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2007 OVERLEAVES Here is our perspective of the energy for the time period of your new year 2007 in terms of "Overleaves." Though energies shift, change, and adapt all year, there is a general energy that can be said to affect the calendar year, at least in terms of your shared reality. Our Overleaves system can be used to describe any collection of energies, ranging from the dynamics of the actual Personality to the general “mood” of a room, society, fictional character, theme of groups, or a planet’s general atmosphere of consciousness. In addition to this, when a block of time is selected, that time frame can be translated into a description of energies based on what we perceive as the momentum of events, consciousness, and choices that will POTENTIALLY contribute to that period of time. The Overleaves for a year, then, are our interpretation of those events, consciousness, and choices as we see that they are most likely to be brought to bear in your world. The more participating one is in “the world,” the more likely these energies will be of concern, though one’s inactivity does not exempt one from world or local energies, anymore than staying inside can take away the fact of a rainstorm. The rainstorm outside can have as much an effect on one inside as on one who is outside, depending on personal interpretations and experiences of that rainstorm. The very basic energy, or basic context, of a year can be described in two Overleaves: the Role and the Center. These two basic energies are those that can contribute to your year feeling "comfortable" or "challenged" during the year unfolding, depending on your own Overleaves and your method of participation in "the world." These two energies are most obvious in the first three months of a year, but their effects will remain steady throughout the year. In addition to these basic energies, the GOAL of the year will become implemented in those first three months, approximately. It can be said that ALL of the Overleaves we use to describe the year are in effect ALL year, but the particular frames of time described below are the "seasonal" emphasis of those particular Overleaf qualities. General “Seasonal” Energy emphasis: The ENTIRE YEAR is based within the energies of the ROLE and CENTERING. January through March implements and emphasizes the GOAL. April through June implements and emphasizes the MODE. July through September implements and emphasizes the ATTITUDE. October through December implements and emphasizes the CHIEF FEATURE. With all of that being explained, we would describe the highest probable energy for the year 2007 with these Overleaves: 2007 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Warrior CENTERING: Higher Intellectual PART OF CENTER: n/a GOAL: Dominance MODE: Observation ATTITUDE: Realist CHIEF FEATURES: Stubbornness While we do not, and cannot, "predict", we can share with you what these energies may mean for you in the year ahead, but first, we will look at the previous year as a means to help put the current year into perspective. Last year started and ended within the context of Emotional energies, following the Higher Emotional energies of 2005. In years described as Higher in Centering, there are events that show up as fairly global in impact and shock, while in years of Lower Centering, the emphasis is usually cumulative and local. With the impact of the Indian Ocean Tsunami at the near-beginning of 2005 and Hurricane Katrina later in 2005, the year of 2006 may have seemed fairly quiet. In any year with Higher-Center emphasis, the impact is usually of a global nature, and any Emotional-oriented year tends to manifest itself literally and symbolically through the element of Water. One can see that 2005 was water-oriented in terms of global impact; however, 2006 was Emotionally-centered, yet there were fairly few water-related disasters, or disasters, in general. We would say in response to this observation that the additional Emotional year of 2006 that followed the previous two years of emotional energy (following the Emotional Centering of 2004, the Higher Emotional Centering of 2005) was actually an attempt at respite for grounding the emotions back into something bearable again. In other words, if one were to look at last year’s Centering, we described it as Emotionally Centered, Intellectual Part. As there was a general, collective interest in healing emotional wounds from the past, this could only be done through the grounding provided by the addition of Moving energy. Bringing in Moving energy helped bridge the Emotions and Intellect. For instance, movies began to be released in 2006 as expressions of this grounding, depicting the most devastating disasters of the most recent years in ways that helped many come to terms with, explore, or face their feelings. This is a very simple example of the Moving part expressing itself as a form of healing the rift between Intellect and Emotion. With this undercurrent of Moving Energy, the common denominator among most accidents and disasters throughout 2006 was actually GRAVITY-related or GROUND-related. Mining disasters; collapses