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Numerology Article by Alison Baughman

A Case for a January 1st Start Date for the Personal Year

There is a disagreement in Numerology over when the Personal Year begins. Depending upon what
Numerology book you read, you will find some who teach a January 1st start date and others who
teach that the Personal Year begins on your birthday. This issue can be a great source of frustration for
a person studying Numerology. Ultimately, as a Numerologist, you have to choose between the two
options.

Additional Article:
http://numerologycasefiles.blogspot.com/2014/12/numerology-when-does-personal-
year-begin.html

Your clients are your greatest teachers because they are living proof of the numbers you see reflected
in their Numerology Chart. It is through careful listening skills that you will come to your own conclusion
as to when the Personal Year begins. You cannot come to a conclusion based upon one day in a person’
s Personal Year but have to look at the entire year in question as a whole.  What is the theme of their
year and what are they experiencing? Some would say that major events happen after the Birthday as
evidence of when the Personal Year begins but logically you have a 100% chance of something
happening before or after your Birthday. It is not conclusive evidence. Another factor that is important
to remember is that a Personal Year builds in intensity and is in full effect during the middle 7 months. I
refer you to the following:

Matthew Goodwin: 1981 Numerology The Complete Guide Volumes I and II p.322 in Volume II
Calculation: Month+Day+Universal Year
Timing of Personal Year: Jan. 1st through Dec. 31st

From Matthew Goodwin: “
The Personal Year, like the Universal Year, lasts one year from January 1 to
December 31. It may be felt to some degree from October through December of the previous year. Its fading
influence can be felt through January and February of the following year. Actions predicted on the approach
by the Personal Year are more powerful between March and September because the influence is operating in
a pure form, without the overlay of previous or incoming approaches. If an action or event of importance can
be scheduled, schedule it for maximum impact in those middle 7 months.


Hans Decoz Master Numerologist, software designer and author of Numerology: The Key to Your Inner
Self published in 1994
Article:  
http://www.decoz.com/numerology_tutor_personalyearcycles.htm
Calculation Method: Month+Day+Universal Year /Timing of Personal Year: Jan. 1st through Dec. 31st

It is equally important to understand all the information being provided by a person’s Numerology Chart
in the 1st place. There are other factors in a person’s Numerology Chart that add to the equation and
have influence on the experiences of your client and must be considered when looking at any given
year in a person’s life. Each year a person is not only being influenced by the Personal Year energy but
also by the Essence Number, the Transits and even the Personal Months. There is no dispute among
Numerologists as to when the Essences and Transits begin. They do begin on your Birthday.  These
powerful numbers can cause significant events in a person’s life and must be read in conjunction with
the Personal Year Number in order to be accurate. They also can create conflict with the understanding
of the Personal Year Number meaning.

An example would be a person in a 4 Personal Year but this person also has an A Transit.  In a 4
Personal Year, you would not expect a job change but the A Transit indicates a new opportunity such
as a job change which would significantly affect the future, such as the case with my husband in 2014.

The Essence Numbers are also very telling and do not necessarily agree with the meaning of the
Personal Year. They add information to understand what Numerical influences are present in a person’s
life at any given time. The Essence Numbers also begin on a person’s Birthday.

When the Essence Number and the Personal Year Number match at any given time in a person’s life, it
intensifies the energy and usually is an indication of a difficult year.

To fully understand what energy is influencing a person in any year, you must look at the Essences,
Transits and the Personal Year Number as a whole. By not doing so, you are missing out on the full
picture and leaving out important information that applies to your client.

I cannot use the 1000s of examples of validation for when the Personal Year begins from my clients due
to client confidentiality. I have provided a list of people in the news or with celebrity status as
examples. With that being said, a Personal Year for anyone encompasses 365 days with experiences
that go beyond what you can research on the internet or what becomes public knowledge.

