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by Karen Winkelman Saturday, July 7, 2018

Picture of a Zen looking garden gate; Going Within - July's 7 VibrationIt’s July, and I’m sort of stunned that we are already halfway through 2018.

This year has packed a punch and for me, as well as others I’ve spoken to, it is moving at warp speed!

Time seems to be blurring.

Days blend into weeks and morph into months.

The Solstice has come and gone.

And here we are, embarking on the second half of 2018. Wow.

July includes one of my favorite numbers – the 7 Vibration.

The number 7 is one of the most esoteric and mystical of all the numbers.

Yes, each number vibration is multi-faceted and has a wide range of expression, much like musical notes and scales. The musical note C can have a low, mid or high tone, it can be sharp or flat, it can be played in a variety of ways that changes and enhances its signature sound. Numbers work the same way.

You may recall that we started a new 9-year cycle in 2017; stimulating an awakening for many, and opening or deepening the passage to Self-Awareness – Self-Mastery – and ultimately Self-Sovereignty. 

2018 is a 2 vibration year infused with the Master Number 11. Some of the themes we are playing with this year are: relationships, different perspectives, balance, collaboration, and patience (all aspects of the 2 vibration) plus creativity, vision, integrity and confidence (aspects of the 11).

Now July adds in a heaping does of introspection to the mix.

  • How well do you know yourself?
  • Do you know what you want?
  • Have you connected with that spark of the Divine within?

The 7 vibration is the explorer walking between two worlds: the physical and the spiritual.

Its quest is to understand the unknown and unknowable.

And at its core is a call to mastery of some kind.

This month supports your personal journey to self-mastery that got kick-started in 2017.

And one of the best paths to self-mastery is self-awareness. And self-awareness requires going within.

Connecting deeper with Source also requires going within.

Thus the primary theme for this July is Going Within.

How you choose to explore your inner world is up to you.

There are so many ways you can do this.


Here are a few of my favorite ways to go within:

  • Spending quiet time in nature and allowing the peaceful spirit to infuse me. Often new insights bubble up to the surface.

  • Quiet walks, in nature or in my neighborhood. I view these as walking meditations.

  • Breathing and mindfulness practices.

  • Meditation. There are so many types of meditation you can do. None have to be long hours om-ing in a lotus position either! You can listen to a guided meditation, have a silent meditation, repeat a mantra over and over.

  • Writing or journaling (although truthfully, I seldom journal, but I do write about things and tell stories that provide additional self-awareness for me)

  • Talking or dialoging with myself. I’ve done this pretty much most of my life. Often walking and talking. I think of it as journaling out-loud! When I hear myself say something and pay attention to the words I use and the emotion behind them, I gain so much understanding of how I think, feel and what I believe to be true or not true.

What are your favorite ways of going within?

For July, make a commitment to do 1 or 2 of them on a regular basis.

Daily if possible.

You might be pleasantly surprised by the insights you receive and the shifts that begin to happen for you.


Along with Introspection (aka “going within”), other themes of the multi-faceted 7 vibration that are highlighted this July are: Wisdom and Mastery.

Inside of you there is a Wise Woman or Inner Sage aspect of you.

You might think of it as your higher self. You have the ability to tap into this fount of wisdom at any time.

Practice tapping into your internal wisdom keeper.

Create a mental avatar to represent this aspect of you if it helps.

Perhaps imagine that aspect of yourself as a Wizard like Gandalf, a Jedi Master like Yoda, a Goddess of Wisdom, like Athena or Isis, or an enlightened being of some kind.

Ask this aspect of you how wisdom would handle a situation you are dealing with.

This month, in addition to the brilliant WWLD (What Would Love Do), add in WWWMD (What Would Wise Me Do) and apply both Love and Wisdom to your situation. See what previously unthought-of of guidance arises.


Here are a few other attributes of the multi-layered 7 vibration…

The Light Side of the 7:

Trust, Discernment, Openness, Spirituality, Spiritual Growth, Mystical, Occult, Philosophy, Investigation, Intuition, Logical, Intellect, Learning, Science, Technology, Awakening, Uniting “Head” and “Heart”, Exploring and Understanding the Unknown.

You can think of the 7 vibration as The Dali Lama meets Sherlock Holms!


The Shadow Side of the 7 brings in the following elements to stir the pot:

Judgmental, moody, critical, argumentative, aloof, withdrawn, manipulative, lonely, living in your head, and stuck in your head. 

The shadow 7 likes to question the heck out of everything in the pursuit of understanding why, why, why…

why they said this, why they did this, why is this happening, why that didn’t work, why you didn’t get what you wanted, and so on.

The questioning aspect of the 7 becomes a disruptive and downward spiral, keeping you stuck in the past and preventing you from reaching acceptance of what is.

Getting stuck in the unknowable “whys” blocks your ability to make wise choices to move you forward.

So instead of asking a fruitless series of why-why-why, ask your inner Wise One “What Would Wise Me Do?


Public Service Announcement… Mercury is preparing to go retrograde

  • Mercury's Pre-Retrograde Shadow begins on July 7th
  • Mercury Retrograde officially begins on July 26th through August 18th.
  • And then Mercury finishes playing with us in its Post-Retro Shadow, in effect from  August 20th till September 2nd.

And yeah, Mercury’s retrograde shadow and full retrograde supports a slowdown period and going within.

That slowdown continues through August.

And if you're still not convinced a Cosmic enforced slowdown is being issued, we will have 5 planets in retrograde motion during July and into August.

So go with the flow rather than try to swim upstream.

Maybe you really do need some lazy, peaceful, slower days this summer to help you get in touch with yourself and pay more attention to your own self-care and well-being.


Bottom Line

Be introspective. Go within. Get to know the real you better. Consider going on a retreat… short or long.

July’s energy is working with you if you are ready to dive into serious inner work and begin shifting outdated programming and dissolving old beliefs.

Spend time in nature. Practice mindfulness.

Be aware when you slip into judgement or get stuck in a questioning why loop.

Learn to tap into your Inner Wise Sage. 

Explore the mystery of you… let wisdom guide you on your path of personal mastery.

Go with the flow...

Remember there is a cosmic slowdown in effect for July and August, thanks to Mercury and the retrograde effects.


Wishing you a wonderful July. And a Happy and Safe 4th of July for those who celebrate it in the US.


With love and appreciation for you,


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PS. I'd love to hear your thoughts... you can share in the comments area below!

If you'd like to know your personal numerology forecast for 2018 or if you'd like some support with whatever stressors you are dealing with, I'd love to work with you if we're a fit. You can contact me here:  


PPS. Note: Parts of this blog post appeared on my monthly numerology post on Sunny Dawn Johnston's website.

Posted by Karen Winkelman on Saturday, July 7, 2018 2:57 PM
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