of buildings; dropping, or misguiding, of airplanes; ground wars; etc. were the more local, cumulative effects of 2006. In your personal world, the emotional energy of 2006 may have manifested in literal leakages, plumbing issues, small floods, and even random, emotional breakdowns that led to tears, though you may have also brought in the balance of Moving Energy through physical ailments, physical accidents, falling down, collisions, etc., anything that brought your attention to the processes of the Body in relation to your Emotions and Intellect. However it manifested for you in 2006, the point was to bring to the surface the emotions relating to the past as a means to help make room for your future. Now we will look at the basic energies that appear to be unfolding for 2007: With the context of WARRIOR being emphasized this year, order, structure, police forces, protection, loyalty, judicial systems, politics, home, and family will most likely be highlighted throughout the year. For the most part, we see a strong momentum for a major, global debate with one side emphasizing tradition and the other side emphasizing progression, in varying contexts. What has come to be passively accepted as a basic structure of society in many areas of the world will most likely find an emphasis on a complete revamping of that structure, with conflict arising between those who wish against any change (or, at least, a return to past traditions), and those who wish to support an evolution and update to accommodate the necessity of empathy in a Mature world. While this could be said to have been going on in the world for a long time, we merely point out that 2007 will find this to be a stronger emphasis than usual on settling the debate. Because this is an Ordinal Role year, the impact of this debate will most likely permeate even the most passive of homes, bringing up personal issues of structure, order, loyalty, and politics within the individual home and family. Many issues that may have been hidden, repressed, or tolerated will now find themselves brightly highlighting the home and requiring a creative solution for all to find peace. As this is a Warrior year, we also see a strong emphasis on self-help, personal development, and relationship improvements. Anything that stands in the way of loyalty within or without will most likely be brought out for examination. We also see a return to physical objects over intangible objects, such as a need to hold books and newspapers as a means for gathering knowledge, rather than just through the internet. In light of that, we have seen a new line of electronic products to be released that emphasizes this very tangibility, giving retrospective designs to more intimate electronics so as to return a sense of touch. With the Warrior energy of the year being highlighted, we can also state that this year would be, in general, a year of TOUCH, bringing a sense of importance to texture, environment, and human interactivity in ways that may have been missing for some time. The Warrior energy will also bring about a prominence of attention for those deemed to be “underdogs,” or in need of strong support. We believe this will be most apparent in the continued announcements of those who wish to make a difference in the political and social circles affecting large populations. Underdogs who would normally have no chance in politics will now have a chance to generate strong support for elections to come. On the less-comfortable side of all of this, weaponry will also be highlighted throughout 2007, with announcements revealing warring tools that might be deemed “terrifying.” Gun use, gun abuse, and gun accidents may also find a strong rise in numbers over 2007. Those who work in fields of politics, order, justice, authority, guidance, will most likely find PERSUASION to be of utmost importance, which is an emphasis on encouraging others to CHOOSE to do what is best for them, rather than push them, bully them, or scare them into doing what has been deemed as “best.” We believe a strong shift in politics and media will have communication geared toward the encouragement of intelligence of individual choice, rather than as pre-packaged concepts and perceptions expected to be consumed without question. On the more restrictive side of the Warrior energy for the year, some may express this as COERCION, which is a forcing of direction upon another, and this will most likely not be met with passivity. 