Joshua Aaron McNary (April 10, 1988) is an American football linebacker and special teamer for the
Indianapolis Colts. On 1/14/15 he was charged with a felony rape and taken into custody. This
happened prior to his birthday.  Based upon a January 1st start date, he is in a 4 Personal Year and his
Essence Number at this time is a 4. The number 4 is strongly associated with law and order  If I used a
Birthday to Birthday start date for the Personal Year, he would be in a 3 Personal Year. The 4 Personal
Year makes sense in this case because you must follow the law in a 4 Year. The fact he had a 4
Essence at the time of his arrest, coupled with his 4 Personal Year intensified the 4 energy. Whenever
your Essence Number and your Personal Year match, it usually indicates a difficult year.

Margaret LeAnn Rimes (August 28, 1982) is an American country and pop singer. On August 29th,
2012 she checked into a treatment facility for anxiety and stress. Based upon a January 1st start date,
she was in a 5 Personal Year. Her Essence number at that time was also a 5. Her Essence Number
matched her Personal Year Number which always indicates a difficult or profound year.  The 5 also
signals a time for change and perhaps is what prompted her to seek help.  She sought help in a 4
Personal Month based upon her 5 Personal Year. The 4 emphasizes health.

Lupe Ontiveros Guadalupe "Lupe" Ontiveros (September 17, 1942 – July 26, 2012) was an American
film and television actress. She died prior to her Birthday in 2012 and her Essence Number was a 4.
Based upon a January1st start date of the Personal Year, she was in a 4 Personal Year at the time of
her death. A 4 Personal Year has strong implications for health. The Essence Number matched the
Personal Year Number intensifying the energy of the 4.  If you used a Birthday to Birthday start date for
her Personal Year in 2012, she would have been in a 3 Personal Year and the 4 makes more sense.
She died in an 11 Personal Month based upon her 4 Personal Year which is known for creating sudden
and unexpected events.

Gore Vidal, Eugene Louis Vidal (3 October 1925 – 31 July 2012) was an American writer. He died
before his birthday. He died in a 9 Personal Year based upon a January 1st start date and the 9 is
always associated with endings. If calculated using a start date of the Birthday, he would have been in
an 8 Personal Year. The 9 is associated with endings and completions and makes more sense.

Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" (Bouvier) Kennedy Onassis ( (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was the wife of
the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his
presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. She died prior to her Birthday. At the time of her
death she had a 4 Essence Number and based upon a January 1st start date, was in a 4 Personal Year.
The Essence Number and the Personal Year Number matched. The 4 Personal Years can place emphasis
on health and it goes without question that it was a profound year in her life. If you used a Birthday to
Birthday start date for the Personal Year, she would have been in a 3 Personal Year. May was a 9
Personal Month for her based upon a January 1st start date to her 4 Personal Year. The 9 makes more
sense because it is usually an indication of endings and completions.

Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams (December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012) was an American popular
musicsinger. He died prior to his Birthday in 2012. He was in an 11 Personal Year based upon a January
1st start date. If calculated using a Birthday to Birthday start date, he would have been in a 1 Personal
Year. The 11 makes more sense because an 11 can bring sudden and unexpected events in your life.
September was an 11 Personal Month for him based upon his 11 Personal Year. If you were to use a
Birthday start date, he would have been in a 1 Personal Year.

Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013) was an American film critic, journalist, and
screenwriter. He died prior to his birthday in June. He had a 3 Essence Number at the time of his death
and based upon a January 1st start date, he was in a 3 Personal Year. The Essence Number and the
Personal Year Number matched which points to the difficulty of that year for him.

Janis Lyn Joplin ( January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer-songwriter who first
rose to fame in the late 1960s.  At the time of her death, her 1 Essence Number matched her 1
Personal Year Number based upon a January 1st start date.  Her transits are quite telling at the time of
her death because she was at the 5th year of an I Transit which is an indication of endings and
completions. She also had double N Transits. * From Speaking to Your Soul through Numerology p. 134
Double Ns can indicate sudden and unexpected events as well as being accident prone.  In this case,
regardless of when you calculated the start of her Personal year, she would have been in a 1 Personal
Year.  A Numerologist would not expect a person to die in a 1 Personal Year however there is no
absolute especially when you take the Transits and Essences into consideration. She was also 27 years
old at the time of her death 2+7=9 which is another indication of endings and completions.

