has gone by since January, but this year is just getting started — and, when viewed through a spiritual lense, we still stand to learn a lot from 2018. Within the practice of numerology, every calendar year is associated with a single-digit number known as the Universal Year number. Each number, from one to nine, indicates a set of feelings, opportunities, and challenges that we may encounter in the next 12 months.
"The Universal Year is the energy everyone on the planet experiences," says numerologist Felicia Bender. Of course, she adds, the year will feel different on an individual level, but knowing the Universal Year will give you a better idea of the areas of your life that may need extra attention.
For example, we are currently in a two Universal Year, since 2018 reduces down to the number two (2+0+1+8 = 11, and 1+1 = 2). According to Bender, this number is associated with love, harmony, and support — but those warm and fuzzy feelings won't appear out of thin air. More accurately, this year will see us working to find the strength and patience needed to collaborate with others.
Bender adds it's also significant that 2018's initial reduction is 11, which is known as a "master number" in numerology. Without getting too in-the-weeds, master numbers are double-digit numbers that consist of a repeated single digit (so 22 and 33 are also master numbers).
When a master number comes up in Universal Year calculations, Bender says it's a sign that this year may be particularly demanding, presenting us with conflicts, challenges, and calls to action we might not normally encounter. So, there's a chance that 2018 feels tougher than previous years (colour us not-so-shocked).
We still have a ways to go before New Year's Eve, but there's nothing wrong with being prepared for the years ahead. Read on to learn more about what each Universal Year number stands to teach us.
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Number One
This year, learn confidence.

Bender says one Universal Years are marked by newness: Inspiration may strike where you were in a creative rut before, or you might hit the refresh button on your decor or wardrobe. Naturally, making any major life transition takes confidence, so your challenge will be to trust yourself as you enter the next phase of your career, relationship, or whatever area of your life plays host to these changes.
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Number Two
This year, learn patience.

As we mentioned earlier, two Universal Years ask us to come together, no matter how bumpy the road to the intersection may be. Tap into your empathetic side and prepare to listen before you speak. Leading with sensitivity — and a willingness to move slowly — will get you through this year without needlessly ruffling too many feathers.
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Number Three
This year, learn self-expression.

Coming on the heels of a handle-with-care number two Universal Year, a number three Universal Year is a call to loosen up a little — and find yourself in the process. These years are meant for playful experimentation, cracking jokes, and embracing your creative side. Take these 12 months as your chance to get your groove back.
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Number Four
This year, learn structure.

Bender explains that number four Universal Years tend to be grounded in the material world: Finances, employment, and physical health will be top-of-mind. Not only is it in your interest to seek structure during these years, but you should spend time thinking about what stability looks like for you. If you've never dreamt of having a white-picket-fence kind of life, don't waste a number four Year chasing one.
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Number Five
This year, learn independence.

This is the year you set yourself free — from your 9-to-5 schedule, your current relationship, or any minor thing that no longer serves you. Sure, you could enact these kinds of changes during any year. The key difference with number five Universal Years is that they urge you not to ask permission before making the call. You don't have to act impulsively if you'd rather weigh your options, but do try to make decisions based on your needs before those of others.
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Number Six
This year, learn support.

We can't be lone wolves every year, least of all during number six Universal Years. Bender says these years emphasise the home and domestic matters. Make sure all is well in your family — your biological one and your chosen one. Find out who in your life needs a cheerleader then pick up your pom-poms. These are the years when our circles get even stronger.
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Number Seven
This year, learn reflection.

These tend to be extremely spiritual years, Bender says. You may feel a need to expand your personal faith or dabble in mystical practices. While exploring new viewpoints for fun is totally acceptable, you'll be taking fuller advantage of this year's numerological energy if you pursue practices with a genuine desire to learn more about yourself. This will take an open mind, and you may have to confront harsh truths about your beliefs along the way, but these quieter years are perfect for this type of self-reflection and revelation.
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Number Eight
This year, learn control.

Where does your source of inner power lie? What do you do to pursue success and how do you respond to failure? Expect these capital letter-Q Questions to echo in your head during a number eight Universal Year. Bender says these years are often concerned with power structures and authority figures. There's a good chance you'll spend a year like this working to prove your importance and, ultimately, claim a sense of control.
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Number Nine
This year, learn forgiveness.

Where number one Universal Years emphasise new beginnings, number nine Years draw our attention toward what's coming to an end. These years can play out in the form of the five stages of grief, or you might find it relatively easy to let go and move on. Either way, Bender says the key to these years is to greet the conclusions in your life with acceptance, compassion, and, ultimately, forgiveness.

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