The year 2019, when reduced to a single digit, comes up to the number 3. The number 3 in numerology is the number of creative self-expression, emotional sensitivity, joy, optimism, and social engagement. The energy of the 3 is buoyant, dynamic and is a hub of creativity.
Universally the year is offering us energy to support us in infusing creativity, fun and connection into all that we do. It may seem counter intuitive, yet humor and lightness hold immense power in the face of the heaviness and monumental change happening in the world.
This year holds the opportunity to bridge the spiritual illumination opened in 2018 and infuse a newfound purpose and power into creating our next collective chapter. The Universal Year is set up as a canvas ready for our inspired collective work of art to manifest. And as they say: “Necessity is the mother of invention.”
As we bridge from 2018 to 2019, we’ll be asked to focus on several key factors, including how we choose to communicate, how we use our creativity, and how we express ourselves on virtually every level of our lives.
The 3 is the number of creation — symbolised by the Trinity. This is an extremely fertile year for creativity in all forms. Creative problem solving, scientific and medical innovation, new environmental solutions, and the arts as a conduit for expression across the board. We have seen how artistic communities have stepped forward to use their influence to speak out about everything from climate change to the #TimesUp, #MeToo, and #BlackLivesMatter movements. This influence will carry forward with even more velocity and power in 2019.
Overall, the 3 Universal Year brings a spotlight to the world in the realms of creative self-expression, joy, optimism, and authentic communication. Despite the deep unrest we all feel on a global scale, the universal energy for 2019 invites us into the sandbox, onto the stage and into the spotlight, and reminds us to play, to laugh, to find lightness in the shadows and to shine our light into the dark crevices in order to bring creative solutions to the global table. As graphic designer Paula Scher observes: “If you aren’t in a state of play, you can’t make anything.”
The 3’s highest and best use is to inspire and uplift others. As old paradigms dissolve, new ideas and paradigms are created. Yet this isn’t a seamless or linear action. The mantra for the 3 is to speak your truth. Yet in order to speak your truth, you must know what your truth is. This is a year where truth is a core issue, value, and lesson. So while it may sound simple, it’s anything but simple. Many philosophers and writers assert that truth is multiple.
So how do we hold on to our own truth while allowing others theirs?
How do we express our truth and stand up for ourselves when our truth doesn’t align with someone else’s?
How do we discern the difference between “truth” and “values?” Or “truth” and “integrity?” Or “truth” and “dogma?”
How do we evolve and redefine our own sense of truth?
As many suggest, beliefs are just thoughts we think over and over again. When we change our thoughts we change our beliefs. So you can see how the simple act of speaking your truth can become a bit more layered that it might first appear, particularly in our era of “fake news” and social media where anyone can hurl an opinion into the ethers without having to take responsibility for it.
All of us will be supported in diving into the challenge of truth—individual, collective, and universal. Connecting with our individual truth and then our collective truth – and expressing it in a healthy, dynamic, compassionate, and transformative way.
One of the issues with the energy of the number 3 is that it brings all of our emotions to the table—the good, the bad, and the ugly—not to mention the known, unknown, and repressed. So part of the strange brew the 3 demands is for all of us to get real with our emotional life.
The year will be full of global trigger points for us in terms of how we emotionally engage on both a macrocosmic and microcosmic level. The energy of the 3 brings in waves of emotional highs and lows that can translate to some depressive or melancholy moments. We can all feel much more emotionally exposed and vulnerable when working with the energy of the 3 Universal Year.
One of the resounding challenges with the otherwise buoyant energy of the 3 is its severe sense of self-doubt. The 3 can be challenged with being scattered—starting lots of projects and finishing nothing. The distraction of the “bright and shiny objects” can be intense, therefore during a 3 Universal Year we must all keep in mind that we benefit from some gentle focus and active follow-through.
We will be challenged to not only watch our words, but also to bring precision to the way we choose to communicate. Choosing the proper words. Choosing not to gossip or tear others apart with sarcasm and hurtful words. Choosing to get more in touch with our truth and speak it with consistency and with grace. The year brings opportunities for some new ideas to be expressed and created. It’s earmarked for all of us to take a deep look at how we communicate our deepest feelings, desires, and fears.
This is the time to infuse optimism rather than defaulting to pessimism, to enjoy rather than dread, and to inspire rather than divide.