Aaron Michael Hernandez (born November 6, 1989) is a former American football player who is
currently being held without bail following his indictment on three murder charges. On August 22, 2013,
Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player. His
Essence number in 2013 was a 5 and based upon a January 1st start date, he was in a 5 Personal Year
at the time.  The Essence Number matched the Personal Year Number.  There is no question 2013 was
a difficult year for him. In this case, the 5 represents loss of freedom and change. August was a 4
Personal Month for him based upon a January 1st start date and the 4 has strong implications for law
and order.

Arlen Specter (February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012) was a United States Senator from
Pennsylvania.  He died after his February Birthday but his Essence Number at the time of his death was
a 1 and based upon a January 1st start date, he was in a 1 Personal Year. The Essence Number
matched the Personal Year Number. He also had double E Transits at the time of his death which
indicate a change or a sudden and unexpected event.  .  In this case, regardless of when you
calculated the start of her Personal year, he would have been in a 1 Personal Year.  We would not
expect a person to die in a 1 Personal Year however this case proves that there is no absolute.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012 which leads up to the
death of
Adam Peter Lanza (April 22, 1992 – December 14, 2012) . He died after his Birthday, however,
his Essence Number was a 4 at the time of his death and based upon a January start date his Personal
Year at the time of his death was a 4. The Essence Number matched the Personal Year Number.  It
goes without question; this was a profound event in his life which is usually the case when this occurs
in a person’s Numerology Chart.

Malinda Gayle "Mindy" McCready (November 30, 1975 – February 17, 2013) died before her Birthday
by suicide. At the time of her death she had a 2 Essence and was in a 2 Personal Year based upon a
January 1st start date. The Essence Number matched the Personal Year Number which intensified the 2
energy at the time. The number 2 can be associated with anxiety, stress and depression. If you used a
Birthday to Birthday start date for the Personal Year, she would have been in a 1 Personal Year and the
double 2 energy would not be present. Also, The 2 makes more sense in this case.

Isaiah Charles Austin (born October 25, 1993) is an American basketball player who completed his
college career for the Baylor Bears in 2014. He had been considered a first-round prospect in the 2014
NBA draft until he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome in June of 2014 prior to his Birthday. He had a
6 Essence Number at the time and based upon a January 1st start date, he was in a 6 Personal Year.
The 6 does have health implications.   The Essence Number and the Personal Year matched which is
often the case when difficult years in our lives occur.

Joshua Caleb Gordon (born April 13, 1991) is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland
Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Browns in the second round of
the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. On July 5, 2014, Gordon was arrested for driving while impaired in
Raleigh, North Carolina.
On August 27, 2014, Gordon acknowledged that the NFL suspended him for 1 year for violating the
league's substance-abuse policy On September 19, 2014; his suspension was reduced to 10 games
amidst the new NFL drug policy. Gordon was officially reinstated on November 17.
On December 27th, 2014, the Browns suspended Gordon from the final game of the 2014 season due
to a violation of team rules. Gordon only played 5 games in 2014. Since the NFL requires players to play
6 games in a season to qualify for unrestricted free agency, Gordon entered the off season as a
restricted free agent.
In 2014, he had a 6 Essence Number and based upon a January 1st start date, was in a 6 Personal
Year. The Essence Number and his Personal Year Number matched which is an indication of a difficult
year. August was a 4 Personal Month for him based upon a January 1st start date. The number 4 is
associated with law and order. He was reinstated in November which would have been a 1 Personal
Month for him based upon a January 1st start date. A 1 represents new beginnings. December was a 9
Personal Month for him based upon a January 1st start date. It is interesting to note he was also
suspended on a 27/9 day. The 9 is associated with endings. All of the events that occurred with Joshua
in 2014 directly correlated with his Personal Month energy which again, is based upon a January 1st
start date.

