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Nine Number Glow Inner Electric Lamp by Keerat; freedigitalphotos.netWell, I thought it was about time I ventured from my magical cave (where I’ve been playing with all sorts of things, btw) to greet you all in this early part of 2016. I’ve actually been doing exactly what I recommend for most of you this month; pull back and dig deep.

Now before you throw a temper tantrum or toss up your hands in despair, let me explain why.

January 1, 2016, marked the beginning a 9 Universal Year. That means the energy of the number 9 will factor into every facet and layer of life for all of us during these 12 months.

There’s actually something kind of magical about this number.  Look at the way it looks backwards rather than forwards.  There’s a reason for that.  You see, this number marks the end of a numeric cycle that started in 2008.  We’ll be doing a lot of looking back in this year, count on it.  Yet because 9 also carries the energy of all the numbers before it, it brims with possibility.

So we’ll be looking ahead too. Oh, yes.  This is not only a number of endings, completions, and culminations.  It’s a number that urges us to take all we have gleaned from this last cycle and plan how to use that going into the new 9-year cycle that starts next year.  Indeed, it urges us to draft the blueprint for the next decade.

In truth, this marks a transitional point for all of humanity. How we choose to take part in that is up to us.  What does that mean?  For some, it means accepting the challenges of transitioning global movements.  Yet for most the focus beams much closer to home.  You may be part of something (a store, organization, or project) that must change or fold.  Or maybe you’re part of  something bursting at the seams and crying for expansion.

For still others this energy will demonstrate in personal ways; the death of a parent or the birth of a grandchild, a new job opportunity that means selling your home to move to a new location. Or maybe you are transitioning out of the workforce and into retirement or self-employment.  For many these days it means starting over after a major storm or fire takes everything that represented home and security.

Nations and the Earth herself are likewise in transition. In the United States, this is the final year of a major election cycle with a new president determined in the November election. (This one has some laughing, some crying, and a lot just shaking their heads.) Monetary systems around the globe are wobbling and jerking in an attempt to maintain systems that no longer work.  (Johnson & Johnson must be making millions on the band aids applied to this one.) And the weather…do we even need to talk about that?  Unbelievable extremes around the globe altering people’s lives and the landscape in a flash.

Any transition requires release of the old and trust that the new will unfold before us in some way. For most, that is not an easy junction.  That’s again where this number comes in, with service and compassion.  Deep, honest, heartfelt compassion.  Not to be confused with sympathy or self-pity, mind you.  Compassion brings understanding and caring originating from divine love.  It stirs us to action and opens the door to possibilities not yet imagined.  It touches the heart of the giver and receiver alike, not in a crippling way but with a power that ignites hope…no matter what.

We live in emotional times often charged with rage and anger. That too can be exacerbated by this energy if it lands in its lower expression; over emotionality.  Remember, every number carries a higher and lower vibrational energy.  Guard against allowing yourself to be pulled into that undercurrent.  The number 9 is part of the numeric Emotional Triad (3-6-9) so can bring sudden fits of rage or an upwelling of tears of pain or joy when least expected.  (I’m considering carrying a box of tissues with me this year for whomever needs a few…myself included.)

An example of this occurred when President Obama teared up when recalling the plethora of young victims of gun violence.  Why didn’t this happen at other times he spoke on this subject?  We weren’t in a 9 year then.  Plus, the Moon (emotional energy) was transiting his 10th House (career/reputation) during this latest address.

And how does the current astrology figure in all of this. Mightily!

I just gave you an example with Obama. Now consider this.  We started the year with tension created by another close connection between our old pals Pluto and Uranus.  This time they came to within a degree or so of an exact square and will stay in that close positon throughout January and beyond.  If you’ve been with me awhile you know what this signifies and energizes.  Say it with me now.

Revolutionary transformation.

