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2013 is a 6 Universal Year -- in a nutshell, the 6 is a loving, caring, responsible, warm, humane, and compassionate number that directs most of its energy to small, closely-knit groups; family, community, friends. The ties that bind us bind us even closer during a 6 Year. But it has its drawbacks. It tends to be overly protective and divisive (us versus them). It has difficulty being objective, tends to meddle in other people's affairs, and is gullible in all the wrong ways.

In a personal Numerology chart the 6 is mostly positive, as it tends to get along with all other numbers, even with the two that are most contrary to the 6: the 5 and 7. However, the 6 of this year is based on the number 2013, thereby putting some emphasis on the negative qualities of the 1 and the 2. (We find those numbers by using the calculation methods behind the Diamond, in case you are interested in the "mathology." The 1 and 2 appear as negatives, while the 3, 4, and 7 show up as positives.)

Individuality, drive, and independence are the main attributes of the 1, while cooperation and diplomacy are the most important traits of the 2. We can, therefore, expect some diminishing of those qualities. People may feel their independence is being threatened. We will see less tolerance to opposing opinions and a foot-in-mouth epidemic among politicians.

On the other hand, the number 2013 promotes the positive qualities of the 3, 4 and 7. The enhanced communication and creativity of the 3 may translate into an rising interest in art (good for collectors and investors). The discipline and control typical of the 4 could be good for the economy. The spiritual integrity and rational aptitude of the 7 may lift our collective common sense a little (perhaps the most promising of the aforementioned positives). But let's not forget the larger picture.

The grand scheme of things

The 9-year cycle that lasts from 2008 through 2017 is dramatically different from any that have come before. This is difficult to see, because like the hands of a clock, we don't recognize the changes until we step away for a while. But when we do, it's clear to see that the schism is becoming extreme on all fronts; religious, economic, political, social and environmental. It's a "divide and conquer" strategy, except that no one is conquering anything. We are doing it to ourselves and it's not doing us any good.

For the first time in history this observable fact is truly global. Everyone is and will be affected by the force of separation that seems to push us apart like particles in a vacuum.

Perhaps the most obvious and telling aspect of what appears to be reaching critical-mass for mankind is technology, which is growing at a feverish pitch and snowballing out of control. Inventions are becoming obsolete quicker than we can get used to them. Basically, technology acts like the proverbial snake eating its own tail.

Similarly, everything else is also picking up speed: world population, global warming, genetic engineering, consumption, waste disposal... It seems a cynical contradiction that the incredibly precise and orderly foundation of science and technology may eventually drive us toward chaos if we don't find a way to put the brakes on it, or retain some measure of restraint. A nuclear holocaust, manmade catastrophes, greed-driven genetic screw-ups in the food chain -- these are by no means impossible scenarios. Fortunately, we are also perfectly capable of saving ourselves from those threats. We are, after all, the ones responsible for creating them in the first place.

Over the hump

Within this 9-year cycle, the 6 year puts us over the hump and things start to accelerate. Expect strange, senseless events, especially in the political and religious arenas. (And by strange, I mean truly weird and unfathomable madness.) Mother Nature continues to show us her angry side. But most of all, keep your eyes on events globally and recognize that the world is getting smaller and smaller. Not just because we can fly from one side to the other in a matter of hours, but because events on one side of the planet have a more powerful and immediate effect on the other side than ever before, as everything is becoming more and more intertwined. This also has a positive side. Economies are becoming dependent upon each other to such an extent that any disruption is damaging to us all. When wars become bad for business, we may actually start to rely more on diplomacy and less on bombs. Peace by necessity, so to speak, and that's fine. I'm sure most of us will take peace any way we can. But there is an even larger picture.

Through the millennia...

The first millennium, from the year 1 to the year 999, produced a diversity of people symbolized in the fact that no single digit was shared among all birth dates for more than a hundred years at a time. This reflected the localized nature of our existence, not just as far as location, but also in the timeline of our evolutionary growth as a race or a country. We were not connected in any way, what happened on one continent generally did not affect the people on another continent at all.

The next millennium, from the year 1000 to 1999, saw every person with at least one 1 in their birthdates. This may seem insignificant, but it isn't -- no less insignificant than adding salt to cooking; the amount may be very small, its influence is major. As I mentioned earlier, the 1 is individuality and independence, and that has been a visible aspect of our evolution over the past thousand years. Whether in religion, philosophy, politics, or any other field, we have, as individuals, been greatly empowered. If there is one quality that stands out as an evolutionary achievement over the last millennium, it is our independence, personal freedom, and respect for individuality -- a small minority of backward religious zealots and intellectual Neanderthals notwithstanding.

Thirteen years ago we entered a millennium in which every human being born will have at least one "2" in their date of birth. Again, not insignificant by any means. The 2 reflects tact, sensitivity, diplomacy, brother/sisterhood, cooperation, tolerance and intuition. It is the peacemaker and a powerful feminine number. This will become our next most defining evolutionary achievement: absorbing the growing presence of the 2's positive attributes, not the least of which are peace and tolerance; the ultimate expressions of freedom. Hence my optimistic view of the long-term future. It is the short-term that worries me.

In a nutshell

In 2013, I foresee more chaos and upheaval, caused in large part by misunderstanding, intolerance, and that growing separation that can be seen as the previous millennium's final death throes (just as the first few decades following the year 1000 were full of turmoil).

Mankind as a whole has many flaws, but it also has great potential, and that potential is released at an increasing pace too, like everything else. Transitions take time, and the longer the cycle, the longer the transition. It seems clear though, that over the last several decades, starting perhaps after WWII, as we are making the shift from a thousand years dominated by the 1 to a thousand years with the 2 taking over, our metamorphosis is like a powerful spiraling energy changing direction; chaos and turbulence for a time, until we settle on our new direction -- toward peace, as it sneaks up on us one person at a time, one heart at a time.

It's the only way.

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