2007 brings a shift toward a feeling of motivation, purpose, meaning as a result of the Warrior energy, so we suspect that this will bring up a great deal of exciting prospects for most of our students, though some of you may simply interpret this supportive energy as a “slam” against you, emphasizing your failures and distance from your intended goals. However you experience this wave of energy for the year, it will do you well to remember that how you experience this is YOUR interpretation, as the energy is neutral. You are not trapped by your interpretations. As usual, it is not uncommon for the Role of the year to also bring to the media those who have strong Overleaves or Role that is resonant to that energy. As this is a Warrior year, it will not be surprising to have a great deal of Warriors brought into the media’s light, with varying reasons, along with a higher proportion of Warriors exiting the planet over the year. In addition to this, it will not be surprising to find yourself in contact with more Warriors or in more intimate contact with Warriors in your personal life. The year ahead is centered in the HIGHER INTELLECTUAL, which is an emphasis on higher inspiration and TRUTH. As we have stated before, a year that emphasizes a higher center is a year that tends toward global impact of events, disasters, revelations, shifts, etc. This will most likely be another of those years with a startling focus on exposure, the “truth,” and deep, personal meaning behind the force of Choice, individually and collectively. Another angle of exploration regarding this energy would be through the highlighting of TELEPATHY. In this case, telepathy may be as simple as the word implies, with the paranormal capabilities of humans being showcased in some way, or it may have varying meaning, such as surprising cross-species communications and revelations. For those who wish to remain locked in tradition and familiarity (as mentioned earlier), the Higher Intellectual energy may be quite uncomfortable to process, as it will be very difficult to reconcile refusing to change after knowing “the truth.” With a strong focus on the importance of Truth, this year may bring a great deal of tears, as tears are the biological reaction to the acceptance of Truth. It may help you to remember that your seemingly unwarranted tears may actually be a higher function of embrace as the year unfolds. DOMINANCE will be the underlying theme of emphasis this year, and especially over the first few months of your year. Most fragments seem to be experiencing this as a “soft determination” for making much-needed changes in the life. We state “soft determination” because we can also see that many of you are quite exhausted, uninspired, and this determination will require some patience and time to fully find its footing. As January passes, most of you will probably find that footing and begin to sense a renewed control over your choices, your feelings, and your futures. In the world, this energy will most likely show up as prominent personalities taking very powerful and deliberate stances in the media as a means to implement some form of transformational change. Of course, there will be those who do this through genuine leadership, and those who simply stand as dictators, wishing to impose their force. Not only does this have a strong possibility of standing out in your media, but in your personal life, as well. As you open to the changes you wish to implement in your life, you will either find yourself embodying Dominance, or attracting another person to help guide you through those changes. It will be up to you to discern whether you have turned to a dictatorial version of yourself, or a dictatorial person, as a form of guidance. If you find yourself in that position, it will do you will to return yourself to a state of “soft determination,” bringing a gentleness, silence, and patience to the motivation for change. With WARRIOR, HIGHER INTELLECTUAL, and DOMINANCE being the most emphasized energy in these first few months, we would suggest two specific approaches to help you benefit from that energy: ONE: EMBRACE CHANGE. This appears to be another pivotal year in terms of directions for personal lives, societies, and countries. It is not a time of peace or rest, but a time of shifting and evolution. This energy can be experienced as turbulent, or exciting, but it is as natural and as neutral as the collective growth of your own body. It is not an imposition, but it is natural. Those who embrace change tend toward adaptability and improved maturity of intelligence and emotions, while those who refuse change, or find it to be an imposition, tend to retreat into regressive positions of intelligence and feelings. While both choices are valid, it can do wonders for the individual living within a world of change to actively participate in those changes. TWO: DO WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO. In a year that emphasizes truth, change, leadership, and inspiration, it will help your position within your life, your community, and your world to actually DO what you intended to do. Follow through. Make a plan. Set up a chart for progress. Get started. Do just that ONE thing that you’ve always put off. The fulfillment within the progress of that active participation in your life will greatly increase your sense of adaptability to change, since you will be gently leading your choices in directions you wish to create, rather than merely rolling with the shifts that may appear to be happening around you. In light of all of this energy to start the year, it may be helpful to think of CHANGE and DOING and TRUTH as ingredients of PEACE. To the extent that one, or all, can adapt, do what is wanted to be done, and evolve to embrace higher truths, is the extent to which a world has the capacity for true peace. Happy New Year. -Michael