The Universal Pattern
7 Year Cycles, Twelve 7 Month Phases, 4 Challenge Point Periods during each Phase
Human growth and the Significant Challenge Points in a person's life follows a pattern of 7 Year Cycles with 12 distinct Phases of 7 months each and 4 distinct Challenge Point Periods during each Phase.
The Traditional Western Zodiac is an ancient, archetypal representation of this Universal Cycle.
This Universal Pattern is the blueprint for all human growth and change, regardless of culture, genetics, or environment. During each of the 7 Month Phases there are 4 Challenge Point Periods that mark crisis/opportunity points when personal life issues of the moment can come to a head
The intensification of Life Experience during Challenge Point Periods is most often evident one week prior to and after the date of a Challenge Point. Certain Challenge Point Periods are more significant than others in terms of potential major changes in one's life.
The Challenge Point Periods can be predicted with great accuracy and are NOT self-fulfilling. They occur whether you are actually aware of the date or not.
Test this out for yourself very simply with the following exercise. Look at the beginning of a new 7 Year Cycle that started on your birthday at 7,14,21,28,35,42, and every 7 years thereafter. See if you can identify the significant events(s) that reoriented or changed your life just prior to and after these birthdays. If you can recall these events or the changes that occurred for you, then you are aware enough of this cycle to justify further exploration.
The 7 Year Clock
The author's present full 7 Year Cycle of 12 Phases with 4 Challenge Points during each Phase
The 7 year clock is the result of over 35 years of study of Predictive Techniques traditionally utilized by Astrology. It grew out of a personal search to determine whether Astrological Techniques could forecast, with any consistent accuracy, specific times in one's life that could be characterized as crisis/opportunity points, or what I refer to as Challenge Points. The various techniques utilized by Astrology demonstrated varying degrees of accuracy; however, they all proved disappointing in clearly & consistently identifying significant times in which one is most likely to experience crisis and potential opportunity. For me, the object was to determine if there was an underlying logic to the timing and types of "significant" events that often characterize people's lives; the meeting and falling in love with a significant other, events surrounding the death of a loved one, the timing of an event associated with "success" or "achievement", the loss of a job, the loss of a lover or painful breakup of a marriage or other partnership, a spiritual or religious revelation, the diagnosis of a disease, a difficult surgery and it's aftermath, any realization that changes the course of one's life or significantly reorients it. I became frustrated with the imprecision of traditional Astrological Techniques. Even one of the most reliable techniques, known as Transits to the Natal Chart, proved inadequate for the accuracy I was seeking. Several years into this process it began to dawn on me that the Archetypal Astrological Zodiac itself, rather than any other Astrological techniques that used the Zodiacal 360 degree circle as the "timing" mechanism, was key.
The Zodiac itself is the fundamental "timing" instrument, not the relations between a Natal Chart and any other celestial or abstract entity. The Zodiac is a cycle/circle that is a reflection and formalization by the Babylonian (and the earlier Sumerian) culture, according to several theories, of three obviously observable events. The first is the yearly seasonal cycle of the Earth in relation to Sun with the Spring and Fall Equinoxes and the Summer and Winter Solstices. The second is the monthly (slightly less than 30 days) Synodic Lunar cycle of the Moon in relation to the Sun from New Moon to Full Moon and back to New Moon. ("Regardless of the culture, all lunar months approximate the mean length of the synodic month, or how long it takes on average to pass through each phase (new, half, full moon) and back again." From Wikipedia article on "Lunar Month") The third is the daily rotation of the earth relative to the Sun that results in cycle of day to night and back again. It is presumed by some that 360 degrees was chosen as the formal number of degrees for the circle as a result of the Babylonian preference for a base 60 numeral system, even though they were aware of the base 10 system and of the fact that it took slightly over 365 days for the Sun to return to it's Spring Equinox position in the Zodiac. (They were also aware of the unique characterisitics of the number 360 itself. This number can be divided by all the base numbers of the Base 10 number system, 1 through 9, without resorting to fractions, except for the number 7. This uniqueness of the number 360 will be covered in another topic soon.)
