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Hi Friends,

On our April home page (a 3 Tree Month in a 3 Tree Year) we said:

".... Now, the alignment goes even further. We haven't encountered a 3 Tree Month, in a 3 Tree Year, in a 3 Tree 9-Year cycle since 1934.

The wild ride continues. See this month as a thunderous sequel to March. Previous issues will gain momentum and new conditions (and ideas) will abound. Globally, this will be a hectic time because the rising ki of 3 Tree is raw, active and pioneering. In the Northern Hemisphere (early spring / 3 Tree) and along the equator (9 Fire) the seasonal ki will boost this active, boisterous mood.

The effects of this intense ki alignment will not be limited to current political events. Look for technological changes and discoveries. Watch the weather....

Tree is the lively mood of sunrise, of early spring. Rising up. New beginnings! It's just that when so much of a single energy becomes compounded, the global outlook can become narrow; too focused upon some issues, ignoring potential remedies and solutions. Because the predominant ki is so active, so highly charged, the situation is not only focused, it is also fast-paced and, so, difficult to manage. This is the ki of thunder and now it supports 9 Fire, just as it did in the days of Marco Polo and Kublai Khan.

Because the monthly ki now matches the annual energy, it's advised that you read the commentary for 2015, below.

This is a very interesting time period. This alignment applies to our personal ki, too. In April (and again in January 2016) everyone will occupy the same numeric position by the month, the year, and the 9-Year Cycle. For example, 1 Water's occupy the house of 3 Tree for the month, the year and the 9-Year Cycle. Two Soil's occupy 4 Tree and so on. This is an extreme condition but an excellent opportunity to explore the true nature of our personal 9 Star Ki position -- a real chance to learn...."

New Beginnings. On April 11, President Obama spoke with Cuban President Raul Castro in the highest-level meeting between the two countries in 59 years. "We are now in a position to move on a path toward the future," Obama said.

ISIL attacked the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus. Inhabited by 18,000 civilians, including 3,500 children. ISIL first fired rockets on the camp before storming it, according to a resident of Yarmouk. The Syrian military also sent a barrage of artillery into the camp, adding to the suffering.

Florida postal worker Doug Hughes flew his gyrocopter under the radar, through restricted airspace in Washington D.C. and landed on the mall. This is a federal offense and he risked being shot down by fighter jets or ground-based missiles. Even though he had discussed his plans with the press and with the Secret Service, he arrived undetected. All for the sake of one purpose. To initiate true campaign finance reform. To give the government back to the people. Here's his web site.

The Democracy Club

Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr. was arrested by the Baltimore police on April 12. Gray died on April 19, due to injuries to his spinal cord. An official medical investigation found that Gray had sustained the injuries while in transport. The police report stated that Gray had an illegal switchblade, but the alleged switchblade was actually a spring-assisted pocket knife that is legal in Maryland.

Gray's death sparked a series of protests and riots, including multiple arrests, injuries to police officers, looting and arson. Governor Lawrence Hogan declared a state of emergency and deployed the Maryland National Guard. On May 1, a medical examiner's report ruled Gray's death a homicide.

As the waters of the Mediterranean Sea entered a seasonal calm, thousands of Syrian and North African refugees embarked from the Libyan coast in attempts to reach international waters, hoping to be rescued by the Italian Coast Guard. Many paying everything they had to crowd by the hundreds into small boats intended to carry a few dozen passengers. While the Italian military has managed to rescue thousands of migrants, they cannot be in all locations at once, and many have perished in their desperate attempt to find freedom and safety. In recent years, it has been commonplace for boat people to seek asylum in Italy but April presented a serious spike in migration. While the EU has increased its aid, Italy remains the country that hosts most of the immigrants. We thank the people of Italy for their enduring compassion and humanitarian support.

In the book, Nine Star Ki, Michio Kushi associated 3 Tree with earthquakes. We haven't been able to confirm his claim, by researching the records. Mainly because earthquakes and volcano events appear to be more or less randomly scattered over time. However, as stated in our annual commentary for 2015 (below), some major events have occurred in 3 Tree years, and this 3 Tree Month / 3 Tree Year / 3 Tree 9-Year Cycle was certainly no exception.