I ask you, have you ever seen a revolution on this planet that was neat and orderly? No?  Me neither.  Revolution is a messy process and one that requires total dedication to the cause.  I’m not speaking so much militarily here–although that’s energized as well–as much as I am of revolutionizing ideas.  We humans resist change like a toddler fighting to retain his/her last binky (aka, pacifier).  It scares us.  And Pluto is good at that, by the way.  The scaring and the changing.  Yet Uranian energy is pushing us forward in sudden bursts, no matter what.  Look beneath all the surface explosions in headlines and sound bites and we find amazing things going on in technology, cinema, clean energy, immunotherapy, and a host of other fields.

Yet sometimes it’s the actual explosions that do captivate our attention. For example, just as the Sun moved into conjunction with Pluto on January 5th, the world rocked from North Korea’s test of what they claimed was a hydrogen bomb, a nuclear device. But then Mercury (communication/ideas) had just stationed to go retrograde, so no one knows for sure and reports are confused. Since the luminaries and inner planets trigger the outer planets, this came as no surprise astrologically.  The Pluto-Uranus square got triggered again, big time.

And what else is going on in the cosmos. Well, more than I can recount here, that’s for sure.

As I mentioned, we are in the first of four—count ‘em, fourMercury retrogrades this year.  Generally, there are three.  But good ol’ Mercury stepped up to the plate to add his own version of shock and awe by tossing in another 3-week period for reviewing, releasing, and redoing whatever calls for our attention.  Lucky us!  I must say that I agree with astrologer Donna Cunningham, however.   She feels Mercury gets blamed for a lot of what is actually Uranus’ erratic energy when it comes to technology issues.  I watched that last Winter/Spring and again all through December.  Anyway, the first Mercury retrograde is now in effect until January 25th, and I’d wait until around February 8th to actually start any major new project, if possible.  Let the energy settle a bit.

And Jupiter is now retrograde as well until early May. This again pulls our focus inward.  It marks a time for internal work and expansion that can manifest in external ways when the time is right.  Since Jupiter is now in Virgo, that may mean finally determining how to better take care of your health.  Or maybe it’s your daily routine or critical thinking that is boxing you in.  There’s a definite and strong call for freedom (Uranus)now that brings more awareness around anything that constrains us.

It pays, however, to remember that Virgo is a practical, no nonsense Earth sign that loves efficiency and tangible results. Start with making the mental changes to move you forward.  That could even be finding ways to get out of the mental loops that keep you awake at night.  Perhaps it’s your relationships that need attention. (With Black Moon Lilith recently transiting in Libra, relationship shadow issues abound.) Whatever house Jupiter is transiting in your chart will tell you where your focus will be. Realize also that Jupiter also can spark spiritual/religious zeal to the extreme.

So here’s another little freebie from me. If you don’t know where Jupiter is activating your chart right now, go to my website (below) and drop me a note with your birth information.  I’ll give you a one or two-line highlight.

And in the meantime, I’ll be in my cave determining what new explosive idea to play with next.


Rayora Hartman


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Did you notice that even the mainstream media got caught up in  the Stork With Baby, luifi diamanti; freedigitalphotos.netuniqueness of the date 12-13-14?  Here in the U.S. the focus went to  babies born at 10:11 on that date.  I heard three of them featured; one in Arizona, one in Montana, and one in Ohio.  So here’s the question: Will these babies have identical astro-numerology blueprints (life designs)?  Let’s take a look.

To keep this from turning into a book-length piece I’ll compare only two; the ones in Tucson, AZ, and Billings, MT.  Both were born in Mountain Standard Time, which adds another similarity.  And both are girls.

Their astrology charts show their planets, including the Sun and Moon, in the same signs at the same degree numbers.  And both share several aspects, including the same two Achievement Triangles denoting lifetime challenges.

The differences show up first in the Houses.  For example, one shows an Ascendant or Rising Sign (personality) in Aquarius with her Descendant (Self reflected through others) in Leo.  The other’s Ascendant is in Capricorn, with the Descendant in Cancer.  Plus the degree numbers vary.

Still with me?  Good!  Let’s start to color in this picture, shall we?