These observations were the inspiration for the formalization of the Zodiac as a measuring mechanism for the Babylonians (and potentially even earlier for the Sumerian Culture). (See this website for a fuller explanation of this process or see the Wikipedia article here.) These cycles are not only the timing mechanisms for astronomical events, but are also evident with organisms on earth, including man. Daily and seasonal rhythms have been well documented in many studies. Although, lunar rhythms are more elusive they do exist and have been documented. The realization that now appears obvious is that the "timing" mechanism incorporated in the Zodiac is inherent within the human organism, not simply a reflection of certain astronomical events "outside" man. We live in Zodiac Time.
Simultaneous with this (on the same night around 3 AM) was the understanding that the time period that was to be "timed" by the Zodiac was a 7 year cycle. Why 7 years? I was aware of the almost universal references to the number 7 in various contexts in holy texts from around the world; the reference to the 7 year stages of life by Solon, the ancient Greek Lawgiver, and by Rudolph Steiner; and of course the references within the Esoteric Yogic (and now highly popularized) 7 stages of growth implicit in the Chakra System. (I am also aware of the unique chracterisitcs inherent in the prime number, to be overed at a later date.) However, what was most convincing was my familiarity with the work of Arthur M. Young who was a Princeton trained mathematician, aeronautical engineer, inventor of the helicopter as we know it today, and philosopher of science. His work elucidated from a thoroughly grounded western science based philosophy that there was a universally relevant 7 stage process inherent in all evolutionary and growth based systems, and even inherent in the evolution of "physical" realms of the universe itself. It was thus not a great leap of insight to assume that humans pass through 7 year processes. See the topic on "7 and 12 and 4" for further information about this remarkable individual.
The 12 Lesson Cycle
Beginning at birth you go through 7 month phases of growth and change throughout your life. After 12 such phases, you have completed a 7 year cycle and you will start over again. Each of these twelve phases have a describable character or theme. These themes are identical to the 12 character types of the Astrological Zodiac. These Zodiacal archetypes are not just "astrological". As referred to above, they refer to a fundamental process in nature.
In each of these twelve 7 month phases you will struggle with or be concerned with certain issues that relate to the archetypal themes of the 12 signs of the Zodiac, such as self worth, self expression, your relationship to the larger world around you. Each seven month phase of life has a unique quality or distinct flavor and the experiences that you have during the phase always addresses the underlying theme of the phase, although uniquely in each individual's case. Each phase can be said to be a life lesson and opportunity for growth. Each phase builds on the previous phase in terms of a growth process and each phase can also be said to be a correction of the excesses of the previous phase. All twelve phases during a seven year cycle also can be seen as a complete lesson, with the next seven year cycle beginning a new process of growth that builds on the previous seven year cycle.
As you begin a new 7 month phase, the 'theme' of the phase seems to impinge itself upon you with experiences that relate to the theme. Because this is a universal pattern for all human beings, you are forced to deal with the essential issues associated with that particular phase. For instance, the theme of the Virgo Phase, the 6th phase of the seven year cycle, is often related to issues of reappraisal of your relations with others, and of your service or employment in life.
The types of experiences that we have during any 7 month phase will often be remarkably similar in their essential nature or broad outlines to the experiences we were having seven years prior. We may meet or have relationships with persons who have an effect upon us similar to someone we knew seven years ago, or experience a similar series of events. It is uncanny how the same essential issues or themes seem to arise over and over again. And yet this is what the nature of this cycle reveals.
Another characteristic of these phases is that you will experience particular and specifically predictable Challenge Point Periods during which you will be challenged to respond to disruptive events or experiences that "happen". This is inherent to the process that occurs within a phase. The question of how much you determine the experiences of your life and how much is 'fated' or predetermined is not one I will pursue here. This pattern does not determine what specifically will happen in your life, (although that can often be forecast based upon the present trajectory of your life) but it does pattern for you and everyone else the archetypal issues you must deal with, when you must deal with them, and the particular Challenge Points periods when these issues will arise most intensely.
