The 7 Year Clock
This "7 Year Clock" is the blueprint for the timing of events or experiences that challenge our further growth as a human being. This 7 Year Clock is applicable to any human lifetime; regardless of one's culture, genetics, or upbringing; because it is based on fundamental cycles that time all life on earth. (For a fuller description of the process by which the full cycle became apparent to me over time, please see the section "Zodiac Time".)
Test this out for yourself very simply with the following exercise. Look at the beginning of a new 7 Year Cycle, which is one of the most significant periods in a person's life. These periods at the beginning of a new 7 Year Cycle can manifest significant challenges just prior to and after your birthday at age 7,14,21,28,35,42, and every 7 years thereafter. See if you can identify the significant event(s) that reoriented or changed the trajectory of your life around these times. If you can recall these events or challenges then you are aware enough of this cycle to justify further exploration.
The author's present "7 Year Clock" that will time all major events in the author's life during this 7 year cycle.
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Challenge Point Periods
Each Challenge Point Date on the 7 Year Clock is part of a cluster of Challenge Points I refer to as Challenge Point Periods.
This is a graphic representation of 4 Challenge Point Periods.
During any Challenge Point Period there are a series of these "Challenge Dates" , each separated by 7 days from the others. The series of Challenge Point Dates that occur during any specific Challenge Point Period may necessitate a reorientation, or even a significant change in the trajectory of your life, dependent upon the significance of the Challenge Point Period on the 7 Year Clock. The graph above shows 4 Challenge Point Periods and specifically predicts the Challenge Points as a 3 day spike, with one of these days being the most likely date for an Intensification and Challenge to occur. As stated above, each date is separated by 7 days from the others within a Challenge Point Period.
All Challenge Point Periods, with their specific Challenge Dates, are a process of Challenge, Crisis, and Opportunity for growth that is shaped as a sort of skewed pyramid to indicate the likely intensity/significance of a specific Challenge Point Date. As you "move into" a Challenge Point Period, "issues" in your life will arise that "confront" you and present you with a Challenge or Challenges. As you approach the Culmination Midpoint of the Challenge Point Period, the intensification of the challenge(s) grow. After passing through the midpoint, which often brings the challenge(s) to a head, there is often a noticiable release or reduction in the "problem" associated with the challenge. As you pass further away from the Midpoint Culmination date in time, you may experience a “resolution” to the issues you were going through or insights that help you resolve “the problem”, however you define it, at least until you move into the next Challenge Point Period.
As you approach a specific date on the 7 Year Clock it can be useful to be aware that a week or so before the date, your life will demonstrate an intensification of exeperience, externally in your life circumstances and/or internally in your emotional/feeling life. From the perspective of the this cycle, there is no fundamental difference between your external and internal experience.
Certain Challenge Point periods during the 7 Year Process are far more likely to produce significant change in the trajectory of your life than others. Four of these Challenge Point Periods are associated with the 4 Bold Blue Lines on the 7 Year Clock. I call these Challenge Point Periods "Initiation Points", because a major issue is often initiated shortly before or after these Challenge Point Periods. A second series of Challenge Point Periods that are associated with the Bold Red Lines on the 7 Year Clock I refer to as "Reorientation Points", as one will often experience a "reorientation" of one's life away from what is presently the case and toward some other "process". Almost all significant challenges and resultant changes in our lives occur around these 8 most significant Challenge Point Periods.
The 7 Month Phases and their 4 Challenge Point Periods
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. There are 4 Challenge Point Periods during each 7 Month Phase and each phase has 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". They refer to universally relevant "types of experiences" that are simply reflected in the themes of the 12 signs of the Zodiac developed over thousands of years. These themes color the types of experiences or issues we will face as we pass through the time period associated with that particular Zodiac sign. During any 7 year cycle, we always pass through each of these 7 month phases in the same order at the "same time" on the 7 Year Clock.