Tucson Girl with an Aquarius Rising Sign (1st House) is here to be different.  Yet at 4 degrees she will show more stability than many with a strong influence from this sign.  The number 4 carries a vibration of foundational structure and form.  It favors the material world and the Earth herself.  Yet Tucson Girl is here to bring change, partly driven by power planet Mars in Aquarius at 6 degrees.  Six is the relationship number of love and nurturing.  This indicates that she must first learn to love and nurture herself (1st House) before she can demonstrate these traits, through her personality, to others.

Looking across her chart we see her Descendant lies at 4 degrees Leo, a sign of self-empowerment and putting the Self first.  Leo often brings a desire for attention and can lean toward drama–in many forms.  Jupiter lies in Leo at 22 degrees which will add expansiveness to all relationship issues in her life.  Yet since Jupiter was retrograde at her birth, this comes as inner expansion much more than anything external; her sense of self will be continually expanded through relationship.  Plus 22 is the Master Number of Peace and reduces to 4 (2 + 2 = 4).  That doubles the strength of that number’s vibration for her.  This energy will both support and challenge her as she goes through life.

Based on these chart factors alone, I easily can see Tucson Girl involved in  peaceful sit-ins as a public rebellion (a slight dichotomy there) targeting atrocities against planet Earth or the destruction of a city park for the sake of commerce.  Yet this may come later in life, after she first gains a firm understanding of herself.

Billings Girl, on the other hand, has her Ascendant at 26 degrees Capricorn and Descendant at 26 degrees Cancer.  Her personality likely will develop through her work/career.  With 26 we see another relationship number, this one perhaps with karmic ties.  Here the 6 (love, nurturing) supports one-on-one relationships (2).  And 26 reduces to 8 (2 + 6 = 8), showing the potential for great gain–and challenge–around money and/or bringing ideas into their highest form.

Her Cancer Descendant indicates a strong emphasis on family relationships.  The Descendant marks the beginning of the House of Marriage and Partnerships, and Cancer’s natural home is in the House of Family and Roots.  Again, the potential exists for this to be another chance to bring better outcomes through those she’s connected with earlier in life or in other lifetimes.  These may appear as either family members or close work associates (Capricorn).  And with Leo also a strong influence in her House of Marriage and Partnerships, this may build toward her becoming a more independent spirit or breaking the bonds of co-dependency later in life.  Jupiter retrograde at 22 degrees Leo again focuses the energy of self-empowerment on inner growth for the sake of peace.

Based on these chart factors alone, I could see Billings Girl with a big, fat piggy bank (Do children even have those anymore?) in childhood, planning how she’ll own a magnificent home one day that she designed herself.  As an adult that may shift to a career in real estate.  The number 26/8 may present more that a few “growth opportunities” around relationships and finance.  Capricorn energy often brings an innate awareness of knowing what is worth fighting or striving for in life.  And this could prove one of her strongest underlying strengths.

Of course no one’s life can be drawn from one or two aspects, whether astrological or numeric.  We all are composites of many, many factors.  Yet this peek into the windows of these two girls’ blueprints highlights marked differences among multiple similarities–genetic and environmental factors or her Numbers Code notwithstanding.

So are those born at the same time (and even time zone) on the same date in the same country the same?  No–and yes.  These girls will experience the same generational challenges in nearly the same way, though they may demonstrate them differently.  They will share the characteristics of Sagittarius as their Sun Sign with communication (Mercury conjunct the Sun) strongly evidenced, especially with friends and group associations (11th House).  Travel will likely be a part of this picture as well.  Yet their careers and/or reputations could hold an air of secrecy or bring hidden truths to light (Scorpio in 10th House).  The picture continues to grow and strengthen with each aspect and number relationship we examine.

And so it goes for each of us.

Have you considered what a gift it would be for both parent and child to know the promises and challenges inherent in a child’s design?  Imagine how many points of argument and confusion could be avoided through this kind of awareness.  That’s priceless, wouldn’t you say?  If I can be of service in discovering this for someone you love, simply click the link below.


Rayora Hartman


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