The 4 Challenge Points
The Structure of Challenge Point Periods and Their Significance
The author's actual Challenge Point Period that began a new 7 Year Cycle and the Aries Phase:
This is a graphic representation of a Challenge Point Period with the specific dates of potentially "disruptive" experiences of crisis/opportunity
We have been introduced to the idea that there is a Universal Pattern of challenge, change, and potential growth that exists for every human being, and that this pattern consists of a 7 Year Process with 12 distinct and predictable Phases of Growth each 7 months in length. We were also introduced to the idea that these phases of growth have very particular archetypal 'themes' associated with them that are themselves associated with the archetypal themes of the traditional Astrological Zodiac. The primary consideration that should be consistently remembered for the 7 Year Clock to be truly useful as a tool of growth is the Significance of and Archetypal Lesson or Challenge of the Phase you are presently experiencing.
The Challenge Point Periods occur as specific periods of time, clearly and specifically predictable, when the “flow” or trajectory of our life is disrupted by specific events or experiences that may necessitate a reorientation or even a significant change in the trajectory of our life, dependent upon the significance of the Phase and the location of the Challenge Point Period on the 7 Year Clock. The disruptive experiences or events that occur during Challenge Point Periods do not occur as a continuous, smooth process. They occur as discrete disruptive events or experiences, most often on very specifically predictable days. A series of these “days of disruption” occur during any specific Challenge Point Period. (See the above graphic representation of a Challenge Point Period.) The structure of a Challenge Point Period is one in which a series of “disruption days”, spaced 7 days apart, occur over an approximately 5 week period (or longer). The graph above specifically predicts these “days of disruption” as a 3 day spike, with the middle day having the date identified. The “day of disruption” will occur on one of those three days, as a general rule. You experience all Challenge Point Periods as a process of a series of “days of disruption” shaped like a pyramid. On the left side of the pyramid, 'things' in your life 'come to a head', or issues you have been dealing with intensify, as you approach the “Culmination Date” in the center of the Challenge Point Period. After the Culmination Date, you may experience a “resolution” to the issues you were going through or insights that help you resolve “the problem”, at least until you move into the next Challenge Point Period. There are 4 of these Challenge Point Periods during any of the 12 Phases of Growth that occur over the 7 Year Process. Specific Challenge Point periods during the 7 Year Process are far more likely to produce significant change in the trajectory of your life than others. These Challenge Point Periods are the ones just prior to and after the Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn Phases, as well as the Challenge Point Periods that mark the midpoints of the Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius Phases. Almost all significant changes in the trajectory of our lives occur around these 8 Challenge Point Periods.
What I Offer
I offer the 7 Year Clock specifically calculated with your birth information with accuracy to within one day for Challenge Point Period Culmination Dates. These dates can be utilized to forecast the 2 week period prior to and after the Culmination Date that will form the Challenge Point Period along with the "days of disruption" that will be located at 7 day intervals on either side of the Challenge Point Period Culmination Date. This order provides a full overview of all the Phases and Challenge Point Periods of your present 7 year process. Please refer to the section above describing a Challenge Point Period to understand the primary significance of the Culmination Date in forecasting your Challenge Point Periods. This order will also include a description of the types of experiences that you may face during each Phase of the 12 Phase Cycle. This order can be completely sufficient for understanding the timing of Challenge Point Periods and, with the information already outlined on this website, understand to a certain degree the significance and implications of your experiences as you pass through a 7 Month Phase and it's Challenge Point Periods. For this order you will only be charged for the remaining Phases of your present 7 Year Cycle at the rate of $10 Phase. You will not be charged for the present Phase through which you are transitioning. If there are only 2 full Phases remaining in your present 7 Year Cycle, you will only be charged $20. I will calculate this for you once you send your order information. You will be sent a response that includes how many Phases remain in your 7 Year Cycle and the cost with a Buy Now Button to purchase the 7 Year Clock if you so choose with either a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.
