What does ‘8 year’ in numerology signify?

2024 = 2 + 0 = 2 = 4 = 8

In this new year we will experience a shift from the 7 year of spiritual seeking with introspection and curiosity…. to an 8 year that projects all that inner work outward.

The universal eight year can be incredibly empowering because we are able to access all the fruits of our labor fairly easily, but it requires us to quickly shift from floating in the ethereal, spiritual enlightenment of the universal seven year we are exiting into assertive action, claiming our power and maintaining a well thought-out-plan.

Find the courage to cut out old passive behaviors. Advocate for yourself and negotiate better pay, better conditions for your work, and demand recognition and claim what you accomplish. The universe favors those who are bold yet fair.  Remember that finding your own strength doesn’t mean cutting others down. KNOW who you are and what you think and stand firm in your resolve, believe in yourself and great things will manifest.

As you begin the new year and your re birthing, visualize the number eight (or an infinity sign) before you go on an interview or before asking for a raise or demanding the recognition that you deserve. Draw the number eight on a slip of paper and place it in your wallet to increase your wealth or draw it on the sole of your shoe so you walk with abundance wherever you go!

The ‘8 year’ is considered a ‘high vibrational’ year.

The most important attribute of the number eight lies in its symmetrical shape. The number is associated with flow — be it related to energy, material wealth or wisdom. 

It is a high vibrational number, representing the concept of infinity.

Because of its link to productivity and power, an eight year could be a year that you veer toward overworking…. Eight is all about balance as well. The symmetrical shape represents a link between beginning and end… and how nothing is ever really over.  Recognizing that you are eternal will claim your power.

An eight year has the potential for you to accomplish your visions with greater ease and excitement. But an eight year also has a built-in reminder to slow your roll…go with the flow whenever possible.

Over the course of this year, you may have the potential to feel lost in the hustle. Your goal will be KNOW YOURSELF!!  Find the inner strength that can act as both an engine and a compass.

Do so, and you may land on another keyword associated with an eight year: Abundance!

In consciously creating your new year in abundance and increase our stance in power, it is important that we know our self intimately and stand in our power. 

In a session with Dr. Jeanette Sullivan on a Sunday Spiritual Activism Group’s session, I discovered how negatively I saw our world’s progress and growth.  We really are improving as a species.  Why don’t we realize that?  Media in all it’s forms know that the good doesn’t sell as well as the “bad”.  May I suggest we try to see the positive as well as the negative….and realize we are progressing.  I realize that there are many problems and really difficult situations….people are dying…and we will.  BUT… there is progress, and we need to look at that as well.

Along that thought thread…. Have you ever looked at the most popular movie/series on Netflix? Kind of scary to me but I watch some of those too…. Are we being fed or programmed?  Or is it the demand? 

I include this article by Dylan Matthews on the state of things…. Hope you find encouragement in it. 

Happiest 2024… So many positive possibilities!!!!

Progress       By Dylan Matthews

1) Extreme poverty has fallen

The huge drop in global poverty since 1987. Our World in Data

This is probably the most important chart on this list. The extraordinary rate of economic growth in India and China — as well as slower but still significant growth in other developing countries — has led to a huge decline in the share of the world population living on less than $1.90 a day, from nearly 35 percent in 1987 to under 11 percent in 2013.

2) Hunger is falling

Reduction in hunger, by country, from 2000 to 2017. International Food Policy Research Institute, 2017

Global Hunger Index — a measure of undernutrition calculated by the International Food Policy Research Institute — between 2000 and 2017.

3) Child labor is on the decline

The decline in child labor, from 2000 to 2016. International Labor Organization

Any amount of child labor is too much child labor, and the world didn’t meet the International Labor Organization’s goal of eliminating the “worst forms” of child labor by 2016. But the rate of decline — approximately a 40 percent reduction from 2000 to 2016 — is nontrivial and worth celebrating.

4) People in developed countries have more leisure time

Working hours in four rich countries, from 1870 to 2000. Our World in Data

Work hours in the US haven’t fallen much in recent decades, certainly in relation to Europe, but compared to the late 19th century, developed countries have much more reasonable work schedules today.

5) The share of income spent on food has plummeted in the US

The fall in food costs as share of income, from 1960 to 2014. USDA

One reason the huge amount of economic progress made globally in recent decades gets ignored is that living standards for the median American have been fairly stagnant. One exception to that pattern, however, is the fact that cheaper food has freed up Americans to spend more on other expenses. “Between 1960 and 2007, the share of disposable personal income spent on total food by Americans, on average, fell from 17.5 to 9.6 percent,” the USDA notes, and the ratio has stayed at that low level since.