Oklahoma experienced 109 magnitude 3+ earthquakes in 2013 and five times that amount in 2014. Now, the current average rate of earthquakes is approximately 600 times historical averages. On April 21, the Oklahoma Geological Survey acknowledged that the recent rise in earthquakes cannot be entirely attributed to natural causes. "Seismologists have documented the relationship between wastewater disposal and triggered seismic activity. The Oklahoma Geological Survey has determined that the majority of recent earthquakes in central and north-central Oklahoma are very likely triggered by the injection of produced water in disposal wells." In other words, the waste water from fracking (approximately three million gallons per well) is producing earthquakes.

Oklahoma Earthquakes

The biggest news of the month was the devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal. While a fair degree of aid has reached Kathmandu, many hard hit but remote areas have not yet been reached. Sadly, as aid to isolated locations arrives the death toll is expected to rise. In May, we will donate 20% of all orders to humanitarian relief in Nepal.

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SODIS® Flyer- describing a safe way to purify water in emergencies.

Articles Below:
'Precession of the Equinoxes' Link updated October, 2009.
'Arsenic in Our Food' updated November, 2013.
The Global Perspective is updated early every month.
Annual Commentary is updated every February.
9-Year Cycle Commentary is updated once every nine years.
New Links and other articles are updated as they arise.

Link- Nine Star Ki and the Precession of the Equinoxes

Link- Arsenic in Our Natural Food -- Facts and Options

This Month's Global Perspective
(May 5 through June 5)

This is a 2 Soil Month, in a 3 Tree Year, in a 3 Tree 9-Year cycle, in a 9 Fire 81-Year cycle. The cycle of support flows from 3 Tree to 9 Fire and terminates in 2 Soil. As in 2014, we have a Tree year within a 3 Tree 9-Year cycle. Boisterous, active, progressive Tree energy will charge the mood of the times, especially during Tree months. (March, April, December & January.)

Two Soil generates stagnation. Like its seasonal energy, late summer, it produces a mood that is calm, steady and normally un-noteworthy. It is a time for friendship and planning, rather than one of bold, decisive action. Consider the 'dog days' of summer.

Normally, we would expect this time to be peaceful and without surprise. But, when we take the larger cycles into account, we see a clear difference; a friction. Our review of April, above, suggests that 3 Tree is anything but "calm, steady and un-noteworthy". In fact, 3 Tree is the embodiment of active, concerted energy. What then can we expect, when these two diverse components collide?

First, it is important to understand that Tree overrides Soil. Furthermore, stagnant, calm 2 Soil is most easily affected by Tree's rising power. So, in general, we can anticipate more of the same. As during previous months, 3 will be the prevalent ki on the world scene.

However, for a clear understanding, we must go deeper. Note that the ki flows from Tree to Fire to Soil -- strengthening 2 Soil. Even though 3 Tree is the dominant partner, 2 Soil's influence will still play a role. As the ki of stagnation, 2 will tend to create obstacles by "bogging down" the rate of active progress. The definition of 'quagmire' is "a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot". In other words, a muddy swamp. Now, imagine a horse cart (3 Tree) trying to make rapid progress in a quagmire (2 Soil).

At the expense of extra energy and caution, the horse can continue. But, if too much force is blindly applied, then serious setbacks can occur. If you don't believe this, study the timeline of the American Civil War from a '9 Ki' point of view.

Every coin has two sides. In some cases, this "slowing down" could generate some extra time to achieve solutions before an event gets out of hand.

Fortunately, the guidelines are clear for peacemakers. If the process is moving in a positive direction, leave it alone. Let it grow. If progress is being made in a destructive or harmful direction, then add a 'pinch of 2 Soil' by bringing it to everyone's attention, by providing a helpful hand, offering constructive criticism, defining alternative measures and, most of all, through education.*

* Stagnation involves accumulation, including the accumulation of knowledge.

