For a long time, I’ve been very intrigued by the idea that people endure changes every seven years. I’m not just talking about weight gain/loss, wrinkles, declining health, etc. There is a specific belief that humans undergo dramatic changes in perspective, personality, and spirituality after seven-year cycles. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to pinpoint the origin of this belief, but to no avail. Perhaps the best explanation that I have found on the subject has been this link.
I’ve been very introspective this year so far, especially since the end of last year, and after reading the following passage, I’m beginning to make sense of my thought process and sudden jolt of action for change in my life.
The cycles of seven, fourteen, and twenty-one all deal with internal changes, and the cycle of twenty-eight is the first step in external integration with the rest of the world. Very often the thought is, “Okay, world, what have you got to give me?” At that time, you are experiencing your first Saturn return and here the person begins to reach outward from the self. You enter your Saturn return every 28-1/2 years. It is a cycle. We are not talking about astrology when we talk about this. Saturn deals with teaching and relationships to time, even though it is timeless. It does not come to “get you”. It comes to present you with an opportunity.
So, I guess since I am going to enter my “4th cycle” at the end of this year, coupled with the fact that the world is going to end in 2012 (j/k…. or am I??), I should definitely seek out change for myself. I decided early on this year that I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone (as indicated in my last post) and try to live each day productively and as if it were my last.
I’ve recently encountered a blog from StumbleUpon that includes lists of very important things, with titles such as “30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself,” “50 Books to Read before you’re 30,” etc. I’ve had a lot of fun reading the lists and was inspired by a few of them. I was really caught off-guard when I read “50 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do.” The very first thing I learned how to do yesterday: How to Build a Fire. When I saw that, I literally had goosebumps. Sometimes there are signs like this that allow me to believe that everything happens for a reason and I am somehow on the right path. To what, exactly? I don’t know. But I do have this overwhelming feeling that this is going to be an interesting year.