The great thing about the year 2018 or the Universal Year 2 (in numerology, 2018 is reduced to a single digit 2) is that folks are allowed to nurture what they started last year. Number 2 (in 2018) signifies diplomacy, co-operation and partnerships, says Gracy Yap, a Singaporean numerology master and bestselling author of Secrets Of Golden Numbers.

She adds that if you refer to Chaldean numerology, 2018 has the number 29. (There are two studies of numerology – Pythagorean and Chaldean. Chaldean numbers are derived from a mystic ancient school of numerology linked to tarot reading.)

The master number 11 (derived from 2+9) suggests a highly developed intuition and potential for financial success.

“The year will open up a powerful energetic gateway which will help us achieve our dreams. We should trust our instincts as the number 11 represents intuition,” she adds.

Overall, she said 2018 is a year of steady progress because “the predominant Earth energy will slow things down. However, one should pay attention to detail when forging partnerships. One can also dream big”.

Yap says Neptune, the planet of illusion, will stay on until 2026. Favourable industries at this time include spirituality and wellness, publishing, education, design and the arts, cashless businesses, technology, robotics and AI (Artificial Intelligence), banks, freelancing (outsourcing/sharing of resources economic model), real estate, legacy planning, long-term investments, healthcare and legal services.

Building dreams

The start of the year (under the influence of Saturn) is a good time period to start building dreams. Saturn is a “task master” and will promote longevity of one’s plans.

It also demands that we put hard work and structure into our lives necessary to make our dreams a reality. For those unfamiliar with numerology, the field includes the study of planetary influences to understand cycles. Numerology and astrology are thus inter-related.

The influence of Saturn will stay until December 2020 while that of Pluto, planet of transformation, will remain until Jan 19, 2024.

This year is all about slow and steady progress, so expect delays and do not force things to happen.

Uranus, planet of surprises, will move into (the position of) Taurus (one of 12 signs in Western astrology), casting its influence from May 16, 2018 until April 2026. Taurus rules money and work.

As a result, Yap predicts that businesses will grow lean and people will look for ways to cut costs. This shake-up would change the way we look at money.

“This Universal Year 2 (2018) is about co-operation, joint ventures and business partnerships. But the energy associated with the number 2 is yin energy which is slow and passive.

“When Mars, the energy booster planet, goes into retrograde in June, we will feel this slow energy strongly. So motivate yourself to kickstart your goals before June,” Yap advised.

Yap said to watch out for three Mercury retrogrades this year (March 22 to April 15, July 26 to Aug 18 and Nov 16 to Dec 6) as these periods will bring about delays in payment, breakdowns in communication and decreased productivity.

Yap’s advice is not to buy IT gadgets or machine parts, sign any contracts or renew a lease during these periods, or you may have to renegotiate terms later. Do not risk choosing wedding dates around these periods either!

According to numerology, Earth energy, which dominates the year, goes well with the numbers 2, 4, 6 and 8.

People with these number archetypes work well in teams and will have no problem cooperating or collaborating. However, people with the number 8 will have to rein in their bossy nature or risk confrontations.

Yap says the year would prove challenging to people whose archetype numbers are 1, 3 and 9 (fire sign) and number 5 (mercurial air sign) as they are prone to taking action and moving quickly.

Lucky numbers

To magnify your luck, identify your number archetype below and arrange key important events in your life using these numbers or dates. To work out your life path number, add the numbers of your birth date and reduce to a single digit.

Number 1 (born on 1, 10, 19, 28/ or life path 1): Lucky numbers 1, 10, 19

Number 2 (born on 2, 11, 20/ of life path 2): Lucky numbers 1, 2, 10

Number 3 (born on 3, 12, 21, 30/ or life path 3): Lucky numbers 3, 21, 30

Number 4 (born on 4, 13, 22, 31/ or life path 4): Lucky numbers 1, 10, 19

Number 5 (born on 5, 14, 23/ or life path 5): Lucky numbers 23, 32

Number 6 (born on 6, 15, 24/ or life path 6): Lucky numbers 6, 15, 24, 33, 42, 51

Number 7 (born on 7, 16, 25/ or life path 7): Lucky number 25

Number 8 (born on 8, 17, 26/ or life path 8): Lucky numbers 3, 6, 21

Number 9 (born on 9, 18, 27/ or life path 9): Lucky numbers 9, 27

Lucky colours

Everyone can activate good fortune by including these colours in your wardrobe or home decor this year: earthy colours, green, red and lilac purple.