Do not apply excessive force, from either the 2 Soil or the 3 Tree point of reference. Success through patience, communication, consistency and optimism.

1 Waters- will appreciate the mood of this house and will remain active. Two Soils- will regain a solid footing and then be challenged by their own decisions, in that order. Three Trees- will find their immediate options are narrowed but, in most cases, in a favorable way. Four Trees- will achieve a slightly milder outlook. 5 Soils- will undergo a few changes; the clearer your judgment the better. Six Metals- will benefit by remaining organized. Seven Metals- will appreciate the mild slowdown but must find the middle way. Eights- can succeed through traditional values. And 9 Fires- can enjoy their personal progress.

For more information, see your online forecast and our more detailed publications.

May will appear to slow down, to become languid upon the surface. Do not be charmed by your surroundings. Great friction below the surface. Excessive disagreement or force could shatter the peace. Avoid arguments and acts of impatience.

CycleKi NumberCharacteristicsNature
Monthly 2 Soil Agreements, Preparation Accumulation
Annual 3 Tree Rising Energy, Thunder Yang Opening Out
9 Year Cycle 3 Tree Rising Energy, Thunder Yang Opening Out
81 Year Cycle 9 Fire Illumination, Fortune, Chaos Kinetic Energy- Very Expansive

Tree predominates and supports Fire, but Tree overrides 2 Soil. This is countered, somewhat, by 9's very strong support of 2. This helps to reduce Fire's capacity for rapid expansion and strengthens 2's ability to produce calm. But any act that runs counter to this mood, that is powerful enough to break it, will have long-term effects. Having passed through two months of global extremes, a new balance is found but its hold is tenuous and cannot endure. Soon, a new cycle of extremes will begin, their level of success depending, to a large degree, upon what transpires now. Best for all to remain constructive, peaceful and calm. Overt acts of destruction, in May, would leave lasting scars.

The influence of the larger 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle continues to generate conditions that are interesting, illuminating & entertaining, but also chaotic and potentially explosive.

For more information on Nine Star Ki and the times, see our global predictions for the current Nine Year Cycle.

2015 is a Number 3 Green Tree Year

The Year

Number 3 Light Green Tree is the ki of new beginnings, early spring, rising energy, the east, sunrise and thunder. As such, it actuates all phenomena that are associated with birth (animal kingdom), sprouting (vegetable kingdom), invention, fresh starts and active progress. It can be visualized as a tightly wound spiral, opening out, like a spring under tension that has just been released. It is the sound of a shout, or the boastful thunder of the first spring rain.

As we will see during the course of the year, 3 Tree is a force to be reckoned with. Very progressive – the way is fast and focused. It moves with a sequence of rapid discharges; like the master of an ox cart, urging the team forward with a series of shouts and prods. It is too late for cautious preparation. If portions of the road are unfinished, the way becomes difficult but the journey goes on. If the road comes to an end, the journey becomes an adventure.

This rugged, pioneering energy state can produce very constructive results. But in the extreme 3 can generate problems, as one can imagine. This is especially true if the present course of action becomes shaky when few alternatives are available. For example, a war could begin if diplomacy fails. In this case, those involved must be very creative to arrive at a positive solution. It is interesting that 7 Metal (joy, creativity) controls 3 Tree – yet 7 can also become emotional, so there is no guarantee.

Three Tree is the ki of the liver. The liver is dense (yang) but it is also by far the largest gland in the human body (yin). This fits in well with the image of the tightly wound spiral (yang) opening out (yin). In traditional Japanese healing, the liver is associated with anger – rising energy. A shout begins within and quickly expands beyond (moving from yang to yin).