Joyce Diane Brothers  (October 20, 1927 – May 13, 2013) was an American psychologist ,television
personality and columnist. She died prior to her Birthday. At the time of her death she had a 9 Essence
and based upon a January 1st start date, was in a 9 Personal Year. The Essence Number matched the
Personal Year Number.  Using a Birthday start date, she would have been in an 8 Personal Year. The 9
makes more sense because it represents endings and completions and having a 9 Essence Number
and a 9 Personal Year Number intensified the 9 energy.

Lee Thompson Young (February 1, 1984 – August 19, 2013) was an American actor. He died after his
Birthday but his Essence Number at the time of his death was a 9 and he died in a 9 Personal year
based upon a January 1st start date. The Essence Number matched the Personal Year Number
intensifying the 9 energy which always points to endings and completions.

Teresa Giudice (born May 18, 1972) is an Italian-American reality television cast-member. On July 29,
2013, Teresa and Joe Giudice were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank
fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud in a 39-count indictment. The
charges came after her Birthday but she had an 11/2 Essence at the time and based upon a January
1st start date, she was in an 11/2 Personal Year. The Essence Number matched the Personal Year
Number. She was found guilty and surprisingly, sentenced to do jail time. By seeing the double 11/2
energy in her chart, I knew this was not going to be a positive outcome and I refer you to my blog I
wrote 10/14/2013. The 11 is known for sudden and sometimes shocking outcomes.
http://visiblebynumbers.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-reality-of-number-8-and-new-jersey.html

Thomas "Tom" Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV; July 3, 1962) is an American actor and
filmmaker. On June 29, 2012, his wife Katie Holmes filed for divorce from him which was shortly after his
Birthday. At the time of his birthday, Tom Cruise had a 6 Essence Number and was in a 6 Personal Year
based upon a January 1st start date which intensified the energy of the 6. The 6 Personal Year is
associated with marriage and divorce.

Ermes Effron Borgnino, known as Ernest Borgnine ( January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) At the time of
Ernest Borgnine’s death he had a 3 Essence Number and based upon a January 1st start date, was in
a 3 Personal Year. The Essence Number and the Personal Year Number matched. Based upon a January
1st start date, he was in a 4 Personal Month at the time of his death which does place emphasis on
health. When the Personal Year Number and the Essence Number match, it usually is an indication of a
difficult year.

William Walton "Bill" Sharman (May 25, 1926 – October 25, 2013) was an American professional
basketball player and coach. He died prior to his birthday and his Essence Number at the time of his
death was a 9 and he died in a 9 Personal year based upon a January 1st start date. The Essence
Number and the Personal Year Number matched. The 9 is associated with endings and completions. If
you used a Birthday start date for the Personal Year, he would have been in an 8 Personal Year. The 9
makes more sense and the energy of the 9 was intensified because of the matching Essence and
Personal Year Numbers.

Andrea Pia Kennedy Yates (born July 2, 1964) is a former resident of Houston, Texas, who confessed
to drowning her five children in their bathtub on June 20, 2001. At the time of this incident, she had a 3
Essence and was in a 3 Personal Year based upon a January 1st start date. It is interesting to note
that she drowned her children in a 9 Personal Month based upon a January 1st start date of the
Personal Year. When the Essence Number and the Personal Year Number match, it is always an
indication of a difficult year. If I were to draw a connection to the #3, the 3 needs to express their
emotions and unfortunately, in this case it had such a tragic ending.

Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and director. He died
prior to his birthday in April. Based upon a January 1st start date, he was in a 9 Personal Year. Using a
Birthday start date, he would have been in an 8 Personal Year. The 9 is associated with endings and
completions and makes more sense.

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter
known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres. She died prior to her Birthday in
2011. Using a January 1st start date, she was in a 9 Personal Year. Using a Birthday start date, she
would have been in an 8 Personal Year and again, the 9 makes more sense. She was also 27 years old
and 2+7=9 which perhaps is another indication of endings and completions.

Christina Onassis (11 December 1950 – 19 November 1988) was an American born Greek/Argentine
businesswoman, socialite, and heiress to the Onassis fortune. She died of a heart attack prior to her
Birthday and based upon a January 1st start date, was in a 4 Personal Year which always puts
emphasis on health. Her Essence Number at the time of her death was also a 4 which intensifies the 4
energy and is an indication of a difficult year.  Using a Birthday start date, she would have been in a 3
Personal Year.

Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969 or 1970)[ is an American singer, songwriter, record producer,
businesswoman and occasional actress. Reported 1/16/15, her estranged husband Nick Cannon filed
for divorce which is prior to her birthday. Using a January 1st start date, she would be in a 2 Personal
Year. A 2 Personal Year is known to make or break a relationship.

John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is an American politician who is the 68th and current
United States Secretary of State. He was nominated on December 21, 2012 by President Obama for the
position of Secretary of State. Based upon a January 1st start date, he was in a 1 Personal Year. His
Essence Number at the time was a 22 which came in on his Birthday. A 22 means international and
large scale business. A 1 points to events that significantly change your future. This is a case of the
Essence Number was a catalyst for an event.

David Howell Petraeus (November 7, 1952) is a retired American military officer and public official who
served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011 until his resignation
on November 9, 2012. Based upon a January 1st start date, he was in a 5 Personal Year at the time. It
goes without question that a 5 is associated with overindulgence with sex. In fact, it was an affair that
led to his resignation in his 5 Personal Year. A 5 Personal Year can bring sudden and unexpected
changes in a person’s life, especially a job change. Some may point out that the resignation occurred
after his Birthday as an indication that the Personal Year begins on the Birthday but if you read the
events of this case, he was dealing with the repercussions of his affair for the most part of the year.

George Gregory Plitt, Jr. (November 3, 1977 – January 17, 2015) was an American fitness model and
actor. He starred in the Bravo television series Work Out. He died prior to his birthday by being struck
by a train while filming. Based upon a January 1st start date, he was in a 4 Personal Year. This is a case
where the Transits and Essences are quite important. He had a 5 Essence. He had an E, I and a R
Transit at the time of his death. 5 is a number that is associated with accidents. The E is a 5. The I and
R are 9s and he was at the 5th year of the 9 Transits. The 5th year has strong association with endings
and completions. Also, based upon a January 1st start date, he was in a 5 Personal Month in January
which again, relates to accidents.

John McCain ( 8/29/36) formally announced his intention to run for President of the United States on
April 25, 2007. Based upon a January 1st start date, that would have been a 1 Personal Year for him.
He was age 60 at the time. His Transits were J, Y, A at age 60. The J and A J and S transits point to the
future and indicate a new development in your life that has a strong influence on your future. His chart
shows not one but two new developments.
Based upon a Birthday to Birthday start date, On April 25, 2007 he would have been in a 9 Personal
Year. 9 is not associated with new beginnings but the 1 is. This case supports a January 1st start date
to the Personal Year.

Marion Hugh "Suge" Knight, Jr. (April 19, 1965)  is the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records and
co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records. On January 30th, he was arrested on a murder
charge connected with a hit-and-run accident in Los Angeles. Based upon a January 1st start date, he
is in a 4 Personal Year which corresponds to law and order. If you were to use a Birthday to Birthday
start date, he would be in a 3 Personal Year. The 4 makes more sense in this case.

It is unfortunate that Numerologists do not agree upon when the Personal Year begins and as I said, it
can be exceedingly frustrating for anyone who studies Numerology. Experience is, by far, the best
teacher.

You cannot come to a conclusion about when the Personal Year begins without examining all the
information present in a person’s Numerology Chart. You must take into account the Essences and
Transits and even the Personal Month Numbers to be accurate when interpreting a Numerology Chart.



~Alison Baughman


Biography
Alison Baughman first discovered Numerology as a child, studied it for a lifetime and began her
professional career as a Numerologist in 1999. Today, Alison is a professional Numerologist, Usui Shiki
Ryoho Reiki Master, author, lecturer, and the host of Visible By Numbers, a weekly Internet talk show
on BBS Radio. For more information, or to schedule Alison for an interview, please visit
visiblebynumbers/contact. html or email alison [at] visiblebynumbers [dot] com.
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