Right now I am looking at the sticker I have on my desk that I kept from Election Day. I'm saving it to commemorate this historic event. On this sticker, it says, "I voted today 11.4.08". I am looking at these numbers and marveling at the incredible story they tell us about this epic presidential race.

These numbers, 11, 4 and 8 are playing out over and over again in this saga and speak of the fateful nature of our new era. Looking at what they reveal, you can rest assured this will be a time of dramatic (if not turbulent) change, as well as prosperity, stability, unity and diplomacy.

Every story has its heroes. So let us begin by looking at the two main characters in this tale, Barack Obama and John McCain, who both boldly battled for their place as the 44th President of the United States.

To make it easier for you to follow this story, I will give you some guidelines for "reducing" numbers. In numerology, we work with the primary numbers 1-9 and add compound numbers together until they are reduced to a single digit. For example, the year 2008 is reduced by adding 2+0+0+8. This equals 10. We further reduce this number by adding 1+0, which equals 1. Got it? The only numbers that we do not reduce further are the master numbers 11 and 22, though there are other master numbers, 33 and 44, which we will explore later on.

The winner of this race, Barack Obama, has a birth date of August 4, 1961. He has an 11 lifepath and is currently in a personal year of 4. Look at his numbers closely - he was born on an 8 month, 4 day, in an 8 year, (1+9+6+1=17, 1+7=8). It was recently revealed that his birth time is 7:24pm. If we add these numbers, 7+2+4, we get 13 - reduced further, that's another 4!

The numbers 4 and 8 are magnetically attracted to one another and will often show up during "fateful" events. These numbers show prominently in many transformative events in American history, including the day America declared independence from the British, the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the day of this last election! In many ways, with so many 4’s and 8’s in Obama's chart, he was destined for a leadership role, as 4 and 8 indicate executive abilities of great magnitude.

So, why did numerologists not predict this win earlier? Take a look at John McCain's numbers here, and you will see why they were also strongly matched to the role of President during the current election cycle.

John McCain, who is in an 11 personal year right now, has a birth date of 8-29-1936. He was born on an 8 month, 11 day (2+9=11) in a 1 year. He too has a lifepath number of 11! Whenever you are in a personal year that is the same as your lifepath number, you can experience tremendous personal gain.

Remember, 11 is a master number. Those who have an 11 lifepath, as do both McCain and Obama, are born to be leaders. 11 is a highly psychic and intuitive number, and those who carry this vibration are often known as visionaries, bringing bold new ideas to the masses, with the light and wisdom to bring transformation to others. Imagine my amazement when Barack Obama was declared the President-elect at exactly 11pm! These synchronicities are no accident.

Our new President will be inaugurated in 2009. 2009 is an 11 year. This is the President who will take us to the end of the Mayan calendar, which ends on December 21, 2012. Amazingly, adding the numbers of this date, we get another 11!

So what do all of these 11s mean?

There are four master numbers, 11, 22, 33, and 44. These are special numbers of leadership and foresight that are not given to anyone who is not capable of inspiring others and serving humanity. As the name implies, these numbers require mastery and skill, while presenting great opportunities and great challenges.

Of the master numbers, 11 is probably the most recognized. How often do you look at the clock at 11:11 and make a wish? That is because 11 is known as the instant manifestation number. Just look at it's shape; the 1 is shaped like an antenna, a direct conduit between the divine and matter. With the double 1’s, the intensity is exponential. The double columns of this number 11 can be viewed as the pillars of the soul - offering an opportunity for a new way of being, based on an inspired vision of the future. For those courageous enough to walk on higher ground, the rewards are immeasurable.

This election has often been called one of "hope versus fear". Another way to look at it is "unity" rather than "division". Looking at the shape of this number, 11 can illustrate two individuals standing in their truth in perfect balance and unity. OR, it can represent division - two parties standing firmly in their beliefs without compromise.

In the past, McCain and Obama have both captured the potential of their 11 lifepath vibration and used their courage and insight to inspire others. However during their recent campaigns, they each chose a different way of directing their energy, and that inevitably determined the outcome of this election and subsequently the direction of our country.

The Obama campaign is viewed as one of the most successful in U.S. history. What made it so extraordinary was the synergy created between the positive vision of a motivating leader and the impassioned response of a vast cross-section of our society. It was an endeavor built with the love, sweat, and coordinated efforts of an aggregate of people energized by the aspiration of a better world.

This reveals the lesson of the two campaigns and the moral of this story. When we focus on a positive vision of our future rather than our fears, we can work together to overcome any obstacle. Heaven knows there are a great many more obstacles yet to come, and heaven is helping us too.

Right now, we are experiencing an astrological phenomenon that hasn't transpired since the mid 1960s. The planet Saturn is opposing Uranus, and on November 4th, 2008 they were exactly 180 degrees in opposition for the first time in over 40 years. Saturn is the planet of order, discipline, tradition and fear, governing virtually every single structure in our life as well as our world. Uranus is a humanitarian planet that breaks down old, outdated structures and releases us from our limitations, creating sudden and dramatic changes. These two planets are currently engaged in a celestial battle and will be duking it out periodically until the summer of 2010. The last time this transit occurred was between the years 1965-1967, and the world has not looked the same since.

Currently, our traditional structures (Saturn) are falling apart. Uranus promises we can create new innovative structures, building beyond the boundaries of what we ever thought was possible. We have an exciting future ahead of us.

On January 20, 2009, we will inaugurate the 44th President of the United States. 44 is a master number often referred to as "the Atlas". It is a number that shoulders heavy responsibilities. Those who carry it must contribute to the world in a substantial, material way, by building structures that serve humanity.

It is important to remember that we all carry these responsibilities on our collective shoulders. Now is a pivotal time in the creation of our global future. We can no longer look upon one another with fear and division. The only way we can develop healthy structures is by cooperating with one another and viewing our fellow earth travelers with love and compassion - no matter what our differences. This is how we transform individual fates into our common destiny.

I remember hearing the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the first time when I was a little girl in my elementary school in the Bronx. As I listened to the scratchy LP, his words were seared into my heart, my mind, and my soul. I listened to that recording over and over again, and his dream became my dream. His words became my hope and forever shaped how I viewed the world. I too believe that "one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’"

So I remind you, during these times of tumultuous change, when our foundations are crumbling beneath us, and revolutionary ideas are taking shape, to hold a vision of humanity living in harmony with one another and Mother Earth. I do believe that one day the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. will come to pass; that we will truly live in peace with the realization that we are all one; we are all connected. We have a long road ahead of us with many twists and turns. And we can do it. Yes we can. It is inevitable.

Author's Bio:

Kari Samuels is an Intuitive Counselor and teacher. She helps guide others towards the realm of inspiration, self-awareness, and divine living. She utilizes a variety of modalities for a holistic vision of our spiritual journey including numerology, tarot, astrology, and transpersonal psychology. It is her joy to help others manifest their greatest potential. Visit her website at www.karisamuels.com