You can't keep 3 Tree bottled up. The key to success is to channel this potent energy into positive, constructive activity. Healthy 3 Tree individuals are active, outgoing and have many interests. They are generally thin and very often tall, like a tree. If for any reason their native tree qualities are inhibited, they may quickly become overweight. All ventures, adventures, procedures and processes that are underway are engaged in the 3 Tree energy state. There are no exceptions. An architect may sit at the drawing board for weeks. People may live happily in the resulting home for years. But, the actual construction of the house is 3 Tree. When we consider all of the houses, highways, factories – all the resulting artifacts of humanity – we can appreciate this ki of new beginnings, rising energy, sunrise and thunder. Still, we should consider the important roles that good planning, creativity, ongoing attention & management play.

Tree is good at bending with the wind but there must be options. Bending too far in only one direction will eventually fail, sometimes with disastrous results.

The Ki Flow
From a greater perspective, we can review the passage of the years. I've advised our longtime readers & friends to see 2011 & 2012 (Metal years) as a "cooling off" phase in our new era of individual expression and responsibility, that began in June, 2005. As the Metal years closed, we had tangible proof that the role of the individual remains free and strong, even in dire circumstances. Look to the Arab Spring and to the exponential growth of social media.

We then traveled through the 2013 house of 5 Soil (karma, politics and control). Everything came under scrutiny -- to be studied, to be considered from all perspectives. For example, the nearly total gridlock in the American congress. In 2014 the world awakened. There were new discoveries and new avenues to pursue. New agendas. But hot spots around the world remained and there were basically two types. A struggle between personal rights and centralized control. And a clash between basic beliefs. It was in 2014 that we encountered the dark side of our new era of personal expression. We learned that if acts of constructive expression fail, then destructive expression can take root.

Now, we are engaged in a 3 Tree year within a 3 Tree nine-year cycle. The ki of 2015 is the essence of this contrast between construction and destruction. This isn't a coincidence. We entered the current 3 Tree nine-year cycle on February 4th, 2009. Since then, the mood of 3 Tree has occupied the global background – sustaining the ongoing course of events. Now that it's also a 3 Tree year, everything cranks up a notch.

As in 2014, we can anticipate a time of rapid progress, great upheaval and angry outbursts, but that was a mild preview. Consider this – Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama are both 3 Tree individuals. The good news is, the world has occupied the 3 Tree nine-year cycle for the past six years. By now, we have a fairly good understanding of how to work with this ki. We know we can expect sudden surprises but we also know how to deal with the immediate results. Still, in my opinion, 2015 will be one wild year. Remain attentive and hold on tight.

3 Tree Research

January 17, 1773 – Captain Cook in HMS Resolution becomes the first European explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle.
3 Tree month / 3 Tree Year / 3 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 3 Tree 81-Year Cycle.

As usual, I have provided a list of previous 3 Tree years for you to explore. Also as usual, I've generally tried to avoid using battles, wars and other lethal events as examples. They are simply too depressing. Still, even when cherry-picking, a few ugly 3 Tree events were included. Where possible, the incidents have been placed in categories that reflect the various aspects of the ki.

Pioneering / Exploration:

One known example will be the 2015 New Horizons fly-by of Pluto, but please don't limit this category to travel. It also includes scientific, artistic, medical and all forms of pioneering.


This includes new and interesting things to do but it's important to consider global progress. We can all take part in supporting peaceful initiatives.

New Ideas / Invention:

This is another way to express the pioneering attitude.

Rising Up / New Beginnings / Birth / Germination / Renewal:

A catch-all expression of the mood of the times.

Tree / rising energy is associated with the liver meridian and anger:

Watch for uneven events due to bull-headed actions void of diplomacy.

Tree supports Fire:

This is an important one. Double 3 Tree supports 9 Fire doubly. Fire is the ki of summer, brilliance, entertainment and fortunate outcomes, but excess Fire expands rapidly and is potentially chaotic and very explosive. We also occupy a 9 Fire 81-year cycle (beginning in 1955), which explains a lot.

What Usually isn't Listed:

If you study the 3 Tree years, you will find a fair degree of capsized & burning boats, earthquakes, powerful storms -- numerous military coups, annexations and regime changes. Also events associated with large bridges.

You can research the raw information here, in the Wikipedia® "List of Years". Just remember that the ki-year begins on February 4th and extends through January of the following year.