Health

6) Life expectancy is rising

The explosion in global life expectancy from 1770 to the present Our World in Data

The increase in human life expectancy is a pretty recent phenomenon; lifespans fell in Europe from 1850 to 1870, and a slower pace of public health improvements (driven by imperial neglect among other factors) meant that Africa’s takeoff started later. But lifespans have doubled or more the world over since.

And the increase has persisted in more recent decades. Female and male life expectancy both increased by more than six years between 1990 and 2016, and the gains were biggest in poor countries in Africa and Asia. Inequalities remain (lifespans in Africa are still a shocking 16.3 years shorter than in Europe) but the gap is slowly closing.

7) Child mortality is down

The decline in child mortality, 1990 to 2017. UNICEF

Child mortality has fallen by more than half since 1990. If you look at developing regions, the gains are even more impressive. In Africa, 17 percent of children died before reaching age 5 in 1990. By 2015, that was down to 8 percent.

In the world’s second-largest country, India, child mortality fell by 69 percent in that timespan, or over two-thirds. In China, the most populous, it fell by 83 percent. These are truly massive numbers that have helped drive the broader improvements in life expectancy.

8) Death in childbirth is rarer

The drop in maternal mortality, 1990 to 2015. World Health Organization

Maternal mortality declined by 43 percent between 1990 and 2015, according to the World Health Organization. You can see the drop has been especially dramatic in African countries.

9) People have been getting taller for centuries

The growth in male height, from the year 0 to the year 2000. Steckel 2001 and Koepke/Baten 2005 via Gregory Clark / Our World in Data

This chart, taken from economist Gregory Clark’s A Farewell to Alms, tracks the height of male skeletons found in Europe across nearly 2000 years, and compares those data points to recent, more complete height data in the US and Sweden. For nearly two millennia, male heights were stable, but upon the advent of the Industrial Revolution, they began to shoot up. There are many determinants of human height, but nutrition and overall living standards are crucial ones. We happen to be living in the first couple centuries of human existence to see huge advances in living standards, which shows up in height data, among many other places.

10) More people have access to malaria bednets

The increase in the share of at-risk households with insecticide-treated bednets, from 2010 to 2016. World Health Organization

Malaria is still one of the world’s biggest killers, particularly in tropical regions. It’s treatable, but far more effective than treatment is prevention through insecticide-treated bednets. Access to those has grown substantially in recent years, as this chart from the World Health Organization shows. Charities like the Against Malaria Foundation have been very effective at bednet distribution.

11) Guinea worm is almost eradicated

The collapse of guinea worm cases, from 1989 to 2017. The Carter Center

Guinea worm is a nonfatal but debilitating parasitic infection, and as recently as 1986, millions of people got it annually. There is no vaccine or cure. Guinea worms grow in your body cavity, then work their way out of your body, often through your leg or foot. Once the worm’s exposed, it needs to be gradually coaxed out of your body in a sterile environment. If, to relieve the pain, you place your foot in water with a worm exposed, the worm will burst and send millions of larvae into the water supply. If people drink the water later, then they’re at risk of getting the worm.

But despite the lack of a modern medical treatment for the condition, it’s almost gone, due to a coordinated international eradication campaign spearheaded by former President Jimmy Carter and the Carter Center.

12) Teen births in the US are down

The declining teen fertility rate — number of births per 1,000 women — from 2007 to 2016. CDC

We don’t know exactly why the teen birth rate has fallen so fast — by more than half between 2007 and 2016 — though as Vox’s Sarah Kliff has explained, there are a number of plausible factors. Everything from increased access to IUDs and Plan B to the show 16 and Pregnant could have played some role. But the trendline is dramatic and hugely encouraging.

13) Smoking is down, too

The decline of smoking, 1948 to 2018. Gallup

We’ve come a long way from 1955, when 45 percent of Americans reported smoking in a given week to Gallup, to 2018, when a mere 16 percent do (which is itself a big drop from 21 percent in 2014). And with the FDA poised to ban cigarettes with addictive levels of nicotine, traditional cigarettes could soon be a thing of the past in the US.

The next frontier in the battle against smoking, then, is in the developing world, where progress has been harder.