Each 7 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 or learning 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 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 "obliged" to confront 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/or of your service or employment in life. You will often have to address specific details in your life that may have been overlooked or that now become "required". You may also feel during this Virgo phase that you are under appreciated and/or treated more as a servant than a peer in specific work or service situations. There are many types of experiences that may arise during this phase, and though the specific experiences and challenges you may face cannot be forecasted with unerring accuracy, the timing of the specific Challenge Point Periods can. All the experiences you face during a specific 7 month phase will adhere to the underlying archetypal theme. Forecasting specific experiences can be made, often with remarkable accuracy, if one is realistically aware of the "trajectory" of one's life.
The types of experiences that we have during any 7 month phase will also 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 we may experience a similar series of events. The same essential issues or themes arise over and over again. This is an aspect of what this cycle can reveal.
What I Offer
This site is my contribution to the world of Astrological Forecasting and the understanding of Human Life Cycles. This tool has been very helpful for me to understand the "wheel" on which we all spin in a human lifetime, and I offer it to others who may also find it helpful.
If you are interested in receiving a copy of your present 7 Year Clock, send me the information below. I will send you're present clock and a description of the 12 Phases of the 7 Year Cycle, which can help you identify the types of experiences through which you will pass. I will NOT be harvesting emails for any other purpose. I am not a fan of spam.
My desire is that there be some recognition that this "7 Year Clock" actually exists, and that it can very specifically predict the Challenges/Oppportunities that arise in our lives. I believe this cycle is a primary contribution to the understanding of a Human Lifetime and the forecasting of times of major changes in that lifetime. I have been living the observation of this cycle in my own life and others for over 35 years. It's accuracy and the revelations of the underlying "patterning" of our lives never ceases to amaze and sober me.
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the search for a truly accurate forecasting tool
Early Astronomy/Astrology (in antiquity there was no real distinction between astronomy and astrology)(1) was early man's first observations about the space/time in which he existed. The Horizontal Plane of the Earth was his earliest reference point, or measurement device, for observations of all the "objects" in the "celestial sphere" that moved in relation to the Horizon. One of the first most critical "measurements" was, most probably, the diurnal cycle of Day and Night related to the "rising" and "setting" of the sun.
This website is the result of 35 years study of Astrology and the Predictive Techniques traditionally utilized by Astrology, as well as other systems of forecasting life events. It grew out of a personal search driven by one of the central theological questions in human history: the question of fate versus free will. Astrology directly addresses this question by positing that patterns of celestial bodies correspond to, if not "cause", effects in human events, whether personal or social. And of course, modern scientific determinism posits no such coorespondence. Thus, my testing was an empirical test to determine whether any forecasting techniques, and most notably, Astrological Techniques, could forecast with any consistent accuracy specific times in my life and others that could be characterized as crisis/opportunity points, or what I refer to as Challenge Point Periods. The various techniques utilized by Astrology demonstrated varying degrees of accuracy, with spectacular hits and misses; 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 birth of a child, 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, a significant insight into a problem one is facing, a difficult period marked by a loss of some kind, 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. Often used techniques such as Saturn Returns did not supply the specificity I was seeking.
Several years into this process it began to dawn on me that the Archetypal Astrological Zodiac itself was the key, rather than any other Astrological techniques that simply used the Zodiac as a backdrop for measurement. I realized that the Zodiac itself is the fundamental "timing" instrument for significantly accurate forecasting of Challenge Periods in one's life, not the timing of angular relationships between a person's Natal Chart and any other celestial or abstract entity, be they Transits or Parts or Asteriods, or whatever. The Zodiac is a cycle/circle that synthesizes and formalizes the "natural units of timekeeping used by most historical societies" of "the day, the solar year, and the lunation cycles." (5) The first is the apparent daily rotation of all the many celestial objects beyond the Horizon in the diurnal cycle. The most notable of these for early man having been the Sun and Moon.