[1907] [1916] [1925] [1934] [1943] [1952]
[1961] [1970] [1979] [1988] [1997] [2006]

Here are some previous 3 Tree years. Specific events are listed, along with attributes that illustrate the mood of 3 Tree. The majority of this information was gleaned from Wikipedia®, a superb online resource for studying 9 Star Ki's historical influence.

2006 (3 Tree Year / 4 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1997 (3 Tree Year / 5 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1988 (3 Tree Year / 6 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1979 (3 Tree Year / 7 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1970 (3 Tree Year / 8 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1961 (3 Tree Year / 9 Fire 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

1952 (3 Tree Year / 1 Water 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1943 (3 Tree Year / 2 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1934 (3 Tree Year / 3 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1925 (3 Tree Year / 4 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1916 (3 Tree Year / 5 Soil 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

1907 (3 Tree Year / 6 Metal 9-Year Cycle / 1 Water 81-Year Cycle)

3 Tree Archetypes
Born in 3 Tree Months, in 3 Tree Years

Jane Goodall was born in a 3 Tree year but, technically, two days prior
to a 3 Tree month. Still, her feminine reflection of Ian Richardson's
masculine image is interesting. Links are provided instead of pictures
due to possible copyright infringement in Ian Richardson's case.

Jane Goodall- April 3, 1934
Ian Richardson- April 7, 1934

New Links

Updated in July 2014, to showcase the Art Hotel. We think this is one of the most impressive macrobiotic destinations on the planet. It makes me feel better just to surf their web site.

The Art Hotel- is a wonderful blend of lodging, nature, community, gardening, food and, yes, of art. As the macrobiotic proprietors say, "We hijacked an impressive vintage hotel in Westport New Zealand and have rooms accessible for visitors."

You may want to pack your bags today.

Macrobiotics: Cooking with Linda Wemhoff -- A very nice and informative macro web site.

Got Mercury? -- To help you determine the amount of mercury in seafood.

The Half Right Angle Rule - suggests that the planets in our Solar System rotate and revolve in 8 basic directional relationships, similar to the principles of Feng Shui, 9 Star Ki directionology, and 9 Star Ki (the "9th star" being the axis of rotation).

The Bore Cycle -- A revolutionary, new and interesting connection for 9 Star Ki practitioners. Think sun, moon and tides.

the Non GMO Project - The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers. Our shared belief is that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified products, and our common mission is to ensure the sustained availability of non-GMO choices.

World Hunger Map -- A gentle reminder that, despite the financial downturn, most of us are doing very well. A gentle reminder about who remains in desperate need and who they are depending on.

9 Star Ki in Polish (and some good looking cats) -- Dziewiec Gwiazda Ki

Our Rice Pages - A pastime, for you, that is interesting, fun, beautiful, easy to do, and valuable for future generations.

Natural Health for Dogs and Cats - We want to continue to help your pets find a source of food that's safe to eat.

Only 20% of surfers actually make on-line purchases. Understandably, many folks feel uneasy about buying products "sight-unseen". To better serve you (and, hopefully, increase our sales!) we've created some web pages that illustrate the features and format of our "Annual Forecast" publication.

Nine Star Ki Annual Forecast - A SAMPLE OF OUR NEW 9 KI PUBLICATIONS.

Free Nine Star Ki software from Sonia Hirsch's site at Correcotia.com

The software is written in the Portuguese language but it's easy to use and interesting. We have not tested this on 64-bit platforms.

For more information just click here!

Free Nine Star Ki Excel Calculator developed and contribited by Noel Tan.

This Excel file coordinates the adult (annual birth) number with the annual ki, and coordinates the childhood (monthly birth) number with the monthly ki.

Slide the scrollbar to your birth month and year.
Determine your year and month star ki in the right column.
Select (lock-in) your year and month star ki in the middle column.
Non gray colored square shows which house your year star ki is in.
Gray circle shows which house your month star ki is in.

Click here for the file.

Nine Star Ki Toolbox. Using math to make quick calculations.
Click here for details.

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