Every story has several distinct parts: exposition, rising action, climax and falling action. This is referred to in literary terms as a “dramatic arc.” The first part lays the foundation of the story. The second builds to a specific apex where the height of the action or tension in the story is at its greatest and almost always culminates with a resolution to the conflict, whether positive or negative. The last is followed by the tying up of loose ends or the result of the climactic event. In some stories the climax occurs relatively far from the end, while in others it can occur so close to the end that there is little to no falling action to speak of.
No matter what you may believe about who you are and where your soul has been before, the fact remains that the day you were born into this life was the beginning of something huge. All the potential that you have as a person, everything that you might do with your life exists in that moment unabated by circumstance, choice or free will. Think about it: every possible scenario exists, both good and bad. The way way we interact with the world (or how it interacts with us) starts creating variances almost immediately, but at that moment, on that day, the potential to Be in this life is at the height of its power.
In many ways, life mimics this model.
Each of our lives is divided into three periods, should we live out a normal lifespan of at least six decades or greater. In today's world, this is even more common than even within the past few decades. People are living longer and the dividing line between life periods can leave plenty of room for falling action and wrap-up.
The first period mimics the expositive and rising parts of the story and lasts anywhere from 25 to 34 years. The second marks significant turning points - “adult” conflicts and problems that need to be resolved and most often carry significant change in their wake. This period generally lasts about as long as the first. The third period has a settling effect wherein the results of the climactic chapter (or chapters) in our lives manifest. The length of this period varies depending on the total lifespan of the individual.
We can also look at it this way: the first period is a time of self-discovery that begins with all things being new. We spend years learning about ourselves, about the world, it's high points and its pitfalls. We lose our childhood innocence and discover some harsh realities about the world and what lies ahead. The second cycle is where we take everything that we've learned in the first and find useful application for it. We approach everything with a healthy dose of conventional wisdom and common sense mingled with a glimmer of intuition and these things culminate in the actualization of the Self. We learn who we are, often become set in our ways and journey onward into the final period. This is where our true nature takes root and clearly defines the men and women we were meant to become. At this point, the hard part is over, now it's just a matter of taking responsibility for those things we know about ourselves.
When your Life Periods begin and end is determined by by your Life Path Number. The chart below shows the breakdown:
|Life Path number||End of first cycle / start of second||End of second cycle / start of third|
|2 and 11||25/26||52/53|
|4 and 22||32/33||59/60|
Your first Period Cycle Number is found by reducing your month of birth to a single digit or master number, so if your birth month is November, your first period number is 11. If it's October, your number is 1, etc.
Your second Period Cycle Number is calculated using your day of birth, reduced to one digit or a master number. If you were born on the 29th, your number is 11. If you were born on the 16th, your number is 7, and so on.
Your third Period Cycle Number is calculated using the four-digit year of your birth, again reduced to a single digit or master number. 2009 would be 11 (2+0+0+9 = 11), 1993 would be 22 (1+9+9+3 = 22), 1980 would be 9 (1+9+8+0 = 18; 1+8 = 9), and so on.