The second was the yearly seasonal cycle of the Sun, which had obvious significant importance in many cultures as a mechanism for timing critical events, such as planting or harvesting. This cycle was determined by the events of the Spring and Fall Equinoxes, when Day Time equals Night Time. Additionally, the Winter and Summer Soltices are marked at opposite dates for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and are the points at which the the Sun reaches it's highest and lowest points in relation to the Horizon, and there is the maximum disparity between Day Time and Night Time.(2) As an aside, it is presumed by some researchers that the 360 degrees chosen for specifying the division of a circle/cycle of the Zodiac was chosen 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 Equinoctial position in the Zodiac. (3)
The third cycle that was formalized into the Zodiac was the monthly (slightly less than 30 days) Lunation cycle from New Moon to Full Moon and back to New Moon. (4) (See this website for a fuller explanation of this process or see the Wikipedia article here.)
The time cycles on which the Zodiac is based are also evident within the lifecycles of organisms on earth, including man. Daily and seasonal rhythms have been well documented in many studies, and are formally researched, along with other cycles, in the science of Chronobiology. Although lunar rhythms are more elusive, they do exist and have been documented. The realization that became obvious to me is that the "timing" mechanism incorporated in the Zodiac is inherent within the human organism as well as within "nature" itself. In other words, we live in Zodiac Time.
Simultaneous with this realization that the Zodiac itself is the fundamental "timing" instrument for significantly accurate forecasting of Challenge Periods in one's life 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 and mythical cosmogonies from around the world, as well as many different references to 7 year cycles of growth and development, including the Yogic Esoteric (and now popularized "Chakra System". (I am also aware of the unique characteristics of 7 as a prime number) However, what was most convincing was my familiarity with the work of Arthur M. Young, who was a Princeton trained mathematician, aeronautical engineer, philosopher of science, and inventor/developer of the first commercially licensed helicopter for the Bell Corporation.
In his book "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 his book "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 in man's early 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 angular 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 system of conceptual categorization 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. It was thus not a great leap of insight to assume that we humans inherently pass through 7 year processes. Please click the link for Arthur M. Young's name to be taken to his website.
1. "Astrology and astronomy were archaically treated together (Latin: astrologia), and were only gradually separated in Western 17th century philosophy (the "Age of Reason") with the rejection of astrology." From Wikipedia article on Astrology and Astronomy
2. I won't argue for whether early astronomer's were using a Tropical or Sidereal Zodiac, as I am of the opinion that they were just as likely to have not made a distinction. To quote Robert Hand from his article "On the Invariance of the Tropical Zodiac"; "To conclude: I do not assert that the ancients were tropicalists, nor do I assert that they were siderealists. I assert that whatever they may have known about precession they tended not to make the distinction, and when they did, they would have been just as likely to give precedence to the tropical as the sidereal for divinatory purposes."
3. The Sumerian/Babylonian cultures were very likely 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 is further illustrated in relation to a recently discovered circular geometric progression produced by prime numbers, which will be covered in another topic soon. Suffice it to say that ancient "scientists" may very well have been more fundamentally attuned to a "patterned" reality underlying and structuring our presently understood material reality than our present day "priesthood" of scientific materialism and determinism.
4."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"
5. From Wikipedia article on "History of Calendars".
The Conclusion of My Search
There are 2 integral aspects to this 7 Year Clock. The first is the Cyclical Aspect. The Cyclical Aspect of this pattern was formalized over thousands of years and is represented by the Traditional Tropical Zodiac. The Tropical Zodiac is the archetypal representation of the Cyclical Aspect because it inherently incorporates 3 major cycles that "times" man's existence on this planet; the Yearly Seasonal Cycle, the Monthly Lunation cycle, and the Daily Diurnal Cycle of Sunrise to Sunset.
The second aspect integral to this Universal Pattern is the Process Aspect. The Process Aspect incorporates the linear progressive/regressive nature of “time” with a “start” and “end” point. The Process Aspect always incorporates 7 stages from the "start" to "end" points, or "completion", and the beginning of a new process.
This search for a "truly accurate forecasting tool" helped me understand that the "I" we all consistently refer to was not somehow separated out, but that what we call "I" was itself a pattern, and in fact, a very predictable pattern of changes. It helped me understand that every person's suffering is the result of viewing him/her "self" 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, in fact, 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. This Clock "times" all human lifetimes in exactly the same manner, and with the same archetypal "experiences", as clarified with the 12 Signs of the Zodiac.