If there is interest, I may also offer a LifeCycles Consultation, priced seoarately at $90 for 60 minutes to help clarify the questions concerning the issues that may arise within your personal life based on the present trajectory and experiences of your life. This consultation will clarify how the 7 Year Clock can be utilized by you for gaining perspective on the changes that may occur. I have been a student of this cycle for over 40 years and it has been very helpful in clarifying the logic of the life process and for understanding how to "view" and "practice" with life. It will be necessary to have already ordered your present 7 Year Clock. The consultation will be conducted through an online meeting in which we will view your present 7 Year Clock and I will answer questions you may have and clarify the use of the Clock. This meeting will be recorded as a video file that you will be able to review later. If interested, please send me an email from the link in the first section on The Universal Pattern. I will already have your 7 Year Clock and can then schedule the consultation. And thank you for your interest in one my life's true passions.
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7 and 12 and 4
The Work of Arthur M. Young
Though 7, 12, and 4 are often referred to in religious, metaphysical, mythical, and ancient philosophical contexts, these "divisions of the whole" also have very direct correspondences to fundamental scientific "categories" of differentiation, as evidenced by the Work of Arthur M. Young. (Click the picture to be taken to his website.)
Arthur M. Young was a Princeton trained mathematician, philosopher, aeronautical engineer, and inventor who was primarily responsible for the development of the helicopter as we know it today, solving the problem of maintaining stability for horizontal movement from the original design of simple vertical elevation in a winged craft. He wrote two seminal books in what can be termed the Philosophy of Science.
In "The Reflexive Universe" he states that his purpose "is to develop a theory of the evolution of the universe." He does this by integrating the laws of physics with other sciences and "with the testimony consistently expressed by empirical evidence not explained by science", such as those that come out of spiritual traditions. He makes a clear case for the hypothesis that there is a Fundamental 7 Stage Process that occurs at 4 levels of manifestation from the Physics of Light and the realm of Quantum Mechanics to the realm of the Human Species and into the realm of Consciousness Itself.
In "The Geometry of Meaning" he establishes clearly that the Tropical Zodiac can be seen as a "Geometry of Meaning". In other words, the geometry inherent in the Zodiac and developed prior to recorded history is a geometry of ALL meaning. This geometry can be applied to any area of conceptual consideration; whether scientific, philosophical, psychological, religious; and in doing so, find the correlates for the basic principles and measures of the system under consideration within the relationships reflected in the Zodiac. He demonstrates this very clearly for the Measure Formulas of Calculus, which were discovered simultaneously by both Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Liebniz. In the invention of Calculus and it's use by Newton to predict planetary motion, Newton "made possible a new ideology, determinism; an ideology that became the basis for almost all science." (Science and Astrology Arthur M Young pg 2)
In demonstrating that even the fundamental bases of western science fits itself to an ancient schema of 12 archetypes and a 7 stage process, Arthur M Young illuminates a Universal Pattern that can integrate and illuminate any conceptual categorization system invented by man. This archetypal framework provides a theoretical basis for understanding that our life "process", from birth to death (and beyond), also, invariably fits itself to this schema of a 7 stage process integrated within a 12 phase "Geometry of Meaning" exemplified by the ancient archetypal Zodiac of 12 character types.
Man's suffering is the result of viewing himself apart, when there is no evidence that we are somehow "separated out" from the "process" of it "all". We, as apparent individuals, are not separated out. We are part a universally evident process. Our suffering and persistently anxious need and search is motivated by this sense of separation, as the testimony of most of the worlds esoteric religious teachings point out.
The 7 Year Clock is a direct contradiction to this notion of separation. The Universal Pattern "times" all humans in exactly the same manner, and with the same archetypal "experiences", as clarified with the 12 Signs of the Zodiac.