Peace and security

14) In the long term, homicide rates have fallen dramatically

The decline in homicide rates in Western Europe, from 1300 to 2016. Our World in Data

The past was a quite violent place. As research from criminologist Manuel Eisner shows, homicide in European countries has been on the decline for centuries. Eisner estimates that in the 1200s and 1300s, Europe had an average homicide rate of about 32 per 100,000. By the 1900s, that rate had fallen to about 1.4 per 100,000.

15) In the short term, they’re down in the US, too

Homicide deaths in the US and the rest of the rich world, from 1960 to 2015. Kieran Healy

The US has historically been an outlier among rich countries, with an unusually high homicide rate. We still have a much higher rate than Western European countries do, but it has declined sharply in recent decades, as sociologist Kieran Healy’s chart above shows. There were some spikes in the homicide rate in 2015 and 2016, but it’s falling again, and even in 2016 it was lower than any year from 1965 to 2007.

16) Violent crime in the US is going down

Of course, other violent crimes are also serious, but they have been decreasing steadily in the US since the early 1990s, as part of the overall dramatic decline in crime rates.

17) We’ve rapidly reduced the supply of nuclear weapons

The collapse in nuclear weapons stockpiles, starting in the late 1980s. Federation of American Scientists / Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris

World nuclear weapons stockpiles peaked in 1986 at an astonishing level of 70,300 warheads, and the period since then has seen a sharp decline in US and Russian stockpiles, and, thus, the overall global total. There have been some lapses in the international nonproliferation regime, with Pakistan and North Korea developing weapons, but South Africa and post-USSR Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine all voluntarily gave up their arms.

Government and social services

18) More people in the world live in a democracy now

The rise of democracy, from 1816 to 2015. Our World in Data

As recently as 1993, most people lived in autocratic states; in the 1970s and 1980s, autocracies outnumbered democracies by a considerable margin, and only about a third of the world’s population enjoyed democratic government. Soviet bloc countries were uniformly dictatorial, but the US didn’t make democracy promotion a particular priority in the Cold War either, allying with brutal dictatorships, from South Korea to Chile to Greece.

But after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Communist dictatorships almost all vanished, and most of the Eastern European ones were replaced with democratic systems. US-backed military governments in Latin America lost power, and a number of African dictators fell.

Some scholars have expressed concern that we’re entering a “democratic recession”; Freedom House, a pro-Western democracy promotion group, argues, “Democracy is under assault and in retreat around the globe.” But while vigilance in the face of authoritarian threats is totally reasonable, it remains the case, as political scientist Daniel Treisman told my colleague Sean Illing, that, “the proportion of democracies worldwide is at or near an all-time high.”

19) More people are going to school for longer

The global rise in schooling from 1870 to present. Our World in Data

We still have a lot to do to improve access to education, but even in developing countries like China and India, average years of schooling have been growing swiftly.

20) And literacy is, predictably, up as well

The rise of literacy, from 1475 to 2015. Our World in Data

Increased access to education has, unsurprisingly, coincided with increased literacy. A lot of progress has also been made by reducing racial gaps in literacy. In 1870, 79.9 percent of African-Americans aged 14 or older were illiterate, and by 1952 that number had only fallen to 10.2 percent. But by 1979, according to National Center for Education Statistics data, the illiteracy rate was down to 1.6 percent.

Technology

21) Moore’s law isn’t quite over yet

Moore’s law in action, from 1971 to 2016. Our World in Data

Moore’s law — the empirical observation, first made by Intel’s Gordon Moore, that the number of transistors on a chip will double roughly every two years — has fueled the extraordinary growth in computing power over the past half-century. And while some analysts argue that that the pattern identified by Moore has broken down because of physical limitations on how many transistors can fit on a chip, decades of exponential progress is extraordinary, even if the trend doesn’t continue — and optimists in the industry argue that computing power can continue to grow exponentially.

22) Access to the internet is increasing

Internet access by region, from 1990 to present. Our World in Data

At this point, internet use is fairly universal in developed countries — which occurred very, very rapidly, as this chart emphasizes — and while it’s less prevalent in developing countries and the world at large, the trendlines are going in the right direction.

23) Solar energy is getting cheaper

The spectacular fall in solar power costs, 2009 to 2017. Business Insider / Shayanne Gal

Climate change is one big area where we’re not making progress, and things are getting considerably worse. There’s no sugar-coating that. One bright spot is the declining price of solar power, which is fueling a rapid increase in adoption. Solar and wind are now cheaper per megawatt hour than gas or oil, though better batteries are needed if the two are to become primary sources of energy.